Mesa FB team adds 10 transfers

Colorado Mesa University football coach Russ Martin has added 10 college transfers to the roster.

Six of them come from Martin’s previous stop — the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

“We brought in some guys that will help us right away,” Martin said. “I’m excited about the guys that are here.”

Martin added three quarterbacks, two running backs, two receivers, one offensive lineman, one cornerback and one defensive end/linebacker, all of whom are on campus and enrolled in class this semester. They will be part of spring practice.

Aric Kaiser and Sean Flanagan each started at least one game at quarterback for the Lopers last season.

Both were injured early in the season at Kearney and received medical redshirt years, making both freshmen next fall.

Kaiser, from Broomfield, was the starting quarterback for the season opener. He played two games and was injured. Kaiser is the younger brother of former UNK All-American receiver Kyle Kaiser.

Flanagan played two games for the Lopers, starting one, before being injured. He followed former UNK quarterback Jake Spitzlberger out of Bear Creek High School.

Other Kearney transfers are wide receiver Ryan Rankin, who will be a redshirt freshman next fall, running backs Daniel Rankin (junior next fall) and Ryan Tasker (junior) and cornerback Ryan Lendrum (senior).

Ryan Rankin was former Silver Creek QB Austin Apodoca’s leading receiver. Apodoca signed with Washington State University.

Daniel Rankin, from Phoenix, moved from defensive back to running back at Kearney and had 12 carries for 117 yards for the Lopers last season.

Tasker rushed for more than 1,100 yards as a senior at Grandview High School in Aurora.

Lendrum had five career interceptions for the Lopers.

Mesa also added quarterback Alexander McKean out of Pima (Ariz.) Community College, who will be a junior in the fall. He started the first four games of the 2011 season for the Aztecs, completing 40 percent of his passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns.

Offensive lineman Drew Mahooty played with current CMU quarterback Kyle Duran at Basha High School in Chandler, Ariz. Mahooty didn’t attend college this past fall but is enrolled at CMU this semester.

Junior slot receiver Ian Juede is a transfer from Phoenix College. He caught 39 passes for 447 yards and four touchdowns last season.

Junior defensive end/linebacker Marc Palacios is a transfer from Moorpark (Calif.) College. He had 40 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season.

“Some guys that redshirted for us last year will give us added depth,” Martin said. “This will allow a lot of our true freshmen a chance to grow.”

Two Mavericks were dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons. Quarterback Deke Cisco and offensive lineman Jeff Berghorn were released for violating team policy, Martin said. Cisco was the starting quarterback for the first three games last season before being injured. He threw for 592 yards and three touchdowns.

Martin has tentatively set spring ball dates. Practice will likely begin on March 11 and conclude with the spring game April 13.


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