JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-3)
CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-0)
Sunday, September 29, 1996, 1:00 EDT
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars will attempt to end their own three-game losing streak and stop a three-game winning streak of their 1995 expansion brethren, when they host the Carolina Panthers at 1:00 EDT on Sunday in Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. It matches the NFL's two expansion teams from a year ago in their first regular-season matchup ever. It's the third home game for the Jaguars in the month of September before they head into a two-month span in which they have only two home games and five on the road. It is also the third of six straight games outside of their division. They do not face a division foe again until October 27, when they will begin a six-game stretch against AFC Central teams.
In their two previous games prior to last Sunday, the Jaguars had a chance to tie the games late in the fourth quarter and send them into overtime; instead, tipped passes were intercepted by their opponents. Last Sunday, the Jaguars tied the New England Patriots late - and nearly won it on the final play of regulation - but ended up losing in overtime 28-25 to New England, after spotting the Patriots a 22-0 lead. It was Jacksonville's first overtime game ever and third consecutive loss following a season-opening victory. Mark Brunell passed for a team-record 432 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.
RADIO BROADCAST: All of the Jaguars' games are broadcast on WOKV (690 AM) and WKQL (96.9 FM) and the Jaguars Radio Network, with Brian Sexton calling the action and analysis by Matt Robinson. Jennifer Kumik and Bill Riley, sports director of WOKV, handle the pre-game and half-time shows. A total of 27 affiliates in three states on the Jaguars Radio Network will also broadcast the game. Sexton, 27, is the NFL's youngest play-by-play announcer, and he teams with Robinson, a former NFL quarterback, for their second season together.
TELEVISION BROADCAST: The game will be televised regionally by Fox and locally on WAWS, Channel 30. Calling the action will be Kenny Albert and Tim Green.
TICKET INFORMATION: A limited number of tickets are available starting at $26. For information, call (904) 633-2000 or (800) 618-8005.
THE SERIES: This is the first regular-season meeting between the Jaguars and the Panthers and the Jaguars' first regular-season game against an NFC West opponent. They did play in the 1995 Hall of Fame game, a 20-14 victory for the Panthers in the preseason opener - and first game - for both teams.
THE OPPONENT: The Panthers were named the NFL's 29th team on October 26th - five weeks before the Jaguars were born. Carolina went 7-9 in their first season, setting a record for most victories by an NFL expansion team. After starting off the '95 season 0-5, the Panthers won their first game on October 15, defeating the New York Jets 26-15. They won an expansion-record four games in a row, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 13-7, marking the first time an expansion team had beaten the defending Super Bowl champions. They finished the season by winning seven of their final 11 games and had the NFL's seventh-ranked defense. This year, the Panthers have defeated Atlanta, New Orleans and San Francisco in taking over the lead in the NFC West with a 3-0 record.
A VICTORY OVER THE PANTHERS WOULD: Give the Jaguars their second victory of the season, a 2-3 record for the first time in franchise history and their first win ever over a NFC team and a non-AFC Central Division team.
THE LAST TIME: Though Jacksonville and Carolina have never played in the regular season, they did meet in their first preseason games ever on July 29, 1995. Carolina won 20-14 when a Jacksonville drive ended on the Panthers' two-yard line. Desmond Howard scored on a 66-yard punt return to open the scoring, then the Panthers came back with two second-quarter touchdowns - a 16-yard pass from Frank Reich to Bob Christian and an 85-yard interception return by Tyrone Poole. Jacksonville's starting quarterback Steve Beuerlein hooked up with Jimmy Smith to set up James Stewart's one-yard dive to tie the score in the third quarter. But Carolina closed out the scoring with two field goals by John Kasay.
COMING BACK: Carolina quarterback Steve Beuerlein started for the Jaguars in their inaugural game on September 3, 1995 against the Houston Oilers. Beuerlein, who signed with Carolina as a free agent during the offseason and led them to their victory over San Francisco last Sunday, started six games for Jacksonville in 1995. For the season, he completed 71 of 142 passes for 952 yards, four touchdowns and seven interceptions. He was the starting quarterback on October 1, 1995 when the Jaguars won their first game in franchise history, but he was replaced late in the game by Mark Brunell, who led the game-winning drive.
THE COACHES: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin led the Jaguars to four victories in their inaugural season and a 1-3 start this season. He became head coach of the NFL's newest franchise on February 21, 1994 following three successful seasons as head coach at Boston College. Coughlin compiled a record of 21-13-1 from 1991 to '93 at Boston College, and had two appearances in bowl games and a ranking of 13th in the final AP poll of 1993. A veteran of 25 years of coaching, he was previously an NFL assistant coach with the New York Giants (wide receivers, 1988-90) and with the Green Bay Packers (wide receivers and passing game coordinator 1986-87) and Philadelphia Eagles (wide receivers, 1984-85). He has a record of 5-14 during the regular season.
Carolina's Dom Capers was named head coach of the Panthers on January 23, 1995. After leading the team to an expansion-record 7-9 mark in 1995, he was named Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly. He was defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1992 to '94, when the Steelers allowed the fewest points in the NFL over that three-year span. He entered the professional coaching ranks in 1984 as an assistant under Jim Mora with the USFL Baltimore/Philadelphia Stars and coached the secondary in New Orleans from 1986 to '91. Capers has an overall record of 10-9.
JACKSONVILLE-CAROLINA CONNECTIONS: The Carolina Panthers have one former Jaguar on their roster: QB Steve Beurlein, who started six times for Jacksonville last season, including the inaugural gameÉ The Jaguars have five players from the state of North Carolina: LB Reggie Clark (Charlotte and North Carolina), RB Randy Jordan (Manson and North Carolina), DE Ernie Logan (Fayetteville and East Carolina), CB Robert Massey (Charlotte and North Carolina Central) and RB Natrone Means (Harrisburg and North Carolina) ... The Panthers have one player from the state of Florida: S Pat Terrell (St. Petersburg and Notre Dame, where he, WR Ragib Ismail, and RB Anthony Johnson were teammates of Jaguars TE Derek Brown) ... Jaguars OT Leon Searcy played for the Steelers when Panthers head coach Don Capers was the defensive coordinator (1992-94), and Panthers DE Lamar Lathon was with the Oilers when Jaguars offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbide was Houston's assistant head coach/offensive coordinator ÉÊThe Panthers have two players who played college football in the state of Florida: P Rohn Stark (Florida State) and TE Syii Tucker (Miami) ... Jaguars OT Leon Searcy was a teammate of Panthers WR Dwight Stone, DE Gerald Williams and LB Kevin Greene in Pittsburgh from 1992-95 ... Panthers LB Lamar Lathon was a Houston Oilers teammate of Jaguars LB Eddie Robinson (1992-94) ... Jaguars WR Keenan McCardell was a teammate of Panthers WR Mark Carrier in Cleveland (1993-94) ... Jaguars S Dana Hall was a teammate of Panthers CB Eric Davis in San Francisco (1992-94) ... Jaguars WR Andre Rison played with Panthers S Brett Maxie in Atlanta (1994) ... Jaguars TE Derek Brown was a teammate of Panthers DE Mike Fox with the Giants (1992-94) ... Jaguars DT Kelvin Pritchett played at Detroit with Panthers WR Willie Green (1991-93), and the two were also college teammates of Panthers TE Wesley Walls at Mississippi ... Jaguars TE Rich Griffith and LB Tom McManus were teammates of Panthers CB Micheal Reed at Boston College, where they were coached by Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin ... Jaguars G Ben Coleman was a teammate of Panthers TE Walter Rasby at Wake Forest ... Jaguars OT Tony Boselli and QB Rob Johnson were teammates of Panthers OT Norberto Garrido at Southern California ... Jaguars DE Tony Brackens and Panthers OT Blake Brockermeyer played together at Texas ... Jaguars G Brian DeMarco and FB Ty Hallock were teammates of Panthers WR Muhsin Muhammad at Michigan State ... Jaguars TE Rich Griffith played with Panthers WR Michael Bates at Arizona ... Jaguars CB Mickey Washington and Panthers CB Steve Lofton were teammates at Texas A&M.
JAGUARS INJURY UPDATE: MLB Bryan Schwartz suffered a sprained left knee against the Patriots and was scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday afternoon. Two others players missed the game: DE Jeff Lageman (sprained left knee) and CB Aaron Beasley (shoulder blade). The status of all three injured players will be updated on Wednesday when the Jaguars turn in their injury report.
ROSTER MOVES: On Monday, the Jaguars released CB Vinnie Clark. Clark, who was signed as an unrestricted free agent on March 3, 1995, had started all 20 Jaguars games. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by Dave Thomas, who started two games in 1995 in nickel alignments.
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars lost their third consecutive game - and first ever in overtime - 28-25 to the New England Patriots. The Jaguars rallied from a 22-0 deficit and tied the game 25-25 late in the fourth quarter. On the final play in regulation, QB Mark Brunell threw a Hail Mary pass that was caught by Willie Jackson on the one-foot line with no time left on the clock. New England won the coin toss and marched 49 yards in six plays, leading to Adam Vinatieri's 40-yard field goal for the game-winner.
Brunell passed for a club-record 432 yards and three touchdowns and Andre Rison and Willie Jackson had 100-yard receiving games for Jacksonville, with Rison scoring his first two TDs as a Jaguar (41 and 61 yards) and Smith getting his second score of the season (51 yards). Smith's touchdown came on the final play of the first half, a Hail Mail pass that was kicked into his hands. On the Jaguars' first series of the second half, Brunell connected with Rison in the end zone, and then two series later, the two hooked up over the middle for a 61-yard catch and run. Brunell ran for the two-point conversion on a QB draw, and then Mike Hollis tied the score on a 27-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter. Vinatieri kicked five field goals for the Patriots, who added scores by TE Ben Coates and RB Curtis Martin.
The Panthers won their third game this season 23-7 over the visiting San Francisco 49ers. Former Jaguar Steve Beuerlein completed 17 of 20 passes in the first half as Carolina took a 17-0 lead. He threw a pair of TD passes to TE Wesley Walls, finishing with 290 yards on 22 of 31 passing. It was the Panthers' 10th victory in their last 14 games.
NOTES FROM THE PATRIOTS GAME: The Jaguars had the ball for 52 plays and gained a team-record 442 yards, breaking their mark of 424 yards last December 10 vs. Indianapolis. They had 413 net yards passing, another team record, but their 29 yards rushing was a franchise low (previous: 68 yards, 10/1/95 at Houston), as was their 11 rushing attempts. In 1995, they had just 20 rushing attempts in four gamesÉÊFor the first game this season, Jacksonville had the ball less time than an opponent, 24:58 to 37:38. ... The Jaguars again had problems with third-down conversions, making only 5 of 14 attempts (36%). New England was 7 of 17 (41%). ... The Jaguars had 17 penalties for 148 yards, both team records (previous: 10 penalties 10/22/95 at Cleveland and 12/3/95 at Denver and 104 penalty yards 11/26/95 vs. Cincinnati). ... The Jaguars threw more than 30 passes for the fourth straight game. ÉÊMark Brunell's 432 yards passing marked his sixth consecutive game with more than 200 yards passing, his fourth game with 300-plus yards (second this year) and his first career 400-yard game. It was the third-most yards passing in a game ever against the Patriots. He threw two TD passes to Andre Rison - Rison's first as a Jaguar - and one to Jimmy Smith. Brunell's 51-yarder to Smith was the longest of both players' careers, but then Brunell and Rison connected on a 61-yarder to set Brunell's new long. Rison also had a 41-yard TD. ÉÊBrunell scored on a two-point conversion for his first points this season; in 1995, the team was 1 of 3 on two-point conversions. He also threw his seventh interception of the season, tying the number he had in all of 1995. ... Rison now has 65 career touchdowns, ranking fourth among active receivers behind Jerry Rice, Andre Reed and Cris Carter. ÉÊRison, who caught 4 passes for 115 yards, also had the 21st 100-yard receiving game of his career. Jimmy Smith led the team with 6 catches for 95 yards. ÉÊWillie Jackson caught 4 passes for 101 yards for the second 100-yard receiving game of his career (6-113 on 12/10/95 vs. Indianapolis). They marked the Jaguars' fourth and fifth 100-yard receiving games (third this season) and the first time the team has had two in one game. In 1995, Jacksonville had just two 100-yard receiving games. ... The Jaguars' four plays from scrimmage of more than 40 yards in one game was a team record. In all of 1995, they had just 12 plays of 30 yards or more and just two of 40-plus. ... Each team had two turnovers, one each on an interception and a fumble. ÉÊMark Brunell led the team in rushing 24 yards on 2 carries. James Stewart carried 9 times for just 5 yards, tying his career low. ÉÊBryan Barker punted 5 times for a 40.6-yard average with one touchback, but he had 3 punts returned by Dave Meggett for 70 yards, the most yardage ever gained by an opponent on punt returns in a game (previous: 64 by Green Bay, 9/24/95). ... Clyde Simmons had two sacks, tying a team record (Jeff Lageman had two on September 1 against Pittsburgh). Simmons' sacks gave him 96 for his career, which ranks 10th among active players, and 3 for this season, which ties him with Kevin Hardy, who had 1 against New England, for the team lead. Kelvin Pritchett had the team's fourth sack, which ties a team single-game record set September 1 vs. Pittsburgh. That gives the Jaguars 10 sacks this season; in 1995 they had a NFL-low 17 sacks. ÉÊSimmons also blocked Adam Vinatieri's extra point attempt after the Patriots' first touchdown. It was the fifth blocked extra point of Simmons' 11-year career. ÉÊOLB Eddie Robinson led the team with 12 tackles (6 solo), followed by SS Travis Davis with 11 tackles and MLB Tom McManus, who replaced injured starter Bryan Schwartz, with 10 tackles. ... Mike Hollis scored 5 points, giving him 23 for the season. . ... Dave Thomas had the team's only interception of the game and the first of his four-year career. ... Travis Davis forced and recovered a fumble by New England's Dave Meggett on the opening kickoff for the second time in three weeks. It marked the third straight week that Davis has forced a fumble. ... Only two players who dressed did not play: QB Rob Johnson and G/OT Jeff Novak. Inactive were: QB Todd Philcox, CB Aaron Beasley, FB Ryan Christopherson, FB Ty Hallock, DE Jeff Lageman, OT Jimmy Herndon, WR Reggie Barlow and WR Curtis Marsh. ... Jaguars captains were CB Dave Thomas, MLB Bryan Schwartz, DT John Jurkovic and C Dave Widell.
STATS AND SUCH: After four weeks of play, the Jaguars lead the league in passing with 1,163 yards, an average of 276.5 per game. They rank sixth on offense (28th rushing) and 17th in the NFL in total defense (24th against the run and 11th vs. the pass). ... Mark Brunell ranks seventh in the AFC in passing with a 82.1 passer rating, and his 7 TD passes is tied for the AFC lead. His 1,163 passing yards leads the NFL and is 226 yards ahead of Green Bay's Brett Favre, who ranks secondÉ Mike Hollis is eighth in scoring with 23 points. ... Keenan McCardell s tied for sixth in the AFC with 18 receptions; Andre Rison is tied for ninth with 17 catches; and Pete Mitchell is 11th with 16 receptions. Rison's 263 receiving yards is third in the conference, McCardell's 252 yards is fifth and Jimmy Smith's 185 yards is 19th. ... James Stewart is 10th in the AFC in rushing with 191 yards and seventh with 281 total yards. Rison is 10th in total yards and McCardell is 13thÉ Bryan Barker is 13th in the conference with a 31.6-yard net punting average. ... Chris Hudson is third in the conference with a 16.5-yard punt return average. ÉÊRandy Jordan is second in the AFC with a 26.6-yard kickoff return average and Willie Jackson is fifth with a 24.4 mark. ... Kevin Hardy and Clyde Simmons are tied for fifth in the AFC with three sacks each.
FROM COACH TOM COUGHLIN ON THE PATRIOTS GAME: "I don't know how you explain that game. I do know one thing: We fought. There's no question about the fight in these players. We made so many different things happen. I've never been in a game with 17 penalties on one team. Every time we ran the ball there was a penalty. That was unbelievable. We got one on Dave Thomas' interception return, and the crowning blow was when we caught the ball on the one-yard line instead of over the stripe on the last play of regulation. I can never remember being in a game like this."
(on the overtime) "We lost the (coin) toss in the beginning and we lost the toss in overtime. We took what wind there was. We gave them decent, not great field position. They hit the naked crossing pattern to the Z (receiver) and that hurt us badly and put them in position at the end. That was a pressure kick - certainly not a gimme. I felt at that time if we got the ball, we had a chance to win it."
(on why the team went for a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the first half after first sending in the punt team) "They (the Patriots) took a time out, and we felt we could then execute and the clock would run out. I didn't want there to be any time left. It would've been foolish to give up any points there. We re-evaluated and said, "Let's go." We scored on the tipped ball at the end of the half, and it would have been fitting to score on a tipped play at the end to win it. It just wasn't to be."
(on spreading out the offense) "It was the same old thing - you do what you're able to do. We tried to rush the ball and had nothing there. I give credit to the Patriots' defense for that. But we're better than that."
(on the comeback from a 22-0 deficit) "We knew we had to settle down, and we did settle down. The first drive of the second half was critical. We scored, and it was a momentum change. Just about everything that can happen to us happened in the first half. It wasn't a solid performance by us. Our defense was on the field too much. We had trouble punting the ball, the offense didn't do much. It was a gut-check at the half."
FROM QB MARK BRUNELL: "We couldn't get it going early, and we didn't run the ball as well as we wanted to. We knew being behind we had to make up yards quick. We thought all week long there were some opportunities to go down field."
(on the Hail Mary passes) "You just throw it up. Sometimes you get those; most of the time you don't. We were just fortunate today to get those. The idea is to throw it up and let the receivers go for it. You want one guy to tip it up and the other guy to catch it." (on whether it's comforting playing a team close) "It's not comforting at all. We don't feel like an expansion team. An expansion team is supposed to take its lumps for a couple of years and struggle. But there's no reason for us to have to do that. At times we have looked as good as any other team in the NFL. At other times, we're not hitting on all cylinders. We've come a long way, but we would like to be further than we are right now."
FROM WR JIMMY SMITH: (on his touchdown catch) "Andre (Rison) had a good play on the ball, which enabled the tip to come my way. It almost happened twice.
(on Willie Jackson's catch at the one-foot line) "That happens in a hostile environment like this - you get those breaks. He definitely was in."
FROM WR WILLIE JACKSON: "I reached up and grabbed it and pulled it down, but the guy hit me. When I fell on my back, he fell right on my foot. Either way, they could've called it a touchdown or not. But it went overtime."
FROM G BEN COLEMAN: (on the lack of a running game) "Things are never as good as you think they are, and they're never as bad as you think they are. But it's disappointing for us as an offensive line. We didn't get anything established. You just have to do it. Everybody - running backs, tight ends, offensive line. And until we do, we're going to find ourselves like this in every game. We need to work on this."
MILLER LITE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Jaguars' nominee for the Miller Lite Player of the Week Award is QB Mark Brunell, who completed 23 of 39 passes for a team-record 432 yards and three touchdowns. The scoring passes were 41 and 61 yards to Andre Rison and 51 yards to Jimmy Smith. Brunell now leads the NFL with 1,163 passing yards, and his seven TDs are tied for the AFC lead and tied for second in the NFL.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Practice and interview times this week are as follows:
Day Practice Coach Coughlin Players Tuesday Players off Not available Not available Wednesday 1:20 p.m. 12:15 11:45 - 12:15 (open lockerroom) Thursday 1:20 p.m. 12:15 11:45 - 12:15 (open lockerroom) Friday 12:15 p.m. 12:00 11:45 - 12:15 (open lockerroom)
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will travel to New Orleans to face the Saints at 1:00 EST (12:00 CST) at the Superdome. It will be the first game between the two teams. The Saints are 0-4, having lost to San Francisco, Carolina, Cincinnati and Arizona.
THE SECOND SEASONS: Here is a look at how the 10 expansion teams have fared in their first and second seasons:
Team Year Record Year Record Carolina 1995 7-9 1996 3-0 Jacksonville 1995 4-12 1996 1-3 Seattle 1976 2-12 1977 5-9 Dallas 1960 0-11-1 1961 4-9-1 New Orleans 1967 3-11 1968 4-9-1 Miami 1966 3-11 1967 4-10 Cincinnati 1968 3-11 1969 3-11 Minnesota 1961 3-11 1962 2-11-1 Tampa Bay 1976 0-14 1977 2-12 Atlanta 1966 3-11 1967 1-12-1
RISON SHINES AGAIN: WR Andre Rison had his best game as a Jaguar on Sunday against New England. He caught 4 passes for 115 yards, including touchdowns of 41 and 61 yards. He moved into eighth place on the list of active receivers with 539 catches, after having started out the season in 11th place, and his two touchdowns put him three behind Minnesota's Cris Carter on the list of career receiving touchdowns among active players. For the season, Rison has 17 catches for 263 yards and two TDs. His 15.5-yard average is higher than any season of his career other than his rookie year (16.5 in 1989 while with Indianapolis). Rison's 7,417 receiving yards ranks 10th among active players.
CAREER RECEPTIONS CAREER RECEIVING TDs Rk Player, team Yrs. Rec. Yards Avg. LG TD Rk. Player, team TD 1. Jerry Rice, 49ers 12 964 15,437 16.01 96t 146 1. Jerry Rice, 49ers 146 2. Henry Ellard, Redskins 14 730 12,277 16.82 81t 59 2. Andre Reed, Bills 70 3. Andre Reed, Bills 12 710 10,017 14.11 83t 70 3. Cris Carter, Vikings 68 4. Cris Carter, Vikings 10 593 7,506 12.66 80t 67 4. ANDRE RISON, JAGUARS 65 Irving Fryar, Eagles 13 577 9,093 15.76 80t 59 5. Irving Fryar, Eagles 59 5. Bill Brooks, Redskins 11 567 7,788 13.74 84t 46 Henry Ellard, Redskins 59 7. Marcus Allen, Chiefs 15 552 5,100 9.24 92t 21 7. Anthony Miller, Broncos 57 8. ANDRE RISON, JAGUARS 8 539 7,417 13.76 75t 65 8. Michael Irvin, Cowboys 50 9. Keith Byars, Dolphins 11 536 4,960 9.25 60 23 9. H. Jeffires, Saints 49 10. Webster Slaughter, Jets 11 534 7,770 14.55 97t 43 10. Bill Brooks, Redskins 46
THE SACK IS BACK: For the second time in four games, the Jaguars sacked opposing quarterbacks four times, which is their team record. Last year, the Jaguars ranked last in the NFL with only 17 sacks.
Against New England, DE Clyde Simmons, who made his second start for Jacksonville, had two sacks, giving him three as a Jaguar and 96.0 for his career, which ranks 10th among active players. LB Kevin Hardy had his third sack of the season, which ties him for the team lead with Simmons. The two players are tied for fifth in the AFC.
Simmons' second sack of New England's Drew Bledsoe moved him past Chicago's Steve McMichael into 18th place on the NFL's all-time list of sackers (sacks did not become an official statistic until 1982).
ALL-TIME NFL SACK LEADERS
ROSTER ANALYSIS: Based on opening day rosters, here's how the Jaguars compared to the other 29 teams in the NFL:
The Jaguars had the tallest team in the NFL (6-2.3, tied with Baltimore, Oakland and San Francisco) ... Fifth-heaviest team (242.6 pounds per man, tied with Washington; Chicago led the way with an average of 244.5 pounds) ... Third-youngest team in terms of experience (3.6 years, tied with Cincinnati) and seventh-youngest team in terms of age (average age of 26.0) ÉÊ14th most rookies and first-year players (10; Tampa Bay led the way with 16) ... The Jaguars had the fewest number of players 30 and older (4 - P Bryan Barker, DE Clyde Simmons, C Dave Widell and DE Paul Frase).
The Jaguars' roster includes 19 players who are new to the team this year (18 plus G Rich Tylski, who was on the practice squad in 1995). Of the 19 new players, 11 are veterans, 2 are first-year players and 6 are rookies. There are 33 players who were with the Jaguars for all or part of the 1995 season. Of those 33, 13 played in all 16 games last year but just 5 started all 16 games (CBs Mickey Washington, DT Don Davey, G Brian DeMarco (at OT), DT Kelvin Pritchett and C Dave Widell). ÉÊOf the Jaguars' 22 current starters, six are new to the team this year (Rison, McCardell, Searcy, Jurkovic, Robinson and Hardy) and six are second-year players (Boselli, DeMarco, Stewart, Schwartz, Hudson and Davis). ... The youngest player on the 53-man roster is defensive end Tony Brackens, the only 21-year old. ... The roster includes 14 of the 20 players drafted by the team (eight from 1995, six from this year), 12 players signed as unrestricted free agents and just six of the 31 players selected in the 1995 expansion draft (two others are on injured reserve or Reserve/PUP). Three other players were acquired by trade, and three others were claimed off waivers. ... Two members of the Original 10 Jaguars who signed contracts on December 15, 1994 are still with the team: RB Randy Jordan, a backup halfback who scored the first TD in franchise history last year vs. Cincinnati; and DE Ernie Logan, a backup left defensive end who started one game in 1995 and tied for second on the team with three sacks. ... Four of the five starters on the Jaguars' offensive line were selected within the first 40 picks of the NFL draft. Only center Dave Widell, the 94th player chosen in 1988, does not meet that standard. ... The Jaguars have 9 players on their roster who were first-round selections in the college draft: DE Jeff Lageman (1989, New York Jets), WR Andre Rison (1989, Indianapolis Colts), DT Kelvin Pritchett (1991, Dallas Cowboys, but traded to Detroit on Draft Day), TE Derek Brown (1992, New York Giants), OT Leon Searcy (1992, Pittsburgh Steelers), S Dana Hall (1992, San Francisco 49ers), OT Tony Boselli (1995, Jacksonville Jaguars), RB James Stewart (1995, Jacksonville Jaguars), LB Kevin Hardy (1996, Jacksonville Jaguars).
ON THE INTERNET: The Jaguars unveiled their Official Web Site on the Internet at halftime of their August 18th preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium amid a fireworks and laser light show. The site had 265,000 hits from all over the world in the first 48 hours after being unveiled. The team's weekly press releases (and probably everything else you ever wanted to know about the Jaguars) can be accessed at: http://www.jaguars.com