Spring camp has a whole new meaning for the Shasta College football team.
The Knights are gearing up for their four-game season, which kicks off in less than two weeks on March 6 against College of the Siskiyous. Despite a shortened season, the expectations are still running high. Not only to win all four games — two against Siskiyous and two against Feather River College — but to develop the 69 guys on the roster to get ready for the fall 2021 season.
With the season nearing kickoff, Shasta County Sports is putting out its Top 15 Shasta College Returner Rankings for the spring 2021 season in countdown format.
The Knights have only 14 sophomores on the roster, meaning a few guys who redshirted are making the list. All listed are impact players and have been in Shasta’s system but they have yet to take an official snap in JUCO ball.
The Top 15 Rankings for Shasta College is sponsored by Redding Rancheria, a proud partner of Shasta County Sports.
15. Darian James | 5-6, 150 | WR | Redshirt Fr.
Roster turnover is always brutal in JUCO. The Knights only return two of the 11 players who caught a pass last season — both running backs who combined for 11 receptions. Darian James (Lower Lake, Calif.) has been in the system for 18 months now after redshirting during last season’s 7-4 campaign, displaying his speed in practice on several deep routes. But head coach Bryon Hamilton believes James is going to see the field this spring after developing his route running skills.
“Darian’s shifty, speedy, has great hands and is very coachable,” Hamilton said. “He’s been a pleasant surprise and does things right.”
The Knights have been known to put up points with Hamilton calling the plays and a guy like James, who can catch passes at multiple levels and even sneak in a fly sweep, can be a dangerous weapon for an offensive guru like Hamilton.