Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on August 25, 1991 · Page 44
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Sunday, August 25, 1991
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D4 The Arizona Republic Sunday, August 25. 1991 Florida St. No. 1 in preseason rankings The Associated Press Florida State, which has never finished first in college football, is starting on top in 1991. The Seminoles, who have come close to winning a national title the past four years, are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason poll. They were the overwhelming choice, getting 49 of 60 first-place votes and 1,483 of a possible 1,500 points from a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. "It really doesn't surprise me because everyone seems to be picking us No. 1,' said Coach Bobby Bowden, who has 17 starters back from last year's 10-2 team that finished fourth in the nation. "But I still say there are eight or 10 teams that you can put in a hat that have as much a chance to be up there as we do." One of those teams is No. 2 Michigan, which plays Florida State in Ann Arbor on Sept. 28. The Wolverines got five first-place votes and 1,384 points. Miami, which has won three national championships since 1983, is No. 3 with two first-place votes and 1,276 points. Washington is next with one first-place vote and 1,252 points, followed by Florida with one first-place vote and 1,150 points. Rounding out the Top 10 are Notre Dame, IV-nn State, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Oklahoma. Tennessee is 11th. followed by Houston. Colorado, Texas. Nebraska, Southern Cal, Auburn, Iowa, Brigham Young, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Alabama, Ohio State, UCLA and Syracuse. Clemson and Houston each received one first-place vote. With three schools in the top 5, Florida is clearly the dominant state in college football. It's the first time in the 55-year history of the poll that one state has placed three schools in the top 5. "We're starting the year as the No. 3 team in Florida, and this is one state where that's not all bad," Florida Coach Steve Spurrier said. This is the second time Florida State has been ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll. The Seminoles were No. 1 in 1988, but didn't stay very long. After Deion Sanders and several teammates made a video to celebrate their status, thvfli went out and. lost their opener to Nrtami, 31-0. TOP 25 1990 1. Florida St. (49) 10 2-0 2. Michigan (5) 9-3-0 3. Miami (2) 10-2-0 4. Washington (1) 10-2-0 5. Florida (1) 9-2-0 6. Notre Dame 9-3-0 7. Penn State 9 3-0 Pts Pvs 1.483 4 1,384 7 1,276 3 1.252 5 1.150 13 1.148 6 1.064 1 1 1,054 2 1,043 9 921 17 846 8 810 10 788 1 769 12 599 24 503 20 500 19 475 18 363 22 351 16 321 15 15? 168 8. Georgia Tech 11-0-1 9 Clemson (1) 1 0. Oklahoma 1 1 . Tennessee 12 Houston (1) 1 3. Colorado 1 4. Texas 1 5. Nebraska 1 6. Southern Cal 1 7. Auburn 1 8. Iowa 19 BYU 20. Michigan St. 21. Texas A&M 22. Alabama 2 3 Ohio State 24 UCLA 1 0-20 8 3 0 9-2 2 10 1-0 1111 10 2-0 9 3 0 8 4 1 8 3 1 8-4-0 10-3 0 8-3-1 9 3 1 7 5 0 7 4 1 5 6 0 25. Syracuse 7 4 2 121 first place votes in parenthesis v m'twwtwwywwi v ' " ' IpMa TODAY 5PM ' fjwf'ij p IL, Catch a Big Apple showdown I? 1l l V . y aSn. os U')'e "rooks ond the , '). mm Mets play host to Barry J ! . Jf Larkin and the defending 3 ' p fff ' gf World Series Champs. , r f j "ffUi I gF 277-1000 Volley Wide I jf ' T7 3 4., Routes differ, but lead UA pair to same place By Bob Eger The Arizona Republic TUCSON They left from the same starting point and reached the same destination, but Ty Parten and Rob Waldrop definitely took different paths. Both are products of Scottsdale's Horizon High and now play side-by-side on Arizona's defensive line. That's where the similarity ends. Parten, a junior defensive tackle, was recruited almost as an afterthought by UA in 1988. It took him almost two full years to begin making his presence felt. Waldrop, a sophomore nose guard, was recruited by national powers like Colorado and Nebraska in 1990. He played in last year's season opener as a freshman. By the third game, he was a starter. Parten's season took a negative turn when he suffered a shoulder dislocation before the third game against Oregon last year. He missed that game, tried playing a couple of games with a shoulder harness, then shed the harness for the rest of the season. "Most guys couldn't have taken the harness off and played like Ty did," UA Coach Dick Tomey said. "The injury kept him from being as effective the last part of the season as he had been, but he showed a lot of courage just being out there." Tentative troubles Parten said the injury caused him to became tentative on defense. "I'd hesitate to stick my arm out sometimes," he said, "and when you do that, you're dead. The pain wasn't so bad, but my strength level dropped way down. I was probably at 70 percent." Surgery in January corrected the injury. Parten missed spring ball, but says he's now 100 percent. "My bench press is down about 10 pounds from last year, but my conditioning is better and I'm better in some of the other lifts," he said. And he's happy to be back butting heads in practice after his experience in the working world this summer. Tomey gets 'the whip out9 to hone UA mental toughness By Bob Eger The Arizona Republic TUCSON Arizona football Coach Dick Tomey usually is good for one major eruption during the preseason. Last year it came at Camp Cochise. This year it happened Saturday morning at Arizona Stadium. An outbreak of minor injuries left 29 players on the sidelines doing sit-ups while the healthy Wildcats did their post-practice sprints. When Tomey called the entire squad together at midfield after the sprints, he wasn't happy with the way some of the injured players sauntered out to the meeting. Twice he sent them back for more sit-ups until they demonstrated an Ty Parten UA defensive tackle makes complete recovery after undergoing shoulder surgery in January. Rob Waldrop UA sophomore established himself as starting nose guard last season. "I was a kindergarten cop," he said. "I worked at the YMCA with about 20 7-year-olds. "I'd rather go through weeks of two-a-days than deal with those kids. I had bumps all over my body." Parten weighed only 225 pounds as a high school senior and it appeared his best offer would be from Scotts-dale Community College. But UA saw some potential and decided to take a chance. "Everything happened within a week," he said. "It shocked me and my parents." He said he was a bit intimidated his freshman year. "Everybody here was a prep Ail-American," he said. "They'd sit around and talk about their recruiting visits. They'd ask me where I went on my recruiting trips and I'd say, 'Well, I went here." " Reclamation project Parten, who now carries 271 pounds on his 6-foot-6 frame, apparently has reclaimed his starting job at defensive tackle. He had been battling converted outside linebacker Jimmy Hopkins, but Hopkins returned to his old position last week. Horizon Coach Doug Shaffer, who coached both players in high school, said Waldrop attracted much more attention. acceptable level of enthusiasm. "You need to get the whip out every once in a while in this damn game," Tomey said. "It's not an easy game. Our mental toughness has got to get better. "This is the kind of day when it's easy to say that it's hot and we've worked a long time. You've just got to push. "You've got to make them like it. You've got to make them act like they like it at the very least." Tomey said hot, muggy days like Saturday separate the players from the non-players. "This is the lowest we'll be," he said. "These are the tough days. These are the days when you decide you don't like football." id "They both ' were hard-working kids," Shaffer said. "Rob had more natural ability. He had much quicker feet. Ty got it done through hard work and tenacity." Waldrop said he didn't choose UA because Parten had blazed a path, "but it did make my freshman year easier knowing somebody here who had been through it all." Waldrop checked in last fall expecting to be redshirted. But after a strong preseason camp and some injuries in the defensive line, he found himself playing in the opener against Illinois. He was in for eight plays in that game and 1 8 the second game against New Mexico. When Parten went down before the third game against Oregon, Paul Glonek was moved from nose guard to tackle, and Waldrop became the starter at nose guard. Taste for stuffed Duck Waldrop was in 67 plays against Oregon and participated in seven tackles. He played a key role as the Wildcats stuffed the Ducks four times inside the 3-yard line in the final minute and escaped with a 22-17 victory. Waldrop, who made six starts, didn't win all the battjes last season, however. "I got knocked around a few times," he said. "I didn't want that to happen again, so I made it a priority to work really hard in the off-season." Waldrop has gained nine pounds to 265 and has improved his bench press from 375 pounds to 415. "Rob has a good mix of strength and quickness, but the thing that sets him apart from other guys who are strong and quick is his ability to diagnose" plays and shed the block," defensive coordinator Larry Mac Duff said. Waldrop said he expects Arizona's defensive line play to be improved. "I thought we made a lot of progress in the defensive line last spring, even without Ty in there," he said. "The offense probably won a couple of the scrimmages, but I think we won a couple, too." Two players packed it in earlier in the week. Senior defensive tackle Earl Johnson and senior offensive guard Joel Brown quit the team. Johnson and Brown both trans ferred from San Francisco City College in 1989 and played sparingly last year after redshirting in '89. Both were listed on the second unit. Starting offensive guard Mike Ciasca suffered an apparent strain of his right knee Saturday. He had arthroscopic surgery on the knee last January. ' Further examinations are scheduled for Monday. Junior McCann Utu has been moved from strong safety to inside linebacker and sophomore Roderick Lewis has been switched from outside linebacker to tight end. D0HI7 MISS THE 1 TRIATHLON OF THE YEAR Bud Light Triathlon Series Las Vegas Championship & World Cup September 19-21, 1991 The Bud Light Triathlon Series has traveled a long road and all the excitement leads to Las Vegas. See the Las Vegas Challenge voted number one by readers of Triathlete Magazine. Catch the action in Las Vegas - the city that's big on winners and big on value. For entry information on the Bud Light Triathlon Series Las Vegas Championship & World Cup, call (619) 221-5555. For race week information, call (702)731-2115. 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