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Sent on Mormon-News: 13Dec01

By Kent Larsen

Sports: Pollard Back in Form, Football Defense Shines

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The Sacramento Kings' Scot Pollard is coming back into form as the NBA's season progresses, scoring more and collecting more rebounds, while other Mormon basketball players either aren't getting on the court or aren't performing as well. Meanwhile, four Mormon football players, all playing defense, are shining and making real contributions to their teams.

Pollard scored 25 points over three games last week in just less than 100 minutes of play. In contrast, the Dallas Mavericks' Shawn Bradley played just 40 minutes in three games, and scored 7 points. The other three Mormon players, including the Laker's Mark Madsen, played less than 10 minutes for the week.

In football, Chad Lewis is the only offensive player who is making much of an impact, and that is pretty low. In the Eagles' last game, Lewis caught four passes for 27 yards and scored a touchdown. But that's nothing compared to Lewis' performance last year, when he was selected to the pro bowl. But on defense the situation is different. The Browns' Brant Boyer had a great game, recording 7 tackles, including 3 solos, while Colts' standout Rob Morris earned 6 tackles (6 solo) and the Forty-Niner's Derek Smith earned 5 tackles (4 solo) and was credited with helping to sack the quarterback.

Coach Andy Reid led his Eagles to another win, keeping his team at the top of the NFC East, well ahead of Dave Campo's Dallas Cowboys, in the basement of the same division. The Green Bay Packers (Darrell Bevell) also won last week.

Meanwhile, Aaron Gavey of the Minnesota Wild played three games and managed 4 shots on goal, but failed to score. But for Nashville Predator's assistant coach Brent Peterson, his goalies improved dramatically last week, giving up just 7 goals, but the team committed two major penalties in the week.In golf, all Mormon players were idle for the 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.

We have identified the following Mormon players:

Position Players

  • McKay Christensen CF Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Jeff Kent 2B San Francisco Giants


  • * Brandon Duckworth SP Philadelphia Phillies
  • (MH) Shawn Estes SP San Francisco Giants
  • Kyle Farnsworth RP Chicago Cubs
  • Mike Fetters RP Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Roy Halladay SP Toronto Blue Jays
  • Jason M. Johnson SP Baltimore Orioles
  • * Omar Olivares RP Pittsburgh Pirates
  • (MH) Garret Stephenson SP St Louis Cardinals
  • (MH) Dave Veres RP St Louis Cardinals
  • (MH) Jaret Wright SP Cleveland Indians


  • Iorg, Garth 1st Base Coach Toronto Blue Jays

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)


Bradley, ShawnCenterDallas Mavericks
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YTD21399 39/ 84921125.316.8
Knight, TravisForward
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This Week17 0/ 1200.00.0
YTD1060 8/ 1716181.818.0
Madsen, MarkCenter
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This Week01 0/ 0000.00.0
YTD525 5/ 103122.428.8
Pollard, ScotForward
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This Week398 10/ 1927258.315.3
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Pope, MarkCenter
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This Week33 0/ 0000.00.0
YTD14127 11/ 2521241.711.3


The WNBA's season has ended for 2001.

We know of the following players:

  • * Kristen Rasmussen Forward Miami Sol
  • (MH) Natalie Williams Forward Utah Starzz



Ty DetmerQuarterbackDetroit Lions
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Joe GermaineQuarterbackKansas City Chiefs
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Scott MitchellQuarterbackCincinnati Bengals
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Greg ClarkTight EndSan Francisco Forty-Niners
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Todd HeapTight EndBaltimore Ravens
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Chad LewisTight EndPhiladelphia Eagles
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This Week114271000
Brandon ManumaleunaTight EndSt Louis
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This Week10000000
Itua MiliTight EndSeattle Seahawks
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This Week10000000

Offensive Line
David DixonGuardMinnesota Vikings
  G GS
This Week11
Edwin MulitaloGuardBaltimore Ravens
  G GS
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John TaitTackleKansas City Chiefs
  G GS
This Week11
Kyle TurleyTackleNew Orleans Saints
  G GS
This Week11

Marcus BellLinebackerSeattle Seahawks
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This Week10220000
Brant BoyerLinebackerCleveland Browns
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week11732000
Byron FrischDefensive EndDallas Cowboys
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week10000000
Travis HallDefensive TackleAtlanta Falcons
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week11331000
Chris HokeDefensive TacklePittsburgh Steelers
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week00000000
Junior IoaneDefensive EndOakland Raiders
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This Week00000000
Rob MorrisLinebackerIndianapolis Colts
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This Week11661000
Derek M. SmithLinebackerSan Francisco Forty-Niners
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week115420.500

Special Teams
Lee JohnsonPunterNew England Patriots
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Owen PochmanKickerNew York Giants
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Andy ReidHead CoachPhiladelphia Eagles
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This Week 1- 02737121045632400:29:28430
YTD 8- 436877362277387141031705:50:2268494
George HenshawAsst Head Coach - OffenseTennessee Titans
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This Week 0- 145369271361822900:32:40320
YTD 5- 738867692607394127934306:18:3580725
Dave CampoHead CoachDallas Cowboys
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This Week 1- 028964187261023700:34:57645
YTD 4- 831577001546300161137306:00:1262478
Darrell BevellOffensive AsstGreen Bay Packers
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This Week 1- 035265185271673600:36:20439
YTD 9- 342537182974385127931606:02:5467523


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 Week30004
Konowalchuk, SteveLWWashington Capitals
This WeekInjured - Shoulder - Out 3-4 months0000

Peterson, BrentAssistant CoachNashville Predators
Coach Peterson's responsibilities cover penalties and goalkeeping, and the statistics listed are team statistics that reflect his responsibilities.
This Week44602301111299

Len Barrie, formerly of the Florida Panthers, is now an unrestricted free agent.



The WUSA's season has ended.

We know of the following player:

  • Maren Hendershot Forward Carolina Courage


PGA Tour
Jay Don Blake
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 31 events, made cut 21 times, earned $436,576.39, Ranked 118 on money list
Keith Clearwater
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 24 events, made cut 7 times, earned $66,178.33, Ranked 208 on money list
Dan Forsman
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 25 events, made cut 16 times, earned $456,194.03, Ranked 114 on money list
Mike Reid
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 13 events, made cut 5 times, earned $47,607.66, Ranked 216 on money list Tour
* Richard Zokol
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 22 events, made cut 18 times, earned $194,617.75, Ranked 13 on money list

(MH) Dean Wilson
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 20 events, made cut 16 times, earned 115,114,750 Yen, Ranked 3 on money list

On Waviers
Jeff Quinney
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 3 events, made cut 1 times, earned $11,400.00, Ranked 0 on money list

Senior PGA Tour
Billy Casper
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 3 events, earned $6,568.50, Ranked T234 on money list
Johnny Miller
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 0 events, earned $0.00, Ranked 0 on money list
Bruce Summerhays
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 34 events, earned $904,616.57, Ranked 20 on money list

  • * 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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