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Two Santa Monica College freshman football players, defensive back Qujuan Floyd and offensive lineman Maurquice Shakir have picked up offers from Texas State for the 2014 season.
Floyd earned All-American honors after having seven interception and 49 tackles as well as being named the American Pacific Conference Defensive Player of the Year last year.
The 6’4, 285 lbs Shakir, from Palisades High, blocked for one of the most prolific offenses in school history. Running back Myles Johnson was the first person to rush for more than 1,000 yards in 13 years and quarterback Alfonso Medina threw for 2,640 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Texas State had a 4-8 record and was 2-4 in the Western Athletic Conference in 2012.
Santa Monica College won the American Pacific Conference for the second consecutive season last year and finshed 9-2.
Coming off back-to-back conference titles for the first time in more than 30 years, the atmosphere during the first week of Santa Monica College’s spring football practice seemed electric.
“It was like our practice was turned up a notch today,” said head coach Gifford Lindheim. “For our first spring practice, I don’t think we ever had as many plays as we had today.”
Part of that reason is the implementation of a high-paced Oregon style system that new offensive coordinator Tim Kaub brings to Corsair Field after spending three seasons in the same capacity at Narbonne High, were the Gauchos won two straight LA City titles.
Even with the energy, Lindheim knows that one of his top priorities is to fill key positions in the offense that loses almost every starter at the skill positions.
First on the list is to identify a replacement of record-setting quarterback Alfonso Medina who threw for 5,345 yards and 61 touchdowns in his two years behind center.
Three players look to be in contention for the job.
Santa Monica College football head coach Gifford Lindheim was a the finalist for College of the Canyons head coaching job that went to former assistant Ted Iacenda, according to an official with knowledge of the situation.
The Canyons job was a full-time one-year interim position. Lindheim is currently a part-time walk-on coach at SMC.
Lindheim is 24-18 in his four years at SMC including leading the Corsairs to back-to-back Pacific Conference titles in 2011 and 2012. It is the first time SMC has won consecutive league titles since the early 80′s.
Santa Monica College defensive lineman Marcus Manley has committed to Cal after taking an official visit to the campus last week, according to his head coach Gifford Lindheim.
Manley was planning on taking a trip to BYU this week before committing with the Bears. He is expect to sign in February and will transfer in the fall.
“Marcus is a stud. Hardworking, explosive and high energy” said Lindheim about Manley earlier this month. “He also has a knack for blocking PAT’s and field goals.”
The 6’2, 279 pound freshman from Fairfax High had 35 tackles, and a blocked field goal this year for the Corsairs.
Manley was named to the Region V All-California team by the California Community College Coaches Association and the JC Athletic Bureau earlier this week.
Santa Monica College defensive lineman Marcus Manley has added another Division I school for an official visit and cornerback Rico Wright will head on his first of two scheduled trips, according to head coach Gifford Lindheim.
Manely, who already has a trip to Berkeley scheduled for Thursday, will make a visit to the BYU as well.
Sophomore Rico Wright will leave to Morehouse College tomorrow and will take a trip to Division I-AA Eastern Illinois next week.
The freshman from Crenshaw High finished the season with seven interceptions, tied for second-most in the state, along with 85 tackles. Floyd was honored earlier in the year as the Pacific Conference Defensive Player of the Year.