Three Cats Tabbed Pac-10 All-Freshman
Dec. 5, 2003
NEW YORK - Three University of Arizona football players were named to The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman Team today.
Two true freshmen -- quarterback Kris Heavner of Johnson City, Texas, and defensive tackle Clifton Stanford of Los Angeles -- along with redshirt freshman linebacker John McKinneywere picked by the publication's West Coast staff.
Heavner started the Cats final eight games of the season after wresting the role from sophomore Nic Costa and redshirt freshman Ryan O'Hara. He completed 51.1 percent of his passes (121-237) for 1501 yards and eight scores.
McKinney played on special teams and as a backup, plus started at linebacker against Oregon. He finished with 23 tackles, one-half sack, knocked down a pass and recovered a fumble. He had a career-high eight tackles in the season opener against UTEP and five against the Ducks.
Stanford finished the year with 17 tackles from his interior position, including two sacks and two pass deflections. He started against UCLA.
The three are expected to contend for major roles in 2004 under new head coach Mike Stoops, who starts full time on Monday after closing his season as defensive coorinator for Oklahoma in its Big 12 Championship against Kansas State on Saturday.
Arizona's fans have been buying new season tickets at a steady pace since the announcement of Stoops' hiring last week. The University normally does not offer season football tickets, nor tender renewals, until early spring.
UA's 2004 home schedule includes six bowl teams, counting Northern Arizona's NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearance -- the Lumberjacks (NCAA) on Sept. 4, Utah (Liberty Bowl) on Sept. 11, Wisconsin (Music City Bowl) on Sept. 18, Washington State (Holiday Bowl) on Oct. 2, California (Insight Bowl) on Oct. 23 and Oregon State (Las Vegas Bowl) on Oct. 30. Additionally, Arizona will play bowl-bound UCLA (Silicon Valley), Oregon (Sun) and Southern California (BCS) on the road.
2003 The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman team
WR Chris Jordan, 6-0, 206, Washington State*WR Mark Bradford, 6-2, 190, StanfordTE Cody Boyd, 6-7, 237, Washington StateOT Charles Harris, 6-6, 280, Washington State*OT Andrew Carnahan, 6-6, 290, Arizona State*OG Fred Matua, 6-2, 300, USC*OG Jeff Edwards, 6-7, 290, Stanford*C Robert Chai, 6-3, 272, UCLA*QB Kris Heavner, 6-2, 219, ArizonaRB Loren Wade, 6-0, 211, Arizona State*RB LenDale White, 6-2, 225, USC
DL Kyle Caldwell, 6-4, 265, Arizona StateDL Clifton Stanford. 6-4, 277, ArizonaDL Donny Mateaki, 6-5, 260, Washington*DL Ben Siegert, 6-4, 280, Oregon State*LB John McKinney, 6-0, 220, Arizona*LB Scott White, 6-2, 235, Washington*LB Scott Davis, 5-10, 224, Washington State*CB Brandon Browner, 6-4, 194, Oregon State*CB Don Turner, 5-11, 176, Washington State*S Darnell Bing, 6-2, 220, USCS Trevor Hooper, 6-1, 205, Stanford*
K Justin Medlock, 6-0, 194, UCLA*P Paul Martinez, 6-1, 193, OregonKR Maurice Drew, 5-8, 195, UCLA
Offensive freshman of the year: LenDale White, RB, USCDefensive freshman of the year: Darnell Bing, S, USC*denotes redshirt