The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will open their 2014 football season Thursday night at 7:00 in the friendly confines of Jim Randall Stadium on the campus in Moorhead when they take on the Warriors of East Central Community College.
Both teams will be looking to better their records from the 2013 season when the Lions went 1-8 and the Trojans went 2-7.
Mississippi Delta Head Coach Jeff Tatum, in his second year at the helm, said, “We feel like we’ve come a long way since last season. We now have our players who have bought into our program and we’ve had a number of these players here since last year and all through the spring. We also have a coaching staff in place that has had a year to get things organized.”
“Last year we were trying to organized and get a coaching staff together. We now have our kids and they are working hard and are now doing the things we want them to do and buying into our philosophy, Tatum said.
This year the Trojans have three strong contenders at the quarterback position. They are sophomore Jaylon Daniels (5-11, 180) of Greenwood, and freshmen Devontae McPherson 6-0, 175 of Greenville and Devin Adams 6-4, 245 of Mobile, AL.
Daniels played in a two-quarterback set up last year and completed 61 of 136 (45%) of his passes with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed 42 times for 224 yards (5.3 avg.).
Devonte McPherson comes to Delta from Greenville St. Joe where he completed 148 of 269 passes (.55%) last year for 2,487 yards and 28 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. Devin Adams played at Prichard High School where he threw for 2,380 yards and 20 TD’s and rushed for 268 yards and two TD’s as a junior.
“Both freshmen are talented and good athletes and either one will be able to take over if Jaylon doesn’t work out,” Tatum said.
Returning running backs for the Trojans will be Roshard Burney (5-11, 219) out of West Palm Beack, FL. And Donald Jackson (5-8, 165) out of Greenville. Burney rushed 42 time for 170 yards (4.0) last season while Jackson rushed 14 times for 55 yards in four games.
Wide receiver Kameron Carter (6-0, 170) of Greenwood is the only returning receiver who saw action last season. In eight games he caught 10 passes for 95 yards (15.8 avg.).
The offensive line returns three starters in Josh Cooper (6-1, 315) of Yazoo City, MacJavoris Tims (6-0, 290) of Greenwood and Edrick Thig¬pen (6-3, 325) of Drew.
The defense will be the Trojans’ bright spot this season with a lot of returning experience. The defensive line includes sophomore Demerrius Williams (6-3, 60) of Shaw and Tony Williams (6-0, 260) of Jackson. Also returning are linebackers Dwight Griggs (6-1, 205) and Alex Johnson (6-1, 235), both of Greenwood). Cedric Poole (5-10, 192) of Birmingham also returns in the defensive backfield.
The Trojans are picked to finish fifth in the North Division behind 2013 National Champs East Mississippi, Itawamba CC, Northeast CC, and Holmes CC. The Warriors are picked to finish last in the South Division.
MDCC President Dr. Larry Nabors presents Frances Williams with a gift in thanks for her work at the college.
Frances Williams of Cleveland, Miss., was selected by her coworkers as Mississippi Delta Community College’s August 2014 Staff Member of the Month. Williams serves as instructor and director of the center of learning. Her daily responsibilities include administering placement testing for students, coordinating disability services for students, and offering academic support for students.
Williams says her greatest accomplishment at MDCC is, “helping establish a successful center of learning that truly meets the needs of our students.” She says she always tries to put students first. “Deciding how best to serve students has been my greatest challenge,” Williams says. “MDCC is a great place to be.”
She has three married daughters, three grandchildren, and a dog Sophie.
Carol Walden, Vice President of Instruction
Carol Walden has been named Vice President of Instruction for Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead, Miss. Walden, who most recently served as Interim Vice President following the retirement of Magdalene Abraham, has 43 years of professional experience in the educational system.
“Mrs. Walden’s experience is and will continue to be a tremendous asset to the college,” says President Nabors. Walden has worked at MDCC for 27 years as a business instructor, and has supervised the college’s business education department as division chair since 2000. She plans to continue teaching two courses per semester while serving as vice president.
“I absolutely love MDCC,” says Walden. “It’s such a great family atmosphere and a great place to work. The College is committed to providing the best educational opportunities to our community and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it.”
Walden holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education from Mississippi State University and a Master of Education Degree from Delta State University. Prior to MDCC, she taught at Indianola Academy for 16 years.
“I appreciate the confidence Dr. Nabors has placed in me,” says Walden. “I’ve received so much support from him, Dr. Charlie Barnett, and the faculty and staff during my time as interim.”
Walden is married to Buddy Walden and they reside in Indianola. Buddy retired from MDCC after 27 years, serving as Assistant Dean of Students in addition to coaching softball and basketball. The couple has two adult children and four grandchildren.
Emily-Kathryn Chandler Simmons and Jimmy Free have been selected by their peers as Mississippi Delta Community College’s staff members of the summer. Simmons serves as the administrative assistant to the vice president of student services and Free is the College’s director of computer and information services.
A native of Parchman, Miss., Simmons is a graduate of North Sunflower Academy and Delta State University. She is currently attending graduate school at Mississippi Valley State University to obtain her master’s degree in criminal justice.
Simmons joined the staff of MDCC in 2008 and says, “I will always be a voice for the students, an advocate.”
Free is a native of Ruleville, Miss., and a graduate of Ruleville High School, Mississippi Delta Community College and Delta State University where he earned both bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree in business administration.
He has been a MDCC team member since 1970, and has taught computer classes, served as both director and vice president of the College’s computer and information services.
“There have been tremendous changes in technology during my years at MDCC. When I was hired at MDCC in June of 1970, MDCC had one computer that used punched cards, and MDCC now has thousands of networked computers at its five location,” says Free. “I will miss everyone when I retire at the end of the fall 2014 semester. It has been a privilege to work with such a dedicated faculty and staff at MDCC the past 44 years.”
For more information, visit MDCC’s website at www.msdelta.edu or call 662-246-6322.