"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; Tickets.com (510) 762-2277; at all Giants Dugout
stores; and online at
(First commitments for 2003 East-West
defensive lineman, U.S. Naval Academy. Team co-captain. One of
Navy’s all- time defensive linemen. with 44 tackles. Lombardi Award
safety, Marshall University. 2001 first team All-MAC (Mid-American
defensive lineman, U.S. Military Academy (Army). One of Conference
USA’s top defensive linemen. Led Army’s defense corps with seven
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.
offensive center, Boston College. All-Big East. One of the best
centers in the nation.
quarterback, Marshall University. 2002 Heisman trophy candidate.
Second in yards passing in Division 1A in 2001.
receiver, University of Virginia. First team All-ACC (Atlantic Coast
receiver, Harvard University. 2001 Ivy League Player of the Year.
offensive lineman, Marshall University. 2001 first team All-MAC
Brian St. Pierre,
quarterback, Boston College. All-Big East in 2001 as he passed for
2,106 yards and 25 touchdowns.
receiver, University of Illinois. Member of Big Ten champions, with
50 receptions, 890 yards and eight touchdowns.
(First commitments for 2003 East-West
linebacker, Oregon State University. All PAC-10 honors candidate in
2002. Had impressive 73 tackles in 2001.
receiver, Fresno State University. First team All-WAC (Western
Athletic Conference) in 2001.
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linebacker, University of Arizona. 2001 first team All-PAC-10; 2002
Preseason Street & Smith All-American; Nagurski and Butkus awards
defensive lineman, Fresno State University. 2001 first team All-WAC
(Western Athletic Conference).
running back, Stanford University. Academic honors candidate. One of
the PAC-10’s top-ranked power running backs.
cornerback, U.S. Air Force Academy. All-MWC (Mountain West
Conference). Top pass defender, with 57 tackles, three
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.
quarterback, Washington State University. 2001 PAC-10 Conference
leader in passing and touchowns. 2002 Heisman trophy candidate.
running back, Middle Tennessee State University. No. 2 scoring
leader in the nation. 2002 Heisman trophy candidate.
receiver, University of Oregon. 2001 All PAC-10 first team. Oregon’s
top receiver, with 49 receptions, 649 yards, eight touchdowns.
fullback, Stanford University. Academic honors candidate. Excellent
rusher, blocker, receiver, team leader.
linebacker, University of Oregon. One of the squad’s leaders in
2001, with 81 tackles.
tight end, Brigham Young University. All-MWC (Mountain West
Conference). Had 22 receptions, five touchdowns in 2001. Big target;
quarterback, University of Southern California. 2002 Heisman trophy
offensive lineman, Colorado State University. One of the nation’s
top offensive tackles. Team’s most consistent player; 20 straight
safety, University of Southern California. 2001 first team
All-PAC-10 preseason All-American.
offensive tackle, San Jose State University. One of the best
offensive linemen in the WAC (Western Athletic Conference). SJSU
offensive guard, Washington State University. 2001 first team All
PAC-10. Ranked as one of the PAC-10s best guards.
offensive lineman, Northern Iowa University. 2002 Street & Smith
preseason Division 1AA All-American.
cornerback, Washington State University. Ranked one of the nation’s
Wallace, quarterback, Iowa
State University. 2001 Big-12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year;
Independence Bowl Offensive MVP.