MCAC Football 2017 Preview: Northland Community & Technical College

MCAC Football 2017 Preview: Northland Community & Technical College

Northland Community & Technical College 

Head Coach: Jim Cox | Entering 2nd Season | 5-4 Overall Record

Assistant Coaches: 

Lee Boyd

Matt Finnin

Donnie Boutte

Logan Murakami

Merf Trout

Dominic Tillmon

2016 MCAC Overall Record | Divisional Record | Place of Finish

5-4 Overall | 2-3 in Western Division | 3rd Place, Western Division 

Key Returning and Incoming Athletes: 

Shannon Patrick, QB, Wellington, FL

Dakarai Highsmith, RB, Tampa, FL

Brandon Malveaux, RD, New Iberia, LA

Jordin Bossier, WR, Carencro, LA

Antonio Chapman, WR, Atlanta, GA

Elijah Turner, WR, Fort Worth, TX

Corey Patterson, WR, St. Louis, MO

Ishmil Mitchell, WR, Chicago, IL 

Jesse Dokes, WR, New Orleans, LA

Juwan McCall, WR, Louisville, GA

Jakarie Jones, WR, Jacksonville, FL

Johnathan Harvey, TE, St. Louis, MO

Tyler Senegal, OG, Breaux Bridge, LA

Brendan Edner, OC, Moorhead MN

Christian Rainer, OT, Rosdenberg, TX

Justin Scott, DT, Chicago, IL 

Kendal Sylvester, DE, Opelousas, LA

Cody Williamson, DE, Moorhead, MN

Damien Francis, SS, New Iberia, LA

Antonio Kanonu, FS, Lafayette, LA

Janson King, CB, Chamblee, GA

Tarik Davis, CB, Cecilia, LA

Coach Cox on Expectations for Pioneer Offense in 2017:

 "Led by Shannon Patrck, the former Florida 8A Player-of-the-Year, and a great group of college transfer receivers and running backs, NCTC should be fun to watch!"

Coach Cox on Expectations for Pioneer Defense in 2017:

"The Pioneer defense returns it's top five players from one year ago.  We also have a great recruiting group to join them, in what will be an exciting defense to watch!"

Coach Cox on Expectations for Pioneer Special Teams in 2017:

"We played all freshman one year ago and with 35 sophomores this year, we will be manned with significant experience this season!" 

Moving On: '16 Pioneers who are competing at four-year college programs in 2017:

Christian Vinson, Florida International University 

Kevin Dawson, Tuskegee Institute

Paul Jackson, University of Alabama - Birmingham

Derrick Newby, University of Minnesota at Crookston

Dez Henderson, University of Minnesota at Crookston

Pierre Elysee, University of North Dakota

Quad Gordan, Bemidji State University 

Duane Barnes, Bemidji State University 

Kevin Evan, University of Minnesota at Crookston

Derrius Brown, University of Minnesota at Crookston

Carter Burks, Augsburg University 

Notable from Coach Cox on NCTC Football in 2017: 

"Northland has added several key assistant coaches. Also, Joe Cash, a freshman running back was interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel live and gave a shout-out to Northland football on national TV." 

Click here to view the interview 

For more local coverage on Northland Pioneers football, please visit: 

TRF Times Sports 

TRF Radio

Northland Pioneer Athletics

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