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2015 Escondido season preview

08/19/2015, 8:30am PDT
By John Maffei

Cougars' man in the middle: center Alex Corona


Alex Corona

2-MINUTE DRILL

Coach: Steve Bridges. Overall record — 9-22 (3 years). Record at school — 9-22 (3 years).

Division: III.

League: Valley.

Section titles: 3 (1960, ’62, ’69).

Player to watch: CB David Turney, a second-team all-league pick, is the most-dynamic athlete in the program. Last season as a sophomore, he scored on an interception, as a runner and as a kick returner.

At a glance: Injuries ruined the Cougars’ season a year ago. Those injuries, however, gave a number of players varsity experience and the team returns 14 starters and five others who saw significant time. Led by second-team all-league pick Alex Corona, Damion Sanchez and Frank Medrano, the OL is solid. WR Austin Rieman is a three-year starter and Manny Peddicord rushed for 150 yards in his only start at TB. Talented QB Sam Grimes returns but needs to take the next step. On defense, Turney and Calvin Washington give the Cougars two talented deep defenders.

DEPTH CHART

Offense

Player / Ht. / Wt. / Yr. / Pos.

Chris Jackson / 5-8 / 155 / Jr. / WR

Damion Sanchez / 6-2 / 245 / Sr. / LT

Ian Watt / 6-0 / 215 / Jr. / LG

Alex Corona / 5-11 / 225 / Sr. / C

Frank Medrano / 5-11 / 220 / Sr. / RG

Jose Mendez / 5-11 / 215 / Jr. / RT

Miguel Rocha / 5-10 / 165 / Jr. / WR

Austin Rieman / 5-10 / 185 / Sr. / WR

Sam Grimes / 6-2 / 185 / Sr. / QB

Ramiro Delfin / 5-9 / 190 / Sr. / HB

Manny Peddicord / 5-10 / 210 / Sr. / TB

Nick Ortega / 6-2 / 220 / Sr. / PK

Defense

Player / Ht. / Wt. / Yr. / Pos.

Johnathan Mattern / 6-2 / 215 / Sr. / DE

Damion Sanchez / 6-2 / 245 / Sr. / DT

Salvador Sanchez / 6-0 / 235 / Sr. / NG

Patrick Heil / 6-0 / 210 / Sr. / DE

Quinton Gaudet / 6-2 / 185 / So. / LB

Christian Correa / 5-11 / 190 / Sr. / LB

David Parks / 5-11 / 200 / Jr. / LB

Calvin Washington / 6-4 / 185 / Sr. / CB

Orion Diaz / 6-1 / 180 / Sr. / ROV

Nick Butts / 6-0 / 170 / Sr. / FS

David Turney / 5-9 / 185 / Jr. / CB

Nick Ortega / 6-2 / 220 / Sr. / P

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