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COLLEGE FOOTBALL DAILY REPORT : UCLA : Can Stanford Get Jump on Lawrence?

October 27, 1994|JIM HODGES

Only a week after having to deal with Arizona receiver Richard Dice, who is 6 feet 2, UCLA's Teddy Lawrence will be looking uphill again on Saturday. Make that farther uphill, at 6-6 Justin Armour, Stanford's leading receiver.

Lawrence, a 5-9 cornerback, struggled with Dice, particularly on an eight-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Lawrence never had a chance on the perfectly thrown ball.

"That's really the only place where the receiver has an advantage on me: at the goal line," he said. "Any other place, I'm all right because I'm faster. If he gets a good jump and I get a good jump, he's going to get the ball because he's taller. But if his jump is just OK, I can deal with it."

Nobody relishes playing against a receiver a half-foot or more taller, but it's nothing new for Lawrence.

"I get it every day in practice from (6-2) Kevin Jordan and (6-5) J.J. Stokes," Lawrence said. "They're probably the best in the country."

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Coach Terry Donahue on seeing Stokes catch a touchdown pass from Wayne Cook during practice: "Days of old, days of old." . . . Stanford linebacker Coy Gibbs on UCLA's six-game losing streak: "I wish they'd won last week. It might be easier for us." . . . UCLA's game at Arizona State on Nov. 12 will be at 7 p.m. PST, an hour later than scheduled. The change is because the game will be broadcast on ESPN. . . . Saturday is UCLA's homecoming game.

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