Akin Ayodole - LB - Purdue - Coffeyville
At Coffeyville, Ayodole was a 2nd team All American and Defensive Player of the Year in the Jayhawk Conference. He then transferred to the Boilermakers and was a three year starter at Rush End. He was a 2nd team All Big 10 selection both his Sophomore and Junior seasons, and was a 1st teamer his Senior year, as well as being named the team's MVP. He was second on the Cowboy team in tackles last year with 106, his 5th consecutive year of 100 tackles seasons. Ayodole has a storied history of giving back. He was a 2003 Walter Payton Man of the Year finalist, 2003 Blue Cross Blue Shield Community Champion of the Year, makes regular visits to schools and children's hospitals, and contributes to just about every other player's charity of choice.
Jason Ferguson - NT - Georgia - Itawamba
An All Mississippi State player at Itawambe, Ferguson was a 1st Team All SEC player his Senior Year for the Bulldogs with 88 tackles and 9 sacks. Last season he led all Cowboy tacklers with 64, and has been a starter for almost his whole 11 years in the league. One of Jason's favorite things to do is send underprivileged kids on a Toys-R-Us shopping spree at Christmas.
Tyson Thompson - RB - San Jose State - Garden City
Tyson finished his JC career in a flourish as he rushed for 323 yards on 25 carries and scoring three times against a nationally ranked Glendale CC (Ariz.) team. Thompson was not on the radar much as he rushed for a little over 800 yards his Junior season, but the Cowboys have used him as an excellent return man. In fact, he broke the Cowboy record with 1399 yds on 57 returns in 2005.
Javon Walker - WR - Florida State - Jones County
Javon led the Broncos in every receiving category last year. Before coming to Denver, he established himself as one of the leagues best receivers at Green Bay, where he was a Pro Bowl selection in 2004. He had 65 receptions for the Noles, and broke Fred Biletnikoff's single game yardage record with 192 yards. Walker is simply an outstanding overall athlete. In High School, he was the second rated triple jumper in the entire nation, and was drafted by the Marlins and played a stint in minor league baseball.
Andre Hall - RB - South Florida - Georgia Military
I first saw Hall play against Dixie State where he led Georgia Military to a road game victory and I was impressed. I also got to see him play against the Alabama JVs with my brother, who teaches at Bama. Many of the fans thought that the JVs would roll over these JC upstarts, but I told my brother that Hall was going to shred them. He did. Much to the chagrin of the Tide faithful, Hall ran over, through, and around them scoring 5 TDs! Andre went on to become South Florida's all time leading rusher with over 2700 career yards, and scored 24 TDs as the program started getting some notice. After trying to hook up with Chicago and Tampa Bay, Andre has finally found a home in the mile high city. He may not be Jim Brown on the field, but he once beat the Hall of Famer in a chess match. So I guess he could say he's better than Jim Brown with a straight face as long as you don't ask what he was better at.
Alvin McKinley - DT - Mississippi State - Holmes Community
McKinley has been a solid performer in his 8 years in the league. He has a history of getting better every year he plays. He only started 4 games his Freshman year at Holmes, then recorded 100 tackles his sophomore campaign. At Mississippi State, he was the anchor of the D line at nose guard. As a pro, he made his first start in his 5th season, and after coming to Denver has been a valuable backup for the Broncs.
Antwon Burton - DT- Temple - Erie CC
A first team All Northeast Conference player at Erie, Burton went on to Temple and was named one of the top five independent NFL prospects. He played in the East West Shrine game, and then walked on with the Broncos where he spent last season on the practice squad. This year, Denver placed him on the roster, where he is a backup at both DT positions.
Edwin Mulitalo - G - Arizona - Ricks
Mulitalo holds down a starting job in his 9th season as a pro. He was previously a starter for the Ravens and got to play in Super Bowl XXXV. He was a 2nd team All American at Ricks, and also competed on the track team before transferring to the Wildcats. Mulitalo has been very active in the community as he started the Big Ed's Band Foundation that supplies musical instruments to children. He's played Santa Claus at charitable events, and has worked with Goodwill, the United way, and a multitude of other charitable organizations. After he's done playing ball, the multi talented Guard could play in a band that needs a ukulele player, or become a blacksmith like his father, but chances are he will work with youth as a Social Studies teacher and coach.
Courtney Anderson - TE - San Jose State - Contra Costa (PHOTO ABOVE)
Courtney was traded from the Raiders where he started two-thirds of the games. He had a strange road to the NFL as he was moved to defensive end by Contra Costa after playing WR. At the first JCFootball.com NorCal Combine at Chabot College, Anderson showed up and wowed four-year coaches working out as a TE. He couldn't sign with a four-year program until the following December. San Jose State waited on him and were happy they did. The Spartans put him at tight end where he had 37 receptions for 477 yards and 7 TDs. He is perhaps the greatest story to come out of the JCFootball.com combine scene to date as he was very much 'off the radar screen' prior to the combine.
Travis Fisher - CB - Central Florida - Coffeyville
After helping Coffeyville to be ranked 4th in pass defense in the NJCAA, Fisher went on to Central Florida where he had 130 tackles and 4 interceptions. He landed with St. Louis and became a starter who shined under then DC Lovie Smith., and in 2003 had 75 tackles and 4 picks. He is a valuable player for the Lions and has started half of the games.
LaMarcus Hicks - S - Iowa State - Coahoma
Hicks signed with the Lions as a free agent last season, and is currently on the practice squad. He was a 1st team All Big 12 performer his Senior season after sharing the lead for interceptions in the conference with 5.
Rudy Sylvan - TE - Ohio U - Solano
Sylvan has worked his way onto the roster after being on the practice squad in this, his rookie season. Ohio University picked him up after one year at Solano for his blocking skills where he helped pave the way for back to back 1,000 yard seasons for 2 time All Conference RB Kalvin McCrae. He finished at OU with 32 receptions for 293 yards and 5 TDs.
Alex Lewis - LB - Wisconsin - SUNY-Morrisville
Lewis was the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year where he had 101 tackles and 11 sacks as a Sophomore. He was a 1st team All-Big Ten pick, and a 3rd team All American his Senior year. He has been a valuable backup and great special teams player in his 3 plus seasons in the NFL. He has been very active in giving back to the community working with kids and feeding the homeless.
Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers - QB - Butte - Cal
The heir apparent to Brett Favre, I first saw Aaron play against a superior Fresno team, and thought he had Sunday written all over him. He had excellent arm strength and could throw both on the run, or in the pocket with above average mobility. He threw for about 350 yards in a losing effort, but I knew I would see him at the next level. Jeff Tedford thought of him highly too, and he went on to lead a resurgent Cal team to glory. Tedford first notice Rodgers scouting one of his favorite targets, TE Garret Cross, who also went to Cal. He led the Bears to their highest ranking in 50 years. He had a school record passing efficiency of over 150, and ended up with close to 5500 career passing yards. He was a Heisman trophy candidate, and a first team All Pac-10 player. He unexpectedly slid down the draft poll, but the Packers were more than thrilled to get him at the 24th slot in the 1st round.
Desmond Bishop - LB - CCSF - Cal
Another player who had NFL written all over him while at City, Desmond was a prototype MLB for the Rams who was head and shoulders above the competition. Desmond was a 1st team All American and collected 14 tackles in a losing effort to College of the Canyons in the State Final. He also was picked up by Cal when Coach Tedford was picking up JC players at a record rate. He led the entire Pac-10 in tackles his Senior year with 126, and was a 3rd team All American. Desmond is the back up MLB, but I would be surprised if he doesn't become a starter as gains more experience.
Ryan Powdrell - FB - Saddleback - USC
Ryan was an All American and one of the best Linebackers in JC ball his sophomore season at Saddleback, so naturally the Trojans converted him to a fullback. You really didn't want to be a fullback for the Trojans then, as injuries had their 4th string FB finishing the season due to a rash of injuries at the position. At 5-11 and 250 lbs, Powdrell is a tough customer to fend off. He had 190 tackles and 7 interceptions with the Gauchos. The injury bug has hit Ryan again as he is on the disabled list with a knee injury.
DeMarcus Faggins - C - Kansas State - Navarro
Now in his 6th season as a pro, Faggins is a dependable cover guy who has earned a starting role for the Texans all the way from the practice squad. He is an example of what hard work can accomplish. He already has 32 tackles, 28 of them being solo out there on the Island as a corner. At K State, he had a pick in the Cotton Bowl against Tennessee, and was an Honorable Mention All American at Navarro.
C.C. Brown - S - Louisiana Lafayette - Mississippi Delta
Brown was a 2 time All Sunbelt Conference player at Louisiana Lafayette after being All State at Mississippi Delta. He was the team M.V.P. and led the team with over 100 tackles. He has started about 90% of his games in his third season, and already has close to 200 tackles and 3 picks so far. Brown still lives in Lafayette in the off season.
Zac Diles - LB - Kansas State - Fresno City
A two-time All-Big 12 honoree, Diles easily made the transition from Fresno, where he compiled 130 tackles and had 5 interceptions. He now makes his home in Abilene Texas.
Anthony Maddox - DT - Delta State - Jones County
After starting out as a practice squad player, Maddox made the roster then played well last season when Houston had a lot of injuries occur to their D line. Against Cleveland last year, he enjoyed a lineman's dream when he forced a fumble, picked it up, and scampered 47 yards for a score. At Delta, he was the Gulf Coast Defensive Player of the Year. He was an All American and MVP at Jones. After leaving Jones, he worked three seasons at a furniture store before returning to football.
Bryan Pittman - LS - Washington - Walla Walla
After playing Tight End at Walla Walla, he walked on at Washington as a Long Snapper. A solid work ethic and good technique has won him the job as snapper for the Texans. He also played semi-pro ball for Puget Sound of the Northwest football League before signing with Cleveland. After being released by the Browns, he has found a home in the Lone Star State.
Kevin Barry - DT - Arizona - Hutchinson
After a couple of solid seasons at Hutchinson, Barry improved enough to start for the Wildcats both seasons there. He has been haunted by injuries, and is currently on the DL with a biceps tear. Last year he had quadriceps problems. But the Texans like him and still think he will continue to improve. He has been used as a Tight End in some formations.
Kelvin Hayden - DB - Illinois - Joliet
I remember in 2002 that Kelvin was THE man in JC football while at Joliet. Whether on offense or defense, his athleticism was far superior to most of the players he faced. At Illinois, he was converted to a corner position after leading the team in receiving his Junior season. He played RB as a Junior and Senior in High School, and QB as a Sophomore, and excelled at all positions. He was also his High School conference's 100 and 200 meter Champ. At Joliet, he was the first receiver ever to be named NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year. Joliet lined up against a very powerful Georgia Military team in the NJCAA championship game, and few people gave them a chance. But the Joliet passing game, led by Haden, more than offset the physically superior GM Squad to win the NJCAA Championship 24-14. Hayden's athletic prowess now has him starting at LCB for an Indianapolis team running on all cylinders.
Matt Giordano - S - California - Fresno City
At Fresno City, Matt was the heart and soul of the Ram Defense. This was a guy that brought it on every play. He was the defensive MVP in the NorCal Championship game. He's a smart player, and hits like a linebacker. At Cal, Matt played a good part of his Senior season with a cast on his hand, but it didn't keep him off of the field. Giordano has been a starter, but he is the perfect special teams player as he only plays full throttle on every play. Giordano has never played on a losing football team. At Buchanan High School, he was the Conference 400 Meter Champ.
Ryan Lilja - OG - Kansas State - Coffeyville
Lilja was named an All Big 12 player for K State after an illustrious career with the Red Ravens. The Colts picked him up after he was waived by the Chiefs, and after bouncing back from a knee problem, Ryan has earned a starting job with the powerful Colts, and is part of the reason Indy almost always leads the league with the least sacks allowed. Okay, maybe having Manning back there helps. In 2005, he made the Sports Illustrated All NFL team.
Reggie Nelson - S - Florida - Coffeyville
The starting Free Safety for the Jags, Reggie had 7 interceptions for the Gators before being drafted just last season. He was a consensus 1st team All American there, and received the Jack Tatum Award as College Football's best defensive back. At Coffeyville, where he only played one season, he had 85 tackles and 6 interceptions returned for 175 yards, a school record.
Paul Spicer - DE - Saginaw Valley State - Dupage
Spicer has earned a starting role the past two seasons in Jacksonville. He was Conference Player of the Year at Saginaw and had a fantastic school record 21.5 sacks his Senior season. In 95, he was a JC All American at Dupage. He is heavily involved in the Justice Coalition which provides help and is an advocate for the mentally ill, as well as a handful of other charitable organizations.
Aaron Glenn - CB -Texas A&M - Navarro
Now in his 14th season, Glenn has had an exemplary career as an athletic and dependable corner. He was drafted by the Jets, and was the first Jet ever to start in a Pro Bowl in 1997. He followed that up with an even better year and his second Pro Bowl the following season. He is tied with Ty Law, for active players with interceptions in 12 consecutive seasons. Even now, at 37 years old, he is an integral part of the secondary, and is often called on in the nickel package. He was a two time All American at A&M, and a JC All American his sophomore season. He has established the Aaron Glen Foundation that provides scholarships to minority kids.
Grady Jackson - DT - Knoxville College - Hinds
Jackson has started in about 80% of all his NFL games since his rookie season in 1997. He led all NFL defenders with 13 tackles for a loss last season. AT Knoxville he once had 5 sacks in one game! He was the NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year at Hinds, and a two time All American. Jackson is an outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing, and has been active with free football camps for kids.
Greg Estandia - TE - UNLV - Moorpark
I remember Greg as an outstanding receiver for Moorpark who was a big match up problem for DBs, especially in the red zone where his basketball skills came into play. It wasn't just the fact that he was 6'8, he could also use his body well, and could jump out of the gym. After transferring to the Runnin' Rebs, he was a candidate for the Mackey Award going into his Senior season. He led the team with 49 receptions and 7 TDs. The athleticism he had for such a big man also served him well as a kick blocker. Greg still makes his home in Moorpark.
Richard Collier - OT - Valdosta State - Tyler JC
At 6'7 and 360 lbs, Collier is one of the most massive men in the NFL. At Valdosta he was a 1st team All Conference and Honorable Mention All American. He belongs to the Jaguar Rookie Club, an organization that helps kid in outreach programs, and also helps feed the poor. He is currently the backup Left Tackle.
Jeremy Mincey - DE - Florida - Butler
After a stellar two years at Butler, Mincey went on to immediately gain a starting role for the Gators, where he earned 2nd Team All SEC status. The first year player is currently on the practice squad looking for his big break.
D.D. Terry - RB - Sam Houston - Kilgore
Terry actually played a DB at Kilgore, but after putting on some pounds, the coaches moved him to RB his Senior season at Sam Houston. He responded with over 1300 yards and 15 TDs, not bad for a converted DB. The Rookie is trying very hard to keep improving, and is currently on the practice squad.
Stockar McDougle - OT - Oklahoma - Navarro
McDougle played special teams last season but is now on the practice squad. He was a two time JC All American at Navarro. He was a 1st team All Big-12 selection and 3rd team All American his Senior season with the Sooners. His versatility on the D line should soon have him on the regular roster.