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Courier For the BecordB2 BaseballB3 Team-by-team draftB4 Spools Tuesday, April 23, 1991 Waterloo, Iowa Page B1 Five more lowans go in second day of NFL draft defensive back Marcus Robertson of Iowa State was selected by the Houston Oilers in the fourth round. Williams is a 6-foot-2, 310-poundcr who played alongside Sims two years ago. Iowa State coach Jim Walden said the 6-2, 306-pound Sims is a better straight-ahead blocker, but Williams is more mobile and probably a better pass blocker. was more of a physical speci By The Associated Press Two former Iowa State teammates will be reunited by the Miami Dolphins, who also drafted a player from intrastate rival Iowa. Offensive guard Gene Williams of Iowa State was chosen by the Dolphins in the fifth round of the National Football League draft Monday, making him the 12 1st pick overall.

Williams will get a chance to play again with former teammate Keith Sims, who was drafted by the Dolphins in the second round last year and is now a starter in their offensive line. The two will be joined by Hawkeye Michael Titley, an Iowa tight end who was selected by Miami in the 10th round, the 275th pick overall in the draft. Williams and Titley were among eight ath letes from the three state universities who were picked in the two-day draft. Iowa defensive back Merton Hanks and Iowa State running back Blaise Bryant also were selected Monday as the NFL concluded its 56th annual draft. The San Francisco 49ers drafted Hanks right after Miami took Williams.

Bryant went to The New York Jets in the sixth round. Iowa running back Tony Stewart was taken in the 1 1th round by Seattle, the 297th pick overall. Three other players were tapped Sunday in the draft's early rounds. Iowa running back Nick Bell went to the Los Angeles Raiders in the second round, the Cleveland Browns chose Northern Iowa linebacker James Jones in the third round and Titley Hanks Williams Stewart Bryant men," Walden said. "He was an athlete from the neck down.

Gene is an athlete from the waist down." Hanks led Iowa with four interceptions last season but his speciality was blocking kicks. He blocked a school-record seven kicks in his career, including two punts and a field goal a rib injury later, missing two full games and parts of two others. Despite playing only two years at Iowa State, Bryant is sixth on the school's career rushing list with 2,269 yards. last fall. Injuries limited Bryant to 753 rushing yards last fall after he led the Big Eight Conference in rushing and scoring in 1989.

He hurt his shoulder early in the season and had Maryland's deal may make it easier to sign new NFL crop Leigh Steinberg, who also represents Maryland. Steinberg now has had three straight No. 1 picks Troy Aikman of Dallas in 1989 also is his client as well as Dan McGwire, taken by Seattle with the 16th pick. He was the first quarterback chosen. "We'll try for a fourpeat next quipped Steinberg, who could end up asking more for McGwire than Mary-; land Steinberg believes quarterbacks should be removed from the NFL's "slotting system." The draft wound up at 5:20 p.m.

EDT Monday after 17 hours, 17 minutes over two days with the New York Giants making quarterback Larry Wanke of John Carroll the final pick. Most of Monday was devoted to choosing players who will probably end up in the World League of American Football if they end up anywhere. Tampa Bay, for example, used a lOth-round pick on backup quarterback Pat O'Hara of Southern California, who spent most of his career either injured or as a holder and threw exactly nine passes in four years. Ironically, he was chosen over Virginia quarterback Shawn Moore, who See DRAFTB4 NEW YORK AP) Now that the NFL teams have drafted their new crop of 334 players, they have to get down to signing them. Based on what the Dallas Cowboys paid for Russell Maryland, it may be easier than usual.

After Raghib "Rocket" Ismail defected to Canada for a salary averaging $4.6 milion a year, Maryland signed for $8.6 million over five years, including a $3 million signing That's about a third less than last year's first pick, Jeff George, signed for with Indianapolis and sets a standard that had agents wondering what they would do. "We'll have to start with the second pick," said Bob Woolf, who represents Nos. 4 and 5, linebacker Mike Croel of Nebraska, who went to Atlanta, and comerback Todd Lyght, who belongs to the Los Angeles Rams. That may be difficult. "You like to see a quarterback as No.

1," says Ralph Cindrich. "That reduces it for everybody. "There's no question that it will have a negative impact on salaries this year. Increases won't be as dramatic. The total compensation will be depressed.

The second pick, UCLA safety Eric Turner (Cleveland) is represented by BRANDON POLLOCKCourier staff photographer Little said he will start lefthander Lance Painter and righthander Bryce Florie against the Giants. Tuesday's games will wind up an eight-day home stand for the Diamonds, who go on the road Wednesday for six days. Waiting around While the Waterloo Diamonds were waiting out Monday night's rain in their dugout, Darius Gash (left) and Tim Worrell examine bats while catcher Jim West sits in his catching gear. The rain persisted, forcing the game against Clinton to be postponed and scheduled as a twinbill Tuesday night. Waterloo Manager Bryan Walker will be just second deaf NFL player Cardinals hand Cubs 4th in row ST.

LOUIS (AP) The way Todd Zeile sees it, the St. Louis Cardinals probably should push back their game times. "We don't wake up until after the fifth inning," he said. "After that, we go to work." That's what happened Monday night, when Bernard Gilkey hit an RBI single in the eighth inning and Felix Jose hit a two-run homer off Dave Smith with one out in the ninth inning to rally St Louis past Chicago 3-2. "We're getting it down to a science," 'Zeile said after the Cardinals sent the Cubs to their fourth consecutive loss.

"We just have to keep battling and bounce back tomorrow," Chicago manager Don Zimmer said. "The season is only two weeks old. We've got a long way to go." It was the Cardinals third come-from-behind win when trailing after eight innings. A year ago, the Cardinals were 2-79 in those situations. "The good thing about this is that it showed them that hard work pays off," manager Joe Torre said.

"That kind of thing is priceless." Kenny Walker rookie mini-camp by his long-time interpreter, Mimi Mann. She'll eventually turn over the interpreting duties to another person in the Den-ver area. Walker, speaking through Mann during a telephone interview on Monday, said he is convinced that communication will be no "It will work out, you'll see," he said. Walker said he didn't know what -to expect at draft time, and he was so nonchalant about his prospects of -being chosen that he went fishing most of the day Monday, and was informed by Mann upon his return of his selection. "Not many deaf people have made it in professional football," he said.

"Just one before me. I haven't had time to focus on what this means. "I recently played in the American Athletic Association for the Deaf basketball tournament, and that's when I realized how important it was' to other deaf people for me to play pro sports. I guess we feel like we're a community. So I'm excited about this opportunity." In Denver, Walker may encounter one problem he wasn't run up against.

Said Reeves: "He reads lips, and hopefully he can read Southern lips because mine don't move a whole lot." look at the diagram of a play or during film study," Phillips said. "He has to be able to read your lips. "But at Nebraska they said the nose guard would use hand signals to relay information to Kenny. And most of the time when a change was made, Kenny already had anticipated it. Mike Croel said Kenny kne Wall the defenses better than anyone even better than some of the coach-es.

The Broncos realize that Walker's play, at least initially, will be limited. He's expected to have more difficulty at linebacker because of his handicap, so the Broncos will keep him on the line, where he's undersized at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds. Denver probably will use him as a third-down, pass-rush specialist "He's certainly an interesting pick," head coach Dan Reeves said. "I'm sure there were some teams that didn't even consider him. We felt he was such a talent that we had to consider him.

"His skills as a pass-rusher were as good as anybody's in the draft. He probably has more agility and quickness than any of them, but, of course, he's only 240 or so pounds." Walker, who lost his hearing at age 2 due to a high fever associated with spinal meningitis, will be accompanied to Denver this weekend for a ENVER (AP) While I 111 Kenny Walker may feel he is VaBr shouldering the weight of handicapped people, the Denver Broncos would be happy to see him shoulder aside a few offensive tack- les and lay waste to some quarterbacks. The Broncos, who did precious little quarterback mangling last season, moved to correct that oversight by drafting Walker in the eighth round on Monday. What raised eyebrows about the selection was that Walker, a defensive end from Nebraska, is deaf. NFL records are incomplete on the employment of handicapped players, but only one deaf player in modem times is known to have made a living in the NFL.

Bonnie Sloan, a defensive tackle out of Austin Peay, played one season for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973, then retired the next after injuring his knee. Walker would be proud to be the second such deaf player. He's bucking tremendous odds. How, for instance, do his teammates communicate calls to him on the field? How do they tell him in split-second fashion that they're changing defenses? How do his coaches get his attention if he isn't looking in their direction to read their lips? The Broncos considered all those potential problems carefully before Ray Lankford lined out to open the ninth, but Dave Smith (0-2) walked Pedro Guerrero on five pitches.

Jose followed with his second home run of the season. "It was a pitch I knew I could drive," Jose said. "He tried to get me out by pitching me away. The pitch was middle inside. I wasn't thinking home run, but I knew I could drive it and I did." Smith, who relieved Paul Assen-rnacher with one out in the ninth, has blown three saves in seven opportunities.

"It's lucky that it's April and we have the rest of the season left," Smith said. "You have to forget a game like this or you can drive yourself crazy. You learn to make quick adjustments." Juan Agosto (1-0), the third St. Louis pitcher, pitched a perfect ninth to finish the four-hitter. Jamie Moyer (0-3), pitching against his former team for the first time, allowed three hits in six innings, walked four and struck out two.

Mike Perez followed and allowed one hit in two innings. Cubs starter Shawn Boskie gave up four hits in 7 2-3 innings, struck out See CARDSB3B4 selecting Walker. "He's a special case, obviously," Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. "When we talked about him, we realized we needed more information about what he could and could not do and about what we needed to be able to do to deal with him and make him comfortable." The Broncos' concerns were erased after talking with Nebraska defensive coordinator Charlie McBride and with Walker's teammate, linebacker Mike Croel, the Broncos' first-round choice. "We think the only problem we may have is in a lecture situation when a coach may turn his back to Pete Mazula records 600th victory as Panther tennis coach Um Notes Bay to play in their final Mid-Continent Conference tournament.

FOOTBALL Panther coach Terry Allen was still feeling pretty good Monday about James Jones going so high in the NFL draft "It was a great Last year it was linebacker Bryce Paup, who is still with the Green Bay Packers. "That kind of shows people where our program is and where it is going," said Allen. As for Friday's spring game, Allen says the Panthers are not yet sure what to do with the game because of a lack of defensive tackles. Two have been held out much of the spring with injuries and Saturday Tony Monroe hurt a knee. "I'm not sure we are healthy enough to line up two defensive tackles on each team," he said.

One way or another, the Panthers will have their annual game at 7 p.m. Friday in the UNI-Dome. WOMEN'S TRACK The Panthers have been looking for some strong competition and found it at the Kansas Relays. The Panther sprinters have had a good spring and Coach lee Ann Shaddox was anx- By KEVIN EVANS Courier Sports Editor CEDAR FALLS It took a little longer than he hoped, but Northern Iowa men's tennis coach Pete Mazula has his 600th win. A week ago there was a bad outing and some bad weather at St.

Ambrose. Then at Luther, the old doubles nemesis was there again. "I did not think it was possible to play worse doubles than we did at St. Ambrose," said the 26-year UNI coach. "But we did.

We lost all three doubles matches." And with it a 5-4 decision. So it was back home to face Graceland. Again, the Panthers led 4-2 after the singles. But this time the Panthers turned in two doubles wins and Mazula had his 600th win, 6-3. The Panthers finished the dual season 13-8 and Mazula has a career mark of 600-188-3.

This weekend the Panthers travel to Green One sour note for the Panthers was an injury to Julie Davis. She was coming around the curve in her heat of the 200 when she came up lame with a torn hamstring and being a senior, her career is probably over. Shaddox did announce the signing of two recruits. Julie Mazzitelli is a distance runner from Dover Eyota High in Minnesota and Jackie Askeland of Armstrong is a two time Iowa state 1 A quarter mile champion. MEN'S TRACK Coach Chris Buck-nam is a little worried about his team.

The Panthers came home with several places from the Kansas Relays, but things are not up to his expectations. "We have not set the world on fire yet," he said. "I don't know why. Maybe it is the number of meets we have had outside (just three). But we are capable of a lot better performances than we have had.

See UNIB2 Mazula ious to see them against some of the best Freshman Shantel Twiggs came up with personal bests twice in the 100 and finished seventh in :12.13 "I think she will get it under 12 in the next couple of weeks," said Shaddox. Kathy Allen had a personal best in the 1500 (4:37.96) and finished third in the 1500. The 4x800 unit ran a season best of 9:26.04 without one regular. Jessica Brandt came up sick early Friday and quarter-miler Erica volunteered to run. The 4x100 team, despite what Shaddox called lousy handoffs, placed fifth and the 4x200 team was seventh.

Diane Black anchored the mile relay team in :55.0 and gained two positions to fourth. day for James," said Allen of his defensive standout that was the 56th player taken in the draft "It is a great honor for him and a great honor for the University of Northern Iowa. Going that high puts him in a great position and I am very happy for him." That makes two years in a row that the Panthers had a defensive player drafted..

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