Comparisons are as inevitable as they are apt: J.J. Stokes and Kevin Jordan. Stokes was an All-American last season, but Jordan, a junior, withstands scrutiny.
He has quietly set a regular-season receiving record at UCLA with 1,015 yards through nine games, 146 coming against Stanford last Saturday.
A season ago, Stokes caught passes for 1,181, but 176 came in the Rose Bowl. Through nine games, Stokes had caught 55 passes for 879 yards.
In nine games, Jordan has caught 63 passes. The regular-season school record is 68, set by Stokes last season. He added 14 receptions in the Rose Bowl.
Of Jordan's 63 catches, 43 have produced first downs. He has been responsible for UCLA's longest play in six games.
The main difference? Jordan has caught six touchdown passes. Through nine games last season, Stokes had caught 16. He added a touchdown catch in the USC game for the UCLA season record: 17.
And a telling difference in the Bruins' 1994 season: Through nine games last year, Jordan had caught 38 passes for 506 yards as UCLA's No. 2 receiver. This season's runner-up, Stokes, has 13 catches for 209 yards in playing only one full game and parts of three others.
Left tackle Jonathan Ogden has given up only one sack. . . . Safety Abdul McCullough is second on the team in tackles to Donnie Edwards, with 75 to Edwards' 90. . . . Quarterback Wayne Cook's 296 passing yards against Stanford was a personal best.
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