|PRE-SEASON NJCAA POLL
The top seven picks in the pre-season NJCAA poll are probably right on.
We think that some of the teams listed lower will be better than anticipated, however. Butler County (17) is loaded. Coffeyville (11) will be real tough. Northwest Mississippi may be too high in the number two spot. What a dogfight they will have in Kansas with Garden City, BCCC, and Coffeyville fighting it out. Northeastern Oklahoma (24) could be a darkhorse as they have a strong defense. The same for Navarro (22) and maybe Hinds (18).
The Georgia Military - Dixie clash in St. George, Utah on Aug. 31 should go a long way toward deciding the NJCAA and possibly the national titles,
JCs IN COLLEGE
The Ole Miss media guide lists Matt Grier, Itawamba, DB; L.P. Spence, N.E. Miss, LB; and Jason Armstead, Gulf Coast, WR/KR, as All-Star candidates. Armstead finished 9th in the nation in kick returns last year with a 27.6 average.
Living in Seattle, Kevin (aka jckevin) has had the chance to watch
ex-Coffeyville WR, Eddie Jackson, in informal 7-on-7 workouts at Husky
Stadium. He is at least 6-4 and looks to be about 215 pounds. He is
getting a lot of help from the other receives, especially future
All-American Reggie Williams (6-4, 215). Jackson has a chance to get a
little playing time this year. Ex-Grid-Wire All-American, Kai Ellis (DE;
CCSF), has had trouble with his knees since arriving at Washington. It's
unknown whether he'll play in 2002 or take a redshirt year.
JCs IN THE PROS
Fred Smoot, Hinds, had a great rookie year with the Redskins. He is agile, quick and confident and a great sideman for Champ Bailey, one of the best in the NFL.
Jason Sehorn, Shasta, had leg surgery in the offseason and has been limping through Giant workouts. There are those who believe Jason will be a fine head coach one day.
Dale Carter, Ellsworth, should be more comfortable at CB for the New Orleans Saints.
Wonder what Torrance Marshall thinks about his old JC, Kemper Military, closing the doors? Marshall will be a fixture at linebacker for the Packers for a long while.
Ex-Butler County DB, William Bartee, has made sufficient strides with the Chiefs to go from nickel back to a full-time starter.
A couple of former JCs, will be in the new Houston Texans defensive backfield this year.
Aaron Glenn, Navarro, comes over from the Jets and the team drafted Demarcus Faggins, also from Navarro.
Denver is thinking about shifting Mike Anderson, Mt. San Jacinto, to fullback. Don't look for it to happen unless Terrell Davis is over the injury bug.
Another one of the top CBs in the NFL is Raven Chris McAlister, Mt. San Antonio. They say he is big enough to play press coverage and smart enough to bait receivers in the zone.
Bengals WR, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cerritos, does a weekly journal for the Sporting News every Monday in the offseason.
Look for Derrick Deese, El Camino, to shift from tackle back to guard for the 49rs.
JCs WERE SUPERPREP ALL-AMERICANS
It's fun to look at old SuperPrep magazines to see how they rated some of the guys who are now top JC prospects. Here are some tidbits from the Pre-season 1999 magazine:
These guys were rated by SuperPrep as the elite guys heading into their senior seasons of high school. The # represents their national ranking at the position:
#5 John Rattay (Pasadena CC)
Rattay went from Tennessee to Arizona (played some last year) and now to Pasadena CC.
He was in the same class with Brock Berlin (Florida signee; transferred to Miami I think), Jeff Smoker (Michigan State), Casey Clausen (Tennessee), and Chris Rix (Florida State).
#14 Gerard Jackson (Dodge City CC)
Jackson led the Jayhawk Conference in rushing as a freshman last year.
#16 Tyson Thompson (Garden City)
Thompson will share reps with Kay Jay Harris in Garden City's backfield.
#5 Willie Roberts (NE Oklahoma A&M)
Roberts will be one of NEO's top recruits this season, of not THE top recruit. Rumors are circulating that he committed to Oklahoma recently. We haven't researched it yet.
#6 Willie Dixon (CCSF)
Dixon did sign with Miami out of high school, but left after a year. He's not one of the go-to guys at CCSF.
#28 James Taylor (Fort Scott CC; graduated last December)
It has been 32 years since College of the Canyons RB Clint McKinney
became the first JC back to surpass 400 yards rushing in a single game.
He ripped off 419 yards in a 73-29 win over Mt. San Jacinto on 41
carries, breaking Sylvester Youngblood's mark of 305 at Pasadena a
year earlier. The same year
Larry Battle, Reedley's will-‘o-the-wisp WR obliterated the JC
scoring record by getting 204 points in nine games.
The 6-0, 175-pounder caught 80 passes for 1326 yards and 26 TDs
and kicked conversions. Against
Cuesta in a 74-33 win, Battle caught 13 tosses for 254 yards, six
touchdowns and a like number of PATs.
No wonder he is in the California Community College Hall of Fame
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