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Volume 80, Number 6 (Sept. 1979)

Lefebvre, Jim
Football forecast,   pp. 15-16

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last year after transferring from Kansas
State. "We've got three good people,
so things look very good for us at
quarterback," McClain said.
   Returning in the backfield is Jeffer-
 son senior Tom Stauss, the second-
 leading rusher last year with 485 yards.
 He had been expected to move back
 to tailback after spending 1978 at full-
 back, but that was before sophomore
 Dave Mohapp underwent surgery in
 early August.
   Sophomore Mark Goff (6-1, 195) of
 Monona or freshman Gerald Green
 (6-2, 230) of Waukegan, Ill., could
 challenge at fullback. Expecting to see
 some action in any case is sophomore
 tailback Curtis Richardson (6-1, 182)
 from Youngstown, Ohio, who backed
 up Ira Mathews last year.
   Another freshman, Chucky Davis
 (6-2, 210), comes to Wisconsin from
 Macon, Ga. as one of the most highly-
 recruited players in the nation. He
 could play quite a bit.
   In addition to being a deep emo-
tional setback, Souza's death leaves a
confused picture at the receiving posi-
tions. "I really don't know what we'll
do there," McClain said. "It's a big
loss to our offense; Wayne could do
so many things well."
   The only starter returning is tight
end Ray Sydnor (6-8, 225, Baltimore)
who has the speed and hands of a
wide receiver and, in McClain's words,
is "an awesome receiver." Leading the
candidates for split end and flanker
will be sophomore Tim Stracka from
Madison   West, senior Tom     Braker
from  Beaver Dam      and sophomore
Mathew VandenBoom from Kimberly.
  Leading the offensive line will be
Snell, a two-year starter with im-
pressive strength and agility. Aside
from him, though, the line will be
largely inexperienced. Senior Joe Roth-
bauer from Oshkosh is expected to
step in at center while the leading
guard candidates are senior Jim Mar-
tine (6-1, 230) and sophomore Jeff
Luko   (6-3, 215). Steve Namnick
(6-5, 230) from Morton Grove, Ill.,
who lettered as a freshman and was
expected to fill the tackle spot opposite
Snell, was dropped for academic rea-
sons. This may open the door for
sophomore tackle Jerry Doerger (6-5,
238) from Cincinnati.
   The most pressing concern on de-
 fense is the backfield, where only one
 regular-junior cornerback Ross An-
 derson-returns. "The defensive sec-
 ondary is the one big worry I have,"
 McClain said. To make matters worse,
 the new people will receive a baptism
 by fire in the opener against Purdue's
 Mark Herrmann, one of the nation's
 top passers.
   Challenging for one safety position
 will be George Welch, a senior from
 Benton Harbor, Mich., who started five
 games last year after injuries knocked
 out some regulars. Other possibilities
 are Baraboo's Terry Stroede and
 6-3, 195-pound freshman David Green-
 wood from Park Falls.
   Greenwood is an athlete of rare abil-
ity. In addition to starring in football
and basketball, he won four straight
state high-jump championships and
became the first Wisconsin high school
jumper to clear seven feet. "He's one
of the finest athletes in the Midwest,"
McClain said. "He's got to be able to
play someplace for us."
   Leading the chase for the cornerback
spot opposite Anderson is Mickey Ca-
sey, a senior from Eau Claire Regis
who's been a sparkplug on special
teams. Three sophomores-Von Mans-
field from Milwaukee, Vaughn Thomas
from Columbus, Ohio, and Dan Mes-
senger from Marinette-will also be
pressing hard for spots in the
   Senior tackle Tom Schremp (6-32,
250) of Antigo and junior Dave Ahrens
(6-3, 216) a two-year starter at end,
lead the defensive line. Schremp has
used weight-training to build up tre-
mendous strength    while Ahrens is
noted for his inspirational play.
  The other tackle post is up for grabs
between   sophomore Mark     Shumate
(6-3, 205) of Poynette, a red-shirt last
year, and 6-3, 220-pound junior Curt
Blaskowski from Schofield.
  Guy Boliaut (6-1, 210) from Des
Plaines, Ill., was impressive at the
other end position as a freshman last
year until an injury ended the season
for him. He missed spring ball after
knee surgery but is expected to make
a comeback. Waiting in the wings are
experienced backups Jeff Vine and Don
   Senior Kasey Cabral (6-3,2, 244),
 Souza's high school teammate from
 New Bedford, moves to nose guard
 from tackle, where he started seven
 games last year. He saw action at both
 positions in 1977.
   Oregon senior Dennis Christenson
 (6-1, 222) returns at one linebacker
 spot while junior Dave Levenick (6-2,
 204) from Grafton will man the other
 one, replacing Dave Crossen, Wiscon-
 sin's defensive leader the past three
 years. Levenick  started two games
 after Crossen was hurt last fall, and
 impressed  coaches during      spring
   Kicking will be handled by junior
 punter John Kiltz and senior place-
 kicker Steve Veith.
   As is often the case, depth is one of
the Badgers' biggest problems.
   "If we could play our first twenty-
two players all year, we'd be in de-
cent shape," McClain said. "Our depth
is a tremendous factor in how well we
do. We've got to get some depth from
our freshmen."
   The Badgers were 5-4-2 in Mc-
Clain's first season. "With any luck,
we could have been 7-4, and with our
fan support, we'd have been an attrac-
tive team for a bowl bid."
  And this year?
  "Our realistic goal is to try to break
into the top four and be a spoiler,"
said the Badger coach, who concedes
that Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State
and Ohio State are clearly the class of
the Big 10. "But emotion will be a big
factor for us."
  Perhaps the biggest. 0
  Jim Lefebvre is a sports writer for
the Madison Press Connection.

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