Minnesota Conference Preview

The community college football season gets underway this Friday night with two games in Minnesota at The Classic. This great event takes place at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and gives football fans a chance to see every team except Rainy River in action. Here's a preview of each MCCC team.

2002 FOOTBALL PREVIEW

NORTHERN DIVISION

HIBBING

Coach:  Kurt Zuidmulder
Years Coaching: 6
2001 Overall Record: 3-6,  Conference: 2-3
Starters Returning: 10 

Key Returners: 

Name  Pos  High School  Supporting Stats
Vince Clark WR Kenosha WI 28 rec. - 7 TD - 19 yd/catch
Jonas Scott WR Union SC 22 rec. - 5 TD - 22 yd/catch
Calvin Sneed TE Niles McKinley OH
Adam Stewart OLB Chisholm
Kevin Musial DE Bora, ID  6 sacks
Byron Harris OL Ethel LA  

Top Recruits or Transfers: Seth Ellis (QB, Springfield, OH), Corey Steppard  (RB, Montgomery, LA), Yvan Salazar (RB, San Antonio, TX), Phil Cowherd (DL, Ft. Wayne, IN), Chet White (S, St. George , UT).

Team Strengths: Team speed, sophomore skill players.

Team Weaknesses: Freshman quarterback, depth in line positions. 

ITASCA

Coach: Bill McBride
Years Coaching: 14  Coaching Record: 54-53
2001 Overall Record: 1-8, Conference: 0-5
Starters Returning: 10

Key Returners: 

Name

Pos

High School

Supporting Stats

Darrell Gordon

RB

Adams/Friendship

562 yds rushing

Mikah Primus

DE

Anoka

Hon Mention All MCCC

Dan Rossow

OG

Moose Lake River

Hon Mention All-MCCC

Donny Diaz

WR

St. Paul Johnson

Team leading receiver

Andy Bellefy

DT

Grand Rapids

                   

Dustin Elliot

QB

Iwakuni  Japan

   

Top Recruits or Transfers: Dan Mell (QB, transfer from Bemidji State), Gabe Sweeney (OG, Greenway), Josh Hocking (C, Greenway), Chase Dotten (CB, St. Louis Park), Jeff Cain (CB, St. Louis Park), Kevin Markovich (FL, Peoria, IL).

Team Strengths: Nice group of sophomores who mesh well with the freshmen.  Good attitude and work ethic.

Team Weaknesses: How team will respond from a terrible 2001 season.

MESABI RANGE

Coach: Jeff Sims
Years Coaching: 0  Coaching Record:  0-0
2001 Overall Record: 6-3, Conference:: 3-2
Starters Returning: 0 

Key Returners:

Name

Pos

High School

D'Undrey Bateman

WR

Fairbanks AK               

Jason Hicks

CB

Minneapolis

Charlie Bolton

OL

Lakeville

William Obene

OL

Chicaco  IL

Laurence Hamilton

RB

Miami  FL

Ryan Gilson QB Minneapolis

Top Recruits or Transfers: Matt Pringle (RB, Miami, FL), Jamar White (LB, Chicago, IL), Aldrich Jessie (LB, Houston, TX), Mark Lewis (SS, Cleveland, OH), Ryan Adams (QB, Rhinelander, WI).

NORTHLAND

Coach:  Guy Finstrom
Years Coaching: 1  Coaching Record: 5-5
2001 Overall Record: 5-5, Conference: 4-1
Starters Returning: 9

Key Returners:

Name  Pos  High School  Supporting Stats
Matt Myers  OT  Thief River Falls  Honorable Mention All-American         
Nate Sorvig  SS  Thief River Falls        
Ametrio La Velle  CB  Osseo
Allen Ware  CB  Chicago  IL     
Justin Skjervin  QB Thief River Falls        
Josh Moulds  OL  Fisher
Brian Harris  TE  Chicago  IL

Top Recruits or Transfers:  Pierre Smith (DL, Chicago, IL), Chris Bachmier

(LB, Fertile), Chris Zimmer (TE, Kenmore, ND), Treston Magner (OT, New Folden), Dustin Kalt (LB, Warren), Robbie Anderson (QB, Thief River Falls), Kyle Olsen (RB, Hillsboro, ND).

RAINY RIVER

Coach: David Ward
Years Coaching: 1  Coaching Record: 4-5
2001 Overall Record: 4-5, Conference: 1-4
Starters Returning: 13  

Key Returners:

Name Pos  High School  Supporting Stats
Rodderick Dobson LB Friendship Christian 1st Team All-MCCC; All Region Pre-season 2nd Team All-American
Larry Aldridge RB  Brinkley 1st Team All-MCCC; 1126 yds rush
Andreas Williams FS  Pine Bluff 9 INT
Cedric Taggart WR  Pine Bluff 22.8 yds/rec
Willie Greer DB  Hubhes 2nd Team All-MCCC
Pete Mills OL Bullhead City 2nd Team All-MCCC

Top Recruits or Transfers:  Chris Evans (WR, Dollerway), Darren Reed (DL,  Cookville), Wesley Hill (WR, Brinkley), Thomas McCroskey (DL, Sweetwater),  Corey Brewer (DB, Gainsville), Alvin Hawkins (OL, West Memphis), Jeff Parker (SS, Dollerway).

Team Strengths:  Overall defensive speed, Offensive size and speed.

Team Weaknesses:  Young on defensive line, young offense.

VERMILION

Coach: Keith Turner
Years Coaching: 4  Coaching Record: 29-13
2001 Overall Record: 8-2, Conference: 5-0
Starters Returning: 10 

Key Returners:

Name Pos  High School
Charles Fields OG Duluth Central            
Bryan Saaristo OT Silver Bay
Tom Kozlowski OC Alpena MI
Jesse Ahlbrecht TE New Ulm
David Peterson DB Evangel FL
Ryan Hanson CB Northland/Remer

Top Recruits or Transfers: Justin Brickley (WR, Wrenshall), Jake Cater (OL,  Duluth Denfield), Dan Tureotte (DL, Superior, WI), Mark Ebensteiner (LB,  Albany), Rick Krivinchuk (K/P, Wrenshall).

Team Strengths:  Offensive Line.

Team Weaknesses:  Defense.

SOUTHERN DIVISION

CENTRAL LAKES

Coach: Mike Degan
Years Coaching: 4  Coaching Record: 7-19
2001 Overall Record: 3-6, Conference: 1-3
Starters Returning: 4  

Key Returners:

Name Pos High School
Shaun Thielbar DB Faribault
Ross Bureau LB Howard Lake
Brandon Flanders WR Miami FL
Josh Bark OL Painesville
Marvin Kimble DB Memphis  TN

Top Recruits or Transfers: Matt Kern (LB, Verndale), Chris Bramer (DB,  Verndale), Carlos Delassalas (DL, Miami, FL), Dan Saehr (QB, Pierz), Maurice Noeitich (RB, Indiapolis,IN).

Team Strengths: Better speed, more talent at quarterback and defensive back.

Team Weaknesses:  Depth in both line groups.

FERGUS FALLS

Coach:  Lloyd Danzeisen
Years Coaching: 20  Coaching Record:  94-75
2001 Overall Record: 7-5, Conference: 3-1
Starters Returning: 13 

Key Returners:

Name Pos High School Supporting Stats
Ben Brimhall QB Fergus Falls  2362 yds - 26 TD in 2000
Justin Richter LB Perham
Tomorrio Anderson WR Chicago  IL
Adam Wiechmann OG Melrose
Darryl Hall RB Waterbury  CT
Ahmed Warsome WR Mpls. Roosevelt

Top Recruits or Transfers: Kadafi Tunsil (DB, Miami, FL), Teon Black (DB,  Zephyrhills, FL), Canon Kilde (LB, Fergus Falls), Robert Lutgen (WR, RORORI), Joe Bartkowicz (WR, Upsala Area), Josh Linman (OL, Minnewaska Area).

Team Strengths: Speed, experienced offense.

Team Weaknesses:  Inexperience on defense.

MINNESOTA WEST

Coach:  Jeff Linder
Years Coaching: 6  Coaching Record: 22-30
2001 Overall Record: 1-8, Conference: 0-4
Starters Returning: 7

Key Returners:

Name Pos High School Supporting Stats
Dustin Headrick WR Flandreu  SD 2nd Team All-MCCC
Nate Braun OL New Ulm                              
Clinton Pierce LB Spencer  IA
Luke Hartman DB Lincoln  NE
Shane Lindmeyer LB New Ulm
Tyler Seldon DL Donnebrog  NE

Top Recruits or Transfers: Micah Niedecker (RB, New Ulm), Paul Frahm, (OL, Luverne), Travis Moser (OL, Luverne), Cori Colman (DL, St. Louis, MO), Trebor Swinea (QB, Virginia.Beach, VA), Todd Thompson (DL, Granada).

Team Weaknesses: Very young.

RIDGEWATER

Coach: John Vraa
Years Coaching: 9  Coaching Record: 45-33
2001 Overall Record:  5-4, Conference:  1-3
Starters Returning:  7  

Key Returners:

Name Pos High School Supporting Stats
Mike Redman DT Red Rock Central 1st Team All-MCCC; Pre-season 2nd Team All-American
Jason Prochaska RB Glencoe-Silver Lake 1st Team All-MCCC
Aaron Nelson CB Springfield 2nd Team All-MCCC
Jesse Olson CB KMS 2nd Team All-MCCC
Bob Tuckolke OT Glencoe-Silver Lake 2nd Team All-MCCC
Jesse Pabst OG Springfield

Top Recruits or Transfers:  David Blom (RB, ACGC), Jacob Meixl (FB, Mankato- Loyola), Mike Terres (LB, Melrose), Michael Graves (S, Minneapolis Washburn), Neil Glein (QB, St. Cloud Apollo), Craig Swan (LB, Red Rock Central), Jarod Tuff (DT, Dawson-Boyd), Joel Jerabek (C, Glencoe-Silver Lake/Concordia University), Jason Primus (OT, Melrose), Corey Feltman (LB, Norwood-Young America), Garret Duske (TE, Howard Lake-Waverly), Cal Hennen (OLB, Albany).

Team Strengths:  Offensive backfield, depth at line positions and linebacker.

Team Weaknesses:  Inexperience at quarterback and receiver.

ROCHESTER

Coach: Tom Hosier
Years Coaching:  33 
2001 Overall Record: 10-2
Starters Returning: 7  

Key Returners:

Name Pos High School Supporting Stats
Rhys Lloyd K/P Rose Mount  MA Pre-Season All-American
Antoinan Owens DL St. Louis  MO    
Richard Roesler DL Mora
Quentin Bowe RB Ft. Wayne
Chris Hynes OL Plainview
Nathan Ciesialazyk OL Shawno  WI

Top Recruits or Transfers: Brent Hovis (FB, Rochester John Marshall), Joe Swanson (OL, Eden Prairie), Ina Washington (WR, Waukegan, IL), Derek Willis (WR, San Mateo, CA), Jesse Gentling (OL, Rochester), Luke Kimlinger (OL,  Rochester).

Team Strengths: Depth, Kicking

Team Weaknesses: Inexperience.  


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