With 45 returning players and solid recruiting class, SMC head football coach Gifford Lindheim said he would be disappointed if the Corsairs failed to do better than their 4-6 record from 2010.
“As a coach, you have to have something to work with,” Lindheim said. “The group that are going to be sophomores this year is a talented group, and we have some guys coming in that are as good of a recruiting class as we have had in awhile.”
Experience at quarterback? Yes. But who will be the starter?
The Corsairs return three quarterbacks with experience. Last year, the Corsairs had both Travis Williams and RJ Rosoborough under center. But Rosoborough tore his ACL in game three and Williams was the lone starter.
However, Rosoborough is back and appears to have the same accuracy that allowed him to compete for the job in 2010, and Alfonso Medino gray-shirted last year and will push for the slot with his running ability in the Corsairs’ spread offense.
Williams has the most experience and has the strongest arm (61.1 completion percentage in 2010), but fans will need to wait until the fall to find out who will have command of the huddle.
New “Hit Squad”
With the departure of 2010’s top five linebackers (including Jonathan McNeal, who signed a letter of intent to join the Nevada Wolfpack after only one season at SMC), the Corsairs will turn to their returning sophomores and incoming freshmen.
Coach Lindheim said he likes to run a lot of linebackers over the course of the game through the defense and special teams.
The Corsairs defense was in the California Community College Athletic Association’s (CCCAA) top 25 in run defense last season.
Big Play Potential
Coach Lindheim mentioned that although his incoming freshmen will be green, they have speed that can kill.
“I think the explosiveness of this team is a lot better than it was last year,” Lindheim said. “I think we have some guys who can really run, and that will show up when we start playing games.”
SMC will look to improve on their offensive struggles, when they put up only 267 yards (65th in CCCAA) and less than 20 points per game (60th).