The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 8, 1997 · Page 28
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P4 WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 8. 1997 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL r COLLEGE FOOTBALL At Oklahoma State, Pokes back in saddle Cowboys stand 5-0, in rankings for first time since 1988 season By OWEN CANFIELD The Associated Press STILLWATER, Okla. — Before the season began, any sensible Oklahoma State football fan would have been thrilled with seven victories. Now that would be considered a disaster. The Cowboys are 5-0 for the first time in a decade, and have played well enough that eight or even nine victories would seem realistic. Barring the unforeseen, No. 20 Oklahoma State would be favored against Baylor, Missouri, Texas Tech ^ and perhaps "...it could be gj 1 ^ 0 " 13 ' That leaves a Special this week's far us " opponent, or us. Bob Simmons orado, and Oklahoma State head Te ? a / 0Ac&M> football coach ' A 4*16 victory over * Texas last weekend moved Oklahoma State into The Associated Press poll for the first time since 1988. It also answered questions about whether the Cowboys were simply benefiting from a weak early schedule, and made the thought of a victory over Colorado even more plausible. "If we continue to do the things we've been doing, it could be a special season for us," coach Bob Simmons said. Simmons is in his third year at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys, who haven't had a winning season since 1988, won four games in 1995 and improved by one last year. In his first year, Simmons played 18 freshmen because he had no choice. One of the victories came against Missouri and ended a 20-game conference losing streak, and another was a shutout of Oklahoma — the Cowboys' first victory over the Sooners since 1976. Last year, David Thompson ran for 1,500 yards for the second straight season but the Cowboys couldn't stop anyone else's running game. They won three of their first four games but only two more after that. One of the losses was a 71-14 disaster against Texas. "Coming off last season, this team made a commitment ... to really change the way we think, to expect success and expect to win," Simmons said. He said the players all bought into the offseason training program and worked hard to be in : great shape when two-a-days began. But some didn't work hard enough in the classroom. When The Associated Press Oklahoma State head coach Bob Simmons celebrates his team's victory over Texas last Saturday. two-a-days started, Simmons announced that four players, including both starting corner- backs, would not be eligible. A few weeks later, on the eve of the opener against Iowa State, a school review board refused to reinstate six other players whose grades were in question. Two of them were expected to play major roles — linebacker Raymond Cato and tailback Andre Richardson. "I think that come this weekend, these kids will rally around one another and play for one another," Simmons said at the time. And they did. The Cowboys went to Iowa State and, after falling behind early, won the game 21-14. They have since beaten Southwestern Louisiana, Fresno State, Northeast Louisiana and Texas by an average of 29 points. "We went up to Iowa State and played all four quarters, and came out victorious, and that actually set the tone," Simmons said. But why such a dramatic turnaround? The defense Coordinator Rob Ryan installed the scheme devised years ago by his father, Buddy, and the players have thrived. With 300-pound tackle Jamal Williams as the anchor up front, no one has been able to run consistently against the Cowboys. And the secondary, has avoided giving up the big plays that can result from this attacking formation. Lack of Injuries The loss of all those players before the season cut into the Cowboys' depth. They have had some injuries, but no season-enders to their most important players. Playmakers Notably Williams, safety R.W. McQuarters and quarterback Tony Lindsay. McQuarters scored on a 78-yard punt return against Texas and had an 82-yarder a week earlier against Northeast Louisiana. He also plays receiver at times. Lindsay, a redshirt freshman, scored three times against Texas, including a 55-yarder, and has shown poise and leadership. Confidence The Cowboys clearly believe in Simmons and his motto for this year: One team, one goal, going in one direction. The early success has raised expectations, but Simmons has no problem with that. "I think our kids expect to win, too, and that's the most important thing," he said. "I think they know how, they've proved that. Now what they've got to prove is, can you continue to do that? That is the challenge." KSU / Wildcats prepare for MU FROM PAGE D1 players are not going to let one defeat destroy the rest of their season." Offensive lineman Jeremy Martin said the loss to Nebraska may he the jolt the Wildcats need. "I think it's always a little sting in the rear and it motivates people," Martin said. "In the past, we always have bounced back, but this year, it's different. We have a lot of young guys who haven't been in this situation before and right now we're waiting to see ;how people respond. "We try to remain as even keel as possible," Martin added. "I think every time you lose a game, there a little sense of urgency to jget back out there, correct your mistakes and fix the things that didn't go right." Martin expects the Missouri game to be a tough one and said the Wildcats must practice accordingly. ; "We came out and practiced pretty hard last night," he said. "I think the next few days are going to be key to how we're going to play this weekend. Right now, I think our mindset is the most important thing going into the rest of the season. We know the next month-and-a-half is going to be a tough stretch and we have to play hard." Senior offensive lineman Todd Weiner said he and his teammates must not rest on their laurels and rely on what has happened in the past. "We have bounced back in the past, but it's one of those things that's not guaranteed," Weiner said. "It really depends on the ma- turity of the team. However, I do think we're fully capable of it. The attitude yesterday in practice was great. "But we also understand Mis. souri is a vastly improved team," he added. "It's one of those things where in the Big 12, the competition is pretty leveled off this year. There's a lot of teams out there who on any given day, can get someone." Injury report Sophomore free safety Lamar Chapman is out indefinitely after suffering a sprained elbow in the first half of the Nebraska game. The injury is particularly devastating to the Wildcats because of Chapman's many talents on the field. The 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore from Liberal is fourth on the team in tackles (25) and has averaged 13,8 yards on 10 punt returns. "Lamar is really a very fine athlete and a good leader on our defense," K-State coach Bill Snyder said. "You lose a lot of different things. You lose more than just a free safety." Snyder isn't sure how long Chapman will be out, but said the Wildcat sophomore won't be available for the Missouri game and "probably not for several weeks." Snyder also isn't sure if injured backup quarterbacks Adam Helm and Jonathan Beasley will be able to play against Missouri, Snyder said Chapman's spot will be taken by. either Monty Spiller or Cephus Scott at safety, while Mike Lawrence, Pavid Allen or Darnell McDonald will be used as punt returners. If Spiller moves to free safety I from strong safety, his position will probably be filled by Jarrod Cooper. Bishop the man Michael Bishop remained in the Nebraska game to the bitter end despite the possibility of the K- State junior getting injured late in the one-sided game. With Beasley and Helm shelved with injuries, Salina junior Casey Vidricksen was KSU's backup quarterback. Snyder said it was important for Bishop to stay in the game and gain more playing time experience. "I thought it was important for him to get as many snaps as he could," Snyder said. Tigers are coming Missouri hasn't beaten K-State since 1992, but Snyder said the Tigers are a quality squad. "I can't remember a better Missouri team," Snyder said. The Tigers, who haven't had a winning season since 1983, are 1-1 in the Big 12 North and 3-2 overall. Tickets available The K-State ticket office announced Tuesday that Missouri has returned approximately 200 tickets for Saturday's game. The tickets, available at the KSU ticket office, are $31 each. Time change Saturday's Missouri-Kansas State game has been moved up 100 minutes because of television- The game will kick off at 11:30 a.m. and will be televised on the Big 12 network (Salina cable 5, 7 r T JUNIOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL Floridians make impression in Kansas Jayhawk Conference By The Associated Press Garden City coach Jim Gush doesn't want to imagine his team without tailback Frank Murphy, who can also catch passes well and return punts and kickoffs with lightning-like speed. Coffeyville coach Skip Foster shudders when he thinks how much his defense would lose without end Terrell Jurineack, a vicious pass rusher. Hutchinson coach Martin Harrell gets queasy thinking of life without defensive star Troy West, a terror at end. All of those potential junior college All-Americans have a common bond: They're from Florida. And because there are no two- year football schools in that state, long a hotbed of high school talent, all eight Jayhawk Community College Conference schools are having a field day raiding Florida for talented personnel. Each JCCC school can have up to 10 out-of-state players on its roster and in 1997, 20 of 80 non- KansM players hail from Florida. Every team has at least one key starter from the Sunshine State. Six Floridians, all starters, are at Butler County. Four more are at Garden City. "The high school talent in Florida is fantastic," said Butler County coach James Shibest. "It may be the best in the United States. They have a large pool of players to draw from and many of them need academic help or were just passed over by Florida, Florida State and Miami." Whatever the case, from Tallahassee and Jacksonville hi the north to Fort Pierce and Pompano Beach in the south, players are injecting new life into their football resumes by spending two seasons at a Kansas juco. "It's another chance for them to make it at a major college, including back in Florida," said Shibest. Foster says the Kansas jucos offer Florida athletes an opportunity they might not otherwise have. "It's not fair to the Florida kids that there are no jucos in the state, but the word is out that if they come here they'll leave with their academics in order and two years of good competition under their belts when they leave," Foster said. Foster recruited Terrell Jurineack, a lean 6-4, 265-pounder, to southeastern Kansas from Orlando. "He's incredible," said Foster. "He's so big and so strong, but he runs like a back. "It's no big deal to see four or five (NCAA) Division I prospects at a lot of high schools in Florida. A really good team will have eight, 10 of them." Best of all, Foster says, when many of the players leave the South they haven't come close to tapping their potential. Many do that in Kansas. 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