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Tuesday, September 25, 1984
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4C THE TENNESSEAN TUESDAYSEPTEMBER 25. 1984 m m n n onor UT Coach Says '88 Team Follows Tough Act sum mm n .i ,..- i..f i . Staff photo by Uan Lottin Vanderbilt's defensive brain trust, holding this meeting, includes from left, defensive coordinator Kurt Van Valkenburgh, free safety Manuel Young (32) and linebacker Steve McCoy Young Leads Confident VU (From First Sports Page) "Good group. Getting better each game," he said, snapping on his helmet, eager to join the pre-practice warmup. "Tim Johnson, Thanh Anderson, Kermit Sykes we've all made some mistakes, but we've been learning and profiting by them. I think we're strong in the secondary and one of the reasons is that we're aggressive, hustling," Young said. "I'm just glad I got the chance to play with this team," he said, reflecting on his season-ending fracture last year. "If we keep working hard, I don't think there is any team that we don't have a shot at." Obviously, this includes the Crimson Tide. Obvious, too, is the fact that two years ago the Commodores were 8-4 and went to a bowl when Young played. The record was 2-9 last year when he played less than one full game. Keep in mind that the 1983 secondary included All-SEC Leonard Coleman, a first round pick in the National Football League draft Coleman, as it turns out, was worth $2 million over five years to the USFL Memphis team. Considering that Vandy is now 3-0 with Young back on the field, ol' No., 32 is worth his weight in black and gold to the Commodores. Members of Vanderbilt's passing game continue to rank among the NCAA statistical leaders. Commodore quarterback Kurt Page is fourth in both total offense (260.3 yards per game) and passing, the latter based on a complicated compilation of points, not yards. Ail-American receiver Chuck Scott is No. 7 in pass receptions, averaging 6.0 per game. By F. NL WILLIAMS Tenneneui Sports Writer CLARKSVILLE, Term. Even the United States women's basketball team in 1988 might not be as good as that which won the gold medal in Los Angeles last month, says 1984 Olympic coach Pat Head Summitt She has said repeatedly that the 1984 team was the best one ever assembled. "I'm not sure the 1988 team wi!l be as good as the one this year because of the experience we had," she said. "We had four women who were on our 1980 team that boycotted the Moscow games, and elected to hold over for four more years. We had only two collegians on our team." The two were Cheryl Miller of Southern California and Teresa Edwards of Georgia. Women's basketball will continue to grow and improve over the next four years, but not many of this year's Olympians will be around next time to provide the stability so badly needed at the Olympic level of competition. Miller, says Coach Summmitt, is the finest woman player in the world today. Pat made those remarks at a press conference prior to being honored by the city of Clarksville, where she began her career in junior high school, yesterday. "It will be difficult to top the Olympic experience," Pat said. "I will always have memories of it as the finest of my career. I will always hold on to them" She says she will approach her job as coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols from year to year. Vl Y t ,? ' ' v t ' I VI ' 1 ' I h ilftTl)Wiinitnmlr''nmirii Hint-"-"-'- Pat Summitt Honored in Clarksville "As long as I enjoy coaching, I'll coach. When it gets to the point where it is no longer fun, I'll quit." Pat says the Olympics will be good for the future of women's athletics, but the change in our society had as sured their continued growth before that "Everyone is interested in living as long as possible, so they are jogging and playing tennis and doing other things for exercise. It is now OK for women to compete in athletics," she said. "Mary Lou Retton is going to have a great impact on a lot of little girls in the future years." Coach Summitt said that she and her staff worked closely with Coach Bobby Knight and his men's Olympic staff. : "Bobby Knight is a real friend of women's basketball and it was a pleasure for us to work with him and his staff," she said. ; She said she has doubts about a new women's professional basketball league succeeding, but said Miller might be good enough to do as Ann Meyers did a few years ago and sign with an NBA team "I don't think we are going to see women have an impact on the NBA." she said. "If we get that good, I think we could have a pro league of our own." Pat said she will have 10 freshmen and sophomores on her 12-women squad at Tennessee this year. She expects to recruit only two next season. "We have a proven program and an unproven team," she said, "but I'm excited about it. We will play the toughest schedule in the country again next season, but that has helped us get ready for the tournaments at the end of the season." Pat was presented with a number of gifts at the Clarksville Country Club luncheon, attended by about 125 people. C : Raiders' Hall Gets Record, OVC Honors Vince Hall OVC Player of Week By JOHN LEWIS PITTS Before Middle Tennessee State could claim its third football victory of the season, the Blue Raiders first had to beat the heat. With Saturday's temperatures on the Jones Field artificial turf soaring into the 90s, the five starters in the MTSU offensive line turned in an astonishing performance to help tailback Vince Hall set a school single-game rushing record. Yesterday, Hall earned Ohio Valley Conference offensive player of the week honors for the second time this season. Working behind a line that's been rebuilt since last season, he's averaging 6.4 yards per carry and a league-leading 160 yards per game. The Thin Blue Line center Rick Brito, guards Phil Cowan and Cecil Andrews and tackles Larry Pickett and David Kercel appeared on every offensive play by the Raiders, who had 84 snaps in the 42-28 win against More-head State. On 35 of those plays, senior All-America candidate Hall slashed and bobbed and weaved for 250 yards in a devastating performance. Hall had a 36-yard TD run erased by penalty. "They were opening up some mighty big holes out there for all of our backs to run through," said MTSU coach Boots Donnelly. "Oddly enough, it wasn't the best game I've ever seen Vince have he's run smarter and stronger but he came away with a lot of yards." A year ago, a poised and experienced MTSU line moved the team to school-record offensive totals, but All-America Roger Carroll and veteran Mark McKinnon were lost to graduation. Donnelly and his staff had returning seniors Brito and preseason All-OVC pick Cowan, also a senior, to anchor the unit this fall. At 6-3, 210 pounds, Brito is surely one of the smallest centers in all of Division I football. The coaches are still marveling at Brito's showing in a Sept. 15 win at Jacksonville State, when Brito manhandled that team's 260-pound nose tackle. "I've never seen him back down from anyone," Donnelly said. Against Morehead, "we were going up against the same basic defense that our team uses, and it's something we're pretty familiar with," said Brito. Something the Raiders weren't familiar with was being behind on the scoreboard. That happened for the first time in the third quarter, when two Eagle touchdowns in less than a minute had MTSU trailing 28-21. "That was the biggest test we've had all season," said Brito. "We had to reach down inside ourselves and see what we were made of." Led by the determined surges of the line, the Raiders ground out three scoring marches to take command. To labor endlessly in the trenches without getting much recognition takes a certain philosophical attitude. Said Brito: "When you see in the newspaper that a Vince Hall had a good day running the football, you know that you helped him, and that brings a lot of satisfaction. Offensive linemen don't get in the paper very often." They did today. Thanks to the 560-yard performance against Morehead, MTSU now ranks No. 1 in total offense in the league with a 410-yard average. The Blue Raiders are also No. 1 in total defense, yielding an average of 250 yards per game. MTSUs Mickey Corwin, who has completed 64 of his passes for seven touchdowns against just one interception, is the No.4-rankcd quarterback in the NCAA's Division I-AA. Readers, Poll Agree on 'Huskers (From First Sports Page) Nebraska collected 75 first-place votes in the Reader Ratings, as 146 ballots were cast The Reader Ratings are conducted each Monday night throughout .the football season. Fans are invited to call the special Reader Ratings line, 259-8011, during a designated time period, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays. Results of the poll are published each Tuesday. Only NCAA Division I-A teams are eligible for consideration, and votes for teams which are not in Division I-A are not counted. The Comhuskers got 39 first-place nods in the UPI balloting, totaling 599 points to runner-up Texas' 499. Rounding out the UPI top 10 were Penn State sixth, Boston College seventh, Brigham Young eighth, Florida State ninth and Georgia 10th. The remainder of the UPI top 20 had, in order, Oklahoma State, Southern Methodist Michigan, Souther California UCLA, Miami, Notre Dame, LSU, Auburn and Iowa. UPl's Selections NEW YORK (UPI) - The United Press International Board ol Coaches Top 20 college lootoall ratings, with firstplace votes and records in parentheses (total points based on 15 points for firsl place, 14 lor second, etc.). 1. Nebraska (39) (3-0) 599 2. Texas (1-0) 499 3. Ohio State (3-0) 45 4. Oklahoma (3-0) 416 5. Washington !3-0) " 405 6. Penn State (3-0) 394 7. Boston College (1) (3-0) 388 8. Brigham Young (4-0) 384 9. Florida Stale (3-0) 10. Georgia (2-0) 11. Oklahoma State (3-0) 12. Southern Methodist (2-0) 13. Michigan (2-1) 14. Southern Cal (2-0) 15. UCLA (2-1) 16. Miami (3-2) 17. Notre Dame (2-1) 18. Louisiana Slate (2-0-1) 19. Auburn (1-2) 20. Iowa (1-2) Note: By agreement with the American Football Coaches Association, learns on NCAA or conference probation are ineligible for the Top 20 and national championship consideration by the UPI Board of Coaches. The teams currently on probation are Arizona, Clemson, Illinois and Kansas. . 287 218 192 187 143 61 33 26 24 21 19 17 Tennessee's Offense Predictable? (From First Sports Page) thing about us overusing him." Offensive guard Bill Mayo pointed out that it got increasingly hard to block for Jones as the game progressed. "On the last couple of drives, they knew our assignments as well as we did and started sticking their linebackers up in there. They beat the blockers to the holes a lot of the time, like they knew what was coming," he said. The proof was in the yardage. After his 2-yard touchdown run with 5:33 left in the third period, Jones carried nine more times and gained just 18 yards against an Army defense that apparently had his numbers. And at some point during all that heavy hitting by the Cadets, Jones suffered a bruised shoulder which kept him on the sidelines during yesterday's practice session. He is, however, expected back for Saturday's game at Auburn, which begins at 11:15 a.m. CDT and will be shown on cable station WTBS. VOL NOTES: Wide receiver-kick returner Wesley Pryor will undergo knee surgery today and will be lost for the season. He will probably get a medical redshirt year, maintaining his sophomore status ... Tim McGee will now handle kickoff returns with Terry McDaniel serving -as his backup... Film of the Army game indicated poor play in the defensive front, causing several changes on yesterday's depth chart. Johnny McAdams was listed on equal ground with Robby , Scott at right tackle while Darrin Miller, Richard Brown and Fred Bennett were locked in a battle for starting duties at middle guard. Tony Sim mons moved to No. 1 at left tackle, replacing Steve Douglas who is out with a sprained ankle ... Tailback Jones slipped to No. 2 in the nation in rushing with a 172.7-yard average ... Majors said quarterback Robinson's status will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis. "At this stage I have no idea if Tony will be at full speed. I hope he will. We'll need every available hand against Auburn, Ma jors said ... B.B. Cooper, who did not play against Army, was listed with William Howard at first-team lull back. Goheen Will Sign With Vcmderbill (From First Sports Page) and they were at times No. 1 in the state and Barry got 38 points in one game and 36 in the other," said Hatcher. "He has great court awareness. "He also is a great young man. You would not believe the example for good he sets for the youngsters of Marshall County," the coach said. Goheen, who averaged 26.2 points as a junior and was second team all-state on a 29-5 team, says that he made his decision to come to Vandy before last summer. "I left my options open during the summer, but no one wanted me as badly as Vanderbilt and I'm happy to be coming there," he said, noting that both Kentucky and Virginia entered the junior year recruiting very late. "Vandy was interested from the beginning." One of the attractions for Vandy was the nearness to his home. "It's only a two hour drive down Interstate 24 and my parents can see me play. We're all excited about that," Goheen said. Goheen's dad, Benny, was a onetime basketball player at nearby Murray State, a school that the athlete considered. "However, I wanted the opportunity to play with one of the top teams and in one of the big conferences in the country," said Barry. ' The athlete is an outstanding student carrying a 3.85 grade point average Into his senior year. He is interested in pre-law. Perkins, Tide Feeling Commodore Heat (From First Sports Page) the first two weeks and they showed a lot of class doing it," he said. He says another tough week is ahead. "Vanderbilt is playing really tough, hard defease and they are really disciplined," Perkins said. "I have said several times that if you can play a real tough, sound, ag- gressive delense and turn the ball over, and you have a good quarterback, you will have a chance to win every time out," he went on. "Vanderbilt hus a real good defense and a fine quarterback, one of only three experienced quarterbacks in the SEC I am really impressed with their football team." Perkins obviously has seen some 'V improvement in the Tide. "I feel like we made quite a big of improvement last week. We didn't have the glaring mistakes on defense or in the kicking game that we had the two previous games. It's just a matter of bearing down and working," he said. "I was real pleased with the way the defense played. Overall when you turn the ball over to your offense sev en times, that's doing a pretty good day's work," Perkins said. "You nor mally try to turn it over two to four times and when you can do it over scv en times, that's a great job." 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