The 2013 junior college season kicked off on Sept. 7. Here's who and what stood out:
BUTTE AND RIVERSIDE RUNNING BACKS RUN WILD
* Robert Frazier of Elk Grove and Kendall Williams of New Orleans combined for 280 yards and three touchdowns in Butte College's 45-14 rout of Feather River. Frazier is a deadly outside runner and also a gritty runner at 5-foot-7, 170-pounds. Williams is a power back at 6-foot, 210 pounds who also runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. At Riverside, the sophomore duo of Anthony Knight and Sir Darius Yarbrough combined for 333 yards and three touchdowns in Riverside's 59-41 victory over Ventura College. Yarbrough is an elusive game breaker at RB with a 4.45 40-yard dash time and 35 inch vertical leap.
FORMER CLOVIS STARS LEAD FRESNO CITY DEFENSE
* Ex-Clovis High linebacker Nate Palomino delivered three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, while former Clovis West star and Fresno State walk-on wide receiver Gerald Nutt picked off his first pass at the college level, as the Rams smashed West Hills 35-14. Despite his size (6-feet, 210-pounds), Palomino has a nose for the football and gives the Rams a valuable pass rusher. Nutt gives a young Ram secondary a tall shut down corner at nearly 6-foot-1, 180-pounds. Nutt is known at Clovis West for locking up Oregon WR commit B.J. Kelley of Central during a 2010 game.
AMERICAN RIVER'S DEFENSE
* American River gave up -31 rushing yards, then had four different defenders get an interception in its 40-2 rout of Monterey Peninsula. Ethan Clark had one interception and fumble recovery in the 38-point win. Malcom Scott, Nathaniel Smith and Derek Bryant all had interceptions. The Beavers also had eight sacks.
COLEMAN NEXT IN LINE AT COS?
* Khary Livingston-Coleman delivered a breakout night in a much younger College of the Sequoias' secondary, thanks to two interceptions in the Giants' 41-26 victory over Reedley College. Coleman currently holds an offer from Houston. He's having to step up after COS produced Oregon State, Cincinnati and West Texas A&M commits last year in the secondary.
FAAIU BRINGS THE RUSH
* Tavita Faaiu helped bring the energy and havoc for San Francisco City, as the 6-foot-3, 245 pound defensive end got three tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks in the 41-9 win against Diablo Valley College.
PASSING ATTACK AND PASS RUSH GOES OFF FOR SACRAMENTO CITY
* Dual-threat quarterback Taylor Laird of Sacramento City went 32-of-58 for 434 yards and five touchdowns, as SCC won its shoot out with Sierra 37-31. Freshman Bobby Garza led the way in receiving with 10 catches, 118 yards with one score. Garza is an athletic slot receiver who can be used in a lot of ways. Nick Whitaker had four catches for 115 yards and two scores, while David Oates caught six passes for 96 yards with two touchdowns. On defense, defensive lineman Raymond Coen had three sacks while fellow defensive lineman Anthony Berkavatz had two sacks.
HARTNELL RUNNING BACK IS THE 'MANN'
* De'Andre Mann, a slippery and versatile running back, carried the ball 12 times for 130 yards and scored three touchdowns in Hartnell's 41-7 romp of Los Medanos. Mann, who runs a 4.46 40 time, can run around defenders and break tackles.
CLEMENTS NEARLY GOES 80 PERCENT
* Cody Clements of Cerritos College went 19-of-24 for 243 yards, which gave him a completion percentage of 79.2 percent. The former Washington State commit also tossed four touchdowns as Cerritos cruised to a 50-19 rout of Los Angeles Harbor. His go-to wide receiver Xavier Shepherd also had a breakout game with nine catches, 130 yards and three touchdowns.
PEYTON MANNING-TYPE PERFORMANCE FOR GROSSMONT QUARTERBACK
* William Abt, a 6-foot-3, 215 pound pro-style QB, goes 21-of-32 for 359 yards and throws seven touchdown passes in Grossmont's 65-14 stomping of Desert. His performance came just two days after Manning tossed seven touchdowns for the Denver Broncos to kick off the NFL season.
NEVIN SHOWS NOSE FOR THE BALL
* Morgan Nevin of Santa Barbara City College delivered 15 tackles and two fumble recoveries, as SBCC stunned traditional rival Allan Hancock 15-14. The undersized 6-foot-tall, 220 pound Nevin is a disruptor against the run game.