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Page 4-Tuesday, December 11, 1979-The Michigan Daily

The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, D

Kupec and famous Amos

Strong-armed Kupec
an outspoken leader

Lawrence rushes to
plethora of records

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By BILLY NEFF
Matt Kupec could not play football
for Bo Schembechler. The record setting
North Carolina quarterback is too slow
afoot, but more importantly, Kupec
speaks his mind.
Unlike Bo's quarterback duo, B.J.
Dickey and John Wangler, Kupee lam-
basted his coach Dick Crum numerous
times. Dickey and Wangler would
chime in together after football games
how they both agreed that the two quar-
terback system was the best for the
team when many knew better.
But Kupec is different. He criticized
Crum when the second year mentor fir-
st came to North Carolina for "Vince
Lombardi quotes" to motivate the
team. Then he sulked last year when he
-was benched.
THE COUP DE GRACE came after
the Gator Bowl-clinching victory over
Virginia. The senior from New York
had been bitter about being benched
early in that contest.
Kupec uttered such things as "we are
so stinking conservative," in reference
to the play selection. He called the
game "the low point of my career" and
he also said, "I feel like I was spit in
the face." Kupec eventually was asked
to apologize and acquisced.
When Kupec is not mouthing off,
when he lets his arm do his talking,
that's when he can be heard loud and
clear. He set an Atlantic Coast Con-
ference record last year by hurling 18
touchdown passes. He also completed
54% of his 227 attempts for 1587 yards,
while only tossing nine interceptions.

IN PREVIOUS seasons, Kupec has
completed an average of 56% of his
passes for over 2200 yards and 15 touch-
downs. He has led the Tar Heels in
passing three straight years, which
only one other quarterback in North
Carolina history has done.
Two years ago, he led his team to
the ACC championship and a spot in the
Liberty Bowl, where he copped Most
Valuable Player honors. In his fresh-
man year, after sitting out his first
season with a knee injury, he directed
the Tar Heels to a Peach Bowl berth.
The business administration major
holds almost every North Carolina
record. Despite his rather small 6-1,
194 lb. frame, he is hoping to parlay
these statistics into being a professional
football player. And a good game
against Michigan would go a long way
towards proving wrong any college
scouts who, are skeptical about his size
and ability.
"I THINK I should be able to do
anything I want on a football field,"
Kupec said in the Detroit Free Press:
Except run, that is, because the im-
mobile senior has rushed for a total of
only 46 yards in his career, including a
minus 23 yards this past season.
Kupec hopes for a big game against
Michigan because he says, "ever since
I've been a little kid I've been looking
up at Michigan." You can bet one thing,
if North Carolina upsets Michigan,
Kupec will have had a big say with his
arm and not his legs.
And then he'll let his mouth do the
talking.

By BILLY NEFF
You're in pretty good company when
only one other running back in college
football history, Tony Dorsett, now
starring for- the Dallas Cowboys, has
accomplished the same feat.
What both Dorsett and North
Carolina tailback Amos Lawrence have
in common is if Lawrence totals over
1,000 yards next season, Lawrence's
senior year, they will be the only ones to
reach this milestone four years run-
ning.
Speaking of running, Lawrence has
done plenty of that his first three years
in Chapel Hill. Rushing for 2,254 yards
his first two seasons, his totals fell short
of only two met in NCAA history-Dor-
sett and Po James of New Mexico.
This past season, "Famous Amos"
rambled for 1,019 yards and a 4.1
average. Injured during the season, the
Norfolk, Virginia, native came on
strong near the end of the season to
reach 1,000 once more.
INJURIES ALSO set in last season,
but Lawrence totalled 1,043 yards and a
4.5 average anyway..
His best camnpaign came as a fresh-
man when the 5-10, 179 lb. speedster
twisted and turned for 1,211 yards and a
6.3 average with six touchdowns. In-
cluded amongst his honors after his
initial year were the ACC rushing title,
all-ACC honors, Football News
Freshman All America, named on 124
of 125 ballots as ACC Rookie of the Year

and the frosh recordholder for most
yards in a single game against
Virginia-286.
All this happened in spite of the fact
Lawrence only started six games his
freshman year. Add all of these creden-
tials up and an eighth place finish
nationally in rushing that year and you
have one heckuva talented runner.
THEN, IF YOU consider that he once
rushed for 411 yards and 5-touchdowns
in a high school game, you know the
potential is there. Skeptics would
disagree since he has tailed off
somewhat since his stellar freshman
season, due to a tendency for injury.
After gaining 131 yards against
Virginia last season, Virginia head
coach Dick Bestwick raved. "Amos
Lawrence is the best running back I have
ever seen. He's better than Dorsett,
better than anyone. I watched the films
and saw him do ,things with the football
I've never seen anyone do."
Enough said. Lawrence has all the
tools and moves to shred Michigan's
defense. Will he, though? Few people
have been able to accomplish such a
feat against a defense that features All-
Americans Ron Simpkins and Curtis
Greer.
But if anyone is going to accomplish
such a feat, it would be Lawrence. He
has done the seemingly impossible
before. And' it's purely fun being in the
same company as people like Vagas
Ferguson and Tony Dorsett.

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