Wednesday, January 3, 2001
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Posted on: Wednesday, January 3, 2001

Purdue's Brees featured at Hula Bowl

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Purdue quarterback Drew Brees heads a list of players who have signed to play in the 55th annual Hula Bowl Maui All-Star Classic.

The game is at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku.

Brees is the Big Ten career leader in passing attempts, completions, yards, passing touchdowns and total offense. He finished with 11,792 passing yards.

Hula Bowl officials also said retiring Brigham Young head coach LaVell Edwards has been added to the coaching staff.

Executive director Lenny Klompus said Edwards will replace Paul Johnson, head coach of Division I-AA national champion Georgia Southern. He said Johnson withdrew because he couldn’t miss a week of recruiting.

Edwards, who retired this past season, joins Florida State’s Bobby Bowden and Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer, who will be the two head coaches in the game.

The Hula Bowl won’t have the Heisman Trophy winner for the first time in several years. Bowden told Klompus that Seminoles quarterback Chris Weinke was headed to the Senior Bowl.

Tickets are available at the Hula Bowl Maui Store in the Maui Mall or by calling (808) 871-4141.

Here are some of the play-ers who have signed to play:

Drew Brees, quarterback, Purdue University-Maxwell award winner for the best all-around player in the country; first team All-American by Gannett News Service; Big-10 Offensive Player of the Year and Big-10 career leader in five passing categories.

R.J. Bowers, running back, Grove City College-Leading rusher in all divisions with 7,353 career yards; broke seven other NCAA all-division records; Presidents Athletic Conference MVP for third year in a row.

Tait Afualo, offensive tackle, Texas A&M Commerce-All-West Region First Team; first team All-Lone Star Conference.

Donovan Arp, defensive tackle, Louisville-Team captain; All-Conference USA honors.

Derrick Blaylock, running back, Stephen F. Austin-First team All-Southland; rushed for 1,382 yards.

Jarvis Borum, offensive tackle, North Carolina State-Team captain; graded 80 percent in each of the Wolfpack’s games.

Jeff Chase, offensive tackle, Texas A&M Kingsville-Named All-Lone Star Conference First Team; small school "sleeper" in 2001 draft.

Correll Buckhaltar, linebacker, Nebraska-Led Cornhuskers with 7.1 yards per carry; finished eighth on all-time rushing list.

Eugene Clinton, linebacker, Mississippi State-Big playmaker for Jackie Sherrill.

Michael Cook, offensive tackle, Boston College-Second team All-Big East Conference.

Rick Crowell, linebacker, Colorado State University-Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.

Anthony Denman, linebacker, Notre Dame-Second team Associated Press/Sporting News All-American; voted by Notre Dame teammates as MVP.

Charles Dunn, running back, Portland State-Finished second in the nation in rushing with 162.9 yards per game after R.J. Bowers; first team All-Big Sky Conference and Big Sky Player of the Year.

Andre Dyson, defensive back, Utah-Football News and College Football News first team all-league.

Bill Ferrario, offensive guard, Wisconsin-All Big-10 pick by media and coaches.

Shawn Forte, free safety, Maryland-Named team’s MVP.

Charles Fuller, defensive tackle, Texas Christian University-Earned first team All-WAC by four newspapers and head coaches.

Reggie Germany, wide receiver, Ohio State-Ranked in top five for WR for 2001 NFL draft.

Toby Golliday, defensive tackle, Mississippi State-57 tackles during senior year.

Kenneth Grant, cornerback, Kentucky-Before injury, played in seven games totaling seven tackles; returned healthy in postseason.

Shane Griggs, quarterback, Ohio State-Rated as one of top five quarterbacks in 2001 NFL draft; Led Big Sky in passing; invited to NFL Combine.

Dan Hadenfeldt, punter, Nebraska-First team All-Big 12; second team Associated Press; played in Hula Bowl last year (received extra year of eligibility).

Reggie Hayward, defensive end, Iowa State-Team leader in tackles for loss (career high 17 tackles vs. Texas A&M).

J.T. Herfurth, offensive tackle, Albany-All-Northeast Conference first team; Albany’s top offensive lineman award.

Russ Hochstein, offensive guard, Nebraska-Huskers most experienced lineman making 29th consecutive start in bowl game; ranked top three offensive guards for NFL draft.

Rashad Holman, cornerback, Louisville-Set University of Louisville single season record with 20 pass break-ups; second team all-league selection.

Derek Homer, running back, Kentucky-Played in 44 regular season games; finished career with 2,840 all-purpose yards.

Arnold Jackson, wide receiver, Louisville-Broke NCAA Division I-A all-time receptions mark; first team All-Conference USA selection.

Ortege Jenkins, quarterback, Arizona-Ranked as top 10 quarterback prospect in 2001 NFL Draft; versatile player.

Kevin Kasper, wide receiver, Iowa-Led team in receiving with 82 catches for 1,010 yards and seven touchdowns; led Big 10 in receptions per game.

Justin Kurpkikis, defensive end, Penn State-Second on team with 76 tackles (55 solo); led team and third in Big 10 with 18 tackles for loss; selected first team All-Big 10, won award as Penn State’s MVP; co-captain.

Sherwin Lacewell, center, East Carolina-First team All-Conference USA; Football News second team All-American.

Matt Lehr, guard, Virginia Tech-Second team All-Big East Conference; second team All-American Honors on the Walter Camp team; named to ESPN the Magazine’s postseason All-America Team.

Chris Lepore, free safety, Navy-Led Navy with 90 tackles, four interceptions and a fumble.

Joe Maese, deep snapper, New Mexico-Best deep snapper in the country; 2000 Beefmaster Award as the strongest Lobo pound for pound.

Marlon McCree, linebacker, Kentucky-Led team in tackles for loss and quarterback sacks.

Jason McKinley, quarterback, Houston-Received Houston’s Andre Ware Award for co-outstanding player; threw for more than 300 yards five times in 2000; starter in Blue-Gray game and led drive for winning TD.

Tony Miles, receiver, kick returner, NW Mississippi State-Named AFCA All-American as wide receiver and MIAA MVP offensive player; earned first team All-MIAA honors as WR/KR.

Steve Neal, wide receiver, W. Michigan-Career leader in receptions, receiving yardage and TD receptions.

Jacqually Nunnally, wide receiver, Florida A&M-Shattered Division I record for career receptions vaulting past Jerry Rice; finished in top five nationally in Division I-AA with 96 catches for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns; second team Division I-AA All-American honors; first team All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference.

Dan O’Leary, tight end, Notre Dame-Big-10 2001 draft prospect at 6-3, 260 pounds; season high three receptions vs. Stanford; starter in Fiesta Bowl.

Josh Parry, linebacker, San Jose State-Second team All-WAC selection and Spartan co-captain.

Saul Patu, defensive end, Oregon-Second team Pac-10 after establishing career high for tackles, sacks and tackles for loss.

Casey Rabach, center, offensive guard, Wisconsin-Team captain for 2000 season; All-Big 10 by media and coaches.

Charles Roberts, running back, Sacramento State-All-time rushing leader in NCAA I-AA with 8,533 yards; ranked second behind R.J. Bowers; named second team All-American by Associated Press; shared Big Sky offensive MVP honors with Hula Bowl teammate Charles Dunn of Portland State.

Kevin Rollins, inside linebacker, Toledo-Second team All-MAC; Butkus award nominee as nation’s best linebacker.

Marcell Shipp, wide receiver, Massachusetts-Set Atlantic 10 career records for rushing yards; first team All-Atlantic 10 Conference for third straight year, while earning All-New England honors for second year in a row.

Steve Smith, wide receiver, Utah-Named Football News and College Football News All-Conference teams; led Mountain West Conference in all-purpose yards.

Markus Steele, linebacker, Penn State-Football News and Big-10 honorable mention; Sporting News top three (linebacker) pick in draft.

Tony Stewart, tight end, Penn State-Second team All-Big 10; led team with 38 receptions.

Dan Stulz, punt returner, Ohio State-First team All-Big 10 pick by coaches and media.

Vinny Sutherland, wide receiver, Purdue-First team All-Big 10; led team with 65 receptions, 926 yards, 11 touchdowns.

JT Thatcher, cornerback, kick and punt returner, Oklahoma-2000 Mosi Tatupu Award Winner for special teams player of the year; first team All-American; first team All-Big 12.

Paul Toviessi, defensive end, Marshall-First team all MAC honors for second straight year.

Bruce Wiggins, offensive line, Arizona-All Pac-10 selection; rated best center in the west.

Lyle Weaver, inside linebacker, Army-Second team All-Conference USA selection; amassed 299 career tackles.

Steven Worther, defensive line, Texas Christian-First team All-WAC.

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