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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Vol. 73, Number 1 (Oct. 1971)

Mott, Jim
The football season,   pp. 12-13


Page 12


W     isconsin football fortunes were on the upswing in
      1970 in John Jardine's first season as Badger head
coach and, by late summer, there were plenty of reasons
to be optimistic that the upswing will continue in 1971.
   The Badgers finished 1970 with a-4-5-1 record, best
since a 5-4 mark in 1963, and their 3-4 record in Big
Ten play was good for a tie for fifth place in the con-
ference. Wisconsin outscored its ten opponents for the
first time since 1963, by a 198-195 margin, and the
Badgers' 148-144 edge over conference opponents was
the first since 1962.
  Back-to-back wins over Illinois 29-17 and Minnesota
39-14 in the final two games of the season marked the
first time since 1963 that the Badgers had won two games
in succession and road victories over the Illini and by
30-12 over Indiana were the first away from home since
1966.
18 is only two short of Haluska's career record of 20.
   Graft is also well on his way toward career school
 records for attempts, completions, passing yardage and
 total offense. In 1971 he will also have his two starting
 wide receivers back to throw to-seniors split end Terry
 Whittaker (15 catches for 242 yards) and flanker Albert
 Hannah (10 catches for 156 yards).
   Three juniors who performed well in the spring intra-
squad game-flanker Tim Klosek (6 catches for 79
yards), split end Mike Haas (4 for 34) and tight end
Tom Lonnborg (3 for 23)-provide depth among re-
ceivers.
   Backing up Graft will be senior Rudy Steiner, who
completed 10 of 12 for 110 yards in the spring game,
junior Dan Baron, and sophomore Larry Clawson.
  The Badgers are also deep in running backs, where
junior tailback Rufus 'Roadrunner' Ferguson, with 588
THE FOOTBALL SEASON
                            By Jim Moft
                Director, UW Sports News Service
   The other Badger win was a 29-16 upset of a tough
 Penn State team in Camp Randall and was Jardine's first
 victory as a head coach. The Badgers also tied Texas
 Christian 14-14, and battled hard before losing to Okla-
 homa 21-7, Iowa 24-14, Northwestern 24-14, Michigan
 29-15 and Ohio State 24-7.
   The upswing on the gridiron was reflected in increased
 attendance as Wisconsin set single game and season
 attendance marks. Successive record crowds of 72,389
 and 72,758 at Camp Randall for the Michigan and Ohio
 State games, respectively, helped to establish a school
 record 377,335 total attendance for six home games, an
 average of 62,889. Wisconsin rose from 19th among
 NCAA schools in total attendance and 20th in average
 attendance in 1969 into the top ten in the nation in both
 categories in 1970.
   Many of the Badgers who played key roles in the 1970
season will be back for 1971, particularly on offense. In
fact, nine 1970 starters, including all regular receivers
and backs, are among the 23 returning lettermen expected
to see action in 1971.
  Heading the list of offensive returnees is the explosive
passing combination of quarterback Neil Graft and tight
end Larry Mialik. The two, both seniors, combined for
completions 33 times in 1970, producing 702 yards and
7 touchdowns, including scores of 68, 64, 52 and 50
yards. The average length of those seven touchdown
passes was 40.4 yards.
  Graft was the Big Ten's leading passer in 1970 and he
set a school record with 1,561 yards in total offense. His
total of 11 scoring passes was one shy of the school rec-
ord set by Jim Haluska in 1952 and his two-year total of
yards and six touchdowns, and senior fullback Alan
'A-Train' Thompson, with 455 yards and five touch-
downs, return.
   Thompson had a sensational sophomore year, gaining
 907 yards on the ground and scoring nine times, but
 played with a nagging knee injury in 1970. An operation
 cleared up those problems and the 'A-Train' should be
 ready to improve on his number four position in school
 history in career rushing (his present total of 1,362
 places him behind Danny Lewis' 1,460) and his number
 eight position in career scoring (with 86 points).
   Ferguson is a compact (5-6, 186 pounds), speedy
 runner who can go inside or out. He had scoring runs
 of 65 yards, vs. Indiana, and 47, vs. Northwestern, in
 1970 and he gained over 100 yards in a game twice last
 year.
   The Badgers will also operate frequently from the
Wishbone-T formation, bringing in Lance Moon at tail-
back, replacing the flanker. Moon, a senior, has size and
speed and was impressive in spring drills. Also impres-
sive was junior fullback Gary Lund, who held down the
number one spot in Thompson's absence, and further
depth is provided by senior fullback John Krugman and
junior tailback Tim Austin.
   Up ahead of the running backs, the right side of the
interior line will be manned by two returning regulars-
senior guard Roger Jaeger (6-2, 225) and junior tackle
Keith Nosbusch (6-2, 232)-reversing the positions
they held in 1970.
  Competition for the remaining three offensive spots is
close. Junior Mike Passini (6-2, 209) holds a slight edge
over sophomore Mike Webster (6-1, 218) at center;
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