YUMA, Ariz. – Rookie camps starting to wrap up as offseason practices draw near for NFL teams. This year, four former Arizona Western football players have joined NFL teams as rookies and will compete for spots on their opening day rosters: Paul Magloire (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Jacob Hollister (New England Patriots), Cody Hollister (New England Patriots) and Anthony McMeans (Los Angeles Rams).
Magloire completed minicamp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the weekend. He spent one season playing safety at AWC before transferring to the University of Arizona where he played both safety and linebacker. Magloire was an NJCAA All-American as well as the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and All-WSFL and All-ACCAC First Team selection. At Arizona, Magloire led the team with 81 tackles this year while finishing second last season.
Jacob and Cody Hollister both participated in the Patriots minicamp over the weekend. The fraternal twins were at AWC in 2013. Jacob made a switch to tight end at Arizona Western after growing up as a quarterback, and he transferred to Wyoming. He played three seasons for Wyoming, and last year, Jacob caught 32 passes for 515 yards and seven touchdowns while helping lead Wyoming to a bowl game. His performance at Wyoming’s Pro Day caught the attention of scouts (4.64 40-yard dash, 36.5 inch vertical jump, 10’1” broad jump).
Cody Hollister spent three seasons at the University of Arkansas after one year at AWC where he was named First Team All-ACCAC. During his time at Arkansas, he caught 27 passes for 342 yards and a touchdown and started 12 times while playing in 29 games.
McMeans signed with the LA Rams after starting the last two seasons at New Mexico State. As a center for NMSU, he helped the team gain more than 2,000 rushing yards and more than 2,900 passing yards this season. He was a two-year starter at AWC and was named to the All-ACCAC and All-WSFL Second Team as a sophomore.
The Matadors have had success sending players to the NFL under head coach Tom Minnick. The team has had at least one new player signed every year since 2012.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,400 certificates and degrees in 2015-16.