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As the Pasadena City College football team prepares for the upcoming 2011 season, the Lancers welcomed the news that 12 more players from the 2010 team and one player from the 2009 squad have earned scholarships to four-year universities.

PCC's list of scholarship transfers has grown to 15 from last year's football class, the most since 2004 when 30 student-athletes matriculated. Three 2010 sophomores had originally signed NCAA Division I scholarship letters in February (see previous release http://www.pasadena.edu/athletics/news/newsitem.cfm?ID=3733).

Of the newly released list, the most prominent player moving on was All-National Southern Conference linebacker Kimball Niumatalolo, who will attend Arizona State University for his final three years of college football. Niumatalolo led the Lancers last season in tackles with 79 and added two fumble recoveries, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and an 81-yard touchdown interception return. Niumatalolo (Kahuku High, Hawaii) will redshirt this season and begin his sophomore playing year in 2012. The Sun Devils are directed by three-time, Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year Dennis Erickson.

All-NSC Second Team wide receiver Michael Harrison (Pasadena High) is one of three Lancers headed to West Virginia Tech University, a NAIA institution. Safety Joey Dixon (Blair High) and defensive end Carlton Hudson (Crenshaw HS) join Harrison at WVTU. Harrison, a 5-foot-4 phenom, recorded the third highest reception total in PCC history with 61 catches to lead the Lancers in 2010. Dixon excelled in the Lancers' defensive backfield with 28 tackles and two pass breakups.

Manako Tuifua, an All-NSC Second Team defensive tackle (Kailua HS, Hawaii), is going down the 210 Freeway to attend Azusa Pacific University. Tuifua had a tremendous two-year run at PCC as he totaled 95 tackles (52 as a sophomore). Tuifua scored three touchdowns as a goal-line fullback and filled in on the offensive line as a versatile performer.

All-NSC First Team safety Omar Smith (Clewiston High, Fla.) is attending Tuskegee University in Alabama. Smith was among the state leaders in pass break-ups with 12 as he also totaled 45 tackles and tied for the team-lead in interceptions with three.

Kicker-punter Brian Gonzalez (Alhambra High) is headed to East Central University in Oklahoma. Gonzalez, a two-year letterman, averaged 39.5 yards per punt and was 6-for-9 on field goal attempts last season. In his two seasons, he landed 24 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line including a 75-yard punt v. Allan Hancock that stands as tied for the second longest punt in PCC history.

Defensive back Tevin McCaskill (Miami Northwestern High, Fla.), who had 53 tackles and three interceptions, earned a scholarship to Missouri's Lindenwood University.

Other 2010 Lancers who transferred are wide receiver Devance Harris (Charter Oak High, 56 receptions over two seasons) to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., offensive lineman Oscar Hernandez (Salesian High) to New Mexico Highlands University, tight end Josh Heron (Westchester HS) to Texas College, and tight end Robert Williams (Cathedral HS, Boston, Mass.) to Virginia Union University.

From the 2009 Lancers, quarterback Nick Ponce (Arcadia High) joins Hernandez at New Mexico Highlands. Ponce led PCC in passing that year with 1,582 yards and 15 touchdown throws.

MORE LANCERS AT 4-YEAR UNIVERSITY NEWS

PCC offensive coordinator Shandon Silva said that long snapper Jaris Rosete (Waipahu, Hawaii) will try to be a walk-on at the University of Hawaii while defensive back Davionne Amie (Crenshaw) will make a final decision on his transfer choice soon.

Two 2008 Lancers have switched colleges as running back Joshua Morgan, a 1,000-yard rusher on the Tremblay Bowl champion squad, and defensive back Eugene Palmer will attend Azusa Pacific. Morgan originally earned a scholarship to Abilene Christian U. while Palmer was at Delaware State.

Under new head coach Fred Fimbres, the Lancers open the 2011 season Saturday, Sept. 3 in a 6 p.m. game against Glendale College. All PCC home games are played on campus at Robinson Stadium.

[Photo--Michael Harrison (1), a local product from Pasadena High, was one of 13 PCC football student-athletes to earn a scholarship to a four-year university. Harrison is continuing his education at Virginia Tech University.]

Release Date: 08/04/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu