Nov. 25, 2002
The Game - The oldest trophy game in America takes a national center stage Friday, Nov. 29, as Arizona (4-7, 1-6 Pac-10) plays host to Arizona State (7-5, 4-3) in the state's rivalry game for the Territorial Cup. Kickoff in 56,002-seat Arizona Stadium is set for 1 p.m., with Fox Sports Net and a national cable audience tuned in. Steve Physioc and Tom Ramsey will describe the action for FSN. The Territorial Cup was first awarded to the UA-ASU winner in 1899.
Some Game Themes - Out of bowl contention, Arizona faces a team eyeing a potential third-place finish in league play and the commensurate reward in a holiday bowl game... The Cats ride high from their breakthrough at Cal while the Sun Devils try to put the halt to a three-game losing skid... The Cats work to avoid their first-ever last-place finish and avoid a first-ever seventh conference loss, while ASU aims for an even league record and an eight-victory season... A match of big-numbers quarterbacks (Jason Johnson, Andrew Walter) and receivers (Bobby Wade, Shaun McDonald), and two top 20 passing units... Johnson, sacked more than any Pac-10 QB, faces arguably the best guy at doing so, Terrell Suggs... Both teams come off a bye Nov. 23...
The Series- Arizona leads the storied series 43-31-1... The first game was played at Carrillo Gardens in Tucson on Nov. 11, 1899... Arizona won last year in Tempe, 34-21, and have won six of the last nine games... The Cats are 27-15 in games played in Tucson, where ASU won the last contest in Arizona Stadium, 30-17, in 2000... The series has not been close of late - it's been seven years since the game was decided by a touchdown or less with a 19-point average margin in that span...
The Coaches - Arizona: John Mackovic (Wake Forest '65), second year at Arizona (9-13) and 15th season as a collegiate head coach (94-77-3). Mackovic has a 1-1 career mark against ASU including a 1988 loss (21-16) in Tempe while at Illinois. Arizona State: Dirk Koetter (Idaho State '81), second year at ASU (11-11) and fifth year overall (37-21).
Arizona Last Week - The albatross that followed Arizona to San Francisco Bay took off in another direction as the Cats earned their first Pac-10 victory of the year with an impressive 52-41 victory at California. The decision was most welcome after a Pac-10 season of difficulty and a week of self-examination following meetings between players and the UA president, a meeting between the players and coach John Mackovic and a mid-week news conference by Mackovic - along with all the attendant media scrutiny. Whatever the reason, the team went out and played like one in bringing home a needed victory. There was some improbability: the Cats had 492 yards passing and -5 rushing, but ran the ball for 29 yards on a definitive final scoring drive; UA scored 21 points in the fourth quarter - against 13 points combined in 10 previous fourth quarters; the Cats allowed a 94-yard kickoff return and a 60-yard blocked field goal return for scores, but Ray Wells ran an interception back 42 yards for a TD and Lamon Means ran a blocked punt in from 27 yards for another. Etc. Part of the etcetera was Jason Johnson's career-best passing day of 31-for-45, 492 yards and two scores, receivers Bobby Wade (11-222, 1 TD), Andrae Thurman (9-151) and seven other guys catching 11 balls, and UA's defense holding Cal to 58 net rushing yards and stopping the Bears when it counted. UA was held scoreless in the first quarter, took a 7-3 lead moments into the second stanza, and the game was tied at 17, 24 and 31 points before the Bears regained the lead, 34-31, at 12:37 in the fourth period. Four minutes later Johnson hooked up with tight end Justin Levasseur for the second of his touchdown receptions. UA kickoff man Ryan Slack caught his carom off a Cal player on the ensuing kick to get the ball back, and Wade capped a 73-yard drive with his touchdown grab to put UA up, 45-34. UA held for a 3-and-out, then marched 76 yards - highlighted by a 38-yard Wade catch and the running of freshmen Mike Bell, Gilbert Harris and Beau Carr (for the final TD) to make its point. Cal added another score but Arizona had already shaken off the demons.
Noting the Sun Devils ...
Arizona State University, Tempe. ** Enrollment: 43,732. ** Colors: Maroon & Gold. ** Conference: Pac-10. ** 2001 Record: 4-7.
The Sun Devils are assured of their best victory total in four seasons (the 1997 club went 9-3)... Sun Devil defensive end Terrell Suggs leads the nation with 20 sacks, three less than the entire UA squad this year. ASU has a league-best 46 overall... Soph quarterback Andrew Walter is among national leaders in passing efficiency (143.0) and total offense (259.8), leading an attack that's a top 25 club in scoring at 32.6 points per game...Walter's 3289 passing yards entering the game give him the sixth-best season total in Pac-10 history, with a good chance to move upward with a typical outing. (UA's Jason Johnson checks in with the No. 12 season total and a chance to climb, too). Only 13 players in history, including those two, have exceeded the 3,000-yard barrier. Walter, who broke former Sun Devil Paul Justin's single-game record with 536 passing yards vs. Oregon, is on a pace that could exceed Jake Plummer's school-record 8664 career passing yards... One match-up looks like another tough day for UA on the ground: ASU's top 25 rushing defense (115.0) vs. the Cats' 42.2 yards per game... Junior receiver Shaun McDonald and UA's Bobby Wade each have exactly 1280 receiving yards entering the game - tied for sixth on the all-time Pac-10 chart -- and the guy with 111 yards in the Big Game would end up No. 1 in the league in that category... ASU was ranked No. 16 in the polls prior to a current three-game losing streak... Redshirt freshman tailback Cornell Canidate, brother of former UA star Trung, is ASU's rushing leader with 493 yards and 44.8 per game. Statistically the Sun Devils average twice as many yards per run as Arizona, though still modest (ASU 2.8, UA 1.4)... The ASU defense has recorded 33 takeaways, though the club's given up the ball 32 times for a +1 margin. ASU has been most hurt in that regard by 19 lost fumbles, far and away the most in the league... ASU (42) and Arizona (49) round out the bottom of the league standings in quarterback sacks allowed... Punter Tim Parker has a chance to lead the Pac-10 this year, entering the final regular season game with a 42.9 individual average. As a club the Sun Devils match their 36.2 net punting average against Arizona's nationally rated (No. 4) 16.6 yards per return...
Arizona in Some Statistical Rankings
Category/Figure NCAA Pac-10 Rushing/42.2 117 10 Passing/291.6 14 5 Pass Eff./132.7 29 6 Total Offense/333.8 97 9 Scoring/18.8 105 10 Rush Def./161.5 66 10 Pass Eff. Def./129.0 73 7 Pass Def./217.9 64 2 Total Def./379.4 67 7 Scoring Def./25.1 53 5 Net Punting/31.6 97 9 Punt Ret./16.6 4 1 KOR/17.3 109 9 Turnover Margin/-.45 80 9 Fumbles Lost/9 30 5 Fumbles Rec./10 67 6 Passes Had Int./11 53 5 Passes Intercepted/5 113 10 Turnovers Gained/15 108 10 Turnovers Lost/20 30 5 Recpt/Gm - Wade 7.9 4 1 Recpt/Gm - Thurman 5.2 42 7 Rec Yds/Gm- Wade 116.4 5 1 Rec Yds/Gm - Thurman 79.4 36 6 Receiving Yds - Wade 1280 8 2 Receiving Yds - Thurman 873 38 6 All-Purpose - Wade 160.9 10 1 Punt Ret - Wade 14.0 16 1 Tot Off - Johnson 246.7 23 5 PassComp/Gm- Johnson 20.2 22 3 Pass Eff. - Johnson 134.1 30 6
Injury Report for Arizona State Game
Michael Jolivette (knee, practice before Wisconsin, missed 9 games) is doubtful. LB Kirk Johnson (knee vs. UCLA, missed Cal) is questionable. FB Joey Willrodt (shoulder, missed 7) is questionable. LB James Molina (knee vs. OSU, missed UCLA/Cal), is questionable. WR Juan Valentine (ankle, missed OSU/UCLA/Cal), is out. HB Clarence Farmer (knee vs. UNT, surgery Oct. 5) is out. OT Darren Safranek (knee) has not played and is out. DE Andre Torrey (hip) has not played and is out. OG John Vorsheck (concussion) has not played and is out.
Missed Starts due to injury: (Phillips-3, Avegalio-1, Briggs-1, Brooks-2, Farmer-7, Jolivette-9, Willrodt-7, Freitas-1, Hardt-1, Fraser-1, Bell-1, Safranek-11, Torrey-11, Parada-4, C. Johnson-1, Worcester-3, Jones-4).
The team will elect permanent team captains Dec. 2. Each week game captains are selected by head coach John Mackovic. The captains for Northern Arizona: QB Jason Johnson, LB Lance Briggs, FS Jarvie Worcester and TE James Hugo. Utah - LB Ray Wells, OT Makoa Freitas, WR Bobby Wade. Wisconsin - Hugo, Wells, Freitas, DT Young Thompson. North Texas - Thompson, J. Johnson, Wade, Worcester. Oregon: Freitas, Wade, Wells, CB David Hinton. Washington: Johnson, Reggie Sampay, Thompson, Worcester. Stanford: Briggs, Hugo, Wells, Freitas. Washington State: Hinton, J. Johnson, Briggs, OG Aaron Higginbotham. Oregon State: J.Johnson, Wade, Briggs, Freitas. UCLA: Wells, Wade, Worcester, Briggs. Cal: Wells, Johnson, Freitas, Hinton. ASU: TBA.
Miscellany of Late...
...Bobby Wade's 222 receiving yards in the Cal game was the third-best in UA history... His 263 all-purpose yards (2-34 punt return, 1-7 on an onsides kick attempt by Cal) hit the UA chart at No. 13 and is the sixth-best total by a receiver in UA history...
...Rushing, not a strong point for UA in 2002, helped the cats solidify the victory at California on the Cats' final scoring drive. Rushes by freshmen Mike Bell (16 yards) and Gilbert Harris (six and six yards) helped set up freshman Beau Carr for a four-yard TD run on the final four plays of the drive... However, still the team netted -5 rushing yards and has been out-rushed in league games by more than a 25:1 ratio - 1,087 yards by opponents to 43 by Arizona... Therefore, Arizona's all-time season low of 71.2 rushing yards per game (put up by a record passing team in 1966), will be re-established this year unless the Cats could run for 400 yards against ASU...
...Jason Johnson's school-record 492 passing yards against Cal was the second-highest total in league play this year to ASU's Andrew Walter, who put up a school-record 536 yards vs. Oregon... Johnson's effort earned him offensive Pac-10 Player of the Week for Nov. 16, UA's second honor of the season...
...Arizona nearly doubled its fourth-quarter scoring with 21 points in the stanza against California. UA had scored a total of 13 points in the fourth quarter before that contest... Seven came against UW and three each vs. NAU and Wisconsin...
...For the last four games, freshman punter Danny Baugher and junior James Molina each have kicked. In that span Baugher is 15-38.4, with two fair catches and one inside the 20, while Molina is 16-36.7 with three fair catches and one inside the 20. The competition could continue into next season, but overall net punting effectiveness will be the key...
...UA has only 15 sacks in its Pac-10 games and came up with its most in the Cal game, four. UA was sackless against UCLA, its first shutout in the category in 19 games (since at Oregon State in 2001). Meantime, Pac-10 opponents have 40 in the seven contests. Jason Johnson and backup QB Nic Costa have lost 417 yards being sacked...
...Some banged up players with early action are candidates for medical hardship years - OT John Parada and CB Luis Nunez. Parada started the opener...
...UA's minus rushing figures this year (-17 vs. WSU, -23 vs. OSU, -5 vs. Cal) are its first ever in its Pac-10 years. The school record is -49 vs. ASU (Border Conference) in 1958...
...Offensive tackle Makoa Freitas has accepted an invitation to play in the Hula Bowl, joining Bobby Wade and Lance Briggs (both East-West Shrine Game) in post-season games thus far...
Arizona Head Coach John Mackovic
UA's 26th head coach is in his 18th year as a collegiate head coach, athletics director or professional head coach, plus adds another dozen years in the game as a coordinator or assistant to give the Wildcats a mentor with more than three decades of established leadership and organization.
Speaking to the coach's penchant for offense, the Cats' 52-41 victory at California not only snapped a six-game Pac-10 losing streak, but also posted the most points in his coaching tenure at Arizona. Previously the Cats had notched a 38-21 win over UNLV a year ago. The team's 510 yards in total offense in the NAU game was the No. 2 figure in his tenure, behind the 578 yards UA posted against Stanford in 2001. The Cats' 492 yards passing against California was the biggest total in Arizona history and eclipsed another Mackovic-led UA effort with 443 passing yards against Washington earlier this year. He's posted five 400-yard passing games in his tenure, including 407 vs. NAU and 416 against Utah this year, and 415 against Stanford a year ago. All have a spot in the program's top eight aerial performances. The Cats have exceeded 400 yards in total offense 10 times in Mackovic's two years.
Mackovic's recruiting success in his initial years in Tucson has provided Arizona some young talent that the program has had to count on during a year marred by injuries. Five of six junior college players signed for 2002 played and the sixth is a projected starter (Andre Torrey) who's been unable to compete due to injury. Among a scholarship freshman class of 21 that reported in August, 11 have played, including starts by a punter, three offensive linemen, a couple of running backs, a linebacker and defensive back.
Mackovic's first year in Tucson opened with the team snapping a program five-game losing streak, and opened the year 3-0 to complete only the third perfect non-conference campaign in the past 11 seasons. Pacific-10 Conference play ushered in some difficult going as the club extended its league losing streak to 10 games before a breakthrough. This year an injury bug throughout the year has proven troublesome, and the Cats have to fight through another rugged start in Pac-10 play. With five remaining games, worthwhile program goals remain within reach.
Mackovic's first Arizona team unveiled a sophisticated offensive attack that produced a 2,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a near 1,000-yard receiver, and this year the program has moved forward in a similar direction predicated on the passing game. Jason Johnson reached the 3,000-yard passing level while wide receiver Bobby Wade crossed the 1,000-yard mark and receiver Andrae Thurman has four 100-yard games and could reach the 1,000-yard level with 127 yards against ASU.
Mackovic is the first UA coach to win his first two season openers since Jim Young in 1973 and 1974, when Mackovic was the offensive coordinator in Tucson. He entered the year among the Top 25 among active Division I-A coaches in career victories and is just seven shy of the 100-victory level. Mackovic's second-year legacy at several previous coaching stops gives Arizona partisans optimism, though the margin for improvement is disappearing in 2002. At Wake Forest his second club improved by seven games. His second Kansas City Chiefs team went from 6-10 to 8-8. His Fighting Illini improved from 6-5-1 to 10-2 in his second season.
As the District 9 representative on the Board of Trustees of the American Football Coaches Association, Mackovic, 59, has a voice heard nationally. His focus on the total student-athlete has been underscored by nine national academic/citizenship honor winners during his collegiate career including two members, Jason Johnson earlier this year and Eli Wnek last year, selected to the American Football Coaches Association "Good Works Team." Arizona recorded a program-high four first-team Academic All-Pac-10 selections in 2001.
Mackovic at a Glance: ? 15th year as a collegiate head coach ? Overall collegiate record: 94-77-3 (.546) ? Career bowl teams: Eight ? Arizona record: 9-13 ? Pac-10 Record: 3-12 ? Arizona Road Record: 4-6 ? Arizona Home Record: 5-7 ? Walter Camp Foundation National Coach of the Year, 1979 ? Conference Coach of the Year: ACC ('79), Big Ten ('88, '89), SWC ('95)
The Last Time Against Arizona State - Nov. 29, 2001, Tempe, Ariz.
Arizona jumped on the let's-score-a-bunch-in-one-quarter bandwagon it had watched parade by so many times in 2001, and posted a 20-0 lead in the first period to make an early statement in its eventual 34-21 victory at Arizona State. It wasn't that the Cats were an unstoppable juggernaut; more that they showed an effusive resolve to do the things it took to win. A national cable audience saw the Wildcats' offensive line help create opportunities in the first half and its defensive line take them away from the Sun Devils in the second half. In the middle of the fray the Cats answered ASU's primary threatening score (to cut a lead to 20-14) with two quick touchdowns, one on a 13-yard interception return by Brandon Nash. That dispelled the notion UA might come up short in its quest for its first rivalry victory in three years. Junior wide receiver Bobby Wade was selected the Duel in the Deser's MVP after an 11-catch, 157-yard effort, but it must have been a narrow choice over sophomore halfback Clarence Farmer, who carried a career-high 32 times for 158 yards, and junior quarterback Jason Johnson (18 completions in 29 attempts for 225 yards and two TDs). Junior inside linebacker Lance Briggs, playing without padding on his hand for the first time in a month, notched three sacks among his eight tackles. Cornerback Jermaine Chatman (interception) and safety Jarvie Worcester (fumble recovery) helped UA enjoy only its fourth edge in turnovers all year, 3-1. All in all, it was enough of the right stuff for Arizona to take home the 1899 Territorial Cup, representative of the oldest trophy game in Division I-A, plus the Saguaro Trophy for winning coach John Mackovic and the Big Game modern sculpture for the game's outstanding player. Some nice hardware, but more importantly a program victory whose effect was felt throughout the offseason.
Arizona Seniors In Final Action
Arizona's senior class closes out its collective career against the Sun Devils, and many will leave marks in the record book. All have played. The class of 2002 includes CB Johnny Bailey, LB Lance Briggs, OT Makoa Freitas, WR Gens Goodman, OL Aaron Higginbotham, CB David Hinton, TE James Hugo, QB Jason Johnson, PK Sean Keel, LB Scott McKee, DT Bobby Ramsey, OT Darren Safranek, DT Young Thompson, OT John Vorsheck, WR Bobby Wade, LB Ray Wells, FB Joey Willrodt and FS Jarvie Worcester. Fourteen started games in their careers - though two of those (Safranek and Vorsheck) missed the entire 2002 season with injuries. Briggs, Wade, Freitas and Worcester were four-year regulars in the lineup. Hugo, Hinton, Johnson, Keel, Thompson and Wells were multiple-year regulars. Bailey, McKee and Goodman had scout team duty in recent years but also have seen game action, with Goodman and McKee frequent starters on kicking units. A couple of guys will leave all-time UA records - Johnson and Wade. Freitas, Higginbotham, Hugo, Johnson, McKee, Safranek and Worcester are fifth-year seniors, while Briggs, Keel, Thompson and Wade each played as true freshmen. Bailey, Goodman, Vorsheck, Wells and Willrodt were transfers. Ten of the group served as game captains various weeks during the season - Briggs, Freitas, Higginbotham, Hinton, Hugo, Johnson, Thompson, Wade, Wells and Worcester.
To Pass or... To Pass
Arizona simply has relied on the aerial attack in the past two months - paralleling the league season. Not that the team isn't persistent on the ground - 32 attempts in the Cal game, for example. But UA netted 487 offensive yards at Cal and 492 came through the air - 100 percent. Against UCLA the yardage was 95 percent passing. Against Oregon State - 100 percent passing. Against Washington State - 100 percent passing. Against Stanford - 92 percent passing. Against Washington - 95 percent passing. Get the picture? Still, the one dimensional attack was good enough to keep UA in some winnable contests - vs. Washington, Stanford and Washington State, games in which UA had a combined 26 rushing yards. Oregon State saddled UA with its worst-ever total offense figure in Pac-10 play, 93 net yards. Twenty-two percent of Arizona's 58 plays ended in minus yardage (13 Beaver tackles for loss). UA is averaging 42.2 yards per game on the ground, last in Division I-A and way behind UA's previous season low of 71.2 ypg in 1966. Negative rushing totals at Oregon State (-23), Washington State (-17) and California (-5) put a crimp on diversity. Play calling is not as one-sided - 335 runs, 399 passes this year. The team is averaging 1.4 yards per rush on the season and 0.2 per rush in Pac-10 play. All seven losses came when Arizona had fewer rushing yards than opponents. Arizona averaged 80.5 plays in its first two games, with 85 runs and 76 passes for an average of 484 yards. Since, the Cats averaged 63 plays per game until a 77-play breakout at California when some big defensive plays helped the team enjoy some field position and sudden change. Arizona is ahead of its school-record rate (255) yards passing per game at 291.6 entering the ASU game. Meantime the yards per rush and yards rushing per game figures will likely be all-time lows. So? Throw it.
A Season in Itself
The Cats were 2-1 in the final three games a year ago to give the new program a jolt of confidence. UA would have to beat Arizona State to match the effort. A solid victory at California Nov. 16 snapped a six-game losing streak and gave the Wildcats a chance to put some verve in the program for the next eight months.
Boasting About Bobby
Arizona wide receiver Bobby Wade leads the Pacific-10 Conference in receptions per game (7.9), receiving yards per game (116.4), punt returns (14.0) and all-purpose yardage (150.7). He'll likely finish in the top three in total receiving yards, too. He's fourth nationally in catches per game, fifth in yards per game, eighth in total receiving yards and 10th in all-purpose yardage. Despite focused coverages he's grabbed 59 balls in seven league games. He became the all-time UA receptions leader and set a career-high with 222 receiving yards (on 11 catches) at California, moving to within two grabs of the UA single-season receptions record. He's currently No.3 in Pac-10 history with the 224 receptions. Oregon State's overall dominance of the line of scrimmage a few weeks ago kept him to a season-low tying four receptions for 34 yards. He had eight catches for 120 yards and added a punt return of 64 yards and two kickoff returns for 58 yards to give him 243 all-purpose yards at Stanford. He's been named to the Shrine East-West Game roster (joining teammate Lance Briggs)... In his last 12 games he's recorded eight of his 11 career 100-yard receiving games... Wade had nine catches for a career-high 175 yards against Utah, but saw his streak of five 100-yard games end at Wisconsin, catching seven balls for 85 yards. This year he moved into the No. 2 spot on Arizona's receiving chart with 213 catches - good enough for the No. 5 spot in Pac-10 history. He's third in the UA record book with 22 scoring receptions, and No. 2 with 3,020 receiving yards. His 76 receptions this year are the No. 2 single-season figure in Arizona history and his 62 receptions a year ago are the No. 5 single-season mark. He has a streak of 41 consecutive games with a reception - in the top dozen nationally - and one shy of UA's record of 42 by Dennis Northcutt (1996-99). His 1,280 yards this year are the No. 2 total in Arizona history and he became only the fourth Wildcat to exceed a 1,000-yards receiving soon. He has a chance at Dennis Northcutt's single-season yardage mark of 1422 - he needs 142 yards vs. ASU.
Briggs Leads 'Backers
Despite missing a game (Oregon, ankle injury), senior inside linebacker Lance Briggs leads Arizona with 83 tackles and 9.5 hits for losses. If he can record seven tackles against Arizona State he'll hit the 300-tackle plateau in three years as a defensive player, a mark accomplished by only 14 players in UA history - most of those from the game-film days when coaches provided the tackles list. He had five and a sack at California last week. Oregon State did a good job of limiting his normal access to key gaps and he finished with four tackles, his season low. Against Washington State he had 14 tackles, including three for loss and a sack, a fumble recovery and two passes knocked away. A week earlier vs. Stanford he had nine tackles and came up with his fourth career interception (but first since October 2000), tipping a ball to himself in the end zone while covering Teyo Johnson. He had nine solo tackles at Washington, plus forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. He had eight tackles against North Texas and was all over the field at Wisconsin, recording 15 tackles, second only to his initial game as a linebacker when he had 16 to open his true sophomore year at Utah in 2000. With 293 career hits (including 4 as a true freshman fullback on special teams in 1999), he's in a similar neighborhood as former UA All-American and NFL draftee Sean Harris (1991-94), a swift and rugged linebacker like Briggs who's No. 14 on UA's list with 320 tackles. Beside Briggs, senior Ray Wells brings a full year's experience and has chipped in 65 tackles. Sophomores Pat Howard and Kirk Johnson and freshman Spencer Larsen add the youth factor. Wells posted 10 tackles against North Texas, his career high. Howard missed the first two games after preseason knee arthroscopy, and has chipped in 29 tackles, including a career-best seven against the Ducks. In the meantime, true freshman Larsen has started five games, adding 35 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Johnson (28 tackles) had twin career highs with seven tackles at Washington and against Stanford, but missed action at California with a knee injury suffered against UCLA.
The Receiving Line
Bobby Wade and his mates in the receiving corps -- junior Andrae Thurman, sophomores Lance Relford and Ricky Williams, and freshman Biren Ealy - give Arizona a solid group. Plus, younger running backs and tight ends got into the flow of as the season progressed. Including tight ends and backs, 16 different players have receptions. Johnson threw to nine against California, for example, in the game where Wade snagged 11 for a career-high 222 yards, while Thurman had his fourth 100-yard game with a career-matching nine grabs. TE Justin Levasseur had two catches, both for scores vs. the Bears. Thurman had nine catches and a career-best 165 yards against Utah. Wade and Thurman have had 100-yard games together against Utah, Washington and Cal. As a tandem, the 144 receptions for Wade (87) and Thurman (57) are the school-record 1-2 punch, easily eclipsing the mark of 121 catches in a single season by Dennis Northcutt (63) and Jeremy McDaniel (58) in 1998. Thurman just hit the UA single-season receptions chart with his 57 grabs, ranking No. 9 to pass Richard Dice (56-969, 1994) in the 10th spot. With 101 career receptions, Thurman needs three to displace Jay Dobyns (103 from 1982-84) at No. 10, four to displace Vance Johnson (104 in 1981-84) in the No. 9 spot and nine to reach the No. 8 spot held by Terry Vaughn (109 from 1990-93). With another year to go, Thurman could climb into the top three all-time in UA history behind Wade and Northcutt. Thurman's in the top seven in the league in three receiving categories - not bad for a so-called No. 2 receiver.
Jason Johnson, QB
Senior quarterback Jason Johnson rates in the top 25 nationally with 20 completions per game, leading a passing attack that rates the Cats in the top 15. He's No. 23 nationally in total offense. His huge game at California - 31-for-45 for 492 yards and four touchdowns pushed him across the 3,000-yard yardage barrier, an all-time top 15 effort in Pac-10 history. The 31 completions are a single-game record. He crossed the 2,000-yard passing level against Stanford in the seventh game of the year and against UCLA became the UA record holder for single-season passing yardage. He holds the UA single-season records for completions (222), attempts (379). The 400-yard game was his third and among his eight career 300-yard games. Against Washington he completed 29-of-41 throws for 443 yards and three scores. He upped his single-game yardage mark four times this year - throwing for successive totals of 381 yards in the opener and 416 vs. Utah, both among the top 10 in UA single-game individual performances, against Washington, then California. Against Stanford he suffered three interceptions and completed 19-of-30 for 244 yards in a modest effort. Against the Cougars it was 22-for-46 for 224 yards and two picks. Against Oregon State it was 14-for-28 and 105 yards. Against UCLA he was 11-for-23 for 133 yards. He spent his first year at Arizona as a redshirt and two as a holder behind Keith Smith/Ortege Jenkins before getting his opportunity last season. Last year he completed 169 passes for 57 percent, 2,347 yards and 19 touchdowns, all in Arizona's top 10 for single-season marks, but did suffer 13 interceptions. He has eight 300-yard career passing games and three above 400. Johnson found nine different receivers in his 2002 debut, and hit 10 different guys against North Texas and nine against Cal. He's completed passes to 16 different players this year. A graduate student in religious studies, Johnson's the reigning first-team Academic All-Pac-10 quarterback, a member of the 2002 AFCA "Good Works Team" which cites scholastic and civic responsibility, and UA's nominee for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award and Academic All-America. He earned District VIII All-Academic Football honors earlier in November
Arizona's Top Individual Single-Season Passing Leaders
Player Yards Per Game Att Comp Pct Int TD Year Jason Johnson 3058 278.0* 379 222 .586** 10 15 2002 Tom Tunnicliffe 2520 229.0 328 176 .537 14 18 1982 Tom Tunnicliffe 2474 224.9 351 185 .527 16 11 1983 Marc Reed 2368 236.8 365 193 .529 16 20 1966 Jason Johnson 2347 213.3 298 169 .567 13 19 2001 Alfred Jenkins 2202 200.2 312 156 .500 17 11 1984 Dan White 2181 198.3 296 169 .571 7 14 1994 Keith Smith 1903 173.0 228 131 .575 8 10 1999 Completion % record: .685, Keith Smith, 1998 (113-for-165)
(*Johnson needs zero passing yards against ASU to establish a UA single-season per game yardage record; Johnson needs to complete about 50 percent of his passes against ASU to establish the single-season passing percentage record for 200+ attempts.)
Siofele Fills In for a Full Year
Junior Joe Siofele was the returning starter at whip linebacker, but has filled another role, playing defensive end in the absence of projected starter Andre Torrey. Filling in is an understatement, and he's taken the role a full season. It changed UA's defensive plans, but Siofele has performed well in the new role. He has 62 tackles, third most on the club (behind linebackers Lance Briggs and Ray Wells), and the most by a UA defensive lineman since Joe Tafoya notched 54 two seasons ago. Siofele's total passed the most recent high numbers for a defensive lineman last week, the 56 tackles in 1995 by Tedy Bruschi. Siofele had a career-high 11 tackles against Oregon and added eight at Washington. He had seven against the Cougars, six at Oregon State and six against the Bruins. UA's 1989 club had a trio of tackling linemen with more tackles than Siofele -- Ken Hakes (72), Anthony Smith (71) and Reggie Johnson (66), and a year earlier DT Brad Henke had 90 total tackles in 1988. Joe's been a steady influence on the Wildcat defense from the get-go in 2002.
A Dozen Blocks - Both Ways
Both Arizona (punt) and California (field goal) blocked kicks which led directly to scoring returns in the Cats' last game. UA's season has seen more than a few - with six each by the Wildcats and their opponents. At Cal, wide receiver Lance Relford came up with a block on a punt that frosh safety Lamon Means picked up and returned 27 yards for a score. The Bears' took a blocked Bobby Gill 60 yards into the end zone. UCLA blocked a field goal. A year ago, Carlos Williams was a true freshman tight end in a corps stacked pretty deep. So he switched to defensive end and earned some playing time. This year he's a starting tackle and a special teams player with two blocked kicks. He blocked his second field goal of the year against WSU. A year ago, Mike Schwertley was playing Arizona basketball. In October the walk-on defensive end blocked a field goal try at Washington in the fourth quarter of a game UA could have won. Williams blocked a field goal against North Texas and since-injured cornerback Michael Jolivette blocked two punts in the season opener against Northern Arizona. UA blocked two punts last year. Other blocks by 2002 opponents (two field goals by North Texas, one field goal by Utah, one field goal by UCLA and a punt by Wisconsin. As is typical of 2002 for UA, even bright-spot reserve guys who made plays like Schwertley (back, missed OSU/UCLA) have missed playing time due to injuries.
One needs a patient coach to describe the nuances of college defensive alignments, particularly Arizona's of late. Let's say the Cats open with a lineup featuring two ends, a tackle, three linebackers and five DBs - such as it did against Cal. Is it the double-eagle flex? What do you call it? That's not important, but the alignment's on tape and subject to review and analysis by all opponents and other experts. Part of the evolution of Arizona's 2002 defense started when its best defensive end - Andre Torrey - was hurt in camp and unable to play. Then two other promising freshman prospects - Marcus Smith and Paul Philipp also had early injury problems. Smith subsequently returned to action and Philipp is taking a redshirt year. Beyond that, injuries to cornerback Michael Jolivette, among others, further restricted some of the spring/fall plans for defensive packages. To date, the Cats have relied on a decent pass defense (No. 4 in the league) and a reasonable scoring defense (5th) to stay in games. It hasn't always been easy. Arizona kept its flex defensive scheme used since the early 1990s. But in the off season coordinator Larry Mac Duff and head coach John Mackovic looked at ways to improve and did add some wrinkles to continue the gap-control, pressure style that pushed Arizona to the top of the national statistics in total defense and rushing defense in the 1990s. Injuries hurt some of the options the Cats planned to use, but if the offensive objective as stated by Mackovic is to score about five touchdowns per game, then the Cats' defense has giving the team chances to win. UA is No. 2 in the league in pass defense.
Kicking the Ball
UA kept up its recent punting situation against California, rotating freshman Danny Baugher and junior James Molina - the second and third guys to work at the position this year. They were average at best, but mistake free in a game with nine lead changes or ties. A game earlier, they shined against UCLA. On eight kicks the club and its coverage unit held for a 40.5 net figure. Molina - who did not start - hit three for a 50.7 average. Baugher had the first five kicks and averaged 42.4 yards. It was UA's overall best punting since the opener (43.2), but more so because of the net figure. Arizona has used two guys on kickoffs - Ryan Slack and Molina; two field goal kickers in Sean Keel and Bobby Gill; and three punters in Ramey Peru, Baugher and Molina. Peru left the team to concentrate on a mid-year graduation, and true freshman Baugher started punting in the fourth game. Molina kicked off twice and punted once for 52 yards against WSU. Gil has kicked fairly well; if you subtract three blocked field goal tries he's 7-for-8.
Arizona did a nice job at California, converting nine of 17 third-down plays (53%), its best since the season opener. Defensively UA also put up a good figure by holding Cal to 4-for-16. In the preceding two games UA converted four third-down attempts in 28 tries. Overall the Cats trail in effectiveness, 40% to 38%. UA was held to 2-for-15 at Corvallis, its worst of the year. WSU made 10-of-18 third-down plays against Arizona, and Stanford was 11-for-20. In the opener UA converted 13-of-21 3rd down plays and 1-for-1 on 4th down to hang on to the ball at a 64 percent conversion rate. The Huskies were the most successful opponent so far with 11 successful conversion in 17 tries. Some of UA's best defensive work in that category came against Oregon - the Ducks had a 2-for-12 effort.
Sophomore Bobby Gill has had field goal attempts blocked in each of the last two games. Not good. Worse, the Bears picked up the ball and ran 60 yards for a score. He made one kick and is 7-for-11 on the season. Sean Keel, the starter through the first four games, was 6-for-11. That's 13-of-22 for 59 percent, below last year's figure of 64 percent (9-for-14, all by Keel). Discounting five blocks, that's 13-17 once the ball's on its way. In some games the Cats had trouble even getting into decent field goal range, but Gill's shown he has a good leg, with a career best of 47 yards against Washington State and a 43-yarder against OSU. Arizona missed five in a row (0-4 vs. North Texas and Gill's first of three attempts against Stanford). After failing on the four field goals (two blocked) vs. North Texas, UA did not attempt a field goal against Oregon or Washington, instead proving more touchdown-effective in the red zone. Keel had hit six field goals in the first three games to rate No. 5 nationally and third in the Pac-10 at 2.0 per game. He missed from 26 and 32 yards after the blocked try against UNT, then gave way to Gill - who had his 44-yard attempt blocked. Keel also had a 52-yard try blocked against Utah. Gill came on for the team's final try in the opener and hit a 26-yarder in his first career attempt. UA needs to get better protection and a higher take-off angle on its field goal tries.
UA is 3-0 in games when it had fewer turnovers. In the rest - 1-7. Against California the Cats had two interceptions and a fumble recovery that led to 14 points, plus blocked a punt and returned it for seven more - 21 of 51 points. The Bears had an interception and a fumble recovery that led to a field goal, plus blocked a field goal and returned it for seven more - 10 of 41 points. Turnovers and kicking-game mistakes can affect a game, indeed. Against WSU, a sack-fumble gave Washington State its first two points on a safety when the ball bounced through the end zone; and another sack caused another fumble by Jason Johnson half way through the fourth quarter to lead to a short touchdown drive. Those 10 points factored in a game Arizona lost by eight. The Cats have held turnovers to a relative minimum, but also have not been getting their hands on the ball defensively. Arizona is in the top third of Division I-A with 20 turnovers, but is toward the bottom with only 15 turnovers gained, rating the team No. 80 in margin at -.60 per game. Three Stanford interceptions and a lost fumble hurt vs. the Cardinal, while Arizona had one pick by Lance Briggs. Stanford picked up 10 turnover points after two of the mistakes, while Arizona gave its one takeaway back in a 10-point game. UA was somewhat sloppy against Utah, coughing up three turnovers that led to 14 points plus ruined a 52-yard drive. UA's lone takeaway vs. the Utes was a recovered fumble at the Utah 19 yard-line, which resulted in Sean Keel's third field goal of the game. In the opener, Jarvie Worcester intercepted a pass and Gary Love recovered a fumble on punt coverage, but UA did not capitalize with points. Also versus NAU, two blocked punts by Michael Jolivette created short fields for touchdown and field-goal scoring drives. The Cats did not turn the ball over in that contest, nor against North Texas - a game in which UA scored on a blocked field goal return and with a short drive after a UNT fumble.
Turnovers: Arizona 18, Opponents 12
Turnover Points: Arizona 10, Opponents 58
Miscue Points: Arizona 27, Opponents 61 (includes turnover, blocked/botched kick possessions
Entering the season Arizona was No. 7 nationally among I-A teams with 74 quarterback sacks from 2000-2001. After only 15 in league games the Cats have a total of 23 going into the Arizona State game. Opponents have 44 sacks in the last seven games and a total of 49. Junior DE Joe Siofele is the team leader with four. Opponents have lost 131 yards on Arizona's 23 sacks, while UA has lost 417 on the 49 sacks by the opposition. It's put the Cats into some drastic down-and-distance situations and basically reduced some play calling to crisis management rather than offensive nuance. Different starting offensive line units and using new untested running backs - both due to injuries in those units -- have been part of the problem. QB Jason Johnson's seen more blue sky, evening stars and face fulls of dirt than just about anyone around.
The Scoring Zone
In percentage Arizona trails in scoring zone efficiency, and opponents have had more chances. But UA pushed it into scoring position five times in the last game and came away with four touchdowns and a field goal for solid effectiveness. That followed a three-game stretch into which the Cats crossed midfield only 10 times and had one red-zone penetration - resulting in a blocked field goal against UCLA. Opponents had 16 red-zone penetrations and 12 scores in that span, which skewed the stats for good. UA held Cal to two penetrations and two scores, only one a touchdown. UCLA had three penetrations and scored three times. OSU had seven incursions, scoring four TDs and a field goal. Arizona did not venture across the Washington State 20 yard-line, though it did strike from the 27 on a Jason Johnson-to-Bobby Wade touchdown. Two field goals by Gill finished drives that ended at the WSU 30 and 25 yard-lines. The OSU/WSU drought snapped a UA 5-for-5 scoring streak on red zone penetrations although two of those were field goal trips at Stanford. Arizona did a solid job against Washington by scoring touchdowns in all three red zone penetrations, while Washington had three TDs in its four trips, also effective. The Wildcats have scored 21 times in 28 trips inside the red zone, but only 12 touchdowns. Against the Mean Green, three missed field goals gave Arizona one score in four trips. UNT scored two field goals in its four trips, UA blocked another FG try and held on downs. Against Wisconsin the Cats had to settle for a field goal after Andrae Thurman's 35-yard punt return set UA up with the ball at the Wisconsin 21 yard-line. UA reached the 10 but the Badgers stiffened. Earlier, UA ended a 76-yard drive at the Utah 4 and settled for a field goal, ended a 50-yard drive at the Utah 2 yard-line and settled for a field goal, and recovered a fumble at the Utah 19 and settled for a field goal. Not exactly punching it in. Defensively, Arizona has done a pretty good job -- opponents have scored 13 touchdowns in 31 incursions.
Arizona: 28 Scoring Zone Possessions - 21 scores; 75% scoring, 43% TD (12)
Opponents: 43 Scoring Zone Possessions - 33 scores; 77% scoring, 47% TD (20)
2002 Football Awards Banquet
UA's football awards banquet will be held Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Westin La Paloma resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. Presentation of annual team player awards will be a key feature. Dinner follows a 5:15 p.m. reception. Tickets and further information about the event can be obtained by calling 520-621-6133.
...Nic Costa's 92-yard pass for a touchdown to Andrae Thurman on a scramble play in the second quarter against UCLA tied for the third-longest pass play and fourth-longest play in UA history...
...Cornerback Michael Jolivette might be able to rehabilitate a knee injury enough to play against Arizona State, after missing nine games. If so, it could help even in a limited role. Jolivette intercepted five passes and set an Arizona single-season record in breaking up 20 passes a year ago. He's been a fixture of UA's secondary since his first game in 2000. He intercepted five passes in each of his first two years (after redshirting the '99 season)...
...Cornerback Darrell Brooks had a career-high 10 tackles against UCLA, while safety Clay Hardt added a career-high eight hits... UA's guys up front contributed quite a few tackles in the UCLA contest, too. DE Joe Siofele led with six, while DE Copeland Bryan and tackles Young Thompson and Carlos Williams had five apiece. Tackle Bobby Ramsey (3), end Fata Avegalio (2) and tackle Brad Brittain (2) and tackle Carl Tuitavuki (1) made it 29 total tackles by linemen...
... Redshirt freshman halfback Gainus Scott returned to action vs. UCLA after missing six games. He led the Cats with 32 net rushing yards on eight carries... True freshman Gilbert Harris had his busiest day, rushing eight times for 23 net plus catching a pass for 12 yards against the Bruins. Scott had the most duty in the Cal game, with 13 carries, but UA might have been sending the defense telegrams - they netted him six yards. Harris had 4 carries for 15 yards and Beau Carr had three carries for four yards - including a four-yard TD run...
...Arizona nominees for Pac-10 Players of the Week vs. the Bears were QB Jason Johnson (who was picked as offensive POW), linebacker Ray Wells (2 interceptions) and Lance Relford (blocked punt that AU returned for a score). Cornerback Michael Jolivette, who hasn't played (knee) since the Utah game the second week of the season, earned special teams Player of the Week for the opening season after his school-record two blocked punts against Northern Arizona...
...True freshman free safety Lamon Means made his third start against the Beavers and had seven tackles and broke up a pass - for the second consecutive game. In his first start at Stanford he had eight total tackles, plus helped on a tackle for loss...
...Arizona's recent span of Pac-10 difficulty (end of the 2000, the 2001 and 2002 seasons) -- with a 3-17 record in its last 20 conference games -- is its worst such stretch since joining the league for the 1978 season. This year UA had fourth-quarter chances against Washington, Stanford and Washington State, but has come up with only seven points in the stanza against league foes before the 21-point fourth-period outburst at California...
...UA's defense has dug in an provided some quick possessions by opponents. The Wildcats have forced opponents into "three-and-out " 45 times, while opponents have forced the Cats into the minimum 41 times, including nine quick possessions against Oregon State...
...UA ran only 55 plays vs. UCLA and 54 plays against Stanford, the fewest since it had the same number in a 38-3 loss to Oregon State a year ago on Oct. 13, 2001...
...UA's punted 20 times in the Oregon State and UCLA games - two contests in which the offense had trouble getting untracked. Still, its 12 punts at Oregon State were nine shy of the school record of 21 against Texas Tech in 1935...
...Frosh linebacker Spencer Larsen recorded tackles on each of the first two plays of his career, some second-half action against Northern Arizona in the season opener... Since then he's become the Cats starter at the whip/stack position... In his first start, against Oregon, he posted eight tackles and his first sack among two TFL...
...Senior free safety Jarvie Worcester's broken right arm at Washington meant every Wildcat starter in the secondary was lost for games this year. Junior cornerback Michael Jolivette's knee injury in practice before the Wisconsin game took one of the Cats' best defenders out of the lineup. Against Oregon and Washington the other starter, Darrell Brooks, also was out of the lineup with a sore back, as was backup Luis Nunez (groin). Strong safety Clay Hardt missed a start against Wisconsin with an ankle injury. UA had to play true freshman Jason Martin in his first action of the year to back up starters David Hinton and Gary Love against Oregon and since, and true freshman Lamon Means stepped in and started for Worcester. At Washington the Cats closed the game with Martin and first-timer Lee Patterson (non-scholarship sophomore) anchoring the secondary with a combined one game of experience between them.
...Arizona is 0-8 in games played in October the past two years, all those the first half of the Wildcats' Pacific-10 Conference schedule each season. One difference this year was closer scores. The Cats allowed 73 fewer points this year in the October games...
...The loss of halfback Clarence Farmer for the season took one big-play aspect away from Arizona. On his 17 career touchdown runs, the junior All-Pac-10 back has averaged 25.7 yards. He added a 70-yard score to the mix this year at Wisconsin, UA's longest play of the year... Farmer did not redshirt his freshman year but cannot get a season of eligibility restored because he played in four games this season...
2002 Arizona Football Depth Chart vs. Arizona State, Nov. 29
WR 4 Andrae Thurman, 6-0, 185, *Jr., 2L, Avondale, Ariz. (Westview) 18 Lance Relford, 6-0, 200, *Jr., 2L, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) 84 Ricky Williams, 6-3, 210, *So., SQ, Los Angeles, Calif. (Verbum Dei) 81 Juan Valentine, 6-1, 200, Jr., JC, Houston, Texas (Clear Lake/Tyler JC) LT 77 Makoa Freitas, 6-4, 295, Sr., 3L, Manoa, Hawaii (Kamehameha) 72 Tanner Bell, 6-8, 324, Fr., HS, Castroville, Calif. (North Monterrey County) LG 75 Reggie Sampay, 6-3, 285, Jr., 2L, Houston, Texas (North Shore) 73 Aaron Higginbotham, 6-5, 295, *Sr., 2L, Calimesa, Calif. (Yucaipa) C 67 Keoki Fraser, 6-3, 300, *So., 1L, Kailua, Hawaii (Kailua) 66 Kili Lefotu, 6-5, 298, Fr., HS, Riverside, Calif. (Arlington) RG 72 Tanner Bell, 6-8, 324, Fr., HS, Castroville, Calif. (North Monterrey County) 66 Kili Lefotu, 6-5, 298, Fr., HS, Riverside, Calif. (Arlington) RT 68 Brandon Phillips, 6-8, 330, *Jr., 1L, Chandler, Ariz. (Corona del Sol) 59 Chris Johnson, 6-3, 295, *So., SQ, Houston, Texas (North Shore) TE 89 James Hugo, 6-6, 266, *Sr., 3L, The Woodlands, Texas (Oak Ridge) or 88 Justin Levasseur, 6-4, 245, *Jr., 1L, Antioch, Calif. (Antioch) 87 Steve Fleming, 6-6, 250, *So., 1L, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral) WR 1 Bobby Wade, 5-11, 185, Sr., 3L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista) 18 Lance Relford, 6-0, 200, *Jr., 2L, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) 82 Biren Ealy, 6-2, 175, Fr., HS, Houston, Texas (Cypress Falls) QB 10 Jason Johnson, 6-2, 215, *Sr., 3L, Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers) 7 Nic Costa, 5-11, 200, *Fr., RS, Aloha, Ore. (Aloha) HB 23 Gainus Scott, 5-10, 195, *Fr., RS, La Porte, Texas (La Porte) or 26 Mike Bell, 6-0, 210, *Fr., RS, Phoenix, Ariz. (Tolleson) 21 Beau Carr, 5-10, 206, Fr, HS, Spring, Texas (Westfield) FB 36 Gilbert Harris, 6-1, 215, Fr., HS, San Antonio, Texas (Churchill) 35 Sean Jones, 5-11, 230, Fr., HS, Houston , Texas (North Shore) 36 Joey Willrodt, 6-1, 240, *Sr., SQ, Salinas, Calif. (Palma/Moorpark JC)
DE 98 Fata Avegalio, 6-3, 255, *So., 1L, Pago Pago, American Samoa (Leone) or 83 Copeland Bryan, 6-4, 230, *Fr., RS, San Jose, Calif. (Bellarmine Prep) 85 Javier Martinez, 6-4, 260, *Jr., JC, Pico Rivera, Calif. (St. Paul/Cerritos CC) DT 92 Carlos Williams, 6-4, 291, So., 1L, Denver, Colo. (Montbello) 90 Carl Tuitavuki, 6-3, 350, Jr., JC, Oakland, Calif. (San Leandro/Ricks CC) DT 93 Young Thompson, 6-2, 305, Sr., 3L, Aloa, American Samoa (Samoana) 99 Vince Feula, 6-0, 300, *So., SQ, La Mirada, Calif. ((La Mirada) DE 42 Joe Siofele, 6-2, 255, *Jr., 2L, Waipahu, Hawaii (St. Louis) 55 Marcus Smith, 6-5, 220, Fr., HS, San Diego, Calif. (Mission Bay) LB 7 Ray Wells, 6-0, 220, *Sr., 1L, San Diego, Calif. (Mt. Miguel/Mesa JC) 25 Kirk Johnson, 6-1, 215, So., 1L, Oakland, Calif. (Skyline) LB 27 Lance Briggs, 6-2, 245, Sr., 3L, Sacramento, Calif. (Elk Grove) 44 Pat Howard, 5-11, 220, *So., 1L, La Marque, Texas (La Marque) LB 51 Spencer Larsen, 6-1, 225, Fr., HS, Gilbert, Ariz. (Highland) 49 Matt Molina, 6-2, 240, *Jr., 1L, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral) SS 33 Clay Hardt, 6-2, 200, *Jr., 2L, Marana, Ariz. (Marana) 30 Tony Wingate, 6-1, 200, *So., SQ, Tucson, Ariz. (Sahuaro) CB 6 Darrell Brooks, 6-0, 191, *Fr., RS, Moreno Valley, Calif. (Moreno Valley) 9 Gary Love, 5-10, 180, Jr., 2L, Los Angeles, Calif. (Jefferson) FS 47 Jarvie Worcester, 6-0, 204, *Sr., 3L, La Jolla, Calif. (La Jolla) 19 Lamon Means, 6-3, 190, Fr., HS, Galena Park, Texas, (Galena Park) CB 2 David Hinton, 6-1, 175, *Sr., 2L, San Diego, Calif. (Lincoln Prep) 3 Jason Martin, 5-10, 175, Fr., HS, Pasadena, Calif. (Muir)
PK 28 Bobby Gill, 5-11, 190, *So., SQ, Littleton, Colo. (Mullen) 3 Sean Keel, 6-0, 187, Jr., 2L, Littleton, Colo. (Mullen) KO 34 Ryan Slack, 6-1, 195, So., 1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Salpointe Catholic) or 20 James Molina, 5-11, 195, Jr., SQ, Tucson, Ariz. (Pueblo/East Los Angeles CC) P 20 James Molina, 5-11, 195, Jr., SQ, Tucson, Ariz. (Pueblo/East Los Angeles CC) or 43 Danny Baugher, 5-10, 185, Fr., HS, Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe) Hold 10 Jason Johnson, 6-2, 215, *Sr., 3L, Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers) Snaps LS 50 Ben DalMolin, , 6-0, 210, So., 1L, Globe, Ariz. (Globe) PK 42 Joe Siofele, 6-2, 255, *Jr., 2L, Waipahu, Hawaii (St. Louis) -- or 67 Keoki Franser Returns 1 Bobby Wade (P/KO), 4 Andrae Thurman (KO/P), 9 Gary Love (KO), 3 Jason Martin (KO)