Team Preview: Butte College

The NCFA is loaded with talented squads and Butte College, as usual, has quite a few talented prospects on their roster. Offensive Coordinator Robby Snelling has a ton of talent to work with on the offensive side of the ball and defensively, the Road Runners have quite a few returning players that they hope could help lead them to a championship.

"We're really excited to get started," Snelling told "We have a lot of guys returning, which in JC football, if you can have that, you're probably setting yourself up to be successful.

"We'll see what the recruiting class looks like, but we're excited to get started and we feel like we have some playmakers on both sides of the ball."

Here's a look at some of the returning players that the Road Runners will be counting on this fall...

WR Josh Bellamy "He had a big year for us last year at receiver at as a kick returner and we're looking forward to getting him back. He originally signed with South Florida out of high school, so I'm not sure he's going to head back there or not, but that is an option for him, but he's got a lot of schools looking at him.

"He's a big-play guy for us. He can definitely hit big plays down the field and do some things with the ball in his hands. He was a running back in high school, so we used him a few different ways last year and we're going to do that again this year. He just makes one move and goes and when he does that, he's really successful."

RB/CB Anthony Connor "He's out of Houston, Texas and he was an All-League back for us. It took him a few games to get back on the field, but he stayed patient and worked really hard and then when he got out there he had a big season for us.

"He actually played corner for us in the bowl game against Delta, so we're not sure yet if he will be at running back or at corner. A lot depends on how our recruiting goes this summer and that will determine where he ends up. He can help us on both sides of the ball.

"He's elusive and he's 5-10, 185, he's not a scat-back, but he has good speed and good vision and makes good cuts. We can use him in the passing game and do a lot of different things with him. He's very versatile."

QB Ryan Ratekin "He's coming back this fall and he started every game for us last year and he had a really solid year, so we're excited about him coming back. To have a guy that started 11 games for you coming back is huge and that will be a good thing for us.

"He has a chance to go D-1. He's got a very strong arm and he throws the ball well down the field. He's more of a pocket guy, but we use him to sprint out and boot a little bit, but he's more of a true quarterback.

"He's 6-3, 190 and he can add some weight and he's been working hard in the weight room so he's a guy that looks really like a guy who could have a big year."

RB Alex Green "He had a really good year for us last year at running back. He was our bowl MVP against Delta where he ran for around 190 yards that game and three touchdowns and he caught another touchdown so he had a monster game. He's about 6-2, 210 right now and could be a mid-year guy as well.

"He was more an in-between the tackles guy for us last year, but he hit a lot of stuff right off the edge, off the tackle's shoulder and I think he ran a 4.4 at the Nor Cal Combine, so as the year progressed he got faster as the season went on.

"Oregon State is still interested in him and he's from Portland so they definitely interest him a lot."

RB Alex Courtney "He's from Gainesville, Florida and he didn't play a lot, but the two games that he got on the field quite a lot he had over 100 yards in both of them. He's got some big-play ability and he's got some speed so we can do a lot of different things with him."

OT Danny Watkins "He started every game at left tackle for us and has got some early interest from a few schools. He had played three games of football before he came down here (from Canada). He's a great athlete. He's a physical specimen, he's 6-4, 285 and he can move and he's really quick. He was a fire-fighter out of high school up there and he's going to get better at run-blocking and pass-blocking with a year of coaching under his belt.

"He faced off against some talented pass-rushers and with their speed he handled himself really well considering how little he's actually played the game. His upside is absolutely huge. He's so new to the game and he's very coachable. He played hockey growing up so he can really bend his knees and he's able to run and he's a really good athlete."

CB Lametrius Davis "We're really excited about him coming back. He redshirted his first year here and he's definitely matured and he's worked really hard in the weight room this offseason and that will help with his strength.

"He'll be a mid-year guy for us and teams are already starting to look at him."

CB Bobby Burns "Started eight games last year, but had an ankle injury that forced him to miss a couple of games. He's healthy now. He had a huge first game when he had three picks for us against Sac City and returned one for a touchdown and then against Shasta he had another pick, so he is a good corner and a guy that makes plays."

LB Jon Watts "He's a physical specimen. He's 6-4, 225 pounds and runs a 4.6 forty. He could be a defensive end at the next level and I'm not sure where coaches see him, but he could be successful at either spot. He plays hard, he's all over the field and he's got a great motor."

DE Brandon Rankin "He's in the same mold as Jon as far as his athleticism is concerned. We play the Bear scheme so he lines up on a guard most of the time, but at the next level I think he'll be a pass-rush end. He's big, about 6-4, 265, and he's built a lot like Jevon Kearse – long arms and he can run. He rotated in last year, so he didn't play as much as he might have last year, but this year we'll be counting on him to be a real threat for us off the edge."

NT Carlos Guglielmi – "He's got a shot. He's not real tall, but he's about 6-0 and he's 290, 295. He's built more like a Warren Sapp, Mike Patterson – real stocky and he moves well and he's really strong. He's still pretty new to the game as well."

LB Brandon Luster "He transferred last year from Savannah State and had to redshirt, so he'll be a two for two guy after this season. He runs well and he's aggressive so he'll play linebacker for us. We basically run a 3-4, but all the linebackers play pretty much all the positions and he'll be a guy who we can do different things with."

LB Nick Decaneva – "He was a big special teams player for us last year, but this year he should be a starter for us. He's a local kid and we like what he brings to the table."

Other Butte players to watch: WR Justin Hilton; TE Matt Carter; TE Francis Depaolo; LB Tyree Dickson; DB Kyle McHenry.

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