By FRANK SNYDER
They call him "Moms" Mabry, and
although he bears absolutely no
resemblance to the late black
comedienne, Moms Mabley, the names
seems to fit just right.
Bill Mabry, Mt. Airy's offering to
Carolina football, is one of those good ole
boys (his favorite foods are pinto beans,
onions and corn bread) who seems to get
along with everybody. In fact, his quiet,
easy-going nature makes it almost
impossible to picture him in a sport where
broken bones and bruised bodies are
taken in stride, yet he has been playing
and enjoying football at UNC for three
years. Now in his last season, the 5-11,
190-pound senior is winding down what
he considers a ho-hum career as a
"Most people don't even know I play
football," he laughed, relaxing in his
"cage" (room) at the "zoo" (Ehringhaus).
"Just the other day some of the guys
(football players) and I were at a gas
station," Mabry saids, "And the
attendant told us he was a real Carolina
fan knew all the players, he said. He
recognized everyone else, then looked at
me and asked, 'You play football?' "
Despite his modesty, Mabry does
indeed play the game, and plays it
consistently well. His number "29" may
not be as familiar in the Tar Heel
backfield as number "12" (Matt Rupee)
or "36" (Billy Johnson), but he has been
wearing it proudly for quite some time.
Perhaps the main reason for Mabry's
relative anonymity is that he has been
playing in the shadow of a flashier
runner, Mel Collins, who although
underrated himself, has received much
more publicity than his replacement.
Mabry, however, does not resent
Collins or the role he must play as a
"I don't mind sharing the load with Mel
(by rotation)," he said. "In fact, I think it's
a pretty good system of keeping fresh
players in the game." Six wingbacks are
listed on the Carolina roster.
Offensively, Mabry is perhaps most
adept at blocking, but he admits that pass
receiving is also a major asset.
"It used to be last year that whenever I
would come in, the other team knew we
were going to throw the ball," he said.
"So, we just ran it instead."
Mabry attributed the development of
his receiving talents to his high school
years. "The one thing I learned from high
school was how to look the ball in (to his
hands), and that's helped me ever since."
Mabry does not restrict his talents to
offense, however. In fact, he is better
known as one of Carolina's outstanding
specialty team players. Specialty teams
are responsible for punt and kick-off
coverage, and for being almost suicidal in
their efforts to bring down a ball carrier.
"Yeah, there are a lot of crazy people
coming at you on the field," he said, "but
it's just part of my job."
Mabry sees the role of specialty teams
as a very important aspect of football.
According to him, there are three parts to
a football game offense, defense and
kicking. "Usually," he said "if you can
control any two of those three, then you'll
win the game." UNC Coach Bill Dooley
obviously agrees, because both punting
and kick-off coverage are reviewed every
day in practice.
Reminded of football practice in
general and the daily rigors he must
endure, Mabry flinched as he recalls
almost a lifetime of training. Having
played the game since the seventh grade
(for "eternity," he says), he is more than
familiar with weight-lifting, running and
other conditioning exercises. Recently,
however, the Kenan Stadium field house
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and Coach Paul Hoolihan has designed a
whole new program for Mabry and the
other players to "enjoy."
"Actually, it's not so bad," he sighed.
"Coach Hoolihan's program is specially
designed to condition only the muscles a
football player needs to develop." Mabry
and his teammates must face the
machines twice a week.
It seems only natural that, with such a
constant emphasis on training and
football in general, the players would
sometimes second-guess their priorities
of college life. Mabry is no exception.
"It happened to me in the fall semester
of my sophomore year," he said. "I
a thought J was doing a good job (on the
field), but I wasn't getting to play much.
And scholastically, I had no idea what I
wanted to do. I was very discouraged."
It took a lot of thinking and self
analysis for Mabry to finally reach a
decision. "I asked myself, 'Why did I
come to college?' and the only obvious
answer was 'to get an education' not to
play football." After settling that priority,
Mabry then approached the problem of
fo.otball itself. In the end, it was a.matter
of pride, which made him stick it out.
With such a persistent attitude driving
him toward his goals, the future looks
positive for the 22-year-old senior. As of
now, he would like to coach football, and
is majoring in physical education. Mabry
is undecided, however, as to which type of
football he would like to coach. "High
school football is much more fun," he
said, comparing it to college football,
which he said is too much of a business.
However, Mabry has other plans for
the immediate future. "I've been here for
three years," he said, "and I've never
scored a touchdown. There's nothing I'd
With eight more games on the
schedule, "M oms" Mabry is sure going to
a little wild.
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By WILL W ILSON
Stewart Smith (UNC '75) is not used to
pulling against her alma mater, especially in
women's tennis. After all, she played on the
team here all four years she was in school.
But she will be doing exactly that at 2 p.m.
today when Carolina travels to Wake Forest.
Why1.' Because, as director of the Wake
Forest indoor tennis center, she is the new
Deacon women's tennis coach.
"All my friends back in Chapel Hill have
been building up the match," she said
Monday, "but it's all a joke because you guys
are so favored. We're definitely the
underdog, but it's a challenge."
In past years. Wake Forest-Carolina
matches have been pretty much like Smith
said a joke. But this fall, Wake is giving
women's athletic scholarships for the first
time, and the result is a substantially
stronger team, at least on paper.
mens B golfers
The Carolina B team golfers took on a
field of 24 A teams in the Foxfire
I ntercollegiate Tournament at Pinehurst last
weekend, and the Tar Heels beat all of them
except Wake Forest.
It was an outstanding achievement for the
golfers to place second without the aid of the
top Carolina players. Gary Hallberg was low
medalist in the tournament as his 36 hole of
139 paced the Demon Deacons to a first
place team total of 573.
UNC was second with a 586 score, South
Carolina followed at 588, N.C. State had 589
and East Tennessee State scored 596.
Eric Lawhon was low man for the Heels
with rounds of 73-72 for a 145 total. Mark
Helffrich finished second with a 74-72
146; Phil Bland had 72-76 148; freshman
Frank Fuhrer scored 77-73 150 and Jim
Taylor carded a 75-75 150.
UNC Golf Coach Devon Brouse was
proud of his team's performance in the
UNC's six-man A team travels to
Greenville, S.C., this weekend for the
Furman Four Ball Championship and the
six-man B team competes in a match at
- DAVID McNEILL
Three Carolina football players are listed
as questionable for the Texas Tech game
Saturday because of injuries.
Tackle Dee Hardison, linebacker Ronnie
Dowdy and starting quarterback Matt
Kupec have minor injuries that might
prevent them from playing. Hardison
suffered a knee injury against Northwestern,
Dowdy received a sprained ankle against the
Wildcats while Kupec has a bruised knee.
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Three of the top four Deacon players are
freshmen, much like Carolina, where four of
the top seven are first-year performers.
Leading the group is Chapel Hill's Cindy
Corey, long a top-ranking junior player in
North Carolina and the South. She skipped
her last year of high school play to
participate in tournaments. Smith said she
felt the scholarship offer was a major factor
in attracting Corey to Wake.
Donna Snipes from Goldsboro is the
other scholarship freshman. Snipes, who
played at Wayne Country Day in high
school, would have come to Wake anyway,
Smith said, because her father did.
The other top freshman is Anne Phelphs
of Boston, Mass.
"She was a pleasant surprise," Smith said.
"She can play right up there with Cindy and
Eldridge is a seniorfrom the Midwest who
is on scholarship for the first time this
season. Last year, she reached the
consolation finals of the Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics for Women State
Tournament before losing to UNC's Susie
Completing Smith's preseason top six are
senior Ann Konhaus and sophomore Mary
Wake has yet to play a match, but it beat
Appalachian State 12-0 in a scrimmage last
week. In that match, Corey played No. I,
followed in order by Eldridge, Phelphs,
Snipes, Konhaus and Chatman.
"The order may change a little," Smith
said. "1 like to go strictly on a challenge
match system, and they'll still be playing
some today (Monday)."
Smith said her goal for the fall was to
solidify the team.
"The collegiate atmosphere is totally
different from tournaments, and we have a
heck of a spring schedule."
UNC Coach Kitty Harrison, calling the
Deacons "stronger than ever," said Sunday
she would probably field her same lineup
that won the opening two matches of the
season this past weekend: Susie Black,
Carney Timberlake (Smith's teammate here
in 1974-75), Lloyd Hatcher, Margaret Scott,
Betty Baugh Harrison and Janet Shands.
Coach Harrison said she may substitute
Anne Frautschi for Shands at the No. 6 spot,
putting Shands with Harrison at the No. 3
doubles position, in place of Frautschi and
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The UNC women's golf team takes on the
Duke Blue Devils at noon today on Finley
Golf Course. The Tar Heel golfers and
Coach Dot Gunnells got a glimpse of the
Duke squad in the Duke Invitational held
Sept. 16 in Durham.
"I think they're going to be real strong
from what I've seen," Gunnells said. "I'd put
them at least two in the statc.at least."
The emphasis on "at least" is Gunnclls's
way of stressing that her team, by far the
strength of the state last season, will not have
the easy pickings they may be accustomed to.
"I think it will be real close," she said.
The Blue Devils picked up impressive wins
last week over Wake Forest and
Appalachian State. The Deacons were No. 2
in the state last season and tied for second
with Duke in Duke's invitational.
Three starting freshmen and the No. 2
finisher in last season's state tournament are
at least partly responsible for Duke's success
Carolina also boasts a young starting
team. The probable starters for this
afternoon are freshmen Maureen Long and
Cathy Graham, sophomores Stephanie
Kornegay and Susan Cary.'and senior
Depth is a welcome feature on this year's
team. Kornegay and Cary have a pretty firm
grasp on the top two spots.
"The three bottom spots could vary from
any of eight girls," Gunnells said, "and it will
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