The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs are looking to extend their consecutive Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College title game appearances to six in 2012.
MGCCC, 10-2 overall in 2011, will look to be in the hunt for a national championship once again in 2012. The Bulldogs’ only two losses in 2011 were to fellow MACJC member East Mississippi CC. MGCCC lost to EMCC in the opening game of the season and in the MACJC state championship game. The Bulldogs closed out their 2011 campaign with a 42-17 victory over Blinn College in the Mississippi Bowl.
The Bulldogs will be very talented but also very young in 2012 as they must replace most of their starting lineup. MGCCC will have 40 freshmen will be on the squad this coming season.
Rankings: NJCAA: 4; JCGridiron: 15
2011 MACJC South champions
The Bulldogs, 6-0 in the MACJC South, won the South Division for the fifth time in the last seven years.
Steve Campbell, head coach
Head coach Steve Campbell, 70-18 with MGCCC, is entering his ninth season with the club. Campbell has led the Bulldogs to a co-NJCAA national championship (2007), three MACJC state titles, six MACJC South crowns and seven bowl games.
Campbell has been named Region 23 Coach of the Year five times and MACJC Coach of the Year three times.
QB Clint Hatten
The six-foot-two sophomore is expected to take the reins of the offense in 2012. Hatten, a dual-threat quarterback, split time with Raymond Cotton in 2011.
Hatten completed 55 of his 113 passes (46.8%) for 737 yards and five touchdowns last year. He also ran for 116 yards on 41 carries.
WR D’haquille Williams
The six-foot-three, 205-pound freshman caught 44 passes for 1,186 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior at East St. John HS, Miss. in 2011. He also ran the ball 40 times for 307 yards and five scores.
RB Antone Thornton
The six-foot sophomore is expected to get a lot of carries in 2012. Thornton appeared in one game in 2011 and rushed for 34 yards on eight carries.
LB Brandon Keel
The six-foot-two outside linebacker finished third on the team in tackles in 2011. Keel compiled 63 tackles, one sack and two interceptions last year.
Keel transferred to MGCCC in 2011. He redshirted his freshman year while attending Ole Miss in 2010.
LB Dawson Wells
The six-foot outside linebacker along with Keel are expected to provide leadership for the Bulldogs’ young defense. Wells contributed 43 tackles and two sacks in 2011.
DB Nigel Green
The six-foot-one, 170-pound freshman will compete for a spot in the Bulldogs defensive backfield in 2012. Green, from Northwest Rankin HS, was a top-25 recruit in Mississippi.
DB Derrick Moncrief
The six-foot-four, 200-pound freshman comes to the Bulldogs from Prattville HS, Ala. Moncrief, a 6A first team All-State selection, compiled 75 tackles and picked off seven passes last year. He played in the prestigious Alabama/Mississippi all-star game in 2011.
WR Tyrone Williams
The six-foot-two, 180-pound freshman came to MGCCC from Hancock HS, Miss. Williams, an All-State team selection, caught 74 passes and scored 15 touchdowns last year. He played in the prestigious Alabama/ Mississippi all-star game in 2011.
RB Detrick Goff
The six-foot-two, 220-pound freshman comes to the Bulldogs from Hancock HS, Miss. Prior to enrolling at MGCCC, Goff drew interest from four FBS schools. The schools that were interested in Goff were Arkansas St., Michigan, Mississippi St. and UAB.
RB Antwon Wells
The five-foot-11, 190-pound freshman was a first team All-State selection his senior season at East Central HS, Miss in 2011. Wells accumulated two-1,000 yard seasons, rushed for 2,999 yards and 30 touchdowns in his high school career.
Daniel Benjamin has covered junior college football for a year.