NEW CHAPEL HILL — It will be a little of the old and the new when Texas College opens it football season Saturday.
The Steers take on the Belhaven University Blazers at Chapel Hill High School’s Bulldog Stadium. Kickoff is 2 p.m.
Topping the list of new faces is head coach Rodney Blackshear. The former Texas Tech star took over in earlier this month after coach George Cumby became Bishop T.K. Gorman athletic director.
“We are here to win football games … that is the bottom line,” Blackshear said.
There are some internal changes this season, including the eight-year AFL2 head coach, Blackshear. Blackshear has a special bond with those new assistant coaches, including Blackshear's coaching mentor, Durwood Roquemore.
Associate head coach and defensive coordinator Durwood Roquemore, who once coached at Fort Valley State.
He was a sixth round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1982. He has played for the Chiefs, the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Gamblers of the USFL.
Another new coach who also played for the Chiefs is running back and assistant head coach Victor Mann.
Mann began his professional career in Kansas City, moved over to Arena Football in 2007, playing for the Lubbock Renegades. Just so happens, the head coach for the Renegades was Rodney Blackshear.
Former Houston-Sterling all-stater and Prairie View A&M two-time all-conference lineman Leonard Smith is the newly appointed OL coach. After coaching stints at Lane College, Howard University and Langston University, Smith was on campus last year but not officially listed on the coaching squad.
The Steers did retain two coaches from last season. Philip Platt will be Co-offensive coordinator which includes working with the quarterbacks and receivers. Randy Butler also returns and will work with linebackers and head up the Steers special teams.
The Belhaven Blazers are a pre-season fifth-place pick in the Mid-South Conference. They defeated TC, 36-26, last year in Jackson, Mississippi.