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Sunday, December 121, 1976


Page Twenty-Three

'USC is a formidable opponent'-Lytle

Oontinued from Page 19
wiping them out.' Being a sen-
ior, I should have known the
Big Ten better than that.
I was just careless with what
I was doing. They nailed me for
it, and it was the best lesson I
learned. It helped me the rest
of the season. I came back
against Stanford and I had an
-ght first half, and a good
game. It's funny, because I
heard some people were booing
Against Navy, I didn't do any-
thing because I had the flu. I
only carried the ball nine times,
something like that.
DAILY: Do ignorant fans
bother you?
LYTLE: I don't hear them. I
guess they bother my parents
more than anyone. Bit if I go
to a haskethall game, it bothers
me when I hear peonle gettin'
(lown on somenne on the court.
I'd like to take them and say,
'Whv don't yo" get down there
and show 'em how to do it?' I
mean, the nlayer might be hav-
inga had day, and everyone has
their bad days. Nobody can be
What's a gtv like that trying
to nrove? Let him go to his
besness-I'd like to see him
h,- a great dav every day. He
iht lo a 3000-dollar sale on
a car. I don't hear anyone
i,mnin' on him. 'You blew that
oo, von ierk.'
Those ni vers are working
h-rd, thev've spent a lot of
honrs. I don't see why anyone
s5o I.1 have to take that. But
tho+'s the woo things are.
DAstnY: What was it like to
eo home to Ohio after the OSU
game this year?
LYTLE: I just hibernated. I
didn't even want to go out. It's
fionv-mv dad owns a store,
and there's this guy who gradu-
ated from Ohio State, a doctor.
He had all these bets on Ohio
State. He took out a gift cer-
tificate from my dad's store to
pav off his hets, and they said
"From Rob Lytle" on them.
He's a real character.
Bat mostly I just ran with my
does and snent the time with
my family. I didn't watch much
football. but I caught the last
part of the Penn State-Pitt
game. That was a melee of mis-
takes. But Pitt's got a darn good
f team, and Dorsett's a darn good
I also watched part of the
USC-Notre Dame game, but I
don't think that's any indica-
tion of what they can do. I don't
think we could have played very
well coming off Ohio State, and
it's just like the USC-UCLA
rivalry out there. We're going
to have to play a heck of a
game to beat USC. They're a
formidable opponent.
But I don't get into watching
football. I just like to watch
the big games.
DAILY: Do you watch a
game any differently than the
average fan does?
LYTLE: I watch the linemen
and defensive tackles. You got-
ta follow the ball, of course, but
I enjoy watching the blocking,
schems of the teams, how they
go about making a hole for a
back. I like watching people
get overpowered - I like to
watch our line work, they're so
That's something I've always
wished I could do. I always
wanted to be about 6-8 and 270
and be a big defensive tackle
and just destroy people. I played
linebacker in high school. I
use to love defense.
DAIY:Did yu ever con-
sider playing defense up here?
LYTLE: Nobut hell, I-would
have played ing, if the d
given me the onortnnity I a.

that the coaches thought I could But they kept their confidence I have the highest regard for
play different positions. I was in me, and I was able to derive our coaches. They're an A-1
really surprised when they put confidence from them. They group of guys. Now, if you ask
me at fullback. I almost said: stuck behind me, an I don't
'What are you talkin' about, think I would have done as well someone else on the team, they
puttin' me at fullback? Think I if they hadn't. The thing that might have another idea. My
can do it?' I've seen these big saved me at that position was whole idea of athletics is work
backs get destroyed at full- being quicker than everybody as hard as you can, do what-
back,-and here they want to put else. That enabled me to get ever you can, and whatever
a little person like me at full- into people faster than they happens, happens. If you make
back. were used to. it you should be satisfied. A lot

of people get teed off and look
for excuses.
You can see right through a
lot of that stuff. They make a
lot of mistakes or do dumb
things or don't work hard
enough. I can see why they
aren't playing. I feel if you
work hard as you can without
killing yourself, it'll pay off in
the long run.

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