TROY – The Troy Trojans football team’s season is far from over, but there are already signs of life for the 2010 season. Four junior college players signed letters of intent on Wednesday, clearing the way for them to join the Troy squad in January.
“We like to fill in and improve gap needs, and getting guys in school in January always helps,” Trojans head coach Larry Blakeney said. “These guys will get a chance to come in here and go through our winter program and spring ball so that when the season gets here next year they will almost be like seasoned veterans.”
Of the four signees, three were on the offensive side of the ball. Headlining the group is the duo of quarterback Greg Jenkins and wide receiver Brett Moncrief from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Jenkins, originally from Dade City, Fla., threw for more than 3,300 yards and scored 44 total touchdowns in two seasons at the helm of MGCC. He compiled a record of 19-4 as a starter, including leading his team to a 9-2 record and a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) south division title in 2009.
“He’s a dual-threat guy,” Troy assistant coach Kenny Edenfield said. “He can run and throw. He graduated in three semesters so he’s able to come in for spring ball. We think he can come in here and compete for the job. That’s what we told him and he’s excited about it. He’s a student of the game and we are excited about getting him here.”
Moncrief is the son of former NBA great Sidney Moncrief. The 6-foot-4 wideout caught 23 passes for 234 yards and two scores during an injury-riddled 2009 season that saw him miss more than two games. He was named second team all-MACJC following the season. Moncrief caught 14 passes for 256 yards and two scores as a freshman.
“Brett Moncrief is a really good player,” Edenfield said. “He’s rated pretty high on everybody’s boards. Several other schools came in the mix late: Missouri, Kansas and especially Ole Miss there at the end. He came up this summer and liked the place and when he came up on his visit for the FAU game, he really liked it. He liked the atmosphere.
“He played on a junior college team that throws the ball a little and runs the ball a lot and when he saw that we throw it a lot, he really thought this was a place he could flourish. We are really excited about getting him here.”
Also signing on the offensive side of the ball was lineman Jarred Fleming from East Central (Miss.) Community College. A native of Louisville, Miss., Fleming was recruited out of high school by Troy offensive line coach John Schlarman, but chose to attend East Central where he started 11 games in 2009.
“When I first got the job here, Coach Schlarman went and took a look at him,” Edenfield said. “He was only about 215-220 pounds and about 6-foot-5. Now he’s up to about 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds. We really didn’t know after that first year if he could grow that big. He is a qualifier out of high school and he’s done a really good job there. He’s a guy we think can come in and battle for one of the tackle spots. He’s a good student. He’s another that had a few other things going, but right at the end we were able to battle it out.”
Seeking help in replacing two departing members of the 2009 secondary, Troy coaches turned their attention to locating defensive backs with in-game experience. They found that experience in Kilgore (Texas) Junior College’s Jimmie Anderson.
Anderson was recently named a first team junior college All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association following his sophomore season. The Round Rock, Texas, native posted 31 tackles and four interceptions from the cornerback position.
Anderson is also skilled as a return man, seeing time at both kick returner and punt returner for Kilgore JC. He was ranked as the 28th best junior college player in the country by Rivals.com.
“Jimmie is a very exciting player,” Troy defensive coordinator Jeremy Rowell said. “He has a ton of speed. He’s not a very big kid, but has a lot of ability and speed. He plays physical, reminds me a lot of Elbert Mack. He’s the same type player. He probably has more tools, maybe than Mack did.
“He’s a very intelligent kid. He’s done very well in school. He had a mediocre year because a lot of people didn’t throw it at him a lot until the latter half of the year. Because of that, he doesn’t have a lot of stats. He played very well and made a lot of big plays. I’m excited to get him here and get us another guy at corner.”
The four-time Sun Belt Conference champion Troy Trojans will be in action on January 6 when they take on the Central Michigan Chippewas in the 2010 GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala. You can get your tickets now by calling the Troy Athletics Ticket Office at 877-878-WINS or by ordering online at TroyTrojans.com.
Name Pos. Ht./Wt. Last School/Hometown
Jimmie Anderson DB 5-9/170 Kilgore (TX) JC/Round Rock, TX
Jarred Fleming OL 6-5/280 East Central (MS) CC/Louisville, MS
Greg Jenkins QB 6-2/195 Mississippi Gulf Coast CC/Dade City, FL
Brett Moncrief WR 6-4/205 Mississippi Gulf Coast CC/Little Rock, AR
Kilgore (TX) JC
Round Rock, TX
Voted first team All-Southwest Conference following the 2009 season at Kilgore JC … Posted 31 tackles and four interceptions as a starting cornerback … Also returned punts and kicks … Recorded 12 break-ups, four TFLs and two forced fumbles … Had stand-out game against Northeast Oklahoma A&M with three interceptions … Earned second team All-Conference honors after posting 46 tackles and eight interceptions in 2008 as a freshman … Rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and as the 28th best junior college player for the class of 2010 … Voted a first team NJCAA All-American at cornerback following his sophomore campaign.
East Central (MS) CC
Recruited by Troy offensive line coach John Schlarman out of high school before attending East Central Community College … Helped team to a 10-1 record during the 2009 season … Made 11 starts at tackle.
Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Dade City, FL
Named second team All-MACJC following a sophomore season that saw him lead his team to a 9-2 record and win its third straight MACJC South Division title … Scored 30 total touchdowns (22 passing, eight rushing) while throwing for 1,897 yards on 115-of-191 passes (60.2 percent) … Also rushed for 651 yards … Accounted for five touchdowns in state title game against East Mississippi CC …During his freshman season completed 121 of 170 attempts (71.2-percent) for 1,407 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions … Rushed for 303 yards and three more scores ... Junior college teammate of fellow signee Brett Moncrief.
Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
North Little Rock, AR
Recorded 23 catches for 234 yards and two scores as a sophomore at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Ocean Springs, Mississippi … Also rushed three times for eight yards … Named second team All-MACJC for his efforts … teammate of fellow signee Greg Jenkins … Helped team to state runner-up finish … Caught 14 passes for 256 yards (18.3 average) and two touchdowns as a freshman ... Originally signed with Oklahoma State out of high school … Ranked as a four-star prospect by Scout.com … Son of former NBA great Sidney Moncrief.