Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 3, 1985
BADGER TAILBACK LEADS BACKFIELD ATTACK
Emery looks to run wild on'M'
By BRAD MORGAN
While the Michigan defense has left
opposing running backs trembling in
their turf shoes so far, Larry Emery is
one tailback who isn't running scared,
and with good reason.
One year ago at Michigan Stadium,
the Wisconsin junior danced and
dashed his way to his best game of the
season, gaining 185 yards on just 17
carries. Michigan managed to put the
pesky Badgers away, 20-14, but
Emery made it hard for the
HE DOESN'T expect to turn in a repeat
performance this year, but does
think he and his backfield companions
can run on the Wolverines.
"I don't know if I can repeat that,"
he said with a laugh, "but I've been
watching the films, and teams have
rushed pretty well against them. I feel
if they can do it, we can do it.
"We're number one in the Big Ten
in rushing, so we can see it as being a
clash between our offense and their
THE BADGERS have racked up some
gaudy numbers in reaching the top of
the conference rushing ladder.
Emery leads the way with 368 yards
on'61 carries '(6 yards per carry) and
five touchdowns, but fullback Joe
Armentrout isn't far behind with 320
yards on only 39 carries, an im-
pressive 8.2 yards per carry.
For Emery, the numbers are par-
ticularly satisfying after last season's
frustrating finish. The 5-9, 190 poun-
der was one of the best runners in the
conference last year until a knee in-
jury in the Indiana game ended his
1984 campaign. No one knew if he
would come back full strength this
year, but his first three games have
laid that fear to rest.
"Last season I got hurt, so this
season my main goal is just to stay
healthy," he said. "I feel good now."
A HEALTHY Emery is a key to the
Badger attack. Quarterback Mike
Howard has been out of action with a
bruised shoulder since the first game
against Northern Illinois, so the bur-
den of leadership has fallen upon
Emery and he has responded in the
"He's a strong personality type of
guy," said offensive coordinatory Bill
Dudley. "The other players have a lot
of respect for him. He's not self-
centered; he gives the line credit
when it is due, so they like blocking
While he is a team leader, the
Macon native shrugs off any attempt
to label him a star.
"WE HAD MORE superstars last
year," he said, "but this year there
are no individuals, we're more of a
"Like all running backs, running
the ball is what I do best, but my weak
point is blocking because I haven't
had to do much of it(because of the in-
jury). I have to get my body healthy
so I can be a complete back."
As a runner, Dudley feels Emery
compares to Michigan's own tailback,
"HE MAKES THINGS happen
when he touches the ball," said
Dudley. "He has the ability to make
yards out of small holes. He's like
Morris, he twists and turns sideways
in there-he doesn't need lots of
Dudley also added that people
shouldn't forget Emery's strength.
"He is a very versatile runner. He
has more power than people would
think because he's put together so
well. He can make people miss him in
the open field, then he can run people
A reshirt as a freshman, Emery
began seeing action in 1983, and after
his good half-season last year and good
start this year, he's setting his sights
on the NFL, albeit warily.
"I hope I can make it," he said. "If
it comes, it comes, and that's great. If
not, I'll just settle down and get my
The Kean Ey q
A Missouri World Series? .. .
a longshot - hopefully
Good evening and welcome to live coverage of the 1985 World
Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals.
We're here at lovely Royal Stadium.
You've heard of the possibility of a "subway series" (Mets vs.
Yankees). Well, this year there is a very real chance of a Mississippi
River Series. The chance of a series so boring that No-Doz would be the
only appropriate sponsor. Talk about a sports fan's nightmare, this would
It wouldn't be so bad if both teams didn't play on astroturf. It wouldn't
be so bad if both teams weren't from Missouri (pronounced muh-ZUR-
uh). It wouldn't be so bad if Missouri wasn't the 'show me' state. It
would't be so bad if there were some big names, some personalities to
make it exiciting.
I'm standing here with assistant groundskeeper Billy Bob Bohan-
non, and Billy-Bob, I understand you were one of the people who
had a hand in cleaning the fountains here at Royal's Stadium
yesterday. Can you tell me something about it?
Somehow I just don't picture people getting together the morning after
a game and saying, "How 'bout that Jamie Quirk?" Somehow "Andy Van
Slyke-up close and personal" does not excite me. Somehow I don't look
forward to hearing Hank Williams singing the National Anthem.
Oh well, it probably won't happen anyway, right? I mean, even if the
Royals win their division there's no way they'll get past the Blue Jays,
right? And after all, the Mets could still catch the Cards in the National
League East, and even if they don't, who knows what will happen in the
playoffs, right? Right? Please?
...Pendleton is rounding third, here comes the throw from Darrel
Motley, and it's cut-off by Charlie Liebrandt...zzz...
Quick, what's the first thing you think of when you hear the words Kan-
sas City Royals? A team that always loses in the playoffs. How about the
St. Louis Cardinals? Warehouses of cocaine. Terrific. Losers and users,
quite a matchup.
All right, maybe I'm being little hard on the teams. I guess not
everyone feels that a Missouri Series would be a complete disaster. Larre
Barrett, vice-president in charge of sports sales at ABC, which will be
covering the fall classic, told me he would welcome the possibility.
"It wouldn't decrease our ratings at all," said Barrett. "The 1982 series
between St. Louis and Milwaukee, for instance, had better ratings than
the '83 and '84 series. The World Series is the culmination of the national
pasttime. People are going to watch it regardless of who is on the field."
Barrett went on to say that the underlying factor for World Series
ratings is the length of the series. Basically lots of people watch seven-
game series and not many watch a four or five-game series.
So ABC wouldn't mind a Royals-Cardinals series and I suppose neither
would most of the general public. People who tune in the World Series on
the whole are not the same folks who follow baseball all season-long. To
the average World Series fan, an intra-state rivalry (even a Missouri in-
tra-state rivalry) might look attractive.
But let's talk tradition. When you think of great moments in World
Series history, Kansas City does not immediately come to mind. Granted,
George Brett is one of the greatest players of this decade, but his most
distinguished post-season accomplishment was getting hemoirrhoids in
the '81 series.
As for the Cardinals, there is no denying their place World Series
history with such greats as Dizzy Dean and Bob Gibson. But think for a
minute how well Dean would fit in on the turf at Busch Stadium playing
with the likes of Vince Coleman, Willie McGee and Ozzie Smith. "Uh, sure
Ozzie, I do coke, but I don't think I can fit a bottle up my nose."
Give me a coast-to-coast series (Celtics-Lakers was sheer pleasure). I
could take subway series. I might even accept a Toronto-Montreal Can-
Still, it could be worse. Texas-Houston, San Francisco-Oakland...
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Junior tailback Larry Emery runs for daylight in Wisconsin's season
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