The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, September 20, 1985, Image 13

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Friday, September 20, 1985/The Battalion/Page 13 Photo by JOHN MAKELEY Texas A&M quarterback Kevin Murray (above) to the an “in-house” investigation involving and the rest of the Aggie football team will try not Murray distract them against NLU Saturday. Aggies won’t be distracted or take Indians for granted By PETE HERNDON Sports Writer It’s not the biggest football news on campus, but Texas A&M quar terback Craig Stump said the Aggies cannot afford to take Northeast Louisiana for granted in Saturday’s home opener. The big football news on campus is that A&M has begun an “in-hou se” investigation to look into charges by Dallas television station WFAA that Quarterback Kevin Murray re ceived a car and cash from Aggie alumnus Rod Dockery. So it’s easy to see why the Aggies and Stump, who will share playing time with Murray against NLU, could be distracted from preparing for the Indians. “Hopefully it (the Murray situa tion) won’t have any effect (on us),” Stump said. “(A&M Head) Coach (Jackie) Sherrill said it won’t have any effect on our performance Sat urday and we’ve got to believe him.” Sherrill told reporters Wednesday that the Aggies can’t afford to look past NLU. “I was worried about playing Northeast Louisiana anyway,” Sher rill said. “Because the time to get mentally ready to play, after we played Alabama, . . . (is so short). This is a tough week by itself. But again, if we nave the right young a le (players), they’ll be able to it out and play.” A team meeting was held Wednes day afternoon, so that Sherrill could discuss the Murray matter. “After the team meeting the play ers came out with the attitude that we’ve got to go about our business,” A&M QB Craig Stump said A&M Offensive Coordinator Lynn Amedee, “and let Coach Sher rill take cat e of the rest.” Stump said “getting down to (football) business” needs to be the Aggies’ main concern. After a strong showings in the 23- 10 loss to Alabama, both A&M quar terbacks, Stump and Murray, will be the center of attention again Satur day. f'hey will not only be the focus of fans, but for the Indians’ defense as well. “The biggest problem we’re going to have with the NLU defense is the way they blitz,” Stump said. “Some times they’ll leave a receiver totally open and blitz eight or nine guys, challenging you to complete the ball. “And if they see that it’s bothering you, of course, they’re going to keep doing it. So it’s going to be our job to burn them and make them back off.” Amedee, who’s first coaching job was at NLU, said it’s not going to be easy, however, to make the Indians “back off.” “When I was there (at NLU) they were very scrappy,” Amedee said. “They always got the most they could out of the talent they had. And they’re still that way.” Amedee said the Aggies will use both quarterbacks Saturday, even though he said Murray and Stump are not overjoyed with the arrange ment. “Nobody is happy sitting on the bench, if they’re a competitor,” Amedee said. “But they (Stump and Murray) understand the situation. It’s the fans that don’t understand and that’s the hard part. “Nobody thinks anything of it when a team plays eight or nine line men, but when a team plays more than one quarterback, all of a sud den it’s a controversy. “As a coach, you don’t really like to compare what you did as a player with what is going on now, but when I was (a quarterback) at LSU I was the seventh all-time offensive leader and MVP of a Cotton Bowl and I never started a game,” Amedee said. “It’s not starting (the game) that’s the important thing — winning is. Winning the NLU game takes on a little more significance to Stump, since the A&M lost to ’Bama. “I think we’ll bounce back,” Stump said. “It’s hard for any team to lose a big game they think they should have won. We had a pretty fiat practice on Monday. I know you’re supposed to think about the next team, but it’s hard on a Mon day.” TE-KILL-A THE N.E. L.A. INDIANS FOOTBALL SPECIALS MONTEZUMA 9*9 1.75 LITER 80° MEXICAN TEQUILA BACARDI 80° LIGHT RUM — LITER COKE E9 2 LITER LOOK FOR IN STORE SPECIALS NEW LOCATION 817 S. TEXAS 696-0012 MON. SAT. <BEN(BAiL^> V V —-'U.IQUO# y— - X ACROSS FROM MAIN GATE —BY RED LOBSTER lO a.m. - 9 p.m. Welcome Entering Aggies! Let us help you carry your books home from school. All our booKpacks are guaranteed to last through graduation (with normal use). Visit us soon and look over our large selection of book/bike packs, shoulder bags and briefcases. We’re open ’til 9pm Thursdays, lO“6pm weekdays and Saturdays. Just off University at AdNVs North Gate Where Quality Makes the Difference Whole Earth Provision Co 105 Boyett College Station 8T6“8794 VcgiAV’/Aunema/ CcncM Ciw b FRIDflV /€P70TIG£R 20 7=30 & 9=4S Rudder Theatre $Two $ I.SO or Theatre ~ midnight "Ity/houitime, folk/..." FRI & SflT o' ' s S«!P xtf lvd®\ BUDWEISER®«KING OF BEERS®•ANHEUSER-BUSCH. INC.-ST. LOUIS