2002 JC Transfer All-American Team

JCFootball.com is proud to present its 2nd annual JC Transfer All-American Team. The All-American team is comprised of 28 former JCs now competing at D1 universities. Players were chosen by JCFootball.com.

Each of the selected players started the majority of their team's games and made significant contributions on the football field. To be eligible, athletes are required to be first year transfers or to have redshirted/not participated at the division one level.


Bill Whittemore 6-0, 195 Kansas (Fort Scott)
Stats: Completed 151-305 (49.5%) passes for 1,666 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions and carried the ball 137 times for 549 yards and 11 touchdowns. He missed the final three games due to injury. Whittemore broke the KU single-season touchdowns responsible for record after being involved in 22 scores (11 rush, 11 pass) for the Jayhawks this season. Named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year by conference coaches. Whittemore led the team in passing and was second on the team in rushing. He was the Jayhawk Conference's offensive MVP his sophomore season at Fort Scott.
Scott Rislov 5-10, 218 San Jose St. (Ellsworth)
Stats: 275-449-3,251 (61.2%) with 12 INTs and 22 TDs in his first season, going against such foes as Washington, Ohio State, Illinois, and Stanford. Rislov set several single-game and single-season school passing records was named the "Outstanding Offensive Player" and "Scholar-Athlete" award winner at the team's banquet. In 2001, Rislov was first-team All-Iowa Community College Athletic Conf. selection. He tossed 12 touchdown passes and rushed for three more scores in one season at Ellsworth. After HS he spent a redshirt year at the Univ. of N. Dakota (1999).

San Jose State's Scott Rislov (Getty Images)

Running Back
Rodney Davis 5-8, 210 Fresno St. (Fresno)
Stats: 276 rushes for 1,484 yards (5.2 pc) and 7 TDs; 18 rec. for 159 yards. Named 2nd Team All-WAC this season. Played two years at Fresno City College and was a first-team All-Valley Conference honoree. Davis had 90 carries for 688 yards and five touchdowns his sophomore year.
Jermaine Green 6-0, 220 Washington St. (Butler Co.)
Stats: 142 rushes for 817 yards (5.5 pc) and 9 TDs with a long of 80 yards; 14 rec. for 127 yards and a TD. A tweaked knee suffered in the spring stayed with Green through the early weeks of 2002. If not for that injury, he may well have broken the 1,000 yard barrier. Earned honorable mention All-Pac 10 honors. Green was a JC Top 101 choice during his sophomore year at Butler Co. CC, when he rushed for 1,010 yards splitting time with another JC Top 101 choice, Ronald McClendon (Ole Miss).

Washington St. RB Jermaine Green (Getty Images)

Brandon Warfield 6-0, 220 Utah (Kilgore)
Stats: 201 rushes for 985 yards (4.6 pc) and 9 TDs. Earned 2nd Team All-Mountain West Conference honors. Was a JC Grid-Wire All American in 2001 and JC Top 101 choice his sophomore year at Kilgore College. Helped Kilgore to an undefeated season, rushing for over 1,400 yards and 22 TDs.
Wide Receivers
Jeremiah Cockheran 6-0, 193 Hawaii (Chaffey)
Stats: 3rd on the team with 49 receptions for 731 yards and 5 TDs. Cockheran was a first-team All-Foothill Conference at Chaffey after hauling a school single-season record 53 receptions. He opened many eyes at the 2001 JCFootball.com SoCal Combine running a 4.27 forty.
Jonathan Makonnen 6-0, 175 Cal (CCSF)
Stats: Led team with 54 receptions for 682 yards and 7 TDs. Not bad for a guy many considered the #4 receiver on CCSF's 2001 championship team.

Cal WR Jonathan Makonnen (Getty Images)

James Terry 6-5, 180 Kansas State (Butler County)
Stats: 2nd on the team with 28 receptions for 561 yards and 5 TDs. Came up with 5 receptions for 90 yards in the Holiday Bowl. Terry was a two year letterman at Butler Co. and a JC Top 101 selection his sophomore season. All-Jayhawk Conference choice.
Jamall Broussard 5-9, 177 San Jose State (Canyons)
Stats: 2nd on the team with 62 receptions for 681 yards and 5 touchdowns. Broussard spent the 2000 season at Texas Tech and 2001 at College of the Canyons where he caught 22 balls for 336 yards and four touchdowns.
Offensive Line
Tim Fa'aita 6-1, 308 Arizona St. (CCSF)
Started at left guard for the Sun Devils. Fa'aita was a 2nd Team JC Grid-Wire All-American and JC Top 101 selection his sophomore season at CCSF. He was also on the All-California team.
David Ashkinaz 6-4, 300 Central Florida (De Anza)
Started at left guard for Central Florida beginning with the first game and earned high marks. Strength has been a key to his success. Ashkinaz earned all-conference and Team MVP honors at De Anza in northern California.
Collin Menard 6-3, 306 Iowa St. (Iowa Central)
Earned a starting spot at left guard in his first season at Iowa State. Menard was a 2nd Team NJCAA All-American his sophomore year at Iowa Central and a two-year All-Conference selection.
Trevor Hutton 6-1, 300 Utah St. (Allan Hancock)
Was a starting guard for the Aggies. Named "top offensive lineman" at the post-season team banquet. Hutton was a JC Top 101 selection and 2nd Team JC Grid-Wire All-American his sophomore season at Allan Hancock.
Justin Arrington 6-1, 302 San Jose St. (Laney)
Started all but two games at right guard for the Spartans. Arrington was a first-team JC Grid-Wire All-American and JC Top 101 selection his sophomore season at Laney. Two-time all-conference choice.
Adam Benike 5-10, 220 Iowa St. (Rochester)
Stats: 16-22 FGs (long 48) and 45-46 on PATs for a total of 93 points. Those stats earned him first team All-Big 12 honors in 2002. Benike was coming of a '01 redshirt year. Helped his Rochester CTC school to a perfect 12-0 mark his sophomore season.
Kick Returner
Cedric Thompson 5-8, 175 Idaho (Canyons)
Stats: 36 KR for 826 yards; 26 PR for 226 yards. Named 2nd Team All-Sunbelt Conference after his first season with Idaho. Two-time All-Western State Conference selection as return specialist while at College of the Canyons. He averaged a reported 31.8 yards per KO return his sophomore year.


Defensive Line
Ronald Jones 6-4, 255 Southern Miss (Miss. Gulf Coast)
Stats: 64 tackles (38 solo), 11 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery. 2002 Conference USA Defensive Newcomer of the Year selected by The Sporting News. Jones was a two year starter for Gulf Coast and made the all-state team.
Isaac Sopoaga 6-3, 315 Hawaii (Canyons)
Stats: Fourth on the team in tackles with 72 (42 solo), 7 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. Signed with Hawaii in 2001 but had to sit out the season. Sopoaga earned 1st Team JC Grid-Wire and California All-American honors at College of the Canyons.
Phillip Perry 5-10, 242 San Jose State (Cerritos)
Stats: 5th on the team with 74 tackles (54 solo), 14.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 1 INT, 7 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 forced fumble. Perry was an All-Conference and All-Region selection as a LB his sophomore year at Cerritos.
Lance Mitchell 6-3, 245 Oklahoma (CCSF)
Stats: Led team with 119 tackles (84 solo), 19 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles. Earned 2nd Team All-Big 12 honors and was voted Newcomer of the Year in the conference. Was 1st Team JC Grid-Wire All-American and JC Top 101 choice his sophomore season at CC of San Francisco. Was his team's MVP in 2001.
Billy Strother 6-0, 230 New Mexico (West Hills)
Stats: 3rd on the team with 89 tackles (42 solo), 14 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 blocked kick. Strother was a two-time All-Conference selection at West Hills.
Chad Mascoe 6-3, 255 Central Florida (SW Mississippi)
Stats: Fourth on the team with 97 tackles (47 solo), 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 INT, 3 fumble recoveries, and 1 forced fumble. Mascoe was a JC Top 101 selection in 2001, who also made the All-Mississippi team.
Alex Lewis 6-1, 238 Wisconsin (Morrisville)
Stats: 3rd on the team with 77 tackles (52 solo), 10 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 blocked kick, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery. Lewis was the Northeast Football Conference Player of the Year his sophomore season and JC Top 101 selection.
Demorrio Williams 6-1, 215 Nebraska (Kilgore)
Stats: Led team with 91 tackles (38 solo), 6 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and a blocked kick. Williams was a JC Top 101 selection in 2001 and first-team All-SWJCFC.

Nebraska LB #7 Demorrio Williams (Getty Images)

Defensive Back
Gerald Jones 6-1, 196 San Jose St. (Canyons)
Jones tied several Spartan records with his eight interceptions in 2002 and won one of the team's "Outstanding Defensive Player" awards at the banquet. Recorded 86 tackles (60 solos), 3 tackles for loss, 8 INTs, 7 pass breakups, and a fumble forced and recovered. He was also named 2nd Team All-WAC. Jones walked on in fall '01 and redshirted the season. He earned a starting job during spring drills in '02 and never looked back. He was honorable-mention All-Western State Conference his sophomore season.
Brett Hudson 6-2, 216 Arizona State (Grossmont)
Stats: 52 tackles (36 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 4 INTs, and 2 fumble recoveries. Hudson was JC Grid-Wire All-American, All-Conference, and team MVP his sophomore year at Grossmont. Won the Joe Roth Award for his academic and athletic achievement.
Gibril Wilson 6-1, 190 Tennessee (CCSF)
Stats: Fourth on the team with 67 tackles (45 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 1 INT, 5 pass breakups, and 1 forced fumble. Recorded 11 tackles versus Georgia. Started 6 games at strong safety for the Vols. Wilson was a JC Grid-Wire All-American and JC Top 101 selection his sophomore year at CCSF.

Tennessee safety Gibril Wilson (Getty Images)

Jonathan Burke 6-0, 180 Arkansas St. (Butte)
Stats: 61 tackles, 5 INT, 5 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles. Burke earned 2nd Team All-Sun Belt Conference and was voted Conference Newcomer of the Year in his first season with ASU. It's worth noting that he was the 25th signee of the recruiting class. Earned All-Conference honors after his sophomore season at Butte.
Tim Parker 6-0, 194 Arizona State (Southwestern)
Stats: 79 punts for a 42.7 average (75 long) with 27 placed inside the 20. 2nd Team All-Pac 10. Redshirted at ASU in 2001. Parker was first-team All-California and All-Foothill Conference his sophomore year at Southwestern (43.2 yd. avg.).

*No tight end this year.

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