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Garden City Telegram Monday, November 28, 1977 Page 11 Miller Heads All-Big Eight Team KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Terry Miller, the rock-muscled swifly who sel fire lo conference record books, was a unanimous selection to head The Associated Press All- Big Eight football team for 1977. The Oklahoma Stale senior, the Big Eight's all-lime leading rusher with a career lolal of 4,754 yards, was joined in the backfield by two juniors and Nebraska sophomore I. M Hipp. Dexter Green of Iowa State filled a third running back position while Oklahoma's Thomas Loll, who led the Sooners to the Big Eight championship, was picked at quarterback. A pair of Gregs—Roberts of Oklahoma and Jorgensen of Nebraska—were named offensive guards. At tackle, Ihe AP panel chose Missouri's James Taylor, 6 feet 5, 260, and Oklahoma's Karl Baldishwiler, 6-4, 260. Tom Davis of Nebraska, 6-3, 240, is at center and Missouri junior Kellen Winslow, 6-6, 235, the lighl end. OFFENSE Rounding out Ihe starling offense is wide receiver Joe Slewarl, Missouri's career re- cepiion leader. Defensively, Iowa Stale's tackle landem of Mike Slensrud and Tom Randall were selected as Ihe finest in the league. Slensrud, a 6-4, 270-pound junior, and Randall, 6-6, 250- pound senior, were Ihe foundation of a solid defense which led the Cyclones to their best- ever conference mark, 5-2, and a berth in ihe Peach Bowl. Linebacker-wise, 1977 was one of the richest years in Big Eight history. The three drawing ihe most voles were Gary Spani, who totaled more than 400 tackles in a losing-cause career ai Kansas Slate, and Oklahoma's quick, spirited twosome of George Cumby and Daryl Hunt. Zac Henderson, Oklahoma free safety who made two key interceptions against Nebraska in the season finale, is, for the second straight year, a nearunanimous choice at defensive back. He was joined by seniors Odis McKinney of Colorado and Tom Filch of Kansas. Oklahoma's Reggie Kinlaw, who spurned ihe advice of doctors and skipped October knee surgery, was an easy winner ai noseguard. Named as defensive ends were rangy, hard-tackling seniors Randy Weslendorf of Colorado and Daria Butler of Oklahoma State, The lop 22, along with punting champion Rick Blabolil of Iowa Slate and place-kicker deluxe Uwe von Schamann of Oklahoma, include only 13 seniors. Cumby and Hipp were ihe only sophomores selected. Besides linebackers, 1977 was also bouni iful for running backs, with such standouts as Colorado's James Mayberry, Nebraska's Rick Berns, and Kenny King and Elvis Peacock of Oklahoma being squeezed off i he first-team. Miller, a lop contender for Ihe Heisman Trophy, led (he league with 1,680 yards, a game average of 152.7. A miracle of durability, he carried the ball for Oklahoma Slate's spotty offense 314 limes and got hii nearly every lime ihe ball was snapped. Bui, wilhoul losing a minute of playing lime in injury, he finished the year as the No. 1 rusher in ihe naiion and became ihe ihird back in NCAA history 10 rush for morp than 100 yards in all 11 regular season games. His illustrious career iolals place him fourih on the all-lime NCAA list. Hipp, a weighi-lifiing walk-on from Chapin. S.C., bursi inio siardom. He sel a Husker single-game record of 254 yards against Indiana and finished second lo Miller overall with 1,268 yards. Green, a skiiiery lype, led Ihe Big Eight in scoring all season and became only the fifth player in league annals lo rush for more than 1,000 yards. Every Big Eight team had ai leasi one quarterback—in some cases iwo—who passed for more yardage lhan Loll. Bui with Loll in conirol of Oklahoma's high ociane, iriple-op- 'ion offense, ihe Sooners ran iheir way 10 a conference championship and a irip io ihe Orange Bowl. A masier of ihe splii-second piichoui and hairbreadth liming essential to ihe Sooner aiiack, Loll is widely regarded as the fines! wishbone operaiive since ihe formal ion was born in ihe 1960s. And he can zip ihe ball when asked lo. "He's made really remarkable im- provemeni as a passer," said Oklahoma Coach Barry Swiizer. "I believe he would be good running any kind of offense ihere is." Siewari and Winslow's passing performances soared when quarierback Peie Woods was healihy, plunged when ihe senior quarierback was oui with injuries. Professional scou's consider Taylor one of i he finesi offensive line prospects in years. Amazingly agile for his bulk, Taylor played une game in which his defensive line opponeni did noi make a single lackle all day. DEFENSE First Team Offense Quarterback: Thomas Loll, Oklahoma Running back: Terry Miller, Oklahoma Running back: Dexler Green, Iowa Slate Running back: I. M. Hipp, Nebraska Center: Tom Davis, Nebraska Guard: Greg Roberts, Oklahoma Guard: Greg Jorgensen, Nebraska Tackle: Karl Baldishwiler, Oklahoma Tackle: James Taylor, Missouri Tight end: Kellen Winslow, Missouri Wide receiver: Joe Slewarl, Missouri Defense Noseguard: Reggie Kinlaw, Oklahoma Tackle: Tom Randall, Iowa Slate Tackle: Mike Stensrud, Iowa Stale Defensive end: Randy Weslendorf, Colorado Defensive end: Daria Butler, Oklahoma Slate Linebacker: Gary Spani, Kansas State Linebacker: George Cumby, Oklahoma Linebacker: Daryl Hunt, Oklahoma Defensive back: Zac Henderson, Oklahoma Defensive back: Odis McKinney, Colorado Defensive back: Tom Fitch, Kansas Second Team Offense Quarterback: Jeff Knapple, Colorado Running back: James Mayberry, Colorado Running back: Richard Berns, Nebraska Running back: Elvis Peacock, Oklahoma Guard: Jamie Melendez, Oklahoma Guard: Sieve Lindquisl, Nebraska Cenler: Leon While, Colorado Tackle: Kelvin Clark, Nebraska Tackle: Lindsey Mason, Kansas Tight end: Ken Spaelh, Nebraska Wide receiver: Charley Green, Kansas Stale Defense Defensive end: Sieve Hamillon, Missouri Defensive end: Tom Dinkel, Kansas Linebacker: Tom Boskey, Iowa Slale Linebacker: Brian Cabral, Colorado Linebacker: Lee Kunz, Nebraska Tackle: Phil Tabor, Oklahoma Tackle: Jim Malthews, Missouri Noseguard: Ron McFarland, Nebraska Defensive back: Ted Harvey, Nebraska Defensive back: Terry Peters, Oklahoma Defensive back: Russ Calabrese, Missouri Honorable Mention Offense Pete Woods, Missouri; Earl Gant, Missouri; Mack Green, Kansas State; Norris Banks, Kansas; Brian Bethke, Kansas; Paul Coffman, Kansas Slale; Victor Hicks, Oklahoma; Sam Claphan, Oklahoma; Gerald Bain, Oklahoma Stale; Bob Niziolek, Colorado; Mike Kozlowski, Colorado; Terry Rubley, Iowa Stale; Stan Waldemore, Nebraska; Paul Tabor, Oklahoma; Billy Sims, Oklahoma; David Overstreet, Oklahoma; Bill Campfield, Kansas; Wendell Henrikson, Kansas State; Dan Manucci, Kansas Slate; Tom Sorley, Nebraska; Kenny King, Oklahoma; Leo Lewis, Missouri; Ray Hardee, Iowa Stale; Mark Boehm, Iowa Slale. Defense Jim Pillen, Nebraska; Terry Newman, Missouri; Tony Samuel, Nebraska; Craig Volkens, Iowa Slale; Kevin Harl, Iowa Slale; Franklin King, Kansas; Sluart Walker, Colorado; Tom Perry, Colorado; Jim Leavitl, Missouri; Reggie Mathis, Oklahoma; George Andrews, Nebraska; Mark Haynes, Colorado; Ruben Vaughan, Colorado; John Corker, Oklahoma Slate; Peter Coppola, Oklahoma Slate. Mississippi Juco Squad Lands 'Rose Bowl'Bid REGGIE. KINLAW JR OKLAHOMA MIKE. STENSRUD. JR (OWA STATE TOM RANDALL. tow A STATE; OWAS-* RANOYWE&IENDOP* COLORADO i-R. LINEBACKER: GARY SPANS. SR 'KANSAS ST Li NEB ACKER: GEORGE CUMBY. SOPH. OKLAHOMA LINEBACKER DARVLHUN1. JR. OKLAHOMA DEFENSIVE BACK: OD!SMcK!NNEY.S»R. COLORADO DEFENSIVE BACK- ZAC HENDERSON. SR. OKLAHOMA DEFENSIVE BACK . 7OMRTCM.SR KANSAS Elmore's Death Silences Wichita LOS ANGELES - The Jones County Junior College Bobcats, from Ellisville, Miss., will be on the prowl in Pasadena Dec. 10, when they face a California eleven in the 23rd renewal of the Junior Rose Bowl Game. Sim Cooley's Bobcats will be making their second appearance in the Junior Rose Bowl, having faced Complon College in Ihe 1955 version before Ihe largesl crowd, 57,123, in JRD history. The previous year Hinds, Miss., handed El Camino a 13-7 defeat. Ellsworth, Iowa, 9-1, Ferrum, Va., 9-1, Ml. Hood, Ore., 8-1, and Ranger, Tex., 9- 1, were the other community college teams under consideration by Ihe selection committee. "It was a difficult decision," said Glenn Davis, director of Special Evenls for Ihe sponsoring Los Angeles Times. "Any one of those teams would have been a fine opponeni for ihe California team. We fell thai Jones had been ranked one-two all season, and, although Ihey lost a one-pointer in Iheir slale playoff game, Ihey obviously had a fine well-balanced team. The two Mississippi teams that played oul here in Ihe mid-fifties were very representative." The Bobcats defeated East Mississippi, 31-21, Pearl River, 27-6, Itawamba 32-14, Copiah-Lincoln 7-3, Southwest 14-7, Coahoma 29-2, Gulf Coast 7-6, Hinds 40-9, East Central 40-6, Delta 24-6 and lost to Itawamba in their slate title rematch 13-12. The California representative for the Junior Rose Bowl will be named next Monday, Nov. 28. Fuller!on 100, plays Golden West 8-2, in the Avocado Bowl, Pasadena 9-1, goes against Sequoias 8-2 in ihe Potato Bowl and Saddleback 9-1 plays Glendale 8-2 in Ihe Mission Bowl. All games are Saturday night. WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The fans who so boisterously had cheered Robert Elmore for three basketball seasons — "Mo, Mo, Mo" in awe of his slam dunks and Herculean rebounding — bowed their heads / in an uncomfortable silence. The news thai Elmore was found dead Saturday morning in his Rome apartment, according to police an apparent victim of drug overdose, was difficult to accept for the 8,926 who gathered for Wichita State's season opener Saturday night. "It was only a few short months ago when we cheered him so wildly in his final appearance here at Henry Levitt Arena," the public address announcer said. "Let us honor this memory of 'Big Mo' by standing in silent homage,for one who brought so many minutes of fun and excitement to WSU, the city of Wichita and the slate of Kansas." The cheers returned to Levitt Arena as Wichita Slate went on to defeat Hardin- Simmons 79-72 with a new Shocker star — Lynbert "Cheese" Johnson — helping lead the way. BUI when the arena had emptied and the silence returned after the game, the question on the lips of those who knew Elmore well could find no answer to the question: why? "You know the shock of Robert's death?" asked a shaken Coach Harry Miller. "If it in fact occurred as reported, lhat's the shock of it. We don'l know the circumstances there and we probably never will." The young Wichita Slate players huddled after the pre- game meal and dedicated Ihe game lo Elmore, a learn spokesman said, bul Miller asked reporters nol lo lalk wilh Ihem because several "look il very, very hard." . "I can't honeslly say how it affected them in Ihe game," Miller said. "We altempled to key it down a liltle bit because we knew il affected a couple or three of them pretty hard." Italian police said they found Elmore slumped in his bachelor aparlmenl with a syringe next to his body and drugs around him, including heroin and hashish. An autopsy was scheduled for today to determine the exact cause of death of the 23- yearold New York native, a threelime All-Missouri Valley Conference performer. "To our knowledge, he had never used any type (of drugs) and I have no reason to believe he ever could," Miller said of Elmore, who completed his career at Wichita Stale last spring and was playing professionally in Italy afler being cut by the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association. The possibility of a drug overdose "is the thing that's so hard to believe oul of this situation," said former Shocker assistant coach Ron Heller. Elmore's only brush wilh the law at Wichita Slale occurred in March 1976 when he and Iwo Shocker football players were charged wilh breaking and entering afler a barrel was Ihrown through a liquor slore window. But Elmore was acquitted. When Elmore, a 6-foot-lO center, missed Friday's practice wilh his team, Lazio- Eldorado, his coach called police. Afler breaking down a balcony window, officers found Elmore silting up in bed, fully clothed. The apartment door was locked from the inside. Elmore had scored 29 points in his last game with the Italian team and had accumulated 112 in six contests. "Robert had an excllent conlracl and was doing very well," said his New York agenl, Norm Blass. "I am just in a slale of shock." Elmore had a $30,000 con- lracl wilh a car and aparl- menl available lo him in Rome, Blass said. Afler playing a year of basketball al John Adams High School in New York, Elmore was nol heavily recruited. But his size and the fact he was the younger brother of Len Elmore — a slar at Maryland and now an NBA player wilh the Indiana Pacers — al- iracled some coaches. Among Ihem was Maryland's Lefty Driesell, but Elmore turned down his bid because "I had to make my name somewhere." He played one year of junior college ball in Texas and sal oul Ihe 197374 season al Wichila State wilh a broken fool. But the 240-pound strongman wenl on to win all- conference honors three straight seasons and won the league rebounding title in each of those years. He was the third-leading rebounder in the nation his senior season wilh a 15.8 per game average. Although he shunned his brother's school, playing professionally also was his driving goal. The Nets selected him in the fourth round of the NBA college draft, but Elmore was Iheir final player cul afler seeing only 40 minutes of playing time in four exhibition games. "I don'l think I gol a fair chance," he said then. "I think I was doing well, bul Ihey figured Ihere were some Ihings I needed lo work on. I know I can play NBA ball. I'll be back nexl year lo try oul for somebody's learn." Dave Boddie, a night sludenl al Wichila Slale and a fellow New Yorker who was one of Elmore's best friends, said Elmore was nol overly pessimislic about being cul. "He was realistic in Ihe facl that he needed more experience," Boddie said. "He planned to gel it there (in Italy) and come back nexl year to try the NBA again." Football At a Glance By The Associated Press EAST Army 17, Navy 14 Holy Cross 35, Boston Col. 20 Lehigh30, Massachusetts 23 Penn. St. 15, Pittsburgh 13 SOUTH Alabama 48, Auburn 21 Florida 31, Miami, Fla. 14 Georgia Tech 16, Georgia 7 Grambling 55, Southern U. 20 LSU 66, Wyoming 7 Tennessee 42, Vanderbilt 7 Virginia Tech 27, VMI 7 MIDWEST N. Dakota St. 20, N. Michigan 6 Wabash 37, Minn.-Morris 21 SOUTHWEST Baylor 48, TCU 9 Brigham Young 68, Texas- El Paso 19 Houston 51, Rice 21 . Texas 57, Texas A&M 28 W. Texas St. 28, S. Illinois 9 FAR WEST Boise St. 44, Idaho 14 Colorado St. 13, Utah SI. 10 Hawaii 24, S. Carolina 7 Long Beach St. 29, Bowling Green 28 New Mexico 41, Utah 24 Sports in Brief By Press The Associated GOLF TOKYO — Severiano Ballesteros of Spain shot a finalround 1-under-par 71 to posl a 1-stroke victory over Kikuo Arai of Japan in the $250,000 Phoenix Golf Tournament . MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian veteran Bob Shearer birdied the final holes in a steady drizzle lo caplure the $33,000 first prize in the Champion of Champions Golf Tournament. Shearer birdied an 8-fool . putt on the 18th hole to edge Britain's Maurice Bembridge and Curlis Slrange of Ihe United States. BARRANQUILLA, Colombia — American Orville Moody won Ihe sixlh Caribbean Open golf tournament with a 4-round total of 280, eighl slrokes under par. Munuel Calero of Spain was second al 282 and Alfonso Bohorquez of Colombia third at 284. TENNIS BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Guillermo Vilas of Argenlina defeated Hans Gildemeister of Chile 7-6, 6-4 lo reach the finals of Ihe $20,000 Argentine Open Tennis Championship. Jaime Fillol of Chile beat Viclor Pecci of Paraguay 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 and also gained Monday's finals. PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Tracy Austin, the 14-year- old from Rolling Hills, Calif., added two more lennis lilies to her collection, winning the singles and doubles finals in ihe National Girls 16-years- and-under division indoor championships. MELBOURNE, Australia — Evonne Gooolagong of Australia defeated countrywomen Wendy Turnbull 64, 6-1 in the raindelayed finals of a $75,000 women's tennis t ournament. i TOKYO — Ken Rosewall of Australia scored a 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory over Ilie Nastase of Romania in Ihe finals of a $125,000 inlernational lennis tournament. Billie Jean King outlasted Czechoslovakia!! expatriate Martina Navralilova 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 lo capture the women's title. OVIEDO, Spain — Eddie Dibbs of Miami recorded a 6-4, 6-1 viclory over Raul Ramirez of Spain in the finals of a $100,000 Grand Prix lennis lourna- menl. AUTO RACING PHOENIX - Cale Yarborough of Timmonsville, S.C., beal teammate Neil Bonnetl by 26 seconds lo win Ihe Winslon West 250 aulo race at Phoenix Inlernational Raceway. Yarborough, a two-lime NASCAR champion, and Bonnetl drove identical 1974 Jim Stacy Dodges and led Ihe field of 30 cars all the way. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Hurley Haywood guided his Porsche 934 lo a Iwo-lap victory over a BMW driven Kemper Miller in the Camel GT 250, which was delayed when several accidents forced track officials lo stop the race and clear the track of debris. FOOTBALL MONTREAL — Quar- ierback Sonny Wade fired three touchdown passes in a stretch of 3% minules of Ihe second half as Ihe Monlreal Aloueltes broke open Ihe 1977 Grey Cup Game en roule lo a 41-6 victory over the Edmonlon Eskimos in Ihe Canadian Foolball League playoff final. TRACK & FIELD HOUSTON — British Olympian Nick Rose fought off a late challenge by Craig Virgin and won the 1977 Men's National AAU Cross Country championship. Rose, representing the Mason-Dixon Athletic Club, finished with a record time of 30 minules, 14.3 seconds over Ihe 6V4-mile course along Houslon's Buffalo Bayou. Virgin, of Athletics West, was clocked in 30:22.8. i.