Friday, October 28, 1977 Weekender 3
Terps vs. Heels: it could be for the title
QB Dick faces
By GENE UPCHURCH
Larry Dick is a marked man, and he
Saturday, when he walks up behind his
center to take the game's first snap, he will be
facing one of the top defenses in the country,
one that has allowed fewer points against it
than any other in the nation. The Carolina
defense will be pawing at the ground, itching
to get to him.
"They're a big defensive line," quarterback
Dick said this week from College Park, the
site of the Carolina-Maryland clash on
Saturday. "They're very good, and they're
Dick has seen and read about what
Carolina's defense has done to people and
knows what it feels like himself.
"I've gotten sacked several times already
this season," he said. "But it always
happened late in the game when we're trying
to catch up. That's tough. The other team
knows you're going to be passing and they
unload on you. It's tough on your offensive
When Maryland and Carolina square off
in one of the biggest conference games this
season, Dick will be substituting for an
injured starter Mark Manges. It was
Manges whom all of the reporters huddled
around during preseason interviews, not
Dick. It was Manges who received all the
preseason accolades, not Dick. But it is Dick
who has had to carry the load and the
responsibility for the Terrapins as they have
struggled to a 4-3 season so far, after coming
off an undefeated regular season last year.
"We haven't had any problems adjusting
to Mark being out," Dick said. "'I've worked
with the guys a lot and split practice time
"There has not been any one aspect of the
Terrapin's game that has broken down, and
that's what's really puzzling," Dick said.
"There have been different parts of the game
breaking down. And that's one of our biggest
problems. You lose ballgames when you
have breakdowns. This Saturday it's pretty
much a question of who has the fewest
Dick definitely is no stranger to the role of
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Larry Dick (above) is the Maryland
quarterback whose job it will be to
diagnose the Carolina defense
Saturday. South Carolina's Johnnie
Wright found the going tough ( right)
against Tar Heel defenders Buddy
Curry, 57, Bobby Gay, 54 and Rod
starting quarterback for Maryland. The
fifth-year senior made his first collegiate
start against Carolina in 1975 after Manges
was injured. He completed nine of 12 passes
for 137 yards and a touchdown in the 34-7
win over the Tar Heels.
Dick's first start this season was against
West Virginia in Maryland's second game.
Manges suffered a minor foot injury during
preseason practice and then broke a small
bone in his hand during the season opener
with Clemson. Dick came in in the third
quarter and has been starting ever since.
"The players have confidence in me and 1
have confidence in them," he said. "In past
games there has been no letdown. They're
very confident because we've played
Carolina's defense has dominated the
offensive lines of several opponents,
particularly South Carolina last week and
N.C. State the week before. Dick said he is
somewhat concerned because the offensive
line wnich protects him has some
inexperienced players on it.
"They've played very well so far," he said.
"There's a lot of potential there. One of these
weeks they might just could dominate a
Maryland's varied attack takes some
pressure off the offensive line. Dick is
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completing over 61) percent of his passes to
such capable receivers as split end Chuck
White, wingback Dean Richards and tight
end Vince Kinney. But Dick also can depend
on two strong running backs to add diversity
to the Maryland attack.
Tailback Steve Atkins will give the
Carolina defense plenty of problems. He is
coming off a knee injury that sidelined him
against N.C. State in the fifth game last year
and again leads the Terps in rushing yardage.
George Scott and Alvin Maddox back up
Atkins at tailback. Maddox, with his ability
to get outside quickly, keeps opponents'
Maryland still runs the old wide-tackle-six
defense, which most teams have trouble
dissecting because it's rarely used anymore.
Coach Jerry Claiborne takes pride in the
defense and will diagram it for anyone who
wants to see how it works.
The wide-tackle-six cuts down on outside
running, so UNC quarterback Matt Kupec
will be charged with seeing that the Tar Heel
running backs take advantage of the
defensive scheme for big plays up the middle.
"Not many teams still play it." UNC coach
Bill Dooley said this week. "All of a sudden
the blocking schemes change with different
blitzes and stunts. It's something completely
different from what you're used to seeing all
season and different techniques are needed
to play against it."
Maryland, which lost three games in a row
this season to West Virginia, Penn State and
State, is fighting this week to stay alive in the
battle for the ACC championship. Another
loss to an ACC school would put it out of
contention to defend the crown it won so
easily last year.
"UNC is undefeated in the conference,"
Dick said. "And they're playing good
football. We've worked pretty hard to
establish ourselves and win the conference
championship last year. It's not something
we want to lose. If you put a lot of work into
something, you don't want to lose it.
"Another loss will put us out of a post
season bowl. It would be a real
disappointment for the seniors on the squad
to end this way after doing so well. We don't
want to go out like that."
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