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A possible replacement at quarterback is Jamar Culver (6-3, 215), who is back after a year off and runs a 4.7 forty. He backed up now-departed Allred two season ago. If not Culver, then it'll be Jerad Romo (6-1, 215), a physical athlete with a 4.6 forty. Whoever wins the job will have a pair of excellent targets in Jerome Wright (6-0, 175) and James Laurence (6-5, 230). The latter bench presses 345, hauled in 28 balls last season, and is an accomplished hurdler, triple- and long-jumper. Wright, who runs a sub-4.5 forty, is returning after a year away from Antelope Valley. In 2000, he was AVC's leading receiver with approximately 45 catches.
Player to watch – Laurence. He will play a little tight end
in addition to wide out. Creates mismatches with linebackers and DBs.
The Panthers have gone 10-1, 9-2 and 8-3 the last three years. RB John Bogarin returns and the 5-9, 200-pounder tallied 14 TDs last year, scoring on runs and returns. The defense should be solid with several very talented freshmen incoming, especially in the defensive backfield. The overall feeling is that the Panthers may have trouble getting to the seven or eight win plateau.
Player to watch – OG Nik Sorenson (6-3, 280) returns after a
very solid freshman campaign.
COLLEGE OF DESERT
The Roadrunners have a lot of work to do to even match the 5-5 record of 1999, the best mark in five years. It looked like last year's quarterback, Mike Wegener, would be back to lead the offense. But he has left the program. In his place will be San Diego State bounceback, Danny Armstrong (6-1, 195), a very athletic, well-rounded quarterback. His main target will probably be sophomore Shavargo Hayes (6-2, 210), who redshirted in 2001 with a hand injury. "He's not a blazer but can play outside. A Shannon Sharpe type...an H-Back type. Physical and fast enough," said Fimbres. Sophomore Running back Miles Bunch (5-11, 195) is a burner with 4.4 speed. The offensive line should be steady with freshman offensive guard Dustin Mitchell (6-3, 280) and returning sophomore Antoine Battle (6-3, 310) leading the way. Fimbres believes that Mitchell, an East Tennessee St. signee out of Palm Desert HS, could be one to watch.
The unquestioned leader on defense is linebacker Josh Lealofi (6-2, 255) from Barstow HS. He's a returning starter who is tough off the corner and very explosive. He's also a star in the classroom, which helps explain why Utah State, Oregon, and Oregon State are among those showing early interest.
Fimbres should bring a lot of lessons with him from Cerritos, one of the nation's finer programs. He'll probably need a few years, though, for any new magic to kick in.
Player to watch –
Freshman defensive tackle Donald Craft (6-2, 300) from Houston, Texas.
He's a converted tight end who redshirted with a hand injury last
On defense keep an eye on ILB John Castillo (6-0, 230) and cornerback Eric Peterman (5-9, 175). Both are returning starters who bring a lot to the table.
The team seems to be loaded and looking for No. 1. Other coaches in the conference seem to think that Grossmont is the team to beat, too.
Player to watch – Prince Milton, DL, 6-3, 252.
MT. SAN JACINTO
Coach Greg Shaw is high on returning QB Daniel DeNardo (6-2, 190), who threw for 1,500 yards and 14 TDs last year. He works behind a solid and huge offensive line featuring 6-4, 350-pound center, Robert Stover. Tight end Tyler Johnson (6-3, 260), whose brother Brett graduated from Mt. San Jacinto last year, is a great blocker too. By the way, Brett walked on at Washington State and is enjoying an excellent fall camp.
The defense should be steady, especially if inside 'backer Reuben Martinez (6-2, 240) plays up to his potential.
Player to watch – Sophomore DE Ryan Forrest (6-3, 235). Very
swift rusher who will get D1 offers.
SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY
No doubt there is talent lurking at SBVC, especially at the skill positions. Opposing defenses will be looking for a way to stop Donta Jackson, a fast, athletic WR/RB who also returns kicks. The guy to watch on the O-line is Jimmy Stewart (6-5, 310). It sounds like the quarterback position will be in the hands of either Cody Fisher (6-0, 175) or Sergio Oliver (6-3, 200), both of whom enter their third year with the program (gray shirts in 2000).
The defensive front features several guys with playing experience as does the secondary.
SBVC will need some breaks and the freshman must come through. Getting new coordinators hired wouldn't hurt any either.
Player to watch – Defensive tackle Jameel James (6-6, 310),
who played basketball in high school.
SAN DIEGO MESA
The defense should be solid but will need to replace last year's starting inside linebacker Ryan Clark (6-2, 235), who left the team.
Moss also needs to replace talented kicker Todd Gohsler.
Player to watch – Defensive end Paul Howse (6-2, 270). He's
got good quickness and strength.
Look for David Bellinger (6-1, 195) to secure the starting quarterback position. He redshirted last season and really knows the offense. The guy to watch in the backfield is freshman Vernon Jones (6-0, 195) from Hendersonville, North Carolina. Justice really likes his receiving corps, which is led by Isa Abdul-Aziz (6-5, 205) and Chad Donaldson (5-8, 155). The latter was an All-Conference return specialist last season and is a former Marine. Tight end Matt Gravette (6-3, 235) has soft hands and will be a team captain. If the offensive line comes together then watch out for this offense.
Justice has a nice front seven on defense but the secondary will be all freshmen.
At least seven D1 prospects dot the roster.
Player to watch – Outside linebacker Marcel Lagrone (6-2,
200). A team captain who runs like a deer; 95 tackles and an INT for a
touchdown in 2001. He's also a great student.
VVC has one of southern California's better linebackers in John McCoy (6-2, 255). He registered 19 sacks as a defensive end in 2001 and plays with great discipline and intensity. Many D1 schools are showing a high level of interest.
Player to watch – Freshman quarterback Scott Jeffries (6-4,
225) from Ohio. He will definitely play this year behind Lockwood and
will be one to watch next year per Hoover.
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