Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 24, 1975 · Page 66
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 66

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 24, 1975
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Herd's Experience Doesn't Excite Ellwood 32Lettermen--But From 1-10 Team; Opener At Akron 'Dadgum Important' HUNTINGTON - Accuse Frank Ellwood of rewriting the dictionary if you wish, but the new Marshall University head football coach has a new meaning for the word experience. "When 1 talk about experience in regard to our players. I mean only that they were here last year." said Ellwood. "I'm not referring to their playing time. "Experience takes on a brand new meaning. People talk about us having experience with 32 lettermen back but that doesn't mean an awful lot to me. Thirty- two lettermen back from a program that was 1-10 last year? Well, I fail to get excited about that kind of experience." In taking over the Marshall reins from Jack Lengyel. who got out of coaching after last season. Ellwood finds his task very well defined. ! "Our job is very simple and has been ; from the start." says the former Ohio · University assistant coach, who has built a [ totally new coaching staff around himself. | "We have to take this group and change 1 the psychology of Marshall football. ! That's part of a big job." } Indeed, it will be a big job at the school | that won nine games in four years under : Lengyel after the 1970 airliner tragedy. . Losing was commonplace at Marshall long By Chuck Rist before that. . . the last winning team was in 1964. and there have been only three years since 1952 in which the Thundering Herd finished above .500. "We're enthusiastic," Ellwood points out. "and we'll be even more optimistic if we can get off to a good start. The opener at Akron (Sept. 6) is just so dadgum important. If we can nail that one, I think it's going to be the key to our program." But getting back to experience, the only one that was really important going into practice (which began Aug. 14) was that gained by players and coaches in spring drills. "Particularly in our case, all of the spring workouts can't be wiped out by a player having a couple of good or bad practices now. We didn't know our players 75 Thundering Herd Bull-Buffalo; C-Center; DE-Delensive End; DHB-Delensive Halback; DT-Defenslve Tackle; FB-Fulltack; FL Flanker; LB-Unebacker; MG-Middle Guard; OG-Odensive Guard; OT-OHensive Tackle; PK-Placeklcker; QB- Quarterback; S-Salety; SE-Splll End; TB-Tallback; TE-Tight End M«n« POL Mflt. Wot. 195 Melvin Adder-ton ..... FB Bob Anderson ....... OB John Arnold ......... TE ·FredBader ........ LB Mike Bailey ......... TB David Banks ........ TE Larry Berkery ....... QB ·Bob Birch ......... DE · Jerome Bohanna . . . . SE · John Braswell ....... DG1 JoeBrlson ........... C ·Mark Brookover . . . . QT Leonard Brown ...... SE ·BobBurgoon ....... FL Don Burgoyne ....... FB Shawn Burke ........ OT ·Larry Cell ......... OT Bobby Campbell ..... LB Rob Carter ......... LB ·Mike Clark ........ LB BobColeman ....... DHB · Steve Cook ......... C ·RayCrablree ...... DE RayCrljp, Jr ........ FL Rooer Daniel ....... Bull Bob De Young ....... DT MlkeFarri ......... TB · James Fellon ...... FB ·John Filliez ........ SE ·Bill Forbes ........ LB ·Dave Forbes ....... PK ·Joe Fox ____ : ...... QB Mike Fox ........... SE Stanley Gilbert ...... SE David Gromich ....... 5 John Hale .......... TE AlHall ........ . . . . FB Edward Hamrick . . . . PK LaceHardwick ...... LB · Andre Heath ....... MG DaveJaworsKi ...... OG ·Greg Johnson ..... Buff ·Larry Jones ....... DE Dave Kellerns . . ..... DT MikeKesling ........ DT ·JohnKravec ....... MG Paul Kuzio ......... QB KenLawson ....... DHB Mark Lawson ....... OG Ron Lemon ......... OT RickMcCarley ...... OG ·EdMcTaggart . . . . . ; . C · A l Mayer ......... DHB Jeff Meek .......... OT TomMidkiH ........ TE JohnMonnig ....... DHB -· Steve Morion ....... DE Herman Nelson, Jr ---- QB BobOISOn .......... QT Dennis Pearce ....... DT Bob Phillips ......... DE ·Zack Quails ........ TB · Doug Sargent ..... DHB · Bob Shanta ........ OG RickSharp ......... OS ·Lew Shields. ....... OG PhilSkvarka ........ DE · Jesse Smith ........ OG LaSalle Smith ....... TB · Wayne Sparks ...... DT Michael Sprous* ..... LB · Bill Stevenson . . ____ TB BobTranauill ____ .... C · SteveWeaver ...... OT Dan Wells .......... OG Harold Wetzel ........ S GolwinWilliams ____ DHB Kewyn Williams : ..... . S Steve Williams ...... FL ·BobWilt .......... QB ·JimWuH .......... FB · Bill Yanossy ....... 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So. Fr. Fr. So. Jr. So. So. Jr. So. Sr. So. Jr. Fr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. So. So. Jr. 20 Hometown Bishop, Va. Advance, N.C. Proctorville, Ohio Troy, Ohio CoalwoodW.Va. Niagara Falls, N. Y. Sarasota, Flo. Wheeling, W.Va. Delaware. Ohio Columbus, Ohio Charleston, W.Va. Stockporl, Ohio Little River, S.C. Tonawanda, N. Y. Tonawanda, N. Y. Clarksville, ind. Wheelersburg, Ohio East Bank, W.Va. Franklin, Va. Kenmore, N. Y. Huntington, W.Va. Coal Grove, Ohio Huntington, W. Va. Lima, Ohio Lima, Ohio Little Falls, N.J. Camp Springs, Md. Greensburg, Pa. N.Martinsville,W.Va. N.Martinsvllle.W.Va. N.Martinsville, W. Va. Ravenswood, W. Va. Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Stuart, Fla. Somerville, N.J. Towhaton.W.Va. Ravenswood, W. Va. Clendenin, W.Va. Kenova.W.Va. Massillon, Ohio Buffalo, N.Y. Charleston, W.Va. Franklin, Va. Harrison, Ohio Clarksburg, W.Va. Cincinnati, Ohio N.Cumberland. W.Va. Patterson, N.J. Trenton, Ohio Davin, W. Va. Wellston, Ohio Rochester, N.Y. Troy, Ohio Sciotovllle, Ohio Tampa, Fla. lronton,0hio Charleston, W.Va. Mobile, Ala. Corapolis, Pa. Wellston, Ohio Columbus, Ohio Huntington, W.Va. N. Kensington, Pa. Pittsburgh, Pa. South Point, Ohio Huntington, W.Va. Wheeling, W.Va. Barrackville, W.Va. Logan, W. Va. Portsmouth, Ohio Oak Harbor, Ohio Kenmore, N.Y. Dayton, Ohio Middletown, Ohio Holland, Ohio Holland, Ohio Huntington, N.Martinsville.W.Va winiamsville, N.Y. Bradenville, Pa. or their capabilities until the spring practices. We learned a lot then. The players learned a lot and I'm sure it's carried over. "The enthusiasm and spirit was perhaps the most important tiling we achieved in the spring. That attitude has carried over. We have good leaders in our senior class who'll help put it together." Some strengths and weaknesses showed themselves in the spring. One item of enthusiasm for Ellwood is the defensive perimeter -- the secondary and ends. "The strength of the defense lies in that perimeter," said Ellwood, who points to former Charleston High and Stonewall Jackson standouts as key figures there. Defensive end Steve Morton, a senior from CHS, had an outstanding spring. Greg Johnson, a sophomore out of Stonewall, is the top candidate at buffalo (rover). That perimeter is young with the exception of Morton and Al Mayer, another senior, at wide side halfback. The others -Johnson, Larry Jones at defensive end, Bob Coleman at short half, and Harold Wetzel at safety -- are all sophomores. Problem areas look to be the offensive and defensive lines, and the quarterback slot. "Depth is the outstanding problem on both lines," Ellwood said. "On offense Jesse Smith and Mark Brookover (both seniors) give us a good base at tackle. We moved two fullbacks to center in the spring, and the opening there could put Joey Brison (freshman center from Charleston High) in a good position. "On the defensive line it's basically the same problem. Wayne Sparks (a junior) at tackle and (senior) Andre Heath at middle guard will be the leaders but after those two depth is a problem. We'll probably have to fit in some freshmen. . . "You never really know how much will depend on the ypung ones. I think maybe by the end of the season there are 12 to 15 who will be playing a lot for us. This looks SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT.. .Herd Receiver Fuzzy Filliez Scores like an outstanding group of freshmen." There are nine freshmen interior linemen on the roster. "I'd be less than honest if I said I was pleased with out quarterback situation," Ellwood admits. "We need someone to step forward and take the challenge. We're going to have to make a decision in a hurry in order to give one person the work and confidence he'll need to lead the offense. "Right now I have no idea who that will be. Larry Berkery had a slight edge over Bob Wilt (both are sophomores) in the spring. We have two outstanding freshmen, Bud Nelson from Alabama and Paul Kuzio from Oak Glen High School, who could step in. They have the credentials." The running back situation is something of a question mark. Sophomore Zack Quails was injured while another soph, J. C. Felton, had a good spring. Another possibility is freshman Mike Bailey from Big Creek. The receiving corps looks to be in good shape with junior Fuzzy Filliez and sophomore Steve Williams returning. Tight end is up for grabs. Bill Yanossy. a junior, anchors the linebackers, and senior Fred Bader and sophomore Mike Clark are in the running for the other spot. The kicking game was notoriously weak in the spring and it's a major point of concentration now. Junior Dave Forbes is the holdover placekicker. challenged by newcomer Eddie Hamrick. a Herbert Hoover grad. Junior Bob Burgoon and sophomore John Arnold handled the punting in the spring. There's even more to the word experience for Frank Ellwood. 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