This week, we will treat this article a little differently. Since most players are done except for Wilson, we'll do a round up of who finished where this week if they were still playing, and we'll begin to look at the incoming players by position. We will also look at who we are losing at each position and how the newcomers will fit in. But first, lets recap the remaining players.
Desmond Williams, OLB, Centennial High School (Corona, CA)
The Huskies clinched the 2015 CIF-Southern Section - Pac-5 Division Playoff Championship with a 62-52 win over nationally ranked #1 St. John Bosco. The combined 86 points in the first half is a CIF record. Centennial's J.J. Taylor, an Arizona commit, had 41 carries for 269 yards and 5 TDs, helping lead the offensive onslaught. On defense, the Huskies only punted twice, turned over on downs 3 times, and committed no turnovers. With a final score of 62-52, you can surmise what they did the rest of the time. Defensive stats were not available for the game, save for a few specific highlighted players. Next up, The Open Division State Championship for the state of California. The championship match up and the 24 regional playoff spots have not been chosen yet, but it is a foregone conclusion that Centennial will take on De La Salle for the state title. De La Salle is the North Coast Section Division 1 champion for the 25th consecutive year, but it looks like Centennial will go in as the #1 team in California as well as the nation. Date and time for the matchup has not yet been confirmed, but I will do my best to update accordingly. Congratulations for Desmond and the Huskies on their championship win! Best of luck in the next stages!
Chase Hatada, DT, Rocklin High School (Rocklin, CA)
Rocklin advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoff Championships against Del Oro, but fell 30-20 in Friday's match. They finished the season ranked 34 in the state with a 10-4 record. Chase had a solid game with 6 total tackles, 2 of them solo. He finished the season with a total of 34 tackles, 16 solo, and 2 sacks. Landing Chase is HUGE for the Broncos as his athleticism and drive could land him on the field as a true freshman.
Micah Wilson, QB, Lincoln Christian High School (Tulsa, OK)
Lincoln Christian handled Jones easily, winning the 2015 Oklahoma High School Football Playoff Brackets: OSSAA Semi-Final game 39-14. Wilson was 16-25 (64%) for 131 yards and 3 TDs to go along with 9 carries for 77 yards. They will take on undefeated Heritage Hall on the 12th. The Chargers will be a tall order for the Bulldogs. Their closest game in the playoffs was a 28-point win over Lone Grove in the semi-finals. Yes, that was the closest. Wilson is now 184 for 247 (74.5%) for 3535 yards (19.2 avg) for 54 TDs against just 1 interception. He also has 66 carries for 565 yards (8.6 ypc) and 11 TDs. That's a total of 4100 yards, 65 TDs, and just one, measly little interception. That's insanity.
Hey that's a good segue into the next portion of the article! Today, we will look at the quarterback position and how that might shake out this year.
Currently, we have 6 quarterbacks on our roster:
Tommy Stuart, RS Soph, 5'11 196lbs
Ryan Finley, RS Soph, 6'4 200lbs
Alex Ogle, RS Frosh, 6'3 206lbs
Anthony Upshaw (WO), RS Frosh, 5'11 180lbs
Brett Rypien, True Frosh, 6'2 199lbs
Garrett Collingham (WO), True Frosh, 6'4 202lbs
We won't lose anyone to graduation this year, which is good. Will we lose anyone to attrition? That remains to be seen. Ryan had a up and down start to his season. He lead the Broncos to a 16-13 win over the Huskies, but he was just 16-26 for 129 yards and an INT. He was 25-38 for 297 yards and 1 TD against BYU, but also have up 3 INTs. In his 3rd game against Idaho State, he was 5-6 for 59 yards before he was injured. He finished the season, which I believe he would be eligible for a medical red-shirt, 46-70 (65.7%) for 485 yards, 1 TD and 4 INTs. Could Finley come back and win the starting job next season? It isn't out of the realm of possibility. I think Mr. Rypien would have something to say about that.
With a bowl game to go, Brett currently sits at 244 for 390 (62.6%) for 2,976 yards and 17 TD against 7 INTs. He was named First-Team All MW at QB as a true freshman as well as MW Freshman of the Year. Tommy finished the season 12-18 (66.7%) for 114 yards and a TD. He also has 24 carries for 39 yards and 2 TD.
I don't for-see Collingham or Upshaw getting meaningful reps, but they might see time if there is a blowout situation. Micah is having a pretty stellar year as a senior. I'll provide my own thoughts here. Brett Rypien remains our starter with Finley as the backup. I'm not sure how Finley would feel about that. Let's assume he sticks around.
Stuart will remain our wildcat/running QB as he is dangerous enough with his arm to keep the blitz honest. I don't think he will be starter at any point, but he'll get reps. Micah will redshirt this season and could potentially supplant Stuart as the running QB as a RS Frosh, but we'll leave that speculation for 2017. Who knows who the recruit could be for that class? Leave your comments on the QB controversy that could be in the spring and fall of 2016. GO BRONCOS!
2016 Recruiting Class
Cedrick Wilson, WR, 6'3 190lbs
Joel Velaquez, K, 6'0 220lbs
Derriyon Shaw, DE, 6'3 220lbs
Ali'i Niumatalolo (2017 class), ILB, 6'1.5 230lbs
Nick Crabtree, TE, 6'6 247lbs
Damarea Crockett, RB, 5'11.5 211lbs
Tyson Maeva, ILB, 6'0 230lbs
Desmond Williams, S, 6'0 190lbs
Reid Harrison-Ducros, CB, 5'10 165lbs
Ezra Cleveland, OT, 6'6 270lbs
Julian Carter, WR, 6'2 175lbs
Robert Mahone, RB, 5'11 190lbs
Kole Bailey, OT, 6'4.5 285lbs
Robert Lewis, CD, 5'10 170lbs
Chase Hatada, DT, 6'2.5 255lbs
Micah Wilson, QB, 6'3 200lbs