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Feb. 7, 2001

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2001 Utah State University Football Signee Roster

NamePos.Ht.Wt.Cl.Exp.Hometown (High School/Last School)
Josh AndersonLB6-0189Fr. HSBrigham City, Utah (Box Elder HS)
Andre BalaDB 5-11175 Fr. HSHouston, Texas (Willow Ridge HS)
D.J. BrookterLB6-2180 Fr. HSFresno, Calif. (Bullard HS)
Ben CalderwoodDL 6-1240 Fr. HSSmithfield, Utah (Sky View HS)
*Grant CalverleyOT 6-5285 Jr.JCMoreno, Calif. (Valley View HS/Riverside (Calif.) JC)
Donta' CandlerWR 5-11175 Fr. HSLong Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS)
Dan CatalanoLB6-3200 Fr. HSWestlake, Calif. (Westlake HS)
Ben ChaetPK/P 6-1175 Fr. HSHelena, Mont. (Helena HS)
John ChickDE6-4230 Fr. HSGillette, Wyo. (Campbell County HS)
*Gary ColemanWR 5-10175Jr.JCMiami, Fla. (Southridge HS/Pasadena (Calif.) JC)
Blake CurciDL 6-5260 So. JCOrange County, Calif. (Laguna Hills HS/Saddleback (Calif.) JC)
Nathan DandridgeLB 6-0230 Fr. HSMoreno Valley, Calif. (Valley View HS)
Jerome EasonWR 6-3200Fr. HSLancaster, Calif. (Antelope Valley HS)
Mark EstelleDB 5-10170 So. JCCarson, Calif. (Carson HS/Los Angeles Southwest (Calif.) JC)
Emosi "Amos" FiefiaDL 5-11270 Fr. HSHyrum, Utah (Mountain Crest HS)
*Aric GallianoOL 6-4290 Jr. JCSanta Ana, Calif. (Foothill HS/Cerritos (Calif.) JC)
Michael GatesDL 6-4230 Fr. HSArlington, Texas (Sam Houston HS)
*Jeremy GuenterDL 6-4260Fr. HSOrem, Utah (Orem HS)
Ryan GunstreamOL 6-3280 Fr. HSLaPuente, Calif. (Bishop Amat HS)
*Jason JonesOC 6-2275 Fr. HSCarlsbad, Calif. (Carlsbad HS)
Kohl MayberryOL 6-6285 Fr. HSPhoenix, Ariz. (St. Mary's HS)
Brandon McFeeWR 5-10160 Fr. HSPasadena, Calif. (John Muir HS)
Patrick McNuttTE 6-5225 Fr. HSSaline, Mich. (Saline HS)
Matt MowerDB/RB 6-0192 Fr. HSHighland, Utah (Lone Peak HS)
*Joshua Newman-GomezOG 6-3280Fr. HSCovina, Calif. (Charter Oak HS)
Donald PennOL 6-5304Fr.HSPlaya Del Rey, Calif. (St. Bernards HS)
James RobinsonDL 6-2245 Fr. HSPhoenix, Ariz. (Brophy Prep HS)
Steve TateDB6-1 180 Fr. HSSalt Lake City, Utah (Skyline HS)
Jason ThomasWR 6-3206 Fr. HSTemecula Valley, Calif. (Temecula HS)
Michael WashingtonWR6-0220 Fr. HSLancaster, Calif. (Paraclete HS)
Richard WatsonRB5-10 205 Fr. HSSacramento, Calif. (Grant HS)
Tyler WilkinsonOL6-3 315 Fr. HSLogan, Utah (Logan HS)

* - Indicates fall signee already on campus

Pronounciation Guide

Andre Bala -- Ball-uh Aric Galliano -- Eric
Donta' Candler -- Don-tay Jeremy Guenter -- Goon-tur
Dan Catalano -- Cat-uh-law-no Kohl Mayberry -- Cole
Ben Chaet -- Chate
Blake Curci -- Kur-see

* Total Signees - 31

* Breakdown By...


Offense (16)
Quarterback - 0
Running Back - 1
Wide Receiver - 6
Tight End - 1
Linemen - 8

Defense (15)
Linemen - 7
Linebacker - 4
Secondary - 4

Special Teams (1)
Punter/Placekicker - 1

High School - 27
Junior College - 5

California - 18
Utah - 7
Texas - 2
Arizona -2
Montana - 1
Wyoming - 1
Michigan -1

Utah Players
Mr. Football - 1
First-team all-state - 2
Second-team all-state - 2
Others - 2

2001 Utah State University Football Signee Bios
(* - Indicates fall signee, already on campus)

Josh Anderson
LB, 6-0, 189, Fr., HS
Brigham City, Utah (Box Elder HS)

A second-team all-state selection by the Salt Lake Tribune... Named the Region 4 most valuable lineman... Played defensive end and tight end in high school, recording 80 tackles and 15 sacks as a senior... A two-year starter... Finished second in the state in wrestling in 2000 and was ranked number one in the state as a senior.... Will most likely serve an LDS church mission before coming to Logan... Competed in wrestling where he finished second in the state as a junior and in track, where he placed in several events... Born Jan. 10, 1983 in Logan... Son of Louis and Mary Elizabeth Anderson... Has three brothers and three sisters... Was a member of the high school honor roll... Received scholarship offers in football, track and wrestling.

Andre Bala
DB, 5-11, 175, Fr., HS
Houston, Texas (Willow Ridge HS)

Last name is pronounced Ball-uh... A three-time all-district selection... Was named to the Texas 100 Club as one of the best 100 players in the state of Texas... Had six career interceptions and more than 30 passes broken up... Led one of the best defenses in the state and the team won the district title in 1999 and 2000... Had two touchdowns on fumble recoveries, including one 98-yard return... Also competed in track... Born May 16, 1983 in Houston, Texas... Son of Aaron Groce and Susan Hampton... Has one brother... Would like to major in psychology... Ranked in the top 15 percent of his class academically... Was named an all-greater Houston scholar-athlete of the week in November of 2000... Hobbies include reading, travel, working out and watching sports.

D.J. Brookter
LB, 6-2, 180, Fr., HS
Fresno, Calif. (Bullard HS)

Was a first-team all-league selection and a second-team all-valley pick as a senior... Served as a team captain and earned the team's hustle award... Had 68 tackles and five sacks his senior year... As a junior he played free safety and recorded five interceptions and 35 tackles... Played wide receiver as a sophomore and caught 20 passes for 600 yards and 10 touchdowns... Also played basketball and track... Was the MVP of his basketball team as a junior... Born Jan. 17, 1983 in Fresno, Calif... Son of John Brookter... Plans on majoring in business... Hobbies include poetry and drawing... Was the president of a school leadership program that volunteered in the community.

Ben Calderwood
DL, 6-1, 240, Fr., HS
Smithfield, Utah (Sky View HS)

A second-team all-state selection by the Salt Lake Tribune... A three-year starter and a two-time defensive team MVP... Was named all-valley two times... Served as a team captain... As a senior he recorded 64 tackles, including 45 solo stops... Led the team with nine sacks and added six other tackles for loss... Also played tight end.... Will serve an LDS church mission before playing at Utah State.

*Grant Calverley
OT, 6-5, 285, Jr., JC
Moreno, Calif. (Valley View HS/Riverside (Calif.) JC)

Was a first-team all-Mission Conference selection as a sophomore in 2000 and also was a honorable mention academic All-American... He was recruited by South Florida, Arkansas State, San Jose State, Hofstra, and Baylor... Signed in the fall of 2000... Played one year of high school football... Also played basketball and baseball... Born Nov. 19, 1981 in Downey, Calif... Son of Richard and Irene Calverley... Has two sisters... Plans on majoring in psychology... Hobbies include playing basketball and working on cars.

Donta' Candler
WR, 5-11, 175, Fr., HS
Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS)

Name is pronounced Don-Tay Cand-lure... Was a dream team selection and a Prep Star All-American as a senior... Also earned all-league honors and was a two-time most valuable receiver on his team... Caught passes for more than 400 yards and 10 touchdowns as a prep senior... Played four seasons on a team which played in four state championship games... Also ran track... Born April 20, 1983 in Compton, Calif... Son of Donta' Sr. and Cynthia Candler... Has two sisters... Undecided on his major... Hobbies include racing and fixing cars... Was a member of the honor roll in high school... Had a cousin who played football in Europe.

Dan Catalano
LB, 6-3, 200, Fr., HS
Westlake, Calif. (Westlake HS)

Last name is pronounced Cat-uh-law-no... Was a two-time all-league and all-county linebacker... As a senior he recorded 85 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions... As a junior he was in on 70 tackles... Team won league championships in both his junior and senior campaigns as well as a CIF title his junior year... Including varsity and junior varsity play, his teams were 42-4... Born Sept. 16, 1983 in Pittsburgh, Pa... Son of Dan and Karen Catalano... Older brother is playing football at Wisconsin... Undecided on his major... Hobbies include snowboarding and diving.

Ben Chaet
PK/P, 6-1, 175, Fr., HS
Helena, Mont. (Helena HS)

Last name is pronounced Chate... As a senior he earned Super State, all-state and all-conference first-team honors as a kicker and punter... Was also listed as a regional All-American... Also earned academic all-state honors as a senior... As a junior he was a second-team all-state kicker and punter... Was five-of-eight on field goals and averaged 42.0 yards per punt as a senior... Had a long punt of 72 yards and a long field goal of 49 yards... 75 percent of his kickoffs were touchbacks... Played basketball, track and soccer as well at Helena High School... Born Sept. 16, 1982 in Helena, Mont... Son of Mike and Mary Chaet... Father played basketball at Northeastern... He has one brother and two sisters... Plans on majoring in engineering or architecture... Owns a black belt in Taekwondo.

John Chick
DE, 6-4, 230, Fr., HS
Gillette, Wyo. (Campbell County HS)

Named the Wyoming high school defensive lineman of the year... Was an all-state selection as a tight end as well as defensive end... Was a two-time all-conference selection... As a senior he recorded 52 tackles, including 12 for loss... Also broke up four passes, recovered two fumbles and blocked a kick... As a tight end he caught four passes, including three for touchdowns and one two-point conversion... His team won the state championship after an undefeated season his senior year... Campbell also won the state title in 1998 and finished second in 1999... Also played basketball and baseball... Born Nov. 20, 1982 in Gillette, Wyo... Son of John and Julie Chick... Has one brother and one sister... Had an uncle who played Major League baseball... Would like to major in physical therapy... Hobbies include playing basketball and lifting weights.

*Gary Coleman
WR, 5-10, 175, Jr., JC
Miami, Fla. (Southridge HS/Pasadena JC)

Signed in the fall of 2000... Was a second-team all-conference selection and his team's offensive player of the year as a sophomore in junior college... Caught 43 passes for 673 yards and seven touchdowns... Completed his two-year junior college career with more than 2,000 receiving yards... Was an academic All-America nominee and was on the dean's honor roll... In high school was an honorable mention all-county choice as a prep senior... Also competed in track... Born June 21, 1980 in Miami, Fla... Son of Samuel and Elnora Coleman... Has two sisters and one brother... Plans on majoring in architecture... Main hobby is drawing.

Blake Curci
DL, 6-5, 260, So., JC
Orange County, Calif. (Laguna Hills HS/Saddleback (Calif.) JC)

Last name is pronounced Ker-See... Played the 2000 season at Saddleback JC and led the defensive line with four and one-half sacks... Recorded 20 total tackles in seven games... Sat out the 1999 season... As a senior in high school he was second-team all-league and served as a team captain... Was a two-year starter on a team that won four league championships and went undefeated in league play every year of his career there... Team won a CIF title his junior season... Also wrestled in high school... Born June 9, 1981 in Torrance, Calif... Plans to major in sociology... Hobbies include working on cars, fishing and shooting... Father Bruce played junior college football... Mother's name is Evelyn and he has one sister.

Nathan Dandridge
LB, 6-0, 230, Fr., HS
Moreno Valley, Calif. (Valley View HS)

A first-team all-league selection and an honorable mention all-county choice as a prep senior... Recorded 130 tackles, while making one interception and forcing seven fumbles his senior year... Had 90 tackles as a junior and played varsity as a sophomore as well... Had great success in track and holds the school record in the shot put (53 feet) and discus (142 feet)... Was also a member of the all-league 4x100 relay team as a junior... Born Feb. 16, 1983 in Moreno Valley, Calif... Son of Alan and Marissa Dandridge... Has one brother who played football at Oregon State... Plans on majoring in accounting.

Jerome Eason
WR, 6-3, 200, Fr., HS
Lancaster, Calif. (Antelope Valley HS)

A two-time all-league selection... Was also named all-valley as a senior... Caught 28 passes for 487 yards and five touchdowns as a senior... Was named his team's top receiver as a junior and a senior... Also played basketball and was an all-league selection... Born Dec. 4, 1983 in Inglewood, Calif... Son of Lonnie Eason and Jackie Ghartey... Has two brothers and three sisters... Undecided on his major, but is leaning towards business... Main hobby is lifting wights... Has an uncle who plays football at Arkansas and a cousin who played at Alabama and in the NFL.

Mark Estelle
DB, 5-10, 170, So., JC
Carson, Calif. (Carson HS/Los Angeles Southwest (Calif.) JC)

Was a first-team all-state junior college selection as a freshman in 2000... Also was named a unanimous all-conference choice and was his team's defensive most valuable player... Earned honorable mention All-America honors as well... Recorded five interceptions and blocked five punts in his freshman year... In high school he was a first-team all-conference choice and was his team's defensive player of the year... Also played baseball and competed in track, where he won the city long jump championship... Born July 29, 1981 in Los Angeles, Calif... Son of Chuck and Jewell Anthony... Has two brothers and one sister... Plans on majoring in business management.

Emosi "Amos" Fiefia
DL, 5-11, 270, Fr., HS
Hyrum, Utah (Mountain Crest HS)

Named an honorable mention all-valley selection as a senior... Recorded 68 tackles, three sacks and one fumble recovery as a prep senior... Won the state wrestling title as a junior... Born Feb. 22, 1983 in Salt Lake City, Utah... Undecided on major at Utah State... Son of Moses and Ofa Fiefia.

*Aric Galliano
OL, 6-4, 290, Jr., JC
Santa Ana, Calif. (Foothill HS/Cerritos (Calif.) JC)

First name is pronounced Eric... Was named an honorable-mention Junior College All-American in 2000 and also was a first-team all-state and all-Mission Conference selection... He was named as one of the top-100 players in the country as a sophomore... Along with USU, he was recruited by North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Nevada, and Missouri... Signed in the fall of 2000... Played one year of high school football and was a first-team all-league pick... Born Jan. 18, 1981 in San Luis Obispo, Calif.... Son of Mark and Elizabeth Galliano... Has two brothers and one sister... Plans on majoring in exercise science.

Michael Gates
DL, 6-4, 230, Fr., HS
Arlington, Texas (Sam Houston HS)

Named an all-area top 75 player by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram... Was an all-district selection and in fact was tabbed the all-district defensive most valuable player his senior year... Recorded 65 tackles on the year... Also had five sacks and forced three fumbles... Born Oct. 31, 1982... Son of Linda Gates... Plans to major in psychology.

*Jeremy Guenter
DL, 6-4, 260, Fr., HS
Orem, Utah (Orem HS)

A return missionary who originally signed with Utah State... His brother Jonathan is a former member of the USU football team.

Ryan Gunstream
OL, 6-3, 280, Fr., HS
LaPuente, Calif. (Bishop Amat HS)

Played four years, earning honorable mention all-league honors three times... In addition to duties on the offensive line, he was a long snapper and played on the defensive line... Competed in track and was the league champion in the discus as a junior... Born Oct. 18, 1982 in San Dimas, Calif... Son of Gary and Marilyn Gunstream... Has two brothers and one sister... His father was a football coach at Citrus Junior College... Mother was in the Olympic trials in swimming and coached volleyball... Would like to major in sports medicine... Hobbies include fishing, weight lifting and spending time with his family... Was a member of the national honor society.

*Jason Jones
OC, 6-2, 275, Fr., HS
Carlsbad, Calif. (Carlsbad HS)

He was a first-team all-Avocado League player his junior and senior year... He was named the lineman of the year at his high school his senior year and played in the annual North-South All-Star game in San Diego... His team won the CIF Championship his senior season... Jones was also recruited by San Diego State and Colorado State... Signed in the fall of 2000.

Kohl Mayberry
OL, 6-6, 285, Fr., HS.Phoenix, Ariz. (St. Mary's HS)

First name is pronounced Cole... Missed his senior season due to a torn ACL suffered in the first game of the year... Played his junior season on the offensive line... Also played basketball... Ranked ninth academically in his high school class and received academic scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State and Northern Arizona... Born July 29, 1982 in Phoenix, Ariz... Son of Kirby and Kathy Mayberry... Father played football at Mesa State in Colorado, while his uncle played football at Arizona State... Has one sister... Plans on being a pre-med major... Hobbies include lifting weights and playing basketball.

Brandon McFee
WR, 5-10, 160, Fr., HS
Pasadena, Calif. (John Muir HS)

A two-time all-league selection, who earned all-valley and all-area honors as a senior... His senior year he caught 25 passes for 549 yards and four touchdowns... Defensively he was credited with 40-plus tackles and recorded two interceptions... Was a three-year letter-winner... As a junior he did not play wide receiver, but recorded two interceptions as a cornerback... Also competed in track and was on league championship relay teams as a junior... Born July 17, 1983 in Pasadena, Calif... Son of Charles McFee and Sheree Holloway... Has one brother... Would like to major in business... Hobbies include playing video games and music... Has a cousin who plays at West Texas and another cousin who played for the Indianapolis Colts.

Patrick McNutt
TE, 6-5, 225, Fr., HS
Saline, Mich. (Saline HS)

A first-team all-league defensive end and tight end as a senior... Was a two-year starter... Named an all-area defensive end in 1999 and all-area tight end in 2000... Was also an academic all-league honoree... As a senior he had a team-leading 21 catches for 323 yards and three touchdowns... Defensively he recorded 53 tackles, including a team-best 19 sacks... Was an all-state academic honoree... Was a team captain... Team won the league championship his senior year... Also threw the discus and finished second in the state as a junior... Born Nov. 23, 1982 in Saline, Mich... Undecided on his major, but is leaning towards something in the sciences... Father Terry played college football... Mother is Marti and he has two sisters... Hobbies including snowboarding and wakeboarding... Was a four-year member of the high school honor roll.

Matt Mower
DB/RB, 6-0, 192, Fr., HS
Highland, Utah (Lone Peak HS)

Last name rhymes with hour... An honorable mention all-state selection as a prep senior... A three-time all-region pick as well... Named his team's offensive most valuable player as a senior... Also played basketball and competed in track... Finished sixth in the state 100-meters as a junior... Born Nov. 26, 1982 in Detroit, Mich... Son of Doug and Jody Mower... Has two brothers and four sisters... Undecided on his major... Main hobbies are playing the guitar and hunting.

*Joshua Newman-Gomez
OG, 6-3, 280, Fr., HS
Covina, Calif. (Charter Oak HS)

Was a unanimous first-team all-San Gabriel Valley player as a senior, along with being named first-team all-CIF... Charter Oak won the CIF Championship his senior year as he earned the CIF Sportsmanship Award... Gomez played in the San Gabriel Valley Shrine All-Star game following his senior season... Along with Utah State, he was also recruited by San Diego State and Montana... Signed in the fall of 2000.

Donald Penn
OL, 6-5, 304, Fr., HS
Playa Del Rey, Calif. (St. Bernards HS)

Named first-team all-CIF as a prep senior... Was a first-team all-league selection as well... Earned his team's lineman of the year honor... As a junior he was a second-team all-league selection... Also played basketball inhigh school... Born April 27, 1983 in Los Angeles, Calif... Son of Donald and Nancy Penn... Has one sister... Father played college basketball... Plans on majoring in marketing... Main hobby is playing basketball.

James Robinson
DL, 6-2, 245, Fr., HS
Phoenix, Ariz. (Brophy Prep HS)

A two-time all-region selection in high school... Earned that honor as both an offensive and defensive tackle his senior year and as a defensive lineman as a junior... His senior year he was also tabbed as an all-Arizona defensive lineman... Recorded 89 tackles his final year... Also had four and one-half sacks... Born August 27, 1982 in Salt Lake City, Utah... Son of Rick and Carol Robinson... Has one brother... Father played lacrosse at Colorado State... Hobbies including skiing and hunting... Plans to major in environmental science... Has been involved in tutoring elementary school students.

Steve Tate
DB, 6-1, 180, Fr., HS
Salt Lake City, Utah (Skyline HS)

Was named Mr. Football in the state of Utah by the Deseret News as a quarterback, but will probably be moved to defensive back at USU... Was the Class 5A MVP... Was third in the state in rushing with 1,660 yards, while leading the state with 24 rushing touchdowns... Also passed for 664 yards and two touchdowns... Led Skyline to its fifth straight 5A Championship game and an 11-2 record his senior season... Skyline finished second in the state in his year as a starter... As a junior he saw limited playing time behind the 1999 Class 5A MVP in Brandon Van Leeuwen... Had a 4.0 grade point average in the fall... Played baseball as a sophomore... Born Jan. 11, 1983 in Denver, Colo... Son of Wynn and Chris Tate... Has one brother and two sisters... Would like to major in sports medicine or exercise science... Hobbies include playing golf and going camping... Grandfather played football at Utah... Expected to come to Utah State for one year before serving an LDS mission.

Jason Thomas
WR, 6-3, 206, Fr., HS
Temecula Valley, Calif. (Temecula HS)

Missed most of his senior season due to tearing an ACL in the first game of the year... Returned for the final two games of the regular season as well as two playoff games... Transferred to Temecula Valley for his senior season after spending his junior and sophomore years at Valley View High School... As a junior he caught 29 passes for 400 yards... Also played as a sophomore and recorded 12 receptions for 150 yards... Played baseball and was named his team's offensive most valuable player... Born Jan. 29, 1983 in Madrid, Spain... Son of James and Crystal Thomas... Has one brother and one sister... Plans to major in business administration... Hobbies include all sports, spending time with family and being active in church.

Michael Washington
WR, 6-0, 220, Fr., HS
Lancaster, Calif. (Paraclete HS)

Named the league and division defensive player of the year as a free safety... Earned all southern section honors and became the only player in southern section history to start on four CIF southern section championship teams... Was a first-team all-league running back as well... Was named to the Los Angeles Times first team... Was an all-region selection... Offensively rushed for 1,013 yards and caught passes for 533 yards as a senior... Defensively he came up with 10 interceptions for a team which won a CIF title... Also punted and averaged 35 yards per punt and averaged 23 yards per punt return and 18 yards per kickoff return... Born July 6, 1982 in Los Angeles, Calif... Son of Edward and Cathy Washington... Has two brothers and one sister... One brother is playing football at Cal Poly... Would like to major in elementary education... Likes to workout.

Richard Watson
RB, 5-10, 205, Fr., HS
Sacramento, Calif. (Grant HS)

Named his league's player of the year as a senior... Was a first-team all-state and all-league selection as a prep senior... Rushed for 1,400 yards and 26 touchdowns his final year at Grant High school... Also recorded 110 tackles and five interceptions defensively... As a junior he was second-team all-state and first-team all-league... He rushed for 1,100 yards and 22 touchdowns, while recording 94 tackles and two interceptions on defense... Was an all-league pick as a sophomore... Also played basketball... Born Feb. 21, 1983 in Sacramento, Calif... Son of Robert and Julia Watson... Has one brother and one sister... Plans on majoring in business administration... Likes to spend time with his family.

Tyler Wilkinson
OL, 6-3, 315, Fr., HS
Logan, Utah (Logan HS)

A first-team all-state selection by both the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune... A two-time all-region and all-valley pick... Missed his entire sophomore season due to a knee injury... Started on the offensive line, but played defense in short-yardage situations... Logan won the state title his senior year... Also competed in track throwing the shot put and discus... Born July 28, 1983 in Logan, Utah... Son of Stuart and Janet Wilkinson... Plans to major in psychology... Main hobby is singing and he was involved in several singing groups at Logan High School.



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