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August 24, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 77

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Marshall Foes 15F -August24,1975 "^ *» _' returousg starters. MIAMI 14F mi: IM-l (feat MU, tt4) RetaraiH Starten, f offeue, i fefeue Lettermei: 23 retm, a graduated OUTIXX)K: Miami will cam a 23-game unbeaten string into Marshall's second contest. The Herd hasn't defeated the Redskins since 1964. and has only turned the trick three times in 27 series meetings. Miami won the Tangerine Bowl last season, and wound up 10th nationally in the final Associated Press poll - not bad for first-year coach Dick Crum, but the school has a long-standing tradition of defense. The defense was fourth among major colleges in 74. but could be a little thin this season. MOREHEAD STATE Sept. 29 at HutiigtM W74: « (hot Marshall, 14-12) Retunlog Starters: 9 offense, 11 defense OUTLOOK: Eighth in the Ohio Valley Conference a year ago. Morehead may be ready to make its move . . . if the frantic search for a quarterback can be satisfactorily completed. However quarterback and tailback are the only positions where the Eagles need replacements, as 20 starters are back. ILLINOIS STATE Sept. 27 at Hunting ton 1974: C-5 (did not play MU) Returning Starters: 3 offense, 4 defense Lettermen: 26 return OUTLOOK: This will be the first meeting ever on the gridiron between Marshall and Illinois State. It's a rebuilding year for UK Redbirds. and also the school's last one in Division II. Three offensive returnees are top rusher Larry Spinks 880 yards), tackle Pete Mroz (6-3, 240) and tight end Cal Harper (6-7. 261). Quarterback is open. The defense focuses around potential pro draft pick Bill Davey (6-2. 240 tackle). McNEESE STATE Oct. 4 at HutiagtM 1974: M-l (did not play MU) OUTLOOK: another first-timer on the Marshall card, McNeese State of Lak« Charles, La. qualifies as an unknown quantity. The Cowboys are a member of the Southland Conference, working to upgrade their schedule. Quarterback James Thibodeaux is back after gaining 1540 yards last season. There's a small college All-American on the offensive line in James Files (240). VILLANOVA Oct. 18 at Philadelphia 1974: U (did not play MU) Returning Starters: 7 offense, 8 defense Lettermen: 25 return, 9 graduated OUTLOOK: at a school that fired its coach in mid-season last year and even considered dropping the sport, Coach Dick Bedesem has a big job ahead. So will Marshall in this game, but at least the Herd has an open date the week before to prepare. Defense was a strength last year and the aew coach plans to build on that Linebacker Steve Ramsey (6-1,213) and linebacker Rick Aidrkh (M, 200) are All-East candidates. WESTERN MICHIGAN Oct. 25 at HotiiftM 1974: 3-8 (beat MU, 2*47) Relnniig Starters: 9 offeue, 9 defense Lettermei: 34 return, 14 graduated OUTLOOK: Western Michigan. liki Miami, hasn't lost to Marshall in 11 years, though the Herd came within a field goal in 74. Under new coach Elliot Uzelac, the Broncos would appear to be vastly improved this time around. There's good experience on the offensive line, ted by All- MAC Mike Fenbert (6-3, 230) who moves from tackle to guard. The defensive line changes to a five-man front. Tailback Dan Matthews (6-1, 180) and fullback Jim White (6-2, 215) gained over 1,171 yards last year together. CENTRAL MICHIGAN Nov. 1 at Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 1974: 12-1 (did not play MU) Returning Starters: 5 offense, 6 defense Lettermen: 30 return, 17 graduated OUTLOOK: Central Michigan moves into Division I after winning the 1974 National Division II championship. Half of the starters are back but the lack of a returning quarterback is conspicuous. The running attack is plenty tough with tail- hacks Wait Hodges (5-11. 190) and Dick Dunham (6-3, 2(6). The pair ran for 32 touchdowns and about 2,700 yards last year. " KENT STATE Nov. 8 at Kent, Ohw 1974: 7-4 (beat MU, 35-7) Retiming Starters: 8 offense, 7 defense Lettermei: 31 return, 12 graduated OUTLOOK: Kent State should get its fill of West Virginia teams this season. WVU hosts the Flashes the week before Marshall plays at Kent Standout quarterback Greg Kokal (6-1,175) holds 17 schools records and will key the offense. Last year he completed 50 per cent of his passes for 1,265 yards and 10 touchdowns. All-MAC tackles Walt Vrabel (64, 230) and Larry Faulk (6-3,240) dominate the defense. DAYTON Nov. 15 at Dayton, Ohio 1974: 3-8 (beat MU, 14-13) Returning Starters: 8 offense, 7 defense Lettermen: 27 return, 12 graduated OUTLOOK: Dayton has a new quarterback this season, thanks to Purdue. Junior Bill Nauman (6-4, 215) transferred and appears ready to take over. His top target will be flanker Kelvin Kirk (5-11,175), who caught 24 passes for 461 yards in '74. A junior college transfer, Roger Dixon (6-1, 205) will bolster the running attack. Three regulars are back on the defensive wall but the defense still may be suspect. OHIO UNIVERSITY Nov. 22 at Utfitiagto* 1974: t-4 (beat MU, 354) Reluming Starters: 6 offense, 7 defense Lettermea: 31 return, 14 graduated. OUTLOOK: Count 8 starters and former assistant Frank Ellwood among the Bobcats' losses from last year. Ohio will '.V.-.-.v. ·ff.-.'J-S. particularly miss quarterback Rich BevJjr,. and has moved ex-receiver Rick LilientijaF (6-2.200) into the position. Dave Houseio£; (W). 200) gained 637 yards last year apg.- will start at tailback. 'The backfieMs both offensively and defensively, couM be question marks but both lines and the linebackers look talented. Spencer Seasoned; Scott, Van Inexperienced Sports Fans! Take AtfIon Shots Professionally! HONEYWELL PENTAX SMOOO QUALITY PHOTOGRAPHY... ON A BUDGET Scott help a lot." Top linemen include co-captains Gary Bennett and Jeff Blevins and Larry Brown. COACH: Bernie Carney (second year, 4-6) 1974 RECORD: 4-6 TOP RETURNEES: Steve Lilly (QB, Sr.. 6-0, 165). Gary Cooper (G, Sr., 5-10, 205). Eric Pauley (T. Sr., 5-10,215), Duane Kuhn (E. Sr.. 6-3,175), Ron Bower (E, Sr.. 5-11.150). Steve Smoot (FB, Jr., 5-11,190). John Spinks (E. Jr., 5-10,185), Kenny Hall (E, Jr., 5-7. 145). TOP NEWCOMERS: Doug Weaver (HB. So.. 6-0.185), Joe Toler (T, So., 6-1, 215), Denny Napier (QB, So., 6-2, 180), Scott Wright (T, Sr., 6-3, 200), Ricky Bias (QB. Jr., 64.170). OUTLOOK: Youth and lack of depth confront former Dunbar assistant Bernie Carney in his second year at Madison. "We're going to be, awfully young," he says. "Most of our sophomores experience came on specialty teams last year. And we're going to be shallow. If a couple of people get hurt, we'll be in trouble. "But we're pretty optimistic. We have some potential if we don't get hurt," Carney said. Last year was the first time Madison has had a junior high or junior VAN Auy. 29. Forl Gay, A; Sept. 5, Marsh Fork, H; 13, Pine- villc. A, 19, Chapmanville, H; 27, Wilton, A; Oct., 3. Scott. H. 10, Crum A; 17, Bullalo, Putnam, H; 24, Sherman, A, 31, Hannan, H. Sherman COACH: Mickey Brown ( f i f t h year, 30-9-1) , 1974 RECORD: 7-3 TOP RETURNEES: Terry Spangler (QB. Sr.. 6-1, 180), Richie Halstead (HB, Jr., 6-0. 175), Matt Carson (FL, Jr. 5-7, 140). Bill Belcher (T Jr., 6-0, 195), Ricky Dithers (T, Sr., 6-0, 180), Mike Gordon iDHB. Sr. 5-7. 140) Eddie Hendricks (G, Sr., 6-0. 185), Bobby Brown (G, Jr., 5-8, 180), John Hapney (E, Sr., 5-8, 150). TOP NEWCOMERS: Jarold Cerevalo (HB, Jr., 5-8,165), Terry Burgess (C, Sr., 5-10,180), Dana Keeney (G, Sr., 5-11,180), John Burdette (LB, Jr., 6-0,175), Jim Midkiff (HB. Jr.. 5-8, 150), Don Huffman (T, Jr., 5-10, 200). OUTLOOK: Coach Mickey Brown says he'll have the smallest team at the Seth pend upon how good our opposition is this year. "We have a couple of players who, if they play as well as they did last year (7-3), will be as good as any around our area. Terry Spangler, our quarterback, has a strong throwing arm. Bill Belcher is a good college prospect at tackle since he has good size and quickness. Richie Halstead should have an excellent year at halfback. We should be lean and aggressive with some good hitters." SETH SHERMAN Auu. 29, Sloco, H; Sept. 5, Winfidd, H; 12, Trap Hill, H, 1$, Wayne, H; 26, Madison, A; Oct. 3, Charleston Calholic. H; 10, Poca, A; 17, Duval, H; 24, Van, H; 31, Chapmanvillc, A. is one of his own philosophies. "We tried to two-platoon last year so we have 16 of 22 starters coming back," he explained. With all those lettermen back enthusiasm is high, Hamric says. Two key players could be Steve Summerfield, a two- way performer as an offensive tackle and linebacker since a sophomore, and Tim Lucas, 1974's leading scorer and most consistent back. SPENCER Aug. 30, Clay, A; Sept. 5. Wirl, H; 12, Ripley, A; 19, SI. Marys. H; 26, Winlield, H; Oct. 3, Calhoyn, A; 10, Rav- cmwood, A; 17, Braxlon, A: 24, Harrisville, H; 31, Par- kcrsburg South, H. The SP1000 has full format through the lens metering for accurate exposure. It's so easy to use that you will get good results with your first roll of film. Comes complete with flare taming 55mm f/2.0 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar lens. · 1/1000 to B shutter speeds · Choice of 26 Super-Multi-Coated lenses from a ultra-wide 15mm to super-telephoto 1000mm · Over 250 Pentax accessories A A T BUY IT NOW FOR ONLY $ 239 Spencer varsity program and Carney is looking for£ school as any in the past four years. "But barring injuries we could have an exciting team," he promises. "Our record will de- future benefits from those teams. A battle for quarterback is shaping up between senior Steve Lilly, junior Ricky Bias and sophomore Denny Napier. Returning starters on the line are guard Gary Cooper and tackle Eric Pauley. MADISON SCOTT Aug. 29, Chapmanville, A; Sept. 6, Duval, A; 12, Richwood, H, 19,-Guyan Valley, H; 26, Seth, H; Oct. 3, Van, A, 10, Williamson, H; 24, Milton, H; 31, Man, A; Nov. 8, Occana, A. COACH; Jim Hamric (third year, 14-6) 1974 RECORD: 7-3 TOP RETURNEES: Steve Summerfield (OT-LB, Sr. 6-3,215), Tim Lucas (HB, Sr., 6-3,175), JonUllom (TE, Sr., 6-0,175), Lee Whitt (T, Sr., 6-2, 225), Ed Lance (C, Sr., 6-2, 175), Jeff Craddock (G-LB., Sr., 6-0, 175), Mike O'Brien (QB-S, Sr., 5-10, 150), JoeWeiland (DT, Sr., 6-1,180). TOP NEWCOMERS: Ronnie Slafjp iQB. So.. 5-11.1501. OnnieStarcht-r ( H f i . So !-i. 145). OUTLOOK: Coach Jim Hamric hiis. y lot of players returning from last season's 7-3 record but one thing that won't be back ':·, Von COACH: Tom Davies (second year, 4-5) 1974 RECORD: 4 5 TOP RETURNEES: Gary Bennett (T, Sr., 6-3; 225), Jeff Blevins (LB-G, Jr.. 6-0, 180), Barry Brown (HB. Jr.. 6-0,180), David Richmond (E. Sr., 6-0. 160), Rick Hall (LB. Sr., 5-10.185), Larry Brown (DE, Jr., 6-0,175). John Woodie (FB, Jr.. 5-10,175), Rick Boe (LB. Jr.. 5-10, 165). OUTLOOK: "I'd like to think we can be 5-5 this year," says Van coach Tom Davies. "I feel we should be the favorite in four games and there will be about five toss-ups^" Van has 15 lettermen returning but the squad will be dominated by juniors. Last year, for example, six of seven starters on the offensive line were sophomores. "The big question mark is at quarterback," Davies said. "If our line is improved like I think it will be. a year's experience will Lafayette MPIOIMEER AK AI ASSOCIATE S1OBE Bil C SONY Master Charge Is a Part of Our Extra Cash/Plus Which Makes It Even More Convenient For Back to School Needs. Extra Cash/Plus is our overall revolving credit plan. It combines Master Charge with other Chemical Bank Trust Co. services for even greater convenience. The Chemical Bank Trust Co. 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