MJC Football Preseason #5 in Nation

MJC Football Preseason #5 in Nation

College Football America Yearbook's 2020 Preseason Juco Top 30

The College Football America rankings are comprised of teams from the National Junior College Athletic Association and from the California Community College Athletic Association, the two major sponsors of junior college football.

Modesto Junior College begins at its highest national preseason ranking at #5.  

2020 College Football America Juco Preseason Top 30

1. Riverside

2. Mississippi Gulf Coast

3. San Mateo

4. Hutchinson

5. Modesto

6. Canyons

7. Butler

8. Saddleback

9. East Mississippi

10. NW Mississippi

11. American River

12. Iowa Western

13. Fresno City

14. Garden City

15. Lackawanna

16. Long Beach City

17. Hinds

18. Ventura

19. CCSF

20. Kilgore

21. Georgia Military

22. Butte

23. Jones County

24. Independence

25. Trinity Valley

26. Mt. San Antonio

27. Fullerton

28. Laney

29. Navarro

30. Chaffey

MJC Football 2019 Recap:

The Pirates entered the 2019 season ranked #10 statewide and defeated the returning state champion Laney College 33-20 in Oakland to open the season.  In their final regular season game, the Pirates defeated rival San Joaquin Delta College 48-21 to finish the regular season at 8-2 and spot in the state's Elite 8 playoff.  MJC made it to the Northern California state championship game losing to the College of San Mateo on a cold, wet and windy day.  MJC finished the year with their highest ranking and penetration in the State Playoffs since moving up in the National division of teams eligible to contend for the state championship, finishing #2 in Northern California.  MJC's two year record of 17-6 marked only the third time in MJC's 90 year history that an MJC football team won 17 games in a back-to-back two year span.
Leading the Pirates air attack was QB Dan Velasquez (Turlock HS) completing 108-184 (58.7%) with 1,948 yards, 15 TD's and 5 INT's. Velasquez was a dual threat as he also led the team in rushing with 735 yards and 9 TD's.  MJC's ground game was a force to reckon with, averaging over 210 yards per game, as they were ranked # 1 in Northern California (the only team in the north to average over 200 yards) and #4 in the state.  In addition to Velasquez, four other runners gained over 300 yards (and scored 20 rushing TD's) over the course of the season.  Michael Ramos (Lathrop HS) had 429 yards in only 4 games, as he suffered a season ending injury in game 4.  Payton Bass (Pitman HS) had 390 yards, scored 10 TD's coming on strong later in the year and also led the Pirates in non-kick scoring.  The Pirates had three receivers register at least 500 yards.  Lucas Curtis (Turlock HS) caught 37 passes for 568 yards and 5 TD's, Brandon Gray (Beyer HS) caught 33 passes for 507 yards and 4 TD's, and Jordan Porter (Turlock HS) caught 28 balls for 574 yards (a 20.5 yard per catch average) and 5 TD's. 
On defense, LB Ferrin G Manuleleua (Manteca HS) registered 85 tackles (7.1 per game) and led all defenders.  He and Dominic Silva (Turlock HS) compiled over 14 tackles-for-loss apiece.  Jahssiah Maiava (Las Vegas, NV) led the defense with 4.5 sacks and defensive back Darrien Young (Katy, TX) had a team-high 5 interceptions.  The Pirates outscored their opponents 408-274 (34-22.8 ppg).  
The MJC Football program reached $1 million in financial assistance in 2019.  In 2018, 16 MJC Pirates transferred to 4-year universities, five of which went to Division I schools.  The football transfer scholarship aid packages totaled over $1 million for the first time since head coach Rusty Stivers announced the $1 million goal for the MJC football program. 
In the Division I ranks, look for MJC alum and current University of Colorado DT Mustafa Johnson (Turlock HS) who was recently ranked as the 2021 #9 defensive tackle draft prospect in the nation (and #3 in the Pac 12) by Sports Illustrated.
HEAD COACH: Rusty Stivers
All-Valley League:
Dan Velasquez - QB - Turlock HS
Lucas Curtis - WR - Turlock HS
Jordan Porter - WR - Turlock HS
Paul Sogialofa - OL - American Samoa
Daniel Salanoa - OL - American Samoa
Kendrick Bond - DB - Patterson HS
Ferrin G Manuleleua - LB - Manteca HS
Antonio Pule - DL - American Samoa
Recent Transfers:
Antonio Pule - Washington State
Rory Hanson - Fresno State
Dan Velasquez - Fresno State
Ferrin G Manuleleua - Missouri State
Paul Sogialofa - Missouri State
Evan Camarena -- Portland State
Travis Oxley - Eastern New Mexico
Kendrick Bond - Southwest Minnesota
Dominic Silva - New Mexico Highlands
Tristan Deshields - Kansas Wesleyan
Patrick Green - Ottowa Arizona
Donald Garland - Briar Cliff
Dayshawn Alderson -Kentucky Christian
Vaatofu Sauvao - University of Colorado
Trae Nichols - University of Idaho
Ron Sharlou - University of San Diego
Devan Bass - Western Michigan
Jereicho Taamu - San Jose State
Austin Martins - Valparaiso
Brandon Johnson - Olivet Nazarene
Broderick Medrano - Central Washington
Robert Maxson - Friends University
Izell Price - Western New Mexico
TJ Dayak - Montana State Northern
Adiel Haleck  - Central Washington
Rhine Haleck - Central Washington
Jack Weaver - San Diego State
Chase Winchester - Stanislaus State
Mustafa Johnson - University Of Colorado
Michael Thompson - Eastern Michigan
Tiki Tonga - University Of Utah
Rob Luckett - Lane College (LA)
Robby Huddelston - University Of Mary
Sifa Tuavao - College Of Idaho
Greg Hickman - Ottawa (KS)
Michael Barrow - Sterling College
Drew Howey - Kansas Wesleyan
Jovon Woods - Briar Cliff