El Paso Herald-Post from El Paso, Texas on September 7, 1970 · Page 21
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Section C Mow**/, S«pt. 7, 1970 P*9» C-l El Paso Herald-Post Sports FOOTBALL PREVI College and High School Roundups Miners Seek More Offensive Punch Utah Picked 2nd... Then Scramble Devils Plus Drago Could Mean Title For Arizona State A k* of Devils end one Dragen couM mean W-mmute night mires for seven teams in the Western Athletic Confer*ac* this season.' The Sun Deviit of Arizona State with Oscar Dragon at fuHb»ck are rated bverwHelm- tof favorites to reptat as champions of the conference. frank Xush may be on his way to establishing a dynasty that will rival that of Wyoming before the Cowboys were hurt bylthe loss of 14 black athletes in 1S69. KUSH WON the title in a "building year." If he could negotiate an 8-2 overall mark ••iwJ • 7-1 conference record with an immature team, what's he jroing to do this year •with just about everyone back ' axeept Art Malone? ••" The departure of Malone »h«>uldn't be felt with J. D. Hill returning to the team after a one-year absence. Hill had a terrific spring, indicating that he's every bit as good as he was two seasons ago. UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, going with an untried quarterback, is picked by most experts to finish second to Ari- lorm : State. The Utes lost only on» conference game last year and even defeated ASU.! But Arizona State was awarded (he championship by virtue of having played more conference' games. A' wild scramble is expected .to take place among the six othir teams Jn the conference. C«Sl»rr*d0 §tate wittynew coach Jerty' Wampfler* could be a surprise and hai even been ratid by some as second best, In ,the conference. Brigham - Voting, the surprise team in the" conference a year ago, •xpcb to retain,its momen- tuisi. Wyoming, « former power, has regrouped. The •eriousness of the racial situation there has partly abated witji the. return of ijhree of the M ; players ousted' by coach Lloyd Eaton. Four other black players will be on the varsity. UT. EL PASO will be Improved, 1 New Mexico is on the way back and Arizona will hav$ a number of quality player*-.' - . Back for Frank Kush, as he Schedule Ih WAC 1»7I WAC 1CMKDULC SEPTIMIIK 11 «t UTEP IN), Cotoroda Stole at New Mexico. 1EPTEMIER 1» UTEP m inch. Brtgooro Youna at Western Michigan. Colorado Stole ol Arizona Stole (N), Iowa Stole ol Ntw Mexico IN). Mr Fern at Wyoming. Arltena ol M!chla»n. , SEPTtMMR M UTEP ot Brlonom Young, Coterodo Slate at Iowa Stale. Kansas Slate at Arizona Stall (Nl. New Mexico at Utah, Utah Stair at Wyoming. Sjn Jos* State al Wyoming, • . OCTOBER 1 New Mexico Stale ol UTEP IN). Iowa Stole ot Utah. •rlaham Young ot San Dlega Stale ((*)-• CetortnJo Slate at Air Force. •Artiona State ot Wyoming. New Mexico at Kansas. ,"*••' "'Ser iriohom Young ol Arliono (N). Ut*h al Oregon State., Wyomfna al Colorado Stole. Wauiinglan iiate at Arizona Stole M JOM Slot* at New Mexico (N). •'.:..' -V ' ' OCTOBER »7 • UTEP ot Colorado State. a Ulan ot Wyornlna. Ar(»no Stale at Srlgnom Youna. .New Mexico Slate of New Mexico. OCTOBER V . Arltorra Slote ot UTEP IN). Colorado State at West Virginia. . Utah Stale ot Brlgh»m Your.g. Artiona at Utah. .. • 3 OCTOBER II Mew Mexico at UTEP (N). Uh» at Son Jose State (N). Wraming at SrtgBam Y*nw. Uton State at Colorodb State. Air Force ot Arizona. NOVEMBMtl WvamhlB at UTEP (N). Utah ol Ulan Slate. .Brtonom Young at Colorado Stale. Son Jcae Stale at Arizona State (N). . >rttorta at Mew Mexico. NOVEMBER H Arirax; at UTEP IN). pacific at Colorado SOI*. Brtanam Young at New Mexico. • Utah at Arizona Stale (N). Wyoming at Houston. NOVEMBER!! UTEP ot Trinity (Nov. »). WycBiJna ct Ariiww (N>. New Mexico ol Arlrona stole (N). Colocotto Stole ot Toledo. •rtenom Youno at uton. DECEMBER i Artnxvj stole 01 Arizona (N). 19t7 UTt=P Team Unproductive ' The football season in 1917 was probably the least productive of any on record. In 1917 . toe Miners" record was no wins, no losses and one tie with no score going on the board. That year the Miners played El Paso High Schoo! to a 0-0 deadlock. starts his 13th season at Jinid coach of the Devils, is Dive Buchanan, the 'leading rusher of the conference in 1969. AJso Joe S p a g no 1 a, Italian-born quarterback who i* a double tiireat with running and pats- ing. Ali-WAC split erid'CalvJn Demery, Mike.Tomco at offensive tackle, Gary Venture at offensive guard. Junior , Ah You at defensive end and Ted^ Olivo at middle guard are outstanding Sun Devils. BUI Meek lost bis two quarterbacks at Utah, Ray Groth and Clint Harden, plus fullback Dave Smith. But he has two fine runners in Billy Hunter and Fred Graves, and he's counting on Gordon (Scooter) Longmire, a transfer from Michigan State, to take over quarterback duties without any loss of strength in that department^ Dale Nosworthy, end, and Norman Thompson, back, are defensive standouts. ARIZONA WILL have a big strong and experienced quarterback in Brian Linstrom and possibly a superstar in- 'Halfback Joe Pctroshus. The Wildcats also have one of the conference's best running backs in Willie Lewis. Top defensive stand o u t s include Bill McKinley and Mark Arneson. Lawrence (The Clutch) McCutcheon: gives the Colorado State Rams more speed than the highly ranked Notre Dame Irish had last season, according to Jerry Wawmp- fler, the new Ram coach who comes from Notre .Dame's staff. The Rams have a "tall quarterback in Chip Maxwell at 6-6. Defensive line is a strong point. It's led by Jim White. Brigham . . Young . has the nation's leading pun| and kick return man in speedy Chris Farasopoulos, the Galloping Greek', -Rick Jones is' an experienced quarterback ;tut Dave Coon, a sophomore, 'is being, touted as a superstar in this post. The Cougars tiavje'a good tailback in/Kip Jackson. They may not be ,as strong defensively as they were in -1969. Defense Strong; Running Improved LIFE AT CAMP WESTERN LIFE-U.T. El Paw Mlnen im ihown working out In their camp in the mountains near Lai Vegas, N.M. TlM Mlnera w«n> in camp eight days. N.M. State Will Have Powerful Backfield 'Po v James Has Chance To Beat Steve Owens Mark WYOMING HAS '' can Bob Jacobs, a fabulous punter and field goat kicker, plus two experienced. quarterbacks in Eel Synakowski and Gary Fox. Their bestfrunner should be Frosty 'Franklin, fast tailback. Some big* horses on defense are gone, j Rocky Long/a betteij runner than passer, will * load the Lobos on, and hopefully for New Mexico, upward; Sam Scarber, moved from 'fullback to halfback, gives the Lobos a potent runner. Late news is that Torn McBee, the team's best receiver, may not be.able to play on account of a heart condition. Top defensive men are Houston Ross, linebacker, and Rod Wallace, tackle. LAS CRUCES — Ron (Po) James stands a good chance of becoming college football's all-time career rushing leader, George Wells has an outside chance at making-AH-Amenca and New Mexico State University's football team should be slightly improved — all during the upcoming 1970 season. A total of 22 'lettermen are back, including seven regulars on offense and six numeral- winners on the defense. And, too, NMSU has more people in uniform lthis r year than ever before. But problems do exis't as with all football teams. Head Coach Jim Wood, moving into his third season with an. even 10-10-0. won-lost-tied * career coaching mark, has his entire offensive backSeld geared for 1970 igniting and both of his wide receivers return, likewise, THE FABULOUS James aims .for the all-time NCAA 'career rushing recbrd which is 3,867 yards set by Oklahoma's Steve Owens the past,three 'years. James, in two years of competition, has gained 2,474 yards and needs only 1,387 yards this fall to stand alone with his record. The 195 poun- der subscribes to the saying, "The J>ower 'of Positive Running" and if the Aggie Offensive' line, presently being re, built, can foster support, James will become even more effective. "We should throw the ball a little more this year," says Wood. "Our starting quarterback last year (Rhett Putnam) is back and so are the primary receivers. I think we will have a more balanced attack this year," concluded Wood. Teaming with James and Putman in the backfield for the second year in a row will be Flanker Moody Jackson (180 and 9.6 m the 100-yard dash) and Bill Byrd at fullback. Byrd, however, lost his 77 Ex-Miners Picked By Pro Leagues Seventeen players frqm the Bobby Dobbs reign at U.T.-ET Paso have been draft picks of professional gridiron teams. Quarterback Billy Stevens, now of Chicago, receiver Son Jones, linebacker; Fred Carr and defensive back Leon Harden have been picked by the Green Bay Packers. Stevens, Jones and Harden have seen limited action for the Packers while Carr has played in numerous games. SAFETY AND return specialist Charlie West, Minnesota Vikings, and George Daney, offensive linemen, participated in last year's Super "Bowl Both are entering thejr third year of .pro action. Grady' Cavness was a starter at cprnerback for the Denver Broncos last year as a rookie.. Other Dobbsmen to ' be selected are: Chuck Hughes, Eagles; Jim Fabish, San 'Diego; • Gene" Childs, San .Diego; Clyde Glossen, Kansas • City; Bob .Stewart, Denver;.'.. Paul White, St. Louis;' Bob Wallace, Chicago; and Gene "Epps, Washington. Don Maynard Played for UTEP Don Maynard, New York Jet all-time professional yardage receiver, played his college football at U.T.-E1 Paso in the , middle 1950's and was also a member of the track squad for the Miners. Maynard resides in El Paso during the off-season. number-one spot in the spring to J. C Transfer Jesse Minis (205). At split-end is Al "Blade 1 ' Barnesi a senior who led the team in pass receiving with 15 grabs m 1969. Stop)},, Jack '^Scooter" Warren^ls X threat as a deep receiver, at either flanker, or split"eno'''a"nd he caught 26 passes in four games with the Aggie Frosh a year ago. THE LINE, losing four starters, needs rebuilding, but a good nucleus is present with Seniors Hewitt Davis (235 at tackle) and Chuck Herndon (230 at guard). Both ; started last fall and quickness is their domain. Newcomer Gene Shepherd takes over at center,with .his 6-1, 222 pound frame. Of the sophomores on the offensive .unit, the one best set for future stardom is John Edmoridson, a 6-0, 240-pounder at the guard spot opposite Herndon. The tight-end will be either transfer Dick Holloway (192) or letterman Phil Corley , (225)'. Sophomore 'Howard Baker, the spring starter there, is out for the season with an injury. ON DEFENSE, six regulars! Dcrvvson Fund Will Help i The Brooks Dawson Memorial Fund was created this year after the El Paso sports world was shocked by the news uf Dawson's sudden death iri Houston. , The fund is headed by Billy Stevens and Ron Jones, now members . of the Green Bay Packers. Gifts for the fund will form- a perpetual Memorial. The principal will never be touched: Only the interest will be used for grants-in-aid. WHILE AT UTEP Dawson authored one NCAA passing record as a senior by attempting 65 passes in one year without an interception. His greatest moment came against Brigham Young the: same season. With the Miners down 25-3 with 10:37 remaining in the fourth quarter, Dawson came off tne bench to complete 18 of 24 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns and lead UTEP over BYU 31-25. are back, headed by KICKOFF Magazine's preseason All-American pick 'George Wells. The 6-2, 240 pounder has dropped the opposing quarterback^ 13, times ji sK of* »t By BOB INGRAM Bobby Dobbs is a man with • long needle. He wants to immunize the U.T. El Paso Miners against needless mistakes (such as 29 interceptions •gainst them a year ago) and put more strength in their passing and running games for 1,1970. . ,,. . • The,, defense carried the team in 1969 and, as good as it was, it didn't prevent the Min- |.ers from having a losing sea- ton (4-6. overall and 2^5 in the Western Athletic Conference). DOBBS HAS the same pas- ters (plus two newcomers) that he had in 1969. He wants to make them the Flying Miners again. He has a new cast of runners who are faster and stronger than those he's ever had at UTEP. He hopes that James Berry, Phil Hatch, Robbie. Rogers and other of the fleet-leg variety will give him the ground mobility the team has been needing. Billy Craigo is a junior and iNeil Lovorn a senior. They're one year older and have had a year of maturity. They've got little Ed Puishes at flanker, the top pass receiver in the Western Athletic Conference a year ago. They also have Billy Taylor .and national hurdles champion Paul Gibson at split end as receivers, the veteran Dennis Mayfield and a promising newcomer, Pat O'Neill, a transfer, at tight end. Berry can catch passes. So can other pass receiving eligibles. Running-wise, Berry, a red- shirt of 1969 who could have been first string then bad he been eligible, is the key man. If he plays up fo his spring and fall workouts, he'll give the Miners a good running threat. Darby Maryfield at right tackle, .Great filings ar*> expected of -Tony Perea, 200- pound sophomore who comes up from the freshman team and wilt be at the linebacker. ' The secondary hat three men from last year. Ken. Koval at/weak safety, Mike , Reynolds fat strong safety and .Erie Waihington at right corner. Al Kimball, a 170-pound sophomore, could uoseat someone in the backfield. Inju- • ries to Koval and Reynolds In the tag end of the 1969 season' hurt the: backfield as a sophomore «nd should bt : an improved defensives man thii year: ',. .•;. ' :'. THE FIELD goal kicking will be enthrusted to Jeff . White, who is in hit third y«ar. He and David Adkins are vyr ing for the punting Job.poth . are sock-footed klckert. Whit* can kicJt- » long ;tt»M from placement. He has a Bryani field total to hit credit at UTEP. 35 Coitegl Games on TV This Season The ABC Television Network's 1970 National Collegiate Athletic Assn. (NCAA) .football schedule opens Saturday, Sept 12, with live coloif cbveriige of the Stanfprd-Ark»ma» game in Little Hoick. : j'; - ; : '.'• ; There are 35 games on th« schedule, 11 Jo ,b* telecait nationally and 24 regionally. AM games will IM fhown ia '' ., »ta«intrduiy^He;iV' > «rid r ^ junior-college" transfer Raj{iTio'ndMack,.a'245 pounder is 'at 'the other end, .The tackles are led by returning regular Joey "Mad Mountain" Jackson (6-4 and 250) and Sophomore Ca] Dietz (6-7 and iSO). So the Aggies will be awesome on the defensive "front four". Linebackers are lacking in experience with the only letterman returning being Senior Mike Alcott (240) in the, mid die. Transfers and sophomores will flank hrirn'thisi season. ' THE "PASS defenders" are headed by Senior James Austin (175) and Junior Bobby Smith (195). Both were 1969 start'ers. Junior -• Steve McMahpn (210) switched.over from 'an offensive- receiver's spot andiwill occupy a starting safety spot. The other regular* anticipated is Junior Jack Crooks, a transfer. Placekicker Po James, Punters Jim Peterson, ahd Pat, McTeer •" and kickoff man McTeer all return. The schedule got tougher .this season with the addition of Southern Methodist and TJtah State. Five games will be played at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces. The Aggies clash with Colorado State in the opener on Septem-, ber 12th at home and foljow up on the home field against U.T. Arlington. Then comes the Dallas road trip to play S.M.TJ. in 1 the Cotton Bowl and a' week later,, to the Sun Bowl for the rival battle with the U.T. El Paso Miners. 1970 UTEP Slate 1*78 UTEP FOOTBALL SCHEDULE THREE ALL-WACS—Arizona Stale hag these three all Western Athletic Conference players back this season. They are' J6e Spagooia (No. U), qiiaterfcack who is throwing the ball; Calvin Demery, who is making a reception, and tackle Mike Tomcol (UP!) • - - DATE Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 2* Oct. } Oct. 17 Oct. 24 Oct. 31 Nov. 7 Nov. 14 Nov. IS OPPONENT University of Pacific University of Utah Brigham Young New Mexico State Colorado State Arizona State University of New Mexico University of Wyoming ' " University of Arizona* (•Homecoming) Trinity University SITE El Paso Salt Lake Provo El Paso Serin Record 1-W J-2-» 4-3-1 M-18-2 Ft. Collins 4-2-* El Paso Ei Paso El Paso El Paso 12-2*4 21-17-J l*-2f-2 DOBBS HAS TWO fleet and •\WelI-muiclftd-fulib a-o k s in Hatch, 1 a v transfer, and Roberts,, upf from the 1969 UTEP freshmen. , . The offensive line is a question mark. Right now, it is anchored by Dwayne Cun- mpgham, a transfer, at center who has been impressive in workouts. At strong guard is Jaime Chavando Who was a defensive line standout a year ago. Bob Tackett, a letterman, at .weak tackle, Lewis Brooks, a'.letterman, at weak guard, and ,Don Dudley, freshman letter, wearer of 1969, at strong tackle'. THE PERSONNEL of this line could undergo some more changes between now and the first game of the season which will be against University of Pacific next Saturday night. The veteran quarterbacks are backed up .by two youths who paced the freshmen a year ago, tall Mike Grabisch, a pocket-type of a passer,, and Ray Brahm, the scrambling type who nearly stole the show in the spring game but who has been slowed by a leg injury this fall. The defensive line and'back- field are solid with tried performers plus a few promising sophomores. i GENE MACK and Rich Gunnels look like All-Conference at the ends. The 245-pound Cal Taylor and 243-pound Don, Croft, starters last season,, are back at left tackle and left guard, respectively. Jim Sanson,)'aggressive watch-pocket linebacker last -year, is at right guard. Brooks West, a redshirt last year, replaces . . , The ABC Television Network again has 'the opt|bn to choos*) one extra game fer tUrinf <Ji>if- ing the 1 season. In 1969; th« "wild card" game wa« th* Purdue-Ohio : State*onte«l:: Th« previous,! season, J<totrt Dame- USC was selected! As m': past' years, the gamel : pr gamei already ,1 scheduled 'for , that date will'also be televised. •' •'; . ' S IN ADDITION, <bur regional choice games wilt be telecast on Saturday, Nov. . 14. Theii games can bs chosen at.any time, but no later than Monday, Nov. 9. The season opener, Stanford-Arkansas, is a night g«m« for viewers in the jeaitern half of the country. Other nationally telecast night, game* ar» Alabama-Mississippi in Jack; son, Miss.,: on Saturd«y/| Oct. 3; the USC-UCLA clash » Lot} Angeles" Coliseum on satur- day, Nov. 21; and the |amo between Houston and Florida State at'Tamp a on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 26). IN ADDITION, there win be) four night games teltcait regionally on Saturday, Dec. 5: Mississippi-LSU, N o r tji Texas 4 tete - Tul!Ml ' Houttop- Miami, and Arizona State-Arizona. Earlier in the <Uy, the? Arkansas-Texas game will b»> telecast nationally from Hotif. ton. '•• - 1 ' The ABC-NCAA *ch«dult, with air, times (PT) and telecast areas for the regional games follows' Sept. 12, STANFORD <* ARKANM* 12:36 p.m. fiOSTON COLLEGE *. V LLANO&A, (0:30 o.m. NORTH CAROLINA STATE ot NORTH CAROLINA, 10:30 a.m. FLORIDA STATE at GEOK- GIA TECH, l_p.m. ! Sept. 54, PENN STATE ot COLOIIA- DO* 1 D.in. Oct. }, ALABAMA at MISSISSIPPI (Jackson), 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10, OKLAHOMA al TEXAS (Dal- Jos), 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. " Oct. 17, NOTRE DAME at MISSOURI, 10 o.m. or 12:30 p.m. Oct. 24, MINNESOTA; oi MICHIGAN, 11 o.m.; f L O R I D A §t TENNeSSEl, 10:30 a.m.! PENN STATE at ARMY, 10:30 a.m.; D A R T M O U T H ol H A«VARD, )0:X> a.m. '• Oct. 31, CALIFORNIA ot USC, 1 nrrt,, PST; NEBRASKA ol COLORADO, IT.M a.m.; HOLY CROSS at BUFFALO, 10:30 a.m.; SOUTH CAROLINA «t GEORGIA, 10:30 Qjm. ' Nov; 7, .WASHINGTON at STAFFORD, 1 P.m.; TSXAS A«M ot SMW, 10:30 a.m.' P U R D U E ol MICHIOAM STATE, 10 a.m.! LSU~ot ALABAMA,. 10:30 o.m. '• . Nov. 14, Four Region*! Choice Cemn "°Ho7. ^MICHIGAN it OHIO UATI, '°« < a?"2i. P HOUSTON ot FLOWDA STATE (Tomixi), 4:30 p.m. , Nov. 21, ARMY-NAVY (Phlloo>lphl«), '°De?'i, ARXANSAS Ot TEXAS, 11:30 o.m. MISSISSIPPI at LSU;' 6:» p.m.; Altl- ZONA STATE at ARIZONA, 6'.3« D.m.V" HOUSTPN ot MIAMI, «:3fl p.m.; NORTH TEXAS^TATE ot TULSA, 6:30 p.m. WIM Cord game will be plcXed during Miners Break Even 28 Times 5. Antonio 5-K) 1*54 TERRIFIC TWOSOME—The Great Pb Mim» will be a big running threat for Aggies this fall. --••-••- • James, left, and Jen* the New Mexico State Since 1914 the Miners been involved in 28 tief. Th» record most ties in one season for the Miners is three, *et nt 1955 when they tie<l North Texas, 7-7;. Texai Tech, 27-27J and West Texas, 11-13.

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