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September 16, 1994 | JIM HODGES
It was Monday, and J.J. Stokes felt it incumbent on him to call a team meeting and excuse UCLA's coaches. The purpose: talk about Nebraska, No. 1 in one poll, No. 2 in another and probably the toughest team the Bruins would play all season. No. 1? "It's hard to say who is No. 1, No. 2," Stokes told them. "They're not No. 1 with me. Don't go in there with the mindset that they are with you." On Thursday, Stokes added a postscript: No. 1 or 2 or 106, it didn't matter.
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July 29, 1997 | T.J. SIMERS
In most cases there would be no reason to rush it--you know, fly to San Francisco, rent a car, drive more than two hours across Interstate 80 into a July oven beyond Sacramento and onto a construction-ravaged Sierra College campus five weeks before the start of the NFL regular season just to watch J.J. Stokes drop the football. But to watch a truly great bust at work you must seize the opportunity before everyone comes to his senses and moves forward with someone more productive. Right now, J.J.
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August 27, 1994 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was just another scene in that 1993 hit film, "Catcher in the Rose Bowl: The Life and All-American Times of J.J. Stokes," but Jey Phillips wasn't enjoying his role as the fall guy. He got up off the grass and stood for a moment with his mouth open, disbelieving, angry and frustrated beyond belief.
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August 18, 1995
J.J. Stokes, San Francisco's top draft choice and an All-American wide receiver at UCLA, broke a bone in his right hand in a noncontact drill at the 49ers' training camp in Rocklin, Calif., Thursday. Stokes' hand will be in a cast at least four weeks, and he could resume playing in five or six weeks. That would put him out until the fourth or fifth game of the season.
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November 19, 1993 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Begin with what won't happen Saturday. J.J. Stokes won't be covered man to man by a 5-foot-8 USC cornerback. The Trojans know better now. A case could even be made that Larry Smith is unemployed because they tried it a year ago this week, and that John Robinson replaced Smith as USC's coach because Stokes caught six passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-37 UCLA victory. "I don't think Stokes or (USC's Johnnie) Morton or Jerry Rice can be (single-covered)," Robinson said.
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December 30, 1993 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wayne Cook has a message for J.J. Stokes: "Come back and I'll get you the Heisman." Stokes' reply: "If I come back, it's definitely not going to be for the Heisman. I don't care about the Heisman." The if has come more frequently over a dizzying past few weeks that have seen Stokes named an All-American wide receiver, appear on national television with Bob Hope and finish seventh in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
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July 29, 1997 | T.J. SIMERS
In most cases there would be no reason to rush it--you know, fly to San Francisco, rent a car, drive more than two hours across Interstate 80 into a July oven beyond Sacramento and onto a construction-ravaged Sierra College campus five weeks before the start of the NFL regular season just to watch J.J. Stokes drop the football. But to watch a truly great bust at work you must seize the opportunity before everyone comes to his senses and moves forward with someone more productive. Right now, J.J.
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August 18, 1995
J.J. Stokes, San Francisco's top draft choice and an All-American wide receiver at UCLA, broke a bone in his right hand in a noncontact drill at the 49ers' training camp in Rocklin, Calif., Thursday. Stokes' hand will be in a cast at least four weeks, and he could resume playing in five or six weeks. That would put him out until the fourth or fifth game of the season.
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November 8, 1994 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
J.J. Stokes was musing about his place in UCLA lore when he stopped, thought a minute and decided that it really didn't matter. Fame is fleeting. "I thought, 'You'll go down in history,' " Stokes said. "But eventually, Kevin's going to break all of the records anyway." Kevin Jordan has already begun replacing Stokes in the Bruin record book with 1,015 yards receiving this season. The overall mark, including postseason play, is 1,181 yards, within reach in a year that won't include a bowl game.
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January 6, 1994 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A day after losing its top defensive player, linebacker Jamir Miller, who is leaving school to make himself available for the NFL draft, UCLA learned that its No. 1 offensive threat, J.J. Stokes, would be back for his senior season. Stokes, who set Bruin receiving records with 82 catches for 1,181 yards and 17 touchdowns, told Coach Terry Donahue on Wednesday that he had decided to stay in school.
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August 1, 1995 | Associated Press
Wide receiver J.J. Stokes had his first serious training camp practice and it was brutal. Dragging in the heat of Rocklin, Calif., and taking a beating during contact drills, the San Francisco 49ers' top draft pick struggled to keep up with the workout tempo of his teammates. At one point, Coach George Seifert yelled at Stokes to pick it up. "It's nice to get one under my belt. I wouldn't say it was a good practice for me, though," Stokes said.
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July 28, 1995
The San Francisco 49ers can finally get around to turning J.J. Stokes into the next Jerry Rice. After 10 days out of training camp, Stokes, the 10th player selected overall, was signed to a seven-year contract worth $8.4 million. The deal includes a $2.85-million signing bonus and also contains a clause allowing Stokes to terminate the contract and become a free agent after four years if he meets certain playing time conditions and is on the roster at the end of 1998.
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April 23, 1995 | BOB OATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pro football's title contenders, the Miami Dolphins among them, stepped closer to the Super Bowl on Saturday when the champion San Francisco 49ers moved aggressively to protect their territory, trading up to gain UCLA wide receiver J.J. Stokes.
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April 23, 1995 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Cincinnati Bengals soared, Warren Sapp sank, but the best action at the 60th NFL draft Saturday involved a team that sneaked around the back. Again. The San Francisco 49ers were buried with the 30th pick. UCLA receiver J.J. Stokes was destined to be buried with a bad team at the top. Guess who got engaged while everyone else was looking the other way?
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November 8, 1994 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
J.J. Stokes was musing about his place in UCLA lore when he stopped, thought a minute and decided that it really didn't matter. Fame is fleeting. "I thought, 'You'll go down in history,' " Stokes said. "But eventually, Kevin's going to break all of the records anyway." Kevin Jordan has already begun replacing Stokes in the Bruin record book with 1,015 yards receiving this season. The overall mark, including postseason play, is 1,181 yards, within reach in a year that won't include a bowl game.
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October 22, 1994 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year ago, Arizona said, it "held" J.J. Stokes to six catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. It's the kind of holding UCLA can use today. Stokes, whose season has been a nonseason because of a bruise on his left thigh suffered in the Bruins' opener against Tennessee, is being called probable for today's game against the Wildcats. The final determination will be made during pregame warm-ups. His participation will be limited, probably to 20-25 plays, but UCLA will take whatever it can get.
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October 13, 1994 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
J.J. Stokes has been poked and prodded, baked and boiled, mauled and massaged, shocked, stroked and stimulated. He has spent more time on a bicycle than Greg LeMond. More time in the water than Janet Evans. More time on various electrical hookups than a TV repairman. What he has not spent is much time in the UCLA lineup. His absence is part of the reason for a 2-4 record. Stokes was a certain first-round NFL pick when he lined up at wide receiver against Tennessee in the season opener.
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