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Paus Brothers On Opposite Sides In Battle Of Unbeatens
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  10/12/2001

Oct. 12, 2001

By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer

PASADENA, Calif. - Just a week ago, there was no way the Paus brothers would both be in uniform Saturday at the Rose Bowl. Now, who knows?

It's possible 21-year-old Cory of UCLA and 18-year-old Casey of Washington will be the quarterbacks when the seventh-ranked Bruins play the 10th-ranked Huskies on Saturday.

All it would take is one untimely hit to Washington's Taylor Barton.

"That would be my mom's worst nightmare, she would have a heart attack," said Cory, a fourth-year junior. "Three years ago, I couldn't imagine playing against my brother in a football game. I still can't imagine it."

The brothers have never played against each other in football. The last time they competed was in hockey as kids in New Lenox, Ill.

It wouldn't have come to this had Cody Pickett, Washington's starter, not separated his right shoulder during last Saturday's 27-24 victory over USC - the Huskies' 12th straight victory.

Washington coach Rick Neuheisel said Pickett is "extremely doubtful" for the game against UCLA except as a holder for kicker John Anderson.

That means Barton will be making his first start for the Huskies (4-0, 2-0 Pac-10) against the Bruins (4-0, 1-0). And freshman Casey Paus will be the backup.

NCAA spokesman Jim Wright said there was no information concerning the last time brothers played against each other in a Division I game, much less brothers who were quarterbacks.

"Casey has worked with our third-team offense and with the scout team," Neuheisel said. "He has all the skills you look for as well as natural leadership ability. You can never tell about a guy unless he is put into duty, and that hasn't happened for Casey.

"He got a scholarship here, we think he is a big-time player, and if he has to play this weekend, so be it."

Casey has visited his brother each of the last three summers, and gotten to know some of the UCLA players, including linebacker Robert Thomas.

"I've become pretty close with them," Casey said. "Robert Thomas was Cory's roommate, so I've actually lived with him, so to speak."

Casey could see Thomas up close if he plays, considering Thomas has a team-leading 39 tackles - 13 for losses.

"It's kind of weird," Cory said. "It's a long shot for him to get in the game, but if he does, I wouldn't cheer against him. I'd cheer against Washington."

Cory, a 6-foot-2, 212-pounder, passed for 5,167 yards at Lincoln-Way Central High near Chicago. Casey, a 6-4, 210-pounder, threw for 5,734 yards at Lincoln-Way.

Cory became the third sophomore in UCLA history to pass for over 2,000 yards last season despite missing three games and all but three plays of a fourth due to a separated shoulder, and the second half of the Sun Bowl with a broken collarbone.

He was 134-of-241 for 2,154 yards and 17 touchdowns with nine interceptions, and so far this year, he's 46-of-87 for 761 yards and five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Casey, meanwhile, is waiting to take his first college snap.

"It will be interesting to see what he can do," UCLA coach Bob Toledo said. "He's a great kid, he comes from an excellent family. I know they want to redshirt him. He's going to be a good player.

"We're doing a good job of getting to the quarterback. One of the things we want to do is hit the quarterback."

Toledo then paused before adding: "If he's in the game, he's a true freshman. It's hard to play with a true freshman."


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