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MICHIGAN
OFFENSE

Auburn's Bo Jackson (left) and Lionel
James take time out from rolling over
opposing defenses. "Big Train" and
"Little Train" will provide a stiff
challenge for the Wolverine defense.
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JACKSON AND JAM

'Trains' carry

By LARRY MISHKIN
There is an old saying that trying to
perform an impossible feat is like
trying to "stop a freight train."
If this is true, then the Michigan
defense will have its work cut out for it
in the Sugar Bowl as Auburn's wish-
bone offense features a couple of
"trains" that are as hard to stop as an
old Iron Horse itself.
THESE TWO power runners are
sophomore Bo "Big Train" Jackson

and Lionel "Little Train" James and
they have been leaving opposing defen-
ses lying in their tracks all season long.
Running out of the Tigers' wishbone
attack, along with quarterback Randy
Campbell and fullback Tommie Agee,
Jackson and James have rolled up 1215
and 728 yards respectively so far this
season, thus making it impossible for
opposing teams to key on only one of the
two.
"At running back we start with what

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we think are two pretty good backs in
James and Jackson," Auburn coach
Pat Dye said at the beginning of the
season in a true understatement. "They
could be two of the best in the country."
IF THEY'RE not two of the best
backs individually, they certainly are
the best backfield combination in the
country and behind them the Tigers
have rolled to a 10-1 record, their first
Southeastern Conference title in 26
years, including the automatic Sugar
Bowl berth, and a number three
national ranking.
And it's certainly not coincidental
that in Auburn's lone 1983 defeat, to
Texas, the two trains were derailed for
the only time this season and held for a
combined rushing total of only 68 yards.
Once either of these power backs gets
the ball though, they usually are very
hard to flag down as Jackson's 7.7 and
James' 5.9 yards per carry attest to.
The duo also are effective receivers,
averaging 6.7 (James) and 5.6
(Jackson) yards per reception coming
out of the backfield and have combined
for 19 touchdowns, 14 for Big Train and
five for Little Train.
JACKSON'S 14 touchdowns make
him the team's leading scorer this year
with 84 points, but this is naturally ex-
pected from the man who, with Herschel
Walker jumping to the USFL, is' now
called the premier running back in the
south. The 6-1222-pound runner not only
leads the SEC in rushing, but in all pur-
pose running as well, averaging 119.3
yards a game.
Big Train showed just how effective
of a runner he is when he ran through
Georgia's defense this year for 115 yar-
ds in Auburn's 13-7 win that clinched at
least a tie for the SEC title and handed
the Bulldogs theirfirst conference loss
in four years. Prior to the game, the
Georgia defense had been surrendering
a mere 106 totalyards rushing a game.
A few weeks ago, when he first began
to discuss the up-coming Sugar Bowl,
Bo Schembechler jokingly pointed out

that the Auburn runner and he shared
the first name. "If he's named Bo, he's
got to be good," the Michigan coach
said humorously.
IT IS probably only a matter of time
before Schembechler has to find out
just how good "the other Bo" really is.
An All-SEC and freshman All-
American last year, Jackson rushed for
196 yards against Florida, 105 yards
against Maryland, 115 yards against
Georgia anda season high 256 yards
against Alabama.
The best all-around athlete on
Auburn's team, Jackson was the
school's first three sport letterman in 30
years, excelling in track and baseball
as well. "If (Jackson) isn't an All-
American, there isn't one in the coun-
try," said Dye.
Just as Jackson physically lives up to
his Big Train monicker, so does the 5-7,
170 James live up to his. In fact, Little
Train is so small that he has to wear a
single-digit number on his jersey (6)
because a double-digit number
wouldn't fit.
BUT WHAT James lacks in size, he
makes up for in ability. A member of
the all-conference team in 1982, James
led the nation in punt returns last year
with 15.8 yards a return. This year that
number has slipped to 7.7 yards, but he
remains a threat on kickoff returns
with a 23.7 average.
As a senior, he is considered the heart
and soul of the Auburn team, providing
leadership by the way he plays. This
was never more evident than in the
Georgia game when he scored his
team's lone touchdown and had his
nickname changed, at least tem-
porarily, to "The Little Engine That
Could."
Thus, on January 2 in New Orleans,
the Wolverines will get the unenviable
task of trying to stop these two runaway
trains and it's a good bet that
Michigan's success in stopping Jackson
and James will determine its success in
the game.

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