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24 BYU

Aug. 05, 1995
Aug. 05, 1995

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24 BYU

So what's it like to be a quarterback at BYU? "If Steve Young
[class of '83] came back today and played for us under a phony
name," says coach LaVell Edwards, "most people around here would
say, 'He's all right, but not as good as Steve Young.' I'm
serious. There is no way anyone can live up to the expectations
placed on that position here."

This is an article from the Aug. 5, 1995 issue

Welcome, Steve Sarkisian.

An All-America last season at El Camino Junior College in
Torrance, Calif., Sarkisian takes over for the departed John
Walsh. Though Sarkisian admits to having gotten goose bumps when
he met the real Steve Young this past off-season, he is
nonchalant about all the hype. "It's there, but I'm not
stressing," he says, sounding every bit the Southern California
native that he is. "I'm just thrilled to be playing Division I
football."

Coming out of high school, Sarkisian didn't have any scholarship
offers, mainly because he was only 6-foot and 170 pounds. But
two years, two inches, 30 pounds and one impressive spring
later, he's calling the shots for the Cougars. "Sometimes I'm
amazed myself," he says. For all his modesty, Sarkisian is a
fearless competitor, whip smart and highly polished. He is also
a nifty scrambler, which will come in handy because the
offensive line must replace four starters.

All the other pieces are in place for the Cougars' controlled
passing game. Senior fullback Hema Heimuli is a hard-nosed,
slashing runner and a big-play threat as a receiver out of the
backfield. He racked up more than 1,000 total yards last year.
Juniors Chad Lewis and Itula Mili are perhaps the finest tight
end duo in the country. Lewis is a sturdy blocker with an
on-field temperament to match his fiery red hair. Mili is
considered the team's best athlete, and he will also see time as
a fullback and slot receiver. "Itula's smo-o-oth, with three
o's," says the voluble Lewis. "Together we are going to create
some serious mismatches out there."

Big things are expected this season from BYU's defense, and it
all starts with senior identical twins John and Stan Raass
(rhymes with hoss). John, a 6-foot, 300-pound right tackle, has
astonishing bounce for the ounce. "John is the quickest, most
agile man for his size that I have ever seen," Edwards says.
Stan has slimmed down to a svelte 260 pounds to play outside
linebacker.

The line has both senior Mike Ulufale, a 6'5", 285-pound
earthmover at left tackle, and 6'5", 270-pound redshirt freshman
Ed Kehl, who grew three inches and gained 60 pounds during a
two-year Mormon mission after high school, at left end.

Regardless, it is the passing game that will be the talk of
Provo. "Everything around here is quarterback, quarterback,
quarterback," says Stan Raass. "This defense is going to be
very, very good. We could even dominate."

Pause.

Sigh.

"But I guarantee the only thing you'll hear about is the
quarterback."

--Alan Shipnuck

COLOR PHOTO: GEORGE FREY Twins John (51) and Stan (50) Raass double the pressure on BYU foes. [John Raass and Stan Raass in game]

THE DATA BOX

Head coach: LaVell Edwards
Career college record: 207-76-3
24th year at BYU (207-76-3)

1994 RECORD: 10-3
WAC record: 6-2 (tied for second)

W at Hawaii 13-12
W at Air Force 45-21
L Colorado State 28-21
W New Mexico 49-47
W Utah State 34-6
W at Fresno State 32-30
W at Notre Dame 21-14
W UTEP 34-28
L Arizona State 36-15
W Northeast Louisiana 24-10
W San Diego State 35-28
L at Utah 34-31
W Oklahoma 31-6 (Copper Bowl)

Final '94 ranking: 18 AP, 10 CNN/USA Today

Lettermen lost: 24
Lettermen returning: 41
Returning starters, offense: 3
Returning starters, defense: 6

KEY GAMES:
Sept. 30 at Colorado State
Oct. 14 at Arizona State
Nov. 18 Utah