Subscribe for 33¢ / day

Mission Prep graduate Patrick Laird is having a big year for the Cal football team.

He is having such a big year, in fact, that he is in the running for the prestigious Burlsworth Trophy.

Laird is one of 10 national semifinalists for the award, that goes to the most outstanding football player who began his collegiate career as a walk-on.

He is the 5-4 Bears' leading rusher, with 796 yards and seven touchdowns. Laird is averaging 5.7 yards a carry.

In Cal's 37-23 win over Oregon State last Saturday, Laird had two of the biggest rushing stats for a Cal player since 2009, with 33 carries and 214 yards.

Here is a summary of how some former Central Coast stars are faring at the next level.

Garrett Owens

Owens kicked three field goals for then-No. 15 Iowa State last Saturday, but the Cyclones' offense fell short in a 20-16 upset loss at unranked West Virginia.

The Arroyo Grande High School graduate is 12-for-16 on field goals for the year. He has made all 33 of his PAT kicks.

The Cyclones, now ranked 21st, are 6-3 and third in the Big 12 Conference. Iowa State has a nationally televised conference game Saturday against 7-2 Oklahoma State.

Curry Parham

The Tabor College quarterback had a big game in his team's 46-29 win over McPherson in a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference game last Saturday.

Parham threw for 370 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for 71 yards and a touchdown.

The Bluejays are the defending KCAC champions and Parham, who graduated from St. Joseph High School and Hancock College, is in his second year at quarterback for them. Tabor is 7-2, 7-1 this year.

Jose  Morales

The former Lompoc High School standout has had an up-an-down season for 9-1 Humboldt State, but he kicked two field goals last week as the Lumberjacks routed Western State of Colorado 48-3.

Morales is five-for-eight on field goal tries for the Lumberjacks, who will finish their regular season at home Saturday.

Lavon Coleman

Another former Lompoc standout, Coleman carried 12 times for a total of 44 yards in the Huskies' 38-3 rout of Oregon.

The week before, Coleman scored three touchdowns in Washington's win over UCLA.

Connor Regan

The former Righetti star is 67-for-140 passing for the 2-6 Northern Colorado Bears.

He has thrown for 948 yards, with five touchdown passes and three interceptions. He has a quarterback rating of 112.2.

Nikko Hayes

The defensive back has 17 solo tackles and 20 assists for 4-6 Idaho State. Hayes is a former Lompoc standout.  


Sports Reporter