Cornelson Has Made Presence Felt in WSC

The Bakersfield College Renegades were expected to be in rebuild mode after making a run in the  playoffs last season. On a team that has over 70 freshmen on the roster, there was no doubt that returning middle linebacker Curtis Cornelson would be leading a young defense.

But Cornelson has done more than just act as the vocal team leader. He's let his play and never ending motor on the field set the example for his teammates. At press time Cornelson was leading the Western State Conference (WSC) in tackles, averaging over 8 per game, and that has helped jump start the 'Gades to a surprising 4-1 record, and a share of the WSC North conference lead with Moorpark and Allan Hancock.

Cornelson emerged as a solid MLB early on last year, but he was especially impressive last season against College of the Canyons, in which he shadowed the Cougars talented QB Marcel Marquez, who was one of the top running QBs in all of Juco football. In fact his play led to Marquez asking his teammates to please get a helmet on #42. That kind of play led to a first team All WSC selection. This season he led the defense in stopping the Cougars hard running Brian Stuart, holding the talented RB to 2 yards on 5 carries. Lest one think that the 6-1, 235-pound Cornelson is just another big lumbering MLB, think again. He was a pretty fair high hurdler in high hchool. But it is his determination more than anything that gets him in on just about every play.

When asked who his inspirations are, he does not hesitate to name his family.

"My brother Chad and I are best friends, and of course my mom and dad, Joan and Chad, have been extremely supportive and great parents. So have my sisters, Tess and Chancy. And of course my girlfriend Emily has done a heck of a lot for me."

Cornelson credits his coaches for his big strides on the gridiron.

"Coach Chudy is the smartest coach I've been around. I like his style of being passionate and vocal. If you screw up, you're gonna hear it. Coach Mayo (B.C.'s LB Coach) is awesome because he knows the position so well. After playing at B.C. he starred at San Diego State and had a brief stint in the NFL, so he knows what he's talking about."

When not playing ball, Curtis loves country and rock music, and relishes a ‘big ole country" breakfast with his family. He is on course to graduate and is a solid student. He hopes to catch on to a four-year school and major in Sports Psychology, and eventually would like to coach. Everything would indicate that this would be a good catch for any school, and his leadership qualities should serve him well in the Coaching field when his playing days are over.


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