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By Kent Larsen

Sports: NBA Starts, But Madsen Injured; Forsman Hits Top 5!

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The NBA's season began this past week, just as the delayed baseball season finally drew to a close, but two of the Mormon players in the league aren't on the court yet. Mark "Mad Dog" Madsen is out with an abdominal strain, while the New York Knick's Travis Knight is just spending a lot of time on the bench. Meanwhile, golfer Dan Forsman earned his first top 5 finish of the year, finishing 4th at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic to capture a purse in excess of $100,000 for the first time this year. The finish also vaulted Forsman to 114th on the money list, where, along with Jay Don Blake, he will get a spot on the tour for next year.

The three Mormons in the NBA who did play, Shawn Bradley, Scott Pollard and Mark Pope, performed in line with last year, with Pollard again leading the group, playing about half of each game and scoring 15 points for each 60 minutes on the court. Bradley played almost as much, but scored just 11 points for each hour on court. Pope trailed Bradley, with just 14 minutes per game and less than 6 points per hour.

In football, injuries, benchings and cuts have effectively reduced the number of active Mormon players to just nine. All three Mormon quarterbacks are now in backup roles. San Francisco's Tight End Greg Clark is out with a hamstring injury. And Lee Johnson, the 17-year veteran punter, was released by the New England Patriots, in a move that may finish his career. And with only Pro Bowl Tight End Chad Lewis and Linebacker Rob Morris having strong seasons, Mormon football players aren't all that interesting.

The situation is better among the coaches. Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid is leading his division (but with a 4-3 record) and Green Bay, where Mormon Darrell Bevell is an Offensive Assistant Coach, has a 5-2 record and is second in the NFC Central. Dallas Head Coach Dave Campo is having a much tougher time, with a 2-5 record that puts the Cowboy's last in the NFC East.

Steve Konowalchuk, one of two Mormons in the NHL, suffered a setback last week when a shoulder injury put him out for 3-4 months -- the majority of the season. This leaves just Aaron Gavey as the Mormon player active in the NHL.

Meanwhile, the PGA tour is drawing to a close, and both Jay Don Blake and Dan Forsman are poised to finish in the top 125 that get tour cards for next year. Keith Clearwater, meanwhile, is ranked 208th on the money list, forcing him to try to qualify for next year's tour in the killer PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. He is playing this week in the Second Stage of the qualifiers that end's Friday. BUY.COM tour pro Richard Zokol finished that tour 13th on the money list, earning him a berth in the PGA tour next year, and Senior PGA tour pro Bruce Summerhays finished 20th, also earning a berth for next year.

[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.

Please help us find out if the following are Mormon:
Scott EyreRPToronto Blue Jays
Ryan JensenSPSan 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 TebbsSSRichmond Braves (Atlanta Braves)
Ron Wright1BDurham Bulls (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
John DeSilvaSPLas Vegas 51s (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Jeremy LambertSPMemphis Redbirds (St Louis Cardinals)


Shawn BradleyCenterDallas Mavericks
  G MinFG/FGARebPtsPpgPp60min
This Week 4 100 5/ 12 18 194.7511.4
YTD 4 100 5/ 12 18 194.7511.4
Travis KnightForwardNew York Knicks
  G MinFG/FGARebPtsPpgPp60min
This Week 0 0 0/ 00000
YTD00 0/ 00000
Mark MadsenCenterLos Angeles Lakers
  G MinFG/FGARebPtsPpgPp60min
This WeekInjured - Abdominal Strain
Scot PollardGuardSacramento Kings
  G MinFG/FGARebPtsPpgPp60min
This Week3869/1425227.3315.35
Mark PopeCenterMinnesota
  G MinFG/FGARebPtsPpgPp60min
This Week3412/6541.335.85


The WNBA's season has ended for 2001.



Ty DetmerDetroit Lions
  G GSAtt/CompYdsTDIntRushAttRushYdsRushTD
This Week000/0000000
Joe GermaineKansas City Chiefs
  G GSAtt/CompYdsTDIntRushAttRushYdsRushTD
This Week0000000000
Scott MitchellCincinnati Bengals
  G GSAtt/CompYdsTDIntRushAttRushYdsRushTD
This Week0000000000

Greg ClarkSan Francisco Forty-Niners
  G GSRecYdsTDRushAttRushYdsRushTD
This WeekInjured - Hamstring
Todd HeapBaltimore Ravens
  G GSRecYdsTDRushAttRushYdsRushTD
This Week10000000
Chad LewisPhiladelphia Eagles
  G GSRecYdsTDRushAttRushYdsRushTD
This Week114570000
Brandon ManumaleunaSt Louis Rams
  G GSRecYdsTDRushAttRushYdsRushTD
This Week00000000
Itua MiliSeattle Seahawks
  G GSRecYdsTDRushAttRushYdsRushTD
This Week10000000

Offensive Line
David DixonMinnesota Vikings
  G GS
This Week00
Edwin MulitaloBaltimore Ravens
  G GS
This Week11
John TaitKansas City Chiefs
  G GS
This Week11
Kyle TurleyNew Orleans Saints
  G GS
This Week11

Marcus BellSeattle Seahawks
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week10220000
Brant BoyerCleveland Browns
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week10220010
Travis HallAtlanta Falcons
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week11330000
Chris HokePittsburgh Steelers
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week00000000
Junior IoaneOakland Raiders
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week00000000
Rob MorrisIndianapolis Colts
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week11431000
Derek M. SmithSan Francisco Forty-Niners
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week11651100

Special Teams

Lee JohnsonNew England Patriots
  G GSPuntsYdsTB
This Week[Released by Patriots 15 October]

Owen PochmanNew York Giants
This Week000000000

Andy ReidPhiladelphia Eagles
  W-L YdsPlaysPassYds/PassAttRushYds/RushAttPossessPenYds
This Week1-033258219331132200:28:551192
George HenshawTennessee Titans
  W-L YdsPlaysPassYds/PassAttRushYds/RushAttPossessPenYds
This Week1-036271216341463300:37:48848
Dave CampoDallas Cowboys
  W-L YdsPlaysPassYds/PassAttRushYds/RushAttPossessPenYds
This Week0-13246723831863200:37:34540
Darrell BevellOffensive Asst
This Week1-035257168271842900:26:39767

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


Aaron GaveyCMinnesota Wild
This Week 100 0 1
YTD 1013 4 10
Steve KonowalchukLWWashington Capitals
This Week[Injured - Shoulder - Out 3-4 months]
YTD 503 3 6

Peterson, BrentAsst CoachNashville Predators

Coach Peterson's responsibilities cover penalties and goalkeeping, and the statistics listed are team statistics that reflect his responsibilities.
This Week 2 23 1 9 0 45 441
YTD 4 61 128 0 891079

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 WeekIdle0 0
YTDEntered 31 events, made cut 21 timesRanked 118th$436,576.39
Keith Clearwater
This WeekSouthern Farm Bureau ClassicT5770-72-70-72$5,352.00
YTDEntered 24 events, made cut 7 timesRanked 208th$66,178.33
Dan Forsman
This WeekSouthern Farm Bureau Classic468-70-65-69$115,200.00
YTDEntered 25 events, made cut 16 timesRanked 114th$456,194.03
Mike Reid
This WeekIdle0-----0
YTDEntered 13 events, made cut 5 timesRanked 216th$47,607.66 Tour
* Richard Zokol
This WeekSouthern Farm Bureau ClassicT2369-70-68-72$21,360.00
YTDEntered 22 events, made cut 18 timesRanked 13th$194,617.75

Playing on Exemption
Jeff Quinney
This WeekIdle0-----0
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 WeekIdle0-----0
YTDEntered 34 eventsRanked 20th$904,616.57

* 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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