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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 24, 1975
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-August 24,1975 Sunda C'ozetfe-.tfaif Fans (And Bowden) Await Tests For Defenders Offense Powerful, But Defense WYU Key it is now. and as it has King been. Virginia I"Diversity's Iwtball lor- will be only as good as its defenses i! as Mountaineer head coach liobby ijwden begins his sixth season ».\nd how good are the defenses'.' »"\Ve have 11 capable men who will get after you." liowden says with his old Alabama drawl, "but they really haven't been tfsied." ^Therefore. \V\'l' football tans, who go iato deep fits of fren/.y at this time »l the yfsir as, they look to a new season, musi \wiit along with Bowden to see how those "ll capable men" really "gel alter" the opposition. By A.L Hardman III they measure up and pet Ihe jnh done tticre is just no way the Mountaineers arc jjiin^: to wind up with anything nearly as IJad as that 4-7 record which tormented W\T followers a year ago. {The bip reason for this is that the Mountaineers really have some kind ol an ol- li'nse. headed by that premium running Ifu-k. All-America candidate Artie Owens \tho was 18th in the nation rushing last \l\ir with a yardage total of l.l.'IO in 174 ijirries. That's a 102.7 yards per game average. All of the 17 backs who gained more yimiaee than Artie last year in the nation's final summary, carried the hall more often. Some of them, indeed, were lulled In run twice as often as Owens i But Artie still won't be the whole show tjir Ihe Mountaineers when it comes us ijiovinp the hall. A sophomore named Dave "Duck" Riley. might turn on I in he I |ie real surprise Me has the potential ai Ifast. and is so well regarded that he has been placed ahead ol junior Dwayne \j'oods on the pre-season depth chart »Thai's mainly because Woods who was riited just as highly as Owens in 1P74 pre- slvison calculations, is still unsure ol knee surgery which sidelined him for Ihc entire season a f t e r being injured in the lirsl t*jme of the 1074 schedule, lie hasn't jumped riphl back inlo the action, as some njayers do after these knee operations which physicians are so quick lo order »"l spent about a month jusl walking ar- ojjnd on it." he said recently "I was Ifyinp to strengthen the muscles and loose(i everything because the knee was prelly Ijphl. «"Everyone, especially the coaches ex- pfccled me to come back quickly Bui I've RUGGED BLOCKERS - Strong point of West Virginia University's 1975 football team will be the offensive line. And here are three of the reasons: from left, Ail-American candidate David Van Halanger (6-6. 265), Bob Kaminski (6-5. 245) and Al Gluchoski (6-2, 235). seen guys 1 know come back from knee operations and try to use Ihem right away They wind up hurting themselves again. I decided I was jusl going to lake my time- go at my own pace." At fullback, the Mountaineers are blessed with a happy problem. Who's No. 1? Kon l.Cf or Heywood Smith? Smith, due lo his own efficiency plus the fad thai was hampered with injuries at times last season, is the No. 1 man. But. il's no cinch that Lee might not call upon his experience to root out the huge Hunbar runner, also a senior. Bowden feels he has another "happy problem" at quarterback. Right along. Dan Kcndra has been his boy. Dan clicked late last season after two olher quarterbacks had failed. It was assumed right along thai Han would be Ihe boy. Bui during spring practice any ideas that Kendra had Ihe job sewed up were dispelled by the day-aller- day performances of Danny Williams, a highly publicized all-stater and twice winner of Ihe Kennedy Award, who comes from DuPonl High School. See WVU, Pg. 3F, Col. 1 RUN-RUN (AND PASS) ATTACK i Kendra: Young, But Talented Mountaineers 116 Strong 4i "I « « *I 1 I 1 K^Y: TE-tight end, WR-wide receiver (split end or flanker), OT--offensive tackle, OG-offensive guard, C-Cinter, QB--quarterback, FB--fullback, RB--running back, DE--defensive end, DT--defensive tackle, MG--middle gyard, LB-linebacker, DB-defensive back, KS-kicking specialist. * jndicates number of letters won. Fmt Pas. Terry Alessi OG Greg Anderson* DB innAnsell LB Dm Antion LB Nike Austin TB Gary Bane DE gJBedniirik LB T irry Bowden RB T im Bowden WR YimBrandner* OT CTiuck Brasweil DB ftenBraswell LB Chuck Brooks" KS pred Brown TB *ark Burke" DB Lion Carter DB Richard Cecil FB JbhnCoker* TE Bruce Collins LB JChn Contrino FB OlenCorbin DB Jtfl Cortileso OT JOhnCoutz LB Tern Creeden OG MienCulbertson" LB Sreg Dorn* · C Walter Doyle DT Roberto Duebelt OG Richard Duggan QB Sieve Dunlap 1 * LB Sieve Earley* OG J»ck Eastwood" DE MarkEliopulos LB Gfiris Ferguson OG fVry Fields* DB J(hn Fiaurski OT · Tpm Florence* DB i^rian Gates" LB Wayne Gatewood . . . . OT Charles Gatson OT Prank Gaydos DT SockyGianola KS FranGleason LB WGIochcski" C Gary Grant WR Watt Grimone TB GaryGunter OT-DT Randy Hall RB JjmHimic DE Paul Holland TE NickHoroszko DB JbeJelic LB lister Johnson LB Paul Jordan* DB ...... Bob Kaminski' . . . OG Oiuck Kelly" ..... TE Dan Kendra* ...... QB Keith Kennedy . TB liarry Kettleweii . . . LB Terry Kettlewell . . . . C John Lasavage ...... DB Hon Lee" .......... RB Hirk Lewis ......... WR Steve Lewis ......... WR TomLoadman ....... QB 3ary Lombard"* ..... DE Sich Lukowski" ..... DT Paul Lumley ........ FB Robin Lyons ........ FB Jemes McClanahan . . . TB PeisrMcConnell ..... DE Benny McDay ....... SE BillMcKenzie' ...... KS Scotl McDonald* ..... SE JeHNiacereHi ....... LB Hay Marshall' ....... LB Robin Meeley ....... TE Qon Miller .......... DE jjmMiller ....... DB RichMiSkiel ........ OT ·JarkMitcheli ........ C Raul Monroe ........ MG Tpny Napolillo ....... DT BobOchs ........... LB BobOrders . . . ...... C Arthur Owens*" ..... RB Rick Park .......... OG HOT m Patterson ...... DT Rick Pennypacker" · . . OG in-JyPelers"....... DE \Jance Peltijrew . DB-SE rjoy PodDese* ........ C Serling Price ....... VVR Tom PrWemore ...... DB OavidRiley ......... w Steve Riley ....... -iffe -rbddRrfchie ..... OS-OB flill Rot* ........ LB-DE Bmil Fes' . . . ....... £S Stottfiummd ....... OT jbeSaunders. ....... DE * Smith- oMSmrt tandy Swireon ...... TE fcrtiy Thornton ...... DE r»,v(dVanmlangef * . 0 n William*" ferny Williams « Ht. 6-1 6-0 6-1 6-1 5-10 6-0 6-1 5-8 5-9 6-3 6-0 6-2 6-0 6-0. 6-1 5-11 6-2 6-1 6-1 6-0 6-4 6-5 6-0 6-5 6-2 6-2 6-0 6-2 5-11 5-11 6-3 6-1 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-5 6-0 6-1 6-3 6-1 6-2 5-11 6-3 6-2 6-2 6-2 6-4 6-1 6-4 6-2 6-1 6-1 6-1 5-11 6-5 6-4 6-1 5-10 6-2 6-2 5-10 6-4 5-11 6-4 64 6-2 6-t 6-2 6-1 6-2 6-4 6-5 5-11 W 6-1 6-1 6-2 6-2 5-10 6-3 6-4 6-2 6-2 6-0 6-0 5-11 6-1 6-5 M 6-2 6-3 6-4 6-3 5-10 6-1 6-3 6-1 6-1 S-10 6-4 6-3 5-11 6-2 6-2 6-3 6-1 6-3 6-J 6-6 6-3 6-3 6-3 5-11 5-10 5-11 V) WI. 225 185 190 217 170 205 218 171 170 246 195 185170 210180 1951 220 215 215 210 200 245 215 225 220 218 221 225 175 212 247 212 220 240 175 235 190 225 238 245 220 200 215 235 185 200 235 195 210 215 175 215 230 185 245 235 200 178 225 215 185 222 165 195 185 220 240 210 218 220 210 210 185 225 210 205 220 200 170 235 218 210 235 195 195 175 245 237 245 720 165 235 175 iSO 200 220 185 215 179 25 210 165 245 225 215 230 7.10 195 265 720 VO 24 175 175 220 Class Freshman Junior Sophomore Sophomore Freshman Sophomore Junior Sophomore Junior Senior .Senior · Freshman . 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Morgantown, W.Va. Pittsburgh, Pe. Clairton, PaX- Clairton, Par Huntington,W.Va. · · Williamspori, Pa. ;-. Marietta, Ohio Wellsvillohio · ' Oakmond, Pa. Johnsonviiie, S.C. Portage, Pa. Bethlehem, Pa. Jersey City, N.J. Leechburg, Pa. Clendenin, W.Va. Levittown, Pa. Logan, Ohio Bridgeville, Pa. Hightstown, N.J/ Youngstown, Ohio Parkersburg, W.Va. Hurricane, Apollo, Pa. Nitro,W.Va. Belpre, Ohio Dayton, Ohio Berwind, W.Va. Adena, otiio South Charleston, Ohio Roaring Springs, Pa. Columbus, Ohio Clendenin, W.Va. Vandergrift, Pa. Morgantown, W.Va. Bradford, Pa. Woodbridge, N.J. Marian, Ky. Emporium, Pa. Cleveland, Ohio Ironton, Ohio Derrv, Pa. Westlake, Ohio Newell, W.Va. Ravenswood, W.Va. West Union, S.C. Cincinnati, Ohio Elyria, Ohio Shamokin, Pa. Allentown, Pa. Red Bay, Ala. Wintersville, Ohio Win'ersville, Ohio Carbondale, Pa. Bellaire, Ohio Dayton, Ohio HyricaneW.Va. Pittsburgh, Pa. Perryopolis, Pa. Murrysville, Pa. Butler, Pa. Clendenin, Pulaski,Va. . Smoke Rise, N.J. Johnstown, Pa. Warwood, W. Va. Two Harbors, Minn. Canonsburg, Pa. Clairton, Pa. Belpre, Ohio Charleston, W.Va. Canton, Ohio Shavertown, Pa. West Columbia, W va. Charleston, W.Va. Rivesvilie.w. Va. Parkland, Pa. Charleston, W.Va. Stroudsburg, Pa. Moorefield, W. Va. Brownsville, Pa. Royersford, Pa. Fox Chapel, Pa. Steelton, Pa. Rillton, Pa. Charleston, W.Va. Ansted,W.Va. Northfork,W.Va. Greenville, Pa. Raver.swood, Zanesville, Ohio Steubenville, Ohio Columbian* Ohio BetkleyvW.Va. Athens. Ga. Oakland, Md. State CoHece, Pa. Mononqahtfa. Pa. Ounbar.W.Va. Washington, D.C. Partr.ersbur9,W.Va. Turtle Cre«fc. Pa. WTi»e Sulphur, W.Va , Ohio PENN STATE wanted him. Michigan courted him. Miami of Florida sought to lure him to the sunshine slate. Colorado told him, "Come west, young man." Dozens of other schools tried to get him. West Virginia University got him and today he is the man-on-the spot as the Mountaineers seek to bounce back from a dismal 4-7 record in 1974. The man is sophomore ^^^^^ quarterback Dan Kendra B^^^m Bv of A l l e n t o w n . P a . . ^K. -w / Bill Smith DAN KENDRA WVU Quarterback who is tabbed to be the No. 1 signal-caller for WVU when the bell rings in Morgantown on Sept. 13 against T e m p l e ' s Owls. The 6-1, 195-pounder is young--he won't turn 19 until Sept. 24--but he has proven himself in the heat of battle. That's why he believes he can do the job. "I have confidence in myself," Kendra said. "I've proved I can play and I think my teammates have confidence in me. I can feel it." Kendra came to West Virginia because he liked Coach Bobby Bowden's wide-open offense. "It was the same type offense we used in high school and 1 felt I'd fit right in here." he said. "Also. I was told that il I worked hard that", maybe I would dress with the varsity as a freshman." The former high school All-American (at Allentown Central Catholic) did more than that. When quarterbacks Ben Williams, Chuck Fiorante and Kirk Lewis fizzled and WVU was struggling in '74. Bowden sent for then 17-year-old Kendra. Here's how he responded: In his first appearance in a 39-11 win over Syracuse, his first attempted pass as a Mountaineer went for a 33-yard touchdown to. Marshall Mills. In his second appearance when WVU was losing to Temple, 28--7, he moved the Mountaineers 98 yards and 92 yards for touchdowns, completing four of eight tosses for 75 yards and another TD. And, in his third appearance in WVU 's final game of '74, he sparked the Mountaineers to a heart-stopping, 22-21, win over Virginia Tech . . . In he hit on 11 of 15 for. 208 yards and one touchdown . . .plus he moved WVU 63 yards in the final three minutes for the winning TD; A great clutch player? A cool cookie under pressure? Kendra said, "Listen, I'm no different than any other guy. When I first came to WVU and went out on the field in front of 37,000 for the first time, my mouth dropped open. I had butterflies in my stomach. I had never seen so many people in one place at one time. "Sure, I felt the pressure. But, it all disappears as soon- as you take that first snap from center." ·- Apparently, Kendra has always reacted that way to. pressure . . . All business as soon as he gets in the huddle. As a high school junior he led his team to a perfect 11-0 ·· season . . . As a senior he passed for 1,896 yards and- rushed for 943 more . . . For his career, he completed 347" of 686 passes for 5,003 yards and 40 touchdowns . . . He :l was All-Big 33 and All-American. "I'm looking forward to this year because everybody is talking about WVU is going to run-run-run the football." And. we are. We have the backs. I think as a group we;" 1 have to have one of the best backfields in the country. ... "As a passer, that's just going to make my job easier. ., It's much easier to pass when folks are expecting you to': run. And. I can throw the b a l l . . .1 know Ihal." Kendra talked about the potential of the '75 Mountaineers. "I know everyone always says this, but 1 honestly feel we'll have a good season," he said. "We'll be. better than a lot of people-think. · . . · · ·,', ,i "Our defense won't embarrass us. It has no big names . and I think that is good. And, our offensive line won't be" good. It will be great. "One thing we lack is leadership. I feel that my leadership will come from performance. I expect to do it. I don't' expect to choke or have bad games. We don't have that" leader yet, but we will. "We're going to do the job for Coach Bowden. I know he's been under a lot of fire for not winning like folks think, he should. Well, his record isn't all that bad. ."I don't think I could play for a different type coach, now. Coach Bowden is like a father to me. He's sincere.,, He never lies to you. He gives you no bull. He's honest, and tells it to you the way it is. '·"I know this is a make-or-break year. It shouldn't be: that way. Football should be fun. . ·· "Of course, I know you have to win to have fun. A 4-7 season isn't much fun." In the spring there was much hulaboo made over the " quarterback battle between Kendra and DuPont sopho-' more Danny Williams. Kendra won the battle by an arm-- ·· a passing arm. "It was quite a battle between us and will continue to", be,'" said Kendra. "But, Danny and I are the best of friends and we help each other out; We wish the best for each other. Right now I'm No. 1 and I know, he's pulling for me. If he were No. 1, I'd be pulling for him. "I'm No. 1 and I'm confident. Sure, I'll get those butterflies again when I step out onto the AstroTurf the first time. But, they'll go away in a hurry when I get into tin- huddle. . "I'm not sorry I came to WVU. I couldn't be happier. 11 our fortunes or misfortunes have to ride on my shoul ders--or, my arm--that's the way I want it." WVU Best, Worst WVU's best record came in 1922 when the Mountaineers went 10-0-1. Worst record was an 0--8-2 season in I960. Freshman Junior Wilmington, Del. Charl*j!r*n,W.v». pj-rtaGcraW.Va. BlwtneW,W.V8. · CHARTER BUSES W.V.I). FOOTBALL GAMES HOME GAMES Wli BE $23.00 WHICH MCLilDES TICKETS TO GAME AND TRANSPORTATION *Sept 13TH-TEH»LE HOME *Sept27TH-BOSTON COLLEGE HOME *OctllTH-PENN. STATE AWAY (TKXETS AM TRANSPORTATION $35.00) ^OCT.ISTULANEHOMECOMMG HOME (ALSO MIV! TO WTTSiWKH AFTH CAME AN! SE! PIHSBUKN 4 CNKACO KARS SWAT OCT. 11TH. TICKETS TO BOTH CAMES fc TRAISPORTAKOK S40.00) *OCT.25TH-¥WIIATECH.... HOME *NOUST-MNT STATE HOME *WK.«m-nn HOME FOt RESDtVATIONS CALL SO. CHAS. KICREATiON-Unda Nkkakon FOOTBALL FANS! Go By Air Charter Flight To AH The W.V.U. Home Games INDIVIDUAL or GROUP RATES AVAILABLE Depart Kanawtw Airptrt j aid Return The Same Day! JNo Charge For Waiting Time Make Fight Reservatwis Now Ftr Season Opener, Sept 13th! Tickets AvalA*. iGrwa Fight Rates Quoted, Oi Request! Eagle Offers Air Transf ·rtatiwi To Al W.» J. Canes and Other Snrts Events! INDIVIDUAL RATE $9470 AS LOW AS 36 Per Person (nctafcs Air Fare From Kanaka Airport to Morgantown and Retwn, 50 Yard Line Seat! 21 Seats Afaiabie! 1 i-* ^ ,*. · Airline Rated Pilots · Radar Equipped Aircraft MOUNTAINEERS 1975 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Date Seit 13 Sept 27 Del 18 Del 25 ·ov.l Temple Boston Cokge Tito VrfMTecb Kent State PftUkoffh Date Sept 20 OcU OcUl Nov. 15 Nn. 22 Away Games Caffonria Southern MethoostU. Pern State KCRBON* SjracBse rv m.4l For Informjtor v B«» r »jtj«u Crf 316 0100 »r 346 070* EAGLE AVIATION, INC. AJR CHARTER SERVICf 24 HOURS DAIIV Kanowho Airttrt, CharVtton. W Va. PHOIl 146-0707

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