Monday. August 29, 1977 The Daily Tir Heel 7
Dooley's trenchmen untried on offense but superb on defense
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By LEE PACE
Assistant Sport Editor
In his 10 years as head football coach at
Carolina, Bill Dooley has frequently referred
to "the trenches," those imaginary ditches
that cover a football field where only the
strong of heart survive.
The Tar Heel football brochure annually
includes his remarks about "getting in the
trenches with the men." and should Rich
Little ever be inclined to assemble a
repertoire of college football coaches, it
wouldn't be complete without Bill Dooley's
deep, resonant voice talking about trenches.
A writer even joked with the coach the
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community, both by dealing with the current concerns of the immediate community and issues facing the
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participatory Group-Think. Topics may range from scientific responsibility ond recombinant DNA to the
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other day that the UNC practice field even
had a real trench now that workmen broke a
sewer line while digging u well lust week.
So it seems only fitting that the fortunes or
failures of Dooley's football team this fall be
decided in the trenches.
His trench fighters on the offensive side
for the most part are so inexperienced that
the number of points the Tar Heels score w ill
depend on how well the ollensive line
And those on the defensive side are so
good that they'll likely claim much of the
credit lor any delensivc success this fall.
"We feel real good about our hacklield.
our ends and our specialty teams." Dooley
told a group of writers and broadcasters
Saturday. "The problem is the ollensive line.
We've got good football players there, but
they're inexperienced. How quick they
mature and come along will determine how
well the offense will do."
In Carolina's Wing I formation, the
tailback is traditionally the workhorse. But
even if a runner has the talent of a Don
McCauley or a Mike Voight. he can do little
good without blocking up front.
Last year the blocking was excellent. In
fact, three of last year's seniors tried out with
the pros and another was all-ACC.
This year's line could do as well. But it
might do much worse.
"So far we're making progress." center
Scott Davison said Saturday during a break
in an afternoon scrimmage. "I don't know if
we'll blow off the line like last year, but I
think we'll do the job. Practice has gone
pretty good so far,"
Offensive line coach Pat Watson isn't
worried. "I've felt like this year's line can be
as good as ever." he said.
The best of the blockers, the coaches say.
is junior guard Mike Salano. The 6-foot-4.
242-pound junior saw limited action last fall
because of an ankle injury, but he's still "the
best in the conference. If he isn't. I don't
know who is." Watson says.
Tackle Bobby Hukill and guard John
Rushing, both of whom played a good bit
last fall, and Steve Junkmann. a former
defensive lineman, complete the line.
But even if the starters do an adequate job.
they'd better stay health. Freshman are the
top backups at four of the five interior
Johnson a bruiser
Dooley also has problems in the offensive
backfield but they're pleasant ones.
The Tar Heel depth chart after two weeks
of practice includes no less than 19 possible
combinations of players at tailback and
fullback, and Dooley and his staff are
currently deliberating over the best duo.
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Billy "I he Horse" Johnson is listed No I
at tailback alter toiling last vear as ,1
"We're juggling things around, trying to
come up with the best combination at
tailback." Dooley says. "We're not settled
Billy Johnson can play either tailback or
fullback, and mihgt play both. Doug Paschal
can play either spot. Mel Collins can pla
winghack or tailback."
Johnson was bruisingSaturday It w;ts all
the second team delense could do to dive lm
his legs and try and hold on until helpcamc.
"He's like a Mack truck." Dooley said
"He's awesome. He can be as line a lootball
player, with experience, as there is in the
country one day. When he graduates I'm
going to retire and manage him as a Masked
Phil I-arris. I crence Burrell. Carey Casey
and Amos Lawrence, along with Johnson.
Paschal and Collins, could play at tailback
Bob Loom is could share time with Johnson
and Paschal at lullback.
Defense is tough
The defensive line Saturday was simply
I he front is the best Dooley's had at I NC .
and it boasts two potential All Americas,
tackle Dee Hardison and end Ken Sheets.
Becausethey play side-by -sideonthe lelt. it's
likely opponents will favor running the other
However, on the right are giant tackles
Rod Broadway and Bun 11 Rhames and one
ol two ends in Stan Lancaster or I. K.
McDaniels. a former tackle. David
Simmons is in the middle.
"I think we have one of the best delensive
lines in the South." Hardison said. "We have
a lot of experience and are fast and strong.
Our whole defense will be better.
Everybody's back and we've got anothei
year ol experience."
Dooley said the only worrj he has on
defense is how well an inexperienced
cornerback and newcomers to the safety
position will perform.
Ricky Barden and Bernie Menapace aren't
"I think I'm coming along pretty good,"
the 5-foot-9. 170-pound Barden said.
"Although I played some last year. I was just
learning the position. But I'm really getting
into it now. Practice last spring made me feel
like I could do the job."
Barden is currently listed with veterans
Bobby Cale and Francis Winters as
candidates for the two cornerback spots.
Alan Caldwell is solid at strong safety w hile
Menapace. who played quarterback last
year, is enjoying his chance at free safety .
"I like playing defense." he said. "1 feel
pretty calm. 1 know I've got a job to do.
Everyone else lias a job to do. If everybody
does his job. we'll all be happy."
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Carolina could practically
stock a warehouse with all its
tailbacks. The Tar Heels
currently have seven players
lighting for the starting berth in
UNC's Sept. 10 opener at
Kentucky. Through two weeks
of practice none of them seem
to have that much of an edge
over the others. Above is
sophomore Terence Burrell,
who picked up several yards on
this play in Saturday
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last fall and who could run at
either spot this year, watched
from the sidelines. 10
Grid notes: scrimmage okay, injuries minor
- There were a number of offsides and illegal procedure penalties,
perhaps a few too many fumbles and the usual missed blocking and
But Bill Dooley wasn't overly concerned lollowing Saturday's two
hour scrimmage in Kenan Stadium.
"We've just got a lot of little things to iron out." he said. "We're not
exactlv a smooth football team right now."
The Tar Heel defense was particularly impressive against the
second team offense.
Dooley ran the team through eighteen 40-yard sprints lollowing
the scrimmage, which was held in oppressive heat and humidity.
"We need to be in a little better shape." he said. "That's why we did
the extra running."
Although a number of players are suffering from various bumps
and bruises, the Heels haven't been hurt very hard by injuries so
"We're just keeping our fingers crossed." head trainer John Laccy
Tight end Brooks Williams and freshman reserve Donncll
Thompson each twisted an ankle during the scrimmage, but Lacey
said he didn't think either was serious.
Reserve center Phil Ragazo suffered a bruised knee.
Dooley was brought before the ethics committee of the National
Coaches' Association at its convention last winter concerning the
"Swinging Gate" play the Tar Heels used in their 14-10 opening
victory over Miami of Ohio last year.
The committee wondered about the play because quarterback
Bernie Menapace pretended to be hurt before he flipped the ball to
Mel Collins, who sped 69 yards unhindered for a touchdown.
Rules say. a player shouldn't fake an injury.
No action was taken by the committee, which was headed by
Georgia Head Coach Vice Dooley.
Tar Heel coaches felt that the offense lacked depth behind
Williams at tight end, so linebacker Mike Finn has been moved back
to olfense. Finn, a senior, began his career at Carolina as an end but
was shifted to linebacker early last fall.
The Tar Heels received votes in preseason balloting for the
Associated Press Top 20 poll, but not enough to make the list.
Oklahoma is ranked first, followed by Michigan, Notre Dame,
Southern California and Ohio State. Maryland is listed 10th in the
AP poll, voted by the media, and ninth in the United Press
International's coaches' poll,
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