||White, Dennis named to preseason watch lists by JCGridiron
BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/NEMCC Athletics) — A pair of Northeast Mississippi Community College athletes have been recognized for their amazing potential and stellar contributions to the team last season.
Sophomores Jamel Dennis and Corbin White were selected to the 2014 JCGridiron.com Preseason Watch List for their respective positions on the football field.
“Both of those guys have put in a ton of work,” said Tigers head coach Ricky Smither. “This is their year and they want to make sure that they do what they can to lead the team. “
Dennis set the tone for what turned into an outstanding freshman campaign during his debut in a Tiger uniform at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He recorded 10 tackles and two sacks for a loss of 11 yards from the outside linebacker spot.
The Lafayette County High School product was consistent throughout the remainder of the year and recorded six double-digit tackle performances. Dennis notched career-highs with 14 takedowns, 10 of them solo, and three tackles for loss in a victory over Mississippi Delta Community College in the season finale.
He started in all nine games for Northeast and earned Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-North Division honors with 96 total tackles, five pass break ups and one interception.
Dennis averaged 10.7 tackles per contest, which ranked 10th among all National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) members. His 64 unassisted takedowns were ninth best in the entire country.
“It’s a real blessing. All I can do is thank the Lord that I had a good year and I’m going to try to have a better one this year,” Dennis said. “I just have to keep practicing and getting better and better.”
White finished the campaign with two unbelievable outings at running back after a lingering injury hindered him from showing his full capability for nearly a month.
He carried the ball a season-high 27 times for 221 yards in Northeast’s rivalry matchup versus Itawamba Community College. Those numbers were the best for any Tiger since Jaquise Cook racked up 267 yards in a win at East Mississippi Community College in October 2010.
White was designated as the MACJC Player of the Week for guiding a Northeast ground attack that tallied 378 total yards against Mississippi Delta.
He compiled 161 yards on only 13 carries for an average of 12.4 yards per touch. White extended an early Tiger lead with a 63-yard touchdown run in which he evaded two Trojan defenders.
The Nettleton native is Northeast’s top returning rusher after registering 551 yards and three scores one season ago. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry, which was among the 25 best in the nation.
“It feels good. God’s just blessed me right now,” said White. “I’ve been working hard and waiting for my moment to shine. I want to help my team win as many games as possible and make plays when they call my number.”
Dennis and White expect to make a large impact when the Tigers open the upcoming campaign at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Thursday, August 28. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at A.L. May Memorial Stadium in Perkinston.