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4B · North'wett'Arkansas TIMES, Tu«., S»pt. 3, 1974 FAYETTKVILLC. ARKANSAS Shofner Installing Pro-Type Offense TCU Frogs Adjusting To New Coach FORT WORTH, Tex. (AP) -Jim Shofner plans to put more " hop in the TCU Frogs this fall. In Tact, he's going to make them airborne. · Recalled to his' alma mater after spending most of the past 1C years in pro football, Shofner makes it plain that he believes in a wide-open attack and furthermore believes TCU can be-come a winner again. His plan is long-range, and involves some good recruiting, but in the meantime the Horned Frogs on hand must be adapted to a new style of. play. Their coaches think it can be done. "We have to convince our players that , they're good," say one Frog assistant, "because they are." And Jimmy Thomas, who ended his pro playing career to come with Shofner as TCU's 'irst black coach, echoes that houglH: "There are more good 'ootball players here than I ex- Dccled. We just have to let :hcse kids know they can win. We'll 'oe better than anyone thinks. We won't be embarrassed." 'RUN AND GUN' Shotner's style will he "run and gun"--with Lee Cook gunning and Mike LuUvell running. With an eye on ticket sales he says, "We want to make football an exciting and fun experience for our players and Tans." He says Cook is his quarterback, a "guy who can run the team." Cook, a 180-poiind junior, saw limited duty last year but com- pleted more than half his jasscs. He'll throw a lot more n Shofner's multiple-pro offensive scheme, which the coach admits is aimed at getting big plays rather than controlling the ball. But it won't be all passing, ^allrell is sighted in on TCU's all-time rushing mark. held.by Jim Swink, and Shofner plans to give him the ball. Lutirell romped for 80G yards as a sophomore and another 865 steps ast year despite crippling injuries. His running mate this 'all will come from among Bobby Cowan, Kent Waldrep, Chuck Boyd,. and Ronnie Little- Lon. Cook's targets will include trackman Gary Patterson, veteran Dave Duncan, freshman Mike Renfi'o (whose father, Ray. played pro ball with Shofner). and Dlckje Ppwers vjliile Ronald Parker or Alan Layno (whose father, Bobby, played pro against AGAINST Shofner) will be at tight end. CONFIDENT OF LINE Shofner feels he has "people who will come through m the line. Offensively, the ImefteR will be senior Merle WaM and sophomore Scott 0 Glee at tackles, seniors J o h n n y McWilliams and Terry Chan): paguc at guards and soph Jerry Caillier at center. A lack of line depth and experience could be a problem but (lie Frog coaches are high on Wang and O'Glee, especial ly. There are also line problem!, on defense, but defensive chief Don Lawrence likes his , lin backers and defensive backs. Dcde Torveen is the rnjd.d.le inebacker, a proven destroyer who wil Iplay this fall about 15 pounds lighter at 220-225 than a ,year . ago. Tis linebacking pals in a new 4-3 setup, will be veterans Mike Hanna also lighter and quicker than l a s t season and Gene Mqser. Mo- sef, " 229 'pounds with good speed is considered, a fine pro , prpspefet /and possibly sqUftpVij ' Hgst athlete. . HERNANDEZ BACK The Frogs gave up 15 touchdown passes last year, but .the four-deep alignment and a wealth of talent in th esecon- dary could fix that. Gene Hernandez--he led the conference with seven interceptions 1973-- and swift Allen Hooker are the halfbacks, with veterans Terry Drennan, Dennis o and Tim Pul!|arn plus sophomore Robert Dobry available at the safety positions. Up front the only experienced lands are tackle Tommy Van Wart and end (former linebacker) Chad Utley. Van Wart ("A lot of God-given talent," says Lawrence) will Drpbably be joined by J. G. Crouch (230) in the middle. David Gregg or Keith Judy should man the other end spot. The defensive plan, like the offensive thinking, runs toward variety. Shofner expects some stunting and "dealing." A lot has changed, coaches, uniform color (the Frogs will be.back in a darker purple this fall) and style or play. But all Shptner promises for starters is a great deal of effort and a lot of excitement. If his maiden voyage as a head coach also produces more victories, that will be a bonus. Kiting Game Already In Good Hapds Owls To Improve Offense HOUSTON (AP) -T The Ripe Owls had a old three-ya: i problen\ 'wth tl?e ,rds ahd a cloyd of dust theory last seasp.n - |hey couldn't make me three yards." In three of the p\v|s' iasl four games, opponents oii[gained Rice 400 yards to 177"yards in tolal offense. While the rest §f the South: west Conference · laugl|ed . qt Rice's puny offense. The Byrts had a few smjles top with a crack kicking game" that iifp- duced four straight yjpjqries and a third place finish in the SWC. Rice didn't make'a first down in the second half against Texas AM and won the game on a I chief losses on defense. The 95-yard kickoff return by Carl newcorners will be Henry Har- Swierd in the inal two minutes, prison ^arid Bandy Plel.; uujer Swierc also had a 90-plus returnjdffgnsive losses were Unebap"; lo beat Texas' Christian, which ker'jplin Ke "y and ehd D SVil outgaiued the Owls 281-100 iii Sne)li.ng. . . ... _..!.-- Jpjrjjng Moore on the off en: total offense. Punier iYIike Landrum \ygi named' the"'AP's SWC back of Ihe week, the first punter so honored, 'after his pinpoint bqpts helped pice heat Arkansas with. 138 y a r d i ' i n " total offense siye DP" I $ the Hogs 404: . Landrijrfl "will return to the Penn Rebuilding But Siil! Tops In The East STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Owls this season uul Coach-At Conover hopes to take some of the strain off the hearts of Rice fans with an improved running attack and a quarterback with ]one year's experience. INEPT LAST YEAR "Last year we were so inept at running the football. People didn't pay much attention to our running game," Conover |r|ing titje when wprkouts begin wil1 fee-Hal Per- center, James , Liska at ' Randy Eigemeyer iguard 'find. mi ' "baft .pampeer g ; i e g j fthhelti Roy will.be the nelf tight end and Ed Lofton riturhs to: his sn]it end posit jo fi. "Dependable Gary Fjrgijspn and John Coleman will return as running backs, although Coleman is recovering from a knee operation. LED BY WALKER Rice's defense that was forced into many endurance contests last year by lack of offensive punch will be. led by senior noseguard Cornelius . the other linebacker with Gary Jid/'-f rTOey d i d w | Walker. Hodn^t^w^be designed to stop our passing. It was lough every time we'd run a play action pass t h e r e would bi " .age." be nine people in cover_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ . . -- This is a rebuilding year forj Conover hopes an infusion by Penn State football, but the Nit-lsueh as Ed Collins, Ardie Se- tany Lions' still should 'be thelgars and James Sykes will NEAL JEFFREY .. .real talent at quarterback /or Grant Team's Baylor Bears Early Baylor Schedule Could Kill Dreams, But Teaff Hopes For Best WACO, Tex. (AP) -- Baylor Coach Grant Teaff is not unlike a Marine sergeant these days pep talking his troops before iiie assault craft hits the beach. Oklahoma is some beach. And then 'there's Oklahoma Stale, Missouri, Florida State and Arkansas in rapid order. "That's the key...if we come through our first five ball games with any confidence we'll he a good football.team," says Teaff, eyeing the rugged · schedule. "Oklahoma will be" fired up again with that probation and Only he'll probably start in ours as' a freshman." The Bears, generally rated to finish in the SWC's second divi sion, are not without talent Quarterback Neal Jeffrey was 15th in the nation in total of fense and 17th in passing lasi year. "Neal without question is oni of the best quarterback around," Teaff says. "In fact he's one of the best I've seen ii a long time." Phillip Kent, Brian Kilgor Pat McNeil, Cleveland Frankli and Steve Beaird give th Bears striking power in the backfield. _-,.t and CulUe Culpepper returning at the corners. ·The defensive line should be ifllid again with Fisher and *,arry O'Neal at ends and Ji._. iedford and Danny Johnson at tackles. Despite honed for improve tifent on last year's 5-6 finish HP Owls again have a killer schedule (.hat includes Houston "incinnatl, Louisiana Stale ant Iptre Dame before starting the §WC slat.e t Notre Ijame is the defending national champion, Houston ranked ninth and LSU was 13th in the final AP major collegi football poll last year. Conover had Catholic priests on the sidelines here last yea when the Owls lost to Notre Dame 28-0. Conover' may try something different this year li South Bend. "We may try. to take some nuns un there with us," Con over said. LUTTRELL AND TERVEEN .. Mike Luttrell (top) and Dede Terveen are two o) TCU's mainstays. Luttrett is a bruising runner who picked up 906 yards last season. Terveen was an important cog in the TCU defense last year and is an All-Conference possibiJifj/ this season est in the East, and a Top Ten' ?ot is possible. Coach Joe Patornp h.:.s to re- ice 13 players frpfn his uneaten and untied Orapge Bowl innefs last year, 'We have so many untried eople that it's going to be tough come close to our ecord," says Paterno, whose earns in the last three years r on 33, lost 3 and.played in the otton, owls. Sugar and Orange Paterno insists that he had IB worst spring practice since e became head coach at Penn tate eight years ago. Offensively, Paterno has to eplace running back John Cap- Ihe Heisman ~ pelletti, winner; linemen Mark Mark"- ovich, Charley Getty and Phil LaPorta; split end Gary Hayman, who also was the top punt returner in the nation, and full- ack-bloeker Boh Nagle. On cle- 'ense he has lost linebackers 3d O'Neil and Doug Allen, :ackle Randy Crowder and defensive backs Buddy Ellis and Scott Mitchell. 95-yard W*ott returns a I luxury instead- $f"a nscsBsily 1 for victory. "He's, 6-2, 226 and a quality back," Conover said of Collins. "We've never really had a big back like that who could run. Ardie Segars really excited us in spring training. He'd get hiti and "just drag three or four people across the goal line." Sykes, a speed burner from Coldspring, Tex.,;. made opposing defenses freeze last year as a freshman when he was the No. 2 kickoff returner in the nation. Returning to the starting quarterback position will be San Antonio sophomore Tommy ... ,, Kramer, who missed most ol Trophy Rice's surge last year with £ shoulder Injury, 11 STARTERS BACK Conover has 11 starters re turning from last year's team with the biggest losses on the offensive line and defensive secondary. Right guard Steve Moore is the only returning starter on the offensive line. Moster Preston Anderson and safety Bruce Henley are the SCHULZ ANCHOR Center Aubrey Schulz is the anchor for a good offensive line which includes such promising players as guards Roll Tiplon and Vic Sobotik, tackles Mike all and they simply have the finest offense in the country," says Teaff, who points out, "It wasn't me who made out our schedule." The Bears were mauled in the opener last year by the S , · , _i i r\ n I a t J ^ Vlt: ouuuum, Lautiiua unite ooners and spiraled to a 2-9 |Hl , ghes and Gary GregorVp and SDason - I tight end Sam Harper. I ve never been as low as a : Teaff says of Schulz "You coach," says Teaff, who earned.talk about leadership and killer Southwest Congrence . Coach of I i ns ti n ct and doing the things the Year lanrels the previous | yoll have to do to win...Aubrey autumn with a 5-6 season. I Schulz is Ihe whole ball of TEAFK SURPRISED :wax." Teaff was surprised by w h a t ; Teaff says "defense is our he termed a "phenomenal re-1 big problem although we looked cruiting year. I was shocked. It! a lot better this spring." says a lot for the type of program we are trying to build here. We could have been in trouble if we followed a 2-9 year by falling flat on our face in recruiting." The Bear recruits were led Teaff has switched tough Joe Johnson to his natural tackle position instead of noseguard where John Oliver looked the best. Tim Black and Dennis DeLoach at ends. Derrel Luce and Donnie Bockhorn at linebacker, Gary Green at corner- back, Ken Quesenberry at safety and Tommy Turnipseede at rover are the defensive stalwarts. GOOD STARTERS "We are going to have good starting units, both offensively and defensively," Teaff says "And at several positions we have capable replacements. However, at other positions should vie have a bad injury we would be in trouble." Teaff also would like to change the number of turnovers, or lost footballs, by his offense last season. "Turnovers nearly drove me up the wall," says Teaff, who has been sending his running backs through an anfi-fumbling machine. The contraption consists of a gauntlet of old tires which make the runner concentrate on keeping a tight grip on the ball. . .... _ _ _ ... Teaff just h o p e s his game, season, and career cate-i'oacks can do as well against gories. 'another machine--Oklahoma. by rugged Ronald Burns of Arlington Sam Houston, whom Teaff says "could start for Oklahoma in their secondary. Varsity Forerunner Arkansas freshman Leotis Harris, a 6-2, 235-pound defensive lineman from Little Rock Hall, is the .cousin of Muskie Harris, a varsity cornerback. Reception Records A r k a n s a s pass receiving records are held by four different performers. Wear' Schqon- ovcr's 13 receptions against Baylor in 1929, Alton Baldwin's four scoring grabs against Arkansas AM in 1944 and TCU in 1945, Mike Reppond's 56 catches in 1970 and Chuck Dicus' 118 receptions In three years are all best performances in "GO HOGS GO" minute man remember when you're hungry., it only takes * minute manl Before the Game . . . After the Game . . . The Perfect Place To Eat Share a Minute with a Charcoal Broiled Hamburger at Minute Man. 2 Location*-520 N. College--Ph. 521-1062 324 W. Dickson--Ph. 443-2123 in Fayettevilfe Give a kid a brake. 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