The Courier-Journal from Louisville, Kentucky on August 21, 1977 · Page 189
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The Courier-Journal from Louisville, Kentucky · Page 189

Louisville, Kentucky
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Sunday, August 21, 1977
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mmmead young, but By KEITH F. OVERPECK Courier-Journal Timos Staff Wrifor ELI "I wish we had 25. seniors coming back," said Wayne Chapman, Morehead State University's football coach, "but we don't When I came here (a year ago), we didn't have a junior class we had about 11 seniors and two juniors." However, he noted, "A lot of our kids got a lot of experience last year, and we got stronger in spring drills." So, although Morehead once more has a young team, most of its members have participated in at least one Ohio Valley Conference campaign, and that experience will be a key factor as Morehead attempts to improve upon last year's 3-8 overall and 2-5 OVC records. Chapman welcomed back 18 men who started part or full time at 15 positions six offensive and nine defensive last year. Obviously, Morehead's defense, which last season saddled Western Kentucky with its first shutout in more than a decade, should be one of the team's strongest points. However, Chapman also is singing the praises of quarterback Phil Simms, a 6-foot-2 junior out of Louisville Southern High who last fall passed for 1,375 yards and five touchdowns. "We'll try to be a running team more than passing. But I don't think you're playing loose when you make a well calculated pass and have somebody who can throw the ball," Chapman said. Morehead might have to rely on passing a bit more this year if it fails to find a capable replacement for Tony Harris, who rushed for 873 yards in his senior season. Even though Morehead lost its starting tight end and most of its wide receivers, tailbacks were No. 1 on Chapman's recruiting list. "Most high school teams don't pass that 1977 Morehead State University football roster Head coach: Wavne Chapman (Morehead). Assistant!: Rich Rachel (Parsons), Mark Sheehan (Morehead), Bruce Herdman (Ohio U.l, Jim Hastings (Morehead). TIGHT ENDS Nam, hometown Hi Wt. Class Eddie Bishop, Pinevllle 6-1 185 Sr. Tim Devine, Sharonville, Ohio ...... 6-3 1M Fr. Brad MarciUiale, Pensacola, Fla. . 6-2 200 So. WIDE RECEIVERS Larrv Camoassi. Frankfort Mike Ellel, Jeffersonville, Ind. Fred Logan, Vinton, Ohio Maurice Robinson, Port Clinton, O. Kenny Turner, Richmond -. 5-10 165 So. 6-2 215 Fr. 6-3 15 Fr. . 6-2 175 Fr. S-S 165 So. OFFENSIVE TACKLES Jim Durlage, Ft. Thomas ................ 6-2 235 So. Jack Ervin, Kettering, Ohio ........... 6-2 230 Jr. Mike Howard, Morehead 6-2 240 Fr. Davev Locke, Belle Glade, Fla. ... 6-2 225 So. Lou Martini, East Amherst, N.Y 6-3 245 Fr. Malt Walchle, Cincinnati 6-3 230 So. OFFENSIVE GUARDS Terrv Bell, Ashland 6-1 230 So. Leon Cody, East Amherst, N.Y. . 6-0 220 Jr. Yancv Ramev, Ashland 6-3 215 Fr. Ed Vorderbrueggen, Cincinnati ..... 6-2 215 So. CENTERS Joe Huenefeld, Fort Thomas .... 6-2 240 Jr. John Moses, Lexington . 6-3 210 So. QUARTERBACKS , Tommy Fox, Louisville 6-1 185 So. Ken Hopkins, Milton, W.Va. . 6-3 180 Fr. Doug Joiner, Cincinnati 5-11 168 Fr. Phil Simms, Louisville 6-2 185 Jr. Rusty Sovine, Hurricane, W.Va. 6-2 180 So. RUNNING BACKS Tony Burton, Louisville .... 5-10 180 Fr. Gary Carmichael, Staten Is., N.Y. 6-V 195 So. Dorron Hunter, Cincinnati 5-6 160 Fr. Dion Jenkins, Akron, Ohio ....... 5-9 160 Fr. Norman Letcher, Danville 6-0 180 Jr. Carl Linton, Louisville 5-11 175 So. Craig McMillen, Gravson 6-0 220 Fr. Joe Sarpini, Providence, Ind 6-2 190 Fr. Ricky Thomas, Jetfersontown . 5-11 185 Fr. Dwighl Yarn, Bradenton, Fla. . 6-0 190 Fr. DEFENSIVE ENDS Pat Cooper, Oblong, III 6-2 215 Fr. Dean Cvltkovic, Sewicklev, Pa. ... 6-5 210 So. Bruce Shaw, Albany, Ga. 6-1 190 Jr. Richard Yeager, West Orange, N.J. .. 6-1 190 Jr. DEFENSIVE TACKLES Tim Brewer, Louisville 6-2 250 Fr. Tim Cruise, Shepherdsville 6-6 240 Fr. Tom Day, Whitesburg 6-4 225 Jr. Dennis Ettel, Jeffersonville, Ind. ... 6-2 220 Jr. Tony Payne, Cincinnati 6-6 230 Fr. MIDDLE GUARDS Mall Blair, Niles, Ohio 6-1 220 So. Ron Henke, Cincinnati 6-2 190 Jr. LINEBACKERS Tony Blessll, Louisville 6-0 220 Fr. Horace Boswell, Davenport, Fla. .. 6-0 230 Jr. Mark Dikeman, Lucasville, Ohio ' 6-5 220 Fr. Mall Harris, Greenwood, Ind 5-10 195 Jr. Rodney Jefferson, Mansfield, Ohio ..... 6-1 195 So. Marc Kessler, Louisville 6-2 190 Fr. Tom Warren, Massilon, Ohio . 6-3 190 So. DEFENSIVE BACKS Duane Bland, Akron, Ohio 5-10 170 So. Greg Bright, Louisville - 6-0 185 So. Julius Combs, Akron, Ohio 6-1 180 So. Jim Chandler, Danville 6-1 190 Jr. Arthur McKinzv, Ft. Meade, Fla 5-11 190 Fr. T.A. Spalding, Louisville . 6-0 185 So. Henry Svkes, Louisville 5-11 170 Jr. stronger much, and you generally find your better athletes at tailback," Chapman explained. "I think we'll be in good shape at wide receivers, because we've got plenty of kids who can run fast and catch the ball. "But we want to try them at tailback first, because that's the spot we're most worried about. Somebody has to come forward, and he has to be a sturdy kid. We're running out of an T formation, and he takes a lot of punishment" Dorron Hunter, a speedy 160-pounder from Cincinnati, could be the. cream of Morehead's freshman crop at least said Chapman, circumstances have presented Hunter, among all the freshmen, with the best chance of starting. "He could play a lot at tailback and start at wideout" Chapman said. "I know he can play wideout; we saw him play it duirng an all-star game in Cincinnati, and he looked great. As a tailback, I don't know. He played tailback in high school, and I want to give him a chance there." Before any of the freshmen start, however, they will have to climb over some veterans. Sophomores Kenny Turner and Larry Campassi will get first crack as wide receivers, while Carl Linton and Gary Carmichael return at tailback. Brad Marcilliate, an excellent blocker, is expected to step in at tight end, and Davey Locke seems to have found a home at the guard spot vacated by Vernon Shear. Locke was a defensive lineman until moved to offensive tackle midway of last season. He then was switched to guard during spring practice. Elsewhere, the offense is set In addition to Simms, returing starters are tackles Jack Ervin and Matt Walchle, a pair O. J. was tops in '76 Buffalo's O. J. Simpson topped National Football League rushers last season without the benefit of attending training camp (because of a contract hassle), and of the blocking of injured fullback Jim Braxton. Simpson rushed for 1,503 yards. . ' jr 'TINA! ii ' I 14V? I .l UiJi Morehead State coach Wayne Chapman chats with veteran quarterback Phil Simms. of 230-pounders; guard Leon Cody (220); center Joe Huenefeld (240); and fullback Norman Letcher, who rushed for 314 yards and two touchdowns, and caught 10 passes for 82 yards in 1976. The new faces on the starting defensive unit belong to tackle Dennis Ettel (220) and cornerback Jim Chandler. At the defensive ends will be Richard Yeager (190) and Dean Cvltkovic (210), who shared his position last year with Tom Warren .(190). Warren has been moved to linebacker, where he will share a position with Horace Boswell, a part-time starter last year. Rodney Jefferson and Matt Harris once again will share the other -linebacking position. Tom Day (225) returns at tackle, Ron Henke (190) at nose guard, Henry Sykes at cornerback and Greg Bright at free safety. Julius Combs is the monster. - Chapman will have to find a replacement for last year's leading scorer, kicker Don Rardin, who booted nine conversions and four field goals. llltlltlllltlllllNIIHIIMIHIIIIMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIimillllHIIIIIIIIIIIinilHimilllNIIIIIIIIIIIIIH DEALIN SALES HAS, UL mm 1( loaded ; J U fm ' ' 'r n r A 4?zz ) I V &&! !( Atftvifho&. 1 p. jSSirinrViS.L r-i f " fttfmdsr, outomtiit J I XSllQD 200 On.MilJ ftC QQOtXl -f ' torgst Truck Dclr$ U- I JS'U '3695 J mi ! 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