Terrence Cody - Miss Gulf Coast - Alabama (SEE PHOTO)
Terrence has played a huge role in the Tide's success and number one rating this year. At 6'5 and 375 lbs, huge is the key word here. The massive DL has agility no man that size should. In an ESPN interview earlier this year, Georgia coach Mark Richt said of Cody, "He's a beast. No one's blocked him. No one man has blocked him, and I haven't seen many double-teams block him, either. He's a problem, and probably the reason they are so outstanding against the rush. When you talk about guys who can push a pocket back in front of a quarterback, he can do it." As reportedly the biggest man to ever wear the Crimson Tide uniform, Cody has been affectionately referred to as Mount Cody by his team mates. In High School Cody was so dominating that in practice his coach instituted the Terrence rule. In scrimmages, he could only grab the ball carrier and not take him to the ground. Terrence was injured just recently early in the second half against Ole Miss with a sprained medial collateral, but he played in a limited role last weekend against LSU and should be good to go by Bowl time.
Markus White - Butler - Florida State
Considered one of the best Jucos recruit coming out last season, White had a tremendous year garnering every award imaginable including the NJCAA MVP while leading Butler to a 12-0 season. He was the top dog on the stingiest defense in the country which allowed only 11 points per game. White has 18 tackles for the ‘Noles, and is expected to be a team leader next season.
Coleby Clawson - Snow - BYU
Clawson is an athletic kid who placed 3rd in the Utah high school wrestling championship. He is also smart having been not only a JC Grid-Wire and NJCAA first teamer, but also an NJCAA Distinguished Academic All American award winner. Coleby is a mature young man who has already went on a mission and is married with a daughter. He has made the transition from down lineman to Linebacker and is thriving there. He has 40 tackles and has 4 sacks so far for the resurgent Cougars.
Daniel Calvin - Bakersfield College - Kansas State
When I first heard of Calvin, I knew the athleticism was there to go along with that 300 lb body. I had played against his father Manuel in basketball back in the stone age, who had led the Renegades to a State Junior College Basketball championship. Dad was only about a 6'3 center, but was built like Charles Barkley. His mother Trudy was also an outstanding athlete. Daniel has those athletic qualities too, and the Wildcats have inserted him into the starting Nose Tackle position. His job is to plug up the middle and let the LBs make the plays so he only has 13 tackles thus far. The K State coaches are very glad to have his steady force in the middle.
Emmanuel Stephens - Blinn - Ole Miss
Stephens has been a steady force for the Rebels garnering 15 tackles with 4 tackles for a loss. The Houston native was a 1st team all NJCAA and 2nd team Grid-Wire player last season. At only 235 lbs, Stephens is tough off the edge but once he puts on more weight he will be a force on the line for the Rebs in the always tough SEC.
Bernard Afutitti - Mount SAC - BYU
Another Cougar with a storied JC career, Afutitti was a driving force on Mt. SAC's defense last year that fell just short of a state title. He lived in opponent backfields last season. There must be something in the water in Provo, because Bernard is also married with a two year old son. Bernard is currently playing in a reserve role.
Troy Epps - Coffeyville - Florida
The anchor of the defensive line for Coffeyville is a backup for the Gators, but has played in most of the games. Troy is quick for his size as evidenced by his 62 tackle, 5 sack season last year. He also can hit having forced 5 fumbles last season. He should get more playing time for the Gators next season.
Ben Terry - Saddleback - Oregon State
Ben has been a valuable backup for the Beavers this season. He has 8 tackles and 1 forced fumble so far this season. Terry has good size and speed and the coaches love his ability to get his hands on the football.
Aaron King - Bakersfield College - UTEP
Houston native Aaron King has always wanted to play for the Miners, and he is doing a solid job as a backup. He has 14 tackles so far with 2 sacks. Aaron is long armed and quick as evidenced by his hurdling days in High School and is a nightmare to block on the pass rush. He joins former Renegade and Texas native DB Dustin Bell on the roster.
Spencer Gasu - Santa Ana - Arizona State
Spencer is very quick off the line having been timed at 4.8 in the forty. Although benching 330 lbs, Gasu needs to work on his strength a bit in order to get more playing time. He already has the speed, the explosiveness, and the desire.
Kris Cooke - Joliet - Purdue
After garnering 2nd team JC Grid-Wire All American status, Cooke is playing a backup role for the Purdue Boilermakers. Cooke had other offers, but the Illinois native always wanted to be a Big-10 player.
Dexter Beck - Trinity Valley - Baylor
The 2007 JC Grid-wire All American Honorable Mention has stayed in the Lone Star state and is a backup for the Bears.
Donald Booker - Navarro - Oklahoma State
After leading the nation in tackles last year at Navarro, Booker has given immediate help to the highly ranked Cowboys. He had a late start with Okie State, but quickly moved up the ranks. A first team JC Grid-wire All American who finished his JC career with a whopping 161 tackles, he has 24 tackles so far this season.
Shaun Mohler - Orange Coast - Colorado
Shaun has always been a very good athlete having played both ways as a High School senior at both LB and QB. He also played basketball, baseball, and ran the hurdles for the track team. Nothing has changed. Big Moe has an incredible 76 tackles already for the Buffs. Also a great scholar, Mohler won the National Football Scholar Foundation Award at OC.
Sterling Lewis - Blinn - Arizona
Lewis has started most games at the Will LB position. Despite the fact that he has shared the position with another Junior, he still leads the team in tackles with 58 for the surprising Wildcats. He helped Blinn to an NJCAA National Title in 2006. With a year under his belt, Lewis will be a good candidate for an All PAC-10 selection.
Mike Bethea - Palomar -Nevada
Mike has been all over the field for the Wolf Pack. He has 28 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and 2 pass breakups. Bethea has good size at 6'3 and 245 pounds and should really be a wrecking ball for Nevada next season. After getting his degree, he wants to return to football as a coach.
Hanson Sekona - San Mateo - Kansas State
The Wildcats certainly have no qualms about recruiting Juco players. The 6 foot 230 lb Sekona is a backup ILB, but has played extensively with 19 tackles so far. K State has a young Linebacking crew that should improve the defense next season. It's tough to win in the Big-12 if you don't have a solid defensive unit, and they already own some of the best Juco transfer WRs that should make their offense potent next season.
Doug Faatiliga - Sacramento - Tennessee Chattanooga
Doug came in a little under the radar last year but it wasn't because he didn't perform. He had a whopping 106 tackles last year for Sac City, and 72 of them were solo. He also had 8 sacks, scored a TD on a turnover, and also scored 2 points on a returned failed PAT. That last feat goes to show that at 6'3 and 260 lbs, he has excellent speed. So far he has 32 tackles and a sack for the Mocs.
Mike Balogun - Lackawanna - Oklahoma
Balogun did not come under the radar. When the Okies notice you, you're the real deal. Of his 86 tackles last year, 72 of them were solo. That performance gave him the Northeast Conference Player of the Year award. Mike brings maturity to the Sooners despite it being his first year there because he is already 25 years old. He has played in a limited role this season, but with his 6'2 250 lb frame and 4.7 speed, I look for his playing time to rise next season.
J.R. Bryant - Garden City - Oklahoma
More of the top notch programs are now considering Juco players to fill in the gaps. Oklahoma also liked Bryant, who has 11 tackles in a reserve role for the Sooners this season. His 4.5 speed drew a lot of attention to him, and that speed gets his 230 lb frame downfield in a hurry on kick off coverage.
Pat Trahan - NW Mississippi - Ole Miss
Pat has played extensively for the Rebs and has 13 tackles so far this season. He had a stellar sophomore season with 96 tackles, 6 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and an interception. He was originally signed at Auburn and had 11 tackles his freshman year, but moved over to NW Mississippi the next season. He is a native of Baton Rouge, LA.
Daron Mackey - Bakersfield College - Boise St.
I'm not positive but I think Daron may be redshirting this season. He had a great career at BC finishing with 191 total tackles. Daron comes from good stock. His father Billy was a California High School State hurdle Champion and played one year as a returner for the Los Angeles Rams. I used to play fast pitch with Billy, who pitched left handed and batted left handed, but had a right hander's grip and he still hit them out of the park! It was hard to believe he was an NFL return guy when you looked at his post football 270 lb body!
Caleb Hale - Fresno City - Sacramento St.
Caleb moved up the road a couple of hours to play for the Hornets after having a stellar year for the Rams making 71 tackles with 5 sacks. He is currently a backup for Sac State, but once he adds some bulk to his 215 lb frame, his athleticism should increase his playing time.
Caleb McLeod - West Hills - Western Carolina
McLeod has steadily improved each week and is now one of the team's premiere defensive players. He is averaging around 8 tackles a game after leading West Hills in sacks and tackles last season. If McLeod can put on about 15 pounds he will be one of the most feared defenders in the conference.
Tramaine Brock - Miss. Gulf Coast - Minnesota
Brock is having an All-Conference type year for the talented Gophers as he is 2nd on the team in tackles with 60. He has also picked off a pass and forced 2 fumbles. Tramaine's nose for the football will probably help get him to the N.F.L. He had close to 70 tackles last season and an impressive 7 interceptions. Brock is not only a great tackler, he has been timed in 4.37 seconds in the 40, which has the League very interested in his services after next season.
Amari Spievey - Iowa Central - Iowa
The Hawkeyes were not going to let this kid get out of the state. Amari came to Iowa Central from Connecticut where he was High School Player of the Year. As a running back there, he had over 3600 yards rushing, over 800 yards in receptions, and 50 TDs. He has 52 tackles and 3 interceptions returned for 70 yards this year as the starting Right Corner.
Donsay Hardeman - Georgia Military - Illinois
Another Big-10 pickup, Donsay is also a team leader for the Illini. He has 37 tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery so far. Hardeman will also get a look from the League when his career is over. He was the team leader on the number one team against the rush for GM, filling the gaps with his Linebacker size. He had 5 career interceptions for Military, one returned for an 85 yard TD and also picking up a fumble recovery for a 95 yard score.
Maurice Harvey - Reedley - Nevada
Mo had a whopping 20 interceptions for the Tigers over his career. He also blocked 10 punt or field goal tries. At 6'3 and 210 lbs, it is hard to keep him off kickers, and hard to go over the top on the rangy DB. He has continued to be a thorn in the side of opponents as he has 3 picks and has blocked a kick for the Wolf Pack this year.
Maurice Gray - Butler - Oklahoma State
Gray gets a lot of playing time for the Cowboys and has 12 tackles, 2 breakups and a fumble recovery so far this season. His 41 solo tackles last year shows what a good open field tackler he is. Former Grizzly team mates Beau Miller and Swanson Miller are on the squad with him. He was a member of the Georgia 4A High School Championship 400 relay team and placed 3rd in the 100 meters.
Jake Sweedyk - Grand Rapids - Old Dominion
Jake was an outstanding Safety for Grand Rapids who had 89 tackles his freshman year alone. He has been moved over to LB for the Monarchs. Jake's grandfather Jake Cicconi was an All American DB for Purdue.
Ray McDonough - Glendale CA - Hofstra
Ray has moved right into the lineup and has 46 tackles, 6 breakups, and 2 interceptions so far. McDonough is a great all around athlete who also played basketball and ran track in High School. He averaged 18 points a game as a Senior. Already a team leader, he may be in line to become Captain next season. After finishing his football career, he plans on becoming a dentist. But right now, he is focusing on making opponents have to go see their dentist.
Rashad Swanson - CCSF - Hofstra
Swanson joins McDonough at Hofstra. Rashad was a hard hitting Safety for the Rams and in his frosh season won a JC Grid-Wire National Title. He was extremely adept at filling the holes on run plays, and in fact has been shifted to a Linebacker spot for Hofstra. At 5'11 and only 188 lbs, that is a testament to his hitting prowess.
Chris Golder - Ventura - Virginia Wesleyan
Chris opted on a D-2 school and is probably Virginia Wesleyan's best defensive player. He is leading the team in tackles with 68 and interceptions with 2. He was an integral part of the Pirate's steady rise last season. He is a criminal justice major.
Lucien Antoine - Fort Scott - Oklahoma State
Lucien is a DB in a Linebacker's body, and it has led to the nickname, “The Punisher”. Antoine was a highly talented basketball player and does not have much football experience. After having a stellar career at Fort Scott, he is a backup Safety for the Cowboys.
Melvin Williams - Coffeyville - North Carolina
The Tennessee native is a versatile DB who can play either corner or safety. He had 139 tackles is his career at Coffeyville and is currently a backup for the Tar Heels.
Lamar Chapman - El Camino - Utah
Lamar is the brother of current Elco DB Ray Ronnie and is a backup for the unbeaten Utes. He dedicates every game to his deceased brother Raymar, who was the victim of a violent crime in 2006. Lamar is a diminutive 5'8 and 160 lbs, but he has been an all conference player at every level he has played on so far.