‘This can be a group that performs collectively, performs for one another, and goes to combat via every part,’ Mahon says
BRENHAM, Texas — The Blinn Faculty soccer group will function an explosive offense and aggressive defensive as competitors kicks off this spring.
“We have now quite a lot of expertise and expertise on each side of the ball,” head coach Ryan Mahon mentioned. “We have now an opportunity to be very explosive on offense and might be a enjoyable product to observe. We’re going to be actually aggressive on protection and are going to work for every part that we get.”
Final 12 months, the NJCAA postponed soccer competitors till the Spring semester as a result of pandemic.
“It has been over 500 days because the final time we truly performed a sport, so we’re actually excited to get on the market,” Mahon mentioned. “We have now good management throughout the board with our returners and transfers that may assist deliver our incoming freshmen alongside actually shortly. This can be a group that performs collectively, performs for one another, and goes to combat via every part.”
On the offensive aspect, College of Southern Mississippi switch Chandler Rogers (Mansfield) would be the beginning quarterback. Throughout his highschool profession, Rogers handed for two,233 yards, rushed for 1,176 yards, and scored 34 touchdowns en path to main Mansfield Lake Ridge to an look within the third spherical of the state playoffs. He was ranked because the No. 45 dual-threat quarterback within the nation.
With the addition of Kansas State College switch Chris Herron (Houston), Louisiana Tech College switch Jakson Thomson (Dallas), and incoming freshman Logan McDougald (Cypress) the Buccaneers might be sturdy within the pocket.
“We have now quite a lot of expertise on the quarterback place, and every participant brings various things to the desk,” Mahon mentioned. “Every quarterback has a substantial amount of expertise within the management function, they usually have all been playmakers from the place they got here from. We’ll see extra quarterback run sport than now we have previously.”
Juan Quezada (Austin) and Michael Gibson II (Houston) will anchor the offensive line as returners. Final season, Quezada earned second-team all-conference honors after seeing motion in 5 video games, whereas Gibson noticed motion in two video games.
New to the offensive line are College of Alabama switch Rowdy Garza (Abilene), Oklahoma State College switch Trent Pullen (Waco), Prairie View A&M College switch Arundel Briggs (Waxahachie), and incoming freshmen Carson Rogers (Katy) and Brien Taylor (Houston).
“That is most likely the most effective offensive line now we have had since I’ve been right here,” Mahon mentioned. “They’ve a substantial amount of expertise and have nice place chemistry. They’re all greatest buddies and do every part collectively.”
New faces will make up the broad receiver corps in College of Tulsa switch Imiee Cooksey (Fort Price), College of Houston switch Henry Thomas (Fort Bend), U.S. Air Drive Academy switch Taurean Muhammad (Katy), and incoming freshmen Chase Davidson (Houston), Jackson Mueller (Brenham), and Dameon Gomes (Mansfield).
“We have now an analogous receiving crew as in years previous they usually have a substantial amount of potential,” Mahon mentioned. “They’ve the flexibility to do quite a lot of the issues our sophomores did for us in 2019, so it’ll be actually thrilling to see what sort of playmakers they develop into.”
Tristan Canales (Odem) returns on the operating again place after speeding for 68 yards on seven carries in a single sport final 12 months.
College of South Florida switch Joshua Berry (Haines Metropolis, Fla.) and incoming freshmen Terrance Keyes Jr. (Massilon, Ohio) and Brendon Holmes (Houston) be a part of Blinn as operating backs.
“They’re a really robust and gritty bunch,” Mahon mentioned. “They will beat you with their velocity, but additionally run over you.”
On protection, Blinn’s secondary consists of returners Ben Langston (The Woodlands), Julius Wooden (Columbus, Ohio), Jordan Lamotte (Katy), Lonterrious McClain (Brenham), and Hayden Allen (Brenham).
Langston ranked second on the group with 52 tackles and led the Buccaneers with 4 interceptions in 9 video games, whereas Wooden totaled 36 tackles in 9 video games and Lamotte totaled 20 tackles in eight video games. McClain totaled three tackles, had one interception, and broke up one move in two video games. Allen totaled two tackles and recovered one fumble in three video games.
The Buccaneers’ secondary may also function College of Louisiana at Lafayette switch Jude Joseph (Lafayette, La.), College of Houston switch Torey Richardson (Tomball), Jones County Junior Faculty switch Preston Suttice (Dallas), and incoming freshmen Antoine Johnson Jr. (Conyers, Ga.), Jason Kerl Jr. (Fort Price), and Keion Bennett (Schertz).
“The secondary is unquestionably our sturdy level on protection and possibly our most gifted place group,” Mahon mentioned. “The returners have nice management abilities and our newcomers are high-expectation youngsters. We wish to lean closely on them on protection.”
Linebackers Jared Esparza (Gonzales) and Amadi Thomas (Missouri Metropolis) return for the Buccaneers. Esparza was fourth on the group with 39 tackles in eight video games, whereas Thomas totaled six tackles in three video games.
Iowa Western Neighborhood Faculty switch Jamir Thomas (Massilon, Ohio) and incoming freshmen Cedric Smith (Longview), Devin Benson (Houston), and Joshua Payne-Morgan (Slidell, La.) will be a part of them on the place.
“All of those guys work laborious day by day, and are very regular and constant,” Mahon mentioned.
Returner Bryton Thompson (Harker Heights) and Texas A&M College-Kingsville switch Daryl French (Sinton) will deliver expertise to the line of defense, whereas incoming freshmen Jaymian Simon (Katy) and Will Prendergast (Prosper) will strengthen it.
Final 12 months, Thompson totaled 24 tackles, two sacks, and compelled one fumble in seven video games.
“They’re nice playmakers and are so persistently good,” Mahon mentioned.
On particular groups, punter Nickalos Falsone (San Antonio), who made a 51-yard punt in a single sport final 12 months, returns, whereas College of Texas at El Paso switch Erik Michel (Richmond) will be a part of him on the place. Incoming freshman Collin Brown (Austin) would be the group’s deep snapper and John Villalobos (Houston, Texas) would be the kicker.
“All of those guys are going to be nice, great playmakers for us on particular groups and now we have to depend on them closely,” Mahon mentioned.
Blinn will open the 2020-21 season on the highway in opposition to No. four Kilgore Faculty at the moment at three p.m.
“Offensively, we’re going to be as fast as now we have been previously, and defensively we might be stronger as a result of now we have good sophomore management, Mahon mentioned. “We compete in a tricky convention, however we hope to stack up sufficient wins to be the champion and take it from there.”