2002 PRESEASON ? Seasoned veteran who will be counted on to fill a valuable role again this fall ... Has an excellent grasp of the offense and knows how the offense is supposed to be run ... Will provide important leadership and experience to the quarterback position ... In the Spring Game, he completed six of nine passes for 53 yards (long completion of 31 yards) with one interception ... Will also be the holder for PATs and field goal attempts again this season.
2001 ? Reserve quarterback who also handled the holding for the extra points and field goals ... Gets the job done when called upon ... Played in all 12 games as a holder and saw action in the Vanderbilt and Wofford games as a quarterback ... Did a great job of handling the snap for Daniel Weaver?s game-winning 42-yard field goal in the Outback Bowl ... Had one carry for four yards ... His younger brother, Kevin, was paralyzed while playing flag football during the fall and has been rehabilitating at a facility in Atlanta and now at home ... His father, Bill, is the athletics director and head football coach at Dutch Fork High School in Columbia ... Kevin was a punter on that team this past season ... Erik was the subject of one of USC?s public service institutional television spots in conjunction with the University?s Bicentennial celebration, with the piece focusing on his desire to be a teacher and his story-book touchdown play against Mississippi State a year earlier ... The television spot was nominated for an ADDY ... Was put on scholarship at the beginning of the 2001 spring semester.
2000 ? Reserve quarterback who may have turned in the season's most dramatic play when he connected on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jermale Kelly for the game winner late in the fourth quarter against Mississippi State ... With 4:41 remaining in that contest and MSU leading 19-13, Kimrey entered the game when the starter, Phil Petty, was forced out with an ankle injury ... Facing a fourth down and 10 at the MSU 25 yard line, Kimrey lofted a perfect pass on a fade route to Kelly for the touchdown and William-Brice Stadium exploded ... As the story goes, when Petty went out, Coach Holtz turned to Kimrey and asked him what pass play he could complete; Kimrey said ?I can throw the fade, Coach,? and the rest is history ... Kimrey started the following week at Alabama when Petty was still sidelined with the ankle injury ... Playing most of the first half, Kimrey completed 13 of 22 passes for 113 yards ... On the year, he completed 18 of 31 passes (.581) for 200 yards and the one TD ... Saw action in seven games on the year.
1999 ? Squad member.
1998 ? Squad member who was redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL ? Enjoyed a stellar high school career at Dutch Fork ... All-state quarterback selection in 1998 ... Named The State Offensive Player of the Year ... Columbia Touchdown Club Area Player of the Year ... Honorable mention USA Today All-America pick ... MVP of the North-South All-Star Game ... Two-year starter at quarterback ... Threw for more than 3,550 yards and passed for 40 touchdowns his senior year ... Completed a state record 35 passes his senior year vs. Crestwood ... Played for his father, Bill Kimrey, at Dutch Fork High School.