Friday, May 8, 2015

2014 College Football Dread All-America (Part 2)

In Part 2 of this season's edition of the Dread All-America team we'll look at the best dreads on teams in the FCS, I'll present the 2014 all-dread sideline team, and there will be a couple of extras. For a while I was considering combining the FBS and FCS schools together and just having one team, because I feared there weren't enough FCS offensive linemen with sick dreads to have an FCS team. There were only 20 O-linemen with dreads that I know of on FCS rosters in 2014, and several of them have short dreads; but I decided to do a separate FCS team anyway, realizing that while the 1st team O-line entirely has sick dreads, it's a lot harder to see the dreads of the 2nd teamers when they have their helmets on.
The same as with the FBS team there are not many repeat selections from last year. Nearly half of last year's team were seniors (25), with two of them - Isaiah Crowell and Billy Turner - making it to the NFL. There were three ex-dreads, two players whose whereabouts were unknown, and four others whose dreads just weren't great enough for them to repeat. Also one more spot became available when Georgia Southern and Tray Butler moved up to the FBS. That leaves only 13 players who repeated, and I'm very pleased that one of them is Richmond RB Jacobi Green (photo above).
With dreads long enough to entirely obscure the #1 on the back of his jersey, Green is now three fourths of the way to making the team 4 years in a row. He was on the 1st team in 2013 and the 2nd team as a freshman in 2012. But while Jacobi was an obvious choice as a starter at RB this season, the selections for CB were very difficult to make to say the least. I decided to go with a nickel defense to get a couple more corners on the team; but even after the six I picked there were many others who also deserved to be on the team. It almost hurts to have to relegate them to honorable mention.

I can't say I went all out, but I did try very hard to find photos of everyone from this season. Unfortunately I failed, so I have to apologize that there are so many players (10) that will not be pictured. Anyway, here are the Division 1- FCS dread all-Americans for 2014.


  • OL Kadarren Bond - Tennessee-Martin - FR
  • OL Joe Hawkins - Weber State - JR
  • OL Laurence Ramsey - Southeastern Louisiana - JR
  • OL Keon Williams - Delaware State - SOPH
  • OL Delryn Wilson (2) - Northwestern State - JR
  • WR Stewart Hartman (HM) - Howard - SR
  • WR Shakeir Ryan - Northwestern State - SOPH
  • WR Austin Smith (HM) - South Carolina State - SR
  • RB Jacobi Green (1) - Richmond - JR
  • RB Darion Hall (1) - Tennessee State - SR
  • QB Jamie Cunningham (2) - Howard - SOPH
  • KR Xavier Roberson (2)- Southeastern Louisiana - JR

Southeastern Louisiana leads the way with 4 players on the 1st team, including Xavier Roberson, whose dreads got pulled on at least one time this season (left photo, from Week 6 against Northwestern State). Roberson, running 10 yards for Southeastern's 1st TD of the season against Jacksonville in right photo, had 1,088 all purpose yards in 2014 - 565 from scrimmage and 523 on 17 kickoff returns. After taking 5 kickoff returns to the house in his first two seasons, X was kept out of the end zone on returns this season, as his longest return went for 79 yards. His 30.8 KR average was his career lowest, but that still was 3rd best in the FCS.

This might not be the best shot of O-lineman Laurence Ramsey's dreads, but it is the only one I could find. Ramsey did not start any games for SE Louisiana but was on the field for at least a few snaps in most of the games in his first season with the Lions after transferring from junior college.

Northwestern State also has two players on the starting offense. Sophomore Shakeir Ryan (on right) had 38 catches for 335 yards and 1 TD this season. Junior Delryn Wilson (on left, trying to block LB Isiah Corbett in Week 6), who at 315 pounds weighs twice as much as the 155-pound Ryan, was the Demons' starter at right OT until he was injured just past the halfway point of the season.

Being selected as honorable mention all-Big Sky earned Weber State G Joe Hawkins a spot on my all-America with dreads team, and being an O-lineman with dreads this long (on left) gets him a spot in the starting lineup on my dread all-America team. The shot on the right is just wide enough for us to see the dreads of redshirt freshmen Kadarren Bond, who got the start for Tennessee-Martin in the season opener at Kentucky but then was a reserve for the rest of the season.

We welcome Delaware State G Keon Williams back to the team this year, shown here during spring practice on Apr. 12. After making the 1st team as a freshman in 2012, Williams disappeared from the DSU roster last year but was back with the Hornets for his sophomore season this year, starting every game on the O-line.

It's difficult to tell which 1st team RB has the longer dreads - and that's a good thing. Darion Hall rushed for a career high 286 yards during his senior season for Tennessee State. Hall, who began his career in the FBS at Miami, is a repeat selection as a starting RB .....

..... And so is junior Jacobi Green, seen in both shots from Richmond's season opener against Morehead State on Aug. 30. Green was the Spiders' second leading rusher in 2014 with 634 yards and 4 TD, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.


  • DL Raysean Golden (HM) - Southern Illinois - JR
  • DL Terangi Phifer (1) - Southeastern Louisiana - JR
  • DL LaJuan Smith - Eastern Kentucky - SOPH
  • DL Gary Wortham - Richmond - SOPH
  • LB Aaron Cook (2) - Gardner-Webb - SOPH
  • LB Joey Harmon - Villanova - SR
  • CB Ja'Tyuan Landing - Eastern Kentucky - SR
  • CB Jaleel Lorquet (1) - Western Carolina - JR
  • CB Brandon Willingham (SL) - Southern Illinois - JR
  • S D.J. Cameron (1) - Southern Illinois - JR
  • S Reggie Lesueur - Southeastern Louisiana - JR
  • PR Devonte "Terry" Johnson - FAMU - SR

Terry Johnson (above and below) excelled on punt returns during his senior season, averaging 13.5 yards per return - 7th best in the FCS; and he was a starting CB for the Rattlers too, recording 1 INT and 6 PBU.


With there being only 3 seniors this year, next year's 1st team defense might not be much different. One of the seniors who will have to be replaced is Villanova LB Joey Harmon, whose 72 tackles in 2014 boosted his career total to 234, including 10.5 sacks.

A 2nd team choice as a freshman last year, Aaron Cook moves into the starting lineup for the first time - where he's likely to stay for two more years. Not just having great dreads, Cook, 6-1 and 218 pounds, turned into a star on the field this season, leading Gardner-Webb in tackles (92), TFL (13), and sacks (4), and earning 1st team all-Big South honors.

No, Jacobi Green is not the only member of the Richmond Spiders with very long dreads. You'd need to pull your tape measure out almost as far to measure Gary Wortham's dreads as you do Green's. Joining UR after playing one season in junior college, Wortham played in all 14 games this season as a reserve on the D-line, finishing with 23 tackles and 2 TFL.

One of 6 players on the team from the OVC - and one of two from Eastern Kentucky, DE LaJuan Smith chases Eastern Illinois QB Jalen Whitlow during Week 7, a game in which EKU wiped out a 3-touchdown deficit in the 2nd half to win 36-33 in OT. After not playing in his first 2 years at EKU, Smith was heard from this season, moving into the Colonels' starting lineup in Week 6 and finishing the year with 22 tackles, including 2 sacks. 


Three players from the MVFC made the team - all three on the 1st team D and all three from Southern Illinois.
Missouri's Markus Golden may be the best D-lineman named Golden in Division 1, but SIU's Raysean Golden is the D-lineman named Golden with the best dreads. Shown here trying to get a hold of Eastern Illinois RB Shepard Little in Week 2, Raysean was a starter at DT for Salukis this season, finishing with 36 tackles and 4.5 TFL.


Junior S D.J. Cameron makes his 2nd straight appearance on the 1st team. Shown above left returning his only INT of the season in Week 3 against Southeast Missouri State (the only one that counted, that is), Cameron also had 75 tackles and 7 PBU in his junior season, his 3rd straight as a starter in the SIU secondary.

Concluding our look at the trio of the sickest Salukis and beginning our look at the trio of the sickest CBs in the FCS, these are the awesome dreads of Brandon Willingham, here being tackled by Missouri State WR Deion Holliman, as D.J. Cameron looks on, after returning his only INT of the season 19 yards in Week 11. A member of the all-dread sideline team last year while he redshirted, Willingham got on the field for 9 games this season as a reserve and finished with 9 tackles and 0 PBU in addition to the pick. These might have been the longest dreads in all of Division 1 in 2014.

Just as with Jacobi Green, Western Carolina junior Jaleel Lorquet is trying for perfect attendance on my dread all-America team, making his 3rd appearance in a row and 2nd on the 1st team. Lorquet, zeroing in on a fumble in left photo, on which he scooped and scored a 10-yard TD on Mercer's 2nd snap of the game in Week 8, and missing a tackle later in the same game in right photo, has been a starter for all three of his seasons with the Catamounts, although a knee injury limited him to 10 games and 7 starts this season. He finished the year with 31 tackles and 6 PBU, but 0 INT.

I don't know why, but for some reason I did not have Eastern Kentucky senior Ja'Tyuan Landing (above and below) on the team or even the HM list last year. He's on the team now. EKU fans unfortunately did not got nearly enough chances to see these dreads the last 4 years. Landing did not play during his freshman and sophomore seasons, then caught just 5 passes as a WR last year before switching to CB. Although not a starter, he played much more this season, finishing with 25 tackles and 1 PBU. 

Although the MEAC is the conference with the most players on the team with 11, the SLC has the most players on the 1st team - 6, two from Northwestern State and the other four from Southeastern Louisiana. For 3 years now I've been trying to find a photo of D-lineman Terangi Phifer, because I've seen him on TV and he's got the best dreads of any D-lineman in Division 1. But he doesn't play much, so he doesn't show up in very many photos. There was this one though, from Southeastern's season opener against Jacksonville, where you can get at least a little bit of an idea of how great the dreads of #97 are. In 3 seasons so far Phifer has played 19 games and has a total of 2 tackles. Maybe next year he'll get to play more often. And ditto for Reggie Lesueur, who finished with 8 tackles as a reserve safety in 2014. I'm taking a very big leap of faith putting Lesueur on the team, because I did not see him on TV this season and have not seen any good photos of his dreads. But I did see a video of him from when he was in junior college last year, and his dreads are awesome. Assuming that they were still awesome this season, he earns a spot on the 1st team.

  • OL Jean Bazile - Charleston Southern - SR
  • OL Jamal Boulden - Southern - SOPH
  • OL Justin Myler - Norfolk State - SR
  • OL David Sutton - Gardner-Webb - SOPH
  • OL Cadell Williams - SR - Cornell
  • WR Braxton Hoof (HM) - Arkansas-Pine Bluff - SOPH
  • WR John Israel - Coastal Carolina - JR
  • WR Frank Thomas (1) - Bethune-Cookman - JR
  • RB Jeremy Dobson - Mississippi Valley State - SOPH
  • RB Richard Williams - Savannah State - SOPH
  • QB Larry Brihm - Bethune-Cookman - FR
  • KR Yeovanti Williams - Jacksonville - JR

Two members of the 2nd team played well enough to earn all-conference honors. Norfolk State's Justin Myler (#71 above) was a 3rd team all-MEAC selection; and John Israel (below) made 2nd team all-Big South after catching 46 passes for 798 yards for the Chanticleers.

I wish I could show you a picture Braxton Hoof catching a pass, but there aren't any. He had no receptions this season. The best I could find was this background shot of Hoof chasing Alabama State's Ka'Ra Stewart on an INT return in Week 4. Braxton saw most of his playing time on special teams. In 9 games he had 9 tackles and gained 11 yards on a kickoff return the only time he touched the ball.


Damn, Larry, what did you do? ..... Coach Jenkins lets QB Larry Brihm have it (on left) at some point during Bethune-Cookman's game in Week 4. Perhaps he's so stressed because that was the game B-C nearly lost to Division 2 Florida Tech. Despite the shortage of QBs with dreads, Brihm, who also was 2nd team on my all-America with dreads team, makes the dread all-America team legitimately with dreads this long.

Sophomore Jeremy Dobson carries the ball (on left) in Mississippi Valley State's 27-23 upset of Jackson State in Week 7, the game in which he rushed for a season high 71 yards and his only TD, then turns his back to the camera the following week (on right) so that we can see that his dreads are not only long, there's a whole bunch of them. After carrying just once as a freshman in 2013, Dobson got 63 carries this season and was the Delta Devils third leading rusher with 253 yards.


Of the 40 or so players with dreads named Williams in Division 1 this season, Yeovanti Williams (left) and Richard Williams (right) were in the running for having the sickest dreads. Yeovanti touched the ball only 11 times all season for Jacksonville, including 7 kickoff returns for an average of 20.4; while Richard was a bright spot during Savannah State's 0-12 season, carrying 93 times and leading the Tigers in rushing with 370 yards.

  • DL Dimitri Anthony - Coastal Carolina - SR
  • DL Timothy Dysart (1) - Morehead State - JR
  • DL Keyso Moss - Mississippi Valley State - JR
  • DL Jordan Patrick (2) - Tennessee Tech - SOPH
  • LB Christian Dorsey - Albany - SR
  • LB Travis Taylor - Murray State - SR
  • CB Marcus Berg - Alabama State - SR
  • CB Travon Hunt (HM) - Howard - SOPH
  • CB Dionte Ponder (2) - Alabama State - SR
  • S Jordan Hill - Hampton - JR
  • S Terrance Hudson (HM) - Mississippi Valley State - SR
  • PR Adrian Wilkins - North Carolina Central - JR

I thought Marcus Berg's career was over when he disappeared from the roster listed on Alabama State's website last year; but it turned out he was redshirting due to a knee injury and was back this season. Berg, shown here against Texas Southern in Week 5 (on left) and Jackson State in Week 11 (on right), was on the 2nd team in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and makes it four 2nd team appearances in a row this year. Marcus' final season with the Hornets was a productive one - he had 3 INT and 8 PBU.


With Marcus Berg on one corner and Dionte Ponder on the other, Alabama State had the sickest pair of starting CBs in Division 1. After making the HM list while at Troy in 2010 and 2011, Ponder (on left) makes the 2nd team in both of his seasons after transferring to ASU. Travon Hunt is kind of in the background in this shot (on right) from Week 5, but it still gives you a pretty good look at how great his dreads are. Hunt had 16 tackles and 3 PBU in his sophomore season for Howard.

In addition to having fantastic dreads, 2nd team LBs Travis Taylor and Christian Dorsey had outstanding senior seasons for their respective teams. Taylor (above) recorded 106 tackles and led Murray State with 14 TFL. Dorsey (below, taking a fumble return 60 yards to the house against Maine in Week 8 on right) finished with 111 tackles for Albany.


A pair of sick 96's make up half of the 2nd team D-line - Timothy Dysart (left) of Morehead State and Dimitri Anthony (right, with his parents on senior day) of Coastal Carolina. I dropped Dysart from 1st to 2nd team this season. Looking at this photo, his dreads look great, but I can't rank them ahead of the four starters. He finished with 22 tackles in a reserve role for Morehead State. Anthony didn't play much for CCU, finishing with 5 tackles, including 2 TFL. 

Here's sophomore Jordan Patrick from both the front and the back during Tennessee Tech's game at Indiana State in Week 2. On the 2nd team for the 2nd straight year, Patrick, a 230-pound DE, recorded 29 tackles this season, including 5.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks.

For the 3rd straight year a safety from Mississippi Valley State makes the team, although Terrance Hudson's dreads (left) - as great as they are - aren't quite at the awesome level as those of Kevin Eugene the last two years. Keyso Moss (right) had 6 tackles as a reserve DT in his first season for the Delta Devils after transferring from JC. Hudson and Moss are two of the 7 players on the team from the SWAC (all 7 on the 2nd team).

Not like the Jordan Hill who plays for the L.A. Lakers, the Jordan Hill who plays for Hampton always has his dreads unleashed when he's on the field. Making his first appearance on the team, Hill had 37 tackles, 1 INT, and 6 PBU in his first season as a starter for the Pirates.

Also making his first appearance on the team is junior Adrian Wilkins, one of the best players for North Carolina Central. Usually you need dreads longer than these to make the team; but of all of the players who saw regular duty as punt returners, Wilkins' dreads were the second best. Adrian led NCCU in all purpose yards for the 2nd straight season with 1,179, including 50 catches for 540 yards, a longest kickoff return of 91 yards, and a longest punt return for 42 yards.


Now that we've seen the 48 players who made the team, let's take a look at the ones who almost made the team.

WR Delqwan Jackson - North Carolina Central - JR
WR Roland Jackson - Cal Poly - JR
WR Kyron King - Nicholls State - JR
WR Mazio Rhodes - Tennessee State - FR
WR Alphonso Stewart - UT-Chattanooga - FR
WR Damien Strange - Jacksonville - SOPH
RB Willie Davis - Tennessee Tech - JR
RB Jalen Overstreet (HM) - Sam Houston State - SOPH
RB Demarcus Rouse (photo above) - Presbyterian - SR
RB Blythe Weaver - Jacksonville - SR
KR Alontae Johnson - Mississippi Valley State - FR
DL Antonio Brown - North Carolina Central - FR
DL Jamal Douglas - Delaware State - SR
DL Ashante Joseph - Stephen F. Austin - SR
DL Daniel McCall - Alabama State - SOPH
DL Alex Mosley (photo below) - JMU - JR
DL Montavious Skelton - Jacksonville State - SR
DL Erik Williams - Bethune-Cookman - SR
DL Gyasi Yeldell - Presbyterian - FR
LB Cody Acker - Morgan State - SR
LB Isiah Corbett - Southeastern Louisiana - SR
LB Cody Cotton - Valparaiso - JR
LB Nick Dance - Tennessee-Martin - JR
LB A.J. Gray - Austin Peay - SOPH
LB Tyrelle Johnson - Eastern Kentucky - SR
LB Wilbur Myers (photo below, #15) - Northwestern State - JR
LB Bishop Neal - St. Francis (PA) - SR
LB WaDerrious Sellers (photo above, #53) - Northwestern State - SR
LB Robert Way - Bethune-Cookman - JR
CB Sherrod Baltimore (2) - Maine - JR
CB Lawon Debardelaben - Jacksonville State - JR
CB Alonte Dunn - Howard - FR
CB Justin Elias - Southeast Missouri State - SR
CB Thomas Finnie (HM) - Bethune-Cookman - SR
CB Randy Hale (photo above) - Northern Arizona - SR
CB Kevin King - Southern - SR
CB Tavon Lawson - UT-Chattanooga - FR
CB Dominique Miller - Richmond - JR
CB Brandon Mobley - Campbell - JR
CB Derrick Raymond - Southeastern Louisiana - SOPH
CB Denzel Rice (photo below) - Coastal Carolina - SR
CB Joshua Richardson - Bethune-Cookman - SR
CB Dillion Winfrey - Central Arkansas - JR
CB Jason Yarbor - Northwestern State - SR
S Najee Bright - Alabama State - JR
S Thomas Brown - Furman - SOPH
S Marquis Drayton - Bethune-Cookman - SR
S Raven Greene (HM) - JMU - SOPH
S Andrew Hooks (photo above) - Jacksonville - JR
S Damond Jackson - Prairie View A&M - FR
S Isaiah Jenkins - Eastern Washington - SR
S Kevin Rucker - Arkansas-Pine Bluff - JR
S Jared Turner - Arkansas-Pine Bluff - FR
S Jarrell Walker - Mississippi Valley State - JR

If I had put 6 LBs on the team instead of 4, A.J. Gray, with the dyed tips, making the tackle, would have been on the team. #20 in the background btw is senior CB Buddy Mitchell.


Another LB from the OVC who barely missed the team is senior Tyrelle Johnson, who was 2nd in tackles for Eastern Kentucky with 85, including 7 in the Colonels' 52-3 loss to Florida in Week 13.


And here's another OVC LB with sick dreads - Nick Dance of Tennessee-Martin, who had 56 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 INT in his first season with the Skyhawks after transferring from Western Michigan.

True freshman Gyasi Yeldell makes his debut in a Presbyterian uniform during a 69-14 win over Bluefield in the home opener in Week 2. Yeldell appeared in 6 games as a reserve on the D-line and had a total of 3 tackles.

Next men up ..... If I had done three teams instead of two, the three CBs on that 3rd team would have been Maine junior Sherrod Baltimore (on right, trying to stop Richmond WR Reggie Diggs in Week 11),  Bethune-Cookman senior Joshua Richardson (on left, defending against UCF WR Breshad Perriman in Week 2), .....

..... and Bethune-Cookman senior Thomas Finnie, making an INT against Savannah State in Week 8 (on left) and celebrating  the Wildcats' big win over Florida A&M in Week 13 (on right). An example of how strong the competition was to make the team as a CB is Baltimore, who has to settle for HM after making the team last year. Sherrod had 27 tackles and 6 PBU in his junior season for the Black Bears. Finnie and Richardson finish a close second to Marcus Berg and Dionte Ponder for the sickest pair of starting CBs in Division 1. A former Miami Hurricane, Finnie led B-C with 4 INT this season, while Richardson, who had 1 INT,  led the Wildcats with 7 PBU.

Here are a couple more sick CBs who had to settle for HM. Justin Elias (left) is shown here on the same play as the one which I had a photo of him in my Week 2 report, where he failed to stop WR Nick Harwell in the open field, resulting in a run after the catch for a Kansas TD. Elias had 12 tackles, 0 INT, and 0 PBU in a reserve role as a senior in 2014. Dillion Winfrey (right) started more often than not for Central Arkansas and finished his junior season with 38 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 1 INT, and 3 PBU.

And another two CBs who nearly made the team - Jacksonville State junior Lawon Debardelaben (above) and Richmond junior Dominique Miller (below). Debardelaben, shown here helping DE LaMichael Fanning make a tackle against Eastern Kentucky in Week 11, played in 11 of the Gamecocks' 12 games but only had 5 tackles and 1 PBU. Miller, breaking up a pass intended for Morehead State WR Darius Pritchett in Week 1 on left - his only PBU all season - also was a reserve CB, finishing the season with 6 tackles for the Spiders.


Now here are a couple of sick safeties with two-tone dreads in action from Week 4. Marquis Drayton (above), the third member of the Bethune-Cookman secondary on the HM list and shown here making a tackle against UCF, started the Wildcats' first 4 games before becoming a reserve, finishing the season with 29 tackles, 1 INT, and 5 PBU in his senior season. Raven Greene, chasing Villanova WR Kevin Gulyas in photo below, must have been injured in this game because he played in only one game over the final two months of the season. He finished with 15 tackles, all in JMU's first 4 games.

Alabama State nearly had three members of their starting secondary make the team, but S Najee Bright (on right) barely missed. On the left is Prairie View A&M S Damond Jackson, who very possibly will make the team in the future since his dreads were already this long during his freshman season. Bright and Jackson are two of the 8 players from the SWAC on the HM list.

I did not check many game recaps (yet) for teams in the Big Sky Conference, so I don't know how many players there were with sick dreads this season. Only one made the team, and senior Isaiah Jenkins is one of the three on the HM list. Isaiah celebrates Eastern Washington season opening win over Sam Houston State on Aug. 23 (on right), and, in what won't be making his highlight reel, fails to prevent a TD by Washington QB Cyler Miles (on left) in Week 2. Jenkins didn't play very much but did manage to get 2 INT this season.

A victim of Coach Strong's purge of bad apples from the Texas roster last summer, Jalen Overstreet and his sick dreads landed at Sam Houston State. Not surprisingly, Overstreet was outstanding against FCS competition as part of the Bearkats' three-headed RB by committee, averaging 6.9 yards per carry (!) and rushing for 729 yards and 7 TD. With there being only one senior RB on the team, Jalen might have to settle for HM again next season. We'll see.


I intentionally left these players off the honorable mention list because I was saving them for now. They make up my 1st all-dread peacock team. That's right, these players made their cool dreads even cooler by adding color to them. Certainly there are dozens and dozens of players who dye their dreads a different color or add extensions of a different color, but I'm not going to spend all week listing them all. These are just a few of my favorites.

Here's junior RB Jay Ajayi of Boise State, with most of his tips dyed blond and a couple of locks entirely blond. As you probably already know, these dreads will be coming to an NFL stadium near you this fall after Ajayi was drafted by the Miami Dolphins.

Oklahoma CB Zack Sanchez had black dreads when the season began, but at some point they changed into this, as here he celebrates one of the Sooners' 8 TD in their 59-14 win at Iowa State in Week 10.

Lucky Whitehead's red tips have been a common sight on the field at FAU games the last two seasons after he transferred from junior college. After finishing with 10 career TD,  Lucky gets a hug from Coach Partridge (on right) following the Owls' 31-28 loss to ODU on a last-second FG on senior day.

North Carolina State RB Tony Creecy added some red to his dreads for his senior season. Tony finished with 15 career TD for the Wolfpack but was an even bigger star off the field for his community service work:

Also adding a touch of red to his dreads for his senior season was Louisville DE/LB Lorenzo Mauldin, shown firing up his teammates before the game against Murray State in Week 2 (on right) and going spread eagle on the Cardinal logo at midfield after his final home game (a 44-40 win over Kentucky) on the left. It'll be interesting to see if he turns his dreads green next season now that he has been drafted by the New York Jets.

Tennessee senior LB A.J. Johnson takes school spirit to a whole new level, debuting orange dread tips for the Volunteers' game against South Carolina in Week 10. Sadly we didn't get much of a chance to see these dreads. After showing off the orange for the home fans the following week, Johnson was suspended from the team for the rest of the season.

Arizona State CB Solomon Means gains style points with his tricolor dreads; but he must not have been trying to match them with the ASU school colors - because if he was, he missed the mark. This shade of red clearly is not the same as ASU's maroon. Whatever color they are, we figure to get the chance to see them again next season. Means played sparingly in 2014, finishing with 6 tackles in 10 games but will be back for his senior season this fall.

San Diego State redshirt freshman WR Christian Cumberlander would have been a dread all-American had he not spent the whole season on the bench (again). But he also would have made the all-dread peacock team too. The only time I saw Cumberlander this season - I can't remember which game it was and the sideline shot he was visible in was only shown for a second or two - it looked like he had his extra long dreads dyed blond entirely - not just the tips, the whole thing. I don't know if it was a one-time deal or if he kept his dreads that color for the whole season; but even if it was just for one game, it was such an awesome sight that it was enough to make him a peacock. It's a shame I can't find any photos of him.


Competition for spots on the dread all-America team would have been even more intense if these players hadn't removed themselves from consideration for the team. When their dreads are flowing at full blast, they are awesome. But this year, whether it was reduced dreads or hidden dreads, these ten were on the field with dreads much less glorious than they should have been. And I'm no longer allowing you to use playing for Alabama as an excuse for being on this list - because if you've got sick dreads, you should never have signed with Alabama in the first place. Justin Bell and Jalen Collins narrowly avoided this list, but for these players I had no choice but to call their dreads a disappointment this season.

Chris Black - Alabama - SOPH WR
Leon Brown - Alabama - SR OL
Ron Coleman (HM) - Southeast Missouri State - SR FB
Chris Dunkley (2) - South Florida SR CB/KR
Martese Jackson - FAU - SR RB
Samuel Kelly (SL) - Bethune-Cookman - SOPH DL
Kadetrix Marcus (HM) - South Carolina - SR S
Tevin Spells (2) - Tennessee State - SOPH RB
Tay Willis (1) - Southern Illinois - SR WR
Gary Wooten (1) - Penn State - SOPH LB

Tay Willis (right) and Gary Wooten (left) were the worst offenders in this group, giving up their spots on the 1st team so that their dreads could look like this.

Of course, all hope is not lost necessarily. Matt Jones and D.D. Goodson were on this list last year but came back and made the team this year. Hopefully the players returning next season will return their dreads to the way they should be.


These players who made the 2013 team all disqualified themselves from any chance of repeating because they cut off their dreads during the offseason.

James Davis (2) - Northern Colorado - SR CB
Rannell Hall (1) - South Florida - SR KR
Vincent Harper (1) - Savannah State (after transferring from Hampton) - SR OL
Jazz King (2) - North Carolina Central (after transferring from Marshall) - SR WR
Ferrington Macon (2) - UTSA - SR DL
Dwayne Montgomery (1) - Bethune-Cookman - SR DL


Anybody can grow great dreads, but not just anybody gets to show off their great dreads on the field every Saturday. You have to be a good player too. Making this group of players means - unfortunately - that you weren't good enough to play and that you and your great dreads spent all or nearly all of this season on the sideline. In addition to the bench warmers, also included in the list are freshmen who were redshirting and injured players who were redshirting.

Ian Banks-Tillman - Youngstown State - FR WR
Zach Barnes - Texas Tech - SOPH DE
Lawrence Berry - Arkansas-Pine Bluff - FR WR - 1 game played, 1 reception
Zac Brooks (HM) - Clemson - JR RB - redshirted due to injury
Jabari Butler - Drake - SOPH CB
Damien Campbell (2) - Eastern Kentucky - JR DT - played in only 1 game as a D-lineman after making
                                                                                 team as an O-lineman last season
Shelby Christy - Mississippi State - FR WR
Christian Cumberlander (SL) - San Diego State - FR WR
Kain Daub - Florida State - FR LB
Juaquin Davis - Alabama A&M - FR RB
Jordan Diamond - Auburn - SOPH G
Jonathan Dunn (SL) - William & Mary - FR RB
Sean Flannel (SL) - Incarnate Word - FR RB
Edmond Jacobs - Youngstown State - FR RB
Clinton Jones - South Florida - SR WR - 3 games played, 0 receptions
Falon Lee (SL) - Miami (Ohio)  - FR RB
Quantavius Leslie - LSU - SR WR
Damion May - Alabama A&M - FR QB
Josh Murray - Richmond - SOPH WR
Demetrious Nicholson (HM) - Virginia - SR CB - redshirted due to injury
Kendrick Peeples (HM) - Southeastern Louisiana - SR WR
Tikeem Platt (1) - Hampton - JR WR - 0 games played
Keishawn Richardson - West Virginia - JR CB
Alizah Robinson - Howard - FR FB
Darius Skinner - Louisville - JR RB
Mike Smith - Miami (Florida) - FR DE
Devin Thompson - Delaware State - FR CB
Joseph Ukwu - Morgan State - SOPH RB
Aeris Williams - Mississippi State - FR RB
Christian Williams - Georgia Southern - FR C
Milton Williams - Youngstown State - FR DT
D.J. Woods (SL) - Massachusetts - SOPH CB

Jordan Diamond (on left) played in 2 games for Auburn this season before undergoing surgery for an undisclosed injury. Being that there aren't a lot of O-linemen with sick dreads, Diamond (shown here against San Jose State in Week 2) will be a lock to make next year's team - as long as he keeps his dreads. ..... We didn't get to see Kain Daub's dreads on the field for Florida State this season, and unfortunately we won't see them next season either. After redshirting at FSU in 2014, Daub (on right, during a preseason practice) has decided to transfer to another school.

These dreads would have earned Darius Skinner (on left) a spot on the team if he had played enough. Skinner carried 8 times for 27 yards for Louisville in a 66-21 rout of Murray State in Week 2 but then didn't appear in any other games the rest of the season. Maybe next year. ..... Quantavius Leslie (on right) was rated a 4-star recruit coming out of junior college, but sadly during his 2 seasons in Baton Rouge LSU fans hardly ever got a chance to see his awesome dreads on the field. With Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry on the team, I can understand that he didn't play in 2013. But what happened this season? LSU wouldn't have given him a scholarship if they had known he was going to play in only 3 games and have 0 receptions in his senior season. Leslie showed off his excellent speed at LSU's pro day five weeks ago; so hopefully he'll be more impressive in some NFL team's rookie minicamp this weekend than he ever was with the Tigers.


If you have ever seen the movie "True Crime", perhaps you remember the scene where the character played by Clint Eastwood plays Speed Zoo with his young daughter. Well, I'm going to speed zoo my way through all the recaps and box scores of the games from the 2014 season that I haven't read yet (hopefully with a better outcome than Eastwood). But even going at that accelerated pace it's still going to take a lot of time to finish them - because there are just so many games. After I finally catch up, I'll do a season wrap-up report. But until then, unless something comes up, I won't be posting anything for the next few weeks. 

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