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Southern Oregon football adds 25 to roster

ASHLAND — Southern Oregon head football coach Steve Helminiak announced Thursday the signing of 25 new players who will suit up in 2010 as either freshmen or college transfers.

The announcement comes as a kickoff to spring football, which is slated to start April 5 and continue until the annual spring football game on April 30. The team will practice Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4:15 p.m. and on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

The group of incoming freshmen consists of 13 offensive players and five defensive players.

In the offensive mix are quarterbacks Chris Kammell, Jeremey Powers, Quentis Clark and Trevor Hurn.

Kammell is coming off an impressive senior season at Phoenix High, where he led the Pirates to the Skyline Conference championship and a run in the state playoffs. Kammell was named the conference's player of the year after throwing for over 2,700 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Powers threw for 1,416 yards and 14 touchdowns and only three interceptions as a senior at Capital (Idaho) High School. Powers also rushed for 10 touchdowns.

Clark led Oceanside (Calif.) High to a state championship, and Hurn was selected league offensive player of the year at Woodland (Wash.) High.

Both Kammell and Hurn will bring a wide receiver with them to SOU.

Skyler Reagan, a teammate of Kammell's at Phoenix, earned all-conference honors as a wide receiver and defensive back and also earned all-state honors as a defensive back. As a receiver, Reagan caught 74 passes for 1,080 yards and nine touchdowns.

Shane Brady, Hurn's teammate at Woodland High, is a two-time all-conference selection at wide receiver.

The Raiders also signed four offensive linemen. Cole Richardson (Marist), John Florey (Phoenix), Adam Evers (Southridge) and Andrew Valli (Shasta, Calif.) will all suit up for the Raiders next year.

Tight end Colton Kelsey will come to the Raiders from Crescent Valley High in Corvallis, where he was a two-way all-conference performer and helped lead his squad to the playoffs.

Southern Oregon also added running backs Dylan Carlson (Mazama High) and Brandon Grissom (Cascade Christian High). Carlson was named the Southern Sky Conference's offensive player of the year this past fall, and Grissom was also vote conference offensive player of the year in the Sunset League.

Defensively from the freshman class, the Raiders added two linemen, two backs, an end and a linebacker.

Brian Keathley (Fernley, Nev.) and Daniel Marcel (Freedom, Calif.) will help shore up the line.

Keathley earned all-state honors as a senior, and junior and Marcel earned all-conference honors.

Julian Faciane (Parkrose High) and Zack Schwabauer (Red Bluff, Calif.) will give the Raiders depth at defensive back.

Faciane was voted his team's offensive MVP and Schwabauer earned all-section and all-conference honors.

Adam Carroll (Silverton High) will see time as linebacker for the Raiders after earning all-conference honors as a senior. Carroll also finished second in the state wrestling championships.

Included in the group of 25 are seven transfers.

"We lost so many starters on defense to graduation that it was important to bring in a stellar transfer class," Helminiak said. "We feel this group addresses that and they all can come in a play a role for us immediately."

Defensively, the Raiders will welcome linemen Kyle Kellough and Nate Langi, backs Randy Fesser and James Wheeler and end R.J. Orozco.

Kellough had 12 tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack in 2009 at Santa Rosa Junior College. Langi was a two-time all-conference selection at Golden West College.

Fesser earned all-conference honors at Mendocino Junior College before going to Sacramento State this past year. Wheeler helped El Camino Junior College win a national championship before going to Southern Illinois.

Orozco was a two-time all-conference performer at Golden West College and led the squad this past year with 54 tackles and seven sacks.

Quarterback Mike McDonald and running back Marshawn Friloux are the two offensive players out of that group.

McDonald holds 13 passing records at Burbank High and spent two years at UNLV. McDonald, who has one year of eligibility left, spent last spring at Tennessee-Chattanooga. McDonald is expected to battle with Paul Sweeney, the Raiders' lone returning quarterback, during camp.

Friloux is a transfer from Cerriots Junior College and averaged 8.9 yards per carry last year before getting injured in the fifth game.