No. 8 Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs set a milestone on the football turf

No. 8 Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs set a milestone on the football turf

PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Gulf Coast is ranked No. 8 in the latest NJCAA football poll.  The 4 and 1 Bulldogs, 3-0 in the MACJC South Division standings, set a milestone with the latest national ranking.

The Bulldogs have been ranked in the Top 20 poll for 10 consecutive years.  In that span of time, Gulf Coast has posted a 91-21 record. That's a winning percentage of .812.  The Bulldogs have been ranked for 133 straight weeks, in the Top 10 in 109 of those polls, the Top 5 in 47 polls and spent eight weeks at No. 1, including the 2007 National Championship.

That 10-year streak began on September 27, 2005.

Bulldogs head coach Chad Huff said, "It's been a big run and hopefully we can continue that streak of doing the things we're supposed to do to win a football game.  It's about focusing on the now and not looking too far into the future."

Huff took over the Bulldogs head coaching job in 2014 after Steve Campbell left for Central Arkansas. Before that he served as Campbell's defensive coordinator for ten seasons.

Gulf Coast and Butler, Kansas are the only two teams to be ranked in the Top 20 for 10 consecutive years.

Before Campbell took over the Bulldogs coaching reins, Gulf Coast had secured only two winning seasons in a span of 17 years.

Campbell was named head coach in 2004 and through his efforts and his assistant coaches, they turned Gulf Coast into a national contender.

Huff said, "The program was obviously a little down.  It had been since 1999 since they had a winning record.  There were a lot of things we had to instill into the kids, the mindset, the program, the things to be successful."

Campbell and his coaching staff turned the program around by recruiting solid high school players.

36 former Gulf Coast players are on active rosters at four-years schools and three former Bulldogs are playing the NFL.

Defensive tackle John Jenkins is a member of the New Orleans Saints along with safety Don Jones.  Defensive lineman Tom Johnson of Moss Point is playing for the Minnesota Vikings.

Vancleave's Chris White, a former Mississippi State Bulldogs, won a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots last year.

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