The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 22, 2001 · Page 15
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SUNDAY APRIL 22, 2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Sports PREP SUNDAY / C2 BASEBALL/C3 FOOTBALL / C8 the NFL Draft TOP 1 Atlanta FALCONS Michael Vick QB, Virginia Tech Arizona CARDINALS Leonard Davis OT, Texas 8 Cleveland BROWNS Gerard Warren DT, Fiorida Cincinnati BENGALS Justin Smith DE, Missouri San Diego CHARGERS LaDainian Tomlinson RB, Texas Christian Chiefs happy with moves Pre-draft day deals, featuring addition of Green, key for team By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Trent Green is once again a starting quarterback. Kansas City is no longer the only team in the NFL without a starting quarterback. Everybody around Arrowhead Stadium was all smiles Saturday, one day after the quarterback-challenged Chiefs finally worked out a deal to pry the man they wanted out of St. Louis. "We feel so fortunate to have him," said offensive coordinator Al Saunders. "He is a tremendous young man." About eight hours after the draft began, the Chiefs finally got to make a pick. Without a first- or second- round selection, they waited until the third round and took Syracuse defensive tackle Eric Downing as the 75th overall selection. Five minutes later they acquired Florida State wide receiver Marvin "Snoop" Minnis. Since Elvis Grbac unexpectedly opted for free agency in February, the Chiefs had on-and-off negotiations for Green, who lost his starting job in 1999 when he went down with a knee injury and Kurt Warner emerged as a star. See CHIEFS, Page C8 CHIEFS PICKS Third Round 75th: Eric Downing, DT, Syracuse. 77th: IVIarvin IVIinnis, WR, Florida State. RHWAINING PICKS Round 4: (107th, 108th). Round 5: (141st, 150th). Round 6: (176th). Round 7: (212nd; 243rd). FRIDAY'S ADDITIONS Trent Green, QB Priest Holmes, RB Tony Home, WR Bubby Brister, QB TV TODAY ESPN: 10 a.m.- noon; ESPN2: Noon- conclusion. COMPLETE DRAFT UST C6 Kansas City Chiefs finally answered their lingering question at quarterback with the acquisition of Rams backup Trent Green Friday. — AP Vick first, then teams turn to defense Tal<ing lead from Super Bowl champ Ravens, defense was emphasis By DAVE GOLDBERG The Associated Press NEW YORK — The Baltimore Ravens had the 31st and final selection in the first round of Saturday's NFL draft. But after Michael Vick went with the first pick to Atlanta, the Ravens' influence VICK was all over the board. Baltimore won the Super Bowl with an overpowering defense, and defense is what went first, particularly large, mobile linemen — seven in the first 13 choices. "Our defense must be improved if we're going to be improved," Jacksonville coach Tom Coughlin said after choosing defensive tackle Marcus Stroud of Georgia with the 13th pick, considered a bit of reach by some draft experts. Vick, the Virginia Tech quarterback who played only 20 college games, went to the Falcons, who got the pick from San Diego in a deal Friday The Chargers got what they wanted, too. They selected running back LaDainian Tomlinson of TCU with the fifth overall pick, then got Purdue quarterback Drew Brees with the first pick of the second round. "I knew that right after the trade happened with San Diego and Atlanta, that if I was still available with the first pick in the second round, that they would take me. I thought in the back of my mind, maybe that's my ticket to San Diego," said Brees, who was third in last season's Heisman Trophy voting. Brees was the exception. Of the 31 players chosen in the first round, nine were defensive linemen. Even the third-year Browns, starving for offensive skill players, passed up the many available with the third pick to take Gerard Warren, a tackle from Florida consid­ ered the best defender available. "He's a nasty, violent type player, and that's the kind we need in there," said Browns personnel director Dwight Clark. "I think he's a franchise-type player." Warren was recruited in high school by Butch Davis, the new Cleveland coach, and will team with Courtney Brown, last year's overall No. 1, on what potentially is one of the top lines in the league. New England, which picked sixth, sprung a minor surprise by taking defensive tackle Richard Seymour of Georgia, who was expected to go between Nos. 10-15. The St. Louis Rams, who had See DRAFT, Page C8 • COLLEGE FOOTBALL JUSTIN HAYWORTH / The Salina Journal Wide receiver Brandon Clark (left) catches a pass despite the coverage of Travis Horchem in the first half of Kansas State's Purple- White spring game Saturday at KSU Stadium. Clark top target in Purple win Battling to replace draft choice Morgan, senior catches seven passes for 161 yards, scores TD By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal SCRIMMAGE Purple 44 White 6 MANHATTAN — By the time the Clevenand Browns made Quincy Morgan the second pick of the second round in the National Football League draft Saturday afternoon, his heir apparent was already wowing the 18,421 Kansas State fans gathered at KSU Stadium for the Wildcats' Purple-White spring game. Senior Brandon Clark, vying for the wide receiver position vacated by Morgan, established himself early as the favorite target of quarterbacks Ell Roberson and Marc Dunn as he helped lead the Purple team to a 44-6 rout of the White in the annual exhibition to wrap up spring drills. The Purple team featured both the starting offense and defense, going against the backups on the White, though a number of players switched jerseys throughout. For Clark, whose career has been sidetracked on more than one occasion with broken bones in his foot, the spring performance was most welcome. "It's a little breakout game," said Clark, who caught seven passes for 161 yards and one touchdown. "You guys saw all my good stuff, but 1 did a lot of bad stuff, too. "It felt real good. I showed my family and friends that I'm healthy and that I can do it, and it showed the fans, I guess." K-State head coach Bill Snyder certainly took notice as well. "Today I was pleased with his catches," Snyder said. "He had some big plays that he laid out for. To be a good wide receiver you have to be able to make those plays. "He doesn't necessarily have the speed or explosiveness of Quincy Morgan, but he has a lot of talent." Clark's first big series came in the second quarter with Dunn at the controls, when the two teamed up twice for 65 of the 67 yards in a six-play drive. Dunn hit Clark on a long pass down the right sideline for 32 yards, following a holding penalty to open the drive, and got open on the left side for a 33-yard scoring strike that accounted for the first half's only touchdown. See PURPLE, Page C8 T PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL Jackson brings intangibles to Cagerz Former Detroit Mercy star counted on for his maturity, leadership By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal First of all, he is not that Jermaine Jackson, the 46-year-old brother of pop star Michael Jackson. This Jermaine Jackson is """""""""^ much younger; stands 6-foot-4, weighs around 205 pounds and plays basketball. He has played it well enough to receive invitations from the Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors to play on their NBA teams. Jackson, 24, said he's often asked if he is one of the JACKSON celebrity Jackson brothers. "All the time in fact," he said. "I was at the airport coming here. I gave the lady my I.D. and she asked me. Are you Michael Jackson's brother' or Are you Michael Jackson's brother's son?' I got teased about it a lot in college. It's kind of fun to me." Jackson hopes to make his two-month stay in Salina a fun one as well. He is being counted on to be one of the leaders on what is expected to be a young and inexperienced Kansas Cagerz basketball team during the early part of the USBL season. "He brings a great deal of maturity to the club," Cagerz head coach Francis Flax said. "He's a natural leader and knows the pro game. You can just sit back and watch. He's continually talking, directing and moving players around." Jackson, who played his college ball at Detroit-Mercy (199599), said he was just doing what comes natural. "I'm a born leader anyway Leaders are not made. Leaders are born. I'm that type of guy," Jackson said. "Even if I was deep on the bench, I still felt like I was a leader, to get the guys into the game and keep them mentally focused. "Even if Coach Flax wouldn't have told you that, he would have found that out at our first practice." Jackson was one of Detroit- Mercy's top players during his career. He helped lead the Titans to back-to-back appear­ ances in the NCAA Tournament in 1998 and '99 and a combined 50-12 record. A native of Detroit, Jackson was a player the Titans could count on during his career. He scored 1,341 points and finished his senior season averaging 13.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Jackson helped put the Titans in the national spotlight twice during the NCAA Tournament. In 1998, lOth-seeded Detroit defeated No. 7 St. John's, 66-64, in a first-round tournament game. One year later, the 12th-seeded Titans pulled off a bigger surprise with a 56-53 win over No. 5 UCLA. Jackson had 17 points and seven rebounds and played a strong defensive game against Baron Davis and the See JACKSON, Page C5 T STATE COLLEGE BASEBALL Wesleyan sweeps, claims KCAC title By The Salina Joumal HILLSBORO — The Kansas Wesleyan baseball team has come close to claim- mg a Wesleyan 21 15 KCAC Tabor 8 3 champ i o - nship each of the past two years, but this year close simply wasn't going to be good enough. The Coyotes have shown their dominance all season in the KCAC, and Saturday afternoon they swept yet another conference doubleheader to seal their first KCAC baseball crown since 1975. They did it with five conference games still remaining on their schedule. "I would like to say that it is a surprise that we wrapped up this early, but to be honest, it isn't," Kansas Wesleyan coach Tim Bellew said after his squad swept Tabor 21-8 and 15-3 for its first title in 27 years. "This is a special group of kids. I thought that we have had the most talented group for the past two years, and this year they just weren't going to be denied." The Coyotes ran away with the first game early See KWU, Page C5 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavidson@saljournal.com

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