Beavers End Drills With Spring Game Saturday

April 23, 2001

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GAME: Black vs. White Spring Game
DAY: Saturday, April 28 at Reser Stadium.
TIME: 1:00 p.m. at Reser Stadium.
ADMISSION: No charge.
RADIO: None.
TV: Fox Sports Net NW will televise the spring game on a delayed basis for replay from 8-10 p.m.on April 28. Scott Lynn and Steve Preece will announce the spring game.

Oregon State will draft teams for the Spring Game on Wednesday. The coaching staffs have been divided already. A coin toss on Wednesday will determine which team has first pick and also which uniform color. One staff will feature offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, Dan Cozzetto, running backs, Greg Newhouse, linebackers, Al Simmons, secondary, Scott Swartz, graduate assistant and Jamie Christian, graduate assistant. The other squad will be directed by assistant head coach Gregg Smith, defensive coordinator Craig Bray, Eric Yarber, wide receivers, Jim Michalczik, special teams/tight ends, Michael Gray, defensive line and Ron Davis, director of football operations.

Oregon State will practice Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Friday's practice will be a split practice. The Black squad and the White team will hold separate practices on Friday.

Four players will miss Saturday's Spring Game. Senior linebacker James Allen and senior quarterback Jonathan Smith have not participated in contact this spring. Allen was held out in order to allow healing of chronic low back pain. Jonathan had surgery on his left wrist on January 24. He had bone grafted from his left hip to repair a fractured scaphoid bone in his left wrist. Smith has participated in some non-contact passing drills this spring. Redshirt freshman tight end pat Loney will miss practice this week with a broken right hand. Walk-on free safety Luke Scott is out of action with a broken left leg.

As of Monday, April 23, Oregon State has sold 20,376 season tickets, an all-time record. The Beavers surpassed their goal of selling 20,000 season tickets for the 2001 season in April. As a result, the new goal for season ticket sales is 23,000. The OSU Ticket Office will have a booth open at Reser Stadium on Saturday to sell football season tickets from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The OSU marketing department has a special Fan Pack available for the first 5,000 fans attending Saturday's Spring Game. The Fan Pack includes a roster, spring outlook, schedule card, brochure and autograph card. The entire Oregon State football team will be on the field at 11:45 a.m. for an autograph session. Fan Fair activities will start at 10 a.m. at Reser Stadium and run through 12:15 p.m.

Oregon State is also sponsoring a Beaver Fun Run Saturday at Reser Stadium. There will be a 10K run starting at 9:15 a.m., followed by a 5K run or walk starting at 9:30 a.m. and a kid's 1000 meter run at 9:45 a.m. Additional information on the Fun Run is available on the Beavers' website ( or by calling the OSU Marketing office, 737-4638.

The NFL drafted Four Oregon State football players. Wide receiver Chad Johnson went in the second round by the Cincinnati Bengals and was the 36th player taken overall. Defensive end DeLawrence Grant was taken in the 3rd round by Oakland and was the 89th player drafted. Offensive tackle Mitch White was drafted in the sixth round by New Orleans and was the 185th player taken. Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh was drafted in the seventh round by Cincinnati and was the 204th player taken overall. As of Monday, three Oregon State players had signed free agent contracts-tight end Marty Maurer, San Diego Chargers, safety Terrence Carroll, Philadelphia Eagles, and defensive end LaDairis Jackson, Seattle Seahawks.

Oregon State earned a share of the Pacific-10 Conference championship in 2000 by downing Oregon 23-13 in the Civil War. The Beavers finished the Pac-10 slate with a 7-1 record, same as Washington and Oregon. The share of the title was Oregon State's first Pacific-10 Conference championship. The Beavers tied for the 1964 AAWU championship. OSU tied for the 1957 Pacific Coast Conference title and won the 1956 championship outright. The Beavers also won the 1941 PCC championship.

11 WINS:
Oregon State's 23-13 victory over Oregon in the Civil War clinched the Beavers' first-ever 10-win regular season. The Beavers' 41-9 victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl gave OSU its first 11-win season in history. OSU's previous best overall season was a 9-1-1 record in 1939, after starting 7-1-1. OSU finished season 7-1-1 in 1946. The Beavers finished 7-0-2 in 1914 and the 1926 team finished the season 7-1-0. OSU was 9-2 in 1962.

Oregon State finished the 2000 season ranked fourth on the season's final Associated Press Poll. The Beavers were also ranked fifth on the final USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Oregon State was ranked sixth on final BCS Poll on December 3. The #4 national ranking by the Associated Press is the highest Oregon State has ever been ranked. The Beavers were ranked eighth by the Associated Press on September 16, 1968. Oregon State was ranked sixth by AP in the 1968 preseason poll. The Beavers were ranked seventh on the November 27, 1967 AP poll for their highest regular season ranking previously. Oregon State also ranked seventh on the AP poll on October 14, 1957.

Oregon State is currently ranked 11th in the preseason poll.

Oregon State will start the 2001 season on a seven-game winning streak overall. The Beavers currently own a 13-game non-conference regular season winning streak, a nine-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a three-game road winning streak and a six-game Pacific-10 Conference winning streak. Oregon State's 13-game non-conference regular season winning streak is the longest since winning 20 straight from 1928 through 1933. That 20 game straight non-conference-winning streak is the Beavers' all-time record. Oregon State is 19-5 (.792) in its last 24 games and has won 12 of its last 13 (.923) home games. The last time the Beavers won eight straight games at home was during a stretch from 1962 through 1965 when OSU had eight straight victories in Corvallis. By including home games in Portland, the Beavers won 13 in a row at home during that same stretch. The last time OSU lost a regular season non-conference game was in 1996 at Baylor, 42-10. The last time the Beavers won seven straight games was over two seasons, starting in 1966 when they won six straight to close the season and the first three games in 1967 for a nine-game win streak. The last time OSU won three straight games on the road was in 1969 when the Beavers downed Washington, California and Oregon in the final three road games of the '69 season. The streak extended to four with the first road game in 1970. The last time OSU won six straight conference games was during the 1967 and '68 seasons when the Beavers won the last two Pac-8 games on the '67 season and followed that up by winning the first four Pac-8 outings of the '68 campaign. OSU is now produced back-to-back seasons of seven or more wins for the first time since the Beavers had three straight seven win campaigns from 1966-67-68 (7-3-0, 7-2-1, 7-3-0). OSU has also produced back-to-back seasons of at least four conference wins for the first time since 1968-69 (5-1, 4-3). Oregon State had never won six games in one season at Reser Stadium prior to the 2000 season.. The Beavers were 5-1 at Reser Stadium in 1999.

The Beavers return five offensive starters, five defensive starters and place kicker Ryan Cesca. Offensive starters returning include Vincent Sandoval, LT, Chris Gibson, C, Keith DiDomenico, RG, Jonathan Smith, QB, and Ken Simonton, TB. DiDomenico, a two-year starter, redshirted last year. Defensive starters returning include Eric Manning, LT, Richard Seigler, MLB, James Allen, WLB, Calvin Carlyle, FS, and Dennis Weathersby, RC.

Oregon State has four All-Americans returning for the 2001 season. Tailback Ken Simonton and center Chris Gibson were both selected as All-Americans following the 2001 season. Cornerback Dennis Weathersby earned honorable mention All-America honors in 2001after being named a freshman All-American in 1999. The Football News and The Sporting News named middle linebacker Richard Seigler Freshman All-American.

Oregon State senior linebacker James Allen and junior cornerback Dennis Weathersby have been selected to Playboy's 2001 College All-America Football Team.

Oregon State returns four first team All-Pacific-10 Conference selections. Tailback Ken Simonton and center Chris Gibson were first team All-Pac-10 picks on offense. Cornerback Dennis Weathersby was a first team All-Pac-10 pick on defense and place kicker Ryan Cesca was a first team selection.

Four of Oregon State's eight junior college transfers have participated in spring drills. The four include cornerback D.J. Coote, 6-2, 190, from Ventura College, linebacker Jason Lowe, 6-3, 230, from Cerritos College, defensive end Alvin Steen, 6-2, 260, from Los Angeles Harbor College and tight end Jermaine Jackson, 6-3, 240, from Mt. San Antonio College. Heading into the final week of spring drills, Coote is No. 2 at left corner, Steen No. 2 at left defensive end, Jermaine Jackson No. 5 at tight end and Jason Lowe is No. 3 at weak linebacker. Four JC players will not join the program until the start of fall camp. The four include wide receiver Andre Cyrus, 6-0, 195, from Mt. San Antonio College, tight end Travon Magee, 6-7, 250, from Santa Monica College, defensive end Jayson Jean-Baptiste, 6-4, 235, from San Jose City College, and defensive tackle James Lee, 6-5, 300, from College of the Redwoods. Coote, Cyrus, Lee, Lowe, Magee and Steen all earned some form of junior college All-America honors.

One of the top position battles this spring has been at left guard on offense. Three players have been battling for the No. 1 spot. Going into the spring, two-year letterman senior Tyler McClaughry, 6-4, 285, and two-year letterman junior, Mike Kuykendall, 6-6, 323, were even on the depth chart, with redshirt freshman Kanan Sanchez, 6-4, 327, listed No. 3. Going into the final week, Sanchez and Kuykendall are rated even with McClaughry moving to No. 3. The rest of the offensive line appears to be well set with Lee Davis at left tackle, Chris Gibson at center, Keith DiDomenico at right guard and Vincent Sandoval at right tackle.

Oregon State lost its three starting wide receivers, Chad Johnson, Robert Prescott and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, to graduation. Johnson and Houshmandzadeh were both drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals. Finding three new starters has been one of the goals this spring. The Beavers have six letter winners participating this spring, plus are expecting three highly rated preps, Jayson Boyd, Travis Brown and Joshua Hawkins, to battle for playing time in the fall. Heading into the Spring Game, junior Shawn Kintner is No. 1 at split end, backed up by George Gillett and Aaron Hill. Junior Seth Trimmer is No. 1 at flanker and is backed up by Ron Monteilh and Nick Brentano. Sophomore James Newson is No. 1 at slot with Mike Payton and Monteilh backing him up.

Tight end is another area that probably will not be settled until fall camp starts. Sophomore Tim Euhus has worked his way to No. 1 this spring. Junior Tyler Ross, senior Mark Walsh and JC transfer Jermaine Jackson currently back him up. Redshirt freshman Pat Loney suffered a broken hand last week and will miss the final week of spring drills. He was running No. 4 at the time of his injury. JC transfer Travon Magee, 6-7, 250, out of Santa Monica College will join the mix when fall camp starts and he figures to be in the thick of the fight.

Replacing All-American DeLawrence Grant at one defensive end, plus LaDairis Jackson, who holds the OSU season record for sacks (11 �) and tackles for loss (21), was the No. 1 project facing defensive coordinator Craig Bray this spring. A pair of lettermen, senior Kyle Rosselle, 6-5, 256, and sophomore Dan Rothwell, 6-7, 246, will start the spring at No. 1 on the depth chart and remain there heading into the spring game. Junior college All-American Alvin Steen, 6-2, 260, has played well this spring and is currently No. 2 at left end on the depth chart. Senior letterman Brian Tulikihihifo, 6-4, 279, moved to end from tackle this spring and has played very well and is running No. 2 at right end. Another JC player with outstanding speed, Jayson Jean-Baptiste, 6-4, 235, will join the battle in the fall and is expected to be in the hunt for playing time.

Senior Calvin Carlyle, a two-year starter at free safety, has moved to No. 1 at left corner on the depth chart heading into the Spring Game. As a result, redshirt freshman Mitch Meeuwsen has moved to No. 1 at strong safety, joining Jake Cookus at free safety and Dennis Weathersby at right corner.

The battle for the No. 2 quarterback spot behind Jonathan Smith remains just that, a battle. Nick Stremick and Adam Rothenfluh are currently sharing the No. 1 spot in spring drills with Ryan Kanekenberg No. 3 and Shayne House No. 4. Stremick, a senior, is the most experienced, while Rothenfluh and Kanekenberg are redshirt freshmen and House is still not 100 percent from shoulder surgery. Prep All-American Derek Anderson will join the battle for No. 2 when fall camp opens.

Ken Simonton can become only the fifth player in NCAA history in 2001 to rush for 1,000 yards or more in each of his four seasons of play. The other four players follow:

Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh, 1973-76
Amos Lawrence, North Carolina, 1977-80
Denvis Manns, New Mexico State, 1995-98
Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, 1996-99


Ken Simonton is the first player in Pacific-10 Conference history to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Simonton and Stanford's Darrin Nelson (1997-81) are the only two players in Pac-10 history to rush for over 1,000 yards as a freshman. However, Nelson failed to rush for 1,000 yards as a junior. Simonton is one of six players in the history of the Pac-10 to rush for over 1,000 yards in three seasons. He has a chance as a senior in 2001 to become the first player in Pac-10 history to rush for over 1,000 yards in four seasons. The Pac-10 list of 1,000-yard rushers for three seasons follows:

Anthony Davis, USC, 1972-73-74
Charles White, USC, 1977-78-79
Darrin Nelson, Stanford, 1977-78-81
Russell White, California, 1990-91-92
Napoleon Kaufman, Washington, 1992-93-94
Ken Simonton, Oregon State, 1998-99-2000


Ken Simonton stands in fifth place on the Pac-10 career-rushing list with 4,073 yards. His next target on the Pac-10 career list is No. 4, Napoleon Kaufman, Washington. Kaufman gained 4,106 yards and Simonton needs 34 yards to move ahead of Kaufman. Simonton needs 97 to pass Stanford's Darrin Nelson (4,169). Ken has scored 312 career points and has moved into ninth place on the Pac-10 all-time scoring list. The Pac-10's all-time scoring leader is John Lee, UCLA, with 390 points. Ken needs only 79 points to top that figure. Ken has averaged 104 points a season through his first three campaigns.