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Illinois’ Walter Young to play in East-West Shrine game

[AUG. 7, 2002]  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — A group of 32 outstanding college football players are among the early commitments to play in the 78th annual East-West Shrine game, which will be on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco. Jack Hart, executive director of the Shrine game, made the announcement. Walter Young of the University of Illinois has committed to play on the East team.

"We are delighted. It is tremendous to have such top-flight football players making this early commitment to the East-West Shrine game. This initial group includes 21 players for the West team and 11 players for the East squad," Hart said.

The roster of 32 players has four 2002 Heisman trophy candidates; the 2001 Ivy League Player of the Year; the Pac-10 Conference passing yards/touchdowns leader; academic honors candidates; players from the three military academies (Air Force, Army, Navy); as well as other heralded offensive and defensive linemen and backs.

The West team head coach is Mike Price of Washington State University. Tyrone Willingham, University of Notre Dame’s head coach, will guide the East squad.

Tickets for the 78th East-West Shrine game are now on sale and can be purchased at the Pacific Bell Park ticket office; (510) 762-2277; at all Giants Dugout stores; and online at or


East team

(First commitments for 2003 East-West Shrine game)

Josh Brindel, defensive lineman, U.S. Naval Academy. Team co-captain. One of Navy’s all- time defensive linemen. with 44 tackles. Lombardi Award candidate.

Chris Crocker, safety, Marshall University. 2001 first team All-MAC (Mid-American Conference).

Clarence Holmes, defensive lineman, U.S. Military Academy (Army). One of Conference USA’s top defensive linemen. Led Army’s defense corps with seven sacks.

Dan Klecko, defensive lineman, Temple University. 2001 unanimous first team All-Big East with 62 tackles; 19.5 tackles for loss. Son of former NFL star Joe Klecko.

Dan Koppen, offensive center, Boston College. All-Big East. One of the best centers in the nation.

Byron Leftwich, quarterback, Marshall University. 2002 Heisman trophy candidate. Second in yards passing in Division 1A in 2001.

Billy McMullen, receiver, University of Virginia. First team All-ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference).

Carl Morris, receiver, Harvard University. 2001 Ivy League Player of the Year.

Steve Sciullo, offensive lineman, Marshall University. 2001 first team All-MAC (Mid-American Conference).

Brian St. Pierre, quarterback, Boston College. All-Big East in 2001 as he passed for 2,106 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Walter Young, receiver, University of Illinois. Member of Big Ten champions, with 50 receptions, 890 yards and eight touchdowns.

West team

(First commitments for 2003 East-West Shrine game)

Nick Barnett, linebacker, Oregon State University. All PAC-10 honors candidate in 2002. Had impressive 73 tackles in 2001.

Bernard Berrian, receiver, Fresno State University. First team All-WAC (Western Athletic Conference) in 2001.


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Lance Briggs, linebacker, University of Arizona. 2001 first team All-PAC-10; 2002 Preseason Street & Smith All-American; Nagurski and Butkus awards candidate.

Nick Burley, defensive lineman, Fresno State University. 2001 first team All-WAC (Western Athletic Conference).

Kerry Carter, running back, Stanford University. Academic honors candidate. One of the PAC-10’s top-ranked power running backs.

Wes Crawley, cornerback, U.S. Air Force Academy. All-MWC (Mountain West Conference). Top pass defender, with 57 tackles, three interceptions.

Kevin Curtis, receiver, Utah State University. Led the nation in 2001 NCAA Division I with 100 pass receptions and was No. 3 in receiving yards, with 1,531.

Jason Gesser, quarterback, Washington State University. 2001 PAC-10 Conference leader in passing and touchowns. 2002 Heisman trophy candidate.

Dwone Hicks, running back, Middle Tennessee State University. No. 2 scoring leader in the nation. 2002 Heisman trophy candidate.

Keenan Howry, receiver, University of Oregon. 2001 All PAC-10 first team. Oregon’s top receiver, with 49 receptions, 649 yards, eight touchdowns.

Casey Moore, fullback, Stanford University. Academic honors candidate. Excellent rusher, blocker, receiver, team leader.

David Moretti, linebacker, University of Oregon. One of the squad’s leaders in 2001, with 81 tackles.


Spencer Nead, tight end, Brigham Young University. All-MWC (Mountain West Conference). Had 22 receptions, five touchdowns in 2001. Big target; great blocker.

Carson Palmer, quarterback, University of Southern California. 2002 Heisman trophy candidate.

Morgan Pears, offensive lineman, Colorado State University. One of the nation’s top offensive tackles. Team’s most consistent player; 20 straight starts.

Troy Polamalu, safety, University of Southern California. 2001 first team All-PAC-10 preseason All-American.

Tim Provost, offensive tackle, San Jose State University. One of the best offensive linemen in the WAC (Western Athletic Conference). SJSU three-year starter.

Derrick Roche, offensive guard, Washington State University. 2001 first team All PAC-10. Ranked as one of the PAC-10s best guards.

Chad Setterstrom, offensive lineman, Northern Iowa University. 2002 Street & Smith preseason Division 1AA All-American.

Marcus Trufant, cornerback, Washington State University. Ranked one of the nation’s premier cornerbacks.

Seneca Wallace, quarterback, Iowa State University. 2001 Big-12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year; Independence Bowl Offensive MVP.

[News release]

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By Jeff Mayfield

[JULY 29, 2002]  I have to admit that I turned the TV off long before the Cardinals stunned the Cubs 10-9 last night on Edgar Renteria’s three-run walk-off bomb! The Redbirds scored six times in the bottom of the ninth to finish off a near-perfect day! Cards are now five games in front of the Reds and six ahead of the Astros.

Ozzie Smith was the only player inducted to the Hall of Fame on Sunday as well. I didn’t get to catch his acceptance speech, but friends said it was hilarious and a wonderful moment… and some of those guys are Cubs fans!

Lance Armstrong won his fourth Tour de France. He just must be the biggest stud in that sport.

Didn’t see much of the men’s golf tourneys this weekend, but the women’s play was outstanding. I believe Park won in a sudden death playoff. Kelli Kuhene fizzled the last two days, and Annika almost came back to win again. I really recommend that you go out and see these ladies play when they come to Springfield. It’s worth the price of admission!

[Jeff Mayfield]

[July 22 Mutterings:  "Summer ramblings..."]


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