THIS WEEK IN PACIFIC FOOTBALL
SIMON FRASER AT PACIFIC
Game No. 1/Away Game No. 1
Sat., Sept. 3, 1:30 p.m., Lincoln Park Stadium, Forest Grove
Radio: 1360 AM KUIK
Live Audio Webcast: www.goboxers.com/webcasts
Live Video (Fee): www.goboxers.com/webcasts
SECOND YEAR OF PACIFIC FOOTBALL BEGINS ON THE HOME TURF
Pacific football will begin it's second season back on the field with two home games against a pair of non-conference opponents that could provide the best chance for the Boxers to earn the first win of their return. The Boxers debut the 2011 roster this Saturday, hosting NCAA Division II Simon Fraser at Lincoln Park Stadium.
• Pacific returns for 2011 with big numbers once again. The Boxers roster 137 players entering week one, which includes a total of 55 returners from the inaugural season. Of those 55 returners, 18 are returning regular starters.
• Jordan Fukumoto returns for his sophomore season after becoming Pacific's first Second Team All-Northwest Conference selection since 1984. The wide receiver finished with 603 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 67 yards per game.
• The Boxers also return an Honorable Mention All-NWC offensive lineman in Sean Dalton. The freshman started all nine games in his opening season.
• The week one starting quarterback is still yet to be decided with two returners vying for the job. T.C. Campbell started eight of the Boxers' nine games in 2010 and finished seventh in the NWC in passing (135.2 yards per game) and eighth in both total offense (120.9 yard per game) and pass efficiency (124.7). P.J. Minaya started one game in 2010, Oct. 16 at Linfield, before having his season end with an injury.
• Saturday's contest against Simon Fraser will be the first since Oct. 26, 1991. The Boxers' last win over the Clan came in the 1990 season opener when Bill Singler scored a 21-14 win in his first game as Pacific head coach.
• After experiencing rain for all four home games in 2010, Pacific will finally get some warm, sunny weather this weekend. The forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - SIMON FRASER CLAN
Location: Burnaby, B.C., Canada
Colors: Red, White & Blue
Conference: Great Northwest (NCAA II)
Stadium: Fox Field (FieldTurf)
President: Andrew Petter
Athletic Director: Peg Johnson
Head Coach: Dave Johnson (Simon Fraser)
Johnson's Record At SFU: 10-26
Johnson's Record Overall: 10-26
2010 Record: 1-9 NWC Record: 0-8 (5th)
All-Time Series: Simon Fraser leads 8-5-0
Last Meeting: Simon Fraser won 34-7 at Burnaby, B.C., on Oct. 26, 1991
ABOUT THE COACH: Dave Johnson enters his fifth season as head coach at Simon Fraser. In 2010, the Clan's first year competing in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Johnson coached Simon Fraser to a 1-9 record with their only win coming against British Columbia in the annual "Shrum Bowl" game. Johnson reached his high water mark with Simon Fraser in 2009, coaching the Clan to a 3-5 record in their final season in the Canada West Conference. An alumnus of Simon Fraser, Johnson worked as owner and operator of a tax recovery firm in Arizona before returning to Canada and has been involved in football as a player and coach for over 30 years.
THE SERIES: Simon Fraser leads the all-time series 8-5-0. The Clan won the last meeting between of the two teams in the old program, 34-7, at Burnaby, B.C., on Oct. 26, 1991.
LAST GAME: SIMON FRASER 34, PACIFIC 7
Simon Fraser put together 484 yards of offense and held the Boxers scoreless for the first 50 minutes of the contest enroute to the 34-7 victory. The Clan defense limited the Boxers to just three third-down conversion and forced a pair of fumbles. Dan Oswald led Pacific in passing with 128 yards while Kurt Nelson added 112 yards and a touchdown in the second half. Clayton Colliton finished with 47 yards receiving.
SIMON FRASER NOTES
• Simon Fraser is entering their second year as members of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. They became the first Canadian school to be accepted to NCAA membership, joining Division II in July 2010. The change came after eight years as members of the Canada West Conference in Canada Intercollegiate Sport (CIS). Prior to 2001, Simon Fraser was a NAIA member school.
• Simon Fraser's only win of the 2010 season came on Oct. 8, 2010. The Clan scored 13 points in the third quarter, including a touchdown on 30-yard pass play from Ryan Schwartz to Mathis Baumbach, to beat British Columbia 27-20 in the teams' annual "Shrum Bowl" game.
• As a team, Simon Fraser averaged 183.9 yards per game rushing and 149 yards per game passing. Returner Greg Bowcott and Ryan Schwartz shared the majority of the quarterback duties, with Bowcott averaging 156.2 yards per game in four games, but with just one touchdown. Schwartz finished with four touchdowns in five games.
• Simon Fraser does their most damage on the ground as a running team. Returning running back Gabriel Ephard led the Clan in rushing in 2010, averaging 6.1 yards per carry and 94.1 yards per game with 1,003 total yards and five touchdowns.
BOXER NEWS & NOTES
THE RETURNING SECOND TEAMER: The Pacific coaching staff could not be happier to have their lone Second Team All-Northwest Conference selection back in the fold. Jordan Fukumoto (So., Mililani, Hawaii) was named by the league's coaches to the All-NWC Second Team, making him Pacific's first All-NWC selection since 1984. Fukumoto caught 30 balls for 603 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 67 yards per game and 20.1 yards per catch. He finished sixth in the NWC in receiving yards per game. "Jordan is just a flat out great ball catcher and route runner," said Head Coach Keith Buckley said in the 2011 season preview of his top returning receiver.
ALL-CONFERENCE ON THE O-LINE: Pacific will also benefit on the offensive line will some all-conference leadership. Sean Dalton (So., San Jose, Calif.) earned Honorable Mention All-NWC honors on the offensive line, one of just two offensive players honored from the Boxers' first season. Dalton started all nine games last year for the Boxers, and is one of four Pacific offensive line returners who saw regular starting time in 2010, joining Nikk Novero (So., Antioich, Calif.), Aaron Victorino (So., Lihue, Hawaii) and Eric Gietzen (So., Fargo, N.D.) . "Sean had a fantastic summer and is playing really well through fall camp," Buckley said. "He will be someone who will continue to develop and make us far more stout up front."
A BATTLE FOR QUARTERBACK: Coming into week one, Head Coach Keith Buckley says there is no clear starter at the quarterback position. Returners T.C. Campbell (So., Kaimuki, Hawaii) and P.J. Minaya (So., Wahaiwa, Hawaii) both showed up to camp in shape, strong and ready to step up and make a contribution. Buckley has hinted that he has not ruled out playing both quarterbacks on a regular basis. Campbell started eight of the Boxers' nine games in 2010, finishing with 1,217 yards passing and 11 touchdowns. Campbell finished the season ranked seventh in the NWC in passing average (135.2 yards per game) and eighth in both total offense (120.9 yards per game) and pass efficiency (124.7). He set a school record for passing with 405 yards and tied a mark with five touchdown passes in the season finale at Menlo.
Minaya competed for the quarterback starting spot throughout the first half of the season and earned the role for the Oct. 16 game at Linfield. Minaya made it through the first drive before suffering a season-ending injury in the second drive of the game. Minaya finished second for the Boxers in both passing average (77.0) and total passing yards (385) and topped the team in pass efficiency (154.62).
TAKING TO THE FRIENDLY SKIES: Pacific will once again rely a lot of the air game to make things happen on the offensive side of the ball. The Boxers finished fourth in the NWC in passing offense and 60th nationwide among NCAA Division III teams, averaging 231.9 yards per game. The Boxers also ranked fourth in the league in team pass efficiency at 129.1.
THE BACKS ARE BACK: When it comes to the ground game, the Boxers will be looking at a very deep and experienced group of wide receivers. Davis Jacobs (So., Tigard, Ore.) is the top returner of the corps, leading all Boxers' receivers with a total of 314 yards rushing. Jacobs averaged 34.9 yards per game and 3,2 yards per carry. Backup running back Gunther Schultze (So., Bellflower, Calif.) led the Boxers in rushing average with 3.7 yards per carry while seeing action in eight games. Other returners who could expect to see some significant playing time at running back include Sean Valente (So., Ewa Beach, Hawaii), Austin Alvarez (So., Stockton, Calif.), Bryce Kershner (So., Jordan Valley, Ore.) and Conor Clark (Jr., Tigard, Ore.).
GETTING DEFENSIVE: Experience will be more on Pacific's side on the defense in 2011. The Boxers return six of their top-10 tacklers from the 2010, led by free safety Bryan Mills (So., Imbler, Ore.). Mills adjusted well after playing four years of 8-man football in high school. He led the Boxers with 37 tackles (28 solo, 18 assist) and had all three of the team's three interceptions. He ran the last one of the season back 69 yards for a touchdown in Pacific's season finale at Menlo. Other players among that top returner list in terms of tackles include Tim Hastie (So., Auberry, Calif.), Kamu Morita (So., Honolulu, Hawaii), Ku Aiona (Sr., Kapolei, Hawaii), Gabe Flory (So., Davis, Calif.) and Sean Bangs (So., Portland, Ore.).
WAITING FOR CLEARANCE: Pacific is anxiously waiting for the return of their top defensive player. Linebacker Marc Moody (Sr., Ewa Beach, Hawaii) is still waiting for medical clearance to return after suffering a season-ending injury in last year's contest at Lewis & Clark. Moody finished the season 13 tackles in three games. He had seven tackles in a little under a quarter of action before his injury against the Pioneers, which led the Boxers that day.
LOCAL TIES: The Pacific roster in 2011 features three players with ties to the three high schools in the Forest Grove area. Offensive lineman Eric Gietzen, a 2010 graduate of Forest Grove High School, reprises a starting role at guard. The Fargo, N.D., native spent a year at Portland State (did not play football) before returning to The Grove. Brandon Carow (Fr., Forest Grove, Ore.) comes to Pacific after four years of Forest Grove High School, two of those seasons playing for current Pacific running backs coach Mike McCabe. Carow is competing for a role as the Boxers' kicker. Carow is in competition with Austin Shulund (Fr., Banks, Ore.), who played the same role, as well as punter, kicker and tight end, at Banks High School. Of the 137 players on the Pacific roster, 30 of them hail from the Portland area, northwest Oregon or the Willamette Valley.
HAWAII TIES: Not surprisingly, the Pacific roster has quite a Hawaii flavor to it. A total of 32 players on the team hail from the Islands, right in line with the over 25 percent of students from Hawaii present in Pacific's undergraduate student body. Of those 32 players, 15 are new recruits to the Pacific program.
FRESHMEN CRACKING THE LINEUP: A pair of Pacific freshmen have cracked the starting lineup according to the depth chart released by coaches on Monday. Matt Nyberg (Fr., Newberg, Ore.) is slated to start at one of the Boxers' three wide receiver spots. Nyberg was an all-league and all-valley selection as a wide receiver at Valencia High School. Kevin Peterson (Fr., Lake Oswego, Ore.) was a First Team Oregon 6A All-State selection on the offensive line for Lake Oswego High School. He was also a two-time all-conference selection. In addition to Nyberg and Peterson, a total of seven other first year players are slotted in positions on the two-deep. They include offensive tackles Brandon Sattelmeier (Fr., Temecula, Calif.) and Andy Fujimoto (Fr., Pasadena, Calif.), defensive tackle Eddie Carrillo (Fr., Milpitas, Calif.), defensive lineman Kalen Dennis (Fr., Eugene, Ore.), linebackers Branden Abiva (Fr., Aiea, Hawaii) and Josh Brinkworth (Fr., Elk Grove, Calif.), kicker Moses Villareal-Gomez (Fr., Stockton, Calif.) and punter Austin Shulund.
SEASON PREVIEW: The complete 2011 Pacific football season preview can be read Here.
A FAVORABLE FORECAST: Pacific had little luck with the weather in their first season back, seeing it rain on all four home games. This year, however, it looks like the sun will shine down on Pacific to begin with. According to weather data from The Weather Channel, the Boxers appear posied to play under sunny and hot skies with a projected high temperature of 91 degrees.
SNAPPING THE SKID: Pacific will be looking to snap an 18-game losing streak on Saturday that stretches back to the end of the old program. The Boxers dropped all nine games of the 1991 campaign and saw the re-start of the program finish in 2010 with a 0-9 mark. Pacific's last win came on Nov. 10, 1990, at the old McCready Field on the Pacific campus. The Boxers came back from a 14-0 deficit in the first half, tying it with a Joe Spanish four-yard run and taking the lead on Carlos Valdivia's extra point as the Boxers beat Oregon Tech 15-14.
PACIFIC TO BROADCAST ALL NINE GAMES: All nine Pacific football games will be broadcast both on the radio and online. AM 1360 KUIK (Hillsboro) will air all nine games live with pregame beginning 15 minutes prior to kickoff. For those outside of the Portland area, a live audio webcast will also be available at goboxers.com/webcasts. In addition, a video webcast will be available for all five home Pacific games. The video webcast will be available for $10 per game. The webcasts are available a link at www.goboxers.com.
Matt Richert returns for his second season as the play-by-play voice for Pacific football. A 20-year broadcast veteran, Richert most recently worked as one of the prep play-by-play voices for KUIK-AM in Hillsboro. He has also lent his voice to a number of OSAA Radio Network state championship broadcasts. He also works as Pacific's assistant sports information director. Scott Hermo will provide the color analysis. Hermo has worked as a color commentator and sports host for KUIK since 1994.
BOXERS PICKED SEVENTH IN THE NWC: Northwest Conference coaches have picked Pacific to finish seventh in the annual coaches preseason poll conducted in August. The Boxers received seven votes in the poll after going 0-9 in their 2010 return to the gridiron. Linfield was picked as the odds-on favorite to win the conference again in 2011, receiving five of seven first place votes for a total of 40 points. Willamette was picked second with 34 points, gaining two first place votes. Pacific Lutheran was picked third (26 pts.), followed by Lewis & Clark (16), Puget Sound (11) and Pacific (7).