Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 4, 1974 · Page 23
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Hope, Arkansas
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Wednesday, September 4, 1974
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Wednesday, September 4, 197! fc (AUK.) STAR Husmann will lead Houston I Royal is crying blues again in '74 By DENNE H. FREEMAN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Cougars enter the college football wars this autumn with a young quarterback blessed ff ith potential, 26 minutes of playing experience and a large ' dosc of true grit. It may be the latter attribute- wliit'li propels David Husmann and tin' Cougars up the ladder in the final Associated Press polls. Husmann is Coach Bill Yeoman's quarterback. "Hopefully 26 minutes will be enough experience," Yeoman says of the junior squadman. "You can't say much about him until he does the job." Of course, Yeoman is tremen- dotisly high on the 6-foot-2, 196- pound Husmann. And there's good reason. A lesser soul would have checked his equipment in a long time ago. Husmann came out of Houston Madison High School where the offensive line was so bad he rolled out a lot from the shotgun or spread formation so he could have time to pass. "Houston was the only school to offer me a scholarship," Husmann said. "I jumped on it before they changed their mind. We didn't have much blocking and I learned right then that sometimes you just have to stick things out. David's father, Ed, was a football star at Nebraska and played five years for the Houston Oilers in the National Footd ball League. "Dad wanted me to go to Nebraska, but they didn't »ive me a look," Husmann said. Husmann got to play in several games his freshman year. During a trying redshirt year, lie thought of quitting but decided to "get out there every Monday with the scout team and just show 'em how tough I was." He made an impression on Yeoman and after the spring of 1973 Husmann moved to second team quarterback behind D.C. Nobles, who led the Cougars to an 11-1 record last year. "David only played briefly , during the regular season because we just couldn't seem to gel him in there," Yeoman said. "We'd get to the point where we could play him then the other team would score." Husman played the final quarter of Houston's 47-7 Astro- Bluebonnet Bowl romp over Tulane. On one play Husmann and a running back missed connections with the ball left lying on the ground. While everyone was swept along in the flow of the play, Husmann plucked the *-»T\ 11 A L^ f /\ v :J , c .^r'^ 'fa X>4^ f s# fKBa * • _ .-•"•*• £t f 422 East "A" Hupe Ark. .. &* m <$$ CITY CLUB. baJl up and dashed seven yards for a touchdown in the other direction. "That was one of my bigger moments," Husmann blushes. The Cougars finished ninth in the final AP rankings last year and Husmann says flatly "Our goal this year is national recognition. "I know I'm stepping in some tough shoes (Noble's) but while he was quicker I'm not scared to run over somebody. We'll get the job done." The SWC tour left Houston Sunday with the distinct impression Husmann meant what he says. ALABAMA TOPS SEC BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's athletes topped Southeastern Conference teams in competition for the first Bernie Moore Trophy. The Crimson Tide compiled 65% points to Tennessee's 63. Alabama gained 9% points for its SEC basketball title tie with Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt won 10 points by taking the baseball crown but finished tenth and last in football, golf and tennis. TENNIS STAR AT USAF AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — In his three years as the No. 1 singles tennis player at the Air Force Academy, team captain Alex Parsons of Denver compiled a 51-17 record. This year, Parsons won 19 of 22 singles matches. In doubles, Parsons and Chuck Latham, posted a 9-4 record. iOBCATS! BEING PASSED ON TO THE Y BOBCATS! -BEST OF LUCK- Y.C. COWMAN GARAGE 821 W. 3rd 777-3243 RAY BOBO AUTO REPAIR (Specializing in Volkswagen repair) Also American made cars. 10 miles S. Hwy. 29 777-4839 By JACK KEEVER Associated Press Writer AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) - A Standard line in Southwest Conference football is that the Texas Longhorns replace all- Americanswith ail-Americans. Not so this year, says Coach Darrell Royal, as he faces the 1974 season without all-American center Bill Wyman—"the best blocking center I have ever seen in college"—and probably minus ail-American fullback Roosevelt Leaks. Leaks, blasting for 2,514 yards in two years, a pace that would make him the greatest ground gainer in SWC history, tore ligaments in his right knee during March spring training. Leaks stayed her this summer to rebuild his knee, but it was such a severe injury that is questionable whether he will play. His absence and a general dropoff in talent probably will push Texas out of the top 10 in pre-season rankings for the first time in recent years. "That's not surprising nor disturbing," said Royal in an interview. "I don't think we probably rate to be picked any better than that." Arkansas, Texas Tech or Texas A&M appear most likely to end Texas' domination of the SWC, said Royal. The Longhorns have won a record six straight conference titles. As a replacement for Leaks, Longhorn coaches will check out junior David Bartek and freshmen Earl Campbell and Steve Collier. Campbell, a 218-pounder with 4.7-second speed for 40 yards, was considered the top Texas' schoolboy back last season. Although he fumbled five times in a recent high school all-star game. Royal said his high school films show "he was not a tumbler." The other missing all-American, Wyman, will be replaced by Bob Tresch, 240, a sub at tackle last season. "I don't know if our (offensive) line of scrimmage will match up to last year," said Royal. It appeared to be solid until Nebraska manhandled everyone except Wyman and tackle Bob Simmons in Texas' .-19.3 Cotton Bowl loss,, and those linemen that Nebraska trampled will be starters again this year. Royal said, however, that Simmons, a 261-pound junior, is an all-American prospect. One important decision that has been made since spring training is to keep sophomore speedster Raymond Clayborn at halfback. He was at split end in spring practice to spread the defenses that pinch in against the Wish- borne. But Royal has decided to use either quick Pat Padgett, a senior, or one of three freshmen—Alfred Jackson, Kevin Scott or Graylon Wyatt at wide receiver. The defense depends on a surgeon's skill as tackle Fred Currin, 240, and linebacker Sherman Lee, 225, had mid-season operations in 1973 and missed spring workouts. Royal said tackle Doug English, 247, rates all-Arnerican mention, and linebacker Wade Johnston, 226, is considered by I/mghorn coaches as a better- player than a 1973 all-SWC line- backing choice, Glenn Gaspard. "The front eight is pretty solid," said Royal. He labeled the defensive secondary, which loses all-SWC halfback Jay Arnold, as the trouble spot. Returning are Terry Melancon, 190, and safe- ty Joe Bob Bizzell, at 5-7 and 145, the smallest starlef in the conference. On paper, Paul Jette, a 180- pound sophomore who was recruited as an afterthought, is the third starter, and there appears to be virtually no depth in the secondary. It does not look like a Royal year. Ark, Tech's John Welch hospitalized Baylor Bears look good in league <^ C-? By DENNE H. FREEMAN AP Sports Writer WACO, Tex. (AP) — You might say the Gary Greens of Texas high school football are Baylor University's hope for a Southwest Conference championship which seems light years away after a dismal 2-9 season in 1973. Coach Grant Teaff sees the Bear defensive back as all-conference talent with the potential lo become one of the best ath- lels in Baylor history. "Gary is just tremendous— the type of kid you can build a program with," Teaff said. The 5-foot-ll, 175-pound Green, a former football and track star at San Antonio Sam Houston, moved his way into a starting role last year as a freshman. "He is a hitter," said Teaff, underlining "hitter," "I'm not a pretty tackier," Green said. "I steer wrestle 'em, clothesline 'em ... I'm not afraid ... you get hurt when your're timid. "Any good receiver is going to catch passes on you ... I like to really punish them after they make the catch." Green hasn't just set his sights on a winning season like a number of the Baylor players. "I feel like we can win every last one of them," Green said. "I feel like we can be just as awesome as Oklahoma." Is Green scared of playing Oklahoma in the opener? "I'm excited," Green said. "We'll do okay. We've got betd ler athletes on this team now. They are stronger and quicker. We went through a rugged weight program in the off- season." Green flexed a muscle and said, "Mann I can bench press 250 pounds. You're supposed to be pretty good if you can bench press your weight." Green, who once scored 41 points in a district track meet with his 9.7 sprinter's speed, said he wasn't just vying for all-conference honors. "I feel I should shoot for All- America," Green said. "I feel I can be as good as anyone." Green, realizing he might be sounding a little pop-offish, pointed at some of the other Baylor players. "Listen, we won't have one of the biggest teams around but we've worked hard ... you won't find an ounce of fat on anybody," Green said. "A lot of good things can happen if you're willing to work." Gary Green has set his goals for the moon and the stars. The moon for Baylor would be the first Southwest Conference championship since 1924. LITTLE ROCK ZAP) - Arkansas Tech's 216-pound nose- guard. John Welch, has been hospitalized for treatment of a ruptured air passageway, Don Dempsey, Tech's head football coach said. Dempsey said the player's fa- then James Welch, told him that his son's injury did not appear to be serious, but that doctors wanted to keep him in the hospital for furtherobservation. Dempsey said Welch had complained of shortness of breath from what was first diagnosed as hyperventilation after a practice session. Welch, Tech's starting fullback last fall, was switched to defense this spring. Dempsey said Welch's playing status for this season is uncertain pending a medical report. The Wonder Boys had their first full-scale scrimmage Saturday night at Russellville. Most of the scrimmage was devoted to the running game. "One of our biggest concerns at the outset has been the consistency of our offensive backfield," Dempsey said. "There was some evidence of improve- ment in that area" Saturday night. Dempsey said he was pleased with the running of tailback Ricky Dixon, fullbacks Duke Briley and Charley Adcock and quarterback Stan McClure. IT'S TOUCHDOWN T//VU WE'RE BACKING! 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