Football

Football on the MMA campus dates back to the late 19th century and has seen great success – the Fighting Colonels have graduated a number of All-Americans through the years. However, what makes football special at MMA is that our players come from all around the world. Many of our international cadets are playing American football for the first time when they join the Fighting Colonels. Each year, we’re excited to introduce new cadets to the sport. 


 

Football Schedule

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Athletics Roster

  • Jeremy Ansel
    18
    QB/DB
  • Christopher Bryant
    22
    RB/LB
  • Gabriel Canonico
    22
    RB/DB
  • Maxon Castle
    7
    QB/DB
  • Alexander Coile
    35
    WR/DB
  • Noah Corzine
    17
    WR/DB
  • Phasakorn Cunningham
    55
    OL/DL
  • Jose Elizondo
    OL/DL
  • Hunter Farrell
    42
    RB/LB
  • Oskar Fontana
    27
    WR/DB
  • Juan Pedro Garduno Miranda
    79
    OL/DL
  • Michael Henderson
    28
    RB/DB
  • Noah Johnson
    61
    OL/DL
  • Edwin Kagame
    24
    WR/DB
  • Matthew Larson
    10
    WR/DB
  • Landon Meyer
    65
    OL/DL
  • Ramel Morgan
    51
    OL/DL
  • Dylan Mugisha
    75
    OL/DL
  • Telmen Nasanbat
    OL/DL
  • Kouame Ndoumi
    4
    RB/DB
  • Landy Nguyen
    39
    WR/DB
  • Enrique Padron
    16
    WR/LB
  • Ashley Park
    88
    WR/DB
  • Kai Passmore
    72
    OL/DL
  • Ryan Pfannkuch
    68
    OL/DL
  • James Pugh-Segler
    31
    RB/DB
  • Landry Rudasingwa
    76
    OL/DL
  • TJ Somsanith
    50
    OL/DL
  • Jack Stalnaker
    45
    RB/LB
  • Jackson Suggs
    40
    RB/LB
  • Jeremiah Webster
    25
    RB/DB

 

Jimmy Peyton, Head Football Coach

Coach Peyton brings an incredible amount of athletic and coaching experience to the MMA football team. Prior to coaching our Colonels, he coached at the collegiate and high school levels.

His collegiate coaching experience includes:

  • serving as the running backs coach at Garden City Community College
  • as the defensive backs coach at Kentucky Christian College
  • and as the assistant football coach at Arizona Western

His high school coaching experience includes:

  • Serving as the offensive coordinator at South Point High School in Ohio. There, he advanced the team with only two wins in four years, to a 3-0 start for the first time in over 15 years.
  • Quarterback coach and pass-game coordinator at Indian River High School in New York. While he was there, the school experienced their best season in history, winning their first state championship.

His personal coaching experience includes playing for Ironton High School, where he made an appearance in the 1999 D-IV state championship game and was twice named to the All-Ohio list. After graduation, Coach Peyton signed with Joliet Junior College, where he was the star quarterback. He is Joliet’s all-time leading passer and the only quarterback to lead Joliet to a National Championship.

In addition to his coaching and athletic experience, Coach Peyton offers cadet’s his greatest strength: his leadership skills. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in leadership from Trident University, and has experience as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, where he served as an instructor.

“My goal is to create a fun, competitive culture where cadets can learn the importance of hard work and team work,” Coach Peyton said. “I believe teamwork and competition creates a perfect synergy for discipline, responsibility and self-confidence while building a sense of belonging among team members.”

According to Coach Peyton, the most important lesson cadets can take away from his coaching is how to persevere no matter what obstacles stand in their way.

“I want cadets to understand that in order to succeed in life, you must learn to face adversity head-on and be solution-oriented individuals. I want them to take the lessons I teach them here and use them to be a successful person on and off the field.”

Thomas Allen, Assistant Football, Head Wrestling & Strength Coach

Thomas Allen has nearly twenty years of experience coaching in football and wrestling. Prior to MMA, he had six years of experience coaching football and thirteen years of coaching wrestling. This experience is amplified by his personal experience with the sports – seven years playing competitive football, and sixteen years as a competitive wrestler.

Beyond his own athletic achievements, Allen has developed numerous State Championship wrestlers and over a dozen All-State wrestlers and football players.

“My main focus is on developing the skills of all athletes and taking them to their next level, regardless of where they are starting from,” Allen said. “I encourage my teams to work hard and listen. Together, we will achieve success.”

As a coach, Allen looks forward to helping cadets build a strong foundation for success, and is prepared to help them use their athletic abilities to succeed in their post-graduate lives.

“If any athlete wants to continue with their sport after high school, I will help them find a good college on the level where they will find the most success and maximum scholarship opportunities,” Allen said. “I have been successful doing this year after year for the past 30 seasons.”

Traevonne Smith, Assistant Football Coach 

From college football to coaching – Coach Smith has decided to transform his professional football playing career into a coaching career at MMA.

Smith began his college football career at West LA College in California in the starting position before being recruited to play for Westminster College in Missouri. At Westminster, Smith was named Special Teams Player of the Year in 2016.

According to Smith, football offered him many valuable life lessons – like the value of having a good work ethic, perseverance and grit – and his true calling is to help youth discover these truths through sport.

“When my last season was over, I realized that football was the perfect platform to teach youth about life lessons,” Smith said. “I’m very excited to start guiding the next generation of athletes to become their best possible selves.”


 

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