New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 1, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Herat&-Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, January 1,1987
Boz's sub gears for Orange
MIAMI (AP r-*- Five straight days of hearing the same, questions can grow old, but Oklahoma linebacker Dante Jones continues to answer graciously as the third-ranked Sooners prepare for Thursday night's Orange Bowl game against No 9 Arkansas Hie media attention devoted to the ••toot-2. 225-pound Junior from Dallas Is nothing compared to what he expects when he steps on the field as Brian Bosworth's replacement in the nationally televised contest Jones knows tile cameras will zoom in on him at every opportunity “It’s kind of hard to block it out of your mind when everybody's asking all the questions about how I think ITI do," said Jones, who'll start in Bosworth’s strongside linebacker position because the two-time All-American was ruled ineligible for the game after testlnj^jwsitive for steroid use i_ _ r
“Replacing him doe* put some pressure on me If I miss a tackle or something, I know some people will be saying Brian would have made that one," Jones said “I guess it’s good in a way. though It ll make me play harder I know ITI have togo alioth every play."
Jones alternated starting assignments at weakside linebacker with Paul Migliazzo this season He said the biggest adjustment he's had to make in preparing for the Orange
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College Bowl games
11:30 a.m. — College football: Florida Citrus Bowl: Auburn vs. Southern California, KSAT.
12:30 p.m. - College football: Cotton Bowl: Ohio State vs. Texas A&M, KENS.
2:30 p.m. — College football: Sugar Bowl: Louisiana St. vs. Nebraska, KSAT.
3:30 p.m. — College football: Rose Bowl: Arizona St. vs. Michigan, KMOL.
7 p.m. — College football: Orange Bowl: Arkansas vs. Oklahoma, KMOL.
Bowl is changing the way he reacts to some blocking schemes on the strong side
His 58 tackles, along with three interceptions and two fumble recoveries, are evidence that he's played well in 1986. The statistics also support his contention that filling in for Bosworth should not be considered his big opportunity to prove Unwell.
“I've been playing,’’ Jones said “What this means Is that ITI play a lot more this game. That was going to happen next year anyway if he (Bosworth) decided to leave (to turn professional). To me, it’s Just happening one game sooner.”
Both teams wound up preparation
for the game today. Oklahoma. 10-1, is a 174-point favorite, a point-spread the Sooners and Arkansas, 9-2, find hard to believe.
“We’re the ninth-ranked team in the country and I don’t think anyone should forget that," Arkansas linebacker Rickey Williams said. “I don’t know anything about that gambling stuff, but if they are making us 174-point underdog*, than they must be taking us pretty lightly ”
One key for Arkansas will be containing Oklahoma’s powerful Wishbone offense. The Sooners led the nation in rushing, averaging 404.7 yards per game, and produced 42.4 points par coldest.
Teams ready for playoffs; Chicago still the favorite
Hie walking wounded of the Washington Redskins rsaltnr there is no tomorrow if the Chicago Bean chase them out of the NFL playoffs Saturday, so both the Injury-plagued and the flu-ridden will be ready tor the
■’We’U roll into Chicago in wheelchairs and crutches, but no one’s going to miss this game, ” defensive end Dex ter Manley said Tuesday
Manley and another Fro Bowl player, wide receiver Art Monk, were among those who sew limited practice time aa they battled the flu.
Hie Redskins, who advanced to the NFC semifinal gnMi by beating the Los Angeles Rams in the wild-card g«m> leat weekend, list seven players, including five ■tarter*, on their Injury report.
Running beck George Rogers, who baa a bruised boulder, and Pro Bowl wide receiver Gary Clark, who baa hem hampered by a grained ankle, both practiced and are listed aa “probable” tor Ilia gams against the dafonding Super Bowl champions.
Joe Jacoby and Rum Grimm, who conapriat the left Md* of the Washington offensive line, are nursing Injuries but probably will start Saturday- Beth were hurt in the ip-7 victory over the Rams. Jacoby broke a Imm balow the middle finger in his rigf hand and Ortmn suffered bruised left ribs In Wastitntfen’s (Int
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“Nebraska and Miami stopped them, and they (the Sooners) were good enough to beat Nebraska anyway,” Razorback* defensive coordinator Fred Goldsmith said. “But our defense faces the Wishbone every day during spring practice and is disciplined enough to execute against their Wishbone.”
On offense, the Razorback*' Wishbone will have to contend with an Oklahoma defense that was beat In the country against the tm (80.7 yards) and In total defense (MOA yards). The Arkansas offense produced 358.9 yards and 27.5 points par game this season.
Quarterback J amelia Holieway Is the triggerman In Oklahoma’s explosive attack. The sophomore from Carson, Calif., rushed for SII yards and eight touchdowns while throwing for 541 yards and four TD* on 30«f-63
I The Sooners have three other runners who have gained more than SOO yards. Fullback LydeU Carr has pttwd tar 548 yards, tallowed by Bart Johnann and Spencer Tillman ■Mb H7 and 519, respectively, f Arkansas Is more of a threat to fenrn the batt from Ka Wishbone. Quarterback Crag Thomas completed 81 percent of bis attempts for 1,082 yards and six touchdowns during the regular season. Ha alae. lad the Razorback* in rushing with 481 yards and eirtK TDs.
defensive end Richard Dent, had a massive fltarglaas cast on his hand but practiced Tuesday.
Cleveland may have the home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, but Coach Marty Schot-tenheimer, who says his biggest contribution baa been convincing the Browns they’re good enough to play with the best, says they must not become complacent.
The Jato, who snapped a ftve-game losing streak with a wildcard victory over Kansas Qty Sunday, will again start Pat Ryan at quarterback.
Ryan stepped in for slumping Ken O’Brien and threw three touchdown passes in leading the Jeu peat the Chiefs.
Ryan did not throw during practice Tuesday, however, resting a stiff arm
The GianU are concerned about San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana, who according to New York cornerback Perry William* is the beat quarterback in the game. Williams also said wide radeuer Jerry Blee la probably the beat at hie position now.
Nose tackle Jim Burt says the key to controlling Montana might be keeping him in the pocket.
Meanwhile, the 48ars are hoping ttay’U fare batter than they did four weak* ago against the OlanU.
“Hiero’s no doubt about K. We jeered up to Mop thrtr running p— gBfl it cost us the ballgame,” Coach WU Walsh saki, looking back at a 21-17 lorn Ie the Olanta, who trailed 17-0 at the half.
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Lucas yearns return to N BA competition
. J HOUSTON (AP) - John Lucas H wants to play basketball again •J for the Houston Rockets. But ifs iii not at the top of his Christmas Iii wish list.
“I've already got my HChristmas wish,” Lucas said.
IU “I’ve learned to be happy with H| what I have. In past ^SchristmasM, I’ve always been outwardly happy, but this BChristmas I’m inwardly happy. I HS have a spiritual foundation today ^fthat I didn’t have before.”
IB Despite his inward satisfaction, ||l Lucas can’t escape his burning H desire to get one more chance as ||||a professional basketball player.
Ill “John Lucas the busineMman H Is doing very, very well, but I know people will always
^■basketball. That’s a constant ^|daw in my side,” Lucas said.
SIS “I left out the back door last ■ year. I Just want a chance to leave out the front door.”
Lucas, 33, went out the back HH] door becausroHiks continuing H battle with alcohol and cocaine M addiction.
Lucas was one of the premier point-guards in the National m Basketball Association, but was M released last March by the H| Rockets when a urinalysis
revealed cocaine in his system.
It was the second time Lucm has failed a drug test given by the Rockets. The first was in December 1984. Three months later, the Rockets forgave Lucas and reinstated him to the team.
Under NBA rules, Lucas has one more chance. After a player tests positive for drugs a third time, he’s banned hum the
Lucm still hopes the Rockets can forgive him one more time.
’’People always ask me lf I want to come back,” Lucas said. ’’But that’s not the question. The question is would they take me back?”
Rockets General Manager Ray Patterson and Coach BUI Fitch have said repeatedly they would take I jttffin hark ,Mi***sr My circumstances. But they also said that the first time.
“lf It happens, it happens,” Lucm said, “and if it doesn’t It doesn’t, I can live with it. I have learned there are other things In my life besktos basketball.”
Lucm doesn’t walk to sound like he’s the missing link, but ta truly believes he could help th* team.
”1 love those guys and Coach Fitch, too,” Lucm said.
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Opposing coaches bury hatchet for gameRoger Vick leads Texas A&M into today's game with Ohio State
DALLAS (AP) - With the Earle and Jackie Peace Conference out of the way, Texas AAM and Ohio State can concentrate on the 51st annual Cotton Bowl game on New Year’s Day.
AAM Coach Jackie Sherrill and Ohio State Coach Earle Bruce buried their grudge on Tuesday during a hi :arre press conference which saw Sherrill whipping balloons out of his pocket and making them into gifts for Bruce.
The “presents” included a balloon apple and bear.
Sherrill was making light of a recent Bruce comment in which the Buckeye coach was quoted as saying: “I don’t ever want to be a Jackie Sherrill. You can tell him I said that because I’d tell it to his face. I can go look in the mirror and feel good about myself.”
After handing Bruce the balloon apple, Sherrill said, “I don’t have any problem with it (the comment). It was no big deal. I would have been more upset if Earl had said he looked In a full-length mirror.”
Sherrill was Joking about the heavyset Bruce’s midriff.
Bruce looked at the “bad apple” balloon to see if it had a “worm.”
It did. Sherrill had used a pen to draw a worm into the apple.
At the “peace conference,’’ Bruce said: “I didn’t mean anything by it (the comment). The timing was wrong. It was right after the Michigan game and if you had asked me to compare myself to (MichiganCoach) Bo Schembechler, I wouldn’t have liked him either.”
Ohio State lost 28-24 to Michigan and the Buckeyes ended up in the Cotton Bowl with the Wolverines going to the Rose Bowl.
Bruce laughed at Sherrill’s balloon trick, saying “it’s like being with Lou Holtz.”
Holtz, the Notre Dame coach, is known for his magic tricks.
Sherrill blew up a balloon, twisted It into the shape of a bear, put in eyes and a mouth with a heavy pen, thro autographed it.
“Now a coach who can do that isn’t all bad,” Bruce said.
Sherrill said later that being criticized was part of coaching.
“lf I ever get to the point where it bothers me, I’ll get into another profession,” Sherrill said.
Sherrill’s balloon show overshadowed comments about the New Year’s Day game itself in which Ohio State becomes the first Big Ten Conference team to play in the Cotton Bowl.
Sherrill also took time again to say he wasn’t going to Alabama even if Ray Perkins took an NFL coaching Job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I still have a mission to dq at Texas AAM,” Sherrill said. “I have 5-year, 10-year and 20-year goals.”
Once they got around to talking about the clash of the SWC champions and the Big Ten co-champions, both agreed it should be an excellent offensive show.
“I believe it will tend to be a high-scoring game,” Bruce said.
“I think both teams have the capability to move the football,n Sherrill said.Former Cotton Bowl hero leads Aggie offensive scheme
DALLAS (AP) — Until Lynn Amedee came to Texas AAM from Vanderbilt, Tefcus AAM’s record under Coach Jackie Sherrill was exactly .500.
Since Amedee became the offensive coordinator and play-caller, the Aggies have gone 184, won two Southwest Conference titles and been to two Cotton Bowls.
Amedee, the hero of the 1983 Cotton Bowl, has turned the Aggies into a feared offensive machine.
The Aggies, champions of the Southwest Conference, were rated two-point favorites over the Ohio State Buckeyes, co-champions of the Big Ten Conference, in the 51st Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Amedee, an intense competitor for LSU, kicked two Add goals and recovered a fumble that led to
LSU’s only touchdown in a 13-0 victory over Texas in the 1963 Cotton Bowl. He was voted the game’s outstanding offensive player.
“I remember it was a big deal because we completed 21 passes,” said Amedee, who was the Bengal Hgers’ starting quarterback. “Kevin Murray (AAM’s quarterback) may have that many in the first half this Thursday.”
Before Amedee’s arrival, AAM went 54, 8-5-1, and 6-5. Sherrill decided what AAM needed was his old buddy, Amedee, calling the plays.
It was a wise choice. With Amedee, AAM has gone 10-2 and 9-2.
“Jackie and I had been friends for a long time,” Amedee said. “He knows I know offense. He understands what I’m trying to do. You can’t be successful with two or three guys calling the
“Jackie has been very good about letting me call the plays.”
Amedee has hero interviewed for several head coaching positions in the last two weeks, including the LSU Job.
“I would have loved to go to LSU but it didn’t work out,” Amedee said. “I’ve got a pretty good deal here, particularly with Kevin Murray coming back. We should have a great year next year.”
Hie Aggies have led the SWC in offense the last two years and, under Amedee, Murray has become the AAM career record-holder in every passing category.
“Our offense is no secret,” said Amedee, who prefers to use the passing game to set up the running game. “We try to isolate our best offensive players on people. Sometimes we will go into a game with 30,40, or 50 formations.”
Amedee said Ohio State, the first Big Ten team to play in the Cotton Bowl, worries him.
“I’ve looked at every game this year rod two games on film last year and I don’t see any weaknesses” Amedee said. “Ohio State has excellent techniques and excellent tackling. They swarm to the football. They are really good.”