The college football season officially kickoffs off on Thursday, and nearly every area high school will be represented somewhere and at some level around the country.
Area athletes are also competing in volleyball, cross country, soccer and golf. Here’s a look at who’s where as 2013-14 begins:
The highest-profile area player heading into the season, TCU senior cornerback Jason Verrett is on watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik, Jim Thorpe and Walter Camp Player of the Year awards, and the and Lott IMPACT and Bronko Nagurski tropies.
Fresno State’s Marcel Jensen is Mackey Award watch list as a starting senior tight end. He’s joined by Anthony Riggins, a red-shirt junior defensive back.
Basil Bandy begins his senior season as a defensive lineman for Fort Hays (Kans.) State.
Myles Burton is a sophomore running back for the Red Storm at Dixie State in Utah.
Myles Carelock is looking to make an impact at running back for Southern Utah State after spending time last season at cornerback and receiver. He’s a red-shirt sophomore.
Freshman Gage Ealy joins former Vanden standout Damon Treat as a running back for St. Cloud (Minn.) State.
Austen Kindle is a freshman receiver at Menlo.
Andre Lewis transfers from Diablo Valley to Utah where he is a junior wide receiver.
The speedy and versatile Jordan Morrow is a senior receiver for the Murray State Racers.
Cameron Richmond looks to follow up his monster junior receiving season with a big senior campaign for Idaho State.
A three-year starter with Washington State, Deone Bucannon begins his senior season at safety for the Cougars, and is also on the Jim Thorpe watch list
Younger brother David Bucannon is a red-shirt freshman safety.
Ben Scott is at UC Davis as a red-shirt freshman.
After a stellar receiving career with the Vikings, Christian Basden begins his freshman campaign at Humboldt State.
Chris Broadnax, a former Vikings’ teammate of Basden, is a junior receiver for Sacramento State. He is joined on the Hornets by junior defensive back Randey Peterson.
After sitting out last season, O’shea Bryant is a red-shirt freshman running back for the Beavers of Minot (Minn.) State.
At 6-foot-5, 275 pounds, Tyler Corsi has a shot to make a splash on the offensive line for Pacific. Joining him with the Boxers is fellow freshman Matthew Walker, a running back.
The versatile Damon Treat is back for his senior season at running back for the Huskies of St. Cloud State.
Beginning his career as a Blue Jay of Elmhurst (Ill.) is freshman linebacker Mike Weaver.
Arguably the best pure passer in city history, Keith Welch is finally a senior at Lewis and Clark where he’s had three record-setting seasons at quarterback for the Pios.
Showing the form he displayed as a middle linebacker with the Falcons, Tra’Mayne Bondurant begins his junior season as starting strong safety for Arizona.
Justin Collins was looking forward his senior season at receiver with Western Michigan, but tore an ACL during the summer and is out for the year.
After having his junior season cut short by an injury, Alex Hubbard is back for his senior campaign as a defensive back for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Senior Craig Bailey starts at cornerback for the Boxers of Pacific.
A quarterback for the Falcons before playing his senior season at Skyline of Oakland, Keith Williams is a freshman signal caller for San Diego.
Ammir Souder is a senior defensive back with Southern Oregon.
Making the most of playing time last season, Brock Hekking did well enough in 2012 to earn a spot on the Lombardi Award watch list as a junior defensive lineman for Nevada.
LaRyan King and Johnny Schupp are defensive lineman for the Colorado State, the former a sophomore, the latter a red-shirt freshman.
After a breakout season at Eastern Washington, Quincy Forte returns for his junior season at running back.
Melvin Mason, a red-shirt freshman running back, joins Souder at Southern Oregon.
Senior Markelle Williams returns as a starting defensive back for Sacramento State.
Brian Clay looks to make an impact as a sophomore safety with Hawaii after red-shirting in 2012.
Josh Winters hopes to add some sting to the Hornets defense as a freshman lineman with Sacramento State
Greg Goodenough looks to hook up with Welch this season for the Lewis and Clark, He’s a junior wide receiver.
Barbara Bakh (Solano) is a junior defender for the University of Mary.
Heading up to Chico State for her freshman year is Mackenzie Delorefice (Rodriguez), a forward.
Michelle Giron (Armijo, Solano) and Karlie Mast (Solano) are juniors at Northwest Christian, where the former is a midfielder, the latter a defender.
Nyack has yet to release its roster for 2013, but expected to play for the Warriors are junior defender Tara Cooley (Solano), senior midfielders Sandy Garcia (Solano) and Alexsa Gonzalez (Solano)
Cal State East Bay likewise hasn’t released its roster, but Briana Scholtens (Rodriguez, Solano) is in line to be a senior goalkeeper with the Pioneers.
Cecilee Kidd (Fairfield, Solano) is back for her senior season as a forward for Missouri Valley.
Kidd’s Vikings are scheduled to play Columbia College, for whom former teammate Erica Ramirez (Armijo, Solano) is a senior goalkeeper.
Devon Damelio (Rodriguez) is back for her senior season at outside hitter for UC Davis.
Senior Alexis Angier (Vacaville) and sophomore Jazmin Wallace (Fairfield) are defensive specialists for Simpson.
Tatum Bales (Wood, Solano) is a setter/libero for Holy Names. She is a senior.
Back as a junior libero for Menlo is Lainey Brown (Vacaville Christian, Solano).
Valorie Smart (Vacaville) returns for her senior season as a right-side hitter for UC Merced.
Michelle Galli (Rodriguez) is a student assistant with the Blue Hawks of Dickinson (N.D.) State.
Spring is the main season for men’s golf, but Aaron Beverly (Armijo) will be competing during the lower-key fall campaign for Sacramento State.
Darrell Jackson is back for his sophomore season with Sacramento State.
Running as a freshman for Dominican is Katie Gomez (Vacaville).
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