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  Cory Paus
Cory Paus

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
New Lenox, IL

High School:
Lincoln Way

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 212

Position:
QB

Birthdate:
04/04/1980

UCLA — This fifth-year senior enjoyed a productive Spring and enters Fall camp as the Bruins’ No. 1 quarterback … Cory threw the football extremely well during the four-week session and showed strong signs of leadership … He took a step forward and put his on- and off-field problems behind him … He is looking to rebound from his up-and-down junior year and establish himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the Pac-10 … Last season, Paus moved into the UCLA career Top 10 lists in passing yardage (fifth with 5,230 yards), completions (sixth with 330) and touchdown passes (sixth with 32) after playing in just 28 games, including two in which he was injured and threw just five total passes before leaving the field … He enters his senior year needing 68 yards to tie Troy Aikman for fourth place on the career yardage list and 133 yards to tie Tommy Maddox for the third spot … His career average of 15.85 yards per completion is the highest among the quarterbacks in UCLA’s career Top Six … Next is Cade McNown at 15.43, followed by Tom Ramsey (13.99), Maddox (13.72), Wayne Cook (13.42) and Aikman (13.05) … He is one of just two players in school history to produce back-to-back 300-yard games (McNown accomplished that on two occasions).

2001 — Bothered by an injured thumb on his throwing hand throughout the season, Paus completed 101 of 194 passes (52.1) for 1,740 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions in 10 games … He ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (132.8) … His two-season streak of passes without an interception ended at 198 in the second quarter at Stanford … In the 2001 opener against Alabama, he completed eight of 22 passes for 123 yards, although several of his passes were dropped … In the third quarter, he hit sophomore Tab Perry along the left sideline for a 53-yard touchdown pass to give the Bruins their first lead, 14-10 … At Kansas, he completed 10 of 16 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown … For the second straight week, he hooked up with Perry for a long score, this time a 49-yard strike … In the victory over Ohio State, he completed 16 of 25 passes for 262 yards and one touchdown … He gave the Bruins an early 7-0 lead when he connected with Ryan Smith on a 24-yard touchdown on UCLA’s first possession of the game … In the win at Oregon State, he completed 10 of his final 14 passes before retiring at the end of the third quarter with a 38-0 lead … On the afternoon, he completed 12 of 24 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns … Leading 10-0 with nine seconds to play in the first half and UCLA at the OSU 38, Paus lifted a perfect strike to Brian Poli-Dixon in the left corner of the end zone … With just under five minutes left in the third quarter, Paus again hooked up with Poli-Dixon for a 39-yard touchdown and a 31-0 lead … In the win over Washington, he completed nine of 19 passes for 128 yards … Paus enjoyed an outstanding game against California … He passed for 273 yards and three touchdowns … He completed 13 of 16 passes, including 11 straight from late in the first quarter through the middle of the third quarter … He led UCLA to touchdowns on four straight possessions from the first quarter through the third quarter and completed 10 straight passes during that run … His efficiency rating of 286.45 versus California was the fourth-highest single-game rating in Division IA in 2001 … He endured a rough afternoon at Stanford … In the first half, he completed just five of 16 passes for 105 yards and threw his first interception of the year … On his final throw of the half, he suffered a bruised right thumb when it hit an opposing player and he was not able to play the second half … He came off the bench at Washington State after missing much of the practice week due to the thumb injury he aggravated at Stanford … He completed seven of 19 passes for 107 yards and three interceptions — all on UCLA’s last three possessions, two in the final three minutes … Paus played one of his best games in the one-point loss to Oregon … He completed 14 of 22 passes for a season-high 321 yards … Against USC, Paus struggled and completed seven of 15 passes for 45 yards … Both of his interceptions were deflections off a Bruin receiver … He did not play in the season finale against Arizona State, having been demoted to third string due to an off-field incident.

2000 — As a redshirt sophomore, Paus completed 134 of 241 passes (55.6%) for 2,154 yards and 17 touchdowns in eight games plus one series … During the regular season, his efficiency rating of 145.8 and his average of 250.9 passing yards per game would have ranked first in the Pac-10 if he had played enough games to qualify … He became the 13th Bruin to pass for over 2,000 yards in a season and only the third sophomore, trailing only Tommy Maddox (2,681 in 1991) and Cade McNown (2,424 in 1996) … His 17 touchdown passes tied with Maddox (1990), Troy Aikman (1987) and Wayne Cook (1993) for fifth on that single-season list … In his eight games (excluding the first series of the Alabama game on which he was injured), he averaged 269.3 passing yards … He passed for at least 298 yards in four of his final seven games … In the opener against Alabama, he suffered a separated right shoulder on UCLA’s first offensive play of the season, stayed in for the rest of the series (three plays) and was finished for the afternoon … After missing three games, he was cleared to begin full practice the week of the Arizona State game and went on to start the game … In the victory over the Sun Devils, Paus completed 17 of 30 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns … In rallying the Bruins from a 21-0 deficit, matching the largest comeback in UCLA history, he completed eight of 14 passes for 164 yards and two scores in the second half … In the third quarter alone, he passed for 122 yards, including touchdown passes of eight and 80 yards to put the Bruins ahead for good … His 80-yard touchdown strike to Freddie Mitchell was ninth longest in school history and the second-longest of his career, surpassed only by his 85-yard scoring pass to Danny Farmer against ASU in 1999 (sixth in UCLA history) … In addition, his 32-yard scramble in the second quarter was the longest run of his career … In the triple-overtime loss at California, he rallied the Bruins from a 28-14 fourth-quarter deficit to force the game into overtime … On the afternoon, Paus completed 20 of 39 passes for 309 yards and a career-high four touchdowns … In the game against Oregon State, Paus completed 19 of 33 passes for a career-high 363 yards and two touchdowns -- 67 yards to Gabe Crecion and 18 yards to Jon Dubravac … Paus’ total of 363 passing yards ranks 10th on UCLA’s single-game list … The toss to Dubravac came after he marched the team 80 yards down the field with no timeouts remaining in just 34 seconds … In the game at Arizona, Paus helped rally the team from deficits of 0-7 in the first quarter, 14-21 at the half, 20-21 at the end of the third quarter and 20-24 in the final minute of the contest … UCLA took over at their own 34-yard line after an Arizona punt with 2:47 remaining on the clock … Passes to Freddie Mitchell and Gabe Crecion moved the ball to the Wildcat 34 … After two rushing attempts left the Bruins with a fourth-and-four on the Wildcat 37, Paus hit Mitchell for 19 yards and a first down on the Arizona 18-yard line with about a minute and a half left on the clock … Faced with a third-and-five situation from the 13, Paus dropped back to pass, was forced from the pocket, and ran around the left side for 13 yards and the go-ahead score with 0:48 on the clock … In the win over Stanford, Paus completed 16 of 27 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns … When Stanford rallied to within two points, Paus connected with Freddie Mitchell for a 41-yard touchdown with 6:58 left in the game … After Stanford again pulled to within two points, his 56-yard pass to Mitchell gave the Bruins a first down at the Cardinal 12-yard line late in the game … At Washington, he completed 22 of 38 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns … Trailing by 14 points with 3:35 remaining, he drove the offense 88 yards in just 1:38, tossing a seven-yard scoring pass to Brian Poli-Dixon to make the score 35-28 … UCLA got the ball back with 27 seconds but could not score … In the regular-season finale against USC, he completed 13 of 22 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns … He also tied the game at 35-35 with 1:05 remaining on a fourth-down one-yard run, driving the Bruins 75 yards in 2:53 … In the Sun Bowl against Wisconsin, he led the Bruins to 17 first-half points before suffering a fractured left collarbone on the final play of the half … At the time of his injury, he had completed eight of 15 passes for 147 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown to Freddie Mitchell.

1999 — Started seven games as a redshirt freshman … Offensive winner of UCLA’s John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year … Made his first start against Fresno State (Sept. 18) and completed nine of 12 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown before leaving in the second quarter with bruised ribs … He saw action as a backup (to Drew Bennett) in the first two games of the season, completing eight of 20 passes vs. Ohio State for 97 yards and 12 of 18 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in the season opener vs. Boise State… He had his best game of the season vs. Oregon, completing 21 of 34 passes for 332 yards, two touchdowns … He connected on several long passes, including 65 and 48-yarders to Danny Farmer … His 332 passing yards tied Tommy Maddox (1990 vs. Oregon) for the No. 3 effort among Bruin freshman … Only Maddox (409 vs. USC and 353 at Michigan) ever threw for more yards as a freshman … His 324 yards total offense ranked No. 4 on that list (Maddox 445 vs. USC and 356 vs. Oregon; Cade McNown 326 vs. ASU in 1995) … Against Cal, Paus completed 9 of 28 passes for 81 yards and rushed for 67 yards … At Oregon State, he completed seven of 15 passes for 95 yards, one touchdown and one interception before leaving in the third quarter due to injury (subluxation of left shoulder) … Against Arizona, he completed 13 of 27 tosses for 230 yards and one touchdown, a 44-yarder to Brad Melsby … On Nov. 13 against Washington, he suffered a fractured left collarbone on UCLA’s second offensive play of the second quarter (a nine-yard run) which ended his season. 1998 — Did not appear in a game during his first year in the program.

HIGH SCHOOL — Considered the top quarterback prospect to come out of Illinois in the last several years … Earned three varsity letters for coach Rob Glielmi at Lincoln Way High School in New Lenox, IL outside of Chicago … Led his team to a 14-0 State 6-A championship season, throwing for 2,180 yards and 24 touchdowns, with only 11 INTs … Cory rushed for 451 yards and eight scores on 64 attempts … Threw for 5,167 yards in his prep career … Member of PrepStar Dream Team (No. 6 QB) … PrepStar Midwest Region Top 30 … PrepStar All-America (No. 2 QB in Midwest) … SuperPrep All-America (No. 11 QB) … SuperPrep All-Midwest (No. 16 prospect) … USA Today honorable mention All-America … Student Sports Senior All-America … The Sporting News Top 100 … CBS SportsLine Top 100 … Cornwell All-America … Ranked No. 6 on Detroit Free Press Best of the Midwest team … First-team All-State (Chicago Tribune) … Completed 117 of 228 passes (51.3%) as a senior … Set school records for touchdown passes in a game with four and passing yardage in a season with 2,180 … His 52 attempts, 24 completions and 317-yard performance in the state final established state records … Lincoln Way was 34-4 during his four years as starter … Member of PrepStar pre-season Dream Team … Member of PrepStar Midwest Region pre-season Big 10 Super 22 … National Recruiting Advisor pre-season All-American (No. 9 QB in nation and No. 3 in Midwest) … SuperPrep pre-season All-America (No. 10 QB) … As a junior, Cory passed for 2,167 yards, completing 156 of 248 passes and 26 TDs with just 5 interceptions … Led his team to the State 6-A championship game and a 13-1 record … Named to All-Conference and All-Area teams … Two-year basketball starter for coach Steve Little.

PERSONAL — Full Name: Cory Robert Paus … Born: April 4, 1980 in Hinsdale, IL … Parents: Rick and Nancy Paus … Has one brother, Casey, a quarterback at Washington, and one sister, Caitlyn … Lists winning the State 6A title as being his biggest thrill in athletics … Hobbies include water skiing, all sports and going to the movies … Earned spot on the Director’s Honor Roll in Fall 1998 (3.00 GPA) and Winter 2002 (3.50) … History major.

Varsity Statistics - C. Paus
Passing

Year

PA

PC

YDS

PCT

INT

TD

LG

1999

197

95

1,336

.482

9

7

85

2000

241

134

2,154

.556

9

17

80

2001

194

101

1,740

.521

8

8

58

Totals

632

330

5,230

.522

26

32

85

Career Highs
Passing Yards: 363 vs. Oregon State, 2000; 332 yards vs. Oregon, 1999; 328 vs. Stanford, 2000; 321 vs. Oregon, 2001; 309 vs. California, 2000
Completions: 22 vs. Washington, 2000; 21 vs. Oregon, 1999; 20 vs. Cal, 2000; 19 vs. Oregon State, 2000; 19 vs. Arizona, 2000
Touchdown Passes: 4 vs. California, 2000

2001 Paus Passing

Game

PA

PC

INT

YDS

TD

LG

ALA*

22

8

0

123

1

53

Kansas*

16

10

0

160

1

49

Ohio St.*

25

16

0

262

1

46

OSU*

24

12

0

216

2

41

Wash.*

19

9

0

128

0

33

Cal*

16

13

0

273

3

58

Stanford*

16

5

1

105

0

44

WSU

19

7

3

107

0

44

Oregon*

22

14

2

321

0

54

USC*

15

7

2

45

0

9

ASU*

Did

Not

Play

Totals

194

101

8

1,740

8

58

2000 Paus Passing

Game

PA

PC

INT

YDS

TD

LG

ALA*

2

0

0

0

0

0

Fresno

Did Not Play (separated shoulder)

Michigan

Did Not Play (separated shoulder)

Oregon

Did Not Play (separated shoulder)

ASU*

30

17

1

267

2

80

Cal*

39

20

3

309

4

46

OSU*

33

19

0

363

2

67

Arizona*

35

19

2

230

1

23

Stanford*

27

16

2

328

3

56

Wash.*

38

22

1

298

2

48

USC*

22

13

0

212

2

74

WISC*

15

8

0

147

1

64

Totals

241

134

9

2,154

17

80

1999 Paus Passing

Game

PA

PC

INT

YDS

TD

LG

BSU

18

12

2

128

1

28

Ohio St

20

8

1

97

0

40

Fresno*

12

9

0

113

1

24

Stanford

Did Not Play (Bruised ribs)

ASU*

40

15

2

235

1

85

Ore*

34

21

2

332

2

65

Cal*

28

9

1

81

0

13

OSU*

15

7

1

95

1

33

ARIZ*

27

13

0

230

1

44

WASH*

3

1

0

25

0

25

USC

Did Not Play (Fractured Clavicle)

Totals

197

95

9

1,336

7

85

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