JC News and Notes

JC NEWS AND NOTES... Last year's Palomar linebacker, Ray Holdcraft, now at Utah, is picked as the Mountain West Conference defensive newcomer of the year by the Sporting News. Garden City TB Tyson Thompson was tabbed as the Western Athletic Conference's No. 1 recruit in 2000. Out of Irving High School in Texas, Thompson signed with TCU, but eventually ended up at GCCC. He'll share time with former pro baseball player, Kay Jay Harris. MORE...

Oakland Raider DT Grady Jackson is considered to be one of the "on the rise" defensive tackles in the pros.  The former Hinds ace has been a great run stopper for the Raiders in the wake of Darrell Russell's absence.

Antowain Smith, out of East Mississippi JC, is one of the best values among the pros.  He is a powerful runner, who does a nice job of picking up blitzing linebackers for the champion New England Patriots. He used to be a starter for the Buffalo Bills.

A trio of ex-JCs, on the other hand, are said to be on the downslide in the NFL.  David Sloan, Fresno CC, lacks durability at tight end; Earl Dotson, DT from Tyler, has age and chronic injuries working against him, and QB Tony Banks, San Diego Mesa, is said to lack leadership skills and consistency.

DIXIE STATE, with Antoine White, a 3,000-plus yard gainer at Las Vegas High School, already in the fold, is now looking forward to the addition of Jason Peters, 6-2, 205, who rushed for 1,725 and scored 28 TDs for Seattle Evergreen High.  Word also has it that Greg Croshaw can also expect Peters' teammate DL Pouli Tupou, a 6-0, 285 DL.  Some observers think that Peters has Corey Dillon-type talent.

CANYONS seems to have a line on Kentwood High School, Washington RB/DB, Kevin Jones.  The 5-10, 165-pound Jones rushed for 1,301 yards, scored 16 TDs and 116 points. Seattle Times Player of the Year in 2001. Also, was named offensive MVP of the state championship game (4A). *Signed with Eastern Washington; may end up there depending on last test result.

Tom Saxe, able Palomar SID, faxes us with this note.  BLOODLINES:  Running back Gabe Sayers, out of San diego Hoover H.S., is the nephew of Gale Sayers and the son of former Charger Ron Sayers.  AND WR Chris Stallworth is the nephew of all-time Pittsburgh Steeler WR standout John Stallworth.

Very few JC players have gone on to play in the Ivy League.  One exception is Tom Britton, who played for SUNY Morrisville after coming directly from the UK.  Last year he was the starter and his two-year record was 9-2.  He was on the Dean's list both years and is now enrolled at Cornell, majoring in communications.  No doubt he was the first European player without any U.S. high school experience to win a college starting position at quarterback.  We hope he is successful in all endeavors as a Big Red student/athlete.


A couple of weeks ago we reported on coaching changes around the country. Here are a few more:

David Banuellos takes over (again) for Doug Woodlief at LA Pierce.. Banuellos was the OC at LA Valley last year.

Tim Adams takes over for George Adams at Marin. No realation. Tim Adams was the OC at Marin last year.

Geoff Jones takes over for Dave Ogas at Santa Ana.

Although they will officially be called co-head coaches in 2002, John Vlahos has taken over as head coach for John Hancock at West Valley. Vlahos has been an assistant for several years.

And Fred Fimbres is the new head coach at College of the Desert. He had been the linebackers and Strength & Conditioning coach at Cerritos.


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