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By Kent Larsen

Sports: More Football Injuries and Benchings

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The last Mormon baseball player did appear in two post-season games last week, but with the elimination of the St. Louis Cardinals from the playoffs, our coverage of Mormons in baseball has ended for the season. Meanwhile, the few Mormons in professional football have been hit by more injuries and benchings, leaving the most interesting performances among Mormons in football in the coaching. Hockey coverage is also getting up to speed, and although Mormon News learned that one Mormon player has been released.

Dave Veres' performance during the playoffs was good, even if it just covered one inning spread over two games. Veres struck out one, walked one and gave up one hit, but no runs. For the season he ended up with a 3.70 ERA, 3 wins, 2 losses and 15 saves in 71 relief appearances.

In football, San Francisco's Derek Smith, who has the best record for a Mormon defensive back so far this season, was injured, keeping him out of this past week's game and leaving former BYU back Rob Morris as the best Mormon defensive back. In addition to Smith's injury, the Lions' Ty Detmer was benched, after another poor performance, as the Lions went back to their initial starter, Charlie Batch. Also benched last week were the Ravens' Edwin Mulitalo and the Raiders' Junior Ioane. But while the coaching by Mormon football coaches may be more interesting, the Mormon coaches aren't doing that well. Head Coaches Andy Reid and Dave Campos are 2-2 and 1-3 respectively, and the best performance is from the Green Bay Packers, whose assistant coach, Darrell Bevell, is LDS.

Meanwhile, hockey players Aaron Gavey and Steve Konowalchuk both have three assists in the first five games they played. Assistant Coach Brent Peterson's Nashville Predators goalies have given up 10 goals in 89 shots on goal, 11% of the shots on goal.

The golf tours are close to ending their seasons, and Mormon News has added the player's rank on the money lists to our listings. The PGA Tour's Jay Don Blake was the only Mormon golfer who played that made the cut in last week's Invensys Classic, while Senior PGA tour golfer Bruce Summerhays finished tied for 35th in the Transamerica.

Mormon News' Sports statistics is also moving to Tuesdays, instead of Mondays, to accomodate coverage of Monday night sporting events. The NFL includes Monday Night Football with the previous week.

[If the listings below aren't clear, try looking at them with a mono-spaced font, such as courier - Ed.]


Major League Baseball

The regular season has ended, and only one Mormon baseball player was in the playoffs last week. However, the St. Louis Cardinals, Dave Veres' team, was eliminated this week in the playoffs, ending our coverage of baseball for this season.

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Please help us find out if the following are Mormon: Scott Eyre RP Toronto Blue Jays Ryan Jensen SP San Francisco Giants

Minor Leagues

All Minor League Seasons are now over. However, we are still interested in identifying Mormon players in the minors, especially those at the AAA level. Also of interest are those playing in foreign leagues, such as Japan and the Venezuela winter league. Here are the minor league players we know:



  • Banks, Brian Catcher Calgary Cannons (Florida Marlins)
  • Perez, Santiago CF Portland Beavers (San Diego Padres)
  • Secrist, Reed 1st Base Nashville Sounds (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Please help us find out if the following are Mormon:

  • Nate Tebbs SS Richmond Braves (Atlanta Braves)
  • Ron Wright 1B Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
  • John DeSilva SP Las Vegas 51s (Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • Jeremy Lambert SP Memphis Redbirds (St Louis Cardinals)



The NBA's season preseason games began October 5th. Regular season begins October 30th.


The WNBA's season has ended for 2001.



Ty DetmerDetroit Lions
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Joe GermaineKansas City Chiefs
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Scott MitchellCincinnati Bengals
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Greg ClarkSan Francisco Forty-Niners
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This WeekInjured - Hamstring
Todd HeapBaltimore Ravens
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Chad LewisPhiladelphia Eagles
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Brandon ManumaleunaSt Louis Rams
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Itua MiliSeattle Seahawks
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Offensive Line
David DixonMinnesota Vikings
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Edwin MulitaloBaltimore Ravens
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John TaitKansas City Chiefs
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Kyle TurleyNew Orleans Saints
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Marcus BellSeattle Seahawks
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Brant BoyerCleveland Browns
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Travis HallAtlanta Falcons
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Chris HokePittsburgh Steelers
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Junior IoaneOakland Raiders
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Rob MorrisIndianapolis Colts
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Derek M. SmithSan Francisco Forty-Niners
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Special Teams

Lee JohnsonNew England Patriots
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Owen PochmanNew York Giants
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Andy ReidPhiladelphia Eagles
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George HenshawTennessee Titans
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Dave CampoDallas Cowboys
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This Week38673175282114400:36:45322
Darrell BevellOffensive Asst
This Week3916033134602400:32:35629

We're trying to confirm that the following are Mormon:
Knorr, Micah Dallas Cowboys (Utah State)


The CFL season began June 20th. We still have identified only two Mormon players!

Wide receiver Ben Cahoon of the Montreal Alouettes is LDS, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers Linebacker Sefa O'Reilly is LDS.

While we are compiling a list of Mormon players in the CFL, that league doesn't make available player by player statistics.

We have also identified the following possible Mormon players, based on the 2001 Rosters:

  • Rob Hitchcock, Hamilton Tiger-Cats -- Weber State
  • Trevor Shaw, Hamilton Tiger-Cats -- Weber State
  • Kevin Alexander, Montreal Alouettes -- Utah State
  • Anthony Calvillo, Montreal Alouettes -- Utah State
  • Josh Cochran, Montreal Alouettes -- Utah
  • Neal Fort, Montreal Alouettes -- BYU
  • Chad Folk, Toronto Argonauts -- Utah
  • Profail Greer, Toronto Argonauts -- Utah State
  • Errol Martin, Toronto Argonauts -- Utah
  • Morgan Welch, Toronto Argonauts -- Weber State
  • Brandon Dyson, Winnipeg Blue Bombers -- Utah State


NCAA - Division I

We plan to begin limited coverage of NCAA Division I football players and coaches who are Mormon. Here is a list of the players OUTSIDE OF UTAH we have identified to date. Many of these come from H.B. Arnett's "Cougar Sportsline," with the assistance of Mormon News subscriber Brent Romney:

  • Brittain, Brad TE Arizona
  • Feula, Vince DL Arizona
  • Fraser, Keoki DL Arizona
  • Fraser, Keoni DL Arizona

  • Brittain, Grant TE Arizona State
  • Fulton, Skyler WR Arizona State
  • Miller, Matt WR Arizona State
  • Niko, Damien OL Arizona State
  • Pace, Tom RB Arizona State
  • Unck, Mason LB Arizona State
  • Wallin, Kurt DT Arizona State
  • Wolfgram, Jared DL Arizona State

  • Gustaveson, Josh Cal
  • Jensen, Mark K Cal
  • Lupoi, Tosh DL Cal

  • Hoover, Adam QB Cincinnati

  • Flores, Jeremy P/PK Colorado

  • Kay, Russell LB Colorado State
  • Porter, Guy DB Colorado State

  • Findlay, Garren OL Georgia Tech

  • Ilaoa, Nate WR Hawaii
  • Peters, Hyrum DB Hawaii
  • Peters, Leonard DB Hawaii
  • Tafuna, Sione OL Hawaii

  • Ross, Ethan WR Houston

  • Dunn, Marc QB Kansas State

  • Brinton, Spencer QB Michigan
  • Probst, Jake DL Michigan

  • Weathers, Brad OL Mississippi State

  • Bowen, Jake LB Navy

  • Bingham, Ryon DL Nebraska
  • Brown, Manaia DL Nebraska
  • Fonoti, Toniu OL Nebraska

  • Johnson, Cody OL Nevada
  • Kretschmer, Chance RB Nevada

  • Fife, Jason QB Oregon
  • Line, Scott LB Oregon
  • Loftin, Ryan LB Oregon

  • Casper, Cameron OL San Diego State
  • Thompson, Tyson TE San Diego State

  • Hunter, Tommy TE South Florida

  • Blackhurst, Cooper DE Stanford
  • Chambers, Kirk OT Stanford
  • Giles, Scott OLB Stanford
  • Heitman, Eric OL Stanford
  • Leonard, Matt DL Stanford
  • Schindler, Greg Stanford

  • Coffin, Junior DL Washington
  • Kava, William OL Washington
  • McLaughlin, Derek P Washington
  • Stevens, Jerramy TE Washington

  • Ena, Tali QB Washington State

  • Belshe, Matt QB Wyoming
  • Gough, David OL Wyoming
  • Merrill, Peter, DB Wyoming
  • Ralph, Brock WR Wyoming
  • Rollins, Josh DL Wyoming

  • Stansbury-Ieremia, Ed UCLA

  • Bair, Brandon OL UNLV
  • Palepoi, Anton DL UNLV
  • Parkhurst, Matt OL UNLV
  • Parkhurst, Scott LB UNLV

  • Mailo, Faaesea OG USC


  • Afoa, Ulima Assistant Coach San Diego State
  • Chow, Norm Offensive Coordinator USC
  • Crowton, Gary Head Coach BYU
  • Holmoe, Tom Head Coach CalState
  • Leach, Mike Head Coach Texas Tech
  • Mallory, Rick Offensive Line Memphis
  • Uperesa, Keith Offensive Line USC


Gavey, AaronCMinnesota Wild
This Week30111
Konowalchuk, SteveLWWashington Capitals
This Week40116

Peterson, BrentAsst CoachNashville Predators

Coach Peterson's responsibilities cover penalties and goalkeeping, and the statistics listed are team statistics that reflect his responsibilities.
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Len Barrie, formerly of the Florida Panthers, is now an unrestricted free agent.



The WUSA's season has ended.


PGA Tour
Jay Don Blake
This WeekInvensys Classic at Las VegasT7070-68-71-71-75$8,910.00
YTDEntered 29 events, made cut 19 timesRanked 116th$409,156.19
Keith Clearwater
This WeekInvensys Classic at Las Vegas073-73-720
YTDEntered 22 events, made cut 6 timesRanked 208th$60,826.33
Dan Forsman
This WeekIdle0-----0
YTDEntered 24 events, made cut 15 timesRanked 133rd$340,994.03
Mike Reid
This WeekIdle0-----0
YTDEntered 13 events, made cut 5 timesRanked 216th$47,607.66 Tour
* Richard Zokol
This WeekGila River Classic at Wild Horse Pass Development069-710
YTDEntered 19 events, made cut 16 timesRanked 13th$170,137.75

Playing on Exemption
Jeff Quinney
This WeekInvensys Classic at Las Vegas072-72-700
YTDEntered 3 events, made cut 1 times $11,400.00

Senior PGA Tour
Billy Casper
This WeekIdle0-----0
YTDEntered 3 events$6,568.50
Johnny Miller
This WeekIdle0-----0
Bruce Summerhays
This WeekThe TransamericaT3574-70-70$7,995.00
YTDEntered 32 eventsRanked 19th$861,336.57

* Mormon News has enough information to make it likely that this athlete is either Mormon or has Mormon heritage. But we have so far been unable to confirm this suspicion.
(MH) - Mormon Heritage - This athlete is either an inactive LDS Church member, or has Mormon heritage.


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