TEAM & PROSPECT PREVIEW: Riverside College

Head Coach Bill Brown is one of four new head coaches in the Mission Conference heading into this season. The challenges before him include more than just getting his team to perform as a cohesive unit. The Riverside Tigers play in the ultra-competitive Northern Division that includes Pasadena, Long Beach, El Camino, Cerritos, and Mt. SAC. He understands that being on top will not be easy.

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 season:


Ronnie Hill (6-2, 202) SO
Notes: Returning Starter. (In 2002: 153-301 18 TDs, 12 INTs, QB Rating 125.9)

Running Back

Korey Woodbury (5-11, 204) SO
Notes: Moved from DB to RB late last year because of injuries at the RB position.  "He has improved a lot.  He has a chance to be very good this year."


Trevon Knox (5-11, 175) SO
Notes: "I expect him to contribute tremendously this year…He's maybe one of the fastest guys on the team."

Rickey Moore (5-11, 188) SO
Notes: Returning Starter. "He's a freak, one of those guys that comes along about once every 10 years that is a game-breaker."  Most highly recruited player on the team, maybe even the conference depending on his grades.  June '03 graduate.  In 2002: Led Conference with 6.6 receptions per game.  59 receptions for 858 yards with 12 TDs (long of 64 yards).

Offensive Line

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
Notes: "He played very well as a freshman and I think he'll have a tremendous sophomore season."

G Lenny Dykes (6-0, 318) SO

T Steve Warner (6-2, 281) SO

T Darryl Wiltjer (6-4, 350) SO
Notes: Started at Orange Coast three years ago sat out last year.

Defensive Line

DT Rocky Avatongo (6-0, 313) SO
Notes: "If he gets the grades he'll be very highly recruited."

DE Brian Rothblatt (6-4, 250) SO
Notes: "He's a returning solid, hard-working, dependable, big-play kind of pass rusher."

DE Brent Williams (6-2, 260) SO
Notes: Transfer from Dixie College


ILB Felix Bobo (6-0, 234) SO
Notes: Had a very good spring and summer.

OLB Casey Burchard (5-11, 221) SO
Notes: "He's the strongest kid in the weight room.  He breaks records in the power clean and bench press and runs well."

Defensive Back

S Clint Browner (6-0, 190) SO
Notes: Played at Riverside three years ago as a starter.

S Zimbo Carter (6-1, 210) SO
Notes: Originally signed with Colorado University out of Long Beach Poly five years ago.  Played QB/S in high school.  Coach Brown admits that Carter is out of football playing shape but says, "He's a tremendous athlete he's going to play safety for us and maybe return kicks."

S Jerome Jacobs (6-0, 174) SO
Notes: "He's probably the most improved player from the time that I took over in January until now."

CB Troy McPeak (5-10, 180)
Notes: Bounceback from Colorado State.

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.

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