October 19, 1997 |
There were dropped punts and passes and handoffs. There was a three-point deficit after one quarter, a 100-yard deficit after one half. The eventual comeback decision--UCLA 34, Oregon State 10--felt more like a gasp than a victory. In all, a wonderful day for Bruin Chris Rubio. Then again, for the last three years, every fall Saturday is a wonderful day for Chris Rubio. The imperfect Mr. Perfect. For three years, Rubio has done nothing but hike the ball on Bruin special teams.
January 30, 2011 |
If Tanner Gibas of Covina Charter Oak ever makes it to the NFL, those who knew him early in high school will have a hard time believing it. "I was never into sports," he said. "I never liked football. I played Gremlin flag football and didn't like it at all. My dad said, 'Try one more time.' I thought I was going to be skateboarding and go to film school to make movies because that's all I liked to do. I never thought I'd be playing college football. It's very weird. " Guess what position Gibas plays?
October 23, 1999
Pasadena 14, Hoover 12--Hoover quarterback Daniel Shepard was stopped short on a two-point conversion attempt with 3:25 remaining at Pasadena City College. Joshua Witkop had scored on an eight-yard run for Hoover (1-6, 0-2), following a 76-yard kickoff return by Chris Rubio. Pasadena improved to 2-5, 1-1.
August 27, 2013 |
The long-underappreciated long snappers are starting to be recognized, and not for bad things. They've become important contributors in the success of a football team. Competent snaps on punts, extra points and field goals have helped lead to victory. Chris Rubio , a private tutor, has come up with a list of top long snappers in Southern California, led by Damien's Tanner Carew (see video above). Carew, an Oregon commit, also is pretty good at figuring out a Rubik's Cube.
September 13, 1995 |
Will Bruin tailback Karim Abdul-Jabbar, sidelined because of a deep bruise in his lower back, play in Saturday's Pacific 10 opener against Oregon at the Rose Bowl? "Right now," he said Tuesday, "I'm leaning toward not playing." Abdul-Jabbar felt well enough Tuesday to make it onto the practice field as a spectator. He felt well enough to jog a bit and do some high-stepping in place. But that's when he felt a jolt in the injured area.
August 30, 1997 |
Linebacker Brian Willmer calls Fullerton home, but his ties to Washington are as strong as his first name. When Willmer's father, Wes, was a student at Seattle Pacific in the 1960s, he served as an orderly and traveling companion for Brian Sternberg, who set the world record in the pole vault at 16 feet 8 inches while at the University of Washington. Sternberg suffered severe spinal injuries in 1964, losing the use of his arms and legs, in a trampoline accident while preparing for the Olympics.