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July 1, 2014

Plenty of local products in NSU's defensive backfield in 2014


When it comes to home-state products, Marcus Cotton, a Missouri native, is certainly all by himself an out-of-stater in Northeastern State’s defensive backfield.

The RiverHawks revealed their 2014 roster on their website on Monday, and NSU’s defensive backfield is loaded with Oklahoma products.

None are more noticeable to locals than Mason McMillan, a former Tahlequah standout. Kyler Harris is also a familiar face, after playing his days at Muskogee High School. Richard Stanley (Union High School), Kevin Bell (Lawton), Romon Beard (Booker T. Washington), Alex James (Beggs), Jordan Cunningham (Claremore), Colten Douillard (Keys), Trevor Bourne (Panama) and Chandler Barr (Anadarko) all also hail from the Sooner State. Tracey Walker (Grand Prairie, Texas) is also listed at defensive back, but the 5-foot-9, 170-pound sophomore does not yet have a number listed.

As expected, Johnny Deaton is no longer listed on the RiverHawks’ roster. The former Sand Springs and NSU standout quarterback left the team last week to be with his ailing father, instead of playing his senior season.

The quarterbacks on the roster include Thor Long, Phoenix College transfer Kevin Pantastico and freshmen Payton Rawlins and Jacob Storlie.

The position with the greatest amount of depth appears to be offensive line. The RiverHawks have 21 offensive linemen listed, highlighted by left tackle Ethan James and other returners in Jonathan Brown, Ross Dvorak and Buck Spurger.

Joel Rockmore, who missed the majority of the 2013 season after suffering a knee injury in the RiverHawks’ second game against Missouri Southern, returns to anchor NSU’s running back attack. Adding depth to the position will be Terrance Dixon, Steven Hoper and Ashdon Perry.

Jordan Robinson, Steffon Herd, Ray Dobbs and Prince McJunkins are NSU’s returning wide receivers with the most experience. A notable name among the group of pass catchers is Kourtland McMillan, who caught 35 passes for 613 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior at Tahlequah High School in 2013.

Garrett Powell, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior, also figures to impact the RiverHawks at wide receiver.

On the defensive line, Dakota Moran will be back to anchor the front at tackle. Kenley Choute, James Renfrow, Reuben Washington, Jeremiah Milton and Leo Gross all return after logging time in 2013.

Taking over all the long-snapping duties for the RiverHawks will be Anthony Frazier, who split time with Jay Werner last season.

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