The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 22, 2001 · Page 22
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C8 SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2001 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL Draft / Missouri's Smith fourth pick FROM PAGE C1 three first-round picks after dealing Trent Green to Kansas City for the Chiefs' pick, also concentrated on defense after allowing a league-high 471 points last season, almost double their total in 1999, when they won the Super Bowl. They acquired perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Aeneas Williams from Arizona for second- and fourth-round picks. The Rams' first pick. No. 12 overall, was a defensive tackle, Damione Lewis of Miami, and they took another DT, Ohio State's Ryan Pickett at No. 29. In between, they chose safety Adam Archuleta of Arizona State. "1 know I play a lot like Warren Sapp," Lewis said. "The guys that came from Miami were taught to play upfield and cause havoc in the backfield, and that's pretty much what I brought to the game." After the Falcons chose Vick, whose rights they obtained Friday from San Diego, Arizona took Leonard Davis, the 367-pound offensive tackle from Texas. The Browns took Warren, Cincinnati took defensive end Justin Smith of Missouri, and then San Diego, which opted Chiefs / Friday big day FROM PAGE C1 Week after week while St. Louis and Kansas City talked trade. Green experienced a special kind of agony Would he stay with the Rams and continue to caddie for Warner? Or would he go to the Chiefs and be reunited with coach Dick Vermeil as the starter? "The past few weeks have been a rollercoaster of emotions, not knowing if I was going to have to spend another year as a backup or get an opportunity to start," Green said. "But at the same time, it was sad to leave St. Louis. But that's just the way life is and the way things play out." On Friday night, the Chiefs finally came to terms with St. Louis, giving the Rams their first-round draft pick, the 12th selection overall, for Green and the Rams' fifth-round choice. In addition, the Rams agreed not to match the offer sheet Kansas City had extended to wide receiver/kick returner Tony Horne. The trade left the Chiefs without any picks until the third round, where they had two. They also have extra picks in the fourth, fifth and seventh rounds. Green, 30, saw action in eight games last year after Warner was injured in a loss to Kansas City He was 145-of-240 for 2,063 yards with 16 toouchdowns and five interceptions. His average of 8.60 yards per attempt was second in the NFL only to Warner's 9.88. "I've been around two great quarterbacks in my career ... Joe Montana and Dan Fonts," said offensive coordinator Al Saunders. "And I really, truly believe Trent Green has the qualities of those people. Great courage, great ability" Vermeil signed Green to the Rams as an unrestricted free agent from Washington in 1999. Injured in the preseason, he spent the entire year on the sideline after undergoing knee surgery The surgically repaired knee required another procedure about six weeks ago and he is not expected to be fully ready until training camp in July. "We have plenty of time," said Vermeil. "He's got a lot of years left in his career. If it's the middle of training camp, if it's before training camp, if it's the third league game, sooner or later he will be our starting quarterback and play very well." Shortly after filling their quarterback need Friday night, the Chiefs signed free agent running back Priest Holmes, addressing what many felt was their second-worst weakness. "Our coaching staff evaluated the unrestricted free agent running backs that were available and we rated Priest the No. 1 guy" Vermeil said. "When we spent some time with him, our respect for him grew immediately, the way he handled himself, expressed himself, his relationship with his players." KSU's Morgan, Meier selected on first day From Staff and Wire Reports Two Kansas State players were chosen during the first three rounds of Saturday's NFL Draft. The Cleveland Browns selected Wildcat wide receiver Quincy Morgan (No. 33 over­ all) in the second round. Morgan averaged more than 20 yards per reception in his two years starting for the Wildcats. Meanwhile, tight end Shad Meier was chosen by the Tennessee Titans in the third round (No. 90 overall). out of No. 1, got the player general manager John Butler wanted: Tomlinson, who plays a lot like Thurman Thomas, who was drafted by Butler for B\iffalo in 1988. The defensive trend was visible early. New England took Seymour with the sixth pick, and San Francisco jumped ahead of Chicago to take defensive end Andre Carter of California, whom the Bears may have selected. With Carter gone, Chicago chose wide receiver David Terrell of Michigan and Seattle followed with another wide receiver, Koren Robinson of North Carolina State. Green Bay, which wanted Seymour, took defensive end Jamal Reynolds of Florida State, who is more a pass rusher than a full-time player. Miami linebacker Dan Morgan went to Carolina with the 11th pick, and two defensive tackles followed — Lewis to St. Louis and Stroud to Jacksonville. Tampa Bay traded up for Buffalo's choice to get offensive tackle Kenyatta Walker of Florida, Washington took wide receiver Rod Gardner of Clemson, the New York Jets traded up for Miami wide receiver Santana Moss, Seattle used its second pick on Michigan guard Steve Hutchinson, and Detroit took Hutchinson's college line- mate, tackle Jeff Backus. Then came more defense: tackle Casey Hampton of Texas to Pittsburgh, and two defensive backs, Archuleta to the Rams and cornerback Nate Clements of Ohio State to Buffalo. The Washington pick was the first for Marty Schottenheimer, who took over the team after last season's disappointments. He was given complete control by owner Daniel Snyder, who spent a lot of time in the locker room in his first two years. "Dan and I discussed before the draft a number of scenarios," Schottenheimer said. "We talked about what Gardner gives us. He said, 'Do what you think is best.'" Schottenheimer, short on receivers, obviously did. Snyder's choice was Moss, who went a pick later There was a rarity with the 22nd pick. The New York Giants, who almost always sit pat on their own pick, traded up eight spots in their first first- round deal since 1984. The NFC champions took Will Allen, a cornerback from Syracuse, to play opposite Jason Sehorn. Then running back Deuce McAllister, who was expected to go in the top 10, went to New Orleans, which already has Ricky Williams. McAllister dropped because he was hurt much of the past two seasons. NFL DRAFT: FIRST-ROUND PICKS NO,NAME TEAM POSITION COLLEGE 1. Michael Vick Falcons QB Virginia Tech 2v Leonard Davis Cardinals OT Texas 3. Gerard Warren Browns DT Florida 4. Justin Sniith Bengals DE Missouri 5. LaDainian Tomlinson Chargers RB Texas Christian 6. ^ Richard Seymour Patriots DT Georgia 7. Andre Carter 49ers DE California 8. David Terrell Bears WR Michigan 9. Koren Robinson Seahawks WR N.C. State 10. Jamal Reynolds Packers DE Florida State 11. ban Morgan Panthers LB Miami 12. Damione Lewis Rams DT Miami 13. Marcus Stroud Jaguars DT Georgia 14. Kenyatta Walker Buccaneers OT Florida State 15. Rod Gardner Redskins WR Clemson 16. Santana Moss Jets WR Miami 17. Steve Hutchinson Seahawks OG Michigan 18. Jeff Backus Lions OT Michigan 19. Casey l-1ampton Steelers DT Texas 20. Adam Archuleta Rams DB Arizona State 21. Nate Clements Bills DB Ohio State 22. Will Allen Giants DB Syracuse 23. Deuce McAllister Saints RB Mississippi 24. Willie Middlebrooks Broncos DB Minnesota 25. Freddie Mitchell Eagles WR UCLA 26. Jamar Fletcher Dolphins DB Wisconsin 27. Michael Bennett Vikings RB Wisconsin 28. Derrick Gibson Raiders DB Florida State 29. Ryan Pickett Rams DT Ohio State 30. Reggie Wayne Giants WR Miami 31. Todd Heap Ravens TE Arizona State COMPLETE DRAFT LIST (ROUNDS 1-3), C6 '••«*isgiliiii JUSTIN HAYWORTH / The Salina Journal Quarterback Ell Roberson (right) breaks to the outside and eludes defender Braden Irvin on a run In the second half of the Kansas State spring game Saturday. Roberson rushed for 67 yards and threw for 176 more on 11 of 21 passing. Purple 44, White 6 w p First downs 15 25 Rushes-yards 37-58 39-243 Passing yards 216 319 Comp-Att-Int 20-42-2 19-35-1 Total plays-yards 79-274 74-562 Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0 Penalties-yards 4-20 2-19 Punts-avg 7-397 4-39 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING — W: Morris, 8-17, Schwinn 9-14, Washington 5-11, DeGarmo 2-6, Kramer 2-5, Wilson 1-4, Nelson 1-2, Lewis 4-3, Milne 1-(-1), Dunn 4-(-3). P: Scobey 15-95, Roberson 5-65, Washington 5-28, Morris 8-18, Dinn 1-14, Quick 112, Evans 1-4, Milne 1-3, Hoheisel 1-3, Cartwright 1-1. PASSING — W: Schwinn 14-26-1-126, Milne 4-9-1-70, Dunn 2-7-0-20. P: Roberson 11-21-0-176, Milne 4-9-1-25, Dunn 45-0-118. RECEIVING — W: Wallace 4-28, Hill 365, Mangan 3-38, Devore 2-25, Washington 2-22, Thalmann 2-21, Kramer 2-5, la- mone 1-7, Lembright 1-5. P: Clark 7-161, Lockett 3-25, Evans 2-70, Scobey 2-35, Morris 2-0, Hill 1-17, Warren 1-6, Thalmann 1-5. PUNTING — W: Brown 1-47, GerIa 338.3, Ronsick 3-38.7. P: Brite, 1-47, Brown 3-36.3. SCORING SUMMARY White 0 3 0 3 -6 Purple 0 10 13 21 - 44 Second Quarter P — Clark 33 pass from Dunn (Altvater kick), 10:35 W — Altvater 47 field goal, 4:29 P—Brite 18 field goal, 0:14 Third Quarter P — Scobey 44 run (kick failed), 13:53 P — Scobey 2 run (Brite kick), 5:07 Fourth Quarter P — Evans 51 pass from Dunn (Brite kick), 11:46 P — Morris 3 run (Altvater kick), 8:21 P — Washington 6 run (Waltman kick), 5:02 W — Brite 35 field goal, 0:30 Purple / Piles up 562 yards of offense FROM PAGE CI Later in the half he again outmus- cled a safety down the right sideline to pull in a 33-yarder from Roberson. Clark wasn't the only player to make his mark during the scrimmage, in which the quarterbacks called their own plays but neither side was permitted to reach into its bag of tricks: Running back Josh Scobey rushed 15 times for 95 yards, including touchdown carries of 44 and 2 yards. And both Roberson and Dunn had their moments, each leading the Purple team to a pair of touchdowns. Roberson, who backed up Jonathan Beasley last year as a freshman, rushed five times for 65 yards and completed 11 of 21 passes for 176 more without an interception. Dunn, the highly touted junior college transfer from Ricks, Idaho, was 4 of 5 passing with the Purple team for 118 yards and two scores. He hit Derrick Evans for 51 yards in the fourth quarter Scobey, who came on strong toward the end of last year as a junior college transfer, noted a similar situa­ tion for the whole offense in the spring game. "I think it took us a little time to get started, and that all goes with having new personnel in there," he said. "We lost a lot of starters on offense from last year, and when you have the type of players we have, you have to have some players step up, and that's going to take some time." The first-team offense had nearly half of its 562 yards before intermission, but the Purple led only 10-3 at halftime. The second half was more productive, producing Scobey's two touchdown runs, Evans' scoring reception form Dunn, and runs of 3 yards by Danny Morris and 6 yards by Rashad Washington. A surprise offensively was sophomore tight end Thomas Hill, who caught three passes for 65 yards for the White team, then grabbed a 17- yarder for the Purple in the second half. Defensively, the Purple was solid most of the way, coming up with interceptions from free safety Jon McGraw and cornerback DeMarcus Faggins. The only Purple turnover came when Jeremy Milne threw an interception to Derrick Yates in the end zone in the second quarter. "In the game I was real pleased with the defense overall," McGraw said. "We gave up some first downs that were unfortunate. You never want to give up anything, but overall I thought the ones did well. "I was real impressed with the way the twos played against our No. 1 offense. The first half, only 10 points, then it obviously got away a little in the second half." Injury bug Starting fullback Rock Cartwright had just one carry for the Purple team in the game before leaving in the first series with what Snyder said he believed to be a high ankle sprain. Several others did not play at all, including starting right tackle Thomas Barnett, who has a broken foot. Defensive tackle Jerry Togiai and defensive end Andrew Shull suited up, but Snyder said he did not feel comfortable having them play with unspecified injuries. Receiver Ricky Lloyd also did not participate in order to "focus on some academics," according to Snyder. Starting defensive tackle DeVane Robinson, absent from practice early in the spring with academic difficulties, was back and played some as a backup with the White team. Defensive presence For the Purple team, middle linebacker Terry Pierce and end Melvin Williams each had 10 tackles, combining for seven tackles for loss. Linebacker Josh Buhl added seven tackles. For the Whites, walk-on defensive backs Chris Post and Travis Horchem led the way with six tackles apiece. Sallna connection Two former Salina Central High School standouts participated in the game. Terence Newman started at cornerback for the Purple team and had one tackle. Tight end Brian Lamone had a 7-yard reception in the fourth quarter for the White team. Quarterback remains a question for Jayhawks By The Associated Press LAWRENCE — The spring scrimmage for Kansas didn't do much to settle the question of who will be the quarterback for the Jayhawks next season. Quarterbacks Mario Kinsey and Zach Dyer had almost identical nights during the annual scrimmage, with Kinsey completing 6-of-12 passes and Dyer completing 5-of-12 with one interception. The two quarterbacks were quick to say the other had performed better. Kinsey said that even though he did connect with Adrian Jones for a 39-yard-touchdown pass. Dyer had a better night. Dyer downplayed Kinsey's praise. "I really don't think I played better than him," Dyer said. Even coach Terry Allen was careful not to say who he thought did a better job beyond the stats. "There's definitely hope at the quarterback position," Allen said. "But I think that both of them have to get a lot better for us to do well offensively." Kinsey said that the offense as a whole looked good to him. "I think the offense played really well," Kinsey said. "There weren't a lot of mistakes. I could see the flow com­ ing." Dyer said that he thought it would be ideal if he and Kinsey could share the position. "I think competition is definitely good," Dyer said. "I think as for the season, we'll both get quite a bit of playing time." Oklahoma NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma is still searching for Josh Heupel's replacement. The Sooners wrapped up spring practice Saturday with the annual Red-White scrimmage at Memorial Stadium. But the question still remains: Who will replace Heupel, the quarterback who led the Sooners to a national title. Nate Hybl and Jason White performed well throughout the spring and are the air ap- parents, but coach Bob Stoops said Hybl and White remain in a dead heat. "They both do a lot of good things," Stoops said. "They're very similar in a lot of ways." Hybl was 23-of-31 for 180 yards and threw a touchdown and two interceptions — one coming on a hail-Mary pass on the final play of the scrimmage. White was 19-of-28 passes for 155 yards and threw a touchdown and an interception. The quarterbacks split time with the first-team offense — the Red — against the first- team defense — the White. The Red won 20-3. Iowa State AMES, Iowa — He's elusive, has a strong arm and quick feet and oh, can he run. Quarterback Seneca Wallace was all that had been advertised in Iowa State's spring football game Saturday Wallace, a transfer from Sacramento City College, ran for a touchdown, threw a touchdown pass and showed an ability to dance out of trouble in leading the first team to a victory before 5,000 fans at Jack Trice Stadium.

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