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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Thursday, October 12, 1972

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L S &A
Student
Government
ANNOUNCES
FALL ELECTIONS
8 AT-LARGE SEATS
Sign-up: 2-5 p.m., 3M Union
Deadline: Friday, Oct. 13

PRUITT STANDS OUT

Rushers
By MARC FELDMAN In these
Traditionally one of the most one of ma
glamorous tasks in college foot- as the Soo
ball is running with the pigskin. erage of
Each year a group of the quick- game in t
est, sturdiest, and most pub- homa mov
licized are touted by their fans ficult por
and coaches as "All-American with Texas
candidates". rado on th
The 1972 crop of runners does assume m
not rank among the best in re- the attack.
cent times as the quarterbacks DespiteI
at the nation's colleges and uni- ate recor
versities have returned to domi- leagues ar
nate the picture as they did two because o
autumns ago. and lack+
Although Gary Huff of Florida pro-type c
State, Mike Rae of Southern Cal, Pruitt's fla
and Joe Ferguson of Arkansas and his nz
are having banner years for paign shou
their respective schools, the man the Heism
most likely to grab the Heisman Another
Trophy is the little Oklahoma among the
Sooner scatback Greg Pruitt. fus "TheF
of the Wis
PRUITT has yet to pile up any guson has
super yardage days this season himself as
mainly because he hasn't been Badger hi
used in Coach Chuck Fairbank's Alan Am
devastating wishbone in lopsid- yardage re
ed victories over Utah State, in 1971 a
Oregon, and Clemson. scoring an

que
routs, Pruitt was just
ny Oklahoma runners
oners compiled an av-
over 650 yards per
otal offense. As Okla-
es into the more dif-
tion of its schedule
s, Nebraska, and Colo-
he horizon, Pruitt will
ore of the burden for,
his impressive collegi-
rd, the professional
e hesitant about Pruitt
f his diminutive size
of experience with a
offense. H o w e v e r,
amboyant running style
ational publicity cam-
uld enable him to win
an.
Heisman candidate
running backs is Ru-
Roadrunner" Ferguson
sconsin Badgers. Fer-
already established
the premier runner in
story when he broke
eche's single season
ecord with 1,222 yards
and Ameche's career
d yardage records are

tfor t
within reach.
It is unfortunate for Michi-
gan fans that Wisconsin has not
appeared on the Wolverine
schedule since 1970. We have
been missing quite a show. In
the 1970 encounter in Madison,
Ferguson gave no hint of his
future exploits as he carried sev-
en times for net total of negative
two yards.
SINCE THAT TIME, very few
teams have been able to slow
down "The Roadrunner" as he
rushed for over 100 yards in
seven Badger games last year,
including a 211 yard perform-
ance against rival Minnesota.
Ferguson has an outside shot
at the Heisman but his conten-
tion will depend greatly on whe-
ther his team can maintain its
current 3-1 pace and possibly
make menacing gestures at con-
ference powers, Michigan and
Ohio State.
In last Saturday's game with

rophy
Northwestern, Ferguson j u s t
missed his second career 200
yard game as he finished with
197. This enabled him to climb
into fifth place in the national
rushing derby with an average
of 144.5 yards per game.

LEADING THE ,NATION in
rushing is the fine Arizona State
runner, Woody Green. The 6-0,
200 pounder appears on almost
every All-American team as he
is the sparkplug of the ASU of-
fense, which is among the lead-
ers in scoring in the nation.
He personally kept the Sun
Devils in striking range in a
wild game with Wyoming two
weeks ago when he scored four
touchdowns on runs of 82, 80,
nine, andsthreeryards. He to-
taled 191 yards but ASU lost, 45-
43.
He continued to pile up yard-
age against Oregon State last
weekend as he ran for 181 yards
and improved his average to
167.8 yards a game.
Even if, Green maintains his
current pace and beads the ma-
jor colleges in rushing, his jun-
ior standing and lack of na-
tional publicity makes him a
longshot Heisman winner in
1972; but a good bet in 1973.

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Opening onight 8.m.
The Dept. of Speech, Communication and Theatre
"PLAYBILL '72-'73"
PROUDLY PRESENTS
TH E B EAUX'1
ST RTA GEM
by GEORGE FARQUAHR
October 11-14
LYDIA MENDELSSOHN THEATRE
Individual tickets on sale now 12:30-8 p.m.
LYDIA MENDELSSOHN BOX OFFICE
BOX OFFICE PHONE: 668-6300
Good seats still available for all performances

Billboard
Hockey applications are now
being taken for season tickets
jat the Michigan Ticket Depart-
ment, 1000 S.' State, corner of
State and Hoover. Prices for
18 games are:
Reserved Season-$36.00
Student Season General Admis-
sion -- $9.00
Staff Season General Admis-
sion.-$18.00
On Oct. 16 the United States
trampoline team will compete
against the Russian National
Team at 8:00 p.m. in Crisler
Arena. Along with the trampoline
competition there are more
events planned including tumb-
ling, table tennis, rebound track
and a spaceball demonstration.

AP Photo
AH, THE ELUSIVE and shifty Greg Pruitt (30) makes his way
against another hapless defense en route to what some experts
feel will be the Heisman trophy. Pruitt is just one of a plethora of
great collegiate running backs.

PROLIFIC PASSER:

Strock keys

Tech season

By JIM ECKER
All right, sports fans. A quar-
terback from a small town in
Pennsylvania passed for 527
yards five days ago. Who is he?
Joe Namath? Nope, guess
again! It's Don Strock, hailing
from Warwick, Pa. He's Virgin-

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ia Tech's stellar signal-caller.
"I'm not really shooting for re-
cords. The most important thing
is to win," claims Strock. On
both these counts last week,
Strock came up just a little short-
handed.
Virginia Tech tied Houston 27-
27 Saturday. His 527 passing yards
fell several yards short of the
single-game NCAA record set by
Cincinnati's Greg Cook in 1970.
It's not all near-misses for the
6-5, 205 lb. senior, however.
Strock's incredible performance
shot him into thesnational lead in
both total offense and passing.
The hashy stats are 288.5 yards
and 21.8 completions per game.
Strock is no East-coast, small-
school flash-in-the-pan. Last year,
he finished second in passing and
third in total offense. Tech's
weak 4-7 1971 record robbed War-
wick's favorite son of national
plaudits.
"I'm just sorry that we haven't
been a strong enough team to
provide him with the window
'dressing, and thereby the recog-
nition, he deserves," sympathi-
zes Gobbler Coach Charlie Cof-

fey.
In eight games as a sophomore,
he connected on 17 aerials for
189 yards. That's less than an
average Saturday's performance
for Strock this year.
Coffey brought a new offensive
outlook to Blacksburg, Virginia in
time for Strock's junior year. 2,-
577 yards, 12 touchdown passes,
195 completions and 356 attempts
resulted.

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Houston Coach Bill Yeoman
compared Strock with a young
Stanford quarterback named John
Brodie.
"It was nice of him to say
that," says Strock. However, fel-
low Pennsylvanian Namath is his
favorite because "he's the best
in the game."'
Strock claims "I don't style
myself after anybody - I just
try to be myself." Running, al-
though not his forte, remains
part of his arsenal.
"If I have to run, I will . .
It would be just fine with me if I
threw only one pass if we won
the game."
It might be fine, but the As-
sociated Press rarely tabs non-
productive quarterbacks as its
"back of the week."- Strock was
so co-named this week with Ar-
kansas' Joe Ferguson.
It is rare when 527 yards does
not include a touchdown pass. It
happened Saturday. Strock did
dent the scoring column with a
two-point conversion and a touch-
down run.
Coffey lavished more praise on
his stellar signal-caller:
"There are several exception-
ally fine quarterbacks in t h e
country, but I wouldn't trade
mine for any of them."
Strock is basically a dropback
passer. Although "the sprintout
pass was totally new," he- can
do it.
"I now have confidence in my
passing game and the whole team
has confidence in the system"
exudes Strock.
Virginia Tech runs into 19th
ranked Oklahoma St. this Satur-
day. The Big-8 contender clipped
the Gobblers 24-16 in the second
game of Tech's 1971 season.
That game marked Strock's
first big showing as a collegiate.
He connected on 23 passes f o r
227 yards and two touchdowns.
"We have a good team. We'll
be ready," confided Strock. Pick
up The Daily Sunday morning for
future developments.

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