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2013 Game Day Program

October 5 vs. Coahoma Community College, 3 p.m. Tiger Stadium, Booneville, Mississippi


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Letter from the President Dear Friends of Northeast:

Thank you for your support of the athletic efforts of Northeast Mississippi Community College. Each coach and each athlete has worked hard to ensure that our teams are ready to give performances that make you proud to be a “Tiger Fan.� Northeast exists to provide educational, recreational and social resources for students and supporters to grow and enjoy their accomplishments. While you are on campus, I hope you have a safe and enjoyable visit. I trust you will use this opportunity to get to know our students, coaches and staff. We are always ready to assist you to enjoy your time with us. Thank you for everything that you do to encourage and support our efforts. We are always glad to have you on our campus. Sincerely, Johnny L. Allen President

Board of Trustees

T. Jack Ramsey

Chairman Tenure of Service: 1983 Tishomingo County/ Banker

Bill Breedlove

Tenure of Service: 1999 Prentiss County Businessman

Ben McClung

Tenure of Service: 2013 Tishomingo County Superintendent of Education

Troy Holliday

Vice Chairman Tenure of Service: 1964 Tippah County Businessman

Randle Downs

Tenure of Service: 2012 Prentiss County Superintendent of Education

Sam McCoy

Tenure of Service: 1988 Prentiss County Businessman

John O. Cunningham Secretary Tenure of Service: 1995 Prentiss County Businessman

Tonya Butler Farris

Tenure of Service: 2012 Alcorn County Businesswoman

Gina Smith

Tenure of Service: 2012 Alcorn County Superintendent of Education

Ken Basil

Tenure of Service: 2008 Union County Superintendent of Education

Douglas Jackson

Tenure of Service: 1995 Tippah County Retired Educator

Luzene Triplett

Tenure of Service: 2002 Prentiss County Retire Educator

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Alvie Blakeney

Tenure of Service: 2011 Tishomingo County Retire Businessman

Tracie Langston

Tenure of Service: 2004 Prentiss County Businesswoman

Vance Witt

Tenure of Service: 2007 Union County Businessman

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NEMCC Football Coaches

Ricky Smither

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Travis Macon

Head Coach

Defensive Coordinator

Greg Davis

Jonathan Webster

Defensive Line Coach

Defensive Backs Coach

Dustin Jones

Mike Markuson

Wide Receivers Coach

Offensive Line Coach

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Athletic Support Staff David Robbins Dean of Students Athletic Director

Matt Werner Athletic Facilities/ Head Equipment Manager

Chassie Kelly Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students/Athletic Director

Blake Long Sports Information Director

Hope Barnes, ATC

Karri Davis

Head Athletic Trainer

Cheerleading Coach

Jeremy Kennedy

Don Knowles

Voice of the Tigers WNAU 1470 AM

Operations Manager Sodexo, USA

Bus Drivers Phillip Moore (left) Marvin Ozbirn (right)

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Football COAHOMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2013 FOOTBALL ROSTER

Freeman Horton Head Football Coach

Kendrick Travis

Sean Norris

Chris Mattox

William Kirksey

Kenneth Strong

Billy Fields

Assistant Coach

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Selina Reid Athletic Trainer

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2013 Northeast Tiger Football Roster

Name Jeremy Liggins Martice Buckley Antwan Wilson Jaquille White Marcus Robinson Jerrard Randall LaVontis Smith Demarrion Haynes Gregdrecus Leland Brady Allen Raymond Gee Ralph Green Khalil Stinson A.J. Jackson Dequinten Spraggins Je’Tavious Turner Johnny Smith Rashad Turner Jonathan Bobo Miguel Graham Shaquille Bush Elisha Wilson Jamel Dennis Matthew Belue Mitchell Cunningham Marquis Allen Tez Lane Corbin White Nick Johnson Chris Cooper Hunter Bull Daniel Ross Antonio Ryland Martavis Ford Romia Wilson Lakendrick Preston Martize Mitchell Damien Rayford Jabari Edwards Michael Davis Kortilous Ellis Jeremiah Dent Justin Barksdale Sean Rogers Robbie Gale Ross Smith Chandler Dexter Ricky Parks Dequan Ivery Anthony Peters Parrish Huddleston Justin Coleman Razean Prather Nhigel Phillips Lemetrius Hollins

Position DL DB DB DB LB QB WR WR DB QB WR WR WR TE DB LB DB WR DB DB WR DB LB TE RB DB RB RB LB K TE DL LB LB OL OL OL OL LB OL OL DL OL OL OL OL TE TE DL DL DL DL DL DL DL

Class Fr. So. So. So. Fr. So. Fr. So. So. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. So. Fr. So. Fr. So. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. So. So. So. Fr. Fr.

Height 6’4” 5’8” 6’0” 6’2” 6’4” 6’1” 5’10” 5’8” 5’8” 5’10” 6’3” 6’3” 6’1” 6’6” 6’1” 6’0” 6’0” 6’4” 6’3” 6’1” 6’0” 6’0” 5’11” 6’0” 5’8” 5’8” 5’11” 5’11” 5’11” 5’10” 6’4” 6’4” 6’0” 6’0” 6’2” 6’6” 6’0” 6’4” 6’0” 6’0” 6’0” 6’4” 6’2” 6’1” 6’5” 6’6” 6’5” 6’4” 6’1” 6’3” 6’0” 6’0” 6’0” 6’4” 6’0”

Weight Hometown High School 295 Oxford Lafayette County 170 Charleston Lake Cormorant 180 Charleston Charleston 190 West Point West Point 230 Memphis, Tenn. Memphis East 188 Miami Gardens, Fla. Chaminade-Madonna 170 Maben West Oktibbeha 177 Rosedale West Bolivar 175 Batesville South Panola 180 Corinth Corinth 195 Renova Cleveland 195 Ripley Ripley 205 College Park, Ga. Westlake 265 Riverdale, Ga. Lovejoy 185 West Point West Point 175 Batesville South Panola 180 Starkville Starkville 185 Bruce Bruce 195 Bruce Bruce 190 Maben East Webster 180 Bruce Bruce 180 D’Iberville D’Iberville 220 Oxford Lafayette County 260 Golden Red Bay 220 Ecru North Pontotoc 190 Tupelo Tupelo 160 West Point West Point 220 Nettleton Nettleton 180 Olive Branch Olive Branch 190 Madison Madison Central 235 Southaven Southaven 310 Louisville, Ky. Jeffersontown 255 Brooksville Noxubee County 215 Okolona Okolona 305 West Point West Point 285 Gulfport West Harrison 280 Macon Noxubee County 315 Batesville South Panola 255 Columbus Columbus 305 Kilmichael Montgomery County 270 Charleston Charleston 310 Columbus Tupelo 285 Courtland South Panola 275 Batesville South Panola 310 Hernando Hernando 305 Booneville Booneville 250 Iuka Tishomingo County 265 Hogansville, Ga. Callaway 305 Miami, Fla. Columbia 235 Pontotoc Pontotoc 295 Dorsey Baldwyn 255 Renova Cleveland 240 Ripley Ripley 330 Griffin, Ga. Griffin 290 Madison Madison Central

Head Coach: Ricky Smither (6th year - Delta State University) Defensive Coordinator: Travis Macon (6th year - University of Mississippi) Offensive Line: Mike Markuson (1st year - Hamline University) Wide Receivers: Dustin Jones (1st year - Liberty University) Defensive Backs: Jonathan Webster (2nd year - Arkansas Tech University) Defensive Line: Greg Davis (2nd year - Stephen F. Austin University) Head Equipment Manager: Matt Werner (1st year - NEMCC) Managers: Tyler Mills, Austin Emerson, Janard Williams, Will Burns, Cody Friga, Devin Sowell President: Dr. Johnny L. Allen, Ed.D. (9th year - Mississippi State University) Athletic Director: David Robbins (1st year - Millsaps College) Sports Information Director: Blake Long (1st year - University of Mississippi) Athletic Trainer: Hope Barnes (2nd year - University of Southern Miss) Student Trainers: Audrianna Green, Jamal Gray, Diamond Abney-Reeder, Rico Coggins

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Liggins lives in spotlight at quarterback once again Coahoma (Clarksdale) Date: October 5

Northeast-Coahoma History Last 10 meetings

Jeremy Liggins Everything in the world seemed right again for Jeremy Liggins after a big 34-21 victory for Northeast Mississippi Community College in a crucial Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division contest on Thursday, September 19. After an offseason full of change and adjustment to the defensive side of the football, Liggins made his return to quarterback - the position that he honed and crafted his skills at for the majority of his gridiron career – that evening against Northwest Mississippi Community College. Not that he minded the switch to defense. In fact, it was a new role that Liggins was learning to embrace and excel at. The Oxford native, who is listed as one of the top-25 junior college prospects in the nation by JCGridiron.com in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) media guide, started at defensive end in two of the Tigers’ first three contests and made an impact in each, especially in the North Division opener against Holmes Community College. Liggins recorded a career-best seven tackles, four of them unassisted, in the win over the Bulldogs. In three games he compiled 14 total tackles, one for loss. “I felt like I was adjusting pretty good,” said Liggins. “It was kind of slow at first starting out in practice because I was more of an offensive player. I just had 8

2012 -- Northeast, 21-17 2011 -- Northeast, 29-17 2010 -- Northeast, 31-17 2009 -- Coahoma, 20-14 2008 -- Coahoma 28-25 2007 -- Northeast, 36-6 2006 -- Northeast, 44-16 2005 -- Northeast, 30-14 2004 -- Northeast, 43-13 2003 -- Northeast, 44-16 Series: Northeast 29-8.

to adjust to the physicality of the game and the strategies on defense.” But as the Tigers struggled with turnovers and other issues on offense, it became clear to head coach Ricky Smither that it was time to bring Liggins back home to a more instinctive and innate spot on the field. Smither had installed a specialized package of plays early in preseason training camp for his transfer from Louisiana State University (LSU), but the Northeast headman felt Liggins needed a more consistent presence in the offensive backfield. “Circumstances kind of changed so I met with (defensive coordinator Travis) Macon and (defensive line coach Greg) Davis and they were able to give him up,” said Smither. “It hurt us a little bit there, but they were able to overcome that.” The influence Liggins had against Northwest was notable. He came off the bench to complete 6 of 13 passes, including the first four he attempted, for 154 yards and three touchdowns. All those numbers in his first game behind center in nearly two years. “I felt pretty comfortable,” Liggins said. “We made some adjustments during practice and knew those holes were going to be there.” The 6-4, 295-pound freshman also added a team leading 7.8 yards per carry against the Rangers, bringing with him multiple defenders before falling to the turf.

It is that athleticism that makes Liggins such a dynamic weapon for the Tigers, according to Smither. “I don’t know if Jeremy wouldn’t be the best linebacker or running back we had,” he said. “Jeremy’s just a player, man. He’s got it, and on top of it he plays for the love of the game. He’s not just playing because somebody wants him or he’s big.” The selflessness of Liggins to move to a completely new spot than he had practiced for at the halfway point of the 2013 season also impressed Smither. “He’s a winner and the few snaps he’s taken here he’s proved that for us,” said Smither. “There’s a passion to him and anytime you can have that passion at something you can be good at it.” Liggins got the start at quarterback for the first time of his collegiate career last Thursday against No. 10 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Fans should expect to see plenty of Liggins over the latter half of the campaign for Northeast, but no matter the outcome the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) commitment is just excited to be back and playing a major part for his team. “Through all the adversity I’m still here, still strong and still living. That’s a good thing,” he said. “I say I’m blessed because a lot of people if they hadn’t went the right route they would have given up.”

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Smith reigns as 2013 Homecoming Queen Northeast Mississippi Community College’s student body recently selected Brooke Smith of New Albany to reign as the college’s 2013 Homecoming Queen during campus-wide elections in September. Smith and the entire 2013 Homecoming court made their first official appearance at a pep rally on the front lawn of the Ramsey Student Services Building on Thursday, October 3 at 10:50 a.m. Pre-game festivities will include recognitions of the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame inductees and the Tiger Marching Band, which will begin its pre-game performance at approximately 2:30 p.m. Northeast’s softball team continues homecoming activities on Sunday, October 6 with its fourth annual alumni game at 1 p.m. at Booneville Westside City Park. Smith, a graduate of New Albany High School, is the daughter of Terrie Bagwell. At Northeast, Smith has been involved in the Iota Zeta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, the Mississippi Organization for Associated Degree Nursing (MOSA) and attends the Wesley Foundation. Smith is currently enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program and plans to attend the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing with a specialization in emergency room operations. Joining Smith on the 2013 Homecoming Court are sophomore maids Abby Little of Corinth, Amanda Permenter of Pontotoc, Arnenar “Nina” Johnson of Verona, Gracie Cheek of Booneville, Gracie Wilbanks of Corinth, Katelin Wallace of Tishomingo and Megan McDonald of New Albany. Freshmen maids include Lyndi Stokes and Shannon Goode, both of New Albany, Erica Doran and Fu Meng, both of Corinth and Haleigh Tennison, Lexie Gamble and Tatum Emmons, all of Booneville round out the 15-member court. Northeast holds a 29-8 record in the series with Coahoma since the two schools started playing each other in 1976 and has beaten the visiting Tigers five of the last six times in Tiger Stadium dating back to 2001. Northeast captured a 31-17 win in 2010 against Coahoma – the last time the visiting Tigers were homecoming guests in Booneville. Northeast Mississippi Community College recently held campus wide elections to select its 2013 homecoming court. Joining queen Brooke Smith of New Albany (front row) are (second row l-r) freshman maid Fu Meng of Corinth, freshman maid Erica Doran of Corinth, (third row l-r) freshman maid Lyndi Stokes of New Albany, sophomore maid Arnenar “Nina Johnson of Verona, freshman maid Tatum Emmons of Booneville, (fourth row l-r) freshman maid Lexie Gamble of Booneville, freshman maid Haleigh Tennison of Booneville, sophomore maid Amanda Permenter of Pontotoc, sophomore maid Katelin Wallace of Tishomingo, (back row l-r) sophomore maid Megan McDonald of New Albany, sophomore maid Gracie Wilbanks of Corinth, sophomore maid Gracie Cheek of Booneville, sophomore maid Abby Little of Corinth and freshman maid Shannon Goode of New Albany.

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2013 Football Schedule Aug. 29 7 pm

Copiah-Lincoln Wesson

Sept. 5 6:30 pm

Jones Booneville

Sept. 12 6:30 pm

Holmes* Booneville

Sept. 19 6:30 pm

Northwest* Senatobia

Sept. 26 6:30 pm

Miss. Gulf Coast Booneville

Oct. 5 3 pm

Coahoma* (Homecoming) Booneville

Oct. 10 7 pm

East Mississippi* Scooba

Oct. 17 7 pm

Itawamba* Fulton

Oct. 24 6:30 pm

Miss. Delta* Booneville * Denotes MACJC North Division

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