One more year of collegiate football. One more year of playing football for free. Don’t laugh. One more year to finish strong before the real anxiety takes over.
Many offensive athletes from the power conferences are a step ahead of getting to the NFL turf, and some small school talents have an edge on garnering attention. Through the vehicle of the NFL Regional Combine, the exposure for unknown gems has never been better.
Last season, 90 players from the Division II level made a splash in the NFL, and with untapped talent scattered across the country, that number will increase.
The talent pool of skilled offensive players entering the 2018-19 collegiate season is deep.
Here’s a preseason look at the potential 2019 offensive NFL hopefuls who may journey through the RC platform for the opportunity to relieve the anxiety.
-BROOK BOLLES (CENTRAL MO.) – 6-2, 190-pounds dual threat – Finished last year with the second most passing yards (3766).
-AMIR HALL (BOWIE STATE) – 6-4, 180-pounds dual threat – Winner of the Deacon Jones Trophy last season, nation’s outstanding football player among the Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). Finished with 3,519 passing yards (fifth best in the nation) and completed .654 of his passes.
-BART WILLIAMS (GVSU) – 6-6, 225-pounds, pure pocket passer – Ranks third in school’s history with 9,854 career passing yards, 105 touchdown passes and 642 completions.
-HARRY SATTERWHITE (WEST ALABAMA) – 6-2, 190-pounds, not vocal, 100 percent leader – Was a finalist for the Harlon Hill Award (top Division II Player of the Year), the first in West Alabama program history.
-BARRETT RENNER (SOUTHERN ARKANSAS) – 6-3, 215-pounds – Was a Harlon Hill nominee last year and finished 10th in the country in passing yards with 3204.
-LENNY WILLIAMS (INDIANA, PA) – 5-11, 204-pounds, athletic, dual threat – Was a Harlon Hill nominee last year. Becoming more of a pocket quarterback.
-LAYTON RABB (MSU TEXAS) – 6-4, 211-pounds, pro-style quarterback – Was a Harlon Hill nominee last year. Gunslinger.
-SLADE JARMAN (FORT VALLEY STATE) – 6-4, 220-pounds – SIAC preseason honors.
-MARC JONES (GANNON) 5-11, 225-pounds – power and fast – Rushed for 1,540 yards in seven games last year and finished with 2,176 yards and 29 touchdowns, best in the country.
-DEVONTAE JACKSON (WEST ALABAMA) – 5-7, 176-pounds – explosive – Was a Harlon Hill nominees last year. First Team All-Gulf South Conference.
-WES HILLS (SLIPPERY ROCK) – 6-2, 225-pounds – Transferred from the University of Delaware. First Team All-Gulf South Conference
-JAKE MAYON (NORTHERN MICHIGAN) – 5-9, 195-pounds – Strong, great feet – Finished the season with 1,377 rushing yards in 10 games. Averaged 158 yards per game.
-ANDREW VAUGHN (ASHLAND) – 5-9, 200-pounds – Strong, agile – Finished season with 1,095 and 13 touchdowns, despite missing two games.
-MALIK PIERRE (LIU POST) – 5-10, 200-pounds – Great vision and speed – Rushed for 868 yards, amassed 404 receiving yards and had 499 yards on kickoff returns. Tallied 177.1 yards per game, eighth best in the nation.
-MARQUESE SURRELL (ADAMS STATE) – 6-3, 185-pounds – Solid route runner, great hands and vision – Finished with 954 receiving yards and 1,014 yards in kickoff returns. Racked up 185.82 yards per contest, fifth best in the nation.
-RYAN FEISS (SHEPHERD) – 5-10, 190-pounds – D2 second team All-american. Finished third in the country in receiving yards (1,391).
-JAMES CLARK (EDINBORO) – 6-6, 180-pounds – Strong hands – Finished last year with 1,213 receiving yards.
-KARONCE HIGGINS (SOUTHERN ARKANSAS) – 6-1, 190-pounds, fast and quick – Track and field background. All-purpose talent.
-CHAD HOVASSE (ADAMS STATE) – 6-1, 215-pounds, team captain – Finished with 1,201 receiving yards last year. Harlon Hill candidate, Third-Team All-American
-CORY CONTINI (OLD DOMINICIAN) – 6-1, 195-pounds, reliable hands, good speed – Finished with 1,186 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns last year, in ten games. G-MAC Offensive Back of the Year.
-TREY BROCK (HILLSDALE) – 6-3, 212-pounds, catches deep ball well – Finished with 1,174 receiving yards last year.
-ASHTON DULIN (MALONE) – 6-2, 210-pounds, great speed and hands – Caught for 1,050 receiving yards, accounted for 171.2 yards per game last season, tenth best in the nation.
-JASON BALTS (MINNESOTA-DULUTH) – 5-11, 200-pounds, quick and reliable hands – Finished with 1,003 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
-MONTERIO BURCHFIELD (FORT HAYS STATE) – 6-2, 210-pounds, Strong, good hands – Finished with 1,003 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
-JASON MOORE (FINDLAY) – 6-3, 218-pounds, Solid in the redzone, physical and strong – Caught for 980 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
-MALIK TAYLOR (FERRIS STATE) – 6-3, 220-pounds, Good hands, quick – Finished with 906 yards and six touchdowns.
-(TE) VINCENT HOBBS (TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE) – 6-3, 255-pounds, huge target, great hands, solid – National champ, Second-Team All-American. Finished with 785 receiving yards and eight touchdowns last season.
-(TE) QUA BOYD (WEST ALABAMA) – 6-5, 245-pounds, catches ball at highest point, high football IQ – Finished last year with 660 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
-(TE) BRYCE MOSTELLER (MERCYHURST) – 6-3, 250-pounds, good blocker, can convert to offensive lineman in the pros.
-(TE) SETH HEBERT (CENTRAL MISSOURI) – 6-4, 225-pounds, can find his spots – Finished last year with 573 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
-TREY PIPKINS (SIOUX FALLS) – 6-7, 300-pounds, great feet and hands, smart, agile – Preseason All-American.
-QUENTIN STANFORD (WEST GEORGIA) – 6-4, 312-pounds, solid pass protector and run blocker.
-JASON ANDERSON (MINNESOTA-DULUTH) – 6-3, 295-pounds, good feet, smart, very strong.
-TRAPPER WARD (MINNESOTA-DULUTH) – 6-5, 295-pounds, community minded off the field, always in attack mode on the turf.
-DEVON JOHNSON (FERRIS STATE) – 6-7, 315-pounds, loves to impose his will on the inside and quick to get out to the perimeter to pave the way.
-MICHAEL FLEMING (EAST STROUDSBURG) – 6-4, 300-pounds – Leadership, anchor.
-TRAVIS ROMSA (CHADRON STATE) – 6-4, 284-pounds – Team’s Offensive MVP last year.
-JAMIE COLON (SHEPHERD) – 6-2, 285-pounds – Earned First-Team All-MEC honors last year for anchoring an offensive line that produced 45.56 points per game.
-TRAVIS KRALL (BLOOMSBURG) – 6-5, 285-pounds – All PSAC-East First-Team honors last season.
-NICK FISH (GRAND VALLEY STATE) – 6-7, 300-pounds – First-Team All-GLIAC performer.
-STEVE GAVIGLIA (SLIPPERY ROCK) – 6-3, 290-pounds – Was a part of an offensive line that ranked in the top ten in passing and fourth down conversions.