Team Preview: Butte College

When you have a program rolling like Butte College does, you don't rebuild, you just reload. However, after winning the JCGridwire National Championship as well as the California State Championship in 2008, the Roadrunners will have to get some hefty contributions from some newcomers this coming season. caught up with OC Robbie Snelling and he talked about the upcoming season...

"We have a lot of young guys coming in that we'll be counting on, but they are really talented so that should help us out a lot," Snelling told "We've also got some really good returning guys who we think can be real big-time guys, but they just have to go out and prove it.

"Last year we had 12 guys go D-1 and while we might not have that amount this year, we should be pretty close.

"We know we have a target on our back after winning the championship last year, but we wouldn't have it any other way."

Here's a look at some of Butte's top players and who to watch for this fall...

QB Jordan Rodgers - "Jordan is Aaron Rodgers' younger brother, so you know he comes from a great pedigree. He is really smart with the ball and he played a lot for us last year. He threw a touchdown against City College (of San Francisco) and that was a big game for us, so he's been in there during the pressure situations against the top talent around.

"He's a guy who can move around a lot if he needs to and he's a 3.9 student, so he can pick up an offense pretty quickly. Kansas has been in contact a little and we've talked with Washington State a little bit about him so right now he's getting a few looks, but I think with a big season this fall, and there's no reason to think he won't have one, that he should get plenty of interest from some major D-1 schools."

OT Andrew Gomez - "Andrew is a really good athlete. He's about 6-4 or 6-5, 280 pounds and last season he played both guard and tackle for us. This year he'll take the left tackle position and try to fill the shoes of Danny Watkins who's now at Baylor. He was a full-qualifier out of high school and he's got a 3.5 here, so he's really smart and he's super-physical. He'll sign in December with a school and I think they will be really happy with his versatility because he can play inside or outside."

WR Sean Reynolds - "Last year Sean was our fourth wideout and he played behind some really good receivers, so we think he could be pretty successful this season. He's a real smooth route-runner and very consistent. He'll definitely be a player to watch this fall."

TE Brian Neidermeyer - "He transferred here from Glendale in Arizona. He played there in 2007 and then redshirted last year. He's going to be a solid tight end. He's a physical player and really gets after it in the running game."

TE Francis Depaolo - "He's a lot like Brian, except he might be a bit better as a receiver. He can really run well. He played at Redwoods in 2007 and redshirted last year so he's been in our system for a little while."

K Chris Ewald - "When you talk about a player who can change the setting of a game, Chris is it. He played soccer at Nevada and then showed up here during the spring and was like 'ok coach, I'm here to play football' and we were really happy to have him.

"He has incredible range and he was blasting his kickoffs during the summer. He can get touchbacks all the time, which is huge because that can really change the face of a game. I think he could be one of the best in the country."

CB A.J. Hills - "He signed with Portland State out of high school and then redshirted. He transferred to us and played last year and he was an All-Conference Free Safety for us. He's really a solid safety. He's 6-2, 190 and he runs really well and he's really got a good football I.Q. He played quarterback in high school, so he understands the game well.

"He's already getting some interest from a couple of schools, but right now he isn't getting heavy interest. I think he'll blow up this fall though."

DE Jeremy Jenkins - "He backed up Brandon Rankin last year after greyshirting at Troy. He's a really good athlete and we'll be counting on him to really get after the quarterback. We expect a lot out of him this year."

DT Alphonso Simmons - "He started every game and when you see him, he isn't the most impressive guy physically because he's only about 6-1, 265, but man he always shows up on film.

"He's an outstanding three-technique guy and he can play either end position because he just never stops. He's also so strong at the point that it's really hard to move him off the ball. I'd say that he can play anywhere along the line except for the nose tackle position and that's only because he's not 300 pounds. He was an All-Conference player last year and we expect a lot from him this year. He makes plays all over the place."

LB Adam Harmon - "Adam started three games for us in 2007 and then redshirted last year. He's real athletic and out of high school Washington State and Idaho were both looking at him. He runs really well and was a competitor in the 400 in high school. He's about 215 now and he'll be a big part of our defense this fall."

LB Alex LaVoy - "Alex was a walk-on at Boise State and chose to come here for this year. He'll play inside for us. He's big (6-3, 230) and he's a 'downhill' guy who can really fill the hole well."

CB Aaron Kincy - "He's an outstanding player. He played as a true freshman at Murray State in 2007. He can be a real special player for us with his size and speed."

Other Butte Players to Watch: CB Je'Maury Cal; LB Michael Maehl; CB Kedron Paul; CB Kris Waters.

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