Sept. 19, 2004
UTAH STATE WEEKLY FOOTBALL RELEASE
Game #4 at UNLV
Sat., Sept. 25, 8:05 p.m. (Mountain) Sam Boyd Stadium (36,800) Las Vegas, Nev.
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Utah State (1-2, 1-0 Sun Belt) Date Opponent Time/Res. Sept. 4 at Alabama L 17-48 Sept. 11 IDAHO* W 14-7 Sept. 18 UTAH (#15) (KJZZ-TV) L 6-48 Sept. 25 at UNLV (UPN-TV) 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at Troy* (KJZZ-TV) 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9 NO. TEXAS* (HC) 6:05 p.m. Oct. 16 at Clemson 11 a.m. Oct. 23 Bye Oct. 30 at Middle Tenn.* 1 p.m. Nov. 6 at UL-Monroe* 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Ark. St.* (KJZZ) 5:05 p.m. Nov. 20 NEW MEXICO ST.* 1:05 p.m. * - Sun Belt Conference game. All times are Mountain.
UNLV (0-3, 0-1 Mountain West) Date Opponent Sept. 5 at Tennessee L 17-42 Sept. 11 at Wisconsin L 3-18 Sept. 18 AIR FORCE L 10-27 Sept. 25 UTAH STATE Oct. 2 NEVADA Oct. 8 at Brigham Young Oct. 16 NEW MEXICO Oct. 23 at Utah Nov. 6 WYOMING Nov. 13 at Colorado State Nov. 20 at San Diego State
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September 12, 2004
Aggies Travel To UNLV For First Time Since 1995
QUICKLY -- Utah State (1-2, 1-0 Sun Belt) heads to UNLV (0-3, 0-1 Mountain West) on Saturday, Sept. 25 for an 8:05 p.m. kickoff that will be televised back to the state of Utah by SportsWest on UPN... Utah State plays six of its next seven games on the road... The Aggies are 4-22 away from Logan in the Mick Dennehy era and have lost nine straight away contests since winning 19-16 at Troy on Nov. 16, 2002... However, USU has a four-game winning streak at UNLV (1989-95)... USU is 17-23 vs. non-ranked opponents in the Mick Dennehy era.
ON THE AIR -- All Utah State football games are carried on the Aggie Radio Network with Al "Three Years In Vegas" Lewis calling the play-by-play and Ken "Three paychecks lost in Vegas" Beazer providing analysis. Saturday's game will be televised in the state of Utah by SportsWest on UPN with Blaine Fowler and Craig Hislop calling the action.
TRAVEL PLANS -- Utah State will charter a flight to Las Vegas and practice at Sam Boyd Stadium on Friday at 2:30 p.m. Coach Mick Dennehy will be available for the media prior to practice and the first 15 minutes will be open. Mike Strauss will accompany the team and can be reached by cell phone at (435) 770-3131. USU will stay at the Double Tree Club Hotel.
LAST TIME OUT -- Fifteenth-ranked Utah scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and added three more in the second to take a 41-0 lead into the lockerroom en route to a 48-6 win at Utah State on Sept. 18. Utah ran up 301 yards of total offense in the first half before finishing the game with 441 yards. The Aggies were limited to 104 yards at the break and finished with 295. USU's lone score of the game came on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Travis Cox to Tarrell Richards with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter. The Aggies drove 55 yards in seven plays to get the score. The play was Richards' first career catch and came in the first game he has played at USU. Aggie quarterback Travis Cox was 17 of 28 passing for 163 yards and threw a touchdown pass for the 14th time in his 15 career starts. However, he also threw two first-half interceptions. USU rushed for just 48 yards on 35 carries while passing for 247 yards as Leon Jackson III and Matt Crivello split playing time at quarterback beginning in the middle of the third quarter. Wide receiver Kevin Robinson continued to play well and after catching five passes in each of the first two games, the freshman hauled in seven balls for 70 yards on Saturday. Defensively Andre Bala, who earned his first collegiate start in place of the injured Terrance Washington at free safety, responded with a game-best 10 tackles. LB Jared Johnstun added eight stops, including a sack, while Jarrett Bush recorded his first career interception and had two passes broken up.
UP NEXT -- Utah State will play its second straight road game when it heads to Troy on Oct. 2. That game will be televised back to Utah on KJZZ-TV at 5 p.m. Mountain time. The Aggies pulled off a come-from-behind 19-16 overtime win at Troy in 2002 before losing 23-14 at home against the Trojans last year.
THREE DOWN, EIGHT TO GO -- In its first three games, Utah State has played two opponents, who both own perfect 3-0 records in Alabama and Utah (Idaho is 0-3). Only one future Aggie opponent has a winning record as of Sept. 18 (Troy is 2-1). The three teams USU has played are a combined 6-3 this year, while the upcoming eight opponents are a combined 5-17.
COACH MICK DENNEHY -- Utah State is in its fifth year under head coach Mick Dennehy (Montana, 1973), who was hired on Dec. 3, 1999. He compiled a 39-12 record (76.5 percent) in four years at Montana. His five wins in his first year at Utah State tied for the best mark by a first-year Aggie coach since Phil Krueger won seven games in 1973 (Dennehy is the seventh coach since then). In 2001 he guided the Aggies in their first Independent schedule since 1977. The Aggies played four top-25 teams and five bowl teams in 2001. Realizing the improvement USU was making on and off the field, Dennehy was rewarded with a two-year contract extension on Nov. 30, 2001 which will keep him in Logan through 2005. In 2002, Dennehy's team faced four bowl teams en route to a 4-7 mark. Last year the Aggies met two ranked teams in the preseason and started conference play 3-1 before losing its last three league games by a total of just 21 points. Prior to assuming the head coaching role at Montana, he served as the school's offensive coordinator for five seasons, producing one of the nation's top offenses. In Dennehy's nine years overall at Montana, the Grizzlies ranked in the top four in the country in passing offense every year and in the top five in scoring and total offense in five of his last seven seasons. Before going to Montana, Dennehy revived the program at Western Montana, which had dropped football in 1987. In three years he improved the team from a 1-6 record to a 5-3 mark.
Year School Overall Pct. Conf. Pct. Notes 1988 West. Montana 1-6 .143 1-5/5th .167 Revived Program 1989 West. Montana 4-4 .500 2-4/4th .333 1990 West. Montana 5-3 .625 3-3/3rd .500 1996 Montana 14-1 .933 8-0/1st 1.000 Nat'l Runners-up 1997 Montana 8-4 .667 6-2/2nd .750 0-1 in playoffs 1998 Montana 8-4 .667 6-2/1st .750 Big Sky Champ. 1999 Montana 9-3 .750 7-1/1st .875 Big Sky Champ. 2000 Utah State 5-6 .455 4-1/2nd .800 1 win from bowl 2001 Utah State 4-7 .364 N/A N/A Played 4 top 25 2002 Utah State 4-7 .364 N/A N/A 4 '01 bowl opp. 2003 Utah State 3-9 .250 3-4/t4th .429 1st yr. in Sun Belt 2004 Utah State 1-2 .333 1-0 1.000 1-0 in Sun Belt Western Montana (3 yrs.) 10-13 .435 6-12 .333 Revived Program Montana (4 years) 39-12 .765 27-5 .844 Four playoffs Utah State (5 years) 17-31 .354 8-5 .615 50th career win Totals (12 years) 66-56 .541 41-22 .651 3-4 in playoffs
SEASON CAPTAINS -- For the second straight season, Utah State has selected season captains. QB Travis Cox (#4) will represent the offense, LB Robert Watts (#30) will represent the defense and CB/KOR Jerome Dennis (#20) will represent the special teams units. Each week the USU coaches will select a game captain to join the regular season captains.
Game - Captains
Alabama - OL Ronald Tupea and CB Cornelius Lamb Idaho - WR Kevin Robinson Utah - DT Ronald Tupea UNLV - TBA Troy - TBA North Texas - TBA Clemson - TBA Middle Tennessee - TBA UL-Monroe - TBA Arkansas State - TBA New Mexico State - TBA
USU-UNLV SERIES -- Utah State leads the all-time series with UNLV by a 10-5 count, including a 5-3 advantage in games played at Las Vegas. USU has in fact won seven of the last eight meetings and has won on each of its last four visits to Las Vegas. The schools were both members of the Big West Conference from 1982-95 when 13 of the 15 meetings occurred. The other two matchups occurred in 1971 (USU won 27-7) and 1973 (won 7-3). The last meeting between the two schools was 1995 when the Aggies posted a 42-0 win at Las Vegas.
USU-UNLV NOTE-ABLE -- USU head coach Mick Dennehy has never coached against UNLV as a head coach... UNLV offensive coordinator Bruce Snyder was head coach at Utah State from 1976-82... UNLV defensive line coach Craig Wederquist was an assistant coach at Utah State from 1988-91... USU does not have any players from the state of Nevada... UNLV TE Jesse Knight played at Pine View High School in St. George, Utah as well as Dixie State, while DE Isaiah Tafua is from Taylorsville and Dixie State... In addition, DB Shannon Nowden transferred from Weber State and FB Derek Niggemeier transferred from Southern Utah... New USU assistant basketball coach Dave Rice came to USU from UNLV where he was a legendary player (at least that is what he tells us) and assistant coach.
USU-UNLV LAST TIME -- Abu Wilson rushed for a career-high 251 yards on 29 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead Utah State to a 42-0 victory at UNLV on Nov. 11, 1995. After taking a 14-0 lead into halftime, the Aggies scored on four straight possessions in the second half to break the game open. USU outgained UNLV 548 to 324 and forced six Rebel turnovers. Wilson's 251 yards were the third most in USU history and now stand sixth. Patrick Mullins was 17 of 28 for 208 passing yards, while Kevin Alexander pulled in 11 receptions for 107 yards. Attendance at the game was just 5,041.
USU VS. THE MOUNTAIN WEST -- Utah State owns a 144-193-13 record against current members of the Mountain West Conference, including last Saturday's 48-6 loss to Utah. The Aggies have lost four straight games to teams in the Mountain West Conference since beating New Mexico 45-44 in overtime in 2002.
ROAD STRETCH -- This year Utah State plays just four home games all season and is already half way through the home season as of Sept. 18. USU's last two home games are Oct. 9 vs. North Texas and Nov. 20 vs. New Mexico State. The Aggies are playing six of their next seven games on the road. Similar long road stretches for the Aggies include five of six during 1996, five of six in 1986, and an identical six of seven to start the 1972 season,
ROBINSON LEADS NATION'S FRESHMEN -- Utah State WR Kevin Robinson enters this week as the top receiving freshman in the country. Robinson is averaging 5.67 receptions and 78.00 yards per game. The 78 yards are 5.67 yards better than the next freshman - Calvin Johnson of Georgia Tech, while the 5.67 receptions are tied with Colorado State's Johnny Walker. Among all players Robinson is 30th in receptions and 39th in yards.
IT IS EARLY, BUT... -- Freshman Kevin Robinson leads the team with 17 receptions for 234 yards through three games and no freshman has ever led the Aggies in receiving in a season. In addition, freshman Chris Forbes is the team's leading rusher with 81 yards on 26 carries and only two freshmen have ever led the team in rushing in a year as Demetrius Brown had a team-best 289 yards in 1986 and Abu Wilson rushed for 795 yards in 1992.
USU Best Freshman Receiving Seasons
1. Abu Wilson 795 1992 2. Chris Stallworth 289 2000 3. Rod Moore 240 1988 KEVIN ROBINSON 234 2004
USU Best Freshman Rushing Seasons
1. David Fiefia 334 2000 2. Demario Brown 700 1996 3. Tim Tagaloa 395 1985 CHRIS FORBES 81 2004
FOUR WITH FIVE? -- WR Kevin Robinson has caught at least five passes in all three games this year and the last time an Aggie player caught at least five balls in four straight games was Kevin Curtis, who accomplished that feat in the first six games of 2002. Curtis had a three-game streak later in 2002 and last year TE Chris Cooley had a three-game streak to end 2003 (Cooley also caught at least five passes in four games he played in, which was interrupted with a two-game injury).
THROUGH THE AIR -- Utah State has scored five touchdowns in three games (all pass plays) and of the four players who have scored for the Aggies, three are freshmen. Freshmen WR Kevin Robinson has two touchdown receptions, while TB Chris Forbes and WR Tarrell Richards each have one. Sophomore Tony Pennyman has the other score. Richards' first career catch was for a score in his first collegiate game against Utah.
AGGIES FIFTH NATIONALLY IN PUNTING -- Utah State is averaging 42.61 yards in net punting after three games to rank fifth in the country. Ben Chaet is 16th individually nationally with a 44.12 average and the Aggies have allowed an average of just 7.9 yards on nine returns.
NCAA Net Punting Avg.
1. Tennessee 50.40 2. Louisville 46.00 3. BYU 44.27 4. Maryland 43.88 5. UTAH STATE 42.61
COX POISED TO MOVE UP USU PASSING LIST -- Utah State QB Travis Cox, who has made 15 consecutive starts, enters the week with 3,353 career passing yards. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 14 of his 15 starts.
USU Career Passing Yardage List
7. Ron Lopez 4182 (needs 830) 8. Patrick Mullins 3759 (needs 407) 9. John Pappas 3606 (needs 254) 10. Jeff Crosbie 3408 (needs 56) TRAVIS COX 3353
Other USU Career Marks
7th Completions (297) 9th Attempts (518) 8th Touchdown Passes (24) 2nd Percentage (.573)
OFFENSIVE NOTES -- USU produced its best offensive yardage game of the year with 295 yards against Utah (the Utes are 56th in the country in total defense and 12th in scoring defense)... USU had the ball for 31:53 against Utah to own the time of possession advantage for the first time in six games... USU scored just six points against the Utes, its fewest points in the last 25 games (lost 23-3 to Utah to open the 2002 season)... USU continues to spread the ball around in the passing game as eight different Aggies had receptions against Utah to extend the Aggies' streak of eight straight games with at least seven players catching the ball... This year 11 different Aggies already have receptions... All five of USU's touchdowns this year have been on pass plays, including three that have come from outside the red zone... USU has produced 27 pass plays of at least 20 yards (the opponents 19), but only four rushes of at least 10 yards this year... USU ran just 59 plays vs. Alabama and 55 vs. Idaho before taking 73 snaps against Utah... USU has not scored more than once in a quarter for 15 consecutive quarters... USU has scored on just three of its nine trips into the red zone this year... USU has turned the ball over on 25 percent of its possessions this season (10 of 40)... USU is averaging 3.33 turnovers per game this season after averaging just 2.5 per game last season (and the opponent has scored six touchdowns off of USU's 10 turnovers this year).
DEFENSIVE NOTES -- USU has recorded an interception in each of its last two games after not recording a pickoff in four straight games... The Aggies have forced just three turnovers this year (which the offense turned into two touchdowns)... Utah's 41 first-half points were the most allowed in a half by USU since Boise State scored 42 in the opening half in 2002... USU has had a player with at least 10 tackles in each of the first three games (FS Terrance Washington-13 vs. Alabama, LB Robert Watts-12 vs. Idaho and FS Andre Bala-10 vs. Utah)... Two weeks ago, USU's defense limited Idaho to one touchdown off of the Aggies' five turnovers.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES -- As mentioned earlier, USU is fifth in the NCAA in net punting... P Ben Chaet has landed seven of his 17 punts inside the 20-yard line... USU has attempted just one field goal this season (Chaet made a career-long 44-yarder, the longest field goal by an Aggie since Brad Bohn hit a 44-yarder vs. Arkansas State in 2000)... USU's Ronald Tupea blocked a field goal attempt in the third quarter against Idaho.
USU NOTE-ABLE -- USU is presently starting four freshmen on offense in TB Chris Forbes, WR Kevin Robinson, OG Pace Jorgensen and OT E.J. Reid... USU is 3-2 in known games on Sept. 25, including a 27-7 win vs. UNLV in 1971... USU is just 5-20 in night games in the Mick Dennehy era... USU is 2-10 on artificial turf in the Mick Dennehy era... The opponents are averaging 32:36 of possession time per game to USU's 27:24... After committing just eight penalties in the first two games combined, USU had nine infractions against Utah on Saturday... USU graduate offensive coach Brian Armstrong will celebrate his birthday on Friday, Sept. 24, while offensive coordinator Bob Cole and OC Elliott Tupea will celebrate birthdays on Sunday, Sept. 26.
STARTER NOTEABLE (2004 starts/career starts) Offense LT - Donald Penn (3/24)... Started nine games at right tackle as a freshman and all 12 at left tackle as a sophomore... Has started 24 consecutive games. LG - Victor Eti (3/3)... Made first career start at Alabama... Played enough as a backup to earn a letter last year... Was an offensive tackle as a freshman and then played guard as a sophomore in JC. OC - Elliott Tupea (3/13)... Started at tackle last year, but moved to guard in the preseason and then center right before the year started due to Malik Cin's injury... Made his first start at center against Alabama... Started the first four games at tackle last season before giving way to Brenen Burningham for two games... Returned to start the final six contests. RG - Pace Jorgensen (2/2)... Redshirt freshman made first start against Idaho in second game after seeing playing time in opener at Alabama. RT - E.J. Reid (2/2)... True freshman earned starting spot against Idaho after playing as backup in opener at Alabama... Was on the defensive side of the ball until two weeks before the opener when he was moved to offense. TE - Jason Stephens (2/4)... Did not record any catches against Utah... Had two catches against Idaho for 11 yards... Caught one pass for three yards against Alabama... His eight receptions a year ago are third among all Aggie returnees. TE - Patrick McNutt (1/5)... Recorded second career catch with a three-yard receptions against Utah... Missed the last six games a year ago due to an injury after starting in three of the first six contests... Has just one career catch (two yards vs. Wyoming). FB - Trent Nate (0/3)... Does not have any offensive statistics this year... A three-year lettermen, who has seen a lot of action as a reserve and on special teams. WR - Kevin Robinson (2/2)... Has been USU's top receiver with at least five catches in each of the first three games... The freshman made his career debut by catching five passes for 58 yards and USU's first touchdown of the year (35-yard reception) against Alabama... Came back against Idaho with five catches for 106 yards and another score... Had seven receptions for 70 yards vs. Utah... Joined TB Chris Forbes as freshman starters in the season opener... The younger brother of Aggie secondary coach John Rushing. WR - Raymond Hicks (2/9)... Had a combined five catches in the first two games, but did not have a reception vs. Utah... Had 13 receptions for 183 yards and one touchdown in nine games last year... USU's leading returning receiver. WR - Rod McNeal (2/2)... Caught two passes for 35 yards (18 and 17 yard receptions), ran twice for 15 yards, threw an incomplete pass and returned two kickoffs for 40 yards in his Aggie debut against Alabama... Caught one ball against Idaho for just six yards... Touched the ball nine times vs. Utah (five receptions and four rushes)... Has good speed and should be a factor this year at wide receiver as well as in the return game. WR Tony Pennyman (3/4)... Has caught at least four passes in each of the first three games... Had a touchdown reception against Idaho... Had four receptions for a season-best 73 yards vs. Utah on Saturday... Contributed last year and caught at least one pass in each of the last three games... Had 10 receptions a year ago, with three coming against Arkansas State. QB - Travis Cox (3/15)... Entered the year having thrown just seven interceptions in 21 career games, including 12 starts, but has thrown six pickoffs in the first three games this year... Has started 15 consecutive games... Has thrown for at least one touchdown in 14 of his 15 starts with multiple touchdown passes in six of his last nine starts... Reached the 3,000 career passing yardage mark against Idaho... Second-team all-Sun Belt Conference last year... USU's co-offensive player of the year with TE Chris Cooley, who is now with the Washington Redskins... Started all 12 games last season and led the Sun Belt Conference in passing (232.6) and total offense (237.0)... Threw for 2,791 yards and 18 touchdowns to just seven interceptions in first season as a starter. TB Chris Forbes (3/3)... Joined Kevin Robinson as true freshmen who started the season opener... Rushed 11 times for 28 yards in his collegiate debut and added a 21-yard touchdown reception for his first career score... Had 44 yards on just six carries against Idaho... Had just nine yards on nine carries vs. Utah... Was highly recruited out of Miami, but an injury scared many schools away.
Defense LT - Ronald Tupea (3/33)... Has started a team-high 33 consecutive games and a team-best 33 games overall... Had six tackles and blocked a field goal attempt against Idaho... Moved from nose guard last year to tackle this season... Had just one tackle against Alabama... Second-team all-Sun Belt Conference... USU's outstanding defensive lineman... Started all 12 games on the defensive line... Had 35 tackles with eight for loss, including six sacks... A three-year starter. NG - Brent Pollock (1/2)... Made second career start against Utah... Had four tackles vs. Alabama, three vs. Idaho and two vs. Utah this year... Has nine tackles this year after posting 13 all of last season. RT - Michael Gates (3/6)... Did not record any statistics in the season opener, but had four tackles against Idaho and three against Utah... Started the first three games a year ago due to John Chick's injury. STUD - Kelly Poppinga (3/3)... Made first career start and responded with three tackles against Alabama... Made eight stops against Idaho and four against Utah... Last year he had five tackles in six games. SAM - Jared Johnstun (3/4)... Led USU linebackers with six tackles against Alabama in just his second career start... Recorded seven tackles, including a sack on Idaho's final play... Matched his career high with eight tackles against Utah on Saturday. MAC - Robert Watts (3/28)... Recorded just four tackles against Alabama. his fewest since recording an identical four in the 2002 season opener against Utah... Bounced back with a team-best 12 tackles against Idaho... Then had just two tackles vs. Utah, his fewest since recording just two against South Florida in 2001... Second-team all-Sun Belt Conference in 2003... USU's outstanding linebacker... Earned team's Golden Helmet award as hardest hitter... Served as a team captain... Led USU with 118 tackles... Had five games with at least 10 tackles, including a season-high 17 against Troy State. WILL - Nate Fredrick (3/12)... Had five tackles against Alabama, but none against Idaho and just two vs. Utah... A consistent player all last season, finishing with 46 tackles, eighth on the team... Had a season-high eight tackles against New Mexico State. LC - Jerome Dennis (3/8)... Had seven tackles against Alabama, second on the team, in his first game since the third contest of last season... Increased that to nine tackles against Idaho... Had one tackle against Utah before leaving the game with a back injury... Started the first three games of last season before a blood clot was found in his shoulder stopping his season... Returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown against BYU in 2002. SS Joe Lindsay (3/3)... Made his first collegiate start and responded with four tackles against Alabama... Recorded a sack among his career-best eight tackles against Idaho... Had three stops against Utah... Played as the nickel back in 2003... Had an interception and forced a fumble against Arkansas State last year. FS - Andre Bala (1/1)... Made first career start against Utah in place of the injured Terrance Washington and responded with a career-high, game-high 10 tackles... Had eight combined tackles in the first two games as well as a sack against Idaho... Redshirted last year with a foot injury. RC - Cornelius Lamb (3/10)... Made five tackles against Utah on Saturday... Had three tackles and broke up two passes against Alabama... Recorded an interception, one PBU and a career-best nine tackles against Idaho... Finished last season with 26 tackles... Had two interceptions and two passes broken up... Fifteen of his 26 tackles on the year came in the last three games.
Special Teams P/PK - Ben Chaet... Ranks 16th in the country in punting average at 44.1... Has dropped seven of his 17 punts inside the 20-yard line... Had best game of his career against Idaho with a 47.8 average on five punts that included 61 and 60-yard punts as well as four inside the 20-yard line... Against Alabama he recorded a career-long 44-yard field goal and averaged 43.4 yards on seven punts... USU's special teams MVP a year ago... Averaged 40.3 yards per punt while dropping 18 punts inside the 20-yard line and recording 11 50-plus yard punts... Also made three of four field goals on the season as USU attempted just eight field goals on the year... Connected on eight of nine PATs as well.
Other FS Terrance Washington (Injured) -- Was USU's leading tackler with 13 stops, his fourth straight double-digit tackle game, against Alabama... Also recorded his first career sack against the Tide... Made five stops against Idaho... Second-team Freshman All-American by College Football News last year... Second-team all-Sun Belt Conference... USU's outstanding freshman... His 93 tackles were third on the team and he led the Aggies with five interceptions... He ranked among the top 10 freshmen in the country in tackles per game and was second among the nation's first-year players in interceptions (29th overall).
Utah State Depth Chart (as of Sept. 19)
Pos. No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr. Exp. LT 72 Donald Penn 6-3 313 Jr. 2L 69 Casey Crookston 6-6 321 Fr. RS 68 Josh Hoehne 6-5 288 So. 1L
LG 61 Victor Eti 6-3 330 Sr. 1L 50 Steve Jacson II 6-1 271 Fr. RS
OC 78 Elliott Tupea 6-2 311 Sr. 1L 62 Brent DeLadurantey 6-3 314 So. JC
RG 63 Pace Jorgensen 6-5 325 Fr. HS 76 Malik Cin 6-4 318 So. 1L
RT 79 E.J. Reid 6-2 302 Fr. HS 74 Justin Schlimgen 6-2 283 Jr. JC 65 Brenen Burningham 6-7 293 Sr. 3L
TE 87 Jason Stephens 6-4 245 So. 1L 88 Jimmy Bohm 6-2 255 Fr. RS
TE 86 Patrick McNutt 6-6 250 Jr. 2L 45 Nick George 6-2 246 Jr. 2L
FB 47 Trent Nate 5-10 232 Sr. 3L 88 Jimmy Bohm 6-2 255 Fr. RS
WR 6 Kevin Robinson 6-0 188 Fr. HS 8 Lawrence Lovelace 5-10 168 Jr. JC
WR 5 Raymond Hicks 5-10 188 Sr. 1L 85 Brandon Schneider 6-3 187 Fr. RS
WR 1 Tony Pennyman 5-9 163 So. 1L 82 Blake Garrett 6-3 185 Jr. JC
WR 23 Rod McNeal 5-8 185 Jr. JC QB 4 Travis Cox 6-2 208 Sr. 3L 7 Leon Jackson III 6-1 190 Fr. RS or 12 Matt Crivello 6-1 208 Sr. 1L
TB 2 Chris Forbes 5-11 185 Fr. HS 34 Peter Shields 6-0 255 Sr. JC
Pos. No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr. Exp. LT 92 Ronald Tupea 6-2 295 Sr. 3L 57 Frank Maile 6-1 261 Fr. HS 44 Eric Rapley 6-1 255 Sr. 1L
NG 66 Brent Pollock 6-1 309 Sr. 1L 75 Ryan DeQuillettes 6-3 281 Jr. 2L 73 Emosi Fiefia 5-11 298 Fr. RS
RT 90 Michael Gates 6-4 243 Jr. 2L 56 Jarom Fano 6-0 247 Jr. 1L 41 Scott Barrett 6-5 242 Fr. RS
STUD 42 Kelly Poppinga 6-2 242 So. 1L 37 John Chick 6-4 246 Jr. 2L
SAM 46 Jared Johnstun 6-3 221 Sr. 2L 48 Jake Stewart 6-4 214 Jr. 2L 53 Spencer Bailey 6-2 220 Fr. HS
MAC 30 Robert Watts 6-4 234 Sr. 3L 51 Matt Wiser 6-0 233 Jr. 2L 99 Josh Anderson 6-0 229 Fr. HS
WILL 40 Nate Fredrick 6-3 236 Jr. 2L 49 D.J. Brookter 6-1 224 Jr. 1L 43 Ryan Taylor 6-4 226 Jr. 2L
LC 20 Jerome Dennis 6-1 192 Sr. 3L 21 Jarrett Bush 6-1 190 Jr. JC
SS 4 Joe Lindsay 5-11 182 So. 1L 24 Antonio Taylor 6-1 200 Fr. RS 36 Ross Luna 5-10 188 Sr. 3L
FS 26 Andre Bala 5-11 189 Jr. RS 10 Vaughn Mansfield 6-2 190 Fr. RS 31 Jason Walker 5-9 180 Jr. JC
RC 29 Cornelius Lamb 6-3 185 Jr. 2L 32 Toriano Taulougo 5-9 180 Fr. HS
Pos. No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr. Exp. P 15 Ben Chaet 6-0 191 Jr. 1L 7 Leon Jackson III 6-1 190 Fr. RS
PK 15 Ben Chaet 6-0 191 Jr. 1L 13 Justin Hamblin 5-11 152 So. 1L
H 7 Leon Jackson III 6-1 190 Fr. RS
LS 51 Matt Wiser 6-0 233 Jr. 2L 45 Nick George 6-2 246 Jr. 2L
SS 45 Nick George 6-2 246 Jr. 2L 51 Matt Wiser 6-0 233 Jr. 2L
Pos. No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr. Exp. KOR 20 Jerome Dennis 6-1 192 Sr. 3L 23 Rod McNeal 5-8 185 Jr. JC 21 Jarrett Bush 6-1 190 Jr. JC 2 Chris Forbes 5-11 185 Fr. HS
PR 21 Jarrett Bush 6-1 190 Jr. JC 23 Rod McNeal 5-8 185 Jr. JC
Kevin Robinson is the nation's leading freshman receiver.