San Francisco 49ers
Larry Allen - OT - Sonoma State - Butte
You can't give this big Tackle enough accolades. He is a shoe in for Hall of Fame status. He's been to the Pro Bowl 11 years in a row, and was named to the 90's All Decade team. He is one of only 3 guys who have been elected to the Pro Bowl at more than one position. Allen is considered the strongest player to ever put on the pads in the NFL. He has bench pressed an incredible 700 lbs! He is best known as the lynchpin of the great Dallas teams of the 90s. He is the most famous Butte football alumni, and after taking off a year, became a beast at Sonoma State where the offense set numerous school records.
Attiyah Ellison - DE - Missouri - Coffeyville
At Coffeyville he had 57 tackles and 10 sacks, and became more of a force each year he played at Missouri. Became the Captain of the Team his Senior Year and was named 1st team All SEC as he led the Tigers to being the 2nd stingiest defense in the Southeastern Conference. Now in his 3rd year in the league, he has bounced around a little, but if he continues to improve at the same steady pace, he will be an NFL player for years to come.
Aubrayo Franklin - DE - Tennessee - Itawamba
Franklin came on strong his Senior year with the Vols, willing his way to a starting position for the final 8 games. While at Itawamba, he was named the Mississippi Conference's Defensive Player of the Year. He has progressively gotten more playing time over his 4 year career. He played 10 games for the Frankfurt Galaxy before being picked up by the Ravens.
Dashon Goldson - DB - Washington - Coffeyville
Goldson had a stellar college career at both Coffeyville and Washington. In his four college years he had an outstanding 293 tackles. He was the KJCCC Defensive Player of the Year and 1st Team All NJCAA member his one season for the Red Ravens. His Senior year with Huskies, he came on strong during the last half of the season to garner Honorable Mention All Pac-10 honors. He is currently a backup Safety in his rookie season.
Shaun Hill - QB - Maryland - Hutchinson
Led the Terrapins to their first Atlantic Coast Title in 16 years, and a final poll ranking of # 10 back in 2001, and threw for over 3100 yards in his two seasons there. Also was named a 2nd team All ACC player. At Hutchinson, in his native Kansas, he was an All Jayhawk player both seasons. He was signed as an undrafted player by the Vikings, and was shipped to Amsterdam where he led NFL Europe QBs in passing with 2,258 yards. Battled his way onto the roster after having a solid preseason.
Jeff Ulbrich - LB - Hawaii - Gavilan
Ulbrich had a strong Senior season at Hawaii after suffering a torn bicep muscle his Junior year. He was a 1st team All WAC selection and co-captain, and had an incredible school record 167 tackles in his final season. He has been a starter most of his career in the NFL, and is known as a ferocious hitter and student of the game. He uses ultimate fighting techniques to hone his skills. The bicep has been a problem for him, but he is a valuable player who has the speed to play OLB, and the toughness to play inside. At Gavilan, he was a 1st team All Conference player and team M.V.P. He is currently enjoying his 8th year in the league.
Delanie Walker - TE - Central Missouri State - Mt. SAC
Delaney was a big matchup problem for Juco defenders at Mount San Antonio. He was a big player with speed at WR, was very physical, and used his body well to position himself for the ball. Delaney had 113 receptions for CMS, and including Mt SAC, had 199 career receptions for 2659 yards and 23 TDs. He is very fast for his size, winning the Division III 100 meters state championship at Pomona High School in California, and still holds the record with 3 kickoff returns for TDs at CMS.
C.J. Brewer - WR - Wyoming - Ventura
C.J. signed with the 49ers last season as a free agent. At Ventura he was a 1st team All WSC selection as well as an All State selection. Before spending his one year with the Pirates, he led all NCAA Divison II receivers at Fort Lewis College with 84 receptions for 1331 yards and 18 TDs, leading to 1st team D-II All American honors. Currently Brewer is on the Practice Squad.
Walter Jones - OT - Florida State - Holmes
Jones is a legendary figure in the NFL having been to 7 Pro Bowls since coming into the league 11 years ago. The massive 325 lb Jones came right out of the shoot dominating defenders having started in every game he played. He is a big reason why Shaun Alexander has so much success, including his record 28 TD performance. Jones was a 2nd team All ACC honoree for the Seminoles. At Holmes, he was the Mississippi State Defensive Player of the Year and in two seasons there gave up a total of 1 sack. Jones has three kids including a set of twins.
Deion Branch - WR - Louisville - Jones County
At 5'9 and close to 2 bills, Branch looks more like a utility RB than a wide out. In 1998, he led Jones to an undefeated season and a Golden Isles Bowl win. He caught 69 passes for over 1000 yards and 9 scores his sophomore year before transferring to Louisville. He was a huge weapon there too, finishing second in total receiving yards in only two seasons, hauling in 143 passes and scoring 18 TDs. Branch is most noted as a Patriot where he was the MVP in Super Bowl XXXIX breaking the SB record with 11 receptions. Branch is simply one of the best receivers in the NFL since coming into the league in 2002.
Maurice Morris - RB - Oregon - Fresno City
The former Duck filled in well for Shaun Alexander last year (604 yds) when Alexander was hurt, and played with him in some 2 back sets. He is also a solid returner, breaking the Seahawk record with 231 total yards in one season. At Fresno he was a 2 time JC Gridwire All American setting National JC records in All purpose yards (4487) and rushing yards (3708) and also scored a whopping 49 times. In his Ram career, he was held to under 100 yards only once. At Oregon he was the first RB to have back to back 1,000 yard seasons. Maurice probably found his quickness at the family dinner table growing up, trying to fend off 6 brothers and 8 sisters!
Julian Peterson - OLB - Michigan State - Valley Forge
Peterson is in his 8th year in the NFL and 2nd with the Seahawks. Last season he was named to his 3rd Pro Bowl after having a personal best 10 sacks. An All American for the Spartans, Peterson had 140 tackles and 25 sacks in only two seasons. He was also a 1st team NJCAA All American, and Seaboard Conference Defensive Player of the Year, averaging 20 sacks per season.
Seneca Wallace - QB - Iowa State - Sacramento City
Seneca was one of the most athletic QBs ever to play in the Juco ranks. Originally headed to Oregon as a DB, his mother became ill and he ended up staying at home playing for Sacramento City. He was a double threat there throwing for 3675 yds and 22 TDs, as well as rushing for another 550 yards and 9 TDs. He was named All Conference and All American. In his two years at Iowa State, he threw for 5289 yards and 26 TDs, and rushed for 912 yds and 15 scores. He shattered the school total offense record with 6201 yards. Seneca was also a top notch basketball player in High School. He is now second on the depth chart for the Seahawks.
Reynaldo Hill - CB - Florida - Dodge City
Second on the depth chart at Left Corner, Hill sees plenty of playing time having 24 starts since coming into the league only 2 seasons ago. He had over 100 tackles coming into the season, and has been a valuable player for the Titans. Reynaldo is one of many great athletes to come out of the Fort Lauderdale Florida community, and felt snubbed when Florida State did not offer him due to a surplus of CBs. After leading Dodge to the best pass defense in the NJCAA, he received a scholarship from Florida, and took special delight when the Gators downed the Seminoles, and Hill helped hold the high powered Florida State offense to just 13 points. Hill is very physically gifted having a 38” vertical and had a 4.32 40 in the NFL Combine. Hill participates in charitable events thrown by the Titans and credits him mom as the reason he has persevered and made it all the way to the big boys.
Ken Amato - LB/LS - Montana State - Moorpark
Now in his 5th season with the Titans, Amato has been a very dependable long snapper. But, he also has a reserve role as a Linebacker. He plays on special teams and is an NFL quality tackler, and is more than just a guy who can spin a spiral between his legs. In fact, an injury at Moorpark where he played Linebacker led to him being a long snapper. He was All State and All Conference for the Raiders. At Montana State he had 89 tackles and 5.5 sacks.
Quinton Ganther - RB - Utah - Citrus College
Quinton impressed me as a great all around back for the Owls where he set the school rushing record with 2729 yards. He is extremely strong (430 lb bench), and is a shifty runner that makes it hard to get a helmet on him. After transferring to Utah, he became an Honorable Mention All Mountain West back, and his Senior season he was named team Captain and was a 2nd team selection. Ganther grew up on the tough streets of Richmond California. He to this day writes the initials of childhood friend Terrance Kelly, a baller who was headed to Oregon before he was murdered on those Richmond streets. Because of that background, he spends a lot of time with underprivileged youth lecturing them about the benefits of staying out of trouble and getting their education.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jeff Garcia - QB - San Jose State - Gavilan
Garcia was a double threat the one year he played at Gavilan, throwing for over 2,000 yards, and rushing for over 500 more. Garcia has always had an accurate arm, and set the Spartan record for total offense with 7274 yards of total offense. Everyone remembers his stint with the 49ers, where he had the unenviable job of following two of the greats QBs of all time in Joe Montana and Steve Young. But few remember that he played 5 seasons with Calgary and led them to a Grey Cup championship garnering MVP honors. Unfortunately, most everyone remembers when Terrell Owens insinuated he was gay. This coming from a guy who is a bachelor, flamboyant, obsessive compulsive about his body image, likes to wear form hugging attire, and once stole a cheerleader's pom-poms after scoring and used them like a pro. LOL. Other than that Terrell is one of the best receivers in football, which means when you talk about team mates, you should confine them to the performance of the player, and not his sexual orientation. It was worse than the idiotic statement that Rush Limbaugh made about Donovan McNabb only being All Pro because he is black, because it was a team mate he was tearing down. Garcia is married now, and started the Pass it On Foundation that helps people in need. He's having a pretty fair year as the Buc's signal caller completing about 2/3s of his passes.
Quincy Black - LB - New Mexico - Harper College
Black was a 2nd team All American for Harper at Defensive End and had 88 tackles the one year he was there. For the Lobos, he played the Linebacker/Safety Hybrid Lobo position made famous by Bear Middle LG Brian Urlacher. Quincy was picked up by the Bucs in the 3rd round last season, and is currently the backup SLB and special teams guy.
Matt Bryant - K - Baylor - Trinity Valley
Bryant is the starting kicker for Tampa and had a game winning 62 yard field goal against Phillie last season. Only Tom Dempsey's 63 yarder tops that in the annals of NFL history. Bryant's leg is as accurate as it is strong as he has made well over 80% of his field goal attempts since coming to Tampa Bay. He is 7th on Baylor's all time scoring list with 105 points. At Trinity, he was a 2 time All American. Bryant is especially active in organizations that help children and our military men. He is a model citizen who has been used extensively as a spokesman for educating children about the perils of online predators.
Cornelius Griffin - DT - Alabama - Pearl River
Griffin was 1st drafted by the Giants in 2000, but came over to rival Washington in 2004. He has been a starter on both teams since 2001.Last season he finished with 68 tackles with the ‘Skins. He has been a reliable and balanced player who is equally adept against the pass as the run. At Bama he led the team in sacks and earned 2nd team All SEC. At Pearl River he had an incredible 147 tackles his Sophomore year leading to 1st Team All JC Gridwire honors.
Mike Sellers - FB - CFL - Walla Walla
A consummate fullback, Sellers is a great blocker and has good hands out of the backfield. He also plays the H Back role and is a very good special teams player. Sellers signed with the Redskins after playing in the CFL, went back to the Canadian League where he dominated, then was picked back up by the Skins in 2004. Sellers was a Juco All American, and after passing on a 4 year school, became the youngest player in CFL history to sign a contract at 19. At North Thurston High School, he was named the State's Offensive Player of the Year.
Ryan Boschetti - T - UCLA - San Mateo
Boschetti was a steady player for the Bruins after transferring from San Mateo, where he was rated as the #2 Juco player in the nation. He ended his JC career with 24 sacks. He was released to the Practice Squad in 2004 after signing as a free agent, but soon the versatile DL was on the roster because of his ability to back up both Tackles and Defensive End positions.
Rock Cartwright - RB - Kansas State - Trinity Valley
At 5'9 and 220 lbs, bowling ball might best describe the Rock. But this guy is shifty and can fly as evidenced by his team record 1541 yards (24.1 avg) in kickoff returns last season. He was an Honorable Mention All Big-12 selection his Senior Year with K-State, and was a Parade All American at Conroe (TX) High School. He picked up the name Rock Baby from his grandmother, but after he became a boulder, the dropped the Baby.
Randy Thomas - G - Mississippi State - Copiah-Lincoln
Selected #57 in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Jets, Thomas has been a very consistent OL in the league for 8 seasons. Last year he started all 16 games after rehabbing from a broken fibula in ‘05. At Miss St. , he was a 1st team All SEC selection, and also an SEC All Academic student. At Copiah-Lincoln, he was All State, All Region, and All American. He is now pursuing a Masters in Criminology, and his favorite past time is eating, which is why he opened up a BBQ Restaurant specializing in Southern Style Ribs, and once took on world ranked professional eater Sonja Thomas, but lost as he could only manage to woof down 1.5 lbs of shrimp in 10 minutes. Sonja ate 6.5 lbs. I wonder if she got a place on the team roster after that.