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Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2009 12:00 pm | Updated: 11:21 am, Wed Sep 3, 2014.

By Evan Mohl

The Cove Herald

Five more Bulldawgs signed their national letters of intent to play college football Wednesday.

Tommy McLeain and Robert Sutton will attend Blinn Junior College in Brenham, joining Rashad Hardy and Kenneth Smith. Sean Robertson and Anthony Gonzales, who graduated in 2008, also play for the Buccaneers.

Sutton made 76 tackles last season, including six for loss. He also forced a fumble.

McLeain didn't receive a lot of playing time after getting time at receiver and slotback as a junior. McLeain possesses great speed and upside, though, as he rushed for 227 yards (5.2 a carry) and two TDs. He also caught eight passes for 133 yards and a touchdown.

Linebacker/defensive end Phillip Tedder along with offensive linemen Keifer Price and Richard King will go to McMurry, where former Copperas Cove coach Hal Mumme took over on April 12.

Tedder, an unanimous All-District First-Team selection, registered 123 tackles, including 15 for loss. He also got 6.5 sacks to go along with five QB pressures and eight QB hits.

Price was also a unanimous All-District First-Team member while King was named to the second team.

Mumme, also a friend of coach Jack Welch, is known for turning around programs and his unique "Air Raid" offense.

Mumme will really need his skill as McMurry went 0-10 last season. The Indians also finished last in the American Southwest Conference in points scored (13.0 points per game average), total offense (253.1 yards per game), and passing yards per game (111.4).

He does own a good track record, though. Mumme took over Iowa Weselyan in 1989, a year after the program went 0-10. Despite a roster with just three returning players, Mumme guided Iowa Wesleyan to a 7-4 record. He went 8-4 and 10-2, when Iowa Wesleyan reached the playoffs for the first time in school history.

Mumme then went to Valdosta State and led the teams to a 40-17 record over five years. In 1994 and 1996, the team reached the postseason for the first two times ever.

Southeastern Louisiana State then hired Mumme to resurrect its program after being dormant for 18 years. The Lions went 12-11 in Mumme's two years.

Kentucky then hired Mumme to replace Bill Curry. He went 20-26 in three years and guided the Wildcats offense to six NCAA records, 41 Southeastern Conference records and 116 school records.

The Wildcats, however, fired Mumme for more than three dozen recruiting violations, including payments to recruits. Mumme then went to New Mexico State. He struggled with the Aggies going 10-39 in four seasons. Mumme was fired after his last year.

"Hal is a very good coach, an offensive genius," Welch said.

In 18 seasons as a head coach, Mumme has a record of 108-102-1 and has taken teams to the postseason seven times.

Contact Evan Mohl at emohl@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7564.

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