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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Seasoned sophomores on the offense include, from left, left guard Chris Nicolai, quarterback Tony Ayala, tight end Johnnie Pope and running back Roosevelt Austin.

College football: 2014 Ridgewater preview

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2014 Ridgewater Preview

Roster: 28 sophomores/ 47 freshmen

Starters Returning: 12 (5 offense/7 defense)

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2013 record: 5-4

Offense

Wide Receivers: Kevlin Jones (6-3/215 Brunswick, Ga), Tight end; Chris Tidwell (5-9/185 Collinsville, Illinois); Greg McPherson (6-3/210 Buffalo); Brandon Jackson (5-10/180 Zeeland, Michigan).

“Lots of depth here. We’ll use four different receivers depending on the situation,” Baumgarn said.

Tight end: Johnnie Pope (6-2/225 Highland Park, Michigan); Marques Shepreauz (6-2/215, Bloomington).

Tackles: Antoinio Reynaga (6-1/255, Lansing, Michigan); Joshua Harris (6-4/260 Collinsville, Illinois).

Guards: Chris Nicolai (6-1/365 Bangor, Wisconsin); Addonise Crews (6-3/280) Pensacola, Florida).

Center: Eric Shaw (6-2/320 Minneapolis).

Quarterback: Tony Ayala (6-2/200 Minneapolis); Jeremiah Grimsely (6-0/170, Waconia).

“Ayala has a great grasp of the offense and can make all the throws. He’s a leader, too. He could be the best I’ve had here,” Baumgarn said.

Fullback: Matt Alberts (5-8/220, New Germany); DaShawn Bell (5-10/190 Detroit).

Running back: Dominick Wise 5-8/210 Madison, Illinois); Dan Maras (6-0/200, Jeffers); DaShawn Bell (5-10/190, Detroit).

“Real solid here. Our rushing game should open up the pass. We’re without sophomore fullback Roosevelt Austin (Sauk Centre) right now; he’s out with a swollen knee suffered in a collision the first play of our scrimmage at Crown College,” Baumgarn said.

Punter: Jones.

Placekicker: Glenn Meyers (6-2/205, Blaine).

Defense

Linemen: Brandon Boateng (6-3/245, Belle Plaine; Reggie Gayden (6-1/270, Indianapolis); Jack Goeman (6-2/235, Lakeville); Roy Johnson (6-2/270, Detroit); Chris Sims (5-11/375, Pensacola, Florida); Tranard Styles (6-1/235, Plant City, Florida).

“We’re two-deep here and each one can play. We’ve got a package where we can get speed off the edges,” Baumgarn said.

Outside LB: Justin Norwood (6-3/235, Lansing, Michigan); Jeremy Boykins (6-3/245, West Palm Beach, Flaorida); AJ Moore (6-2/220, Highland Springs, Virginia); Darrice Orkmon (6-0/225, Indianapolis).

Inside LB: Luke Blanch (6-0/220, Ogden Utah); Quieron King (5-11/235, Brooklyn, Indiana); James Ebertowski (5-11/225m Waseca).

Cornerbacks: Josh Hall (5-11/185, Detroit); Desmond Cawthon (5-10/190, Highland Springs, Virginia); Dennis Archibald (5-8/165, Lafayette, Indiana); Devin Hampton (6-0/180, St. Louis).

Free Safety: Jaris Wellmaker (5-10/175, Madison, Illinois).

Rover: Adihia Bell (6-0/210, Milwaukee); Brooklyn Shurelds (6-2/205, Lima, Ohio).

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Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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