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SEASON PREVIEW: REDELL ERA BEGINS AT OXY

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By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director
 

LOS ANGELES — A new coach, a new quarterback and the same system that's led the Occidental College football program to five SCIAC championships in the last 10 years highlights the excitement in Eagle Rock with the first game of the 2012 season less than two weeks away.

Bill Redell '64, one of the greatest Oxy football players in school history, took over as his alma mater's head coach last May, adding a charismatic spark with a proven veteran track record to a Tigers squad that went 5-4 overall and 3-3 in SCIAC play during 2011.

Redell, a College Football Hall of Famer, spent the bulk of his coaching career at Oaks Christian HS where he won seven of his eight CIF-SS championships.

But once he retired from Oaks Christian last spring, after building the program from scratch into a national powerhouse in his 12 years with the school, Redell couldn't resist the allure of returning to the place where it all started.

"I'm very fortunate to be coming back to Occidental after 50 years, ending my football career at Oxy," Redell said. "Not right away, but this will be my last stop."

The circumstances were less than ideal. Former head coach Dale Widolff was dismissed last Spring after a second NCAA violation in two years.

Still Redell saw it as the picture-perfect last stop to his coaching career and an exciting new beginning for him and a group of Tigers that will take on a familiar feel.

The first thing Redell did was ensure that the Oxy staff would stay mostly intact, insisting at his first coaches meeting that he wouldn't take the job if his assistants weren't on board.

Shortly after, offensive coordinator Eric Bergstrom was promoted to associate head coach and defensive wizard Erik Johnson returned as the Tigers defensive signal caller, meaning the spread offense that led the league in passing yards last season and Johnson's "bend, but don't break defense" will still be the strategies on both sides of the ball again this fall.

"We have a lot of really good young players mixed in with some seasoned veterans," Redell said. "We'll be well-coached and that's a tribute to Erik Johnson and Eric Bergstrom and the rest of the staff."

Oxy is chasing three-time defending SCIAC champion Cal Lutheran and perennial power Redlands, while trying to fend off a very athletic Whittier, a consistently improving Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, a well-coached La Verne, ancient-rival Pomona-Pitzer and Chapman, a school of 5,300 in Orange County that's new to the SCIAC in 2012.

It won't be easy, but with talent at the skill positions, some finagling strategically, and a healthy team, the Tigers should be towards the top of the SCIAC standings.

 

Offense

Quarterbacks

Taking the snaps, is quarterback Tommy Edwards (Sherman Oaks), a NCAA Division I transfer from Sacramento State that has the arm and legs to fit well in Oxy's up-tempo offensive attack. Edwards, who prepped at Ulysses S. Grant HS, threw for 365 yards and two touchdowns in three games last season with the Hornets and six touchdowns in 2010 with The Citadel, also a Division I school.

Backing him up is freshman Adam Goltche (Great Neck, N.Y.) and sophomores Jay Barrow(Littleton, Colo.) and Tom Stivers (Pebble Beach).

Wide Receivers

The quarterbacks have plenty of targets. Oxy returns Pre-Season All-American WR Matthew Tuckness (Alamo) and Ryan Rodriguez (Oakley), last season's SCIAC receptions leader. Samuel Stekol (Manhattan Beach), a sophomore who broke out with six receptions for 68 yards at the homecoming game in a 27-17 win over Chapman last year, and William Stanton (Hanford) will also be major factors in the passing game.

Offensive line

Protecting Edwards, is a group of lineman led by three-year starting left guard Dalton Spinas (Atascadero).  Cody Long (Nevada City) returns as Oxy's left tackle and Jon Sarris (Stockton) as the Tigers' center.

Running Backs

On the ground, Oxy has three running backs that should get the bulk of the carries. Some combination of Austin Cheadle (Portland), Shay Mueller (El Dorado Hills) and Kwame Do (San Marino) will make up Oxy's running game.

Cheadle missed last season with an injury, but was a standout on the Oxy track and field team in the 100 meter and 100 relay.

Mueller, the son of Oxy great Vance Mueller '86, is a shifty and explosive freshman that's shown flashes of his father's speed in camp and the ability to make defenders miss in the open field.

Do, also a freshman, give the Tigers flexibility, depth and a promising future in the backfield.

Tight Ends

Tight end could end up being Oxy's most improved position. In 2011, the Tigers went without a true tight end, spelling the spot with All-SCIAC linebacker Greg Holsworth. This year, they'll have junior Josh Gorlick (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.), who missed 2011 with an injury, and freshmanDevin Bullock (Dallas) at one and two on the depth chart, both dynamic players that can help Oxy move the sticks with the run or the pass.

 

Defense

Defensive backs

Jordan Lance (San Diego), Oxy's leader in tackles in 2011, looks to make his name as Oxy's playmaking defender and a top defensive back in the SCIAC. His 64 tackles ranked 10th in the conference last season.

Converted running back Teran Mawhinney (Fort Collins, Colo.) is another player to watch in the Tigers' secondary.

Defensive line

Casey Shibuya (Kahal, Hawaii) is the biggest name and most experienced lineman on the defensive side of the ball. Shibuya, recorded two sacks last season.

Sophomore Dallas Gosselin (Bothel, Wash.) showed his potential as a freshman and his improvement will be key to Oxy's pass rush and run stopping.

Linebackers

Senior Justin Garza (Newbury Park) is the one returning staple and the leader of Oxy's linebacker core. Freshmen Nathan Miranda (Maryville, Ten.) and Chance Nester (Modesto) are leading a group of younger players competing for the other spots in Oxy's 3-4 defensive front.

 

Special Teams

Kickers

The Tigers lost kicker Josh Mun, but return punter Marc Kuzbari (Clayton) and add freshman kickerAngus McDonald (Napa). Samuel Crizer (Los Osos), a quarterback turned wide receiver, could also take on occasional kicking duties.

Kick Returners

Rodriguez, Tuckness, Stanton, Lance and Mueller could find themselves returning punts and kickoffs for Oxy. Lance returned 12 kicks for 268 yards in 2011.

The Tigers open the season against Pacific (Ore.) on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in Jack Kemp Stadium.

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Moravian 20, at Juniata 17
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SUNY-Maritime 21, at Mount Ida 13
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Middlebury 43, at Bates 14
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Husson 48, at Gallaudet 21
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Wabash 35, at Oberlin 21
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Ohio Northern 7, at Muskingum 6
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Wittenberg 52, at DePauw 6
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Plymouth State 40, at Massachusetts Maritime 14
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Wooster 58, at Hiram 25
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Washington and Lee 36, at Hampden-Sydney 6
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Bridgewater 31, at Emory and Henry 23
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Lebanon Valley 17, at Misericordia 0
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RPI 30, at Alfred 15
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Ferrum 27, at Brevard 24
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Randolph-Macon 63, at Apprentice 14
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Cortland 34, at Morrisville State 20
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Trinity (Texas) 27, at Sewanee 21
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Wartburg 41, at Luther 16
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Tufts 21, at Williams 13
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Mount Union 66, at Wilmington 7
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MIT 30, at Coast Guard 21
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John Carroll 48, at Capital 21
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Mount St. Joseph 71, at Anderson 27
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UW-Whitewater 20, at UW-River Falls 7
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Monmouth 61, at Cornell 10
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Wheaton (Ill.) 56, at North Park 0
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Western Connecticut 27, at Bridgewater State 20
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Chapman 38, at La Verne 21
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Pacific 17, at Lewis and Clark 7
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Pacific Lutheran 27, at Willamette 14
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N.C. Wesleyan 21, at Averett 15
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Case Western Reserve 45, at Geneva 7
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Occidental at Pomona-Pitzer
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at Frostburg State 62, Montclair State 3
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Wittenberg 52, at DePauw 6
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at Springfield 68, Catholic 20
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Wartburg 41, at Luther 16
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Mount Union 66, at Wilmington 7
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at Marietta 44, Heidelberg 21
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at Washington and Jefferson 34, Westminster (Pa.) 33
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Hardin-Simmons 33, at Texas Lutheran 30
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 45, Belhaven 7
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St. Thomas 84, at Hamline 0
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at Illinois Wesleyan 13, Carthage 10
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at Concordia-Moorhead 42, Augsburg 20
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Berry 37, at Millsaps 22
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UW-Platteville 34, at UW-Eau Claire 14
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UW-Oshkosh 42, at UW-La Crosse 28
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Case Western Reserve 45, at Geneva 7
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