"The only back-to-back national championships occurred at Blinn in 1995 and 1996, so we’ve got our work cut out for us," the National Football Foundation Two-Year Coach of the Year said. "We hope that new faces will be able to produce the same successes."
So with that, the staff and team preparations begin "to step up" in their attempt to achieve another perfect 12-0.
"It’s time to step up...Players and coaches will have to step up in order for us to continue the success that we have established," said Franchione, whose Blinn teams have won 19 of their 22 games in two seasons. "Our theme in 2005 and 2006 was 'Play Hard, Play Smart, Play Together,' and we'll never deviate from that."
Franchione hopes leadership and athletic ability from last season’s Pilgrim's Pride Bowl Championship team carries over, but with only two returning starters, he feels the need for all personnel "to step up."
"We have very few returning starters, but we have many players who had playing time last season. They have to step into the role of starters. We will see who is mentally ready and physically capable to do that. Time is of the essence. In the time that we have to prepare, our coaches will have to evaluate and decide who can step up. We have some new faces -- not only on the team, but also on the coaching staff. It is important for all newcomers to understand their role in the success of the program and how they can add value to it."
Line coach Lloyd Spotted Wolf assumes the role of coordinator of an offense that Franchione says "has a chance to be dangerous since there is a lot of team speed."
Spotted Wolf's line features returners Herman Hall (6-1, 307, Fort Bend Bush) at center, and Quintin Johnson (6-4, 330, Port Arthur Memorial) at left guard. Four red shirt freshmen and 12 true freshmen will contend for other positions.
The team's only two returning starters, wide receivers Blake Kelly (5-11, 186, Beaumont Westbrook) and Rayshard Kelly (5-10, 168, Channelview), lend experience to perhaps the team’s strongest position. The corps is bolstered by E.J. LeBlanc, and redshirt freshmen Justin Jordan, Justin Rideau, Kevin Ferguson and 6-foot-5 transfer Doug Pierce. Freshmen Dexter Ransom (Seguin) and David Waters (Caldwell) also bring 6-foot-5 frames into the mix.
Replacing NJCAA rushing leader Bernard Scott? Running backs coach Matt Richardson will consider Jason Barnes (5-7, 212, Leander), Foothill College transfer Zach Booker (5-11, 193, Spring), plus three freshman with strong chances: Jarvis Carraway (5-9, 200, Texas City), Joshua Lewis (5-8, 186, Cypress Springs), and Reginald Brown (5-10, 200, Humble).
Last year’s scout-team quarterback, Terrance Cain (5-11, 188, North Shore), has proven leadership qualities and is solid in all aspects, but he will face competition from Cotton Turner (6-1, 190, Sugarland Dulles) and Clay Sears (6-2, 200, Fredericksburg). Turner was the second-leading passer statistically in Texas high school football during 2006.
Five players with considerable game experience key the play of the defensive line, led by 2005 sack leader Emmanuel Stephens (6-2, 207, Houston Waltrip) -- photo above, tackle Terrance Flagg (6-1, 285, Bay City), nose guard Michael Rhines (6-2, 232, Little Cypress-Mauriceville), Clinton Leal (6-5, 213, Kingwood) and end Tom Walker (6-2, 226, Langham Creek). Charles Buckner (6-5, 215, Bossier City, La.) and Sean Warren (6-0, 300, Texas City) head the freshman prospects.
Four linebackers saw lots of game time in Sterling Lewis (5-11, 231, Copperas Cove), Prentice Joseph (5-11, 228, Pasadena Dobie), Gary Ragston (5-10, 195, Brenham) and Chris Oguayo (5-11, 231, Pflugerville Connally). They'll likely be joined in rotation by freshmen Vernon Brooks, C.J. Parrish, Eric Banks and Andre August.
New secondary coaches Todd Smith and Sterling Rogers have three experienced hands in Danny Jackson (6-0, 189, Beaumont Central), Freddy Williams (5-11, 208, Caldwell) and Gremon Coffman (6-2, 210, Duncanville), with challenges sure to come from Texas A&M transfer Husani Sallah (5-8, 175, Houston Worthing) and Paul Stephens (5-8, 160, Fort Bend Hightower), a 2005 JC All-American who transferred from Rochester Community College, Mn., and sat out.
HEAD COACH: Brad Franchione (3RD Year)
ASSISTANT COACHES: Lloyd Spotted Wolf (OC-OL), Matt Richardson (RB), Tony Haynes (QB-WR), Gabriel Burks (WR), Keith Browning (DL), Todd Smith (DB), Sterling Rogers (DB).
2006 SEASON RECORD: 12-0
2006 SWJCFC RECORD: 6-0
2006 POSITION IN STANDINGS: 1st, NJCAA Champions
2006 BOWL APPEARANCE: Won The Pilgrim’s Pride Bowl at Mount Pleasant, Tx., over Pearl River Community College, 19-6.
KEY SOPHOMORES: RB Jason Barnes, DB Gremon Coffman, TE Samer Elqubub, WR Kevin Ferguson, DL Terrance Flagg, DT Rodney Gooden, OT Herman Hall, CB Danny Jackson, OG Quintin Johnson, LB Prentice Joseph, WR Blake Kelly, WR Rayshard Kelly, DL Clinton Leal, PK Luis Leal, DT Brandon Lee, LB Sterling Lewis, LB Chris Oguayo, LB Gary Ragston, DT Michael Rhines, OL Tito Sanchez, DE Emmanuel Stephens, DS Zac Taylor, DE Jeremy Uluocha, DE Tom Walker, FS Freddy Williams.
KEY REDSHIRT FRESHMEN: DE Luke Addicks, LB Eric Banks, LB Vernon Brooks, QB Terrance Cain, OL James Gulley, WR Kierrie Johnson, WR Justin Jordan, RB Brandon King, QB Terrance Kirk, OL Tony Malfar, LB Davion Marshall, DE Adonis Mitchell, DB Cedric Pierce, DE Jarred Price, WR Justin Rideau, OL Lance Williams.
KEY TRANSFERS: Doug Pierce (6-5, 190, WR, Arp / Tr-Tabor College); Zach Booker (5-11, 193, RB, Spring / Tr-Foothill CC); Mace Duge (6-2, 275, OL, Brenham / Tr-Fort Hays State); Husani Sallah (5-8, 175, DB, Houston Worthing / Tr-Texas A&M); Paul Stephens (5-8, 160, DB, Fort Bend Hightower / Tr-Rochester CC)
FRESHMEN RECRUITS: Joseph Alliniece (5-11, 260, OL, Sugarland Marshall); Andre August (5-10, 190, LB, Beaumont Central); Darrell Billiott Jr. (6-3, 310, OL, Texas City); Dalvin Brown (6-2, 350, OL, Temple); Prizell Brown (6-4, 225, TE, Pflugerville Connally); Reginald Brown (5-10, 200, RB, Humble); Charles Buckner (6-5, 215, DE, Bossier City, La.); Greg Bulls (6-3, 300, OL, Lubbock Monterey); Shamarious Bush (6-0, 175, DB, Sugarland Marshall); Jarvis Carraway (5-9, 200, RB, Texas City); Nirada Clay (5-10, 230, DT, Jersey Village); Darryl Cole (6-1, 170, DB, Sugarland Marshall); Justin Daniels (6-1, 175, WR, Brenham); Reuben Dennis (6-1, 245, DE, Austin Lanier); Marquis Franklin (6-6, 315, OL, John Tyler); McNeil Greenidge (6-0, 305, OL, Baytown Sterling); Jesse Hernandez III (6-0, 306, OL, Cypress Falls); Tyrone Jackson (5-9, 165, DB, Brenham); Lawrence Jamison (6-3, 260, TE, Texas City); Robert Johnson (6-3, 310, OL, Bryan); Courtney Johnson (6-2, 170, DB, Texas City); Logan Johnson (6-1, 210, DE, Seguin); Brian Krauskopf (6-3, 280, OL, Santa Fe);Zjatoric Larimore (5-11, 195, LB, Seguin); Joshua Lewis (5-8, 186, RB, Cypress Springs); Nathan Marshall (5-10, 177, CB, Austin Travis); Jermaine Martin (6-0, 250, OL, Temple); Michael Martin (6-6, 215, WR, Seguin); C.J. Parrish (6-1, 230, LB, A&M Consolidated); Lawrence Price (5-8, 183, DB, Sugarland Marshall); Dexter Ransom (6-5, 195, WR, Seguin); Alan Reitzell (6-0, 330, OL, Sugarland Marshall); Reginald Robinson (5-9, 170, CB, Cypress Falls); Kevin Rusk (5-11, 190, Ath, Dallas Woodrow Wilson); Clay Sears (6-5, 195, QB, Fredericksburg); Logan Smith (6-4, 318, OL, Lubbock Monterey); Romeo Smith (5-11, 180, LB, Texas City); Terence Stewart (6-1, 250, Sugarland Marshall); Keith Sweazie (6-3, 290, OL, Baytown Sterling); Morgan Tolleson (6-6, 215, DE, Stephen F. Austin); Cotton Turner (6-1, 190, QB, Sugarland Dulles); Sean Warren (6-0, 300, DT, Texas City); David Waters (6-5, 175, WR, Caldwell); Corey West (6-4, 190, DB, Brooks County, Ga.).
2006 BUCCANEER SCHEDULE
Date, Opponent, Time
Aug 25 - Coffeyville, 3 p.m.
Sept 3 - at Abilene Christian University JV, TBA
Sept 8 - OPEN
Sept 15 - .vs. Arkansas Baptist College, 3 p.m. (Rockwall, Tx)
Sept 22 - Kilgore *, 3 p.m.
Sept 29 - at Tyler *, 3 p.m.
Oct 6 - Trinity Valley CC *, 3 p.m.
Oct 13 - at NE Oklahoma A&M*, 3 p.m.
Oct 20 - Cisco *, 3 p.m.
Oct 27 - at Navarro *, 3 p.m.