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Two Vaqueros are preseason CFA All-Americans

Elijah Cunningham set a school record in last year's opener with a 100-yard kickoff return vs. San Bernardino Valley. (Photo by Ken Sciallo)
Elijah Cunningham set a school record in last year's opener with a 100-yard kickoff return vs. San Bernardino Valley. (Photo by Ken Sciallo)

SBCC landed two players on the College Football America 2016 Yearbook Juco Starting Lineup, CFA's version of a preseason All-America team. Arizona Western, ASA, Merced, Mississippi Gulf Coast and defending state champion CC San Francisco also had two selections.

The Vaquero picks are sophomore Elijah Cunningham and punter Joel Whitford.
Cunningham averaged a whopping 40.8 yards per return last season with two touchdowns and was named All-American by the JC Athletic Bureau. Whitford averaged 37.6 yards per punt and was named All-State. Whitford, a freshman from Australia, won't play at SBCC this year after accepting an offer to punt for the University of Washington, starting in 2017.

Eleven of the 26 players are from California community colleges.


SBCC opens the 2016 campaign on Sept. 3 at Ventura (6 p.m.) and the home opener is Sept. 10 vs. West L.A. at 1 p.m. in La Playa Stadium.

2016 College Football America Starting Lineup
Offense
Pos.    Name                             School
QB       Cole Brownholtz          Sierra
RB       Isaiah Patrick              East Mississippi
RB       Deion Walker               Garden City
WR      Brandon Martin            Mississippi Gulf Coast
WR      Mike Wilson                 Long Beach City
TE       Jeremy Patton             Arizona Western
OL       Elliot Baker                  CCSF
OL       Ronald Rudd                Chaffey
OL       Badara Traore             ASA                 
OL       John Vaka                   Diablo Valley
C         J.R. Burns                   Northwest Mississippi
PK       Joshua Rowland           Mississippi Gulf Coast
KR        Elijah Cunningham      Santa Barbara City
 
Defense
Pos.    Name                               School
DL       Isaiah Buggs                Mississippi Gulf Coast
DL       Deion Pope                 Copiah-Lincoln
DL       Teair Tart-Spencer       ASA
DL       Kamilo Tongamoa         Merced
LB        Gary Johnson              Dodge City
LB        Troy Lowe                 Merced
LB        Eldridge Thompson      Coffeyville
DB       Jhavonte Dean            Blinn
DB       Deante Fortenberry     CCSF
DB       Octavious Morgan       Butler
DB       Keisean Nixon             Arizona Western
P          Joel Whitford                Santa Barbara City
PR       Daniel Ruffin               San Joaquin Delta