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Brady Rewriting Passing Records

September 19, 2000|VINCE KOWALICK

The impressive Cal State Northridge career of Marcus Brady reached its most significant milestone Saturday when the junior quarterback from San Diego became the Matadors' career passing leader in a 49-26 loss to Northern Arizona.

Brady's seven-yard scoring pass to Gil Rodriguez late in the first half was part of a 352-yard performance at North Campus Stadium that raised his career total to 6,897 yards, breaking the mark of 6,766 by Aaron Flowers, a former Matador assistant and Brady's former mentor.

Of course, the record was expected. By the time Brady graduates, he likely will hold every significant Northridge passing record. In fact, he already holds most of them.

Last season, Brady set school records with 483 attempts and 299 completions.

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Speaking of Northridge records, keep tabs on safety Travis Campbell, who recorded his second interception of the season against Northern Arizona.

Campbell had another interception nullified by a penalty and has consistently been around the ball.

The single-season record for interceptions by a Northridge player is nine, shared by Danny Garrett in 1975 and Joseph Vaughn in 1994.

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If Jamaal Perry was a Timex watch. . . . well, you know the analogy.

At 5 feet 10 and 160 pounds, Perry is the smallest Matador, save for kicker Derek Brown.

But kickers tend to be puny. Receivers and kick-return specialists don't.

Yet, although diminutive, Perry has proven he can measure up.

He caught three passes for 39 yards against Northern Arizona, raising his season total to five. He had a 24-yard reception in overtime that set up Northridge's winning touchdown in a 19-13 victory over Southwest Texas State.

Perry also returns punts and kickoffs and is the Matadors' leader in kick returns with six. He averages 19.4 yards a return.

Perry also takes his share of licks, and he absorbed his share of hard tackles against Northern Arizona. But he doesn't complain.

"I go out of there and I think in my mind that I'm not the smallest guy out there," Perry said. "I gotta tell myself that. But I have a big heart. I can take a hit."

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