1984 National Championship Football Team - Outstanding Team - 2016
The 1984 Taft College Football Team, led by Coach Al Baldock, started the football season moving into the super Pac-9 Conference. Taft rolled through the conference, except for an upset loss to Golden West. The Cougars were invited to play in the 1984 Potato Bowl against LA Pierce College, the number one team in the nation at the time. After posting a 51-27 victory over undefeated Pierce, the Cougars edged out undefeated Gulf Coast Mississippi for the number one ranking.
The JC grid wire was impressed with Taft’s tough schedule, as well as its conference play performance. The Pac-9 Conference was considered to be the number one conference in the nation, and the Cougars dominated with victories. Seven of Taft’s eleven opponents had winning records and the Cougars outscored those teams by an average of 44.1 points to 12.3. Individual honors went to 15 players who were selected to the All-Pac 9 Conference Team, with Russell Marshburn selected as a First Team All-American. Others to receive All American Honors were: Link Aleaga as Second Team Defense; Honorable Mention Awards went to Randy Rutledge, David Davis, Cleo Miller and David Moffet.