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Arizona 2002 Football Outlook
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/19/2002
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June 19, 2002

If the 2001 season showed anything pertinent to University of Arizona football in 2002, it's that the detailed goal-oriented approach employed by coach John Mackovic gave the Wildcat program a well-designed foundation and solid prospects for the future.

This season, in year two of his Arizona tenure, the Wildcats should showcase more of the breadth of his offensive experience and play calling, and re-invigorate a defense whose proud tradition suffered some ignominy in last year's campaign. Spring ball showed both points well within focus.

Two losses by a combined 10 points kept the Cats out of a bowl in 2001, and both were contests in which UA had the ball in the fourth quarter with the game on the line. In the balance, the team played well enough to have a chance to win, but not well enough to get it done. The lesson was understood, however, and Arizona subsequently went on to win two of its last three games and salvage some pride and momentum.

John Mackovic's history reveals his penchant for second-year improvement. His first collegiate head job at Wake Forest saw a seven-game boost from 1-10 the previous year to 8-4. His stint as head coach in the National Football League saw the Kansas City Chiefs rebound from a 6-10 year to 8-8. His Fighting Illini improved from 6-5-1 to 10-2 in his second season.

Arizona's chances for similar improvement are outstanding, given the drive and fluidity with which the team devoured 15 practices and the allied skull sessions during spring practice. The coaching staff and the student-athletes are on the same page - always a requisite, if not half the battle. Anticipation is clearly a theme for the Wildcats' 2002 club.

"We have a much better understanding of what our expectations might be," Mackovic said after spring practice. "As a new coach (in 2001), in spring ball you only play against yourself. This time, we knew what many of our opponents are going to look like, how they're going to play. We were able to take some big steps."

On the organizational front, Mackovic somewhat re-designed the coaching staff, a move which placed another coach on the defensive side. He hired former Wildcat linebacker Charlie Camp (San Diego State) to coach defensive ends, replacing departed running backs coach Bobby Kennedy. Running backs coach Jay Boulware moved from coaching tight ends, who will be coached by graduate assistant Terry Samuel in 2002. Defensive coordinator Larry Mac Duff incorporated some changes to match some new emphasis, and in 2002 he'll work with the rover linebackers and strong safeties, while Steve Bernstein will continue to work with the two corner positions and the free safeties and graduate assistant Jeff Rodgers will coach the whip linebackers.

Returning Lettermen: 35. (14 offense, 18 defense, 3 kickers)
Lettermen Lost: 21 (11 defense, 10 offense)
Scholarship Redshirts: 14
Mid-Year Transfers: 5
Incoming Grants-in-Aid: 24

Moving The Ball...
Offensive Starters Returning: 9

Quarterbacks
Arizona is the only team in the Pac-10 with players who were in last year's top 10 in rushing, passing, receiving and scoring, so the Wildcats have a decent clue about how to move the ball and get it across the goal line. It underscores the head coach's sentimental and professional favorite focus - offensive football.

It starts on the field with emphasis on the position of record, quarterback. Senior Jason Johnson completed spring ball in solid form and has a fine opportunity to continue the progress he made as a first-year junior starter in 2001. He completed 57 percent of his throws for 2,347 yards and 19 touchdowns -- all in UA's top 10 single-season marks. His 169 completions were No. 4 on that chart, and the scoring passes were one shy of the school record.

Johnson gave John Mackovic a 2,000-yard passer to go with a 1,000-yard rusher (Clarence Farmer) and near 1,000-yard receiver (Bobby Wade), indicative of Arizona's offensive versatility in the first year of the new program. Minimizing some mistakes (13 interceptions) will be one key, but Johnson has proven he knows how to play the brand of offense Mackovic and offensive coordinator Rick Dykes want. "Jason was sharp all spring. He threw the ball in great spots, handled the offense and knew the coverages. He showed great growth in terms of maturity," Mackovic said.

Johnson's continued progress is a must, but redshirt freshman Nic Costa was a catalyst behind that notion in spring and assimilated a huge dose of Arizona's game book. After a full year working both with the varsity and scout teams, the heralded, mobile thrower had full benefit of 50 percent of the work in spring. "He learned a lot and showed good improvement," Mackovic said. "He offers a different dimension for us. I'm not trying to create that kind of competition at quarterback, but Nic is here and we can take advantage," he said.

When camp opens, highly regarded Ryan O'Hara will walk on the field and open drills in the rotation, without preamble. UA lost two backups to transfer but welcome O'Hara as the immediate answer. His first priority will be to learn the basic offense, and coaches anticipate he's a quick student. "We'll take a different approach with Ryan" than with some new players, Mackovic said, noting he's needed from the onset. O'Hara is a 6-foot-6 multiple-threat signal caller whose style matches UA coaches' plans for the future.

The quarterback position should be one of Arizona's bigger strengths in 2002.

Running Backs

Clarence Farmer gives Arizona one of the best nationally at his position, and one notable preseason publication took notice with his selection to the Playboy All-America squad. The first-team All-Pac-10 selection rushed for 1,229 yards and 10 touchdowns last year, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. His yardage figure was the fourth best in UA history and he'll hit the Top 10 career chart quickly.

Farmer has scored 15 career touchdowns -- averaging 24.3 yards per score, a big-play figure of some note. His improvement during the course of the season matched his emergence as a true freshman during the 2000 campaign, when he rushed for 666 yards splitting time. He had six 100-yards games last year and is a bet to get the carries needed to pull it off many more times in his next two seasons. He's for real and one of UA's top players, and by example will lead a younger group of outstanding prospects.

Spring ball showed the depth UA should have at the halfback position, with a pair of redshirt freshmen, Mike Bell and Gainus Scott, earning two of the four Newcomer Award citations issued by Mackovic. The Cats look for versatility in the backfield, with running, catching and blocking of equal importance, and each showed capability. "They are players who get the ball in their hands and have the potential to make big plays," Mackovic said of the duo (and QB Costa and fullback Sean Jones). It gives the Cats a threesome with potential equal to any group at UA in years.

Junior Anthony Fulcher offered the most experience at halfback behind Farmer, but moved to safety in spring with the expected development of the two redshirt freshmen. Squad man Chris Harris enters his third year in the program and can be counted on for depth. Fall newcomers from Texas, Beau Carr and Ra'Shawn Mosley, will get a look in fall but face some odds for 2001 with the talent ahead of them.

The staff was eager to see redshirt freshmen Sean Jones and Antoine Singfield perform in spring and were not disappointed. Singfield missed the final week with a leg injury but should be back at full strength for fall camp. They're two big-bodied players who toiled on 2001 scout teams, but showed solid improvement in spring practice. Their size and rugged style could help coaches factor more runs by interior players in 2002.

Jones emerged as the leader after spring, but the position will be manned by the players who can be all-purpose backs capable of operating in various sets and being able to catch the ball as well as block and run. Incoming rookie Gilbert Harris will get some early attention in the fall, and coaches feel he has the frame for power football. There's little question Arizona will be young at the position, although Farmer was able to go both ways in 2001 and likely Bell and Scott have the same ability.

Receivers
The receiving corps was expected to flourish under the first year of the John Mackovic system -- and did. Fifteen different players caught balls in 2001, tying a number of other UA teams for the largest receiving corps, but wide receivers were the key threats. Senior Bobby Wade, an honorable mention all-league performer (and 2000 All-Pac-10 return specialist), will again be one of the Cats' big offensive threats in 2002.

Wade caught 62 passes for 882 yards last season, and there's little doubt his numbers can be similar his senior year. Juniors Andrae Thurman and Lance Relford give the team some experienced depth, plus squad man Ricky Williams has played in games. Thurman, a member of the same recruiting class as Wade, has developed into an aggressive receiver with big-play potential. He caught 30 passes a year ago.

In spring practice, mid-year junior college transfer Juan Valentine showed he can be a factor and that Arizona's assessment of his skills two years ago out of high school was not mistaken. He was second among receivers with five catches during spring scrimmages. At 6-foot-1 he offers a good target.

The incoming class in fall ball should profile the new look for Arizona's receiving corps -- size. Mackovic wanted more physical play on the edge and secured the talents of two fast and big receivers in Biren Ealy and Mike Jefferson out of Texas. They bring outstanding credentials and their physical stature heralds the future of Arizona's recruiting efforts at the position.

The bottom line is that while UA will miss two graduated seniors who contributed greatly in 2001 - Malosi Leonard and Brandon Marshall -- Arizona will have a nice blend of talented experience and youth in the corps to help further emphasize the passing attack in the multiple-pro system.

"Juan, Mike and Biren can come in and give us talent. They won't give us experience. But Valentine showed he can play and we'll be looking for the two freshmen to come right in," Mackovic said.

Tight Ends
Another part of the passing game that can be expected to improve should come from UA's tight ends in 2002. The Cats used a threesome in 2001 and got solid performances if not a big-play feature out of the position. The group caught 15 passes for 139 yards, output more typically generated by one guy under a Mackovic system.

Junior Justin Levasseur was cited in spring ball with a Most Improved Player award and should develop more quickly in his second year of action. He had a modest five receptions a year ago but averaged 14 yards per catch and broke off the longest play (40 yards) among tight ends. He was able to wrest playing time from senior-to-be James Hugo, played in two-tight sets and started a couple of games. He enters fall camp as the No. 1.

Hugo has the biggest frame and led with nine catches for 56 yards. Levasseur is the fleetest and sophomore Steve Fleming is a big, emerging player who switched from quarterback in August 2001 and made good strides to play in the last eight games of the year. Each has good hands.

Junior college mid-year transfer Javier Martinez performed admirably in spring ball, but will move over to open the year at defensive end in 2002. Mackovic traditionally travels and plays four tight ends and that means incoming freshman Matt Padron will get early scrutiny and focus in fall camp to see if he's ready.

Offensive Line
Arizona's largest group of scholarship players is offensive linemen, where four returning starters and six returning lettermen are back. The evolution of the line will hasten in fall when incoming size arrives, but coach Charlie Dickey molded a solid unit during spring ball. Overall, UA should have a fine blend of experience and youth, size and quickness along the offensive front. It's easily the most critical unit to the offensive system operated by Mackovic and coordinator Rick Dykes.

One of the nice surprises was the play of senior guard John Vorsheck, who lettered as a reserve and the place-kicks snapper a year ago. He earned one of the team's Most Improved Player awards in spring ball and took the initiative to earn a chance at the No. 1 role on the left side entering fall camp. Redshirt freshman Matt Page made progress at the spot in spring.

On the right side, junior guard Reggie Sampay must have listened closely to Mackovic and recruiters in championing the incoming class for its height and bulk - two physical traits the head coach deems a requisite for championship play up front. Sampay couldn't add inches to his 6-foot-3 frame, but he did work hard in the weight room and looked like a different man in spring ball, weighing in the 290-pound range. He's been a versatile regular for UA since baptism under fire as a true freshman center in 2000, and gives UA solid experience. Aaron Higginbotham has played offensive line and tight end in his three-year career, and was back on the line in spring ball, providing good depth and game experience behind Sampay.

Left tackle Makoa Freitas has 25 starts at the position, abbreviated only by a foot injury which caused him to miss eight games in 2000. He's a fifth-year senior who also played in 13 games as a true freshman, being the top backup at several positions on UA's 12-1 Holiday Bowl club.

On the right side, junior Brandon Phillips started four games last year after switching from defensive tackle in spring ball. He enters camp No. 1, ahead of sophomore Chris Johnson, a young player just rounding into rotation form. Darren Safranek had seven starts at right tackle a year ago, but missed a couple of games and all of spring ball while rehabilitating from December knee and shoulder surgeries. He's to open as the backup on the left side, where mid-year junior college transfer Matt Lamatsch (6-7, 310) also saw action in spring. Johnson also can play guard, too.

Sophomore center Keoki Fraser was a pleasant surprise a year ago, playing with enough verve to enable coaches to move departed Steven Grace to guard for a couple of games. He and redshirt freshman Thomas Stevens give Arizona a youthful pair of solid players in the middle. Stevens worked with the varsity in 2001 and traveled as an emergency player, but was able to redshirt.

Lamatsch was slowed in spring by a stress fracture in his right foot, but along with the other newcomers, brings the big look of the future to Arizona's offensive line. Four heralded prep stars have the height coach John Mackovic lamented the lack of in 2001, and will get fast evaluation in fall camp. Mackovic expects that some of them will make the depth chart immediately. They also enter camp at four different positions -- guard Keith Jackson and tackle Tanner Bell on the left side, and guard Kili Lefotu and tackle John Parada on the right.

Stopping The Opponent
Defensive Starters Returning (6)
Mackovic and defensive coordinator Larry Mac Duff spent considerable off-season time looking at the double-eagle flex defense and evaluating what could be done to improve. Mac Duff's always been a don't-credit-me-credit-the-players-we-have coach, but was up to the task of re-thinking ways to tweak the efficacy of the system. Everyone felt the team was strong in some areas and needed some help in making strides in others.

Some incoming rookie talent will get swift fall evaluation in hopes that the recruiting group is as good as is thought, but UA needed to spend spring ball teaching and learning how to maximize the strengths. For example, junior cornerback Michael Jolivette, who has 10 career interceptions, spent too much time on "the island" in 2001 and coaches knew some underneath or over-the-top help with some schemes could occasionally give him some assistance. Senior linebacker Lance Briggs is expected to make 100 tackles, but coaches knew he needed some more allies.

"Michael had a terrific spring, but if it's just him against every top receiver in the league, he'd have trouble," Mackovic said. "We're expecting to help him out (this year). Lance is a two-time All-Pac-10 player. Hopefully he'll play even better and become a guy who can create a game flow. He has the leadership qualities to do that."

"Some things are different on defense," he added, "but we're not there yet. I was happy with our spring intensity in getting more people around the ball. But we'll be a work in progress, schematically," when fall camp opens, Mackovic said. That shouldn't signal a dramatic shift in the defense UA has historically played so well since the early 1990s, but it should mean some additional quirks such as those which made it an effective hybrid of the 50 defense from its beginning.

Too, spring ball introduced a larger defensive staff. Mackovic hired former Wildcat linebacker Charlie Camp to replace departed running backs coach Bobby Kennedy, and assigned Camp to coach defensive ends. Mac Duff (rover linebackers, strong safeties), defensive line coach Marty Long , secondary coach Steve Bernstein, 'Mike' linebackers coach Scott Pelluer and graduate assistant Jeff Rodgers (whip linebackers) will give practices additional focus on the individual components of the defensive scheme.

Defensive Line
Arizona lost five defensive starters from 2001 and three of those played along the front, plus the Cats graduated two other lettermen defensive ends. Replacing those five players in the rotation will be one key to enervating Arizona's defensive reputation.

Senior tackle Young Thompson, sophomore end Fata Avegalio and sophomore tackle Carlos Williams are the only returning lettermen, with Thompson the lone returning starter. Avegalio was slowed by injuries in 2001, and Williams was a converted tight end who helped out as a true freshman. Mid-year transfer defensive end Andrae Torrey made an impact during spring ball and enters camp as a potential starter on one side. He earned one of the coach's Newcomer Awards for his spring contributions.

Redshirt freshman Brad Brittain, another converted tight end, also had a good showing in spring ball and joins Thompson and Williams as the three top tackles entering fall camp. Brittain won one of Mackovic's Most Improved Player awards during spring. Sophomore Vince Feula and redshirt freshman Matt Lam will provide depth, as will redshirt freshman ends Isaac Watts and Copelan Bryan on the outside.

"At the tackle spots, we're bigger, stronger and more active than last year," Mackovic said in his spring review. "We have to be."

Coaches eagerly anticipated the arrival of some key rookies in August. Six signees along the defensive front were the most at any one unit. Notable among them is junior college tackle Carl Tuitavuki, who's expected to provide some immediate mature help. The staff believes at least several of the prep standouts are likely to find themselves involved in the rotation come Aug. 29 when UA opens its season. Freshmen Marcus Smith, Tim Volk, Marlon Brisco and Paul Philipp each will be tested early. All have size - a physical trait targeted in recruiting.

It will be a young unit, with only Thompson, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick a year ago, and noted juco stars Torrey and Tuitavuki to give it much playing experience. Coaches expected to move mid-year junior college transfer tight end Javier Martinez to defensive end in August camp. He's a physically-ready player whose tough, active work on offense in spring showed some appeal as a guy who could work against the tight end in some alignments.

Linebackers

Arizona's three linebacker positions appear strong entering 2002. Returning two-time All-Pac-10 first teamer Lance Briggs plays in his own world inside where 100 tackles a year are the norm. His senior year should be his best. A candidate for several national defensive awards, Briggs should finish his career as one of UA's finest players to play in the middle, joining some noted predecessors such as Mark Arneson, Glenn Perkins, Ricky Hunley, Byron Evans, Sean Harris, Brant Boyer and Marcus Bell.

Ray Wells played the whip position when injuries hit last year but will return to the rover linebacker spot where he started last season after a transfer redshirt year. A former UA track hurdler, he has speed and was the Cats' second-leading tackler in the middle last year. Junior Joe Siofele missed time with injury for several weeks in 2001 but after spring ball had a renewed grip on the whip linebacker job, where improvement is another key for UA's defensive hopes this year.

Sophomore Kirk Johnson is one reason coaches will use more defensive formations for 2002. He had 33 tackles in five games starting at rover as a true freshman when Siofele was out in 2001, and he and Wells give the staff some flexibility at the position. He missed the end of spring practice after knee arthroscopy, but clearly was one of the Cats' top 11 defensive players. Different combinations of ends, linebackers, safeties and cornerbacks were used in spring practice to put key people on the field in situations based on down-and-distance, field position, score and time elements, and Johnson figures in many of those.

Matt Molina and redshirt freshman Pedro Limon at whip, and Patrick Howard inside, can be counted on to compete for roles. Howard had 20 hits and Molina 11 as backups and special teams players a year ago. Redshirt freshman Landon Kafentzis moved from safety to rover linebacker in spring and made progress. Reserve three-year letterman Scott McKee knows the drill and can help outside.

In fall camp, highly regarded inside linebacker newcomers arrive -- Akin Akinniyi, John McKinney and Spencer Larsen -- but face a steep learning curve and some talented folks ahead of them. Still, last year Kirk Johnson drew early attention for physical, swift play, switched from safety and became a linebacker regular as a true freshman.

Defensive Secondary

Returning starters in cornerback Michael Jolivette and free safety Jarvie Worcester give Arizona a nucleus of battle-tested veterans in its efforts to strengthen a pass defense that finished No. 99 in Division I-A in 2001. A lot of pass coverage is total-defense efficacy, but the Cats need better play in the backfield and expect to have it in 2002.

Modified coaching assignments give more focus to some tinkering coordinator Larry Mac Duff performed on the double-eagle flex system. He'll work with the rover linebacker and 'Kat' strong safety, while Steve Bernstein works with the cover people, the corners and free safeties. At times in spring ball, nine different defensive backs worked with various first units in coverage schemes or run-support. One purpose, obviously, is to give UA's coverage more help underneath or over the top.

The Cats had a decent nose for the ball in 2001, with 14 team interceptions (five for the second consecutive year by Jolivette) but allowed 258 yards and two scoring throws per game. The yardage was in the middle of the Pac-10, but in most cases came from some big plays. Coaches plan to trim those with some help here and there.

Junior Clay Hardt moved from free safety to the Kat safety spot and showed the same nose for the ball he's revealed in two years as the leading tackler on special teams, earning the No. 1 spot entering fall camp. Redshirt freshman cornerback Darrell Brooks was one of Mackovic's Newcomer Award winners for spring practice and with senior colleague David Hinton will find roles opposite Jolivette. Another Most Improved award went to strong safety Anthony Fulcher, who switched in spring after two years lettering as a running back.

Junior college mid-year transfer Luis Nunez showed a temperament coaches liked and he, too, figures in some formations on the edge. Coaches switched wide receiver Gary Love to cornerback in spring and he made some good progress. Coaches also were pleased with the work of sophomores Justin Jochum at free safety and Tony Wingate at strong safety, and they earned initial backup roles and look to contend for some of the free-wheeling action in 2002.

Newcomers in August include corners Jason Martin and Gary Shepard, and safety Lamon Means. UA's recruiting in February looked for potential 2002 players, not redshirt players, and they'll get a good, quick look. Mackovic said in his spring review that any of the three might be contenders for action as true freshmen.

Making Special Plays
Specialists Returning (9)
Arizona had a strong finish in 2001 from place kicker Sean Keel. He'll be a senior this year and expected to put together a full season such as he performed at the end of last year, making seven of his last eight field goal attempts including a career-long 52-yard field goal. For the season, two of his kicks were blocked -- another special team emphasis on the protection front for 2002 -- and he finished 9-for-14 (64%).

A three-year starter, Keel has scored 154 points for Arizona, No. 10 on the Arizona career scoring chart. He has the leg and accuracy (69.2% career effectiveness at 27-for-39). Competition in spring ball came from squad sophomore Bobby Gill, who made all four of his attempts in scrimmages (Keel was 2-for-2). Sophomore Ryan Slack did a decent job as a true freshman on kickoffs last year, and UA will work to improve its coverage after rating sixth in the league in 2001 in allowing 22.4 yards per return.

Junior punter Ramey Peru hung on to his job in spring ball, with competition from junior James Molina and redshirt freshman Ryan Fusco. Peru did a number of things right -- only one touchback on 60 punts, with 12 downed inside the 20 yard-line, but his 37.9 personal average was average, and UA finished with a 34.7-yard net punting figure. An extra three to four yards is feasible in both aspects.

Despite some success by UA's current kickers, coaches recruited two scholarship players to challenge in fall. All-USA Today punter Danny Baugher and two-way All-CIF performer Nick Folk each bring outstanding prep backgrounds and will get chances to perform early in camp. UA returns both placements snapper John Vorsheck and long snapper Ben DalMolin. Quarterback Jason Johnson held for place kicks in 2001 and was 100 percent effective.

Junior safety Clay Hardt earned team Most Valuable Special Teams Player honors in 2001 -- not for kicking or returning but for kicking the snot out of people. Many of his 26 tackles came on the fly. He and others like linebacker Kirk Johnson and fast defensive backs and wide receivers play on Wildcat special teams and will do so again in 2002. Special teams coordinator Scott Pelluer should help UA mold better units in each area - kick coverage, kick return, punt block, PAT, PAT block - that incorporate quick, exuberant players who know their jobs.

Punt returner Bobby Wade won Pac-10 first-team return specialist honors as a sophomore and turned in a credible job of it in 2001, with a long return of 58 yards and a 10.4 average. Kick returners Gary Love and Andrae Thurman are back, and redshirt freshman Gainus Scott is expected to have chances at the return spot. Love had a 25.7-yard average on 15 returns a year ago.

Outlook In Summary
Coaching - UA had to replace one departed running backs assistant, and added another on the defensive side in the new hiring, switching some responsibilities, The staff is otherwise intact for a second run at it. Arizona has some outstanding coaches, across the board. A victory in the final 2001 game gave the staff a resilient, composed focus in the eight months leading to the 2002 opener.
Offense - UA has a veteran quarterback, some big-time skill in the backfield and at wide receiver, a stable of tight ends and an offensive line with a blend of experience. The complexity and variety of UA's offense has sunk in. Arizona moved the ball, finishing in the upper division in rushing, passing and total offense in a league marked by offenses in 2001. It should be better this year. Arizona is the only team in the league returning players who finished in the top 10 in passing, rushing, receiving and scoring.
Defense - Arizona's defense suffered some discomfiture in 2001, yet mostly at the hands of the league's more prolific offenses - something with which every defense had trouble. In the final game of the season UA played one of its best games on the defensive side of the ball. Coordinator Larry Mac Duff believes that's a harbinger of things to come. He's been there before with resurrected performances.
Special Team - The Cats have some bodies in place to make special teams a real treat in 2002.
Citizenship - Arizona enjoyed a solid year away from the field in 2001. In today's game, that's as important an edge as exists. The Wildcats had a record number of Academic All-Pac-10 performers, and coaches were swift to handle transgression of team policies with even-handed tact. Coats and ties did, indeed, engender more self-respect among Wildcat players.
Under the Radar - ESPN's "The Season" featured the full year of Arizona's roller-coaster ride from 2001 training camp, to 3-0 near-ranked success, through a mid-year slide, and culminating with its season-ending victory for the Territorial Cup. Perhaps a year away from the eyes of 24/7 cameras will allow the Cats to function in relative anonymity - only for awhile, it's hoped.
Three-Year Veterans: Offensive tackle Makoa Freitas, Offensive tackle Darren Safranek, Tight end James Hugo, Wide receiver Bobby Wade, Quarterback Jason Johnson, Defensive tackle Young Thompson, Inside linebacker Lance Briggs, Free safety Jarvie Worcester, Place kicker Sean Keel
Two-Year Lettermen: Wide receiver Lance Relford, Wide receiver Andrae Thurman, Offensive guard Reggie Sampay, Offensive guard Aaron Higginbotham, Halfback Clarence Farmer, Whip linebacker Joe Siofele, Strong safety Clay Hardt, Strong safety Anthony Fulcher, Cornerback Michael Jolivette, Cornerback Gary Love, Cornerback David Hinton, Kicker Sean Keel

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