Journal and Courier from Lafayette, Indiana on September 3, 1981 · 19
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ophem By TOM KUBAT Staff Sports Writer . MINNEAPOLIS You figure it out Last year the Minnesota football team stumbled, fumbled and generally bumbled its way to a 5-6 season. So, what happens this year? So far, the star of the show has been the biggest stumbler, fumbler and bumbler of 'em all. Undaunted, Minnesota Coach "Smokey Joe" Salem claims, "We expect to be an improved football team this year, that's for sure." ' - Last season the Gophers were severely hampered by a "self-destruct" offense that set school records for most penalties (83), most yards penalized (809) and most fumbles (49). And, to make matters even worse, the Gopher punting game wasn't very golden. In fact, it was one of the worst in the nation, averaging just 31.3 yards a kick. "If we can get over our own mistakes, we'll be a good football team," insists Salem. "You're never really sure why something like that happens. We were a young leam last year, so maybe that had something to do with -:w::::-::-:-: WW tO B. seM-deBtmat Big Ten Skywriters At Minnesota it. All we've really done this year to try to correct the situation is to stress the mental aspects of the problem" Whatever he's doing, it seems to be working with Marvell Ross, a junior tailback from Detroit Ross had such a bad time of it last year he's not even included in the player biographical sketches in the Min- ' nesota Football Media Guide for 1981. . "That shows you what I thought of him," laughed Salem. "He was fumblin' all over the place, jumpin' offsides and runnin' into people. He's a tremendous talent . though. The problem has just been getting his head screwed on straight. "So far this fall, he's done just that He's doing everything right and looking real good. He was the star of bur scrimmage the other day. If he keeps it up, obviously, he'll be a real surprise." So much so that he's listed No. 1 at tailback, ahead of another Ross Walter, the expected front-runner. Not a surprise, however, is offensive tackle Ken Dallafior. The 6-4, 264-pound captain from Madison Heights, Mich., was just second-team All-Big Ten last year, but Salem said "There can't be a better tackle in the country. If so, I'd like to see him. "The best thing he's got going for him is he's a hard-See 'MINNESOTA Page C-2 UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA Location Minneapolis, Minn. Enrollment 45,000 Nickname Gophers Colors Maroon and Gold Stadium Memorial (56,500) COACH JOE SALEM . 3rd year at Minnesota Minnesota record, 9-12-1 Career record, 87-67-3 1981 SCHEDULE Sept. 12 Ohio Sept. 19 Purdue Sept 26 Oregon State Oct. 3 at Illinois . Oct. 10 Northwestern Oct. 17 at Indiana Oct. 24 at Iowa Oct. 31 Michigan Nov. 7 Ohio State Nov. 14 at Michigan State Nov. 21 Wisconsin ' 1980 RESULTS . 5-6, 5 " Minnesota 38, Ohio 14 ' Ohio State 47, Minnesota 0 Southern Cal 24, Minnesota 7 Minnesota 49, Northwestern 21 Purdue 21, Minnesota 7 . Michigan 37, Minnesota 14 v. . Minnesota 24, Iowa 6 ; , Minnesota 21. Illinois 18 . i Minnesota 31, Indiana 7 r Michigan State 30, Minnesota 12 Wisconsin 25, Minnesota 7 . CAPSULE OUTLOOK ' : . Lettermen Lost 11 i - Lettermen Returning 33 . Starters Lost 9 Starters Returning 13 t Key Losses SE Kelvin Jenkins, Kent Penovich, FL Roy Artis, TB Marion Barber, FB Garry White, DE Jeff Schuh, DB Ken Foxworth. DB Dana NoeL P Greg Smith. Key Returnees OT Ken Dallafior. OG Todd HaHstrom, OG Bill Humphries, C Ed Olson, TE Mike Curtis, QB Tim Salem, FL Chester Cooper, DE Fred Orgas, DT Kevin Kellin, LB Jim Fahnhorst, LB Glenn Howard, DB Rick Witthus. DB Mike Robb. Salems i t team up again By TOM KUBAT Staff Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS How does a major college football coach go about recruiting his own son to -come play quarterback for him? . "He just came home one night and said 'Hey, I can't recruit any ' quarterbacks. Do you want to play for me?'" laughed Tim Salem, the sophomore quarterback at Minnesota. "Really, that's about the way it' happened." His father, and now his coach, Joe Salem, is puzzled by the whole thing. - - - Guerrero of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides into second base with a seventh-inning steal, as Dale Berra of the Pittsburgh Pirates doesn't get the pickoff throw from catcher Ole' for Pedro Guerrero Tony Pena in time. Guerrero tripled in two runs in a filth inning rally by the Dodgers who went on to beat Pittsburgh, 6-2. A wrapup of the nights major league baseball schedule is on Page C-4. (AP Laserphoto) tanford commands Purdue's respect Jim Young's game plan forces the football Boilermakers to respect all opponents, and that respect starts this year with Stanford. - Twice before, Purdue has played the Cardinals but in those days they were the Stanford Indians and both were memorable games. Like in the first meeting on Oct 4, 1969 (Jack Mollenkopf's last year as Purdue's head coach) , in Ross-Ade Stadium, when Purdue's Mike Phipps hooked up in a passing duel with Stanford's Jim Plunkett, the same Jim Plunkett who guided the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl win last January. The Boilermakers won 36-35 as Phipps, now with the Chicago Bears, completed 28 f 39 passes for 429 yards and five touchdowns. Plunkett, a junior that year, passed for 355 yards and four TDs. The following year, Plunkett's last at Stanford, the Boilermakers under Coach Bob DeMoss with Gary Danielson and Chuck Piebes doing the quarterbacking, won 26-14 at Stanford. So, the Boilermakers are 2-0 against Stanford going into the Sept. 12 nationally-televised game Bruce Ramey Staff Sports Writer in Ross-Ade Stadium. Ana i uuu6 u demanding respect, with reason, for Stanford. v " -;; Young's reasoning puts great pressure on defensive coordinator Leon Burtnett, given the duty of stopping a Cardinal offense built around the great sophomore John Elway, the No. 3-ranked quarterback in the nation last year, and fleet tailback Darrin Nelson. Elway, a 6-4, 202-pound junior who is touted as the early book favorite to win the Heisman Trophy this year, completed 248 of 379 passes for 2,889 yards and 27 TDs last year. He was intercepted 11 times. His 27 TD passes is a Pacific-10 record, one of six he set last year. As a result of his 1980 performance, Elway became the ' first sophomore quarterback ever to be named first team All-American (Sporting News). In 10 of Stanford's 11 games last year, Elway threw for over 200 yards, his best was 379 against Washington State. Equally as impressive is Nelson, a 5-9, 185-pound senior, who has a chance to become the first player in NCAA history to finish in the top 10 in both career rushing and receiving. In his freshman and sophomore years, Nelson rushed for over 1,000 yards and caught 50 passes. A sprained ankle in the USC game last year slowed him to 889 yards rushing and 47 receptions "There's just no logic to recruiting," said Joe, beginning his third year as head coach at Minnesota. "My first year here I couldn't get any quarterbacks except for Tim. Then, after Tim starts for us as a freshman and we look like we could be set there for the next few years, I get a top junior mm 1 college quarterDacK ana two reai good high school quarterbacks. I can't figure it out If anyone can, they could make a million writing a book." Tim elaborated, "There were six quarterbacks he was recruiting that year and he had just spent a week traveling around the country visiting each one of them. When he got back he just walked in the house that night, told me none of them were coming to Minnesota, asked me if I wanted to play for him and went to bed, "I think it hurt him because people were telling recruits not to go to Minnesota because the coach's son was going there." Tim, who was All-State in Arizona as a junior and then All-See SALEMS Page C-2 Monon Spike' symbol of Pwdue-IU volleyball I By CHUCK CRUMBO Sports Editor Purdue women's athletic officials think they've hit the nail on the head in promoting the Indiana-Purdue volleyball rivalry the "Monon Spike." ? It's hoped the brass-plated spike, partly driven into a foot-long hunk of a creosote-soaked railroad tie, will mean eventually as much to the schools' volleyball programs as the lore and tradition of the "Old Oaken Bucket" does to the annual football showdowns, said Purdue head coach Carol Dewey. ". "The teams will play for the spike on the Saturday morning of the (Nov. 21) 'Bucket' game,". Dewey said. "The spike will be on display ' in Mackey Arena before the Purdue-, Notre Dame game (Sept. 26) so the jfans can see it." , The spike will be a traveling 'rmnhv. eoiaz to the school that wins the match, Dewey said. If Pur due wins, a block r will be aaaea t a chap, and if Iiiana wins, then an "I" is attached. The spike, unveiled Wednesday at a press luncheon, is being presented by the team's seniors. Also present were Dr. Carol Mertler, women's athletic director, and Sally Dodds Combs, public relations director for women's teams. . "The spike represents a volleyball term and the Monon Railroad had a line between Lafayette and Bloom-ington," Dewey said in explaining why a spike and railroad tie are used to make the trophy, "f course, the block 'Ps' and 'Is' are like those of the Bucket. "We're really excited about it," Ann Lawver, IU's volleyball coach, said Wednesday in a telephone interview. "I think it will definitely help key up the players for the Purdue game. , ; "I think it's something the public can identify with like it has with the Old Oaken Bucket and it gives us something a little more tangible to play for." Although the trophy is Purdue's idea, that doesn't diminish its importance in the the eyes of IU, Lawver said. "We'll be proud to have it in our trophy case." Because the trophy - symbolizes the volleyball rivalry since 1975, Purdue already has a jump on Indiana. Six "Ps" and one "I" are attached to the trophy, signifying Purdue's 6-1 lead in the series. Dewey took credit for the idea, but added that the feasibility of such a trophy was determined by one of .her players, Anne McMenamy, a senior co-captain. In a business class, McMenamy studied the best ways to market the team and determined that the spike would help promote the Indiana-Purdue match, Dewey said. "Hopefully, it will be stolen at - some point," Combs said, referring to the oft-burgled Bucket that somehow surfaces hours before a Purdue-IU football game. "If that happens, then well know it (the . spike). has arrived." - t ft h Q & e G o u Staff Photo UNVEILING THE MONON SPIKE' MtVH IW IjyMIl MUAIJT WWIUMk WUtM I'lOl lUlU WWV VWIW J niW vwmwjvwm ""inaj

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