Tuesday, April 1, 2008


Volume One, Number Two
February 7, 2008
Editor: Tom James,


Editors note -- Email addresses of former ISU players are still needed, especially for those who played during the 1980s and 1990s. Thanks to all those who have already helped in this endeavor!!!!


Sycamores 2008 recruiting class -- Indiana State head football coach Trent Miles announced Wednesday (February 6) the addition of 31 student-athletes to the football roster as members of his first Sycamore recruiting class.

“I am extremely pleased with our first recruiting class at Indiana State,” Miles commented. “We were able to fill targeted positions with young players that are going to be very successful in our program. I could not be any more proud of our coaching staff as they did a great job of not only selling Indiana State, but also of going out and winning head-to-head recruiting battles with teams from the upper echelon of the Gateway Football Conference as well as against teams from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.”

--Aaron Archie, DB, 6-0, 190, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech

--Corey Bichey, OL, 6-0, 190, Ambridge (Pa.)

--Jared Blue, Ath, 6-3, 190, Vincennes Lincoln

--Rob Borchers, OL, 6-2, 275, Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain

--Jacob Bridwell, LB, 5-10, 200, Bedford North Lawrence

--Jordan Bright, DE, 6-7, 225, Wyoming (Ohio)

--Kye Butler, TE, 6-5, 200, Toledo (Ill.) Cumberland

--C.J. Cook, LB, 6-0, 230, Columbus North

--Reece Craig, RB, 5-8, 185, Bedford North Lawrence

--Julian Easterly, DB, 6-0, 175, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech

--Rod Hardy, DL, 6-2, 270, Indianapolis Pike

--Taylor Johnson, RB, 5-10, 215, Jacksonville (Fla.) Bartram Trail

--Travis Johnson, QB, 6-1, 170, Marshall (Ill.)

--Alex Jones, DB, 6-3, 220, Centerville

--Koby Kraemer, Ath, 5-9, 165, Terre Haute South

--Marcus Lewis, LB, 6-1, 205, Cincinnati (Ohio) Indian Hills

--Brock Lough, LB, 6-0, 200, Terre Haute South

--Connor McSoley, OL, 6-4, 290, Bedford North Lawrence

--Tony Morang, FB, 5-11, 225, Lake Central

--Michael Palmer, DL, 6-5, 275, South Bend Riley

--Casey Paswater, OL, 6-4, 285, Columbus North

--Ryan Roberts, Ath, 6-4, 195, West York (Ill.) Hutsonville

--Alex Sewall, DB, 6-1, 190, Western Springs (Ill.) Lyons Township

--Mike Smith, OL, 6-3, 280, Mishawaka Penn

--Aaron Stewart, OL, 6-6, 255, Jeffersonville

--Nate Williams, DL, 6-3, 260, New Haven (Mich.)

--Nick Williams, DL, 6-4, 260, Lake Central

--Justin Wood, OL, 6-4, 260, Center Grove

--Jesse Wright, TE, 6-4, 255, Columbus North

--Lawrence Young, DL, 6-3, 270, Detroit (Mich.) Renaissance

Complete Bios of the 2008 Indiana State Football Recruiting Class:

Aaron Archie
6-0, 190, Linebacker
Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech HS

High School: Named to the all-city team as a junior ... Also earned Junior All-State honors during the same season ... Was a second team all-city selection as a senior ... Posted 142 tackles, plus five interceptions and a pair of returns for touchdowns as a junior ... Recorded 166 tackles as a senior, plus a pair of sacks ... Was credited with 47 tackles for loss ... Rushed for 124 yards and posted a touchdown ... Played for coach Thomas Wilcher.

Personal: Born Aaron Mychal Archie on February 11, 1990 to Stephanie and Larry Williams in Detroit, Mich ... Majoring in Social Work ... Oldest of four children.

6-0, 190, Offensive Lineman
Ambridge, Pa./Ambridge

High School: Earned all-conference and all-region honors ... Honorable Mention All-State selection.

Personal: Born Cory Bichey on February 26, 1990 to Kim and Steve Bichey ... Majoring in Sports Medicine.

6-3, 190, Athlete
Vincennes, Ind./Lincoln HS

High School: As a senior, First Team Associated Press All-State Class 3A ... Was an Indiana Football Coaches Association First Team All-State pick ... All-Big Eight Conference ... Named to the Evansville Courier All-South Team ...As a junior, was an AP All-State Honorable Mention selection ... IFCA Junior All-State ... All-Big Eight as a junior ... Owns the Vincennes Lincoln record for receptions in a season with 55 ... Receiving yards in a season with 874 ... Also is in the career records books with 85 pass receptions ... As a junior, he posted 55 pass receptions for 834 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions ... Credited with 30 catches for 373 yards as a senior ... Completed 21-of-44 passes for 289 yards and rushed 63 times for 365 yards ... Named the 2007 American Legion Most Valuable Player ... Played for coach Jon Heiden.

Personal: Born Jared Michael Blue on August 29, 1989 to Liz Blue and Stacy Blue in Vincennes, Ind. ... Open Preference major.

6-2, 275, Offensive Lineman
Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain HS

High School: Earned all-league, all-district and all-city honors at Colerain HS ... Was named his team’s best offensive lineman as a senior ... Posted 106 total knockdowns as a senior and 121 knockdowns at as a junior ... Won an Ohio State Championship as a junior ... Played for coach Tom Bolden.

Personal: Born Evan Walter Borchers on October 9, 1989 to Lucy and Steve Borchers in Cincinnati, Ohio ... Majoring in Business Management.

5-10 200, Linebacker
Bedford, Ind./Bedford North Lawrence HS

High School: Named All-Hoosier Hills Conference as a senior ... Was a team captain ... Three-sport letterwinner ... Holds school record for career total tackles with 254 ... Forced six fumbles, recovered three and posted two interceptions as a senior.

Personal: Born Jacob M. Bridwell on September 1, 1989 to Gary and Vicki Bridwell ... Majoring in Criminology.

6-7, 225, Defensive Lineman
Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming HS

High School: Three-year letterwinner in football and two-year letterwinner in basketball ... As a junior, was an all-conference honorable mention selection and was named First Team All-Conference on defense as a senior ... Named Southwest Ohio All-District Second Team ... Took home Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star Honorable Mention plaudits ... Was named his team’s Most Improved Defensive Lineman as a junior ... Earned Best Defensive Lineman honors as a senior ... Paced his team in sacks and forced fumbles as a senior ... Named the Wyoming HS Booster Club Player of the Week ... Played for coach Jim Barre.

Personal: Born Jordan Jerome Bright on October 6, 1989 to Allyson Bright in Cincinnati, Ohio ... Majoring in Civil Engineering.

5-9, 190, Running Back
Portage, Ind./Kentucky

Previous School: Last season he played in eight games, rushing twice for 11 yards at the University of Kentucky ... As a freshman, played in three games, earning his first varsity letter ... Rushed five times for a net of four yards ... Was dominant in the junior varsity game, rushing 28 times for 205 yards and three touchdowns vs. Hargrave Military ... In 2005, he redshirted ... Named Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week for the Ole Miss game.

High School: An all-state, all-conference and all-area selection during his career at Portage (Ind.) HS ... Named to the Bloomington Herald-Times Top 33 ... Named offensive player of the year by the Herald-Times and the Post-Tribune ... Named to the Indiana "Tremendous 26" his final campaign ... A two-year starter at running back ... Team finished 11-2 his junior season and won the conference and sectional championships ... Rushed for 2,035 yards with 32 touchdowns his junior campaign, setting single-season school records for yardage and touchdowns ... Compiled 1,640 yards on the ground with 21 touchdowns his senior year ... Finest game as an Indian came against Valparaiso when he rushed for 342 yards with three touchdowns ... Coached by Craig Buzea ... Also competed in track for four years as a sprinter ... An all-state, all-area and all-conference selection in track ... Placed second in the 100-meter dash his junior year at the state championships ... Honor-roll student ... Received recruiting interest from numerous schools before deciding to walk on at Kentucky.

Personal: Born Antoine Brown to Althea Brown in Gary, Ind. ... Majoring in Physical Education.

6-5, 220, Tight End
Toledo, Ill./Cumberland HS

High School: Lettered in football, basketball and baseball ... Named all-conference as a senior ... Owns the Cumberland HS school records for pass receptions in year and pass receptions in a career ... Was a first team all-conference selection in three sports ... Played for coach Todd Butler.

Personal: Born Steven Kye Butler on June 2, 1990 to Todd and Lesa Butler in Mattoon, Ill. ... Majoring in Speech Pathology.

6-0, 230, Lineman
Columbus, Ind./North HS

High School: An Indiana Football Football Coaches Association All-State selection ... Named to the Bloomington Herald Times All-State Team ... Associated Press All-State Honorable Mention pick ... All-Region 10 All-State Team ... Named All-Conference Indiana ... All-area selection as a senior ... Played for coach Tim Bless.

Personal: Born Clifton Hamilton Cook, Jr. on January 3, 1990 to Clifton Cook in Germany ... Majoring in Business Marketing.

5-8, 185, Defensive Back
Bedford, Ind./Bedford North Lawrence HS

High School: An all-conference selection ... Was an Associated Press All-State selection ... Also a Region 10 All-Star ... Played for coach Bret Szabo.

Personal: Born Reece Matthew Craig to Jim and Sandra Craig ... Open Preference major.

6-0, 175, Defensive Back
Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech

High School: Lettered in football and track for four seasons ... Named all-city in football ... Earned all-city, all-region and all-state honors in track ... Placed fifth in the state of Michigan in the 200 meter dash ... Played for coach Thomas Wilcher.

Personal: Born Julian Marcellus Easterly on May 10, 1990 to Zacahary and Karen Easterly in Paducah, Ky. ... Majoring in Graphic Design.

6-2, 270, Defensive Lineman
Indianapolis, Ind./Pike HS

High School: Named all-state, all-conference, and all-county as a senior ... Earned Bloomington Herald Times All-State Honorable Mention plaudits ... Three-sport letterwinner ... Played for coach Derek Moyers.

Personal: Born Julian Marcellus Easterly on May 10, 1990 to Zacahary and Karen Easterly in Paducah, Ky. ... Majoring in Graphic Design.

5-10, 215, Running Back
Jacksonville, Fla./Bartram Trail HS

High School: Was an all-county selection and all-state honorable mention pick as a junior ... Rushed for 900 yards at Bartram Trail HS as a junior ... As a senior, posted 142 carries for 562 yards, averaging nearly four yards per rush with four touchdowns ... Solid out of the backfield, he also recorded 32 pass receptions for 377 yards and a TD ... Played for coach Daryl Sutherland ...

Personal: Born Taylor Scott Johnson on September 15, 1989 to Anthony and Shelley Johnson in South Bend, Ind. ... Majoring in History ... Father Anthony Johnson played football at Notre Dame.

6-1, 170, Quarterback
Marshall, Ill./Marshall

High School: Was a First Team All-State Quarterback as a senior ... Also named First Team All-Conference ... Likewise earned First Team All-Conference honors as a senior ... Tri-captain ... Selected to play East/West Shrine All-State Game ... Also selected to play in the Wabash Valley All-Star Game ... Passed for 2,893 yards and 34 touchdowns ... Holds all of the Marshall HS career passing records ... Played for coach Troy Johnson.

Personal: Born Travis Lee Johnson on October 10, 1989 to Troy and Cindy Johnson in Terre Haute, Ind. ... Majoring in Physical Education ... Father, Troy, played at Indiana State from 1982-1987 and is in his first season as the program’s linebackers coach.

6-3, 220, Free Safety
Centerville, Ind./Centerville HS

High School: Three-sport letterwinner ... Was named Associated Press All-State as a junior at the safety position ... As a senior, earned AP All-State plaudits as a runningback ... Earned All-Area Player of the Year honors as a senior ... Posted 88 tackles, including 66 solos and three interceptions as a junior ... During his senior season, rushed for 1,497 yards and 22 touchdowns while also posting 180 receiving yards with a touchdown ... Also saw action on defense, recording 78 total tackles, including 16 for losses ... Played for coach Matt Holera.

Personal: Born Richard Alexander Jones on May 7, 1980 to Melinda Selese and Richard Jones in Richmond, Ind. ... Majoring in Recreation and Sports Management.

5-9, 165, Athlete
Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo HS

High School: Named to the All-MIC Conference team as both a junior and senior ... An All-Vigo County selection in each of his last three seasons ... All-Wabash Valley Team member as both a junior and senior ... Played for coach Mark Raetz ... Also a stand-out baseball player, averaged .375 at the plate with 42 hits including six doubles and 13 RBIs last season.

Personal: Born Koby Robert Kraemer on October 14, 1989 to Kyle Kraemer and Michele Barrett in Terre Haute, Ind. .. Majoring in Radio/TV/Film ... Father Kyle, is the Head Baseball Coach at Terre Haute South Vigo HS.

6-1, 205, Linebacker
Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill HS

High School: Lettered in football and lacrosse at Indian Hills HS ... An Honorable Mention Cincinnati Hills League following his junior and senior seasons ... Was named his team’s Most Valauble Linebacker as a senior, junior and sophomore ... Earned Scholar-Athlete honors as well ... Posted 72 total tackles and a sack as a senior ... Played for coach Kevin Siple.

Personal: Born Marcus Lewis to Marvin and Peggy Lewis ... Majoring in Athletic Training ... Father, Marvin, is the head football coach for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League.

6-0, 200, Linebacker
Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo

High School: Earned All-Wabash Valley honors as a senior ... Named to the Wabash Valley All-Star Game squad ... Lettered in basketball, track, baseball and football ... Played for coach Mark Raetz.

Personal: Born Donald Brock Lough on September 10, 1989 to Jeff and Cheryl Lough in Terre Haute, Ind. ... Majoring in International Studies.

6-4, 290, Offensive Lineman
Bedford, Ind./Bedford North Lawrence

High School: Three-year starter along the offensive line at Bedford North Lawrence ... Named All-Hoosier Hills Conference as well as all-area as a senior ... Earned Bloomington Herald Times All-state honors ...

Personal: Born Connor Shane McSoley on November 11, 1989 to Patrick and Mickey McSoley in Bedford, Ind. ... Majoring in Business.

5-11, 225, Fullback
St. John, Ind./Lake Central HS

High School: Three-year letterwinner in football ... Served as a captain as both a junior and senior ... Named to the IFCA High School All-Star Game ... Earned Offensive Player of the Year honors twice .. Played for coach William Melby.

Personal: Born Anthony Bernard Morang on June 30, 1989 to Daniel and Gina Morang in Olympia Fields, Ind. ... Majoring in Chemistry.

6-5, 275, Defensive Lineman
South Bend, Ind./Riley HS

High School: Three-sport letterwinner in football, wrestling and track ... Junior All-State First Team selection ... Was an Honorable Mention All-State selection ... Named to the Indiana Dream Team ... All-Region 2 Selection ... Named his team’s Most Valuable Lineman for three consecutive seasons ... Team Captain for football and wrestling as a senior ... Made his wrestling team’s fastest pin (five seconds) as a senior ... Played for coach Mike Nate.

Personal: Born Michael B. Palmer on September 14, 1989 to Jo Ann and Dennis Palmer in South Bend, Ind. ... Majoring in Athletic Training.

6-4, 285, Offensive Lineman
Columbus, Ind./North HS

High School: Four-year letterwinner in football ... Earned Associated Press All-State Honorable Mention honors ... Named to the Indiana Football Coaches’ Association Top 50 Team ... All-Region 10 selection ... First Team All-State as awarded by the Bloomington Herald Times ... Columbis Republic All-Area selection ... Named All-Conference Indiana ... Earned his team’s Best Offensive Lineman Award ... Played for coach Tim Bless.

Personal: Born Casey Garrett Paswater on October 12, 1989 to Nina and Deryl Paswater in Columbus, Ind. ... Majoring in Education.

6-4, 195, Athlete
West York, Ill./Hutsonville HS

High School: Four-year letterwinner in both football and basketball at Hutsonsville HS ... Was an all-conference selection in both football and basketball ... Hutsonville’s all-time rushing and passing leader and well as most victories ever by a quarterback ... Played for coach Scott Zane.

Personal: Born Ryan Michael Roberts on March 25, 1990 to Greg and Jeanae Roberts in Sullivan, Ind. ... Majoring in Business.

6-1, 190, Free Safety
Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township HS

High School: As a senior, posted 75 total tackles with three interceptions ... Posted one forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... Scored eight touchdowns with 700 total yards on 50 touches ... As a junior, posted 92 tackles with a pair of interceptions and three fumbles forced and recovered ... Averaged 15 yards per punt return ... Named All-Conference West Suburban Silver ... Defensive Player of the Year in the West Suburban Silver Conference ... Named Most Valuable Player ... Academic All-Conference ... Played for coach Jack Derning.

Personal: Born Alexander James Sewall on March 20, 1990 to Joan and Dan Sewall in Chicago, Ill. ... Majoring in Exercise Science.

6-3, 280, Offensive Lineman
Mishawaka, Ind./Penn HS

High School: Three-year letterwinner in football ... Named first team all-confernece ... All-State selection ... All-Region 2 player ... Earned Indiana Dream Team status.

Personal: Born Michael Garret Smith on February 5, 1990 to Danielle Smith in Arlington Heights, Ill. ... Majoring in Athletic Training.

6-6, 255, Offensive Lineman
Clarksville, Ind./Jeffersonville

High School: Named a 2006 all-conference selection.

Personal: Born James Aaron Stewart on October 5, 1989 to Jim and Patty Stewart in Clarkesville, Ind. ... Majoring in Education.

6-3, 260, Defensive Lineman
New Haven, Mich./New Haven HS

High School: Two-sport letterwinner ... Named All-Macomb County ... All-Detroit East selection as well as All-Blue Water Area and All-MAC Silver ... Was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year ... Posted 81 tackles, 16 sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

Personal: Born Nathaniel Williams III on October 15, 1989 to Nathaniel and Elizabeth Williams in Fort Benning, Ga. ... Majoring in Business ... Father, Nate Williams, played football at Army.

6-4, 260, Defensive Lineman
St. John, Ind./Lake Central HS

High School: Lettered in football and track ... Named all-area and Honorable Mention All-State.

Personal: Born Nicholas Franklin Williams on September 20, 1989 to Kenneth and Cynthia Williams ... Majoring in Business Management.

6-4, 260, Offensive Lineman
Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove

High School: Named to the Bloomington Herald Times Top 30 ... All-MIC ... Associated Press All-State/Top 50 ... Named to the Indiana Football Coaches’ Association 5A All-State Team ... An all-county selection as both a junior and senior ... all-region all-star ... Nominated for North/South All-Star Game ... Named his team’s Most Improved Senior.

Personal: Born Justin Wood on January 7, 1990 Trella Whitlock ... Majoring in Business Finance.

6-4, 255, Tight End
Columbus, Ind./North HS

High School: Two-sport letterwinner ... Named all-area ... Named Most Improved Basketball player for Bloomington North HS as a freshman and sophomore ... Played for coach Tim Bless.

Personal: Born Jesse Winston Wright on November 29, 1989 to Cathy and Joby Wright in Bloomington, Ind. ... Majoring in Education.

6-3, 270, Defensive Lineman
Detroit, Mich./Renaissance HS

High School: Named all-city as a senior ... Lettered in football as well as track ... Played for coach Antonio Watts.

Personal: Born Lawrence Michael Young on May 18, 1990 to Eklund Fisher and Lawrence Young in Detroit, Mich. ... Majoring in Business Management.


Miles rounds out coaching staff -- First-year head coach Trent Miles has completed his coaching staff for the 2008 season, naming former Notre Dame, Stanford and Washington State assistant coach Bill Diedrick as the team's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks-wide receivers coach.

Diedrick was the offensive coordinator at Stanford and Notre Dame and has also been an assistant coach in the Canadian Football League. He helped develop quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe at Washington State and Brady Quinn while at Notre Dame.

Miles also announced that former Sycamores head coach Dennis Raetz is being retained as a special defensive assistant and that Scott Cassell is being retained as the team's defensive GA.



Cam Cameron (Stepson of former ISU head coach Tom Harp) – Former head coach, Miami Dolphins; currently offensive coordinator/assistant head coach, Baltimore Ravens. Formerly was the head coach at Indiana University, an assistant with the San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, University of Michigan.

Larry Fitzgerald Jr. (Son of former ISU offensive tackle Larry Fitzgerald Sr.) – Wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals. Played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned All-America honors. First-round draft pick of the Cardinals. Younger brother, Marcus, currently plays wide receiver at Marshall University.

Quintin Mikell Jr. (Son of former ISU linebacker Quintin Mikell Sr.) – Safety, Philadelphia Eagles. Played collegiately at Boise State.

James Banks Jr. (Son of former ISU running back James Banks Sr.) – Wide receiver, Gardner-Webb College, has declared himself eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft. Earned All-America honors as a quarterback at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Ind. Began collegiate career as a quarterback at the University of Tennessee.

Courtney Kupets (Daughter of former ISU linebacker Mark Kupets) – Gymnast at the University of Georgia, was a bronze medalist in the uneven bars at the 2004 Olympics. Older sister Ashley is also a gymnast at the University of Georgia. Mother, Patti, is a former ISU cheerleader.



Here is a list of former Indiana State players and coaches who are now working in the NFL:

Alvin Reynolds -- Was a safety for the Sycamores and later was ISU's secondary coach. He is currently the defensive backfield coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Reynolds has also coached with the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens.

Bobby Turner -- Played defensive back and was a kick returner for the Sycamores. Was also ISU's running backs coach before leaving to serve as an assistant coach at various colleges such as Fresno State, Purdue and Ohio State. He is now the running backs coach with the Denver Broncos.

Dave McGinnis -- Was the Sycamores defensive backfield coach in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Was an assistant coach at other colleges, such as Kansas State and Texas Christian. He was an assistant coach with the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals before being named as the Cardinals head coach in 2000. He has been the Tennessee Titans' linebackers coach since 2004. He was promoted to assistant head coach/linebackers in 2005.

Pete Hoener -- Former Indiana State offensive line coach under Dick Jamieson and Dennis Raetz. Has also coached at other colleges, such as Purdue and Arizona State. He was the Chicago Bears' offensive line coach and is now the tight ends coach for the San Francisco 49ers.

Dave Magazu -- Another ex-ISU offensive line coach who is now the offensive line coach for the Carolina Panthers. Magazu has also coached at Ball State, Boston College, among other college programs.

Sean Payton -- Former NFL "Coach of the Year" in his first season (2006) as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints. While he is best remembered by most Sycamore football alumni as the record-setting quarterback at Eastern Illinois, Payton was Indiana State's quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator before moving on to San Diego State. He has also been an assistant at the University of Ililnois and with the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

Kirk Olividotti -- Is now the linebackers coach with the Washington Redskins. But he served as a defensive assistant coach at ISU from 1998-99.

Mike Westhoff -- A former defensive line coach under Tom Harp for one season (1977), Westhoff went on to become one of the top special teams coaches in the NFL. Westhoff worked with the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets before finally retiring at the end of the 2007 season due to illness complications.

Cam Cameron -- While he never played or coached at ISU, he served as a ball boy for the Sycamores while his stepfather, Tom Harp, was the team's head coach in the mid and late 1970s. Cameron has served as an assistant at the University of Michigan and as the head coach at Indiana University. Just recently hired as the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator, he has also worked as an assistant coach with the Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers. He had a one-year stint (2007) as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

Tunch Ilkin -- The ex-Pro Bowl offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and former Sycamore All-America center, is currently the color analyst for the Steelers' radio network. Ilkin also used to host a daily radio sports show in Pittsburgh.

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