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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 45

Des Moines, Iowa
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Sunday, August 31, 1975
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) 8D/DES MOINES SUNDAY REGISTER • AUR, 31, Flu, injuries slow Cornhuskers' conditioning JoHm TURNBULL Continued from Page One his pass catching, but he's having an excellent fall and right now looks like a pretty complete player at that position." THAT WAS just one of many optimistic notes sounded by Osborne in his visit with the touring Big Eight Skywriters. "We hope to be as good or better than last year, and last year we were a good football team." declared Tom, who guided the Huskers to a 9-3 record and a Sugar Bowl triumph over Florida in his second season as Bob Devaney's replacement. But is Nebraska . good enough to challenge top- ranked Oklahoma for the Big Eight championship? Thinking about Oklahoma is far down the line, replied Tom, since the teams don't meet until Nov. 22, but he put it this way: "If our defense is as good as we think it will be, then we can have an excellent season. You have to have a good defense if you hope to win Hie Big Eight title." THE JOB of leading the offense, at least in the opener against Louisiana State here in two weeks, probably will go to Terry Luck, the guy who came off the bench and beat Florida in the Sugar Bowl when Humm was ineffective, For one thing, Vince Ferragamo, the heralded transfer from California cannot play against Louisiana State, He must sit out the first game for being taken to the Sugar Bowl in violation of National Collegiate rules. For another, Luck has been around longer and after five years and three knee operations he's earned the starting nod. It's up to him to keep it from Ferragamo, a two-year starter at .Cal before he became disenchanted there; sophomore Randy Garcia, and junior Earl Everett. "Quarterback is a major area of concern,'- admits Osborne, "but it's not like we don't have any players. "Luck has the most experience but all his playing time probably adds up to one game. Vince is coming along well and is challenging Terry for No. 1. Everett has the most speed and Garcia is March vow: We'll be ready for Hawkeyes WHITE Continued from Page One rural Centerville, la., and Indian Hills Junior College. "Wonderful people but only 5,000 people in the whole town," says March. "Every freshman has doubts and this setting was so different. But it was my chance, and I couldn't disappoint my parents." Nor did he. Dean got his grades in shape in a year, qualified to become an Illini, became a starter at mid-season last fall and now has been chosen a leader on a Big Ten team with lofty hopes. MARCH AND Friends will visit Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City Sept. 13, the second such trip in two years. Frankly, they do not consider it a privilege, for this is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr.- Hyde-type series. "Iowa seems to be a different team, home and away," sadly says Coach Bob Blackman. He should know. Illinois has won the last two here, 31-0 and 50-0. The last visits to Iowa City were 15-14 and 1412 losses. A year ago, Hawkeye Ed Donovan scored on a pass with 17 seconds remaining for victory. That kept the Illini STEVE GREENE from finishing 5-2-1 and fourth in he conference. Don't think anyone has forgotten that. "We'll be mentally ready for Iowa this year," insists March. "No one's taking them lightly. And we know they got a lot of big, hard- running backs and a lot of spirit in the stands." Spirit is better here, too, partly because of improved communications between staff and players. Blackmail formed a 14-man, Player Leadership Council last spring. Defensive back Pat Nlzzi of Des Moines was elected. "A football squad can nev- pr be a democracy," cautions Blackmail. "But it's good for the players to have a route to be heard. We hope for positive suggestions, not just complaints." BLACKMAN had first A . (Mir winning season (6-4-11 of lour and the Illini had their first since 1965. It happened in spite of three-fourths of the starting backfield being lost for the season by the third game. Lonnie Perrin, 6-3 by 215, cavorted like a larger, younger Red Grange in pre-season — until a knee buckled before the opener. Sophomore Chubby Phillips had to take over before he was ready. But he's good, too. Last year's bad luck has made Illinois wealthy at tailback this year and another '74 knee casualty, fullback Steve Greene is back to do his body-bruising blocking for the runners. Fact is, this is a Lazarus among football teams, with nine men coming back from surgery. Illinois' ability to make a title bid hinges on the recovery of five, or possibly six. Perrin and Greene have been mentioned. The other keys are split end Jeff Chrystal, tight end Joe Smalzer, quarterback Mike McCray and swingback Tracy Campbell. "Campbell is the only one definitely ruled out of the opener," says Blackman, who is ecstatic to finally have artificial turf so the team can practice where it plays. The quarterback situation is unsettled and may remain so. A new one must be named. Senior Jim Kopatz is No. 1 on experience closely followed by big Kurt Stoger, a sophomore. McCray must prove he's healthy again. SEVEN defensive starters left but that is a deceptive figure, for the medical returnees can improve this situation. Scott Studwell, a medical redshirt last year, returns at linebacker. John Sullivan should star there, too. Offensive linemen Doug Kleber and Stu Levinick and defensive tackle Mike Waller are all-star material. Linebacker Brian Ford, once of Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, returns as a linebacker. Nizzi, a 200-pound junior who played for Dowling of West Des Moines as a prep, is running as No. 3 fullback. "Pat has a world of desire and determination," says Blackman. "Unfortunately, he's a step slow." This won't be a slow team. It has quality athletes and, counting a good freshman crop, enough depth. The schedule has several bad features, one being that Indiana is the league team not to be played. Most important, Illinois must take on the four predicted powers — Michigan State, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan — in order, starting Oct. 25. There better be some depth! ''I don't want to talk too much about injuries," insists Blackman. One student has statistics showing it's more dangerous to ride a bicycle on campus than to play football." Must he some terrible blind intersections. Next: Northwestern probably the best pure passer. They're all very close.' " WHOEVER emerges asjhe starter will have Some great ground support, because the Huskers return powerful full back Tony Davis, swift Iback Monte Anthony, plus John O'Leary and Dave Gillespie. Although the offensive line must be revamped around all-American center Rik Bonness and tight end Larry Mu- shinskie, this doesn't seem to bother Osborne. He is mainly concerned about the lack of depth behind his regulars. which he feels will be the best Nebraska has had in years. Bob Martin at one end, Ron Pruitt and Mike Fultz at the tackles, John Lee at middle guard, and Wonder Monds and Jim Burrow in the secondary are among the Big Eight's best players. The first unit is solid but the replacements are not. IN FACT, about the only thing that has gone wrong for the Huskers is their physical condition. The flu bug and a The same-goes-for-defense,—rash ot-mmor injuries caus Osborne to cancel a planned scrimmage Saturday. Randy Lessman of Sioux r ity, la., again will be Nebraska's punter, and three other lowans will fill reserve roles on defense <- linebackers Jeff Carpenter of Council Bluffs and King Block of Ames, and end Randy Rick of Dubuque. But the big contribution from the Hawkeye state promises to be Craig. Does it worry him that Big Red faithful are already referring to him in the Johnny Rodgers class. —"There-will .never be anoth- er Johnny Rodgers," said Curtis; "but I hope to play better than him in my own way, and maybe some day I'll be considered in the same category." THEN HE added confidently: "We're going to have a listen to our coaches, they good team this year. A lot of people are underestimating us. They think we'll just be an average team. But if you think this is the first time since Johnny Rodgers and Rich Glover that we've had so much talent" When Nebraska fans read things like that, the next two weeks can't go fast enough. Next: Kansas POLE POSITION TO ANDRETTI FLOWERY BRANCH, GA. (Af>) --Mario Andretti toured the pole position for today's 100-mile Formula 8000 race with a speed of 123.07 miles per hour Saturday, eclipsing the record for Formula 5000 cars by better than five miles per hbur. Tw«frty-three cars qualified for the event at the 2.52-mile road circuit near Gainesville before a crowd of-more than 25,000, largest to turn out for any Road Atlanta event. Englishman Brian Redman, who set the old track record of 117.50 m.p.h. in 1973, will be on the outside pole. He qualified second with a speed w 122.57 m.p.h. in his Hall-Haas Lola. Third fastest was At Unser of Albuquerque, N.M., at 121.09 m.p.h. Both he and teammate c . fc -Andretti are in Viceroy Lolas. Another Englishman, Jackie Oliver, qualified fourth at 121.20 m.p:h. in his UOP Shadow, and John Woodner, of Berkeley, Calif., Was fifth, at 119.35 m.p.h. in a Talon. Andretti, of Nazareth, Pa., approached the track record set in 1973 by Mark Dohohue In a Porsche 917 Can Am with • speed of 124.42 m.p.h. Drivers are competing for a $50)000 pUrse/with the winner pocketing f 16,000. PRE-LABOR DAY SALE Now off. 36,000-MILE GUARANTEE TliBKI.EMS WHITEWALL. 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