Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on September 10, 1972 · Page 98
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September 10, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 98

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tK9^^^!!^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^K4w^44f^^ft:^AVAVAWA%v{Av.vA%·4^^.v^.·.·.· I ··"·""··""·"· '·"·"·"^^^ WVU Bowden Battlers MORGANTOWN-Down through the years, West Virginia U. football fans have known what it is to be disappointed. Time and again, they've had their hopes built to the sky. Time and again they've seen them collapse like a punctured balloon. So to rave too much about the team Coach Bobby Bowden will send into battle this year would seem to add up to the same old traditional hogwash. But, honest to goodness, there is NO WAY this year to avoid raving if a true evaluation of the team is to be provided longsuffering Mountaineer fans. After ull, Bowden and his highly competent staff have 29 lettermeu back--18 of them starters on last year's team which fought off injuries and a general lack of depth to ·No Way... curb and carry-out special Big Boy Dinner $1.09 with french fries and cole slaw. register a somewhat disappointing 7-4 record. Depth most certainly won't be a.problem this year. From a freshman squad that lost only once and was called the best in Mountaineer history, there will be a wealth of talent moving into varsity status. In a few lines, the Mountaineers will have the greatest speed they've ever known, possibly the greatest size, certainly as much experience as ever before, and a wealth of all-around talent that will pose problems for the coaches when they try to put their best units on the field. Indeed, some of these sophomores will make It into the starting lineup, which isn't by any means the usual thing at WVU. Coach Bowden, as a matter of fact, feels so highly about some of his sophs that he has to punish himself to keep from singing too loudly their praises. Break-away backs Marcus Mauney and Ron Lee and pass receivers Marshall Mills and Danny Buggs as well as defensive linemen Jeff Merror and John "Tree" Adams are among the sophomores to which Coach Bowden will give plenty of consideration for starting positions. And it is apparent that they can do the job right now as good or better than any of the regulars a year ago. Of course, the key to the whole situation is veteran Bernie G a l i f f a , who established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in WVU history last year. He ran and he passed with great success and ran the team with almost faultless ability. (121 completed passes in 238 attempts, good for 1,543 yards and eight touchdowns.) Bowden feels that Galiffa will be even better this year for the simple reason that he w i l l h a v e a h a l f dozen $ -^^··^^^^WMMHMM^H^^^M^ See Charles E. King for "KING-SIZE" loans up to 10,000 Now you can buy the things you want and need. Now you can lump your old bills together and pay them off with a king-size loan--from us. A king-size loan can help cut the size of your monthly bill payments as much as 50%--to help save more of your pay check for yourself. ask for Charlie King... He's the Manager! HO APPLICATION FEE INDUSTRIAL SAVINGS LOAN CO. OF CHARLESTON EVENINGS BY APPOINTMENT fill LEE ST. 343-4801 Jfcrnie Galiffa, WVVQuarterback receivers to throw to who are rated by their coach as the best WVU has ever had. Bowden says he wouldn't trade his six pass snatchers for any other six in America. And the basis for this kind of judgment is the fact that these guys don't just run--they fly. would have easily passed the 1,000 yard mark if he had played a full season in good health," Bowden says. He ran with the ball only 145 times, which would average out only about 10 carries per game on the season. At his best, he would have run at least 20 times per game. In addition to Marbury, Bowden will have Brian Chiles, a junior college transfer last year and the real surprise of the season, back to run from fullback along with halfback Mike Nelson, who played some hangup ball at times. Chiles supplanted star Petey Wood at fullback and did a tremendous job. Sophomore Jeff Rice, hurt most of the spring, and Mauney and Lee, will round out a fine corps of backfield talent. Galiffa, called by Bowden the "most accurate passer I have ever coached," might even out-do his team's record of last year (an average of better than 25 points per game) if his receivers are as good as Bowden feels they are. There's 9.4 sprinter Harry (the Snake) Blake, Nate Stephens and Bernie Kirchner ready to team with sophs Mills, Buggs and junior letterman of last year, Dave Jagdmann. ; The offensive line will be anchored by center Gerald Schultze, who got better and better and better as 1971 rolled along. Joining him as starters are tackle Bill AND SPEAKING OF flying, there's another name on that list of break-away backs which will get the headlines again this year. Reference is to Kerry Marbury, a fleet- footed junior from Monongah, who ran for a record-breaking 890 yards last year, despite the fact that he was injured most of the time during the closing weeks of the season and did not, by any means, see full-time action. " "It just figures that Kerry See us tor Benjamin .. Moore ^t I rrv n ^ ChadestgmPamt , Inc. 424 Virginia St., West 5 Corner! Phone 342.4142 FOOTBALL PHOTOS · Little League · Majorettes · Cheerleaders · Bands The Memory Mate combines .a 3x5 individual with a 5x7 group photo. The prints com* in an attractive mount designed to have group and individual, picture sid» by side. An easel back is also provided for easy display. Memory Mates are very popular with Kindergardens, School activity groups, Boy Scouts, etc... 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