Player achievements more proof Coach Felker is the real deal

Rene Gomez

Overall the Mesa T-Birds football team had a successful season under second year head coach Ryan Felker; an 8-3 overall record with a second consecutive trip to the Valley of the Sun Bowl, and an invite to the Heart of Texas Bowl were some highlights.

Even though both bowl games resulted in a loss, this T-Bird team has left their mark, and so has Felker.

Under Felker the team has a 14-7 record, but this season saw some accolades put on the players’ resumes as well.

Sophomore wide receiver Cody Saul earned first team NJCAA All-American honors, and sophomore offensive lineman Cory Clements made second team NJCAA All-American.

Sophomores Toni Pulu, Daniel Peterson, Demarlon Morris, and Tigi Hill joined Saul and Clements on the first team All-WSFL.

Sophomores Blake Kemp, Michael Allen, Omar Rodriguez, Damani Mosby, Claude Pelon, and freshman Brian Franklin made the second team All-WSFL.

Sophomores Torrance Carr, Whitney Richardson, and Tyler Hansen, were selected with their previously mentioned teammates for the All-ACCAC second team except for Saul, Clements, Morris, and Franklin who earned first team All-ACCAC honors.

Other great positives from the program are that there were 17 Mesa T-Bird football players who received offers to a variety of Division-I NCAA schools.

Two players have signed letters of intent for their respective schools.

Pelon signed with the University of Southern California Trojans, and Peterson signed with the University of Idaho Vandals.

What this says to fans and supporters of the T-Bird football program is that coach Felker has left his mark on the program since he left Scottsdale Community College for the head coaching position.

Felker brought in remarkable talent, and his players respect the staff and are grateful for the opportunities playing for Mesa Community College has afforded them in the past as well as the future.

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