Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday's second opinions
Sam Bradford became the first rookie on Sunday to start for the Rams at quarterback since Bill Munson did it in 1964, when the team played in Los Angeles. Munson was a first-round draft choice from Utah State and Coach Harland Svare promoted him over Roman Gabriel as the opening day signal caller. Munson played in 11 games that season which turned out to be a losing one for the Rams, who won just five games.


add Bradford: The Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma threw an unusually high number of passes (55) against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday in St. Louis and one has to wonder where tailback Steven Jackson was in the offensive scheme?


last add Rams: In 1964, the team had another Heisman-winning quarterback on the roster--Terry Baker from Oregon State. Baker was a Tim Tebow-type of player, more of a runner than a passer, and his career with the Rams didn't last long. He was a first-round draft choice in 1963, but he never adapted to Svare's pro-style offense and was cut after three seasons. He moved on to the Canadian Football League where he played for the Edmonton Eskimos.


add Baker: He is the only athlete in history to win the Heisman Trophy and play in college basketball's Final Four. He won the Heisman in 1962 and also played guard on Oregon State's basketball team. Baker also starred on the Beavers' baseball team.


USC post-mortem: Much second-guessing and worry on the patio of an Encino establishment Sunday morning by a Cardinal & Gold member over the Trojans' 17-14 squeaker against Virginia Saturday night. It would appear that either the Cavaliers are better than odds-makers and SC fans were led to believe, or USC is heading back to the Paul Hackett days of coaching.

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