Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 30, 1972 · Page 36
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 36

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 30, 1972
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7C-July 30, 1972 5 «^ y C-**** Vu t in!» MORGANTOWN-When quarterback Bernie Galiffa steps to the line of scrimmage for the first time this fall, his voice will shout above the confusion and excitement of opening game atmosphere. Something like "set. . .3. 33 . .hike. . .hike" will launch the West Virginia University offense into its predicted explosive season. But for now, the veteran signal caller is content to be calm, quiet, almost subdued--reluctant to make predictions about the Mountaineer fortunes in 1972. "We have a chance to make a good showing," the 6-0, 190 passer allows. "With the schedule as it is this season we can get a lot of recognition.", Like an Ail-American or two? "Being an Ail-American is everyone's dream," Galiffa says. He has some high hopes for the team this season and some high hopes for himself too. "But I don't like to make any predictions about either." Still reserved, the 21-year-old points to Penn State, Temple and Stanford with particular interest. "The change of time going to the West Coast and the fact that Galiffa Feels 'Confident' *^ little extra." So when the Mountaineer senior calmly steps up to the line BERNIE GALIFFA Has High Hopes some of the guys have never been to a big city will make the Stanford game tough--no matter what kind of material they have out there," he offers. And the Cardinals won the Rose Bowl last season!, The battle at Temple presents another special feature--it will be only Galiffa's second night game since his senior year al Donora (Pa.) High School. "But I enjoy playing under the lights," be says. For in his final tour prep contests, Doaora High averaged over 40 points per game while Galiffa tossed at least two touchdowns each weekend. . NOW EXPERIENCED and a little taller and stronger, Bernie finds the WVU passing attack in his hands (or rather hi his right arm). And some see the Penn State clash in Morgantown as a showdown between his arm and that of Nittany Lion star John Hufnagel. Bernie doesn't see it that way. "I just want to win that one," he notes. "Whether I look especially good or not doesn't really matter as long as we win." One job at a time. Still Galiffa faces his role as a team leader. "I guess they look to me because of the position I play," he says. "But there are a lot of other seniors and a lot of potential leadership on the team this year--not just me." Some players lead by hus- tling, yelling and being first in line in practice. But I look at it this way," Bernie says. "People know that you're out there doing your job. What else can you do? And this year, though there are a lot of things I don't know, I feel confident." Coach Bobby Bowden's squad will all be learning some new offensive twists including occasional moves to the I-formation. But it will be Galiffa who must absorb and. transmit the message best. "THINGS* WILL HAPPEN much faster from the I-formation," Bernie explains. The backfield is closer to him than it usually would be and the passing pocket somewhat more congested. "But I'm really not too hard to please," says the drop-back passer. "With the speed of the backs and the receivers I don't think the change could hurt us. It helps to let the backs outside faster and f we want to work from last year's formations, we can still do that too." Just another worry 'or West Virginia opponents. In addition to the 29 lettermen and the 17 starters back on the AstroTurf for the Mountaineers, a host of much-heralded sophomores threaten the opposition. "We've got some young people all right." Galiffa says, "and they're good. But you don't know how good until they get into a clutch game situation against a top team." This quarterback gave indication as to his talent last season when he passed for 1543 yards and eight touchdowns. "Playing at home seven times should help both the young and older players alike," Bernie reasons. 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