Alumni Report - Mucho Grande

How are former JC Grid-Wire All-Americans doing at the next level? New contributor, Tim Murphy, breaks it down. His first report looks at the offensive players. QBs Colt Brennan (PHOTO; Saddleback/Hawaii) and Zac Taylor (Butler/Neb.) are in the running for MVP awards in the alumni category.

The Offense


Zac Taylor – 2004 - Butler – University of Nebraska

Zac stepped into the starting role for the Huskers last season and threw for 2653 yards and 19 tds, breaking all of Nebraska's passing records.  He's been even more productive this season already having thrown for 1400 yards and 13 tds to lead his team to a 5-1 record, with the lone loss to powerhouse USC at the Coliseum. He is currently third in the nation in passing efficiency.  Zac is one for all Juco lovers to be proud of not just on the field, but off as well. He was on the 2006 Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll, and is on the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team. The N.F.L. will most certainly come looking for him. The University of Oklahoma wishes he would have stayed in Norman, where ironically he was born and raised. Nebraska will have a huge showdown with Texas in two weeks.

Colt Brennan – 2004 – Saddleback – University of Hawaii

It's been a strange road for Colt. After being released by Colorado as a redshirt freshman for inappropriate behavior involving another student, Saddleback took a chance on him and it paid off as he led them to a playoff berth.  That 2nd chance with the Gauchos paved the way for his journey to Hawaii, where he is lighting it up. After a great sophomore season in which he led the nation in total offense with 4,445 yards and 35 tds, Colt is currently 5th in the nation in passing efficiency. He has 1862 yards, 18 tds, 5 picks and an incredible 71.4% completion rate. He still has another year to go, but you can be sure that barring injury he will be a high draft pick.

Brent Schaeffer – 2005 – COS – University of Mississippi

No stranger to the SEC, Schaeffer started out at Tennessee before a shoulder injury sidelined him, prompting him to move on to COS, where he put his Michael Vick type skills on display. Brent stepped into the starting role after a late arrival, and because the Ole Miss Offensive Line and Receiving Corp have little experience, is facing a tough task reviving the Rebel program. Brent has run for 105 yards and thrown for 622 yards with 4 tds and 8 interceptions. It will be a tough year for him in what is considered the toughest conference in the land, but with Coach Orgeron there, next season should go much better for him.

Julian Edelman - 2005 - San Mateo - Kent State

Julian could have been back for one more season at CSM in northern California but instead he's terrorizing defenses in the MAC. Last year at San Mateo he was the region's MVP for offense. On the year he has rushed 88 times for 422 yards and 4 TDs. Through the air he is 75 of 125 for 1,143 with 6 TDs and 6 INTs.

Joseph Ayoob – 2004 – CCSF – University of California

Joe is being taught the nuances of the game by one of the best QB coaches out there, Jeff Tedford. Inconsistency has cost him a little bit in vying for the starting role, but his athleticism is not in doubt. The Bears are having a stellar year behind Nate Longshore, whose efficiency is a whopping 170.  But there are many teams out there who would love to have Ayoob as their signal caller. He has thrown for 205 yards and one TD this season.

Jimmy Oliver – 2004 – Pearl River – Jackson State

Oliver didn't have to wander too far away from his Juco haunts after throwing for 67 tds at Pearl. Although his stats may not leap out at you, he is being called a great playmaker by his coach and fellow players for his Houdini like escapes from pressure. "Jimmy Oliver can shake and bake and make it happen," first-year JSU coach Rick Comegy said. "He's got great vision. He can pick up an open receiver when he's on the run." Oliver has thrown for 635 yards with 5 tds, and rushed for 244 yds and 3 tds.

Alex Aispuro – 2005 – LBCC – New Mexico Highlands

Alex is having a solid first season throwing for 1208 yards and 12 tds. He has shared time with former Compton QB Ronnie Simpson, who is more of a running threat, but has taken 3/4s of the snaps.

Omar Haugabook – 2005 - Dodge City – Troy University

Stepping right into a starting role, Omar has thrown for 804 yards and 6 tds at a 60% clip for the Trojans. A mobile QB, he also has run for 2 tds.

Steve Wichman – 2004 - San Joaquin Delta – University of Idaho

Last year he threw for 2746 yards and 15 tds. This season Wichman has thrown for 1117 yards already, but is under last year's td production with 4.

Thomas Peregrin – 2005 - Bakersfield College – Western Michigan

An injury to the starting QB gave Thomas his chance and he has made the most of it. He is throwing at a 69% completion rate and has 3 td passes in 4 games.

Marcel Marquez – 2005 – COC – Sacramento State

I don't think anybody meant more to his team than Marcel did last season for the Cougars. Quick, strong, fearless, smart, and with a solid arm, he plays QB with a Linebacker's spirit. Just as he did for COC, he leads the Hornets in rushing from behind center with 150 yds, and has thrown at a 50% completion rate for 474 yards with 3 TDs in 4 games. Tim Brockwell, the fine QB from Glendale is competing against Marquez

Matt Ticich – 2005 - Mt San Jacinto – Truman State

Matt has proved to be a double threat for the Bulldogs with 1230 yards passing and 251 yards rushing. He's thrown for 6 tds and run for 3 more.

Kevin Ballatore – 2004 – Santa Rosa – Southeast Missouri

Kevin has thrown for 397 yards and 3 tds this season for the Redhawks

Dexter Hill – 2004 – Scottsdale – University of Northern Iowa

Dexter had been in a backup role for the Panthers, but when the starting QB went down due to an ankle injury, Hill had to give up his hoped for redshirt season and had a fine game against Missouri State going 12 for 19 for 186 yards.

Nick Davila – Chaffey – 2004 – University of Cincinnati

The former Panther has done a good job in a backup role for the BearCats completing 16/26 passes for 167 yards.

Wide Receivers

Kerry Reed – Coffeyville – Michigan State

Reed is having an outstanding year for the Spartans as their leading receiver. He has 26 catches for 334 yards and 4 tds. Kerry is another big prospect to come out of Dade County Florida. Just being a Big Ten player is big time, Reed is thriving there.

James Finley – 2004 Compton – University of Oregon

Finley, a second team All Pac-10 receiver, led the Ducks in receiving last season   and there is one description that usually comes up whether it is from a coach, teammate or fan….toughness!  Finley is not afraid to go over the middle or use his size and is an enthusiastic and hard worker. James is off to a slow start with a bad ankle, but Oregon is deep at receiver. This season he only has 8 catches for 69 yards for the nationally ranked Ducks, but is still a prospect for the N.F.L draft.

Maurice Purify – 2005 – CCSF – University of Nebraska

One of the big reasons for Zac Taylor's success can be attributed to Purify, who is playing a huge role at wideout this season for the Cornhuskers. He has 11 catches for 260 yards and 2 tds with an impressive 23.6 yards per catch. At 6'4 and 210 lbs with good hops, Maurice is a cornerback's nightmare on fades to the end zone. Unknown to many, he was also a 1st team All State basketball player for the Rams and led them to the semi-finals.

Frantz Hardy – Butler – University of Nebraska

Who would have thought that Nebraska would rely so heavily on Juco talent? Hardy is making a big contribution for the Huskers too this season with 9 catches for 221 yards and 3 tds. Of course, it helps to have your Juco QB throwing to you! He had 25 catches last season for 349 yards as a part time starter in Lincoln.

Jeron Harvey – Dodge City – University of Houston

After being a part time starter last season, Harvey's having a great season for the Cougars with 22 catches for 337 yards and 2 tds. At 6'5 and 215 lbs, he is a big target and a hard man to bring down.

Jerard Rabb – 2004 - Saddleback – Boise State

Jerard is a big part of the Boise State offense for the unbeaten and 20th ranked Broncos. Last season he led them with 38 receptions for 572 yards and 5 tds.  The Broncs are spreading the ball a little more this season, but Rabb still has 14 catches for 176 yards and a td so far this season.

Ruben Jackson – 2004 – CCSF – Oregon State

Another former Ram gem, Jackson caught 11 passes for 118 yards last season. He's off to a slow start this year with only 3 grabs for 79 yards and a td. A shoulder and a thumb injury have hampered his play. Jackson is a game breaker though, as he has been counted on to run reverses and do some returning of punts and kicks in the past.

Taj Smith – 2005 - Bakersfield College – University of Syracuse

After setting many receiving records for the Gades, Taj has not missed a step as leads the Orangemen in reception yards with 227 on 12 catches for an 18.9 yard average and 3 tds. He also has 62 yards rushing.

Ramon Perry – 2004 - Pierce – West Texas A&M

Ramon leads the team with 34 catches for 293 yards and 2 tds. The diminutive 5'9 ex Brahma also returns punts and has 210 yards in 15 attempts.

Tyrell Smith – 2004 – COC – Minnesota State Mankato

Smith was a Second Team All Conference Player for the Mavericks last season with 70 catches for 909 yards and 8 tds.  He joined fellow Cougar Jason Tompkins who did all the kicking at Mankato last season. Tyrell is fighting off the injury bug this season with only 5 catches for 50 yards and a TD.

Brian Hernandez – 2004 – Pima – University of Utah

Hernandez has 13 catches for 125 years this season. Brian has been slowed by an ankle injury, but the good news is he received an extension on his clock and will suit up for the Utes next season. He is known for sure hands and great routes.

Charles Dillon – 2005 – Ventura – Washington State

Charles has just one catch so far, but it was for a td.  I'd bet the farm that td came on a fade pass whom only Maurice Purify could do as well in the Juco ranks.

Julius McClellan – 2004 - Cohama - North Carolina Central

McClellan is second on the team with receptions with 25 catches for 273 yards and 5 tds. He's a huge target at 6'4 and 230 lbs, which will serve him well in his major of Criminal Justice.

Steve Johnson – 2005 – Chabot – University of Kentucky

Johnson has 5 catches for 42 yards in a backup role.

Steve Yaden - 2004 – Golden West – Texas A&M Kingsville

Yaden leads the team with 12 receptions for 92 yards and scored a td on a 27 yard run. He is joined by former Butte player Webster Patrick.

Desmond Jennings – Itawamba – baseball

Desmond was a three sport star and entered the baseball draft. He batted .277 with 4 HRs for the Princeton Devil Rays of the Appalachian League.

Tight Ends

Walter Nicks – 2004 – Dixie State – Iowa St.

Nicks is having a nice season with 11 catches for 167 yards and a touchdown. The Tacoma Washington native had 20 catches last season, and is a Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient.

John Mulchrone – 2004 – Palomar – New Mexico

John has 15 catches for 223 yards and a td. The ex-Comet also has the respect of Head Coach Bob Toledo as a true Tight End who has the "best hands on the team" and can also block well.

Jason Vandiver – 2004 - Fullerton – Oregon State

Jason has only 1 catch for 4 yards, but in the two Tight End set that the Beavers like to use, his 262 lb frame is mostly used for blocking. Sometimes they use him as an H back also. Vandiver is a good athlete as evidenced by the fact he was a QB in High School as well as a track competitor in the shot put and discus.

Mike Pooschke – 2005 – NEO – Kansas State

Known for his incredibly soft hands, Pooschke is playing a backup role this year. He has only one catch, but his stock should rise next season.

Gerald Washington - 2005 – Chaffey – University of Southern Cal

Washington is a backup. But he's a backup on one of the most talent laden teams in the land, the Trojans.  The 6'6 255 lber actually had a late start in football, only competing in his Senior year in High School. Before that, he competed as a Tennis player in Junior tournaments. One of the older players on the team, he served 4 years in the U.S. Navy as a helicopter mechanic before going to Chaffey.

Matt Sims – 2005 - Hancock – University of Utah

Sims is a backup and has 2 catches for 33 yards

Jeff Clark – 2005 – L.A. Harbor – San Jose State

Clark has 3 catches for 21 yards in a backup role for the Spartans.

Running Backs

Eldra BuckleyNW Mississippi – Chattanooga

Buckley is the workhorse for the Mocs having gained 741 yards already with 5 tds and a nice 5.7 ypc. He's also caught 13 passes for 123 yards. He has turned into the offensive leader of the team and is the 2006 recipient of the Woodrow Wolford Sr. Scholarship award.

Brandon Fractious – 2004 - Chaffey – East Carolina

Brandon is doing okay for himself 3,000 miles from home. He has 188 yards and 1 td along with 3 catches for 20 yards.

Marcus Cross – 2005 – Garden City – Utah State

Marcus was so impressive in the spring; he took the starting position at tailback. In fact, he was tabbed as the WAC Preseason Newcomer of the Year by The Sporting News. He's rushed for 462 yards and has caught 10 passes for 182 yards. He leads the Aggies in both categories.

Dantrell Savage – 2005 - Gulf Coast – Oklahoma State

Savage has been solid in a backup role for the Cowboys. He has 111 yards and is averaging a whopping 7.9 ypc with 1 td. His 4.3 forty speed may lead to much more playing time as the season progresses.

Brian Flowers – 2005 – El Camino – University of Idaho

The Mission Conference M.V.P and Warrior record holder for single season and career rushing, Brian is currently second on the team in rushing with 286 yards, a 4.5 ypc average, and 4 tds.  He's also caught 7 passes for 38 yards.

Dario Camacho – 2005 – Citrus – Purdue

Dario is averaging 4.8 yards a carry for 38 yards in a backup role. He also has 1 catch for 14 yards.

Kendrick Harris – 2004 – San Bernardino – New Mexico Highlands

Harris leads the team with 366 yards and a 4.7 ypc average with 1 td.

Edric Prim – 2004 - L.A. Valley – Saginaw State

Prim has 119 yards and a 4.2 ypc average.

Jacob French – 2005 – Foothill – San Jose State

French has 17 yards in a backup role.

Offensive Line

Brandon Walker – 2005 – Coffeyville – University of Oklahoma

After being named Offensive Lineman of the Year in the Jayhawk Conference, Walker came into Norman and took over at the Right Guard position. The Detroit native is quick for his size and runs a 5.2 forty. He'll get some close looks by the pros at the close of his college career.

Shannon Boatman – 2005 - Tyler – Florida State

Shannon has moved right into a starting Tackle position. He earned the Top Newcomer award in spring drills, and was picked as a Pre-season All ACC 3rd team selection. He can play either tackle position and is very athletic for his size.

Adam Hawes2004 - Yuba – University of Arizona

Hawes is the starting Left Guard for the Wildcats. Hawes made a rapid progression last season earning 3 starts. Big and mobile, he has played a huge role for Arizona this season.

James Tretheway – 2005 – San Mateo – University of Arizona

The ‘Cats liked Hawes so much, they dipped back into the Juco ranks again for Tretheway, who has earned a spot as the backup Left Tackle. He can play multiple positions which may help him become a starter.

Scott Fisher – 2004 – Dixie State – Iowa State

A starting Offensive Tackle, the Cyclones seem to like Dixie State players. That is until Dixie became a 4 year institution. Originally at BYU, he redshirted after going on a Mission to Chile.

Palauni Ma Sun – 2004 – Fresno – University of Oregon

Known as the "Iron Chef" by his teammates, Sun is one of five returning starters on the O-line which has been a big part of the Ducks success as a contender this season. At 6'6 and 335 lbs, one can see why cooking is his favorite hobby…right after eating.

Sete Aulai – 2004 – El Camino – Brigham Young

After redshirting last season, Aulai has taken over the job at Center. One of seven children, Sete knows what it's like to be in the middle of a crowd! Almost all of the Pac-10 was interested in him before he settled on the Cougars.

J.D. Hamilton – 2005 – Copiah Lincoln – University of Mississippi

Staying at home in the great state of Mississippi worked out well for Hamilton. He has earned a spot as a starting Tackle. The Natchez native runs a quick 4.9 forty, and has been a leader on an Offensive Line that Head Coach Sylvester Croom says is much improved.

Anthony Kilby – 2004 - Garden City – University of New Mexico

A returning starter who has tremendous run blocking skills at the quick tackle position, he has made great strides for the Lobos. If he keeps improving on his pass blocking skills and schemes, he will become one of the best in the conference.

Corey Actis – 2005 – Bakersfield College – University of Mississippi

The leader by example of last year's Renegade team, little did Corey know when the Gades scrimmaged COS that he would end up protecting their QB, Brent Schaeffer the next season. Corey is getting lots of playing time, but needs to bulk up from his 6-5 290 lb frame to dominate like he did in the Juco Ranks. He has a great motor and is always active.

Carl Nicks – 2005 – Hartnell – Nebraska

Nicks has made an immediate impact and is second on the depth chart at Right Tackle. Carl originally started out at New Mexico State, where he switched from defense to the offensive side of the ball before transferring to Hartnell. He is married with a two year old daughter.

Ofa Mohetau – 2005 – COS – Texas Tech

Mohetau came into the season competing for a starting job, and he has started 2 of the last 3 games. One of the highest ranked Juco O linemen last season, he will only get better and will be a force to reckon with next season.

Louis Pintola -2004 – Pasadena – University of Missouri

Although the backup Right Tackle, Louis has played extensively and has played multiple positions throughout the season.

Fenuki Tupou – 2005 – Sierra – University of Oregon

Tupou is blessed with great balance and feet, and has great potential, but will need to work on his strength a little more. The coaches are excited about the possibilities. Tupou will challenge for a starting job next season and will be used extensively this season.

Devin Clark – 2005 - Scottsdale – New Mexico

Devin's found a home with the Lobos where he is the starting Right Tackle. A very strong guy, he is also involved nationally in Olympic style weightlifting competition.

Nick Diana – 2005 – Nassau – University of Massachusetts

A versatile Lineman that can play all five positions, Diana has "been a very welcome addition" to the team according to Head Coach Don Brown. He was counted on to fill the hole in case of injuries, but after the first week he became a starter.

Ian Hammond – 2005 – Saddleback – Syracuse

Hammond is a backup for the Orangemen, and may be redshirting.

Victory Haines – 2005 – Snow – Nebraska

Another Juco transfer to Husker Land, Haines is a reserve Tackle. He knows the value that football can play in helping to get a degree, and carries a 3.468 G.P.A. in the classroom.

Sam Downs – 2004 – Grossmont – Idaho State

The anchor on the O Line, Sam has held down the Left Tackle for the Bengals since last season when he was an Honorable Mention All Big Sky selection.

Chris Goff – 2005 – Gulf Coast – Delta State

This Biloxi native stayed near home and has jumped right into the starting Right Guard position.

Brock Pasteur – 2004 - Mesabi Range – Stephen F Austin

Brock left Nebraska and has two years of eligibility left. At 290 lbs, he was listed as the 7th strongest football player in the nation by ESPN. He has made an immediate impact for Austin.

Nick Smith – 2004 –Diablo Valley – San Diego State

Nick is described as a fierce competitor who is very versatile. He began the season listed as a starter, but he may be injured and not playing at present.

Marcel Benson – 2004 – San Diego Mesa – University of Louisville

After redshirting last year, Marcel is the 2nd string Left Guard. With two seniors on the starting OL, he may get his shot on this rising Cardinal team.

Jess McDonald – 2004 – NW Mississippi – Arkansas State

McDonald had a season ending injury after game 7 of last year, but is back with the Indians as the 2nd team Left Guard this season. He is also an Honors student.

Paul Fisher – 2004 – Dixie State – University of Iowa

Paul played mostly special teams in his two years with the Cyclones, and is a backup at Offensive Tackle. He is doing well academically, as he is an Honor Roll student.

Clarence Bailey – 2005 - Lackawanna – Albany State

Bailey received an SICA honorable mention for his performance grade of 94% last week against Miles University.

Reagan Mauia – 2004 – San Joaquin Delta – University of Hawaii

Believe it or not, Mauia played some defense last season, and is now the "refrigerator" of the Rainbow Warriors as he has been moved to RB. Of course, at 6'0 and 350 lbs, he makes the William Perry look like a Pony Keg! Of course, as pass happy as the Warriors are, blocking is what they really want from him. He does have 49 yards rushing and has a 4.1 ypc average. He even busted a run for 17 yards!

Andrew Havili – 2005 San Mateo – Portland State

The Viking coaches like this guy, but he will need to improve his upper body strength to compete for a starting role at tackle. He is athletic, but in the world of 330 lb tackles, his 280 lb frame needs to bulk up.

David Leach – 2005 – Riverside – Texas Southern

Brett Leeds – 2005 – Glendale AZ – New Mexico State

Darryl Williams – 2005 – Laney – Arkansas Pine Bluff

All Purpose

Derrell Hutsona – 2005 - Grossmont – Washington State

Derrell has proved to be a very valuable tool for the Cougars just as he was for the Griffins. He currently leads the team with a solid 5.8 ypc average, and 256 yards rushing. He also has 5 catches for 29 yards, and leads the team in kickoff returns with 5 for 100 yards. Hutsona still holds the San Diego area High School record for ypc at an amazing 13.3. He was the Foothill Conference M.V.P., the California Juco M.V.P., and the State Championship game M.V.P.  He also won the California State High School Long Jump Gold, as well as a 400 meter relay Gold. He was the teammate of Reggie Bush at Helix High. Imagine playing defense against them!

Lowell Robinson – 2005 – Erie – University of Pittsburgh

Robinson is handling most of the kickoff returns, and has 8 returns for 213 yards for a very good average of 26.6 yards. He has one punt return for 20 yards. He also plays some Defensive Back

Harrison Kush – 2004 – Coffeyville – Pittsburgh State

Kush leads the team in punt returns with 13 for 231 yards (17.8). Also has 4 kickoff returns for 96 yards (24.0) He also has 3 catches for 71 yards (23.7) and a td.

Anthony Parks – 2005 – Butler – Oklahoma State

Backup receiver and return man


Robert Lee – 2004 - Trinity Valley – East Carolina

Simply one of the best kickers in the country, Lee was a Lou Groza Award semi-finalist last year, and will make a strong bid for it again this season. He was 30/30 on PATs last season, and also an incredible 17/19 on field goals. He is a pre-season all USA conference pick, and named one of the "Top clutch players" by the Sporting News. So far he's still perfect with PATs at 12/12, and has made 5 of 9 Field Goal attempts. He is also known for his humor and personality, and is a fan and media favorite.

Anthony Montgomery – 2004 – Reedley – Boise State

Anthony is also having a fine career on the next level. He is currently 28/29 on PATs, and 8/9 in Field Goals. He owns the school record with 10 PATs in one game.

Derik Martinez – 2004 – Saddleback – Tabor College

It's been double duty for Martinez.  Derik is second in the NAIA Div I rankings averaging 43.1 yards per punt, and 31st in kick scoring averaging 4.2 points a game.

Brian Giamastiani – 2004 - Mount San Antonio – Henderson State University

The former Mt. SAC star leads the team in scoring with 25 points. He is 10/15 in PATs and 5/10 in Field Goals.



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