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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, November 6, 1980-Page 9

Heisman upjfor grabs:

By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
A Daily Sports Analysis
In past years, sports enthusiasts have
always talked about the contenders for
the coveted Heisman Trophy.
This year, however, it seems easier to
talk about who's not in the running for
the trophy. . c
THIS YEAR'S field of contenders i-
clude several defensive players and a
freshman running back, among others.
Te award has traditionally gone to a
quarterback or running back, even
thotigh it is intended for the best college
player, regardless of position.
If the election were held today, the
winner would most likely be South
Carolina's George Rogers. Michigan
fans will unlovingly remember Rogers
as the bruising running back who
gainied 142 yards against the
Wolverines earlier this year, leading
his Gamecock teammates to a 17-14 up-
set of the Blue.
So far this season, Rogers has carried
the ball for 1,257 yards, an average of
6.2 yards a carry. His coach, Jim
Carlen, calls his star back "the best
football player in college football today.
I thoughthe was better than Billy Sims
was for Oklahoma last year."
DESPITE THE Carolina sta's
glowing credentials, the one thing that.
could hinder Rogers in the voting is his.
affiliation with a team that is not a

traditional football powerhouse. It's a
fact of Heisman history that the trophy
goes to a player from a traditionally-
tough football school. Five Notre Dame
players have won the award; Ohio State
players have won five trophies; three
from Southern Cal have won. The last
time a player from a school not known
for football prowess won the trophy was
in 1966, when Steve Spurrier of Florida
took home the trophy.
Another running back with a good
shot at the trophy is freshman Herschel
Walker of Georgia. The rookie speed-
ster has piled up 1,096 yards so far this
year for an average of 5.9 yards per
carry. Walker put on a fine show for the
entire nation last Saturday, rushing for
219 yards, including a 76-yard touch-
down romp, leading Georgia to a 13-10
win over Rogers and South Carolina.
Despite his superb performance,
Walker thinks that Rogers deserves the
Heisman this year. "I would vote for
him (Rogers). I don't think I'm ready
for it yet," said Walker following last
Saturday's game.
ONE FACTOR that could hurt both
Walker and Rogers is their common
geographic origin. Although sports
writers throughout the country cast
ballots for the trophy, writers con-
sistently vote for players in their own
region, This could mean that Walker
and Rogers could split the southern

vote, making it difficult for either of
them to win.
Among the pre-season favorites to
take home the trophy was Purdue quar-
terback Mark Herrmann. The senior
signal-caller broke the all-time NCAA
passing mark earlier this year, and
nationwide publicity could help him
gain votes in other sections of the coun-
try. Herrmann has piled up 1,459 yards
in the air this season, and ranks first in
the Big Ten in passing efficiency this
week.
Many observers consider defensive
end Hugh Green of Pittsburgh to be the
finest college player in the country, but
defensive players don't get the
headlines, and consequently they don't
get the Heisman.
SAFETY KENNY Easley of UCLA is
in the same boat as Green. An excep-
tional athlete, Easley gained his
greatest recognition by pushing a
cameraman on the sidelines in the
UCLA-Ohio State game earlier this
year.
Easley's teammate, fullback
Freeman McNeil, is also considered to
be a contender for the trophy. McNeil
will most likely split votes with Easley,
however, putting both of them in an
uphill battle.
Several candidates that were thought
to be top contenders for the Heisman
before the season began have since

dropped out of seriou
OHIO STATE'S j
Art Schlichter was1
the best signal-calle
the start of this seas
mance this year
siderably behind
Although the Buckey
Schlichter is all but o
California's Rich
superb passer, butF
does not a Heisma

South Carolina's Rogers
leading pack of hopefuls
is contention. Coupled with a serious knee injury
unior quarterback Campbell suffered in last Saturday's
touted as possibly USC game that will sideline him for the
r in the country at remainder of the season, he is out of the
son, but his perfor- running for all practical purposes.
has lagged con- According to Rudy Riska, Athletic
his 1979 effort. Director at the Downtown Athletic Club
yes continue to win, of New York, which awards the
gut of the running. Heisman, ballots are going out to sports
h Campbell is a writers this week. The winner will be
playing for a loser announced on December 1, and by that
an winner make. time, the race may be more clear-cut.

1

GRIDDE PICKS

As the big election came to a close
yesterday, Ronald Reagan sat down
next to his wife Nancy and confided,
"Nancy, now that the big campaign is.
over and I haven't had really good food
in a long time, I could really devour a
delicious pizza." Nancy quickly
replied, "Well Ron, the campaign has
left us broke and we simply can't afford
to buy a pizza, but I've heard that if you
enter this week's Gridde Picks and get
them down to the Michigan Daily
before midnight tomorrow, you can get
a free one-item pizza from Pizza
Bob's."
1. MICHIGAN at Wisconsin
(pick score)
2. Illinois at Ohio St.
3. Iowa at Purdue

4. Northwestern at Michigan St.
5. Indiana at Minnesota
6. LSU at Alabama
7. Houston at Texas
8. Georgia at Florida
9. Arkansas at Baylor
10. SMU at Rice
11. Southern Cal at Stanford
12. Arizona at Washington
13. Wake Forest at Duke
14. Air Force at Army
15. Colgate at Bucknell
16. Grambling at Alabama St.
17. S. Dakota St. at S. Dakota
18. Illinois St. at Eastern Michigan
19. Shippensburg St. at Slippery Rock
20. DAILY LIBELS at Electoral
College

Rogers
... leads the pack

For 'U' student Gorski,
life's a continuous cycle

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By CHUCK JAFFE
In the hit movie Breaking Away a
bicyclist races a truck down the high-
iway. National champion cyclist Mark
Gorski does not, however, get his kicks
by racing trucks. He prefers match
sprints-1000-yard speed races-again-
st the best cyclists in the world.
Gorski, a 20-year-old University
student, claimed top honors last sum-
mer in the national championships and
U.S. Olympic Trials in match sprints,
which he describes as "the shortest,
fastest, and most explosive cycling
event." Although the Olympic team did
not compete in the Moscow games, it
did travel throughout Europe. Com-
peting in the European Cup against the
tpp eight cyclists in the world, Gorski
finished fourth, which placed him
ahead of the eventual Olympic bronze
medalist. All this from a man who was
the youngest member of the Olympic
cycling squad, and one of the youngest
overall competitors in that event.
Now that he is back in school, Gorski
is taking time off from his strict
training regimen. "I've kind of quit
training since school started," Gorski
said. The past two years, Gorski has
dropped out during winter term to train
in Colorado Springs and San Diego.
While he says that he will stay in school
this year, he expects to start training
again soon.
His training schedule is intense, and
designed to have him at his peak in time
for the National and World champion-
ships. "The first three months of
training consists of 250 to 350 miles of
cycling a week, plus weightlifting,
especially heavy squat-lifting, three or
four time a week," Gorski said. "Then
we start doing less mileage, but more
sprints, starting to specialize for speed.
The farther we go along, the less road-
work we do, and the more sprints in the
velodrome (an arena constructed for
high-speed cycling) we do."
Gorski, who rides for the AMF
cycling team, plans to continue with his
cycling for a long time to come. "I'm
planning on continuing through the '84
Olympics," he said. "There is so much
strategy involved in the short races,
that experience can help you win.
Because of this you can be in it
(cycling) for a long time." Groski ad-
ded, however, that to continue for ten or
fifteen more years would require him to
maintain perfect physical shape.
For the immediate future, Gorski is
looking to move into the top five in the

world of cycling. "I'd be disappointed if
I wasn't in the top five by next year,"
he said.
He also mentioned the possibility of
cycling on a professional circuit.
"I may have the incentive to go
professional," Gorski said, indicating
that the $30,000-50,000 yearly com-
petitor's salary could determine whether
or not he turns professional. "This

could be the beginning for a really big
bike racing boom," he added.
In the meantime, Gorski will be con-
tent to win races and compete in the
European Cup, the Grand Prix, World
Championships and the '84 Olympics.
And if he ever gets bored of winning
cycling championships, he can always
go out on the highway and race a truck.

Earn the credentials that count as a

'I'm planning on continuing through the '84 Olym-
pics. There is so much strategy involved in the
short races that experience can help you win.' .
-Mark Gorski

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1980
3:00 p.m.

MARK GORSKI, a 20-year-old University student, takes a victory lap with a
bouquet of flowers following another one of his many bicycling victories. Gor-
ski, who finished fourth this summer in the European Cup, has his sights set on
the 1984 Olympics as one of his major goals in the coming years.

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