The college football season is quickly approaching and could be one of the better seasons for former Kern County standouts. 

Here are the headliners and the full list of locals on roster this fall for FBS and FCS programs. 

The headliners

Krys Barnes, UCLA, senior, linebacker, Liberty - Returns as an unquestioned leader for the Bruins this season on defense. After starting eight games as a sophomore in 2017, Barnes started all 12 games for UCLA last fall while finishing second on the team with 85 tackles and had 10 tackles for loss. Won the Iron Bruin Award, given to the most outstanding efforts in the weight room for UCLA players. His durability and added size and strength gives Barnes a chance to get drafted next spring.

Brandon Jones, UTEP, senior, quarterback, Bakersfield Christian (Bakersfield College) - After graduating from Bakersfield Christian in 2015, Jones has taken the long road to becoming a Division I starting quarterback in college football. After two years at QB for Bakersfield College, Jones accepted a scholarship off to UTEP and started one game in 2018 for the Miners, who one just one game last fall. Now a senior, Jones is the projected starter heading into fall camp with the hopes of making the most of his final season in college.

Jordan Love, Utah State, junior, quarterback, Liberty - Love went from a high school standout with just one offer (Utah State) in 2016 to one of the top rated quarterbacks in the country heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. Just this week, Yahoo! Sports put out a mock draft, and Love is projected to be the fifth quarterback taken, in the third round. And it’s only his junior year this fall. After a standout sophomore campaign (3,567 yards, 32 TDs), Love could be the preseason Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year and is on numerous national watch lists.

Lawrence White, Iowa State, junior, strong safety, Ridgeview/ Sheldon Croney, Jr., Iowa State, senior, running back, Ridgeview - It’s been a long and windy road for Sheldon Croney since his senior year at Ridgeview in 2014, but the senior is atop the depth chart for the first time at Iowa State at running back for the Cyclones. Also slated as a starter is former high school teammate Lawrence White, who is listed as the starter at free safety after making six starts in 2018. These two helped lead Ridgeview to the state playoffs five years ago, is it time to lead Iowa State to prominence?

Cameron Williams, Washington, freshman, strong safety, Bakersfield - Washington had eight players drafted in the draft this year, including three defensive backs. One of those was Taylor Rapp, who started all three years for the Huskies before declaring for the draft after his junior season. That opens the door for Williams, a true freshman, who graduated in December from BHS to enroll at UW. It’s worked out. Williams was a standout in spring ball and has a chance to break the starting lineup this fall for one of the top programs in the country.

Complete list of FBS and FCS players

Football Bowl Subdivision

Name, college, years, position, previous school

Ryan Aguilar, Army, freshman, LS, Liberty

Johnny Balderas, San Jose State, sophomore, CB, Liberty

Krys Barnes, UCLA, senior, LB, Liberty

Isaac Bowers, Air Force, freshman, S, Garces 

Michael Bray, UNLV, freshman, OL, Liberty

Kurtis Brown, Fresno State, sophomore, DL, Liberty (Arizona)

Gabe Cherry, Cal, sophomore, DE, Centennial

Chris Coleman, Fresno State, sophomore, WR, Garces

Sheldon Croney, Jr., Iowa State, senior, RB, Ridgeview

Nathan De Jager, UNLV, junior, P/PK, Bakersfield Christian (Bakersfield College)

Ty Eddington, Eastern Michigan, senior, DL, East (Bakersfield College)

Alex Galland, San Jose State, senior, P, Liberty (Yale)

Keonte Glinton, Wyoming, freshman, DB, Bakersfield Christian

Ruben Guerra, UTEP, senior, OL, Liberty

Carl Jones, UCLA, freshman, DB, Bakersfield

Brandon Jones, UTEP, senior, QB, Bakersfield Christian (Bakersfield College) 

Jeffery Jones, New Mexico, senior, TE, Bakersfield College

Quincy Jountti, USC, junior, RB, Liberty (Sac State)

Jordan Love, Utah State, junior, QB, Liberty 

Carson Olivas, UCLA, junior, P, Bakersfield (Bakersfield College)

Cameron Roberson, UMass, junior, WR, Garces (Bakersfield College)

Braylin Scott, Colorado State, senior, DB, Liberty

Derrick Vickers, Utah, senior, WR, Bakersfield (Bakersfield College)

Colby Warkentin, Fresno State, freshman, DL, Centennial

Lawrence White, Iowa State, junior, DB, Ridgeview

Cameron Williams, Washington, freshman, strong safety, Bakersfield

Football Championship Subdivision

Name, college, years, position, previous school

Will Alexander, Elon, freshman, QB, Centennial

Scott Boylan, Brown, junior, WR, Garces

Conor Bruce, Cal Poly, sophomore, QB, Garces

Marcus Bruce, Sacramento State, senior, LB, Bakersfield

Jacinto Castillo, Northern Arizona, sophomore, FB, Ridgeview

Jeremiah Foster, Sacramento State, sophomore, WR, Bakersfield Christian

Ivan Garza, Sacramento State, freshman, OL, Kennedy

Ben Hakimi, Cal Poly, junior, DB, Garces

Isaiah Jernagin, Cal Poly, freshman, DB, Bakersfield

Amir Knox, UC Davis, sophomore, DB, Ridgeview

Calvin Martin, Sacramento State, senior, TE, Burroughs (Citrus College)

Justin McGill, Sacramento State, freshman, DB, Bakersfield

Caden Ochoa, Cal Poly, freshman, DB, Bakersfield

Alex Rockwell, Portland State, sophomore, OL, Burroughs (College of the Canyons)

Sam Stewart, Jr., Cal Poly, freshman, FB, Liberty

James Thomas, Houston Baptist, junior, LB, Independence (Bakersfield College)

Gilbert Varela, Idaho State, sophomore, DL, Independence (Ventura College)

Calvin Yurosek, Cal Poly, freshman, OL, Bakersfield Christian

Did we miss someone? Email sports_staff@bakersfield.com. This is for FBS and FCS programs only. It does not reflect for local standouts playing for D-II, D-III or NAIA programs.

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