Team Preview: Pasadena

Pasadena head coach James Kuk almost has an embarrassment of riches on his roster this year. The Lancers are loaded once again with top D-1 talent and they expect big things this fall. Here's a look at the top prospects on the PCC roster and a few of Kuk's thoughts on each player as they get ready to start fall camp in the next few weeks...

QB Nate Montana - It's been announced in the national media that Montana has enrolled at Pasadena and play for the Lancers in 2009. He was a walk-on at Notre Dame where his father Joe rose to fame before he won several Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers. Nate' younger brother (Nick Montana) is a verbal to Washington and will sign with them in February.

**Note: While Montana may be the name that grabs the headlines, Kuk made it very clear that he will battle Nick Ponce and Jonathan Troast for the quarterback position once fall camp gets underway.

"Nate is a talented kid, but they are all three right there, so it will be a nice battle," Kuk told JCFootball.com.

RB Anthony Pines - "He's a small back, but he's powerful and he's got great speed. He'll be a real solid back for us this fall."

As a freshman in 2008, Pines totaled over 200 yards on the ground while backing up Joshua Morgan.

WR Kemonte Bateman - "He's a great receiver. He's going to be heavily recruited. He was one of the best receivers on the west coast when he was in high school and he signed with UCLA, but he didn't qualify so now we expect him to have a big season. He's got great speed, great route running, soft hands and awareness. He can get vertical and stretch the field quickly."

WR John Thompson - "Thompson's a great athlete. He signed with San Jose State, so he's got plenty of skills to play at a high level."

WR Sean Carraway - "He's a playmaker, he makes big catches, he's very tough across the middle, he takes on contact and he has an exceptional feel for open field. He's a great possession receiver."

WR John Roberson - "He played at Dorsey and he's another one who can fly on our team. We love him. He'll be a great help to us this fall."


LB Jeremy Aguilar - "We have a really good stable of linebackers, but Jeremy is probably right at the top. He led the team in defensive stats as a freshman. He posted 70 tackles, 8.5 TFL's, 2 sacks, on interception, five QB hurries, two passes defensed. He's a tough, athletic linebacker with nose for ball and ability to pass drop."

LB Roman Pula - "He's a 'Blue Chip' player who is an Eastern Wasington transfer. He led them in TD runs (11). He's was worthy of being an All Conference linebacker too, but he didn't get it. He had 66 tackles, 3.5 sacks, six QB hurries, two forced fumbles with one recovered for a touchdown. He's physical, strong, quick. Just an impact player."

LB Cordell Robinson - He's a real fluid linebacker, will close and finish with big hits. He's athletic enough to play outside the box, create pressure, disrupt things in the backfield, and drop into coverage. He really came on towards second half of 2008 season."

DE Akheem McKinney - "He's a big time defensive end from Georgia who signed with Arkansas. He's probably the best defensive lineman we have. He can play almost anywhere along the line. He'll be a big-time guy."

CB Brandon Turner - "Brandon is a great cover man. He's 5-11, 185, he's explosive and he really plays the ball well."

CB/S Taurus D'antignac - "He can play safety or corner. He's strong and he's physical for a guy his size. He's a real team leader and he's got a real love and passion for the game."

S Julius Harris - "He's a big physical safety. He runs well and had 70 tackles, six interceptions, two passes defensed and one QB hurry as freshman. He started every game and was a First Team All-Conference selection."

Other Pasadena players to watch: QB Jonathan Troast; QB Nick Ponce; OG Gabriel Moreno; DT Carlton Hudson; LB Markus Lopez.


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