|Think back to 1994.
Hinds went 11-1. Jones
finished at 8-2 and Itawamba was 8-3. All three finished in the JC
Grid-Wire top twenty.
Walter Jones (OL; Holmes), Keith Drayton (DL; Northwest), Jason
Ferguson (DL; Itawamba), and Juran Bolden (DB; Delta) were first- or
But, it was the pure numbers that were drafted by NFL teams that really told the tale.
Check it out: Jones is
now playing for the Seattle Seahawks; Ferguson
is a solid defender in the New York Jets line; Duce Staley, Itawamba,
is a terrific running back for the Eagles; Duane Starks, Holmes
cornerback, played for the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl team of 2001 and
just moved as a free agent to the Arizona Diamondbacks; Antowain Smith,
East Miss., has been a star running back for Buffalo and the 2002 Super
Bowl champion Patriots.
In addition, Kevin Jackson (DB; Jones Co.), Deadrake Epps (DB; Delta),
Marcus Spriggs (OL; Hinds), Terry Day (DL; Holmes), Joe Michael
Robertson (DE; Jones Co.), and Mark Smith (LB; Hinds) have seen pro
How many schools do you know of that had 3 nicknames over the year?
Pasadena is one. They have been called the Pirates (25-27),
Bulldogs (28-53), and Lancers (54-present). Rumor also had it they
played a couple of years as the St. Bernards, but we never heard of that
Dennis Greene, head coach at Erie CC, was an NJCAA All-American in
1973 at Hudson Valley.
Happy to say that Bob Stangel who reportedly was awaiting a lung
transplant, is looking mighty fit.
The ex-Mt. San Jacinto coach has taken on a lot of the duties
surrounding the California JC Coaches Assn.
Snow wide-receiver B.J. Flores, is one of the top light heavyweights
on the U.S. Boxing team.
In the final 20 years of their football existence, Ricks teams
managed to rank in the J.C. Grid-Wire Final-30 no less than 15 times.
The Vikes were in the top-10 on nine occasions.
Oddly, as consistent as they were, Ron Haun's troops never
finished higher than 3rd.
Despite some people's word to the contrary, don't expect to see Ahmad
Childress (6-7, 320; OT/DT) at Alabama next year. It doesn't look like
he will return for another season at Garden City either. Very
hurdles were too much. We wish him good luck and hope that he'll return
to the classroom and gridiron sometime in the future.
Ranger College in Texas will play an independent schedule this year
after dropping out of the Southwest JC Conference.
Monterey Peninsula running back/return specialist, Antowain Vaughns,
signed with Weber State and will probably take over the ground-gaining
duties so nicely handled by ex-Foothill College ace, Johnny Gray.
Both Vaughns and Gray were J.C. Grid-Wire All-Americans
Bob O'Mera, veteran Arizona Western head man, thinks he has two of
the best linebackers ever to play for the Matadors.
Bruce Blue, 6-2, 247 with 4.77 speed and Valentine Chude, 6-1,
236, 4.56, should be a handful for all foes.
The Matadors also have a pair of mighty-mite backs.
Hurtis Chinn tips the scales at 178, but stands just 5-6 and his
running mate, Sederick Clark is 5-8, 217.
Thing of it is, they run 4.3l and 4.51 40s, respectfully.
Latest report on Southwestern All-American linebacker, Fai Leomiti, is that he is working hard to get his AA in time to accept one of four D-I offers that are on the table if he makes his academics.
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