THIS WEEK: The Jaguars host the Denver Broncos in their fifth and final preseason game as well as their second home game in Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. EDT Friday, August 25. The Jaguars are 1-3 after losing to expansion brethren Carolina 20-14 on July 29, defeating the Miami Dolphins 24-21 on a last-minute field goal on August 4, then losing to Detroit 19-3 on August 10 and to St. Louis 27-10 on August 18. The Broncos are 2-1 and hosted the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, August 21.
RADIO BROADCAST: This game will be broadcast on WOKV (690 AM) and WKQL (96.9 FM) and the Jaguars Radio Network, with play-by-play man Brian Sexton and color analysts Matt Robinson and Deron Cherry. Reporter Jennifer Kumik will contribute to the pre-game and half-time shows. More than 30 affiliates in five states on the Jaguars Radio Network will also broadcast the game.
PRESEASON TV BROADCAST: The Jaguars' final preseason game will be televised on WTLV, Channel 12, with Kevin Harlan and Mike Golic calling the action. Harlan is in his second year as an NFL broadcaster for the Fox Network. Golic played defensive tackle for nine years in the NFL for Houston, Philadelphia and Miami before retiring following the 1993 season. He is now a broadcaster for ESPN. In addition, the game will be broadcast on WCPX (Ch. 6) in Orlando, WCTV (Ch. 6) in Tallahassee, and WSAV (Ch. 2) in Savannah, Ga.
TICKET INFORMATION: A limited number of tickets still remain for the Jaguars-Broncos game. Upper deck and end zone seats are available at $35 or $46. For information, call (904) 633-2000.
THE SERIES: This is the first game between the Jaguars and Broncos. They will play again during the regular season on December 3 when the Jaguars travel to Mile High Stadium.
THE OPPONENT: The Broncos were original members of the American Football League, starting play in 1960. They took 14 years to have a winning season, but they have since played in four Super Bowls, though losing all four. They went to their first Super Bowl after the 1977 season, and then three times in four years following the 1986, '87 and '89 seasons. Denver was 7-9 in 1994, losing its last three games before turning over the reins to new head coach Mike Shanahan this year. The Broncos are quarterbacked by John Elway, who heads into his 13th season as one of the NFL's all-time great quarterbacks. Elway has passed for 199 touchdowns and 37,736 yards.
THE COACHES: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin has led the Jaguars to one victory in three preseason games. Coughlin served as the head coach at Boston College from 1991 to '93, compiling a record of 21-13-1, with two appearances in bowl games and a ranking of 13th in the final AP poll of 1993. He was previously an NFL assistant coach with the New York Giants (wide receivers, 1988-90), Green Bay Packers (wide receivers and passing game coordinator 1986-87) and Philadelphia Eagles (wide receivers, 1984-85).
Denver coach Mike Shanahan is in his first season as Denver's head coach, following three years as the offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers, who won last year's Super Bowl. Previously, Shanahan served as offensive coordinator of the Broncos (1991), Denver's quarterbacks coach (1989-90), head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988 and for the first four games in '89, Denver's offensive coordinator (1985-87) and Denver's receivers coach (1984). He was also an assistant coach at the University of Florida from 1980-83.
JACKSONVILLE-DENVER CONNECTIONS: Denver head coach Mike Shanahan was an assistant coach at the University of Florida (offensive coordinator in 1980-82) and assistant head coach/offensive coordinator in 1983). …
The Denver Broncos boast four players from the state of Florida. Second-year TE Dwayne Carswell was born in Jacksonville and attended University Christian High School. RB Derrick Clark was born in Apopka, PK Jason Elam in Fort Walton Beach and rookie OT Jamie Brown was born in Miami and attended Florida A&M … Jaguars RB Randy Jordan and OLB Reggie Clark played with Broncos S Rondell Jones and LB Ray Jacobs at the University of North Carolina … Denver's C Tom Nalen attended Boston College, where he was coached by the Jaguars Tom Coughlin and played with Jaguars MLB Tom McManus and rookie TE Gardon Laro … Jacksonville's DE Jason Simmons and OLB Mark Williams played at Ohio State with the Broncos CB Butler By'not'e … Broncos rookie DL Larry Jackson played at Texas A&M with Jaguars TE Greg Schorp … Jaguars C/G Frank Cornish was at UCLA with Denver DT Mike Lodish … Jaguars QB Mark Brunell played at Washington with Broncos DE Harald Hasselbach … Denver's CB Eric Thomas played for the New York Jets with Jaguars DE Jeff Lageman and DT Paul Frase … Jacksonville FS Harry Colon, DT Kelvin Pritchett, and G Shawn Bouwens all played with the Broncos CB Ray Crockett and WR Jeff Campbell while they were with the Detroit Lions … Jaguars DT Don Davey was a teammate of Denver S Tim Hauck at Green Bay… Jaguars FS Darren Carrington, who started his career at Denver, was a teammate at San Diego with Denver RB Rod Bernstein, and WR Anthony Miller … Jaguars OT Jeff Novak and Broncos RB Aaron Craver were teammates with the Dolphins … Former Broncos who are now on the Jaguars are WR Cedric Tillman and C/G Dave Widell.
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars lost to the St. Louis Rams 27-10 on August 18 in their first game at the new Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Jacksonville had leads of 3-0 and 10-6 but was shut out in the second half. Quarterback Steve Beuerlein completed 10 of 14 passes for 150 yards in the first half, and the Jaguars outgained the Rams 332 yards to 222. But Jacksonville had three turnovers that led directly to St. Louis touchdowns, as well as 14 penalties for 163 yards.
The Broncos played the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, August 21.
JAGUARS NOTES FROM LAST WEEK: Steve Beuerlein started his fourth straight game at quarterback and had his best outing, completing 10 of 14 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown. … Mark Brunell also saw action. He completed 12 of 24 passes for 144 yards and one interception. That is the only interception for a Jaguars quarterback in the last three games. … The Jaguars also lost two fumbles, both by rookie FB Ryan Christopherson. … The Jaguars outgained the Rams 332 yards to 222, and their starters outgained the Rams starters 167 to 57. Jacksonville had 287 passing yards, their most in the preseason (previous high: 201 vs. Carolina), to the Rams' 178. … The Jaguars rushed for only 45 yards on 15 carries (3.0-yard average), but that was better than the Rams, who gained just 44 yards on 25 rushes (1.8 average). … Mark Brunell was the game's leading rusher, with 22 yards on 2 carries. Brunell also led all rushers in the Carolina game. … Rich Griffith and Desmond Howard led all receivers with four catches apiece (Griffith for a game-high 64 yards and 1 TD and Howard for 45 yards). Ernest Givins started his first game for Jacksonville, catching 3 passes for 36 yards. … The Jaguars got their first turnover of the preseason, when CB Vinnie Clark intercepted a Chris Miller pass on the final play of the first half. Clark returned the ball 48 yards as the clock ran out. … P Bryan Barker punted 6 times for an average of only 38.8 yards, but only 3 of his kicks were returned for a total of just 8 yards. In four preseason game, Barker has a 45.2-yard punting average and a 39.6 net. … MLB Tom McManus, making his first start, led the Jaguars with 6 tackles. … DT Ryan McCoy, DT Kelvin Pritchett and CB Mickey Washington each had 4 tackles. … Jacksonville had 5 sacks (all in the first half), matching their total for the first three preseason games. … The Jaguars had 15 first downs to the Rams' 20, but converted only 4 of 11 third-downs (36 percent), while the Rams were 7 of 15 (47 percent). … St. Louis controlled the clock 33:37 to Jacksonville's 26:23. … The only game in which the Jaguars have had better T.O.P. than their opponents was the Miami game (a victory). … Jacksonville was flagged for 163 yards on 14 penalties, while the Rams were penalized only two times for 15 yards. … The Jaguars scored first, on a 35-yard field goal by Scott Sisson, and they took a 10-6 lead on a 24-yard TD pass form Beuerlein to Rich Griffith. However, the Rams scored the final 21 points of the game. … TE Rich Griffith started his first game, as the Jaguars started two wide receivers, two tight ends and only one running back. … The following players did not dress: OT's Tony Boselli and Marcus Price, DE's Ernie Logan and John Duff, RB's Reggie Cobb and Mazio Royster, S Chris Hudson and LB's Keith Goganious and Rod Smalley. Eight other players did not play: QB's Andre Ware and Rob Johnson, RB Markus Thomas, G/OT Ron Collins, OT Rickie Shaw, G/C Mark Tucker, WR Curtis Marsh and DT Don Davey. … The only Jaguar who has yet to see action is OT Tony Boselli (knee injury).
FROM COACH COUGHLIN ON THE LOSS TO ST. LOUIS: ìWe shot ourselves in the foot with 14 penalties and two turnovers at point-blank range in the first half, and of course the tipped ball on the half sack at the end of the game, which really made the score appear lopsided. But I thought we had great effort. I'm very concerned about the penalties. There's no excuse for the turnovers.
ìWe didn't have much in the second half, and that's what leaves me frustrated as a head coach. I thought the defense played hard. Third down conversions … their ability to keep the ball was certainly a big part of their success. It's a game that we truly could have won and didn't win. When you turn it over and make penalties, you're going to lose.
(on playing the Jaguars' first game at home) ìIt was great to be at home and great to play at home. Our fans were terrific. To come out at 6:00 at get a standing ovation puts chills down your spine. To be at the floor of that beautiful stadium and look up at the sky and see all the seats full was a tremendously gratifying experience for all of us, and our players were very much touched and affected by that -- preseason game or no preseason game. Although we didn't win, our fans deserved more than that outcome.
(on the team's progress) ìI'm not satisfied at all. I'm not going to be satisfied until we eliminate the errors and have consistency of effort. We're trying to make progress as best we can and we're trying to learn from our errors and mistakes. The effort was there tonight; we just made too many errors.
ìIt's not going to happen overnight. There's no shortcuts in this business. You have to work your tail off and bust your tail and have no turnovers and no penalties, and then you're fortunate to win. It's tough, competitive, balanced and equal. We're the new guys on the block. We're going to make our mark. The fans shouldn't go away and hang their heads. They should hold their heads up high and be proud. We'll battle through this together. But it will take some time.î
FROM JAGUARS QB STEVE BEUERLEIN: &IGRAVE;We knew we were going to have some shots at the big plays by the way they play certain formations. We knew we'd have shots at Rich Griffith and Derek Brown up the seams. They made some great plays for us. We did some good things. It's a matter of getting more consistent. We're a team that can't afford turnovers and penalties, and it's going to be magnified more if we make those mistakes. We really need to work on focusing and knocking that stuff out.î
FROM WR DESMOND HOWARD: ìI think we played OK. I think there's some things we could have executed a little better. I think we were able to do some good things the coaches can evaluate, and we can build off of. I think the game as a whole we shot ourselves in the foot twice with the fumbles inside the strike zone. Those were the only scores they had in the first half. You don't want to put your defense in that position too often, especially twice in the same half. That's two times too many. I think we took advantage of the big plays more tonight. I think they have been there before too, but tonight we took more advantage of them.î
FROM DT KELVIN PRITCHETT: ìThis was my first game back, the first game back for a lot of the starters. Joel Smeenge and Jeff Lageman did an outstanding job, and so did Corey Mayfield. I think we did pretty good for the first quarter, but we need to get better. The tempo was very fast and almost like the game tempo on Sundays. But we need to continue to work hard and grow as a team and hopefully get some victories for the Jacksonville Jaguars.î
STEWART STILL THE WORKHORSE: Rookie James Stewart continues to be the Jaguars' workhorse. He led Jaguars backs in rushing for the fourth straight game, and now has 146 yards on 34 carries (4.3-yard average) with a long run of 55 yards. He has also caught 5 passes for 40 yards, leading Jaguars running backs.
INSIDE THE RED ZONE: In four games, the Jaguars have scored 6 of 8 times when they have penetrated their opponent's 20-yard line. They were 1 of 3 in the Carolina game, scoring on a one-yard touchdown by James Stewart. In the Miami game, the Jaguars scored on all four trips inside the red zone -- three short TD runs by Ryan Christopherson and a 32-yard field goal by Scott Sisson. Against Detroit, the Jaguars did not get inside the 20 (the closest they got was the 21). And vs. St. Louis, the Jaguars got a 34-yard field goal after reaching the 17-yard line.
STOPPIN' THE RUN: In four preseason games, the Jaguars have allowed only 352 yards rushing on 110 carries for a 3.2-yard average that would have ranked second-best in the NFL last year (Minnesota had a 3.1 average). Jaguars opponents have a long run of just 18 yards and no back has gained more than 68 yards (Detroit's Reggie Rivers). In fact, in the other three games, the opponent's leading rusher for the game has been stopped significantly (Carolina's Barry Foster 9 carries for 22 yards, Miami's Irving Spikes 9 carries for 25 yards and the Rams' Jerome Bettis 9 carries for 12 yards).
BOOTIN' BARKER: Punter Bryan Barker continues to punt extremely well for Jacksonville. In the four preseason games, Barker has punted 18 times for an average of 45.2 yards and a 39.6-yard net average. He has placed 6 kicks inside the 20-yard line and has 3 touchbacks and a long of 55 yards. In addition, the Jaguars have allowed only 41 yards on 11 punt returns (3.7-yard average). Last season, Barker led the NFC with a 36.3-yard net average.
PRESEASON NUMBERS: Jaguars QB Steve Beuerlein does not have enough pass attempts to qualify among the AFC's leading passers in the preseason, but his passer rating would rank third in the AFC if he did. Beuerlein has a passer rating of 97.1 through four games on 40 attempts. Passers must throw an average of 14 passes a game to qualify. Mark Brunell ranks 10th in the conference with a 52.5 rating on 56 attempts. … FB Ryan Christopherson leads the AFC with three touchdowns. … TE Rich Griffith leads the AFC with 10 receptions, and his 124 yards ranks fourth. Willie Jackson has eight catches to rank 10th, and his 93 yards ranks 13th. … RB James Stewart is second in the conference with 146 rushing yards, and he ranks third in the AFC with 186 total yards from scrimmage. … Desmond Howard leads the conference in punt returns with a 22.0-yard average on five returns. He's also the only player in the league to return a punt for a touchdown so far in the preseason.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Statistics are often deceiving. In four games, the Jaguars have outrushed their opponents (433-352), outpassed them (668 to 664) and outgained them (1,101 to 1,016). However, opponents have scored 11 touchdowns to the Jaguars' 6. And the Jaguars have lost nine turnovers while getting only one.
CAPTAIN JAGUAR: Coach Tom Coughlin has named game captains for each of the first four games: Carolina -- C Dave Widell, DE Jeff Lageman, CB Mickey Washington and P Bryan Barker; Miami -- QB Steve Beuerlein, MLB Keith Goganious and CB Dave Thomas; Detroit -- G Shawn Bouwens, S Harry Colon and S Mike Dumas; and St. Louis -- QB Mark Brunell, S Darren Carrington and S Monty Grow.
ABOUT THE STADIUM: The new Jacksonville Municipal Stadium drew rave reviews after its first game on August 18:
Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin -- ìWhen you stand at the base of this stadium, it's a magnificent stadium. It's the most beautiful place I've ever played in. This has to be one of the greatest stadiums in the country. bar none. Playing on grass, the weather, a brand new stadium. A great city. People who have waited years for a football team. I don't think there's a hotter place in the country than Jacksonville, Florida. This is tremendous.î
Rams coach Rich Brooks -- ìThis is a great stadium to play football in. The seats are close to the field, and the noise is very, very loud. We tried an audible and screwed it up because of the noise.î
JAGUARS INJURY UPDATE: The following players did not dress for last week's game: OT's Tony Boselli (knee) and Marcus Price (ankle), RB's Reggie Cobb (sprained knee) and Mazio Royster (knee), DE John Duff (knee), S Chris Hudson (groin) and LB's MLB Keith Goganious (ankle) and Rod Smalley (hamstring). DE Ernie Logan did not play because of a toe injury, and DT Don Davey dressed but did not play because of a sprained knee.
ROSTER MOVES: On August 19, the Jaguars released 16 players and placed four others on inujured reserve. The waived players were: offensive linemen Ron Collins, Mark Tucker and Rickie Shaw; wide receivers Charles Davenport and John Morton; quarterback Andre Ware; tight end Carlos Etheredge; running back Markus Thomas; defensive linemen Kendall Brown, Chris Williams and Gonzalo Floyd; linebackers Hillary Butler and Jason Carthen; and defensive backs Rogerick Green, Tommy Johnson and Michael Davis. Placed on injured reserve were: RB Mazio Royster (knee), DE John Duff (knee), OT Marcus Price (ankle) and LB Rod Smalley(hamstring). That leaves the Jacksonville roster at 64 players as of Monday.
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will play their first regular-season game ever when they host the Houston Oilers at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, September 3. The Oilers are 0-2 in the preseason, having lost to Arizona and Washington. They were to have played San Diego Saturday night at the Astrodome, but the game was cancelled due to unsafe field conditions.
DAILY SCHEDULE: Monday through Wednesday -- Lockerroom open to media 11:45 to 12:15; head coach Tom Coughlin available at 12:15. Thursday -- TBA.
Practices are being held at the two practice fields adjacent to the new Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Check with the Jaguars' Communications Office in (633-6000) for the daily practice schedule and to schedule interviews.
FAX ON DEMAND: All Jaguars press releases can be obtained through the InfoConnection fax-on-demand system. To receive the Jaguars' press releases each week via fax, dial (404) 399-3066 on your fax machine and enter the NFL password: 7575. Key in 1000 for an NFL directory of releases. More specific information will be provided when available. Press releases will be available on Monday afternoons.
PRIDE IN JAGSONVILLE: Only one week remains before the Jaguars play their first regular-season game against the Houston Oilers on September 3, and the Jaguars and the city of Jacksonville are planning a celebration, the likes of which have never before been seen for an NFL regular-season game.
The NFL Experience is the NFL's interactive football theme park, and will be at the Prime Osborn Convention Center from Thursday, August 31 through Saturday, September 2. Designed to enlighten and entertain the entire family -- and to appeal to both the casual and die-hard NFL fan -- the NFL Experience will be open from 12 noon to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Admission will be $5, with free admission for children under 2. Tickets are available at the Coliseum box office, the secondary box office at The Landing and TicketMaster.
The Jaguars are also hosting an NFL Celebrity Golf Kickoff Golf Classic on Saturday, September 2 at the Golf Links of Amelia Island Plantation. The tournament teams will be hosted and captained by former NFL stars. Some Hall of Famers who have already committed to playing are Jim Taylor, Don Maynard and Lem Barney. Entry fees are $350 and team entry fees are $1,400.
September 3 will also be the opening of The Pavilion, the official fan extravaganza on the south end of Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. The Pavilion is a 30,000-square-foot tent with interactive games, food and entertainment for individuals and large groups of fans attending the game. The Pavilion will also feature a mini-NFL Experience.
Boyz II Men will sing the National Anthem for the game set against an explosive pyrotechnic display and a military jet flyover. The halftime show spotlights former Miss America and Jacksonville native Leanza Cornett in a high-energy song, dance and special effects spectacular continuing the celebration of the Jaguars and the NFL. The show will also feature two elaborate card stunts performed by the 73,000 fans in the stadium.
The city of Jacksonville has planned a street festival, a concert by America and the Beach Boys on Friday, September 1 at Metropolitan Park. In addition, Boyz II Men will perform at the Coliseum on Saturday, September 2.
Fans not attending the game can watch the Jaguars take on the Houston Oilers on big-screen televisions at Metropolitan Park. Called ìThe Second Stadium,î Met Park will be the second-best place to be on September 3.
August 22 -- Roster cutdown to maximum of 65 players on active list by 4:00 p.m. EDT (the 28 existing teams cut down to 60 players).
August 27 -- Roster cutdown to maximum of 56 players by 4:00 p.m. EDT (the existing teams cut down to 53 players).
August 28 -- Clubs may establish a practice squad of five players by signing free agents who do not have an accrued season of free-agency credit.
September 1 -- All clubs are required to identify their 49-player active list by 7:00 p.m. EDT. No later than 1:30 before kickoff, clubs must identify their 45-player active list and third quarterback, if any.
September 3 -- The Jaguars host the Houston Oilers in their inaugural game.
September 18 -- Jacksonville and Carolina are required to reduce their active/inactive lists to 53 players.
October 10 -- Trading deadline.
1995 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS SCHEDULE
Friday, Aug. 25 DENVER BRONCOS 7:00 p.m. WTLV
Sunday, Sept. 3 HOUSTON OILERS 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Sept. 10 at Cincinnati Bengals 4:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Sept. 17 at New York Jets 4:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Sept. 24 GREEN BAY PACKERS 8:00 p.m. TNT
Sunday, Oct. 1 at Houston Oilers 4:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Oct. 8 PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Oct. 15 CHICAGO BEARS 1:00 p.m. FOX
Sunday, Oct. 22 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Oct. 29 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Nov. 5 Open Date
Sunday, Nov. 12 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Nov. 19 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Nov. 26 CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Dec. 3 at Denver Broncos 4:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Dec. 10 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Dec. 17 at Detroit Lions 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Dec. 24 CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00 p.m. NBC
Home games in CAPS. All times are Jacksonville time.
Oilers are 17-18 on Opening Day, and have lost their last three.
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SPECIAL TEAMS (): Jacksonville's special teams are coached by Larry Pasquale, who is wide considered one of the best special teams coaches in the NFL. Handling the placekicking for the Jaguars will be______
COACH COUGHLIN ON THE OILERS GAME: ì_______
A VICTORY OVER THE OILERS WOULD: Be only the second time in NFL history an expansion team won its first game. In 1961, the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Chicago Bears _.
RYNO, THE SHORT-YARDAGE SPECIALIST: Rookie FB Ryan Christopherson continues to be the Jaguars' short-yardage specialist. Against Miami, Christopherson scored all three of the Jaguars' touchdowns, and he has three of the team's five TDs so far during the preseason. Against Detroit, on Jacksonville's first drive of the game, Christopherson entered the game on a 3rd-and-1 situation and gained four yards off left guard for a first down and the team's only third-down conversion of the game. In his last two seasons at the University of Wyoming, Christopherson, a fifth-round draft choice, scored 19 touchdowns and gained 2,469 yards.
BRUNELL MOVES THE JAGUARS: In three games, quarterback Mark Brunell has quarterbacked the Jaguars on 11 drives, leading to one touchdown, two field goals and one almost-score. Here's a look at Brunell's drives:
Game Plays Yards Result
Carolina 6 17 Fumble by RB James Stewart
Carolina 8 58 Interception
Carolina 3 9 Punt
Carolina 4 22 Fumble by RB James Stewart
Carolina 14 63 Failed 4th down conversion on 2-yard line
Miami 11 88 Touchdown
Miami 5 -1 Half ended
Miami 12 65 Game-winning field goal
Detroit 3 -7 Safety
Detroit 6 31 Field goal
Detroit 3 1 Punt
GIVINS MOVING UP: Jaguars WR Ernest Givins ranks high among the NFL's active statistical leaders.
Player Team Receptions Player Team Receiving Yards
Jerry Rice San Francisco 820 Jerry Rice San Francisco 13275
Andre Reed Buffalo 676 Henry Ellard Washington 11158
Henry Ellard Washington 667 Gary Clark Miami 10331
Gary Clark Miami 662 Andre Reed Buffalo 9536
Ernest Givins Jacksonville 542 Irving Fryar Miami 8006
Ernest Givins Jacksonville 7935
FIRST-ROUND COUNT: The Jaguars have nine players on their roster who were first-round selections in the college draft:
Player Pos. Year Team
Jeff Lageman DE 1989 New York Jets
Andre Ware QB 1990 Detroit Lions
Vinnie Clark CB 1991 Green Bay Packers
Kelvin Pritchett DT 1991 Dallas Cowboys*
Derek Brown TE 1992 New York Giants
Eugene Chung G/OT 1992 New England Patriots
Desmond Howard WR 1992 Washington Redskins
Tony Boselli OT 1995 Jacksonville Jaguars
James Stewart RB 1995 Jacksonville Jaguars
- Pritchett was traded from Dallas to Detroit on Draft Day.
THE B.C. CONNECTION: Two Jaguars played under Tom Coughlin at Boston College. TE Gordon Laro is a rookie free agent who played under Coughlin in 1993 after transferring from Michigan, while MLB Tom McManus, a first-year player, played two seasons under Coughlin (1991 and '92). In addition, C Dave Widell played at Boston College (under Jack Bicknell) from 1984 to '87.
THE ORIGINAL 10: Here's an update on the original 10 Jaguars who signed contracts on December 15, 1994:
WR Shannon Baker -- Waived on August 13
SS Hillary Butler -- Still on team
DE Ferric Colons -- Waived on May 1
C/G Greg Huntington -- Backup center/tackle and special teams starter
RB Randy Jordan -- Third-string halfback; third-leading rusher in Miami game
DE Ernie Logan -- Starting left defensive end in place of injured Joel Smeenge
OT Rickie Shaw -- Still on team
DE Jason Simmons -- Backup defensive end; has one sack
DE Ricky Sutton -- Waived on May 4
DT Chris Williams -- Still on team