|Coach Brown comes back to coaching after spending the
last three years as a counselor at Riverside Community College.
Before that he was the Tigers' defensive coordinator for 18
years. He takes over a 5-5
team from a season ago that, he feels, was a turnover or two away from
being a bowl team last year.
"A couple of turnovers late in the game to Long Beach and Mt.
Jacinto or they would have been 7-3 and bowl eligible," said Brown.
Most of the teams in the Mission Conference feel that they have made
up some ground from a season ago. Here
are the players expected to lead a turnaround for the Tigers this
Ronnie Hill (6-2, 202) SO
Korey Woodbury (5-11, 204) SO
Trevon Knox (5-11, 175) SO
Rickey Moore (5-11, 188) SO
Coach Brown feels this is the strength of the team this year.
Because of injuries, a lot of freshmen had to fill in last year
and now they are returning with one season under their belts.
C Derrell Durley (6-0, 299) SO
G Lenny Dykes (6-0, 318) SO
T Steve Warner (6-2, 281) SO
T Darryl Wiltjer (6-4, 350) SO
DT Rocky Avatongo (6-0, 313) SO
DE Brian Rothblatt (6-4, 250) SO
DE Brent Williams (6-2, 260) SO
ILB Felix Bobo (6-0, 234) SO
OLB Casey Burchard (5-11, 221) SO
S Clint Browner (6-0, 190) SO
S Zimbo Carter (6-1, 210) SO
S Jerome Jacobs (6-0, 174) SO
CB Troy McPeak (5-10, 180)
Coach Brown looks at his upcoming schedule and doesn't see an easy
game in any week, one through ten.
However, he also understands that you need to have some luck to
go along with a talented team to be a winner.
"I think in this division you have got to have a good team.
And then you have to get a little lucky with injuries and then
breaks…Hopefully our prayers will pay off and we can win a couple of
close ones and be in the hunt," said Brown.
The Tigers have added a couple of new coordinators to the coaching
staff to help with the turnaround.
Mark Paredes, former head coach at Bishop Amat High School, will
be the offensive coordinator. This
is his first time coaching on the college level.
"Mark's approach is a fresh approach that the kids are
responding to and they seem to really like," said Brown.
Steve Siglock is the defensive coordinator and will continue with
Riverside's traditionally aggressive approach.
The Tigers have a strong returning group in 2002. If all of the pieces fall into place they may pounce on a few teams and compete for the Northern Division crown.
Their first game is September 14 at San Bernardino Valley.
TEAM & PROSPECT PREVIEW: Riverside College
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