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    CHIDI DE Chidi Ahanotu made five tackles in his Rams’ debut on Sunday at Philadelphia. Ahanotu, signed by the Rams on August 21 after spending eight seasons as a starter with Tampa Bay, helped to hold Eagles’ running back Duce Staley to nine rushing yards in the game.

    B.Y. DT Brian Young had seven tackles, one sack, and one quarterback pressure. Making his first career start after earning the job in preseason, Young had the top game of his career and made his first career sack on Donovan McNabb in overtime.

    D-LEW DT Damione Lewis made seven tackles and team-high two quarterback pressures. Lewis, the Rams’ first first-round pick (12th overall) out of the University of Miami, was part of the Rams’ run-stuffing unit that held the Eagles to 57 rushing yards.

    MORAN MORAN DE Sean Moran made six tackles, and one sack in Sunday’s win at Philadelphia. Moran’s tackle total was one short of his career high, while he registered his eighth career sack in the second quarter.

    J.Z. DT Jeff Zgonina made six tackles and one fumble recovery against the Eagles. Zgonina had one of the Rams’ two fumble recoveries last Sunday when we fell on a fumble on the center snap on the game’s first play, setting up RB Marshall Faulk’s seven-yard touchdown run two plays later.

    FLETCH LIVES LB London Fletcher was second on the Rams with 12 tackles, including a team-high two tackles for loss, and one sack in the Rams’ overtime win over Philadelphia. Fletcher had a pair of tackles for loss on RB Duce Staley, totaling -6 yards.

    FIELDS OF DREAMS LB Mark Fields made a team-high and tied a career high with 13 tackles last Sunday at Philadelphia. Fields, a 2001 Pro Bowler, signed with the Rams as a free agent from the New Orleans Saints and was one of nine new defensive starters last week.

    THE MASTER OF DEFENSE CB Aeneas Williams made five tackles and one pass defensed against Philadelphia in his regular season debut with the Rams. Williams, acquired by the Rams in a draft-day trade with the Arizona Cardinals, also had a key fumble recovery of an Adam Archuleta fumble that led to the Rams’ second touchdown. The 11-year veteran out of Southern University is the Rams’ defensive captain for the 2001-02 season.

    D-SMOOTH CB Dexter McCleon led the secondary with nine tackles, the second highest total of his career, last week against Philadelphia. McCleon tied for second in the NFL in interceptions with a career-high eight in 2000, the most by a Rams’ defender since 1997.

    A.A. S Adam Archuleta made six tackles, including one for loss, and one fumble recovery in his first start at Philadelphia Archuleta, the Rams’ second first-round selection (20th overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft, set up the Rams’ second touchdown of the game in the second quarter. Archuleta scooped up a fumble caused by teammate Kim Herring and returning it 24 yards into Eagles’ territory.

    THE MIGHTY KIM FS Kim Herring made six tackles and had a forced fumble in the Rams’ season-opening win at Philadelphia. Herring, signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Baltimore Ravens, played his first game as a Ram after the missing the entire preseason with a hamstring injury. In the second quarter, Herring set up the Rams’ second touchdown when he stripped Eagles’ TE Chad Lewis after a 14-yard reception across midfield. Teammate Adam Archuleta recovered and returned the ball to Rams’ territory to set up the score.

    http://www.stlouisrams.com/Article/4636

    Go RAMS!!!

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  • RamWraith
    Rams take away good feeling
    by RamWraith
    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Tuesday, Oct. 19 2004

    In three previous Monday night games against Tampa Bay under coach Mike Martz,
    the Rams were a combined minus-9 in takeaway-giveaway ratio.

    St. Louis coughed up the football 13 times in those three games - on nine
    interceptions and four lost fumbles - while coming up with only four takeaways.
    Little wonder, then, that the Rams lost all three contests.

    But on Monday at the Edward Jones Dome, Tampa Bay felt the Rams' pain. For a
    change, it was the Buccaneers who were charitable, committing four turnovers.
    And for the first time in five games against the Bucs, the "St. Louis" Rams
    ended the evening in the plus category in takeaway-giveaway ratio at plus 2.

    (The Rams were minus 1 in the 1999 season's NFC championship game but still
    defeated the Buccaneers 11-6.)

    Although the Rams moved the ball about as well as they have against Tampa in
    recent years, they probably would not have defeated the Buccaneers 28-21
    without the takeaways by their defense.

    "Turnovers are the name of the game," quarterback Marc Bulger said. "And for
    Arch (Adam Archuleta) to bail me out personally with the fumble recovery - that
    was huge. We had a lot of that last year, and it's nice that we are starting to
    get some more turnovers. We will win a lot of games if we can keep doing that."

    Bulger threw his only interception of the game midway through the third period.
    Linebacker Ian Gold's interception return of 31 yards allowed Tampa to take
    over at the St. Louis 15 with seven minutes 41 seconds left in the third
    quarter.

    But just when it looked like Tampa Bay was poised to break a 14-14 tie,
    Archuleta came up with the defensive play of the game. In wrestling Bucs
    running back Michael Pittman to the ground on a carry around left end,
    Archuleta stripped the ball away with his right hand. After tossing Pittman to
    the ground, Archuleta had the presence of mind to pick up the loose ball and
    race 93 yards for a touchdown.

    It was the Rams' first defensive touchdown since Game 13 of last season, a
    26-20 Monday night victory at Cleveland. It was the third-longest return of a
    recovered fumble in Rams history. Interestingly, each of the three longest
    returns were made by safeties.

    Toby Wright returned a fumble 98 yards at New Orleans in 1994, the Rams' last
    season in Los Angeles, and Keith Lyle returned a fumble 94 yards at Atlanta in
    2000.

    And now, Archuleta. For Archuleta, it was his second career touchdown. He
    returned a Kyle Boller fumble 45 yards for a TD last season against Baltimore.
    Monday's return...
    -10-20-2004, 05:17 AM
  • RamWraith
    Archuleta named defensive player of the month
    by RamWraith
    Associated Press


    ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Rams safety Adam Archuleta was named Wednesday as the NFC's Defensive Player of the Month.

    It was the second time Archuleta has received the award. His first came in 2003.

    Rams coach Mike Martz was walking away from the team Wednesday after practice at Rams Park when he turned and told the players about Archuleta's accomplishment.

    "I just told the team the (NFC) just announced Adam Archuleta is the defensive player of the month," Martz said. "That's quite an honor. It's exciting for Adam."

    Archuleta, in his fifth year out of Arizona State, has played a huge role on both St. Louis wins this season.

    Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, St. Louis was down 10-0 in the second quarter and the Titans were driving deep in Rams territory when Archuleta intercepted a Steve McNair pass and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. It was his first career interception return for a touchdown, and he also had seven tackles.

    Naturally, the scoring play was a thrill for him.

    "I was thinking just don't get caught," Archuleta said. "There was a big rush of adrenaline there. I looked back to see if there were any flags. Then it was time to celebrate."

    On Sept. 18 at Arizona, Archuleta sacked Kurt Warner for a 5-yard loss on the final drive of the game. The Cardinals were at the Rams' 5-yard line when Archuleta darted in untouched and got the sack. Arizona was unable to run another play and St. Louis escaped with a 17-12 win. Archuleta also recorded 10 tackles.

    "There's a lot of football left to be played," Archuleta said. "I want to bring my contribution to the team. It's what we do in November and December that's what is going to make this season. I've just got to keep going."

    He's also happy to be playing without pain, too, after spending last season hampered with a back injury.

    "I just wasn't right," Archuleta said of the 2004 season. "It was a daily, painful struggle."

    Martz said he knew Archuleta was not 100 percent last year, but now he's healthy and making big plays.

    "This was Adam in college. This was Adam in '01. Really, until he got injured a year ago, this is who he is," Martz said. "Coming back from that injury and removing the doubt about his back and being comfortable with the new defense ... he's fought through both of those situations and he's doing very well."

    Archuleta is the fourth Ram to win the award in three years. He first won it in November 2003 when he had two sacks and ran a fumble recovery back 45 yards for a touchdown, the first of his career.

    Later that month, Archuleta had two sacks against Minnesota's Daunte Culpepper along with 10 tackles, had eight tackles...
    -09-29-2005, 04:58 AM
  • ramhard
    2000 Draft - what a stinker
    by ramhard
    I was reading draft stuff and they had a link to every teams 2000 draft as a recap, since these guys should now be in their prime. You can see why the Rams talent level has dropped off. They got literally NOTHING from this draft.

    CLASS OF 2000
    Tuesday, April 20, 2004

    1st round, 31st overall – Trung Canidate, RB, Arizona
    Canidate played in 36 games with the Rams, starting three, two in 2001 and one in 2002 before being traded to the Washington Redskins before the 2003 season. After playing in only three games due to injuries in his rookie season, the former Wildcat standout put up impressive numbers when given the chance in 2001. Canidate rushed 78 times for 441 yards (5.7 average) with six touchdowns, while making 17 receptions for 154 yards (9.1 average) and returning 36 kickoffs for 748 yards (20.8 average) in 2001.

    In his first career start in place for the injured Marshall Faulk, Canidate rushed 23 times for 195 yards at the New York Jets 10/21/01, scoring two touchdowns. Both touchdowns came on memorable plays – one was a direct snap to Canidate, ran in for 12 yards; and the other was on an option play where WR Az-Zahir Hakim ran 12 yards and pitched the ball to Canidate for the last 44 yards. It was the most rushing yards in a running back’s first career start since Gerald Riggs gained 202 for Atlanta 9/2/84. Canidate became the Rams kickoff returner again at the end of the 2002 season and returned seen kicks for a 28.1-yard average, with a career-long of 53 yards.

    2nd round, 62nd overall – Jacoby Shepherd, CB, Oklahoma State
    Shepherd played in 22 games for the Rams, starting one. In 2000, Shepherd notched 17 tackles (13 solo) with one interception, coming against San Diego 10/1 off Chargers’ QB Jim Harbaugh. He made seven special teams tackles in 2000 and six in 2001 before being placed on the reserve/injured list 11/17. Shepherd was traded to the Houston Texans after the 2001 season for a conditional draft pick.

    3rd round, 94th overall – John St. Clair, OL, Virginia
    St. Clair became the Rams’ starting right tackle in 2002 and performed admirably. The Virginia product started 13 games at right tackle, three games at left tackle, and played at left tackle in two of his starts at right tackle due to injuries to T Orlando Pace and T Grant Williams. In 2003 St. Clair saw action as a goal-line tight end and on special teams, making his first career reception for 18 yards at Cleveland 12/8 on Monday Night Football

    St. Clair spent his first two NFL seasons on the Rams’ active roster, but was a designated inactive for each game in those two seasons. The former first-team all-America selection as a Cavalier signed with the Miami Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent after the 2003 season.

    4th round, 104th overall – Kaulana Noa, OL, Hawaii
    Noa spent the 2000 season on the reserve/injured list for St....
    -02-22-2005, 12:04 PM
  • DJRamFan
    BC Football Prepares For Home Opener
    by DJRamFan
    Army marches into Alumni Stadium for Saturday game

    Sept. 7, 2005

    Fresh off their season-opening 20-3 win at BYU, the Boston College Eagles are set to open the 2005 home season with a game against the Army Black Knights. The game, which will be televised live by ESPN Classic, will kick off at 12:36 p.m. from Alumni Stadium and will once again place BC Coach Tom O'Brien, a 1971 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, across the field from his collegiate rival.

    Boston College and Army are meeting for the 35th time in series history. The Eagles hold a 22-12 advantage. BC holds a 9-2 advantage at home. The Eagles have won three straight over the Cadets.

    In his first game since 2003, senior quarterback Quinton Porter put on a passing display in the Eagles' 20-3 win over BYU last week. Porter completed 27-of-35 passes for 232 yards and one touchdown in the game while eclipsing the 2,000-yard career passing mark (2,078). His 27 completions and 77 percent completion rate each marked career bests (minimum of 20 passes). A 2005 candidate for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award as well as a candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Porter has now completed 181-of-305 career attempts (59.3 percent), which ranks third on BC's all-time completion percentage list. Porter started the first 10 games as a junior in the 2003 season before injuring his hand. He was replaced as starter by Paul Peterson and then redshirted last season.

    The last time these two teams played was on Sept. 29, 2001, when a 17-0 first-quarter start by Boston College was more than enough to defeat Army 31-10 in front of 43,042 fans at Alumni Stadium. Despite defeating the Black Knights by 21 points, the game was a show of two different halves for BC. In the first half, the Eagles' offense put up 202 total yards, but, while they picked up 194 yards in the second half, 54 of those yards came on one drive in the fourth quarter, with 42 yards coming on tailback William Green's touchdown run. It took only 1:19 for the Eagles' defense to make their presence felt.





    After picking up 18 yards on its first two plays of the game, Army quarterback Chad Jenkins was picked off by Eagle linebacker Scott Bradley, who scampered 27 yards into the end zone to give BC a 7-0 lead. Following another defensive stand by the Eagles, quarterback Brian St. Pierre hit wide receiver Dedrick Dewalt on a 20-yard slant to give BC a 14-0 lead. Dewalt finished the game with season-highs in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (84), while St. Pierre completed 18-of-25 passing attempts for 176 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Place kicker Kevin McMyler connected on a 39-yard field goal to give BC a 17-0 advantage going into halftime.

    The Eagles continued to look strong early in the second half. St. Pierre hit wide receiver Jamal Burke on an 18-yard pass to give BC...
    -09-07-2005, 03:16 PM
  • RamWraith
    Eagles send Rams to sub-.500 year
    by RamWraith
    By R.B. Fallstrom
    AP Sports Writer
    12/18/2005


    On a rare day when neither quarterback threw for 100 yards, Mike McMahon did the bare minimum to win.

    The Philadelphia Eagles' backup threw three interceptions but also tossed the game-winning touchdown pass to long snapper Mike Bartrum on the first play of the fourth quarter in a lackluster 17-16 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

    The game matched two of the NFC's biggest disappointments, and lived up to that billing. The Eagles (6-8) won for the second time in eight games, a far cry from their Super Bowl appearance last year, and sent the Rams (5-9) to their fifth loss in six games.

    The most electrifying play came early, a 59-yard touchdown sprint by Ryan Moats, who squirted through a pileup at the line and broke three tackles for the Eagles' first score. Bartrum made the decisive play when he caught a 3-yard touchdown pass after McMahon rolled out. Bartrum has two catches all season, both for 3-yard scores.

    Brian Dawkins' interception and 24-yard return to the 28 set up the winning score.

    McMahon, starting for injured Donovan McNabb, was 15-for-28 for 97 yards. That was enough to trump Rams rookie Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was 10-for-24 for 69 yards with one touchdown and an interception.

    Fitzpatrick, who threw three touchdown passes in his NFL debut after subbing for an injured Jamie Martin a month ago at Houston, threw for his first score in three starts. But he was so ineffective the 35-year-old Martin replaced him with 6:40 remaining.

    Steven Jackson reached 1,000 yards for the first time for the Rams and Marshall Faulk had his best game of the year in a reserve role, the pair combining for 169 yards on 32 carries. But Faulk, who got more playing time because of Jackson's minor hip pointer, was thrown for a 2-yard loss on his biggest carry, a fourth-and-1 at the Eagles 36 with 3:14 to go.

    The Rams capitalized on a lost fumble by Lamar Gordon to take a 16-7 lead on Jeff Wilkins' third field goal of the game, a 28-yarder. The Eagles made it a one-score game again with David Akers' 31-yard field goal.

    Jackson had 62 yards on seven carries on the Rams' opening drive, setting up a 26-yard field goal by Wilkins. Moats got almost as many yards on one attempt, squirting free at the line and breaking three tackles for his big run to put the Eagles ahead.

    Pisa Tinoisamoa's interception of an underthrown pass by McMahon and 20-yard return to the 5 led to the Rams' go-ahead score. On the next play, Fitzpatrick hit Torry Holt on a 5-yard score for his first touchdown pass in three weeks.

    Wilkins added a 53-yard field goal, his longest of the season, to put the Rams ahead 13-7 at the half.
    -12-18-2005, 03:09 PM
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