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Irish Prepare for Annual Blue-Gold Game Saturday

April 23, 1998

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The 69th Annual Blue-Gold Notre Dame football game will played played on Saturday, April 25, 1998, at Notre Dame Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EST and the game will consist of four 12-minutes quarters.

There is no live televison or radio for the game and thus, the UND.COM website will be the only "live" broadcast of the game. The UND.COM website will feature "live" stats updated constantly during the contest.

The game will be played in the expanded Notre Dame Stadium (with its 80,225 capacity) for the first time. The last two years, with the Stadium under construction, two spring scrimmages each year were held on Notre Dame's Cartier Field practice field.

The game is sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley and helps raise funds for that organization's scholarship fund. In 1997-98, students from the Michiana area attending Notre Dame are receiving more than $35,000 in scholarship aid from this fund.

The game itself is an intrasquad contest for the '98 Irish squad on the last of its 15 allotted days of practice this spring. Notre Dame begins its spring drills on Saturday, March 28.

Following the Blue-Gold game, an autograph session will be held involving all members of the current Irish team.

All seats for the game are general admission. Tickets in advance are $6 for adults and $3 for youths 16 and under. On game day tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for youths. Group sales of 50 or more tickets are available at $4 per ticket. All Notre Dame, Saint Mary's and Holy Cross students are admitted free with identification. Members of the Notre Dame Kids Club receive one free ticket with each adult ticket purchased.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the Joyce Center ticket office (on the second floor, enter Gate 1) from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be ordered by mail by writing Ticket Office, Joyce Center, Juniper Road, Notre Dame, IN 46556 (add $2 service charge per mail order). Phone orders are accepted using VISA, Mastercard or American Express by calling 219-631-7356 ($2 service charge per phone order).

Ticket orders should be received by Monday, April 13, to insure prompt mail delivery of tickets. Orders received the week of the game will be held at will call (east side of Stadium). Photo identification is required for pickup of any tickets at will call. Game day ticket sales at ticket windows on the east side of the Stadium begin at 9:00 a.m.

The Irish return 15 starters this spring (including punter Hunter Smith), seven each on offense and defense.

On offense, the returnees are two-time 1,000-yard rusher Autry Denson at tailback, wide receivers Malcolm Johnson and Bobby Brown, Jabari Holloway at tight end, Mike Rosenthal and Jerry Wisne at guard (Rosenthal is projected to switch to tackle) and Luke Petitgout at tackle.

Defensively, the starters back are end Brad Williams, outside linebackers Kory Minor and Lamont Bryant (he's projected to switch to end), inside linebackers Bobbie Howard and Jimmy Friday, and safeties Benny Guilbeaux and Deveron Harper (he's projected to move to cornerback).

With the graduation of four-year starter Ron Powlus, the Irish will head into 1998 with a new signalcaller under center. Candidates for that job are senior Jarious Jackson, junior Eric Chappell and sophomore Zac Kustok.

The Irish open the '98 schedule September 5 with a home game against defending national champion Michigan. The first four opponents on the '98 slate all are teams that defeated Notre Dame in '97 (also including Michigan State, Purdue and Stanford). One change from the original '98 agenda saw the Irish game against Michigan State in East Lansing, originally set for September 19, moved to September 12 so ABC Sports can televise the contest in prime time (8:00 p.m. kickoff).

Blue Team

No.     Name                 Pos.  Ht.  Wt. Cl. DOB       Hometown                High School      HS Coach
2   **  Guilbeaux, Benny     SS    6-2  212 Sr. 2-23-77   Opelousas, LA           Opelousas        Larry Dauterive
4   *** Minor, Kory          OLB   6-1  235 Sr. 12-14-76  LaVerne, CA             Bishop Amat      Tom Salter
5   **  Sanders, A'Jani      SS    5-11 188 Sr. 10-31-76  Houston, TX             North Brook      Freddy Hernandez
6   *** Johnson, Malcolm     SE    6-5  220 Sr. 8-27-77   Washington, DC          Gonzaga          Dr. Maus Collins
7   **  Jackson, Jarious     QB    6-0  220 Sr. 5-3-77    Tupelo, MS              Tupelo           James Sloan
8       Chappell, Eric       QB    6-4  225 Jr. 7-14-78   Montgomery, AL          Carver           Alonza Pickett
9   **  Nelson, Raki         FL    5-11 176 Jr. 12-29-77  Harrisburg, PA          Bishop McDevitt  Harry Chapmon
10  **  Harper, Deveron      CB    5-11 186 Jr. 11-15-77  Orangeburg, SC          Wilkinson        Tommy Brown
11  *   Johnson, Jay         FL    6-0  184 Jr. 1-27-78   Starkville, MS          Starkville       Gary Korhonen
13  **  Friday, Jimmy        ILB   6-2  235 Sr. 3-11-77   Missouri City, TX       Willowridge      Anthony Thompson
17  *** Smith, Hunter        P     6-2  218 Sr. 8-9-77    Sherman, TX             Sherman          John Outlaw
18  *   Getherall, Joey      FL    5-7  165 So. 11-7-78   Hacienda Heights, CA    Bishop Amat      Tom Slater
21  +   McDonnell, Kevin     K     5-11 185 Sr. 3-1-77    Bellevue, OH            Bellevue         Ed Nasonti
23  *** Denson, Autry        TB    5-10 200 Sr. 12-8-76   Lauderhill, FL          Nova             Wyll Dodaro
24  **  Goode, Ty            CB    5-11 188 Sr. 10-3-75   Lincoln, NE             Southeast        Chuck Mizerski
25  *   Driver, Tony         FS    6-2  210 So. 8-4-77    Louisville, KY          Male             Bob Redman
27  *** Howard, Bobbie       ILB   5-10 232 Sr. 6-14-77   Rand, WV                DuPont           Richard Whitman
31      Levy, Darcey         TB    6-2  204 So. 7-5-79    Aurora, CO              Montbello        Louis Wright
33  **  Spencer, Jamie       FB    6-1  257 Sr. 1-21-77   Monroe, LA              Quachita         Mike Valler
38  *   Williams, Brock      CB    5-10 187 So. 8-11-79   Hammond, LA             Hammond          Billy Taylor
39  *   Denman, Anthony      OLB   6-1  220 So. 10-30-79  Rusk, TX                Rusk             Larry Upshaw
40      Murray, Jason        FB    6-1  245 So. 11-30-78  Belle Vernon, PA        Belle Vernon     Gary Dongilli
44  *   Irons, Grant         OLB   6-5  247 So. 7-7-79    The Woodlands, TX       The Woodlands    Weldon Willis
45  **  Goodspeed, Joey      FB    6-0  238 Jr. 2-22-78   Montgomery, IL          Oswego           Karl Hoinkes
46  +   Robinson, Benjamin   WR    6-2  235 Sr. 7-28-76   Saratoga, CA            Saratoga         Benny Pierce
49  *   Thomas, Joe          ILB   6-2  230 Sr. 9-16-76   Dallas, TX              Lincoln          Reginald Sample
54  **  Petitgout, Luke      OT    6-6  308 Sr. 6-16-76   Georgetown, DE          Sussex Central   Howard Reed
64  *   Merandi, John        C     6-3  290 Jr. 2-23-78   Blue Jay, CA            Rim of the World Rich Manzo
70  **  Ridder, Tim          OG    6-7  309 Sr. 12-17-76  Omaha, NE               Creighton Prep   Thomas Jaworski
71  **  Wisne, Jerry         OG    6-7  300 Sr. 7-28-76   Tulsa, OK               Jenks            Ron Lancaster
79  *** Rosenthal, Mike      OT    6-7  315 Sr. 6-10-77   Granger, IN             Penn             Chris Gessman
81      Dawson, Lewis        SE    6-0  185 Jr. 1-27-78   Federal Way, WA         Decatur          Kent Rodseth
85  **  Jones, Antwon        NG    6-3  275 Sr. 11-13-76  Piqua, OH               Piqua            Bill Nees
86  *   O'Leary, Dan         TE    6-5  245 Jr. 9-1-77    Westlake, OH            St. Ignatius     Chuck Kyle
87  *   Holloway, Jabari     TE    6-3  250 So. 12-18-78  Riverdale, GA           Sandy Creek      Don Tyre
88  **  Brown, Bobby         FL    6-3  193 Sr. 3-26-77   Lauderhill, FL          St. Thomas Aquinas Mike Spencer
90  *   Legree, Lance        NG    6-1  287 Jr. 12-22-77  St. Stephen, SC         St. Stephen      Marvin Dingle
99      Ching, Jason         DE    6-3  260 Jr. 2-11-78   Honolulu, HI            Punahou          Dan Morrison

* indicates monograms won + indicates non-scholarship member of squad

Gold Team

No.     Name                 Pos.  Ht.  Wt. Cl. DOB       Hometown                High School      HS Coach
8       Chappell, Eric       QB    6-4  225 Jr. 7-14-78   Montgomery, AL          Carver           Alonza Pickett
8   +   Brannan, Anthony     ILB   5-11 198 Jr. 7-27-78   Cedar Grove, NJ         Seton Hall Prep  Frank Bender
11  *   Johnson, Jay         FL    6-0  184 Jr. 1-27-78   Starkville, MS          Starkville       Gary Korhonen
12      Smith, Justin        CB    6-2  185 So. 7-10-79   St. Petersburg, FL      Lakewood         Bryan Bruch
14  +   Caputo, Jim          P     5-11 183 Jr.           Chatham, NJ
16      Kustok, Zak          QB    6-1  207 So. 2-24-79   Orland Park, Il         Sandburg         Mike Navarro
16  +   Shingler, John       QB    6-1  241 Sr. 3-10-77   Wilmington, NC          Harrisburg       Tim Sarve
21  +   McDonnell, Kevin     K     5-11 185 Sr. 3-1-77    Bellevue, OH            Bellevue         Ed Nasonti
22      Vickers, Jay         TB    6-0  214 Jr. 11-10-77  Tallahassee, FL         Lincoln          David Wilson
25  *   Driver, Tony         FS    6-2  210 So. 8-4-77    Louisville, KY          Male             Bob Redman
26  *   Lafayette, Lee       CB    5-10 197 Jr. 1-18-78   Hopkins Park, IL        Bishop McNamara  Rich Zinanni
28  +   Grady, Mike          FS    5-11 202 Jr. 1-30-78   Issaquah, WA            O'Dei            Monte Kohler
29  +   Oleniczak, Brian     DB    5-11 200 So. 8-12-78   Grand Rapids, MI        Catholic Central Tom Passinault
31      Levy, Darcey         TB    6-2  204 So. 7-5-79    Aurora, CO              Montbello        Louis Wright
32  +   Meko, Justin         SS    5-11 209 Sr. 9-4-76    Springfield, VA         West Springfield Frank Creneti
33  +   Sicuso, Phil         SS    5-11 189 Sr. 2-19-77   Hopkinton, MA           Marian           Phil Marchegiani
35  +   Morris, Trevor       TB    5-10 211 So. 12-11-79  Danbury, CT             Immaculate       Bob Plumb
35  +   Vukelich, Jascint    FB    6-0  224 So. 2-19-79   Cranberry Township, PA  Seneca Valley    Rick Shepas
37      Israel, Ron          FS    6-0  194 So. 1-5-79    Lawnside, NJ            Haddon Heights   Al Mailhan
37  +   Rice, Kevin          SS    6-0  220 Sr. 6-8-77    Burr Ridge, IL          Hinsdale South   Jim Kirwan
38  *   Williams, Brock      CB    5-10 187 So. 8-11-79   Hammond, LA             Hammond          Billy Taylor
39  *   Denman, Anthony      OLB   6-1  220 So. 10-30-79  Rusk, TX                Rusk             Larry Upshaw
40      Murray, Jason        FB    6-1  245 So. 11-30-78  Belle Vernon, PA        Belle Vernon     Gary Dongilli
40  +   Farrell, Brendan     SS    5-10 215 Jr. 4-8-78    Fairport, NY            McQuaid Jesuit   Thomas Sprague
41  *   Ferrer, Joe          OLB   6-2  230 Jr. 3-23-78   Casselberry, FL         Lake Howell      Mike Bisceglia
42      Wellington, Antwoine OLB   6-0  246 Jr. 11-6-78   Memphis, TN             Trezevant        Earl Leflore
43      Holmes, Hugh         ILB   6-1  220 So. 1-7-79    Kissimmee, FL           Osceola          Greg Johnson
46  +   Robinson, Benjamin   WR    6-2  235 Sr. 7-28-76   Saratoga, CA            Saratoga         Benny Pierce
48  +   Hebert, Johnathan    WR    5-11 201 Jr. 7-8-78    Houston, TX             Klein            Ray Kenjura 
48  +   Leck, Chris          FS    5-10 192 Jr. 7-26-77   Ashton, ID              North Fremont    Mike Leck
49  *   Thomas, Joe          ILB   6-2  230 Sr. 9-16-76   Dallas, TX              Lincoln          Reginald Sample
52  +   Mitchell, Mark       DE    5-8  208 So. 3-14-79   Memphis, TN             Christian Bros.  Wayne Gaia
55      Jones, Jim           OG    6-3  290 Jr. 1-27-78   Chicago Ridge, IL       Richards         Gart Korhonen
56  +   Miyakawa, Rob        LS    5-7  172 Jr. 7-11-78   Kanehoe, HI             St. Louis        Cal Lee
57  +   Rao, Luigi           LB    5-10 199 So. 8-13-79   Monterey Park, CA       Bishop Amat      Tom Slater
58  +   O'Connor, Brendan    OG    6-2  290 Jr. 9-2-77    Bellefontaine, OH       Bellefontaine    Greg Pitesmeyer
59  +   Dierckman, Brian     OLB   6-2  225 So. 7-3-79    Ft. Wayne, IN           Homestead        Cary Cavacini
60  +   McGuigan, Jacob      DB    5-10 197 Jr. 2-23-78   Westport, MA            Bishop Stang     Jim Lanigan
61  +   Zelenka, Mike        LB    6-0  213 So. 3-28-79   Berea, OH               Benedictine      Al Hodakevic
62      Robin, Casey         OT    6-6  293 So. 10-4-78   Covington, LA           St. Paul's       Harvey Nunuz
63  +   Tribe, Mike          ILB   5-10 219 Jr. 10-6-78   Chicago, IL             St. Lawrence     Bob DeCarlo
66      Jordan, JW           C     6-0  286 So. 8-19-78   Brooklyn, NY            Poly Prep        Dino Mangiero
67      Wagner, John         OT    6-7  306 Sr. 2-5-77    Cheshire, CT            Cheshire         Steve Addazio
68      Brennan, Matt        OT    6-7  282 Jr. 10-6-77   Mobile, AL              UMS Wright       Wayne Davis
74      Mowl, Rob            OG    6-5  295 Jr. 11-25-77  Pittsburgh, PA          Woodland Hills   George Novka
76      Teasdale, John       OT    6-5  295 So. 8-24-78   Kansas City, MO         Rockhurst        Tony Severino
81      Dawson, Lewis        SE    6-0  185 Jr. 1-27-78   Federal Way, WA         Decatur          Kent Rodseth
85  +   Rule, Mark           WR    6-2  220 Sr. 7-24-76   Chagrin Falls, OH       Gilmoor Academy  Bill Gutbood
89  +   Recendez, Joe        TE    6-2  225 Jr. 1-27-78   South Holland, IL       Mount Carmel     Frank Lenti
91  +   VanHook-Drucker, NoahDE    6-2  240 Jr. 11-4-77   Englewood, CO           Brophy Prep      Tim Sanford
93      Scott, B.J.          DE    6-4  280 Jr. 2-22-78   Brookville, IN          Franklin Country Kent Grider
94      Wisne, Andy          DE    6-3  280 So. 10-9-78   Tulsa, OK               Jenks            Alan Trimble
97      Vollers, Kurt        DE    6-7  270 So. 4-4-79    Whittier, CA            Servite          Larry Toner
98  +   Glass, Eric          DT    6-4  225 Jr. 6-26-78   Howey, FL               Lake Highland    Tim Borky

* indicates monograms won + indicates non-scholarship member of squad


 

 

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