At 6-5, 235, one might think Garden City QB Ryan Howard is a statue who throws the ball instead of…
Team Preview: Garden City
"Terry already has offers from Southern Miss and Kansas and he's got a bunch of other schools from the Sun Belt and Big 12 talking to him about offers."
CB Dontrell Johnson – "Dontrell is a great cover-corner. He's a real lockdown guy who we can stick on the other team's best receiver and say ‘you shut him down for us' so we can just worry about the other side. He's 5-10, 195 and he runs a 4.3 so he's got the physical skills and then you throw in his ball skills – he had eight interceptions last year and returned three of them for touchdowns – and he's just a top quality cover-corner.
"I've been lucky enough to coach two corners who are already in the pros – Jonathan Wilhite (New England Patriots) and Elbert Mack (Buccaneers) – and Dontrell is just as good as both of them.
"He has offers from South Carolina, Ole Miss, Troy, Southern Miss, North Texas and Kansas and a few others. I know he has 10 offers or something like that and I expect him to have even more before he makes a decision."
LB Aaron Racette – "Last year Aaron played on the weakside for us, but this year he'll play on the strongside. He's really physical and he makes a lot of tackles. We really like what he brings to the table."
LB Korey Jones – "He's big and fast. He runs a 4.5 and is 6-2, 225. He's a really good player and he'll be our WIL (weakside linebacker) this fall. He's a special player and he'll only be a redshirt freshman, so we're excited about him."
DT Walt Woolwine – "Walt only played eight-man football in high school, so it's taken him a bit of time to get used to the 11-man game, but he's a solid inside guy for us. He can really stuff the run."
S Taylor Elder – "Taylor was an 11-game starter for us last year and we expect big things from him this year. He's 6-2, 190 and he runs a 4.5. He's got great instincts and he's our leader back there."
QB Ryan Howard – "Ryan came to us after he transferred from West Texas A&M. He's a big kid who has the athleticism to run around a little, but we'll use him as a pocket-guy who can throw the ball all over the place and be a leader for us. He's a prototypical pro QB, he comes in at 6-5, 225 and he can do it all. With his size, he can easily get looks from some D-1 programs after they see what he can do."
C T.J. Hawkins – "He's easily our best lineman. He's smart and he's gotten bigger and stronger this year. He was only about 260 or so last year, but this year he's 6-1, 280. He's able to shot-gun snap really well, which will make him appealing to some programs. We like what he can do a lot."
OL Mike Bergin – "Mike has a chance to do something this year, but he has to show it all season. He didn't play much last year, but this year he's got the chance to be a starter. He's gotten stronger and he's a good football player. He's another one that played eight-man football so it's taken him some time to get used to things. He's got some upside though."
WR Avonte Jones – "He's a North Carolina kid and he's got a great chance to be something special this year. He redshirted last year because we had some good receivers already on the roster, but this fall he'll be a big-time target for us. He runs great routes and he's got great hands. He's really big (6-4, 215) and he's got enough speed (4.4) to be an outside guy. He doesn't have any offers yet, but I expect that will change pretty quickly once people get a chance to see what he can do."
WR Corey Johnson – "He's another redshirt guy who has a chance to do some things this fall. He's 6-1, 185 and he runs really well. He's a physical blocker and his brother is Ronald Johnson who plays for USC, so he obviously comes from a pretty athletic family."
WR Cameron Horesky – "He's a Kerry Meier type. He's got great size, he's about 6-3, 210, and he caught about 40 balls for us last year. He's strong and runs good routes. He's really intelligent and just makes plays when he gets the chance."
RB Chase Beiberle – "Chase runs really hard and he's a good athlete. He's really a smart player. He's about 5-10, 190 and he averaged 8.6 yards per carry last year, so he's a perfect fit in the ‘spread'."
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