Butte College Preview

Every year Butte College puts out double-digit players to four-year programs and this year should continue that trend. Offensive coordinator Rob Snelling, a Butte product himself, spoke to JCFootball.com recently about some of the talent on the Roadrunners' roster.

"We have a lot of talented young guys coming in and we've had quite a few transfers that looked good this spring and we'll be counting on them a lot this fall," Snelling said. "We've got some really good prospects that are returners from last year and they'll be leading our team as well."

Here are the players that fans and scouts should have their eye on this fall on the Butte College roster…

C Robb Houser "He started every game for us last year as a freshman and he's just a very aggressive lineman and he's the leader and anchor for our offensive line. He's already got a lot of D-1 schools after him and he'll pretty much have quite a few choices to select from when he's ready to make that decision.

"Robb was all conference last year and he's a guy who just relishes the responsibility of the position there and he's super-strong and just loves to get after it. He's technically sound too. He's a really good player."

WR Taylor Clements "He's an outstanding athlete. He started the first three games and had five touchdowns almost right off the bat. Then teams started to game plan for him and he just didn't get the same type of opportunities, but he's a really good receiver and an outstanding athlete.

"He played some defensive back for us and he also returned kicks and punts. He also played baseball and was one of their best players. He's just a phenomenal player and athlete. We like him a lot."

TE Matt Carter "Matt came to us as a big wide receiver, but we're going to move him to tight end this year and he's going to be a really good threat for us there. He's very strong and we like his size (6-3, 220) and his speed (4.7) he's a guy who can really stretch the middle of the field for us and really challenge safeties and linebackers in coverage."

RB David Sims "David started the first two games and had over 200 yards and he was off to a big season for us and then he got a stress-fracture in his leg and had to sit out for a while. When he came back he was really a guy we relied on and this year we expect huge things from him.

"He ran a 4.38 this spring at the Chabot combine. He's got great size (5-11, 205) and speed combo and he'll be a guy who can be really successful at the next level."

FB Brandon Howe "He's a great special teams player. He's got great size (6-1, 240) and is really physical as a blocker, but he's also a really good receiver when we ask him to do that for us."

LB Nick Paden "He's probably our top recruit heading into this year. He's already had a ton of schools in here looking at him. He's our middle linebacker and he's really improved his speed this spring. We play a 3-4 scheme and we really count on Nick to be our leader to get the guys into the right spots and then make plays."

DT Joe Maaseia "Joe had to redshirt last year because of academics, but he's really done well in that area this past year and he's going to be a big part of what we do along our defensive line.

"He'll be done in December, he's really come a long way with his grades, and he'll be a two for two guy."

Other Butte players to keep an eye on: DT Ben Cassel, OL John Lang, OL Darias Jones, LB Brandon Luster, DB Angel Quayle, DT Yuen Taufetee, DE Joe Larson, K Erik Tom

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