Page 8-Thursday, November 8, 1979-The Michigan Daily
INTERCEPTIONS POSE PROBLEMS
Purduehopes rest on Herrmann
BY BILLY SAHN
He possesses a lean 6-5, 194 frame,
but his throwing arm is immense. Long
or short, on the run or from a set stance,
he can hit almost anytarget you give
him in the stadium.
With less than three college seasons
under his belt, he is the all-time leading
career passer at his school, and is
almost assured of surpassing all-time
Big Ten career passing leader Ed
Smith, formerly of Michigan State.
MARK HERRMANN, "the passing
machine," is only one quarterback in
the great passing tradition of Purdue.
The third leading passer in Purdue's
history prior to the 1979 season, Herr-
mann has since become the premier
Purdue passer with 6022 career yards,
leaving Mike Phipps, Bob Griese and
Len Dawson in his path.
Currently, Herrmann is only 139 yar-
ds behind Smith's Big Ten total of 5,706
Despite these impressive credentials,
all has not been roses for Herrmann
this year. His once highly-ranked team
has faltered considerably. Originally
thought to be unstoppable, the Boiler-
makers were steamcleaned by Min-
nesota, losing to the Gophers 31-14, a
crucial conference loss.
AS FOR Herrmann himself, he has
completed 140 passes in 242 attempts
for 1,665 yards and a .579 passing per-
centage. But one statistic of Herr-
mann's is outstanding, though he would
like to forget about it.
Herrmann has thrown 17 intercep-
tions this season, 12 of them coming
against Big Ten opponents. "I'm
pleased with my yardage statistic,"
remarked Herrmann, "but I'm down on
those interceptions. I don't know exac-
tly why, so many. I've been throwing in-
to crowds lately," he continued.
BOB SPOO, Herrmann's passing
coach, terms his quarterback's
problem as "poor judgement." Spoo
continued, "Mark gets in a tight
situation; he's pressured. These inter-
ceptions are distressing for him. It's a
matter of misjudgement."
"He's made a few mistakes mentally,
but he's still capable of being the best
around," Spoo went on. "I don't just
look at Herrmann, but at the whole unit.
We need better output from a lot of
people," Spoo concluded.
The Carmel, Indiana quarterback is
experienced and extremely bright, ac-
cording to Spoo. "Basically, he's a quiet
guy, although he's more forceful in his
leadership on the field this season,"
CONCERNING THE long line of
great passers, Herrmann is honored to
be compared with them. "It's certainly
a big thrill to be mentioned in the same
breath with those quarterbacks.
They're all great pros," Herrmann
The passer's future plans include a
try at pro quarterback. Based on his
proven ability, he seems to be a good
candidate for the job.
When Herrmann entered Purdue, the
use of the pro set offense in the Big Ten
was not as widespread as it is today.
Head Coach Jim Young quickly incor-
porated Herrmann into his plans as his
QB earned starting honors in his
"MARK CAME here knowing our
willingness to use the pass as a major
weapon," Spoo said.
"Our type of offense has helped out,"
said the junior marksman, "I was
blessed with a great group of receivers.
I guess I've always been a thrower
using the roll out," Herrmann con-
But since his spectacular freshman
debut, the aerial machine has been on a
downhill slide of sorts. During that
brilliant rookie season, Herrmann
completed 175 of 319 attempts for 2,453
yards and 18 TD's.
LAST SEASON after Young im-
plemented a more balanced attack in-
creasing the use of the run, Herrmann
threw 250 less passes and gained 1,738
yards, although his accuracy in-
Against the Wolverines in Michigan
Stadium last season, Herrmann was
severely shaken up in the opening
minutes. of the game from a Curtis
Greer sack. An injured neck kept hine
off the field for the rest of the game.
It is that defeat that Purdue,.
especially Herrmann, would like to
"It will be a great game," commep-,
ted the lethal right-hander. "We'll le
ready for Michigan's quick defense?
Our fans will really be behind us for
this one," he concluded.:.
Big Eight: Sooners-
RDES RECORD TING junior quarterback Mark H ma hopes
to lead his 14th ranked Boilermakers to victory against Michigan this week-
end in a Big Ten contest at Lafayette. A defeat would eliminate Purdue
from Rose Bowl contention.
By DAN CONLIN Iowa State1
Out in the "midlands", as some spor- It's unlik
ts writers would say, the Big Ten has an Cornhuske
offshoot. It could be called "the Big then tie in1
Two-'H:ave not' Six" this year, for the Iowa State,
"Big Two" - Nebraska and Oklahoma Should t
- are ranked second and sixth in the would hav
AP poll, while the rest of the Big Eight games to
is basically out of the race. Missouri,
And, seemingly every year, in the State on t
last regular season game, much like problem.
Michigan vs. Ohio State, Oklahoma Both the
squares off against Nebraska to deter- havestron
mine bowl berths.
Pre-season speculators thought that
this would be the year for Missouri to
join the annual "Big Two, but their 1-3
conference record again sets Oklahoma BigI
and Nebraska on the traditional
With two weeks left before the
November 24th matchup, we can still Oklahoma
count on its importance. Chances are, Nebraska
Oklahoma won't be beaten at home by Kansas
Kansas next week, nor will they die on Iowa State
the Missouri doorstep November 17. Oklahoma
Nebraska has the easier slate of the two Missouri
teams, playing 1-3 Kansas State and 2-2 Kansas St.
before battling the Sooners.'
ely that either the Sooners odr
rs will drop both games, anf
the final showdown, leaving
a remote shot at the title.
that happen, the Cyclones
e to win their final thr'
finish on top, and wit'h
Nebraska and Oklahoma t
tap, that could be quite A
ng ground games to thei'
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SPORTS OF THE DAILY
Sutter wins Cy Young Award
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO-Reliever Bruce Sutter,
whose split-fingered fastball saved 37
games last season for his Chicago Cub
teammates and tied a Natioanl League
record in the process, was named win-
ner of the NL Cy Young award for 1979
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earned 10 of the 24 first-place ballots to
become the second NL reliever and the
third in baseball history to win the
prize. Mike Marshall won it for the Los
Angeles Dodgers in 1974 and Sparky
Lyle of the New York Yankees took the
American League honor in 1977.
Sutter said his major disappointment
during the last year was "not being in
the playoffs. It's great to get individual
awards, but baseball is still a team
sport and I want to play on a World
NEW YORK-Slugger Bob Watson
and pitcher Rudy May are about to be
reeled in from the free agent pond by
the New York Yankees but Bruce Kison
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press conference today but Kison, who
they're also after, remains at liberty,
contrary to published reports.
WATSON BATTED .337 with 13 home
runs and 53 runs batted in for 84 games
with the Red Sox.
May was the Yankees fourth pick in
the draft following Watson, Kison and
fireballing Nolan Ryan. He was 10-3
with a 2.30 earned run average for Mon-
treal last year.
YOKOHAMA, Japan-Dave King-
man of the Chicago Cubs belted a two-
run homer to lead the National League
All-Stars to an 11-2 rout of the American
League All-Stars yesterday in the first
game of their Japan todr.
Kingman's blast came off Aurelio
Lopez, the Mexican relief ace of the
ATLANTA BRAVES knuckleball pit-
cher Phil Niekro started and was the
winner for the NL Stars.
Niekro's teammates rapped out 16
hits off four AL pitchers, with the
Baltimore Orioles' 15-game winner
Denny Martinez, who started, taking
The game was the first of nine for the
two teams, who arrived two days ago on
the barnstorming tour. Seven games
will match the two American teams
while the other two will be against
Japanese all-star teams.
credit, with Billy Sims wreaking havoc
for Oklahoma- and newcomer Jarvis'';
Redwine dazzling Nebraska fans. --
Sims, in hoping to lead his squad past
Nebraska into the Orange Bowl, is
going for his second straight Heisman
trophy. Bothered by sore ribs recently,,'
Sims said jokingly he would play th'
last three games on cruthces if need bp
to gain the bowl trip.
Meanwhile, Redwine, after outruna
ning highly-touted I.M. Hipp for tie'
starting tailback slot, no doubt has his
eyes on the Orange Bowl as well.
Two outstanding backs, each with the
same post-season goal. Who'll get hi "
wish? Tune in November 24th to find
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