August 26, 1991 |
It is publicity month in college football, and Heisman Trophy campaign materials are filling media mailboxes around the country. One recent delivery contained the usual contents--poster with quarterback passing ball, pamphlet with player's statistics, background and Heisman credentials. The only unusual thing was the envelope's return address: University of the Pacific, Stockton, Calif. You expect these things from Tigers--Auburn Tigers, Clemson Tigers, Louisiana State Tigers.
November 18, 1990 |
Troy Kopp has a very practical view of the world. He doesn't take much for granted. So despite setting a host of NCAA and school records this season, the University of the Pacific's sophomore quarterback isn't letting himself get too caught up in his accomplishments. Kopp has seen enough lows in his life to give him some perspective on the highs. "I try not to set a lot of lofty goals," he said. "I just try to keep modest goals and be realistic.
October 31, 1990 |
Is there anyone in Mission Viejo who can explain the concept of "The California Promise" to Troy Kopp? Who is available in that affluent community with its snappy marketing slogan to tell Kopp why his family--once a middle-class, three-kids-and-a-station-wagon cliche--fell hard through the cracks? How did one of Orange County's finest quarterbacks manage to get through four years at Mission Viejo High School while living in public parks and in teammates' homes?
October 12, 1989 |
Every day at practice is an opportunity for David Henigan and Troy Kopp, an opportunity to gain an edge, and a chance to lose one. Henigan goes in for one play, Kopp for the next. Kopp, the starter, steps to the line, spots something in the defense's alignment, and makes a change. Wrong choice, Coach Walt Harris tells him. Henigan stands on the sidelines and waits for his chance, just as he has during the past three games.
April 20, 1989 |
Troy Kopp pitched a two-hitter and Don Disbro hit two home runs and had six runs batted in Wednesday to lead Mission Viejo High School to a 7-0 South Coast League baseball victory at El Toro. The victory lifted Mission Viejo (12-5 overall, 5-3 in league play) into a tie for second place with El Toro (13-6) with seven games to play. Both teams are one game behind Capistrano Valley (13-6, 5-3). "It's nice to be in the race where we are," Mission Viejo Coach Ron Drake said. "We lost two games last week to a pretty good ballclub (Capistrano Valley)
March 28, 1989 |
Troy Kopp of Mission Viejo High School is considered a good professional prospect as a catcher. A great arm, a good hitter, a little power. "Troy has one thing that all scouts are looking for in a catcher--a cannon for an arm," Mission Viejo Coach Ron Drake said. Trouble is, no one has seen Kopp catch lately. Kopp, The Times' athlete of the week, hasn't had to squat behind the plate once this season. A fact that Drake is pleased about.
February 2, 1989 |
Troy Kopp, Orange County's No. 1-rated quarterback last season while playing at Mission Viejo High School, said Wednesday he has made an oral commitment to attend the University of the Pacific. Kopp, an all-South Coast League selection who led the Diablos to two consecutive league championships, passed for 1,796 yards and 19 touchdowns with only eight interceptions in 171 attempts during the 1988 regular season.