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August 29, 2009

Several teams counting on JC transfers

Coaches looking for immediate help often turn to junior college players in an effort to fill some holes. Some notable JC transfers in the past few seasons include Oregon DE Will Tukuafu, Oklahoma OT Phil Loadholt, Florida FS Reggie Nelson, Pittsburgh OT Jeff Otah and Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount.

Look for these junior college transfers to make an impact this season:

Impact Junior College Transfers

OT James Carpenter, Alabama
FROM: Coffeyville (Kan.) CC
BUZZ: The Tide need a new left tackle to replace All-America Andre Smith, and Carpenter - who signed with Iowa State out of Hephzibah (Ga.) High - looks to be the guy. He enrolled early and went through spring practice. He's a physical presence who's also well-skilled as a pass blocker.

CB Rudell Crim, Arkansas
FROM: El Dorado (Kan.) Butler County CC
BUZZ: The Hogs secondary underachieved last season, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see Crim trot out as a starter when Arkansas opens the season. Crim - originally from Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards, where he played with Hogs RB Michael Smith - has good size (6 feet/190 pounds), played some at safety in junior college and can provide a physical presence at corner.

DE DeQuin Evans, Kentucky
FROM: Los Angeles Harbor College
BUZZ: The Wildcats desperately need someone to provide a consistent pass rush with the dismissal of Jeremy Jarmon, and Evans could be the guy. Evans, originally from Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo, played just one season of high school football.

CB Coryell Judie, Texas A&M
FROM: Fort Scott (Kan.) CC
BUZZ: The Aggies needed to upgrade their secondary, and Judie - who was cleared academically to play last week - should nail down a starting spot at cornerback. Judie originally is from Marlin (Texas) High and also could be a return man.

DT Eugene Kinlaw, Troy
FROM: Hutchinson (Kan.) CC
BUZZ: Troy is looking to replace both its starting defensive tackles, and Kinlaw has grabbed one of the starting spots. He has been slowed a bit during fall drills by an illness, but he should be an effective run-stuffer for the Trojans. Kinlaw, whose nickname is "Bloodbath," originally is from Homerville (Ga.) Clinch County, where he was a teammate of star Troy linebacker Boris Lee.

LB Bryson Littlejohn, Oregon
FROM: Roseville (Calif.) Sierra College
BUZZ: He created a buzz in spring drills, and that has carried over to fall workouts. The Ducks returned two starting linebacker, and Littlejohn has an excellent shot at grabbing the third starting spot - if not for the opener, then sometime early in the season. He's originally from Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek.

DT Pernell McPhee, Mississippi State
FROM: Fulton (Miss.) Itawamba CC
BUZZ: McPhee went through spring drills and impressed the new Bulldogs coaching staff with his attitude and relentlessness. He's expected to provide some playmaking ability for a line that needs it. McPhee, originally from Pahokee (Fla.) High, signed with Southern Miss out of high school before attending junior college for academic reasons.

WR Darius Reynolds, Iowa State
FROM: Reedley (Calif.) College
BUZZ: Iowa State is revamping its offense under new coordinator Tom Herman, who had been at Rice, and Reynolds is expected to be one of the Cyclones' best playmakers. He played quarterback in junior college and at Woodbridge (Va.) Hylton High. He has good size (6-3/190) and runs well.

WR Andre Simmons, Colorado
FROM: Independence (Kan.) CC
BUZZ: Colorado needs some playmakers at wide receiver, and for a while, coaches weren't sure if Simmons would be cleared academically in time to make an impact this season. But Simmons - originally from Blackville (S.C.) Blackville-Hilda - was cleared last week and said he expects to start the opener. In addition to possessing good speed, Simmons has good size (6-3/210) and is physical.

OT Danny Watkins, Baylor
FROM: Oroville (Calif.) Butte College
BUZZ: Watkins will slide into the left tackle spot left vacant by Jason Smith, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft. Watkins, who's 24, was a Canadian firefighter before picking up football at Butte, which he attended to receive a Fire Science degree, which would've helped in his quest to one day be a fire chief.

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.



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