6 The Daily Tar Heel Thursday. September 8. 1977
Menapace joins Caldwell at safety
Secondary looking to silence its critics
By LEE PACE
Assistant Sports Editor
The Tar Heel defensive secondary has
been the subject of countless cruel comments
the last few years. If critics couldn't find one
thing wrong with the backfield, they'd find
Allowing 224 yards passing in one game
and 385 in another, admittedly, is apt to
solicit witty slogans from fans such as "Fly
the Friendly Skies of Carolina." But players
and coaches have contended for one reason
or another that the secondary has been the
scapegoat, rather than the goat, in many of
the Tar Heels' defensive lapses.
And with terrors like Ronny Johnson and
Alan Caldwell roaming the field the last two
years, it's hard to imagine the secondary
being that helpless. Johnson could hit
unwary receivers hard enough to make them
eat tongue and tooth, while Caldwell was
reputedly mean enough to spear his own
Caldwell returns for his senior year this
fall and will move to strong safety when
Carolina and Kentucky collide at l:30 p.m.
Saturday in Lexington.
Johnson, however, is gone. And although
Bernie Menapace has seen varsity action
only at quarterback, he'll start at weak
Both defenders hope that the end has
come for the ceaseless attacks, both verbal
and aerial on the Carolina secondary.
"I feel pretty confident. I think we have the
nucleus to have a good defense," Caldwell
said recently. "But I'm not one to brag. You
never know how things will turn out. It
might look like we'll have a good defense,
but it might turn out bad."
And to watch him on the field, he's
definitely full of electricity. He's a part of
most tackles and is constantly jumping up
and down and cheering his teammates.
Whenever there's a hint a fight might break
out, Caldwell's in the middle of the
confrontation. But he's also the first to help
an opponent off the turf and pat him on the
'I'm not a cheap shot artist. I hit and hit hard, and I get a
kick out of knocking the heck out of people. ' Strong
safety Alan Caldwell.
And although Caldwell admits he plays
defense with no particular affection for his
opponents, he discounts the rumors that he's
a dirty player.
"I'm not a cheap shot artist. 1 hit and hit
hard, and 1 get a kick out of knocking the
heck out of people. If a receiver comes in my
area he should know that I'm there and that 1
always will be there," Caldwell said.
Caldwell is labeled the "spark plug" of the
UNC defense, not only because people call
him by his initials, but also because he's been
seen in the Tar Heel lockerroom with a towel
adorned with a drawing of a spark plug.
"Any player has to have that air about him
to get the job done." the All-Atlantic Coast
Conference preseason pick said. "If you play
too cautious you get burned. Everything has
to be like second nature. It has to be
For Menapace, however, playing defense
isn't yet instinctive. He played defense before
coming to Carolina, and was a safety for a
couple weeks during preseason drills last
year before injuries to Johnny Stratton and
P. J. Gay warranted his move back to
quarterback. But he's still never played a
college snap on defense.
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"I like playing defense. I like being able to
hit instead of being hit." he said. "You run
around and see the play develop and then
react. At quarterback you are the play
developing. At free safety you see what
happens and react."
Strong salety Caldwell will line up
opposite the offense's tight end. or "strong
side." Free safety Menapace guards the
"weak" side, away from the tight end and
"The first thing I do," Menapace
explained, "is see what formation they're in
and make the secondary call. From the field
position, down, and yards to go. I'll know
the percentages of the different things they're
likely to do.
"When the ball's snapped, I try to figure
out if it's a run or a pass. If it looks like a
pass, or if I have any doubt, then 1 retreat. If
it looks like a run, then 1 come up and get in
on the tackle."
Caldwell noted that an important aspect
of playing the defensive secondary involves
"If you can get a guy to think more about
you than the ball, and if you can get his
attention away from what he's supposed to
be doing, you're doing your job." he said. "If
you control his mind you control what he
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Pro-Alumni game set for Saturday
Robert McAdoo and Charlie Scott will
head the White team while Mitch Kupchak
and Bobby Jones will lead the Blues in North
Carolina's first annual Pro-Alumni
basketball game Saturday at S p.m. in
Tickets are $3 and may be purchased at the
Carmichael ticket office. The game is
sponsored by the Campus Chest, a
charitable organization at UNC.
Former Carolina players who have
received paychecks from the National
Basketball Association or the American
Basketball Association will be participating
in the game along with seniors from last
Playing -coach of the White team will be
Doug Moe. head coach of the San Antonio
Spurs, with Pete Brennan as his assistant.
Larry Brown, head coach of the Denver
Nuggets, will be the Blue's playing-coach
with Joe Quigg assisting him.
Also playing on the White team will be
Donald Washington, Darrell Elston, Dennis
Wuycik, Bill Bunting, York Larese. Lee
Dedmon, George Karl, Dick Grubar and
The Blue team will consist of Walter
Davis, Steve Previs, Bill Chamberlain, Lee
Shaffer, Woody Coley, Lennie Rosenbluth,
Larry Miller, John Kuester and Tommy
McAdoo, Scott. Washington, Elston,
Karl. Kupchak. Jones, Davis, Kuester and
LaGarde all are still active in professional
Two former players. Bob Lewis and Bruce
Buckley, will not take part in the game.
Lewis works at the John F. Kennedy Center
for Culture and must attend an opening and
Buckley already has left the U nited States for
France, where he will play pro basketball.
"We think we have divided the teams as
evenly as possible," said UNC Head Coach
Dean Smith. "I think the game is going to be
very exciting, I know I am looking forward
to seeing it."
Plans call for the game to be an annual
event played before the professional players
report to their training camps.
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it you live near a dus route ana suu travel arouna
town by car every day, you'd better have a good
excuse. Frankly, we can't think of one, though we've
heard them all. But since you probably take your
excuses seriously, let's take a look at the popular
Okay, so your car leaves from your home instead of
the corner. But what happens during the trip or when
you arrive at your destination? You have to fight
traffic, buy gas, search for parking, and then probably
walk a good ways to where you're going. With the
bus, you can take your eyes off the road. You don't
have to worry about getting gas. Or accidents. Or
parking. Or traffic. You can relax, do homework,
snooze, start a romantic involvement. Try all that in
your car and it can get you killed or arrested. A car
can get to you. A bus just gets you there.
If you think riding a car is cheaper than riding a bus,
look closely at the figures. According to transporta
tion analysts, the cost of commuting by car is about
50tf for the average trip. When you have a bus pass,
the cost is just 8! a trip. And you don't have to worry
about buying a new bus every two years, either.
Just because buses are big doesn't mean they're slow.
On a Chapel Hill bus, downtown is at most 23 minutes
away. And a typical ride is usually 10 minutes or less.
In fact, if you have to park your car some distance
from where you're going, the bus can be faster.
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Some people have a notion that riding a bus is
unpleasant. Surveys show that those people aren't the
ones who ride the buses. Chapel Hill bus riders say
they enjoy riding buses, that they can relax and think
better, too. Whose word would you take?
Don't pass up the pass.
You really don't need excuses. What you need is a
bus pass. One pass, good for a year of unlimited rides
is just $40. You can get a pass at the Tax Office in
the Municipal Building and at all First Citizens and
CCB branch offices. Or if you work or go to school at
UNC, contact the Traffic Office in the YMCA buOding.
It's the way to go.
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