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September 25, 1986 - Image 10

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Page 10- The Michigan Daily- Thursday, September 25, 1986


iendley triggers

FSU's offense

It's unusual for an offensive
line to receive much attention.
But people are pointing to weak
line play as the reason for
Florida State's suspect 1-1-1
WEAK LINE play has caused
FSU quarterbacks to get sacked
seven times in a 34-17 loss to
Nebraska and another five times
Don Watz, a native of Bay City,
is a football reporter for The
Florida Flambeau, an
independent newspaper in the
Tallahassee, Fla. area. He is
currently a sophomore at Florida

in a 10-10 tie with North Carolina.
FSU center Jim Hendley is the
first to defend the offensive line.
"They can criticize all they
want," Hendley said after the
North Carolina game. "I'm sure
in their minds they feel they have
the right to criticize. The major
thing right now is that we are not
cohesive. The distractions have
hurt us."
T HE , distractions Hendley
talks about are painful ones. The
offensive line was perhaps the
hardest hit both physically and
mentally by the shooting death of
lineman Pablo Lopez.
"I'm sure it did affect the
linemen the most," said head
coach Bobby Bowden. "I mean, gee

whiz, there is a guy who is a two-
year starter and all of a sudden
you look down the huddle and he
is gone. The guys were very to
close to him and I know it hurt
Since Hendley is the only
senior starter on offense, he is
looked to for leadership. But last
week when the team needed his
leadership the most, Hendley was
concentrating on learning the
tackle position left vacant by
Lopez's death.
"I'M DOING the best I can to be
the leader," Hendley said, "but
it's been hard with the distractions
we've had and the change of
position I had to make."
Last year the leadership on the

line came from All-American
Jamie Dukes and three-year
starter John Ionata. "Jamie and
John were good at seeing
everything," Hendley recalled.
"You take that for granted. I
didn't even think or worry about
them in the off-season. You come
back now and you see how
valuable they were."
Lopez was another valuable
"LOSING Pablo on our pass
rush offense threw things out of
whack," said Bowden. "The edge
that we gained against Nebraska
was lost because of it. We need
better timing and better execution,
and you would hope it's done by
the third game of the year."

Now that senior Tim Hebron is
fully recovered from an
appendicitis, he will take over
Lopez's split tackle spot, and
Hendley will move back to center
after one game at split tackle.
Hendley is accustomed to
changing positions, however. He
was a tight end at Berrien County
High School in Georgia before
switching to the defensive line at
FSU. After two years on defense,
he was changed to the offensive
side last season.
"Jim started last season as an
offensive tackle and midway
through the season he was a
starter at center," Bowden said.
The whole Florida State
offensive line is talented. It is
just a matter of them becoming
familiar with each other,
according to Hendley.
"We're gonna straighten this
thing out," he said. "It's gonna

come with time."
In time, maybe the FSU
offensive line will want

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Well, it finally happened. The
event that campus fraternities

have been waiting for has already
come and passed. That's right,
the 1986 fraternity track and field
meet. The fraternities were out
on the Ferry Field track last week
trying to see which one could out-
run, out- jump, and out-hurdle the
All in all, Greg Randall from
Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Rick
West from Evans Scholars were a
perfect illustration of
RANDALL took first place in
the 200 meters with West closely
behind him placing second. In
the 100 meters, the tables turned
with West just edging out
Randall. The Phi Kappa Psi's
scored 12 of their 36 points in the
800 meter run with Ray Brennan
taking first and Chris Pierson
finishing third.
Like most track meets, it came
down to the last race, the 1600
meter relay, to decide which team
would come away with it all.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon pulled away
in the last lap and to win the race
with Phi Kappa Psi close behind.
Glen Higgens, the track coach
for Evans Scholars, said, "We
just did not have as much depth as
the SAEs and we are basically not
in shape yet." The Evans
Scholars were leading by 10
points going into the last race and
finished the race in fourth.
With their fourth- place finish
and the SAEs first, it was enough
for the SAEs to pull ahead in the
final results, which just went to
show that digging up the Mud
Bowl does help the Sigma Alpha
Epsilon's keep in shape.

The popular question around
campus is, "What is wrong with
the Michigan defense?" Well,
down here at the Daily, we have
been receiving numerous entries
from the members of the
defensive unit. Their records
have been astonishing and it is
quite obvious that they have been
studying their picks instead of
their playbooks.
From here on, we declare that
no entries from any football
players will be accepted until the
defense turns in a shutout. So the
rest of you, take advantage of the
lack of competition and drop off
your Gridde picks at the Student
Publications Building located at
420 Maynard.
If your picks are in by
midnight Friday, you can win a
free pizza from Pizza Bob's.
1.Florida State at MICHIGAN
(pick total points)
2. Western Michigan at Michigan
3.Utah at Ohio State
4. Purdue at Notre Dame
5. Texas-El Paso at Iowa
6. Indiana at Missouri
7. Pacific at Minnesota
8. Wyoming at Wisconsin

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