September 23, 1994 |
What do you expect of an All-American kicker? How about perfection? Bjorn Merten is feeling the pressure of great expectations at UCLA, where he has been successful on five of eight field-goal tries. Six of the eight have come from 40 yards or more, and the three misses were from 42, 42 and 44. Last season, when he became only the fourth freshman All-American in history, he was successful on 21 of 26 tries, but only four of those attempts were from 40 or more yards.
November 5, 1999
After two Billy Joes, New Orleans Coach Mike Ditka may try a Danny against the Buccaneers. First-string quarterback Billy Joe Hobert is injured again and Ditka has doubts about second-stringer Billy Joe Tolliver. That means the Saints may resort to third-string quarterback Danny Wuerffel, famous for working magic down the road at Florida. The 49ers spent the week practicing plays from the shotgun, a formation they haven't used for 20 years.
October 16, 1992 |
Freshman Ryan Fien or John Barnes, a senior transfer from UC Santa Barbara, will start against Washington State on Saturday at Pullman in place of quarterback Rob Walker, who will be sidelined two weeks because of a sprained left ankle. Coach Terry Donahue said he probably won't decide on a starter until after watching Fien and Barnes warm up before the game.
November 12, 1998 |
Amid concern that two consecutive weeks on artificial turf might take a toll on his still-recuperating knee, tailback DeShaun Foster said he came through last Saturday's game at Oregon State without any problems. "It was pretty good, actually," he said. "It wasn't what I was expecting." The 40 yards in 12 carries marked his first game ever on the carpet, after which Coach Bob Toledo noted that "The pounding on the AstroTurf made it swell a little bit."
September 26, 1995 |
With his third catch against Washington State, a 10-yard pass from Cade McNown in the third quarter, Kevin Jordan broke J.J. Stokes' school record for receptions. But with UCLA trailing at the time, 24-5, Jordan was in no mood to celebrate. "It probably would feel more special had we won the game," said Jordan, who finished with seven catches Saturday to run his total to 159. "It's probably a big accomplishment in a lot of people's eyes, but right now it really hasn't really sunk in. . . .
September 9, 1995 |
The Dallas Cowboys felt confident Friday that cornerback Deion Sanders would soon wear a star on his helmet. However, negotiations were proceeding slowly Friday night and owner Jerry Jones left a rear exit of the Cowboys' Valley Ranch complex without commenting to the media on how the talks were progressing. The public relations office closed for the night. One of the staffers said, "We'll see you in the morning."