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    Friday, November 21, 1986/The Battalion/Page 9
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ack of respect doesn’t bother
unsung Aggie offensive linemen
ial Sett
By Danny Myers
Sports Writer
If Rodney Dangerfield was a foot-
I'fsoci ball player instead of a comedian, he
gt°lliBrobably would play on the offen-
■ive line. Offensive linemen get no
0 toin-Hespect.
[1 inisir ; | It’s the people behind that line
'I paft:| tivlio get the credit for Texas A&M’s
isedlt olfense, which is ranked second in
Hie Southwest Conference in total
ill cat | offense and first in scoring. Kevin
y shofsg&lurray has received recognition as
Mcx one of the nation’s best quarterbacks,
ItftHnd fullback Roger Vick, with five
venli fOO-yard games this season, also is
Burning some heads.
I Without the big guys on the line
iistd&Hf scrimmage, however, nobody
•bordrHould gain any yards. These are the
ontkHnsung heroes who smash people
ladfrrHith tlieir heads, but receive little
: Hecognition from the fans.
I Marshall Land, a senior tackle,
l^jjBaid the offensive line has never
^Heally been a main topic of conversa-
■ on
I “The things that make us happy
|re wheti the backs get 100 yards
nd Kevin is having a good game,”
and said. “But it’s always nice for
omeone to mention the offensive li-
Offensive line coach Joe Avezzano
laid he doesn’t think offensive line-
fnen are too concerned about getting
“They would like it, but they don’t
vorry about it,” he said. “The satis-
iaction is winning and knowing you
Protected the quarterback. After the
[ame, most of the players go out to
Jhe press conferences and the me-
pia. The offensive linemen go out to
heir girlfriends and parents, but
[hat’sjust part of the job.
“They’ll be very pleased with the
ecognition they receive if they win
he next two games and go to Dallas
sihr ■the Cotton Bowl).”
I Avezzano said the line did get
i Kood recognition last year when
hav- Hackle Doug Williams was voted an
ame j All American and guard Randy
t of Bteusin received All-Southwest Con-
. art slterence honors.
. H year, guard Jerry Fontenot,
enter Matt Wilson and tackle Louis
]heek deserve some postseason
nention, Avezzano said.
But he said it’s unrealistic to com
are last year’s line to this year’s line.
“We emphasized the run more
ast year,” he said. “We averaged 4.1
ards per carry last year and we’re
averaging 4.0 yards per carry this
year, so our run is still effective.
“And as for our passing game,
we’re protecting Kevin extremely
veil; aave all season. He can do a
ot for us if we just take care of him.”
Murray has been sacked only 16
imes all season, three times in the
last three games and not at all last
week against Arkansas.
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Quarterback Kevin Murray has found life in
the pocket fairly safe behind the protection
of offensive linemen like Marshall Land (77)
and Louis Cheek (79). The Aggies, who have
Photo by Anthony S. Casper
the nation’s current longest home winning
streak at 13 games, face TCU at 12:04 p.m.
Saturday in Kyle Field. The game will be
televised by the Raycom sports network.
T he players said they think much
of their success is due to Avezzano.
“He’s the best coach you could ask
for,” Land said. “He gets on you
when you need to be gotten on.”
Teammates Wilson and Frank
Case agreed.
“He makes us work hard on the
little things,” Wilson said. “He also
stresses agility, the ability to move.”
Case said he thinks Avezzano has
the ability to motivate the players.
“More than anything, we all be
lieve in each other’s abilities,” he
said. “There’s a good chemistry
about it.”
Coming into this season, the ques
tion mark for the offensive line was
Land. He played in only three quar
ters last year because of continuing
injuries to his knee.
But Avezzano said the tackles
have played as well as any other posi
tion and Land has done his part.
“Marshall has played extremely
well in passing situations,” he said.
Land, who has cut back on the
vittles and now weighs a mere 328
pounds, said he doesn’t think he’s
played up to his potential.
“I’ve been bothered with these
little injuries and I can’t move the
way I want to move, but I’m trying,”
he said. “I’m all bruised up. It’s
mainly the foot though, but it’s all
going to work out.”
AGGIE NOTES . . . Place-kicker
Scott Slater is one field goal away
from tying the A&M record for field
goals in a season and two away from
the SWC record.
Tight end Rod Bernstine needs
three receptions and wide receiver
Shea Walker needs four to pass Jeff
Nelson’s A&M record of 92 career
Murray’s 180 yards passing
against Arkansas put his career
yardage total at 6,000. He is only the
fifth SWC passer to surpass 6,000
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The Texas A&M volleyball team
lost to the University of Texas in
three games in the two teams’ South
west Conference finale Thursday
night at UT’s Gregory Gym in Aus
The fifth-ranked Longhorns won
by scores of 15-1, 15-8, 15-5 to go
10-0 in SWC play and 24-4 overall.
The loss drops SWC runner-up
A&M to 7-3 in the conference and
23-13 for the year, the ninth defeat
in its last 16 matches.
“We didn’t pass well,” A&M
Coach A1 Givens said, “and when we
don’t pass well we don’t win many
games. When we pass well, then
other aspects of our game open up.”
It may have been the last match
for seniors Stacey Gildner, Laura
Hoppe, Stacey Smith, Margaret
Spence and Chris Zogata if the team
doesn’t receive a bid to the NCAA
The seniors were sidelined in the
third game against Texas in order to
give the younger players some expe
rience, Givens said.
A&M hit only .118 for the match,
although Kelli Kellen had seven kills
for a .538 average. Zogata, Smith
and Gildner each had four kills.
The Longhorns were led by Diane
Watson’s 10 kills for a .529 hitting
Anna de Ybarrondo and Jackie
Campbell added eight kills and a
.500 average for Texas, which won
the SWC title for the fifth year in a
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