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Seven 2009 PCC Football Players Sign With 4-Year Universities

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Pasadena City College Acting Head Football Coach James Kuk announced that seven of his 2009 Lancers have signed scholarship letters to attend 4-year universities.

Leading the '09 class to continue their educations and playing careers at the next level are All-State defensive end Ahkeem Mckineey at San Jose State University and All-National Northern Conference First Team linebacker Roman Pula, who is moving on to Texas A&M-Kingsville.

The 6-foot-6, pass-rushing Mckinney led the Lancers in sacks (9.5) and totaled 60 tackles, 6 quarterback hurries, and forced 2 fumbles. A transfer into PCC, Mckinney is originally from Griffin High, Georgia.

Pula played two seasons at Pasadena, excelling in both years. The two-way performer led the 2008 Tremblay Services Bowl champion team in scoring as a specialty fullback with 12 touchdowns, and compiled 75 tackles. Last year as a sophomore, Pula recorded 72 tackles (second on the team), 2.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and recovered 2 fumbles. The hard-hitting Pula is from Lincoln High in Tacoma, Washington.

Also signing on with their new 4-year schools are running back Anthony Pines (Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas), running back John Roberson (Texas Southern University), linebacker Ruben McQueen (Kansas Wesleyan University), kicker Nick Luevano (Lindenwood University, Saint Charles, Missouri), and tight end Josh Giambalvo (Ottawa University, Kansas).

Pines, from Cathedral High in Los Angeles, led the Lancers in rushing this past season with 449 yards and he scored 5 touchdowns. Roberson attended Dorsey High, Los Angeles, and McQueen is from La Verne's Bonita High. Pasadena High's Luevano, who is headed to a NAIA championship game runner-up at Lindenwood, set a new PCC record for longest field goal of 49 yards. Giambalvo is from Franklin High, Los Angeles, and he will be playing for an Ottawa team that won its conference championship last year.

Kuk also announced that '08 leading running back and 1,000-yard performer Joshua Morgan and is attending Abilene Christian University (Texas) for his junior season. He indicated that two-time, All-NNC First Team safety Julius Harris has made a verbal commitment to San Jose State and that quarterback Nick Ponce is still mulling over scholarship offers. 

[Photo--Roman Pula (44) and Ahkeem Mckinney (18) are among the PCC players who are transferring to 4-year universities with scholarships, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/18/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu