Football

Navarro Football hosts its annual spring combines on March 3 and on April 7. Registration on each Saturday begins at 11:30 am at the Wolens Special Events Center. Cost is $30 cash. Candidates will be tested in the 40-yard dash, pro shuttle, non-contact drills and position-specific drills.  All combine participants should bring football cleats, tennis shoes and work out clothing. ...

Navarro College signed a balanced recruiting class of 44 freshmen under new Head Coach Jim Gush last week. Less than two weeks after taking over as the Bulldogs’ coach, Gush and his staff put together a group of signees that filled a lot of holes on defense, along an offensive line that lost five players who signed Division 1 and 2 letters of intent recently and several prolific running backs. Navarro inked seven wide receivers and offensive linemen and five running backs but just one quarterback on a roster that has no one who has thrown a pass in college competition. The Bulldogs also signed nine high schoolers to fill a huge void in the secondary, which lost a pair of All-Americans in safety Matt Wright (Southeast Louisiana) and cornerback Benjie Franklin (Texas A&M Commerce). Franklin is the reigning SWJCFC Defensive Player of the Year and Wright was among the NJCAA’s leaders in tackles in both seasons. Navarro also added seven defensive linemen and six linebackers, the latter in hopes to find another Yohance Burnett, a Tulsa signee. The Bulldogs also picked up five mid-term transfers, headed by Bowling Green redshirt freshman Jared Wyatt. The 6-3, 180-pound Wylie East grad totaled four catches during...

Here is an updating list of incoming freshman athletes who have signed national letters of intent to attend Navarro College and play football for the Bulldogs.  The signees are listed with heights, weights, positions and hometown schools in parentheses. SIGNED LOIs:   45    (Updated at Monday, February 12) NAME (Height, Weight, Position, Hometown/School) EMMANUEL SADALA - (6-0, 280, DL, Arlington Martin) A.J. SKERO - (6-2, 180, OLB, New Caney) GREGORY CLAYTON - (5-11, 175, WR, Lutcher, La.) KRISTOPHER ESTEP - (6-6, 300, OL, McKinney) TIREN FORNEY - (6-2, 240, DL, Nederland) KAMRON BROOKS - (6-4, 315, OL, Converse Judson) MARK EVANS II - (6-4, 290, OL, Houston C.E. King) CALEB DABNEY - (5-9, 170, WR, Rockwall) ALEX WASHINGTON - (6-2, 170, WR, Houston C.E. King) GARRION FULLER - (6-2, 230, LB, Dallas Bishop Lynch) DAVID RUSS - (5-10, 165, CB, Spring) PAUL SMITH - (6-1, 175, CB, Spring) JUSTIN STEWART - (6-1, 310, DT, McKinney Boyd) JAKOB ROWLAND - (6-7, 326, OL, Northwest Eaton) IMIOAN JAMES - (6-1, 200, LB, Mansfield) NAKEVEYION VINCENT - (5-11, 335, NG, Waco High) KARL ANDREWS - (6-4, 220, DE, Mesquite Poteet) DERRASHIO (DEZ) BRIDGEFORD - 5-11, 186, S, Mesquite Poteet) ELI WALL - (6-3, 290, OL, Fort Bend Travis) EARNEST CROWNOVER III - (6-1, 200, RB, Grandview) JACOBY ALLEN - (6-1, 230, LB, Galena Park...

BY MIKE MONTFORT Navarro College on Friday named defensive coordinator Jim Gush as the Bulldogs' 14th head football coach, and also promoted two staff members to coordinator positions. Assistant head coach Hunter McWilliams was named as Navarro's new offensive coordinator, and defensive line coach Chris Achuff accepted the defensive coordinator job, NC Athletic Director Roark Montgomery said Friday afternoon. [caption id="attachment_910677" align="alignleft" width="105"] JIM GUSH[/caption] The elevations evolved after Cody Crill resigned Monday to become The University of Incarnate Word's new offensive coordinator.  Crill told the Bulldogs his intentions in a 2 pm team meeting Monday. His last official day at Navarro was Friday. "It's been almost 10 years, and I really appreciate the opportunity that I've been able to coach and raise my daughters here," said Crill, who compiled a three-year head-coaching record of 19-11 with two post-season appearances.  "It's been great to be a part of championships and to win a national championship." The San Angelo native  led the 17th-ranked Bulldogs to a 6-4 record and the 2017 Southwest Junior College Football Conference semifinal playoffs. His 2016 squad (6-3) finished as the NJCAA’s ninth-ranked team. Since Crill's arrival here as an offensive line coach, the Bulldogs have an 87-24 record, won the 2010...

By MIKE MONTFORT --   Semester and season over.  Exams complete.  Holiday break ahead to decompress.  Stress relieved. Not now. Not for football players, who began an "Early Signing Period" on Wednesday, Dec. 20, and the Navarro Bulldogs were very active participants. On the first day of signing, a total of 10 Bulldog football players inked national letters of intent to play at seven university-level programs -- all confirmed from the receiving schools.  Meanwhile, some other Bulldogs made verbal commitments, and others with multiple offers face some important decisions in the days ahead. Six offensive and four defensive stars from the 6-4 SWJCFC semifinalists fulfilled their obligations by signing on the dotted lines Wednesday. In this, the giving season, a lot of people celebrated Christmas early for a number of reasons. Southern Methodist University and new head coach Sonny Dykes signed three Navarro players -- Corsicana linebacker-punter Trevor Denbow, plus sophomore offensive tackle Levon Livingston and center Nick Dennis. Eastern Illinois University and new offensive coordinator Scott Parr swooped in to sign sophomore wide receiver Matt Reyna and quarterback Harry Woodbery.  Reyna and Woodbery spent two seasons with Parr here, have an understanding of his air-raid offensive scheme, and feel comfortable with the Panthers' new OC. Lamar University...