Barry Sims- OT - Utah - Dixie State
Sims made a huge statement in his first start for the Raiders in 1999 by facing non other than Bruce Smith, and paving the way for close to 200 yards rushing that day. Since then he has been a fixture at LT for Oakland, and in 2004 received the Commitment to Excellence Award as the player who most personified Raider football. Barry injured his knee in the Hula Bowl representing Utah, and had to sit out a year to rehab. He is one of many ex Dixie State players who moved on to play football for the Utes.
Tommy Kelly - DE -Mississippi State - Hinds
Kelly is a monster for a starting DE, even on the NFL level. At 6'6 and 300 lbs, he is much more physical than your average outside lineman, yet his rookie season, he led the team in sacks with 4. At Mississippi State, he had 82 tackles with 15 of them for a loss after moving to the outside from his DT position. He only played one season at Hinds before the Bulldogs snatched him up.
Dominic Rhodes - RB - Midwestern State - Tyler
Now in his a 7th NFL season, Rhodes has been a steady player who has amassed over 2200 yards rushing at over 4 yards a carry, and also has 90 receptions for 649 yards. Last season was his finest as he rushed for 113 yards and a score in the Super Bowl playing for Indianapolis. For Midwestern State, he had thirteen 100 plus yards rushing games in 22 starts. He was a two time All Conference player at Tyler, and a Juco All American
John Madsen - TE - Utah - Snow
Madsen is the backup Tight End but sees plenty of action. Last season he caught 11 passes for 146 yards and a TD. He played one season at Snow and helped them to a final regular season ranking of #16. His Senior season at Utah, he had 55 catches for 672 yards and 6 TDs.
Brett Kiesel - DE - Brigham Young - Snow
Kiesel has steadily improved every season since playing at Snow. He had his first start after 5 seasons for the Steelers last year, and he responded with 58 tackles and 5.5 sacks. AT BYU he was an Honorable Mention All Mountain West Conference player and was listed as a Super Sleeper by the NFL Draft Report.
Ricardo Colclough - CB - Tusculum - Kilgore
Although heavily recruited right out of High School, Colclough decided to start out playing at Kilgore where he had 4 interceptions his Sophomore season. He also averaged a remarkable 40 yards per kick off return, and took 5 of them to the house! In only two seasons at Tusculum, he established the school record with 15 interceptions. That earned him the small College Defensive Player of the Year Award his Senior season, when he had an astounding 11 picks.
Darnell Stapleton - OG - Rutgers - Hudson Valley
Darnell was the heart and soul of the Rutgers Offensive Line that surprised the College football world last season. That line allowed only 8 sacks, the fewest in Division I, and Stapleton was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy. He also led the way for Ray Rice to run for over 1700 yards, a Big East record, and the second most yards in the nation last season. He was awarded the David Bender Trophy for best O lineman on the team. He was the starting center for Hudson both seasons, where his team captured the Championship and he was named All Conference.
Ryan McBean - DE - Oklahoma State - Hinds CC
McBean, a Jamaican native, moved to Texas as a youngster and became his High School Conference's Defensive Player of the year. He seems to have a nose for the ball recovering and causing a lot of fumbles during his College career. McBean is a rookie on the practice squad, trying to make the team.
Kevin Curtis - WR - Utah State - Snow CC
Curtis is a receiver in the mold of Steve Largent. Not big, but quick, and with sure hands. He also learned the trait of hard work from his father, a real life Cowboy who rodeoed, and only retired after shattering his leg in 20 pieces. After playing with the Rams, where he was only the second receiver in NFL history to have back to back 100 yard games in the playoffs, he was picked up by Philly this season. He has sparkled for the Eagles, including a career game of 11 catches for 221 yards and 3 TDs against the Lions earlier this year. The 221 yard effort is the second leading total in franchise history. Curtis walked on at Utah State, led the nation is yards per reception as a Junior, and finally received a scholly his Senior season, when he received All American honors. In between Snow and Utah State, he served an LDS mission for 2 years.
Jerome McDougle - DE - Miami - Hinds CC
After helping the Hurricanes to a National Title in 2001, and earning All Big East and Lombardi Trophy consideration, McDougle was a 1st round draft choice for the Eagles in 2003, but he has been plagued by injuries since coming into the league. He has suffered a triceps pull, a sprained knee, ankle and hip injuries. If that much damage done on the field wasn't bad enough, he also was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, then was shot in the abdomen during an armed robbery! But don't think that Jerome must have been in a place he shouldn't have been when he was shot. This guy has a degree in criminology, and started the Broward County Athletic Association that tries to educate children about everything from drugs, to AIDS, steroids, and academics, and is on the Board of the Big Brothers and Sisters. He received the Ed Block Award last season for exemplifying sportsmanship and courage. Let's all hope that this guy can get past his bad luck, and start playing the game he loves so much.
Joselio Hanson - CB - Texas Tech - El Camino
Hanson led the Big 12 conference his Senior year in passes defended, after being a solid performer for Elco. He has been a steady backup for both the Eagles, and his previous stint with the 49ers. Joselio has dedicated his career to his father, who died of Multiple Sclerosis 7 years ago, a disease he lived with since Joselio's birth. Hanson's mother hails from Panama.
John Dorenbos - LS - Texas El Paso - Golden West
Dorenbus is a consistent Long Snapper for the Eagles. At Golden West, he played both Fullback and Linebacker before heading to UTEP. Dorenbos is quite a character with many different friends from different walks of life. He was the guest of Rascal Flats at the Country Music Awards, and is good friends with renowned dancer Chris Judd, who used to dance on tour with Michael Jackson. He also is used extensively by corporations as a motivational speaker. But his main claim to fame off the field is the fact that he is a very accomplished magician, who often performs in Vegas, and for celebrities such as Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Garth Brooks, and Lindsay Lohan.
Scott Young - G - BYU - Dixie State
Young played on the defensive side of the ball until his Senior season at Brigham Young. He played well enough to allow only 3 sacks in his new position, and earned All Mountain West honors. At Dixie State he was an All American DE who had 12.5 sacks his sophomore season. His biggest inspiration are his parents, both cancer survivors which gave him a new look on life. Because of that, he works extensively with children trying to get them to understand the importance of education, and not to waste the precious time we all have here on earth.
Reno Mahe - RB - BYU - Dixie State
Another former Dixie State Rebel is Reno Mahe, a sort of hybrid NFL RB who started out as a receiver, and is used now coming out of the backfield to make clutch catches. In 2005, he led the NFL in punt return average at 12.8 per return. At BYU, he had a whopping 166 receptions for 2163 yards and 12 TDs, as well as 719 yards rushing with 7 more scores. At Dixie, he had 57 catches for 1387 yards and another 12 TDs. Mahe, (and don't pronounce it Ma Hee which means underwear in Tongan) is married to former BYU All American volleyball player Sunny, and they have three children. He has teamed up with Chicago Bears Tight End Gabe Reid to form the “Hope in Polynesia” organization that helps tutor kids in Utah whose heritage is from the Polynesian Islands.
Juqua Thomas - DE - Oklahoma State - NEO
Juqua was Conference Player of the Year for Northeast Oklahoma before transferring to Oklahoma State. He was a 3rd team All Conference player for the Cowboys and led the team in tackles for a loss with 21. Thomas loves four wheel vehicles and has an extensive movie library. He hopes to coach High School football when his playing days are over.
Kimo Von Oelhoffen - DT - Boise State - Walla Walla
Kimo has been around the block in the NFL, as evidenced by the fact that you young guys are thinking…..Walla Walla? Well, that school doesn't play football anymore, but Kimo has been playing in the pros since 94. He is serving a backup role now after starting all 16 games for the Jets last season, but the Eagles wanted him for his veteran leadership in the locker room, and his savvy on the field. In 2005, he won a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers. Nice career for a guy who's High School didn't have a football team in his native Hawaii. Kimo is half German on his father's side if you couldn't guess by the name.
Pat McCoy - T - West Texas A&M - Solano JC
McCoy was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw award, which honors the Division II lineman of the year, and was an All American at West Texas A&M. He was one of only 8 non Division I players invited to the Hula Bowl. McCoy was just a regular student at Solano with zero football experienced when the coaching staff, desperate for O linemen saw the 6'5 320 lb McCoy roaming the halls, and convinced him to join the team. The rest is history, a guy who made All American and is on the practice squad for an NFL team who never took up the game till age 20. Amazing. Another amazing thing is that during his Senior Year, he was having problems with really bad cramps in his stomach when his trainer recommended a cure …..Jelly Beans. They worked, and he's been an addict ever since.
Saint Louis Rams
Issac Bruce - WR - Memphis State - West LA and Santa Monica
What can you say about Bruce. He is simply one of the best route runners and surest hands in the NFL. A certain Hall of Famer, he came into the season as #7 on the all time reception list with 887 receptions for over 7 ½ miles in yardage. (That's 13,376 yards for the mathematically challenged.) The Florida native played at both Santa Monica, and the short drive to West LA. At Memphis, he caught 113 passes and scored 15 times. He has been named Rams Man of the Year in three different seasons. He also won the 2006 National Sportsman Award, the United Way African American Leadership Award, and the 2003 Sports Personality Award. He gives much of his time and money to charities, and serves on the Board of Child Haven, and organization that helps children with behavioral and communication problems. If you want to emulate a role model, on and off the field, this is your man.
Leonard Little - DE - Tennessee - Coffeyville
Tennessee picked up Little from Coffeyville after his Freshman campaign. Little started all three seasons for the Vols, playing both Linebacker and End. His Senior season, he was not only a 1st team All SEC, he was also a 1st team All American. Leonard is a sack master who doesn't need his degree in psychology to get into a QBs head. He has 74 sacks coming into the season, the most in the NFL since that statistic has been kept. He is simply one of the best D linemen in the NFL. For every sack he gets, he donates money to Alzheimer's and Diabetes research.
Milfred Brown - OG - Florida State - East Mississippi
The starting RT for the Rams is in his fifth season in the league, and is versatile enough to play Guard also. He was a two time All American at East Mississippi, and named the NJCAA Lineman of the Year. He had 45 pancake blocks his Junior season for the ‘Noles. He was originally selected by Houston in the 6th round of the supplemental draft.
Claude Wroten - DL - LSU - Mississippi Delta
Wroten was one of the best DLs in Juco ball while at Mississippi Delta. When he transferred to LSU, he still continued his strong performances and earned 1st team All SEC status. He was a 3rd round draft pick by the Rams last season. He hasn't earned a starting job yet, but considering this is his second season, and he plays behind La'Roi Glover, who was in 6 straight Pro Bowls, it is not because he isn't a fantastic player. Claude's main asset is that, despite the fact that he is under 300 lbs, he is very tough to move out of the middle.
San Diego Chargers
Tim Dobbins - LB - Iowa State - Copiah Lincoln
Dobbins is a backup Inside Linebacker for the talent laden Chargers. San Diego picked him up in 5th round of the 2006 Draft. The Chargers find his maturity level to go far beyond his years in the league, and he is one of their best special teams tacklers. He has filled in nicely in the lineup when needed, and is a player any NFL team would be happy to have. At Copiah, he had 210 tackles, 13 sacks, and 4 interceptions on his way to Honorable Mention honors in the Mississippi Conference. He got even better at Iowa State where he was a two time All Big 12 honoree, and Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year.
Eldra Buckley - RB - Tennessee Chattanooga - Northwest Mississippi
Buckley is currently on the practice squad, trying to find a place on the roster after going undrafted. At Chattanooga he was a 1st team All Southern Conference selection where he broke the single season rushing record and gained the team's MVP Award. AT Northwest Miss, he was the Mississippi Conference MVP, and a first team All American.