Senior Colorado QB Robert Hodge (El Camino) has been at the helm of Colorado's offense since Craig Ochs was hurt and quit. In a loss to Colorado he went 18-37-174 with 2 INTs. He also rushed 8 times for 21 yards. (story)
Senior Colorado RB Chris Brown (Fort Scott), a Heisman candidate, would not be denied his 100 yards--even by Oklahoma. He carried the rock 25 times for 103 yards. Brown has over 1,300 yards and 14 TDs on the year. (story)
Junior Gabe Nyenhuis, a Garden City alum, is doing a decent job at Colorado where he has recorded 20 tackles and a pair of sacks from his DE spot. Throw in a couple of forced fumbles...
Oklahoma is the nation's number one team, and leading the charge on defense is junior linebacker Lance Mitchell (CC of San Francisco). Through 11/2, Mitchell recorded 75 tackles -- nine for loss. He's also got a sack and 2 forced fumbles.
Mitchell is leading the Sooners in tackles and his former teammate at CCSF, Pasha Jackson, is right there too. Jackson has 21 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and a fumble recovery.
Ohio State is another of the nation's top teams and their receiving corps gets a big boost from senior Chris Vance (Fort Scott). This week against Minnesota he caught one ball for 30 yards -- a touchdown.
Former Mt. San Antonio wideout Aaron Hosack, who is in his first year at Minnesota, has started seven contests and is the team's third leading receiver with 21 receptions. He leads the WRs in receiving yards (428) and yards per catch (20.4). Hosack has also scored a trio of TDs. Against Ohio State -- a cut above last year's competition in the Mission Conference -- Hosack hauled in 3 balls for 25 yards.
Antoine Burns (Rochester) is also on the Minnesota squad and has 24 receptions for 262 yards and a couple of TDs. This has been a break out year for the former JC Grid-Wire AA. Burns also excels as a KR, where he has returned 11 for 227.
The University of Georgia was undefeated until Florida hung a loss on them yesterday. Senior Kareem Marshall (Miss. Gulf Coast) is entrenched as a starter on the offensive line where he lines up at tackle.
Junior DeMorrio Williams (Kilgore) is third on the Nebraska defense with 56 tackles, a sack, a blocked kick, and 2 tackles for loss. He is very fleet of foot and has more than met expectations!
NC State was undefeated before yesterday, and some of the credit goes to second year DE Shawn Price (LA Valley). He has recorded 25 tackles with 10 being for loss (7 sacks), an INT, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. Too bad Terrance Chapman (LA Valley) didn't make it academically this year because he'd have made a similar impact.
Washington State, ranked 6th in the latest poll, wouldn't be where they are without the contributions of JC players. I'm not sure there's a coaching staff in the nation that does a better job of scouting and utilizing JCs than Wazzu. Against Arizona State junior running back Jermaine Green (Butler Co.) carried the ball 11 times for 39 yards and 2 TDs (Season: 99-506-7 TD). John Tippins (Santa Monica) carried the ball 12 times for 73 yards (Season: 79-442-1). We should not forget Jonathan Smith (Pasadena) because he's contributing as both a RB and kick returner. In his roll as a RB he has 54 carries for 254 yards and 5 TDs.
WSU Cougars wide receiver Jerome Riley (Sr.; Compton) led all receivers in the ASU contest with 8 receptions for 131 yards and 2 TDs. He also rushed once for 13 yards. What a huge season this guy is having with 37 receptions for 678 yards and 5 TDs.
Junior safety Brett Hudson (Grossmont) is having a good first season at Arizona State where he has 34 tackles, 1 sack, and a recovered fumble. Former Grossmont teammate, Josh Golden, signed very late with the Sun Devils but that hasn't proven to be a problem. The CB has 29 tackles and an INT.
Sun Devils punter Tim Parker (Southwestern) is averaging 41.8 yards per punt with 19 placed inside the 20.
Is there a former JC getting more press these days than Iowa QB Brad Banks (Hinds)? He went 17-30-275 and 2 TDs versus Wisconsin. He also rushed 9 times for 36 yards in the Hawkeyes' win. Nice to hear the national media talking up Banks as a Heisman candidate. On the year he has thrown 20 TD passes to only 4 picks.
A good many Banks balls are thrown to wide receiver CJ Jones (Garden City), who has 32 receptions for 418 yards and 8 TDs. He has also returned 11 kicks for 285 yards.
Wisconsin linebacker Alex Lewis (Jr., SUNY-Morrisville) has been a real defensive presence for the Badgers. On the season he has recorded 53 tackles, 9 of them for loss. He has also blocked a kick and forced a pair of fumbles.
Michigan State is having a difficult year, falling well short of early expectations. Fortunately, they have junior punter Jason Daily (College of the Canyons), who is averaging 39.4 yards per punt with 11 placed inside the 20 (prior to the Michigan game on Nov. 2). Also, former SUNY-Morrisville WR BJ Lovett is having a decent season for the Spartans. He's got about 280 yards receiving and four TDs.
Kansas State junior WR James Terry (Butler Co.) caught one ball for 13 yards vs. Kansas (Season: 16-302-5). It happened to be a TD. Lawrence "Taco" Wallace (Mt. San Antonio) led all receivers with 3 receptions for 68 yards (Season: 27-514-3). Two former JCs had picks vs. Kansas: Sr. safety Bobby Walker (Trinity Valley) and junior corner Randy Jordan (Bakersfield). Those two have three picks each on the year. Dralinn Burks (Trinity Valley) is starting on the OL and doing an admirable job. I could go on talking about K-State's JC alums...Tank Reese (Hutchinson) is among the leading tacklers.
Kansas punter Curtis Ansel (Garden City) averaged 41 yards on 6 punts (50 long) against Kansas State. Ansel deserves high praise for being named a Ray Guy award semi-finalist. Kansas CB Remuise Johnson (Garden City) has 6 picks on the year. Leo Etienne (Hutchinson) is second on the team in tackles with 82 and 3 sacks. Junior DE Cory Kipp (Riverside) doesn't appear to be playing much, but has a handful of tackles.
The Oregon Ducks defense is led by linebacker David Moretti (Chabot), who has 75 tackles with 3 sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery. He's in his second season starting at ILB. Former Reedley standout Darrell Wright has recorded 7 tackles from his DE spot.
DT Jamie Hanton (Chaffey) is having a decent second season for the Illinois Fighting Illini. He's got 17 tackles and a sack this year.
And then there's Mr. Amazing, Seneca Wallace at Iowa State. The former Sacramento City College star went 31-47 for 425 and a TD versus Missouri. He also rushed for 68 yards and a TD on 10 carries. His performance set a school record with 493 total yards ... and he directed a 93-yard touchdown drive with time running out that gave No. 22 Iowa State a 42-35 victory over Missouri. You can't stop him...you can only hope to contain him (unless you're Oklahoma). Junior Collin Menard (Iowa Central) is starting at OG for the Cyclones while PK Adam Benike (Rochester) has been pretty consistent this year (14-20; long 44).
Another Cylcone of note is linebacker Jeremy Lloyd (Tyler), who has recorded 73 tackles, 6 sacks, and 11 TFL total. He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, and got a safety.
Okay, how cool is it that former Fullerton safety Benny Mastropaolo is starting at FS for a good Colorado State team? He came to the JCFootball.com SoCal combine last spring as an unsigned sophomore and left with no offers. A short time later he had the chance to walk on at CSU and earn a scholarship, which I think came quickly. We're extremely happy for Benny. He led the CSU defense in tackles last Thursday vs. Air Force with 14.
We should add that Lavell Mann (Long Beach) is getting some PT at defensive tackle in his first year for CSU.
First year Clemson LB Brandon Jamison (SW Miss.) has 34 tackles with one for loss.
Second year WR John Lewis (Hinds) caught 5 balls for 85 yards and a TD vs. Texas A&M. (Season: 23-338-4 TD).
Last year's NJCAA offensive player of the year, Rashad Armstrong (Mesa CC), rushed for 78 yards on 11 carries for his Baylor team vs. Texas Tech. On the season he has 93 carries for 405 yards and 2 TDs. WR Vince Copeland (Reedley) caught two balls for 29 yards.
Former San Bernardino Valley DB Raymond Pierce is having a stellar first season at Texas Tech. He has 64 tackles and an INT so far. His defensive backfield mate Joselio Hanson (El Camino) has recorded 56 tackles (3 for loss) and three INTs. Former Butte DB Ricky Sailor has also recorded 56 tackles and an INT for the Red Raiders.
Senior Central Florida wide receiver Doug Gabriel hauled in 12 balls for 206 yards against Syracuse last weekend. Gabriel scored a TD on a one-yard rush. He has over 800 yards receiving on the season and may have cemented a job in The League. Junior DL Chad Mascoe (SW Miss.) has 51 tackles and 3 fumble recoveries on the year.
Houston QB Nick Eddy (American River) is having a good senior campaign although the Cougars aren't winning much. He went 15-23-210 with 2 TDs and 2 INTs in a win over Memphis this weekend. S Jesse Sowells (Blinn) is a guy whose JC career was marred by injury, so it's great to see him excel at Houston. This season he has recorded 57 tackles (4 for loss; 1 sack), forced two fumbles, and blocked a kick. Senior DB Victor Malone (East Miss.) is also among the team's leaders in tackles with 44.
Senior DB Jimarr Gallon (Butler Co.) is one of the leaders on Arkansas' defense. He has 40 tackles (2 for loss) and 2 fumble recoveries.
Former Dixie St. phenom Reno Mahe caught 5 for 84 and scored a TD for BYU. He's a senior.
UNLV DB Connie Brown (CCSF by way of U. of Alabama) picked off a pass vs. Wyoming. On the season, Brown has 63 tackles and a pick. LB Tyrone Tucker, off that same CCSF team (first signed with Iowa St. after finishing CCSF) is second on the team in tackles with 89 (4.5 sacks; 13 for loss). Junior DE Chris Eagen (Cerritos) has notched 32 tackles with 3 sacks.
Junior Oregon State safety Lawrence Turner (CCSF) is third on the team in tackles with 46 and first in INTs with 4. DE Jayson Jean-Baptiste (San Jose) has 15 tackles -- three of those for loss. Kenny Farley (Fullerton) starts at the slot WR spot.
Last year's top JC Top 101 guy, Ronald McClendon (Butler Co.), rushed 11 times for 61 yards for Ole Miss in a losing effort vs. Auburn. On the year he has 64 carries for 267 yards and 3 TDs. He has also returned 15 KOs for 252 yards thus far. The defensive star for Ole Miss continues to be senior Matt Grier (Itawamba), who has 55 tackles, 4 INT, 9.5 tackles for loss (3 sacks), and 2 forced fumbles.
Kentucky beat Miss. State this weekend and got some help from ex-JC wide outs, senior Aaron Boone (Snow) and junior Chris Bernard (Saddleback). The former caught 2 for 28 and a TD. The latter caught 3 for 37.
Tennessee safety Julian Battle (LA Valley) is third on the team in tackles with 50, including an INT and two sacks. He's followed by junior safety Gibril Wilson (CCSF), who has 46 tackles (4.5 TFL). Meanwhile, senior DT Demetrin Veal has notched 31 tackles with 3 sacks while DL Aubrayo Franklin (Itawamba) has 34 tackles.
Holmes grad Darel Slay (Jr.) has 25 tackles (4 for loss) from his LB spot; Cornerback Taqiy Muhammad (Jr., Butler Co.) has recorded 26 tackles; and LB Jermaine Lemon (Georgia Military) has 67 tackles. QB Corey Jenkins (Garden City) has been fairly effective using his feet and arm.
North Texas RB Kevin Galbreath (NE Okla.) picked up 153 yards on 19 carries with 2 TDs vs. Louisiana-Monroe. One of his jaunts was a 70 yarder.
Idaho senior RB Blair Lewis (Pasadena) lugged the leather 23 times for 89 yards and a TD. He also hauled in five receptions for 51 more yards. KR/WR Cedric Thompson (Canyons) had two KRs for 79 yards; he's very dangerous.
San Jose St. QB Scott Rislov (Jr., Ellsworth) was 15-30 for 287 yards with 4 TD passes and 3 INTs. He also rushed 8 times for 64 yards in the losing effort to Hawaii. Spartans senior WR Charles Pauley (Citrus) caught 4 balls for 120 yards and a TD -- he has been amazing! Lest we forget his 4 KO returns for 110 yards and 5 PR for 91 yards! Are you kidding me?! Navarro alum Kendrick Starling hauled in 4 for 57 with 2 TDs. The junior is catching on (no pun intended). S Gerald Jones (Canyons) had another interception. Does he lead the nation? I think so.
Hawaii WR/Ath. John West (Yuba) is getting some opportunities to shine now. He rushed the ball eight times for 45 yards and also caught 3 for 27 versus San Jose State.