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I 1E 'MItH (GA.f DA 1LY

Sunday, September 13, 1970.

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'END OF AN ERA'

SHIFTING PROSPECTS

Indiana eyes
By SANDI GENTS
Word has it that Indiana's Big Red will be
sporting a whole new look this fall, complete with
a recently astro-turfed playing surface, new crim--
son and cream uniforms, and a new offensive
line-up. But, as is true in the world of fashion,
the proof of any .pew look is in the wearing, and
how comfortable Coach John Pont's spanking
new offense looks in their new role will determine
the success or failure of the Hoosiers new look.
Despite the traditional optimism of Pont, who
told his players earlier this year "there is no goal
beyond the reach or capabilities of this football
squad," the new look for his team must bear up
under a number of staggering problems.
While the great exploits of Harry Gonso,
John Isenbarger, and Jade Butcher still ring in
the back of Pont's mind, he is faced with the cold
reality that it was their very greatness which
enabled them to play so well for him for the past
three seasons that has now left his team barren
of experience, if not talent, in three key offensive
positions.
However, at least for the latter two stars, Pont
has apparently come up with adequate, perhaps
even outstanding, rpplacements in either former
fullback Hank Pogue or John Motil at the tail-

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back spot and Jamie O'Hara at the flanker posi-
tion, all of whom looked impressive in pre-season
practice.
In the case of finding an able field general to
replace Gonso, Pont has had slightly Thore trouble,
due to an abundance of good prospects to choose
from. It appears that either Mike Heizinan or
Greg Brown, both of whom have lettered and
have an experience edge, will hold down the
starting position when the Hoosiers open their
season against Colorado.
Defensively speaking, Pont is obviously pleased.
"I'm confident this will be a good football team,"
he said, "with our greatest improvement in de-
fense. We've got hitters and that's what it's all
about." With the Hoosiers front four (Ed McGuire
and Larry Morewick at the ends and Bob Jones
and Bob White at the tackles) remaining intact
and great depth for the squad as a whole, only
the secondary, which gave up 15 aerial tallies
last season, should present any problem.
Another problem of major importance to Pont
and his team also has its roots in last fall, when
fourteen black grid players boycotted practice.
Only four of those players were invited back to
practice this spring causing several experienced
players to be lost to the team.

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'A-Train' on the main line
Blundering Badgers
hope to torget past
By JOEL GREER
The scene was Camp Randall on the campus of the University
of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Badgers were on their way to their
24th game without a victory when a large roar shook the campus
for the first time in more than two years. Neil Graff had just
completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Randy Marks with 2:08
left to play to put Wisconsin in the win column in 1969 with a 23-17
victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The play capped a frantic 23-point fourth quarter and ended
frustrations that had built up since the beginning of the 1967
season.
The Badgers ended the season with an overall record of
3-7 including a 3-4 slate in the Big Ten good for a fifth place
tie.
Graduation took seven regulars on offense and three from
the defense among the 16 lettermen losing their collegiate eligi-
bility.
As far as the running backs go, the players' names at least
exhibit -the talent of the Wisconsin publicity department if not
the running potential of the backs. How would you like to broad-
cast a game with "A-Train" Thompson, "Roadrunner" Furguson
and "Grape Juice" Johnson all in the same backfield?
Thompson, whom the Badger mentor compares as a runner
to Mel Farr of UCLA and the Detroit Lions, rushed for 220 yards
in his first collegiate game against Oklahoma and Heisman trophy
winner Steve Owens also of the Detroit Lions - outgaining the
Sooner by 31 yards - and threatened Alan "The Horse" Ameche's
school mark of 946 yards set in 1952, also as a sophomore.
The quarterback situation -is sound as Neil Graff returns after
starting every game as a sophomore last year. Graff's passing creden-
tialsare impressive as he ranked fourth in final Big Ten stats in
1969. He hit 68 of 133 passes for 848 yards and four touchdowns in-
cluding a 20 of 34 performance against the Wolverines in Ann Arbor.
Graff's rushing is his only drawback. He gained only one yard
in the 1969 Big Ten season.
A big problem for the Badger attack is the lack of exper-
ienced receivers. The only receiver returning with substantial
playing time is junior flanker Albert Hannah who caught three
scoring aerials in his sophomore season.
Jardine's style of football will place the emphasis on quickness
rather than weight. "That's one thing we're bringing from UCLA,"
Jardine stated. "We will'probably be going overboard on speed as
much as anything."
The offensive line is led by junior Elbert Walker, a 290-pound.
6-5 tackle. Jardine said he was emphasizing speed not weight, but
L maybe-Walker's quick. Jim Fedenia returns for his senior year at
center.
Assistant coaches Bob Zeman and Dick Teteak have as-
sembled a pro style 4-3-4 defense with seniors Bill Gregory and
Jim DeLisle leading the defensive line. Three double-letter
winning seniors hold the key to the linebacking strength in Gary
Buss, Chuck Winfrey, and Ed Albright.
Jardine describes the 1970' schedule as "an athletic director's
dream and a football coach's nightmare."
Wisconsin opens. at Oklahoma, then plays Texas Christian and
No. 2 rated Penn State at Madison on consecutive Saturdays before
opening the Bi"Tn season at Iowa.
"That's one thing we're bringing from
UCLA. We will probably be going over.
board on speed as much as anything."
-John Jardine, Wisconsin head coach.

BLURR MSU HOPES
By BOB ANDREWS
When head coach Duffy Daugherty expresses uncertainty about
his team's chances for the 1970 campaign, be assured that there
definitely is uncertainty. As Duffy puts it, "We certainly are not
overly optimistic. This year poses one of the biggest challenges that
ever faced a Michigan State team." Indeed, with the amount of
player switching and the number of players coming back from in-
juries, the challenge will be omnipresent.
The main concern for the Spartans wil be their offense, es-
pecially at the quarterback position. As an attempt to solve the
latter, Daugherty recruited Mike Rasmussen, a junior, who attended
Fresno City College, California, for the past two years. At Fresno,
he threw 47 TD passes, while leading his team to two straight state
junior college championships. Daugherty is high on Rasmussen;
however, should he falter, sophomore George Mihaiu would get
the call.
Last spring, Daugherty shook up the entire offensive line in
an attempt to increase its potency. The center position is pretty
well set with Tom Beard, who might be the only member of the,
offensive line playing the same position that he did the year before.
For example, at left tackle, Gary Nowak, who was a defensive
end for the two previous years, will get the call; at left guard will
be Errol Roy, who was the Spartan center a year ago; while at the
right tackle slot will, be last year's tight end, Jim Nicholson. How-
ever, offensive coach Gordon Serr,. expects all this shuffling and
confusion will greatly strenghten one of last year's weak spots, and
remove this year's uncertainties.
The Spartan backfield will welcome the return of running back
Bill Triplett after a rather unsuccessful year's stint at quarterback.
He is a fine runner (as he proved in the game against Michigan last
year) and is back in his old position where his talent will be more
effectively utilized.
Joining him in the backfield will be flankerback Eric Allen and
fullback Ron Black, whose above average power should bolster
Triplett's potency.
The receiving corp that either Rasmussen or Mihaiu will have
to throw to include Gordon Bowdell at split end and Billy Joe
DuPree, once a split end, now tight end. Reserves include Brian
McConell, a sophomore, and Stephen Kough, a senior.
The defensive unit, led by all-Big Ten tackle Ron Curl, will
also undergo a good deal of player reorganization.
Besides Curl, Wilt Martin, Bill Dawson, and Tom Barnum
round out a front fourwho are big, strong, mobile and experienced.
Barnum, who is a right guard, was a linebacker last year, but
Daugherty figures that his speed will be more effective on the line.
If the Fractious Four," as they are termed in East Lansing, need
help, relief could come from sophomores John Shinsky, John
Ruzich, and guard James Lear.
Jay Breslin, a senior, will lead the-linebacking squad, which
Daughterty feels is fairly strong. Seniors Ralph Wieleba and Mike
Hogan, as well as junior Dan Kulikowski, will battle it out for the
other linebacking duties.
- Rounding out the defense will be Brad McLee or Doug Barr at
roverback; veterans Harold Phillips, Clifton Hardy and Art Berry
at cornerback; and, either senior Tom Kutschinski or sophomore
Brad VanPelt at safety.
Daughterty has made it known that his Spartans are not going
to be a national power this year. However, he feels that if his player
switching succeeds, and if his team remains relatively injury free,
then they could very well cause some surprises along the way:

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