Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on September 3, 1974 · Page 20
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, September 3, 1974
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Don't Count On It Horns On Decline? AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) -- A i standard line in Southwest Conference football is that the Texas Longhorns replace ail- Americans with nil-Americans, Not so this year, says Coach Darrell Royal, as he faces the 1974 season without all-Ameri- 'cati. center Bill Wyman - "the best- blocking center I have ever seen in college" -- and probably minus all-American fullback Roosevelt Leaks. - Leaks, blasting for 2,514 yards in two years, a pace that would make him the greatest ground gainer in SWC history, tore ligaments in his right knee during March spring training. Leaks stayed here this summer to rebuild his knee, but it was such a severe injury that it is questionable whether he will play. His absence and a general dropoff in talent probably will push Texas out of the top 10 in pre-season rankings for the first time in recent years. "That's not surprising nor disturbing." said Royal in an interview. "I don't think we probably rate to be picked any better "ion that." THE MOST LIKELY . Arkansas. Texas Tecli or Texas AM appear most likely to end Texas' domination of the SWC, said Royal. The 'L'orig- horns have won a record six straight conference titles. As a replacement for Leaks, Longhorn coaches will check out junior David Bartek and freshmen Earl Campbell' and Steve Collier. Campbell, a 218-pounder with 4.7-second speed for 40 yards, was considered the top Texas' schoolboy back last season. Although he fumbled five times in a recent high school all-star game. Royal said his high school films show "he was not a fnmbler." The other missing all.-American,_ Wyman, will, be replaced by Bob Trescli. 240. a sub at tackle last season. "I don't know if our offensi\( line of scrimmage will match up to last year," said Roya' It appeared to be solid until Nebraska manhandled everyone except Wyman and tackle Bob Simmons in Texas' 19-3 Cotton Bowl loss, and those linemen that Nebraska trampled will be starters again this year. ALL-AMERICA TYPE Royal said, however, that Simmons, a 261-pound junior, is an all-American prospect. One important decision that has been made since spring training is to keep sophomore speedster Raymond Clayborn at halfback. He was at split end in spring practice to spread the defenses that pinch in a'gainst the Wish- borne. But Royal has decided to use either quick Pat Padgett, a senior, or one of three freshmen--Alfred Jackson, Kevin Scott or Graylon Wyatt at wide receiver. The defense depends on a surgeon's skill as tackle Fred Currin, 240, and linebacker Sherman Lee, 225, had mid-season operations in 1973 and missed spring workouts. BOOMS ENGLISH Royal said tackle Doug English, 247, rates all-American mention, and linebacker Wade Johnston, 226, is considered by Longhorn coaches as a belter player than a 1973 all-SWC line- backing choice, Glenn Gaspard. "The front eight is pretty solid," said Royal. He labeled the defensive secondary, which loses all-SWC halfback Jay Arnold, as the trouble spot. Returning are Terry Melancon, 190, and safety Joe Bob Bizzell, at 5-7 and 145, the smallest starter in the conference. On paper, Paul Jette, a 180- pound sophomore who was re cruiled as an afterthought, is the third starter, and there appears to be virtually no depth in the secondary. It does not look like a Royal year. QUARTERBACK PROSPECT . . .Texas signal-caller Mike Presley is not only a capable back-up quraterback for returnee Marty Akins, but could eventually challenge Akins }or a starting rale in the Longhorn wishbone ojjense. In any case, the Horns appear solid at quarterback as they bid to continue their reign as Southwest Conference kingpins Hulet Powers Prairie Grove Running Game PRAIRIE GROVE-^If en thusiasm means anything, ac cording to second-year Prairie Grove head coach Vol Eads, the Tigers will definitely be in the running for a District 1-A title shot this fall. · · This year's Tiger unit has plenty of it, Eads says, and with a good group of ex perienced returnees to work with, they may be back up that enthusiasm with a size able string of victories. .Thirty-four candidates turned out for pre-season drills, includ ing 10 lettermen and eigh starters off last year's 2-6-' team. .Heading that list is one o the strongest runners in the area is junior Jackie Hulel, a 5 11, 185-pound fullback who led the Tigers in rushing last year as a sophomore. Eads can't say enough about Hulet, and after his performance last fall it's no wonder. "He's real durable," E a d s points out, "and the kind of boy who gives 110 per cent all the time." SEASONED HANDS Joining Hulet in the Prairie Grove backfield will be some other seasoned hands in Ryan McDonald, 5-8 and 150; Steve Moore, 5-11 and 150. b o t h juniors, and senior Mitchell Jones, 5-9 and 1150. McDonald, Moore and Jones will be vying for the two halfback slots, Eads pointed out. At quarterback, the Tigers will probably be going with sophomore Aaron Smith, a 6-0, 150-pounder who guided the junior high team to a 6-3 record last season. On the line, things are still a 'bit uncertain for Prairie Grove, although Eads has a veteran cast to choose from. One of the big losses, however, was end Brad Igou, an all district performer last year as a s o p h o m o r e , whose family moved to California. Starting at the ends will probably be junior Mike Phipps, 6-1 and 155 at tight end, and senior Craig Campbell, 5-10 and 150 at split end. At the tackle slots will be seniors Roy Alsop, 6-3 and 190, and Bob Ilenry, 5-10 and 170. Backing them up and also filling in on defense are sophomore James Foster. 6-3 and 185. and senior Bill McCIure, 5-11 and 165. JUNIOR GUARDS A pair of juniors, R i c k y Clayton, 5-10 and 165. and Danny Fleming, 6-0 and 155, appear to have nailed down the guard positions. ·· M center, meanwhile, seniors Ron Carroll, 5-10 and 160. ami Tommy Tucker, 5-10 and 170, look like the top candidates. T w o sophomores, Scott Phipps, 5-9 and 145, and Rick Owens, 5-9 and 130, are likely to figure in. thp nicture somewhere, Eads added. Offensively, t h e Tigers will bt running rnosly out of the Colorado State New Opponent For Hop; Boast Passing Threat A new opponent for Arkansas this season will be Colorado State University of Fort Collins. CSU, the nominal relacement for Iowa Slate from last year's schedule, will meet the Razorbacks at Little Rock on October 26. The Rams rebounded from a 1-10 record in 15J2 to win five games under first-year coach Sark Arslanian last season. CSU was seventh (2-4) in the Western Athletic Conference, winning the most league games in the school's history. Colorado State registered key wins over .Brigham Young and Idaho, and also made an impressive showing in a 28-20 loss to nationally ranked Houston. Arslanian sports a career record of 118-58-5, including a 5026-2 mark in eight years at Weber State and a 63-2(5-3 record in nine years at Dixie (Utah) Junior College. He will be working this year with 28 returning lettermen, in- 1 eluding offensive starters Willie Miller (flanker), Mark Mullaney and AI Simpson (tackles), Jim Tracey (guard), Kim Jones (running back) and Dan O'Rourke (split end). DEFENSIVE STARTERS Defensive starters back are inemen Pete Clark, Dave Duncan, Loren Mulkins, Jim Oper- man and Gary Paulson, linebacker Wes Cerveny and backs David Norman and Eric Wilk. Bigges (.losses among the 20 departing lettermen were Ail- WAC tight end Jim Kennedy, Rod Blackford, who was ninth nationally in punting and quar- ferack Jan Stuebbe, who ranked nationally in both passing (ninth) and total offense (19th). All-star candidates for 1074 are Miller, Mulkins, Jones and Scott MacLachlan. Miller ranked ninth nationally in pass receiving last year with 53 receptions for 793 yards and six Power-I, according to Eads, although the wishbone may be employed at times. Despite the size of this year's turnout, Eads figures depth will be one of his biggest problems. "But our kids' attitude has just been great," he a d d e d , "and that should help us overome a lot of things." The Tigers will be opening their season Sept. 6 on the road against rival Farmington. a team now riding the crest of a 23-game winning streak. Prairie Grove, was the last team to beat Farmington, 13-0 in the 1972 opener, and there's nothing the Tigers would like better than to peat that performance. In district 1-A, meanwhile, perennial powers Gravctte and Berryville again figure to be the teams to beat, although new entry West Fork could be a real dark horse. In any case, the title chase may be an Interesting affair, and Prairie Grove is not out of th« picture by any means. xmchdowns. Mulkins made All WAG at nose guard, on the strength of 35 solo and 45 as sisted tackles. Jones and Mac Lachlan .were the team's top two rushers. Linebacker Kevin McLain from Fullerton (Calif.) Junior College had an impressive spring and will call defensive signals from the Rams in 1974 Other lop junior College n_ cruits include running back Jim McKenzie from Pratt, Kan. linebacker Greg Poppino froir Columbia Basin, Wash., ant safety Bruce Johnson frorr Everett, Wash. Sophomore safe tv Keit King, a junior varsity performer in 1973, also rate high. An explosive offense helpet rejuvenate CSU last season, bu a more balanced attack i sought in 1974. The Rams passci for 2200 yards but rushed fo only 1177 last fall. POTENT PASSING The passing game should re main potent with the return o Miller and O'Rourke and th addition of Jeff Schrecengos 1 The number one quarlerbac spot will go either to Jack Gra ham, a 1973 reserve, or Mar Driscoll, a part-time starter i 1972 who missed last year wit a shoulder injury. The ground game that ap pear'ed shaky in the spring Vu made progress. McKcnzie is e: peeled to complement Jon_ and MacLachlan. The line ha proven veterans in Tracey Simpson and Mullaney. CSU yielded 33 points an 365.5 total yards per game o defense last year, hut an ex perienced front four and an im proved lincbacking corps shou! lower those figures. McLain Poppino and Carl Willmott wi likely be Ihe starting line backers. The front four include 1973 starters Mulkins, Opper man and Paulson, the lop re serve Fred Paoli. The loss of secondary ve terans Greg Stemrick and Gre Battle will hurt, but Wilk an Norman return at cornerback King and Johnson appear se as safeties. Letterman Clark Kemble wi handle palcemen duties. Th soccer-style kicker had a goo spring, and has improved hi field goal range. Sophomore Kevein Apparati and Mik Deutsch did the punting in th spring, but both need work Elusive Johnny Square is a experienced punt and kicko returner. Says Arslanian, "The 197 schedule is tough. Besides con fercnce games against Ne\ M e x i c o , Brigham Young Wyoming, Arizona, Texas-E Paso and Arizona State, we pla Florida State, Memphis Stale Utah State, Arkansas an Nevada-Reno. We'll have to b at an emotional peak for eac game. But overall the 1974 team was better at the end of sprin practice than the 1973 squa was at the end of the season." Eagles Have Veteran Crew HUNTSVILI.E -- With nearly n all-vclcnin casl returning ·om 1973, there's really only ic thing Ihal troubles new luntsvillc head coach Tom Tice oing inlo Hie new campaign, id that's the subject of injur- ·s. In all, 35 candidates greeted ice for drills this August, in- uding 17 Ictterincn and 14 ex- erienced seniors. "We have six arters returning on defense id five on offense," Tice olnted out, "and we should be )lc to two-platoon except for irce or four who'll, be going olh ways." Senior (iiiarterback Jim Goer, 5-8 and 165. who took over o 11 o w i n g Counts' injury isl year .will lie back to call ie signals. Joining him will he senior ullback Kay Bouschard, 5-9 nd 170. last year's leading usher and also all-district line- acker. Manning the halfback slots or Iluntsvillc will be senior liris Hooper, 5-10 and 155, and inior Kenny Jeffrey, 6-0 and 65. On the offensive line, senior crry McAllister, 6-2 and 160, ·ill return at split end, and laying- opposite him. .will, be mlor tight .end Andy Coleniani - land 180. At the t a c k l e s , .it looks ke senior Frank Piltman, 6-0 nd ICO and senior John Parkr, 5-10 and 180. Holding down the guard post .'ill be junior James Howell, -10 and 170, and senior Mike 'erguson, 5-9 and 165. Anchor- iig the line at center is senior lick Evans, 5-9 and 180. At least four other seniors vil! be starting on defense, in- Inding noseguard John Whittle -8 and 165. who transferrec rom Springdale. Whittle will be joined by line acker Tim Tipton, 6-0 and 170. defensive standout last year long with tackle Randy ' Wil iams, C-l anil 215. and end Bil 'arsons, 5-11 and 150. Ready For SWC Title Bid 12B «) Northwest Arkaniai TIMES, Toes., Sept. 3, 1974 FAVITTEVILLC. ARKANSAS .. Aggies Coming Of Age COLLEGE STATION, Tex. AP) -- They won't be making he same jokes about Baby 'ace and his kindergarten gang t Texas AM this year. The Aggies started eight ophomores, two freshmen and a junior on offense in 1973 but much, of their season didn't in- lude beginner's luck. AM finished with a 5-6 sea- on record despite impressive tatistics and Coach Emory Bellard has chalked up 1973 to experience-much needed ex- terience. "I think we were in every tall game we played last year," aid Bellard. 'We had our chances to win but we were lot a good short-yardage fool- Jail team and we put ourselves n catch-up situalions where you are much more crror-proned." Now that all those youngsters lave been fire tested. Bellard lopes they'll be able to eliminate most o fthose mistakes in 1974. ED SIMONINI Twenty-one of last year's 22 offensive and defensive starters will return this year. The only absentee will be Alvin Bowers, AM's No. 2 rusher with 703 yards last year. Bowers was dismissed from the team last spring for disciplinary reasons. A prime example of the Ag- gies youth last season was freshman quarterback David "Baby'Face" Walker, who was the brunt of the many good-natured jokes about the Aggies' youthfulness. Walker made his mistakes along with the other inexperienced players last year but Bellard said Walker's record was a credit to his ability. "It's tough to come on campus and Quarterback a team never having even been on campus before," B e l l a r d said. "It's different for someone who at least has gone through spring training." Walker took charge of the Aggie offense at mid season and quarterbacked the final six games. He rushed 395 yards and completed 31 of 69 passes for 426 more. Bubba Bean and Skip Walker, both junior running backs, and junior fullback Bucky Sams will join Walker in the 1974 Aggie backfield. BEAN LED RUSHERS Bean led Aggie rushers last season with 723 yards and Walker, a yonner brother of Rice nose guard Cornelius Walker, 'was third with 671 yards. Sams carried 49 times for 273 yards last season. "We think we need to become a more consistent short-yardage, team this year," Bellard said. "'If we can do that, we've got fellows who can make the big play for us." "We'll be noticeably irnprovcc in our offensive line this year and the quavterbacking wil" be more experienced." Walker will have able receiv rs in water bug split end Carl loaches and tight end Richard Osborne, AM's leading rcceiv- 3r last year. The offensive line will be an- shored by second learn all-SWC center Ricky Seeker, the only itarting senior on offense. Juards will be Bruce Welch, i-4, 257 and Billy Lemons, 6-5, 270: tackles Glenn Bujnock, 65, 237 and Dennis Smelser, 6-4, 260. 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