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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 2, 1984 - Page 9
verettfindsthe DGE

By DOUGLAS B. LEVY
Special to the Daily
WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue
Boilermaker football has risen out of
.he Big Ten dung heap behind the
brilliant leadership of senior quarter-
back Jim Everett.
An imposing athlete of 6-5, 212 poun-
ds, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.75
seconds, Everett explains his success
this season as a result of acquiring the
EDGE.
BUT THIS is no ordinary edge of the
physical or mental variety. This is
EDGE - Educational Development for
Growth and Effectiveness.
"EDGE is a program that stresses
positive feedback," said Everett, who
earries a double major of industrial
management and computer science.
"There is only a two-percent difference
between winning a game and losing it.
EDGE is a motivational device that
gets an individual to relax and visualize
making the big play."
Considering Everett's performance
this season, it is apparent that he has
taken an overdose of EDGE.
AFTER polishing off Northwestern last
aturday, 49-7, Purdue is 5-3, 4-2 in the
Tig Ten. Everett has sparked Purdue's
performance in '84, by completing 165
of 279 passes for 2,120 yards and 10
touchdowns.
Everett is sixth in the nation in total
offense and 19th in passing efficiency.
,But most importantly, Purdue is
"threatening to have its first winning
season since 1980, after dismal years of
5-6, 3-8, and 3-7-1.
"I'll tell you what, it takes 22 guys to
make a winning effort," said Everett,
who has been given sole credit for Pur-
due's vast improvement. "Our team
has totally devoted itself to football."
INDEED, EVERETT emphasizes that

Purdue
hopeful of
Purdue's success results from three-a-
day practices prior to the season. Ac-
cording to the Albuquerque, New
Mexico native, the Boilermakers went
from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. without so
much as a break. In between the
physical routine of practice, the team
gathered to hear the motivational
philosophy of Fred Mills, the creator of
EDGE.
"Mills stressed the team aspect of
successful football. Now we're a
relaxed bunch of guys who have fun. We
set goals and we achieve those goals.
Our team has a new and better at-
titude."
Attitude had been Everett's big
problem in his three previous years in
West Lafayette. He was mired at
second string behind Scott Campbell,
who is now with the NFL's Pittsburgh
Steelers. Everett believed he had the
capabilities to start in previous years.
"I LEARNED a lot from Scott. He could
only be as good as his supporting cast,
which was thin. For me, it was just a
matter of waiting my turn." Everett
has another year of eligibility and will
return next season.
Everett is operating behind a veteran
offensive line of all seniors and one
junior. The junior is tight end Marty
Scott, who is second on the team with 30
receptions. Purdue's deep threat is
wide receiver Steve Griffin, whose 40
catches places him second in the Big
Ten and ninth in the nation.
Michigan's defense has had success
against some of the country's finest
passing teams - Miami of Florida,
Iowa and Illiois, but Everett is

arterback for a bowl bid. "I would really enjoy
going to a bowl game. It would be
special for our seniors who have suf-
fered through the poor seasons. But
lucky to be in the position we're in,
we're just having fun," said Everett.
prepared. However, Everett knows that his
"I LIKE TO take what the defense gives, team is not just lucky.
All defenses give something and you've "Luck is when preparation makes
just got to find it," said Everett. opportunity," said Everett.
A win over the Wolverines is crucial For Everett and Purdue, the oppor-
for the Boilermakers who are striving tunities are all within reach, and
remember they do have the EDGE.
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Purdue Sports information photo
Purdue quarterback Jim Everett and an offensive teammate wait for a play
to be sent in from the sideline in action earlier this season. Everett is trying
to fill the shoes of former Boilermaker and National Football League QB's
Bob Griese and Mark Hermann.
- Phoenix star Lucas ends
holdout, agrees to contract

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - Free-agent
forward Maurice Lucas has reached a
contract agreement with the Phoenix
Suns, General Manager Jerry
Colangelo said last night.
Colangelo said Lucas and his agent,
Bill Pollak, would arrive here Saturday
from New Jersey "to conclude contract
negotiations."
HE WOULD not disclose what terms
Lucas had agreed to, however.
The Suns had given Lucas until noon
Wednesday to accept a two-year con-
tract reportedly worth between $700,000
and $750,000 per season.
But Colangelo said the deadline was
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pushed back 24 hours because Lucas'
wife, Rita, was ill Wednesday.
Lucas, 32, led Phoenix in rebounding
last season and earned $503,000. The 6-
foot-9, 240-pound 10-year pro has been
seeking a new four-year pact and has
until November 24 to sign with the Suns
or sit out the rest of the 1984-85 National
Basketball Association season.
If Lucas elected not to accept
Phoenix's two-year deal Thursday, he
would have been offered a one-year
contract at last year's salary "so we
could retain his rights" for the rest of
the season, Colangelo said.

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