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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Saturday, September 20, 1975
Vol. 83, No. 16
Veathen Good for football
UNC hosts Maryland
in conference opener
by Susan Shackelford
Any Atlantic Coast Conference football
game has such a chilling uncertainty that
today Bill Dooley and Jerry Claiborne no
doubt feel frozen against a wall of question
It's only the second ACC battle of the 1975
season,, but the league is so balanced, as
indicated by Wake Forest's shocking upset
last week over N.C. State, that today's 1:30
p.m. game carries in Kenan Stadium carries
more importance. And the anxiety level may
go even a notch higher for UNC, which has
lost to Maryland so soundly the last two
seasons 23-3 in '73 and 24-12 in '74.
Dooley, the UNC head coach, wonders
whether his young offense and shallow
defense can continue making the big plays
after a win over Southern Conference
opponent, William and Mary, two weeks
ago in Kenan.
Claiborne, whose club was upset last week
at Tennessee (26-8) while UNC had an open
date, ponders his Terrapin injury list, which
includes star quarterback Mark Manges,
four other offensive starters and Jim
Brechbiel, a pre-season All-America
candidate at defensive back.
Manges, considered a better option player
than his backup Larry Dick, suffered a
shoulder separation against Tennessee,
while tailback Rick Jennings sprained his
ankle in the Terps' opening win over
Brechbiel, who suffered a pinched nerve
against Villanova, played only a little last
week but may get more action today.
Rounding out the injuries are tight ends
Bob Raba with his broken hand and Vince
Kinney with his sprained ankle.
Their injuries, said Dooley, don't give the
Tar Heels a great advantage. "I know
Manges is a great athlete, but I was really
impressed with Dick. He was 12 for 18
passing in the second half and moved the
offense against Tennessee. And James
Franklin, replacing Jennings, is a great
inside and outside runner."
On defense, Dooley said he is looking for
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Senior quarterback Billy Paschall carries against William and Mary
almost anything. "They will use so many
styles the blitz, overshift or eight-man
front. Tennessee didn't have a sustained
drive against them. Mistakes in their kicking
game hurt Maryland," he said. "Tennessee
did not dominate Maryland; Maryland's
own mistakes hurt them."
Going against the Terp defense, which
contains last week's ACC defensive lineman
of the week, tackle Joe Campbell, Carolina's
attack is led by quarterback Bill Paschall and
running backs James Betterson and Mike
Voight. The Tar Heels also hurt themselves
against William and Mary with an
overabundance of offsides and illegal
The Carolina defense, which Dooley
called a "bright spot" against William and
Mary, is a crucial factor. If it can sustain its
first game strength, the weakened Maryland
offense might get too big a test, too soon.
Maryland's averaging 441.5 yards total
offense, but the Heels own three
interceptions, two recovered fumbles, a
blocked punt and a deflected punt.
Leading the Carolina defense are tackles
Rod Broadway and Dee Hardison, halfback
Russ Conley and linebackers Bobby Gay
and Billy Murphy.
Russ Conley confident of UNC secondary
by Ford Worthy
Russ Conley is out to discredit the critics.
"They picked us to have an off season last
year," recalled the junior defensive
cornerback for UNC. "And last year they
were wrong. This year they say we'll finish
either fifth or sixth in the conference. They
may just be wrong again."
And when will the Heels offer evidence
disproving the preseason talk? Today, says
Conley, who was thrust into a starting role as
a freshman two years ago and who
performed steadily in 1974. In fact, Conley
believes the contest with Maryland today
may possibly represent the season's turning
point for Carolina.
""I definitely think that we can win the
ACC title this year. The Maryland game is
super-important to us as far as winning the
championship goes. It will definitely be a
tough game, but I think that in it we'll show a
lot of people that our team is going to be
much better than the predictors said,"
explained the articulate Canton, N.C.
Much of the responsibility for stopping
the Terps rests on Conley and his cohorts in
the secondary. For the past two seasons the
group has been the target of countless Tar
Heel critics, as well as numerous opposing
quarterbacks, who have welcomed the
opportunity to improve their passing
Conley doesn't concede that the criticism
has been justified, but he admits that there
have been some costly lapses in pass
coverage in the past.
"1 remember the game against Maryland
my freshman year," said Conley. "Al Neville
hit Frank Russell for a TD that was my
Cornerback Russ Conley
responsibility. That was the first time that I
had ever gotten beat deep before.
"Since then 1 haven't been completely
consistent all the time, but 1 know I've
improved a lot. Bobby (Trott), Ronnie
(Johnson) and the other guys back there
have also improved.
"We're shooting to be the best secondary
in the league," continued the lithe six-foot,
Whether or not the UNC secondary can
shake off the reputation they have earned in
past seasons and attain that lofty goal
remains to be seen.
One thing is for certain though, Maryland
quarterback Larry Dick, an all-Metro
Washington, D.C prep player, will provide
the Heels' secondary with a stiff test. He
completed 15 of 24 passes in the Terps' loss
to Tennessee last week, including one
"To look at him on film you'd think he has
to be a pro prospect," said Conley. "We
know they'll come at us with a lot of power
sweeps, and we're expecting him (Dick) to
put the ball up plenty."
Conley says he is looking forward to going
against Dick and the rest of the Terps,
especially since this is his last chance to beat
them. UNC is not scheduled to play
Maryland in 1976.
"They annihilated us two years ago (23-3),
and then beat us in the rain last year (24-12).
I think we're ready for them. We got off to a
good start against William and Mary (two
weeks ago, 33-6) and are really in the right
frame of mind to play Maryland.
"Last week we concentrated on the
physical aspect of playing them and left the
emotional part out since we didn't play last
Saturday. This week we've got the emotional
Russ Conley exudes confidence. And
while he thinks that Carolina will prove the
ACC forecasters wrong, he hopes they will
be able to cash in on at least one bet. Some
observers have said that by the end of the
season Conley will have gained all
"I don't like to get my mind geared
towards the honors," "remarked Conley. "i
like to think I'm one of the best cornerbacks
in the league, but if you start thinking too
much about your individual goals, the
important things, which right now concern
Maryland, get out of focus."