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Soturdoy, September 14, 1974


Page Eleven

Gophers remain distant third

Cal Stoll's Minnesota Gophers
led a charmed life last season
as they compiled a 7-4 record
and a third place finish in the
Big Ten, but the Gophers will
be hard pressed to show any
improvement with the "Big
Two" of Michigan and Ohio
State still lying far above them.
The Gophers were severely
beaten in their four losses
last year by Nebraska, Kan-
Gopher graves
S. 14 Ohio State
S. 21 North Dakota
S. 28 Texas Christian
0. 5 at Nebraska
0. 12 at Indiana
0. 19 Iowa
N. 2 Northwestern
N. 9 at Purdue
N. 16 Illinois
N. 23 at Wisconsin
sas, Michigan and Ohio State
by a combined total of 172-40.
However, some of Minnesota's
victories were a little less im-
pressive than their losses.
. There was the game Min-
nesota outfinessed Illinois, 19-
16, while the Illini had a slight
edge in the statistics, 440-83 in
total offense and 20-5 in first
* There was the only game
the Gophers won over a team
with a winning record, North
Dakota, a school with one-sixth
of Minnesota's enrollment and
a schedule which includes such
powers as Augustana, Morning-
side and Northern Iowa.
In short, the 1973 Gophers
managed to beat every team
that didn't hopelessly outman
them with a good running attack,
some lucky breaks and a porous
defense. Needless to say, im-
provement or even the same
record will be a legitimate goal
for the Gophers.
For the third straight year,
Minnesota will have a new
quarterback opening day. This
time it will be sophomore
Tony Dungy of Jackson, Michi-
gan. Dungy saw some action
last year, mostly in the 48-7
thrashing by Nebraska, and
Stoll gives him good grades
in the execution of the Veer-T.
"I have great confidence in
Tony's ability" Stoll said. "He
and our other young people are
the key to our season."
The Gopher offense was dealt
a severe blow when freshman
running back Larry Powell of
nearby Ypsilanti, who gained
481 yards rushing last year,
was struck with a rare virus
commonly called "F r e n c h

denced by his five fumbles in
the Gopher spring game.
Three Gopher linemen were
selected in the professional draft
last year leaving some gaping
holes in the offensive line.
The Gophers gave up more
points than every Big Ten team
except Iowa and Northwestern
but the secondary is a bit more
experienced this year with Doug
Beaudoin, Orville Gilmore, and
Greg Engenbos all in their sec-
ond year in the backfield. Min-
nesota was especially vulnerable
to the pass as their eleven op-
ponents averaged over 150 air
yards a game.
Northwestern's Mitch Ander-
son laced the Gopher deep
backs for 315 yards and five
touchdowns last year as the
Gophers prevailed in a game
that could be mercifully de-
scribed as a circus, 52-43.
The Gophers will have to show
a lot of defensive improvement
to equal last year's 7-4 log,
especially with the heavy grad-
uation losses in the offensive
line. Stoll's bunch must face
Nebraska, Ohio State and Michi-
gan again and some improved
Big Ten clubs like Wisconsin.

Hoosier defense snags Heater


Indiana rebuilding

When Casey Stengel manag-
ed the infant New York Mets to
a 40-120 last place finish; along
with other, unmentionable
things, he was noted to have
said, "There ain't no place to
go but up!"
Coach Lee Corso in his sec-
ond year at Indiana could use
this as an inspiration. After a
year in which the Hoosiers did-
n't win a conference game and
finished 2-9 overall, Corso is op-
timistic about the 1974 season.
"There's no question that
we're much further along this
season," he says. "Last year
we had to start from scratch.
Now we know the players,
Denny hopes
for miracle
(Continued from Page 9)
es Baggett might deign to
Among other things, there
is a glaring lack of depth on
this team. Stolz hopes that
this condition can be rectified
by his freshman class. Full-
back Paul Rudzinski, tight
end Larry Bethea, tackle Bill
Brown, and linebacker Claude
Geiger were all high school
All-Americans, and are being
counted on heavily by Stolz.
In the meantime, Stolz is
keeping up a good front. "This
team only scored 11 touchdowns
last 3year, and we won five
games. And two of our losses
were by three and four points.
I think that's some pretty good
And on another subject, "Burt
Smith did not ask me for ad-
vice about his vote last No-
vember. It was his decision to
make, and he made it as he
should have."
As much as Denny may wish
to forget Smith's decision, he
realizes that Bo has not. But
he can take consolation, small
as it may be, in the knowledge
that the Spartan loss to Michi-
gan, bad, as it may be, will
not be the only one of the 1974

and what offensive and defen-
sive formations we want to use.
It's bound to make us a better
team right from the start. And,
we also know more about what
it takes to be a winner in the
Big Ten."
- Corso's extensive' rebuilding
program may help Indiana win
a few Big Ten contests, but it's
highly unlikely that the Hoos-
iers will be "winners." Indi-
ana's schedule is identical to
last year's and it couldn't be
called easy.
The Hoosiers are working on
speed, and the offensive line
has been altered in an attempt
to accommodate an outside run-
ning game. Corso has shifted
tackles Bill Sparhawk and Tim
Mills to the guard slots. Filling
in at offensive tackles are huge
former defensive tackles Dave
Knowles (267) and Greg Mc-
Guire (295).
Corso also has recruited to
alleviate the team's painful
lack of speed, but he considers
experienced returnees a more
valuable asset than quick
If Indiana wants to have a re-
spectable season, the running
game will have to greatly im-
prove. With the loss of Capt.
Ken Starling, Courtney Snyder
and Dennis Cremeens will take
over the starting backfield du-
ties. Both are competent backs,
but not too fast or exciting.
Unless the revamped interior
line works magically or a fresh-
man phenomenon emerges,
getting outside and breaking
for long gainers will be a rare
Watch for the Hoosiers to re-
peat their 1973 performance of
finishing last in the conference
in rushing.
The passing game appears to
be in fine form. The Hoosiers'
excellent corps of receivers is
led by 6-5 Trent Smock and 6-2
senior Mike Flanagan. The
pair ranked second and fourth
in the Big Ten in receiving last
year. Smock, also a varsity
basketball standout, has been
moved from tight end outside,
thus enhancing his downfield
Once again Indiana is unde-
cided abouts its starting quar-
terback. Mike Glazier, Bob

Kramer and Willie Jones are all
experienced, and all could
earn the number one spot. Soph-
omore Terry Jones has an out-
Hoosier hunters
S. 14 at Illinois
S. 21 Arizona
S. 28 at Kentucky
0. S West Virginia
0. 12 Minnesota
0. 19 at Ohio State
0. 26 Wisconsin
N. 9 at Northwestern'
N. 16 Michigan State
N. 23 at Purdue
side track, but Junior Willie
Jones, who passed with an ac-
curacy of .563 last year is best
bet for the job.
Indiana's d e f e n s e which
ranked eighth in the confer-
ence last year also will have
to come up with some surprises
to aid in Corso's success bid.
Lineman Mike Winslow has

moved to tight end, and he will
be missed at defensive end.
Quinn Buckner, a former stand-
out at safety, has decided to
forego football to concentrate
on his hardcourt performance.
The Hoosiers have high
hopes for their new-look front
five. Larry Jameson a 6-7 of-
fensive tackle has shifted to
defensive tackle and his speed
and strength make him a likely
bet to replace graduated star
Carl Barzilauskas. One man
does not a defensive line make,
and it appears as if powerful
opponents will not have it too
hard against Indiana's line.
The defensive backfield is
not exceptionally weak, but
Buckner's absence will take
away some of the necessary
leadership from the young
team. One man to watch is line-
backer Donnie Thomas. At 6-2,
253, Thomas combines amazing
quickness with his strength and
size to make him a candidate
for all-Conference honors.

Kick off the Football
season with
Liberty at Division
Open 11 :30 a.m. Saturday

Rick Upchurch
Polio." Powell has been treated
at University Hospital here and
will definitely be lost for the
Powell had combined with
Rick Upchurch to give the
Gophers one of the most explo-
sive backfields in the Big Ten
last year but Stoll will be relying
on junior college transfer J. D.
Pride to pick up Powell's slack.
Upchurch dazzled Gopher
supporters with his 841 yards
rushing and nine touchdowns
a year ago. But Rick has been
known for his propensity to
fumble the football as evi-

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