SIX CURRENT HUTCH DRAGON FOOTBALL PLAYERS SIGN WITH BCS TEAMSDecember 19, 2012
Six members of the 2012 Salt City Bowl champion Hutchinson Community College football team have signed letters of intent with Bowl Championship Subdivision schools during the early signing period.
Several other players are still undecided where they will play next season.
After a record-setting career with the Blue Dragons, Michael Mesh will look to shore up the placekicking duties for the Kansas Jayhawks next season.
The strong-legged 5-foot-10, 191-pound kicker from Hutchinson Trinity Catholic High School becomes the first Blue Dragon to sign with the Jayhawks since Brian Roulhac in 2005.
Mesh was a second-team NJCAA All-American this season.
Mesh became the only kicker in Blue Dragon history to score 100 points in a season, scoring 101 this season and setting numerous Blue Dragon kicking records. Mesh converted 63 of 69 extra points and booted 12 of 15 field goals this season. The 101 points are 12th most overall and most by a Blue Dragon kicker.
His 12 field goals are the second most ever made by a kicker in a single season. Mesh tied a team record when he kicked a 47-yard field goal in the 2012 Region VI Championship game.
Mesh had five games of 10 or more points in a game, including a Blue Dragon record 16 points (7 of 7 on extra points, 3 of 3 on field goals) in the season opener against Coffeyville on Aug. 25.
Mesh owns the following HCC records: Most points by a kicker (186), most extra points (136), most field goals (16) and most kickoffs (194). The 186 points tie Mack Herron for second place on the career scoring list.
Kenny Flowers – Texas A&M
Once injuries started to deplete the Blue Dragon defense, DeVondre Campbell showed his versatility by playing both linebacker and defensive end.
A 6-foot-5, 224-pound linebacker from Fort Myers, Fla., Campbell is the first Blue Dragon to sign with the Texas Longhorns since full signing records were kept after the 1994 season.
Campbell was second on the team in tackles with 88 (22 unassisted). He had 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks. Campbell had four quarterback hurries, three passes broken up, one interception and a forced fumble.
Campbell had a career-high 17 tackles against No. 6 Navarro College.
He was also a main go-to guy on special teams, converting five fake punts into first downs this season.
Devonte Danzey – Auburn University
Demetrius Alston saw his season come to an end in Week 2 when late in the third quarter he suffered a season-ending injury.
In the six-plus quarters he played, Alston was a stellar defensive end. He had eight tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry.
Alston, a 6-4, 261-pound defensive end from Norcross, Ga., is the first Blue Dragon to sign with the Bearcats since Mario Monds in 1997.
Prince Holloway – University of Arizona