6 The Daily Tar Heel Monday, August 29. 1977
State hoping to bounce back
following dismal 76 season
By GENE ITCHIRCH
First in a Series
RALEIGH - Bad things began to
happen early to the N .C. State Wolf pack last
year. The team lost the opening game of the
1 976 season to Furman. 1 7-1 2. enroute to a
3-7-1 season record.
And there is the potential for bad things to
happen early again this year. State opens its
season against East Carolina Sept. 3, a week
before everyone else in the Atlantic Coast
ECU is determined to w hip as many of its
opponents as possible particularly ACC
opponents to prove that it is a football
power that is here to stay. This year's opener
is a must win for second year State coach Bo
Rein. He has been under some pressure to
produce a winning team, mainly from fans
and supporters who grew accustomed to
traveling to bowl games during the Lou
"Sure, the ECU game is an important
game." Rein says, "but it's an ll-game
schedule. If we win it(the ECU game), it'll be
a great shot in the arm."
The poor finish by State (fifth in the
conference) had its effect on Wolfpack
players, and most of them agree that the
problem after trouble early in the season was
mental. But the players say they have
recovered from last season and are working
hard so that it will not happen to them again
"Nobody's working any harder than we
are." says strong safety Ralph Stringer. "If
what we've done so far is any indication,
we'll be good."
And if R alph Stringer is any indication of
the persistence and dedication of the State
squad, the team will have no excuse for not
being successful. Stringer has had to battle
back from several injuries, the most serious
being an eye injury. He is now nearly
completely blind in his right eye. the result of
a poke during a pickup basketball game
during spring break.
"I don't think about it now." he says. "1
can't see out of the corner of the eye. and I
have to turn my head more."
Stringer also must adjust to a new position
after being moved from cornerback to strong
"If we have a loss in the first game." he
says, "we must have the kind of people wh
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with a social hour at 7 p.m. and a meeting at
8 p.m. in the Ram's Room of Kenan Field
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can overcome it. But we need to win first to
yet things rolling."
Johnny Evans, the versatile quarterback
punter for the Wolfpack. says the squad has
cut its mistakes in practice.
"We're mentally and physically tougher
now." he says as he compares the team this
season to the one last year. "I think we will be
able to hold a team from scoring late in the
game or score ourselves late in the garpe if we
need to. The guys on the team are getting
wrapped up in football and believing in what
we can do.
"We realize this year that every team could
beat us. But we hope for a few new
intangibles, and most of them are up here."
Evans says, pointing to his head.
Evans will be hacked up at the
quarterback position by two sophomores.
Scott Smith and John Isley. Smith is a
capable runner, coaches say. and Isley is a
threat with his passing ability. Kevin
Scanlon. who ran the option well several
times last year, has left the state squad
because of a lack of playing time.
Some changes have been made to the
Wolfpack which Rein hopes will eliminate
some of the problems encountered last year.
For example, defensive signals which are
called in the huddle have been simplified so
players can remember them more easily.
"We're not going to have the mental errors
like we had last year." says defensive tackle
Tom Prongay. "We're getting a lot of
repetition in practice and that will help.
When one guy slipped up and made a mental
error last year was when the other teams
made long gains. Everyone knows what they
are doing this year.
"Because of last year, we have something
to fight back for " Prongay says.
State's schedule this season includes seven
home games, with its toughest games against
ECU, Maryland. North Carolina. South
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IM sign-ups continue
Intramural sign-ups for tag football and
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continue this week. Friday is the last day
entries will be taken.
There will be an intramural manager's
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Wolfpack quarterback Johnny Evans says the problems State encountered last fall
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will be mentally tougher this season.
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