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Page Six


Thursday, October 31, 1963

Sellers makes all of the rest just seeoni

dl best

A University of Florida scout
had just returned from watching
Notre Dame's great end Jim Sey-
. mour play. H i s report on Sey-
mour's talents was highly com-
"What kind of speed does -Sey-
mour have?" he was asked.
"Great speed," replied the scout.
"He's almost as fast as Sellers."
The scout 'was, of course, refer-
ring to Ron Sellers, the p r i z e
flanker of Florida State. Sellers
is 6 4" and 187 pounds and uses
his lanky frame to cover 50 yards
in 5.5 seconds. That's what is call-
ed exceptional speed.
Sellers does not look fast though
and many defensive backs have
regretted the fact. When he was
just a sophomore Buck Baker of
Wake Forest let Sellers' appear-
ance fool him and ended up chas-
ing Sellers for 86 yards until the
end zone stopped him. The play
established .a Florida State record
that only Sellers has since ap-
But it takes more than speed to
make a great pass catcher and
football pros realize this. So the
Florida scout was asked about Jim

Seymour's hands. The answer was flanker I've ever seen," was the Sellers is obviously the complete;
similar to the first one. I answer. "Except, of course, f o r flanker. The only criticism thatl
"Fantastic hands," said the Sellers." . can be made of him is his lack ofj
scout. "In fact, his hands are al- Sellers ability to get open is weight. He presents somewhat ofi
most as good as Sellers'." unparalleled. He is continually an incongrous sight when he stepsc
The truth is that Sellers has un- double and triple-teamed but still on the field because of his slight
believable hands. In two and one manages to pull in an average of frame. A Houston defensive backI
half seasons he has pulled in 168 six passes a game. Penn State tried was led to call him "Jingle Joints."I
Basses to place him fourth on the to double-team Sellers in 1 a s t However, Sellers has demon-l
all time receiving list. year's Gator Bowl game and strated an ability to withstandu
Of course, a flanker must be "held" him to 14 receptions. Last punishment and has only been
open to be able to use his hands. w e e k South Carolina tried the seriously injured once in his ca-c
Thus the scout was asked about same tactics but with even worse reer. It is lucky for FSU coach
Seymour's moves.. results as Sellers caught 16 passes Bill Peterson that this is so, be-
"He's got moves better than any for 259 yards and 3 touchdowns. cause Sellers is the central figure
in the Seminoles' h i g h scoring,
" " , " pro style offense.
Se helped to start all of thisf
iV1 1111 u_1 0f n nries hscoring," comments Peterson,
"and now everyone is out to getI
" idus." The man opponents partic-
ularly try to get is Sellers. Besides
being plagued with multiple cov-
erage, he is continually harassed
by linebackers a n d cornerbacks
By HANK LOWENTHAL ers, with the exception of Healy, trying to hold him up at the lineG
The injury, ruin of many a foot- will be out for the season, their of scrimmage.
ball team, has not placed its evil college playing days have not ne- But FSU's enemies can't really,
clutches on the Michigan team cessarily ended, be blamed for their tactics sincel
this year. However the success of In almost all cases, Big Ten 'there seems to be no way humanly
this year's team can not be at- rules dictate that a player is al- possible to stop Sellers. One on one
tributed as iuch to a minimum of lowed three years of varsity com- coverage would certainly be sul-1
injuries as to the men who step in petition. Since Farrabee and Kra- cide and Sellers himself admitsf
and replace the injured. mer were injured in the first this. "Anyone can have a good day
Coach Bump Elliot remarks, game, they will both be eligible or bad day," he says, "but nineE
"The injuries this year are some- to petition the Big Ten for play- times out of ten I think I can take
what similar to those of other ing time next year. And Baum- a man one on one.''
years. Fortunately, the men step- gartner missed a year of competi- Sellers is not being cocky when1
ping in have done real well." tion in his sophomore year, so he he says this; it is just that he ad-k
These replacements stpn, ed in too is eligible to petition. mits what he can do. He has beenE

highly acclaimed for his accom-
plishments and is confident in his
own abilities but will not believe
it when told that he is the best
end in the country.
Sellers' attitude toward his many
records shows the perspective that
he maintains upon football and
himself. He admits that "it is a
joy to set records, it's self satisfy-
ing, but it means nothing if you
don't win. Yol can catch sixty
Overwhelming demand for
continued half time perform-
ances by "Little Dog Blue" and
his magic ball, has necessitated
a full scale search for the small,
but strong star. The hound's
fans would appreciate it if the
owner would please call Don
Wier of the Athletic Department
to arrange regular half time
performances by the dog.

adjust so well. However, he cred-
its the men who have been throw-
ing to him because it is a fact of
life that an end can't catch un-
less someone puts the ball in his
Sellers also praises the Florida
State offensive line for giving the
quarterbacks time to throw and
the coaches for the offense they
have devised. The pro attack and
special patterns have been a great
aid to him getting open for his
many receptions.
Sellers has only five games left
in his college career and they are
his first consideration at the mom-
ent. A good season will give Sell-
ers one more shot at the one thing
that has eluded him so far, vic-
tory in a bowl game.
During that time he will un-
doubtedly gain more records and
be a high pro draft choice, but
victories are all that count for
Sellers now. The pros can wait.
and will, but most anxiously, for
the great pass catcher.

Where have you beeq ?'

passes in a game but it's mean- There are very few'4 fields left
ingless if you lose." , for Sellers to conquer in the col-
He is honest in his appraisal of legiate world as his position at the
himself which is refreshing in an top is pretty well solidified. After
athlete. Sellers does not maintain the Florida scout gave his report
a false modesty but sees the prop- on Seymour, he was asked if he
er division of credit between him- was trying to say that Sellers was
self and his teammates. the best flanker he had ever seen.
In three seasons he has had to "Are you kidding?" he replied.
play with three different quarter- "What would ever make you think
backs and it is a tribute to his anything different?"
abilities that he has been able to Indeed, what would?



.1-1G0C Lvjl %Vflu ,VP ill
early as injuries to Dave Farra-
bee, John Kramer, and Bob
Baumgartner, sidelined them for
the season.
In the opening game against
California, Farrabee missed a
block and threw his arms out -
in vain. Unfortunately, he hit an
opposing player's shin and frac-
tured his arm.
Farrabee's injury, though, hasn't
hurt the team greatly due to the
fine jobs being done by John
Gabler and Paul Staroba.
In the same game, end J o h n
Kramer was injured ,in familiar'
football fashion. While rushing in,
he was blocked from the blind!
side and a torn cartilage resulted.
In this case, Cecil Pryor filled in
and has done an excellent job.
Another to be injured this year
was Bob Baumgartner in the Duke
game. The common fraility of all
football players these days seems
to be the knee. Baumgartner is no
exception. Catching a cleat in the
turf, he tore a ligament. This time
another Wolverine super-sub, Dick
Caldarazzo, -stepped in and has
come through in fine fashion.
The most recent injury occurred
in last week's game against Minn-
esita. After intercepting a pass,
Brian Healy, unaware of an on-
coming opponent, was jolted with
a head-on tackle. His replacement
this week will be Jerry Hartman.
Although all these injured play-

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Pistons squeak by on Walker's jumper

BOSTON - Jimmy Walker's,
jump shot from the corner with
nine seconds left snapped a tie
and gave the Detroit Pistons a
comeback 119-117' National Bas-
ketball Association victory over
the Boston Celtics yesterday night.
Walker, who finished with 31
points, and Dave Bing, who had
33, led a second half surge as the
Pistons wiped 'out a 66-59 half-
time deficit.
The Pistons tied it at 113 on
Walker's 10-foot jump shot. Two
free throws by Bailey Howell and
a basket by Don Nelson put Bos-
ton in front again, 117-113, but
Bill Ib oa rd
On Sunday November 3 at 5
p.m., the inevitable happens.
The Michigan golf course closes
for the winter. Lockers should be
cleared out by then--and die-
hard golfers, too.

Bing and Walker hit in succession
to knot the score once more.
Howell had 33 points for Bos-
ton, with (John Havltcek adding,
BALTIMORE (OP) - The Balti-
more Bullets came back from a
19-point deficit in the last quar-
ter and defeated San Francisco
112-110 in overtime last night in a
National Basketball Association
Earl Monroe tossed in a 20 foot-
er from the corner with two sec-
onds left in the game for the vic-
The Bullets tied the score in
regulation time on Gus Johnson's
jumper with four seconds left to
Johnson finished with 31 points
to lead the Bullets. Monroe was
second with 22. Jeff Mullins led
San Francisco with 27 points.
* * *
CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati
Royals all but. blew a 19-point lead!
in the second half - but held on
to defeat 'the New York Knicker-I
bockers 118-114 last night be-

bind the clutch shooting of Oscar 1
Robertson, who scored a gameI
high 34 points, connected for four'
free throws in the final minute1
:f the National Basketball Asso-
ciation game.
The Knicks, paced by W i11i s
Reed with 21 points, came to life
early in the third period when the

Jacques Lemaire scored the
first of his two goals early in the
second period, and Gilles Trem-
blay boosted the lead to 3-0 at
12:35 of the period.
John Ferguson also scored for
the winners in the final period, be-
fore Lemaire wrapped, things up.


Royals led 71-52 and got to with- ion set a single-year world re-
in five points of the lead. Mord for harness racing drivers on
* * Wednesday night with his 314th
MONTREAL - Montreal's East victory at Liberty Bell Park.
Division leaders whipped in three The 28-year-old French-Cana-
goals during the first 35 minutes, dian set up his record-perform-
then coasted to a 5-0 National ance with three wins Wednesday
Hockey League victory over Tor- afternoon at Freehold, N.J., Race-
into yesterday night. Nay. His three victories at Liberty
Yvan Cournoyer started the Bell, making a 'total of six for
Canadians to their sixth victory'the day, bettered the old one-year
in seven games with a marker at world mark of 312 victories set
9:46 of the first period, by Bob 'Farrington in 1964.
Professional Standings



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New York
St. Louis
kLos Angeles
x-Late game



West Division
4 4
2 5
2 4
'2 5
1 4
1 4
not include

T Pts. GF GA
1 13 23 14
0 12 24 16:
0 10 36 23
0 10 33 22
1 9 18 18
3 5 16 15
8 272
2 6 19 32
1 5 15 291
1 5 21 28:
2 4 14 21
2 4 16 2

New York

7 3
4 2
4 2
3 2
4 4
3 3
0 5


Eastern Division


Western Division

Los Angeles 4 3
xAtlanta 3 3
Chicago 3 3
San Francisco 3 3
xPhoenix 2 3
xSan Diego 2 3
xSeattle 2 3
x-Late game not included.

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.400 1
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Wednesday's Res
Montreal 5, Toronto 0
New York 7, Pittsburgh 3
Boston 4, Minnesota 2
St. Louis 4, Philadelphia 1
Chicago at Los Angeles, late

Tonight's Games
Boston at Detroit '
New York at Philadelphia

Last Night's Results
Detroit 119, Boston 117
Cincinnati 118, New York 114
Baltimore 112, San Francisco 110, over-
Phoenix at Seattle, late
Atlanta at San Diego, late
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