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The Da"y Tar Hsel ,
If you have been reading the editorial page of "The Daily Tar HeeF for the past
couple of weeks, you may have noticed the name Doug Clark appearing over a
column occasionally. To most of the academic community he is only known by the
notation 'Doug Clark is a sophomore interested in journalism. However, to
followers of the sport, Doug Clark is a member of the UNC cross country team.
That he is not well known on campus is not surprising considering the nature of
cross country. Cross country is not a spectator sport. Its athletes perform in
solitude: the start and finish 'are the only visible parts of a race.
No one really cares about cross country. It took Tony Waldrop three years to get
the recognition he deserved. "
No one understands why a non-scholarship runner would work day after day
after day. "Pride is what keeps you going. said Chirk. "Pride in your ability and
achievements arc the only way to justify it. Otherwise, it is not worthwhile.
1 am not one of the top guys on the team, he said, "but how many people at
UNC can do distance running better than 1 can? When 1 came here 1 had a goal to
letter in cross country. 1 did that last year. Now I want to be on the top seven on the
"Cross country teams are a special thing to me." said Clark. "1 have been on cross
country teams at three different schools but they are all the same. They were all
tight. The team is held together by mutual respect. Respect for yourself and your
teammates. We all go out and do the same thing."
Each indiv idual on the team has his own way of preparing himself for a meet.
Clark used to get real nervous before a race. Now he thinks about specific things. "I
know people on different teams who run about the same as I do. If I don't, I think
about my own teammates and key on them. We work with people about our own
ability and help ourselves."
Clark has been thinking about today's race against Duke for a long time.
Carolina has a good team but Duke is the defending ACC champion. The Blue
Devils have a freshman. Bynum Merritt. who used to beat him all the time in prep
school. Clark would like nothing better than to beat him hut he realizes he would
have to run well.
By 1 1 a.m. the meet will be over. The outcome will be important to no one save
Clark and his teammates. But as long as his efforts are appreciated Clark will
continue to write to make people understand. ..
11 Jim Thomas
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Asst. Sports Editor
Are all the cards on the table?
At this point, it would seem that way. Area
football fans know the UNC-N.C State
clash . reflects two powerful rivals, two
explosive offenses and a two-point victory
margin the last two years. Easily, the three
points from a field goal could make the
UNCs field goal kicker, Ellis Alexander,
who has made only two of 10 attempts this
season, is first to admit it.
However, he doesn't catalog and most
fans don't remember many other factors.
"The State game has been on my mind for
a year," the Salisbury native said in an
interview this past week. "Last year the
points I didn't kick made a difference. It is
nice to set a record (53-yarder in last season's
meeting). But that game has always bothered
me because I missed two short ones."
Thinking of today's battle with the
nationally-ranked Wolfpack, Alexander,
smiling, said, "I'd like to think it won't boil
down to a field goal. Our offense is
tremendous 1 think we'll move the ball. I
think State is ripe to be beaten they've had
three close wins in a row.
"But if it does come down to a field goal,"
the Morehead scholar emphasized, "it's fine
Though unhappy with his own season so
far, Alexander maintains confidence in his
ability as a kicker. "Right now, I've hit the
ball better the last two weeks." he said.
"After the Pitt game 1 started concentrating
more. I've gotten back to basic things.
"You've got to keep your ankle locked,
your head down and follow through,"
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Alexander ready for State
UNCs leading scorer last year (48 points)
explained. "1 was getting away from this. If
youk foot moves, you lose power, control
Then, when I kicked badly I looked up
to see where the ball was going." he
concluded. "That makes me miss them even
more. The mental part of the kick is really
Alexander easily described the problem,
but pinpointing its origin posed a more
"I felt good in summer practice, but I don't
think I've had the confidence since coming
back up here (Carolina) in August and
pulling a muscle," the 6-0, 198 pounder
recalled. 1 couldn't kick for a week and a
half. I got rusty."
Alexander, who has converted 18 of 19
extra points this season, suffered the muscle
injury to his upper right leg while playing
defensive back behind UNCs All-ACC
Jimmy DeRatt, in practice. The backfield
assignment stemmed from his earlier
experience as a trosh and high school
linebacker, a position he enjoyed.
I probably had a better year kicking as a
freshman," the senior speculated. "I think it
may have been because 1 was running more
and playing linebacker.
. "This summer I'd missed playing it for two
or three years, and I was a little disappointed
(after the injury) not to keep playing it," he
added. "But I knew I was more valuable as a
kicker than a second-string defensive back."
Recruited by both Carolina and N.C.
State as a kicker, Alexander got a grammar
school introduction to the toe specialty from
his older brother Jake. "We lived on a golf
course," Alexander noted. "He'd kick and
I'd kick. We'd kick between trees in the
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If past games between UNC and N.C.
State are any indication, the outcome of
today's clash could be decided by the kicking
Two years ago. State lost to Carolina 34
33 as a result of a fumbled snap on a punt and
a muffed extra point attempt. Last year, the
Tar Heels missed two field goals in a 28-26
Whenever the two teams' high-powered
offenses hook up, kickoffs are at a premium.
This year State's Rat Pack has swarmed all
over opposing kickoff returners while
Carolina has been burned on several
Ohio University's Ken Houseton gave an
indication of things to come when he
returned a kickoff for 45 yards in the Tar
Heels opening game of the season.
Pittsburgh's Bob Haygood kept the
Panthers in the game with six runbacks for a
total of 167 yards a 28 yard average.
Haygood almost broke two returns for
touchdowns but each time he was caught by
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After his first organized ball as a seventh
grader and a successful high school career.
Alexander hoped for a UNC athletic
scholarship but wasn't offered one.
"! was really upset. he recollected.
"Coach (Jim) Donnan (now at UNC)
recruited me at State and offered me a
"1 almost called Coach Donnan. My
father had to talk me out of it. I really wanted
to come here."
The history major added he still would
have come to Carolina had he not received
the Morehead Scholarship, a full-paid
academic award. After college he plans to try
out for a professional football team.
Today against State. Alexander projected
UNC "probably has the best offensive line
since I've been here - quick and powerful.
"1 don't concern myself with the
(defensive) rush." he pointed out. "If 1 worry
who is coming at me. from where and how
fast it's another thing breaking my
Even when Ellis Alexander booted the ball
nine yards deep' in the end ?one against
Georgia Tech Randy Rhino returned the
kickoff 57 yards to set tip the winning
touchdown in the final seconds.
Overall. Carolina's opponents have
broken four kickoffs for more than 45 yards.
Maryland and Wake Forest are the only
teams not to have a long runback against the
Tar Heels. It was raining at College Park and
Wake Forest is . . . well . . . Wake Forest.
UNC coach Bill Dooley made the
understatement of . the year at Tuesday's
press conference when he said "We are going
to pay a lot of attention to our kickoff team."
Whew, boy! He'd better! State has one of
the top return men in the ACC in Ralph
Stringer. Stringer ranks second in the
conference in kickoff returns behind UNCs
James Betterson with a 26 yard average and
third in punt return with an eight yard
The State speedster is capable of busting a
game wide open. Stringer returned a punt 56
yards against Syracuse to set up a
touchdown and give the Wolfpack breathing
room in a surprisingly close 28-22 victory
over the Orangemen. '
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