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36 Players at Cabrillo First Drill
36 Players at Cabrillo First Drill
Title36 Players at Cabrillo First Drill
DescriptionFirst Cabrillo College football team
Original sourceWatsonville Register Pajaronian
RepositoryCabrillo College Archives
Copyright statementCopyright Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, all rights reserved. Used with permission.;
TypeNewspaper articles
Format8w x 16h inches
Text36 Players At Cabrillo First Drill By GLENN DICKEY After watching the Cabrillo Seahawks go through their first workout of the season Friday, many sideline observers felt optimistic enough to predict an undefeated or nearly so, season for the Hawks. But not head coach Larry Siemering. Siemering was pleasantly noncommital, an attitude at which he excels. He would say only that, "It's hard to tell anything after the first practice." The Cabrillo mentor did single out ex-Wildcat star Gary Marinoivich for praise, however. "Gary was running real nice out there today, " he said. Marinovich has added weight since last season— he's now up to 190—and it's all muscle. There were 36 candidates out for the team Friday. Siemering, when asked how many he would carry during the season, replied, with a broad smile, "36". "This is a student participation program, " he added, with tongue firmly in cheek. "We couldn't cut anybody." Siemering likes to carry as many players as he can suit up, anyway, and right now he's got more uniforms than players. Lynn was a little more enthusiastic than Siemering "They looked pretty good out there, didn't they?" he enthused. Lynn has reason to be happy. The brightest Cabrillo prospects are in the backfield, which he will be coaching. There are only two problems with the backfield. One, the serious one, is finding a quarterback. The second is deciding who will play. That's the type of problem every coach would like to have. Probably the best bet at quarterback right now is Don Blanton, a Wildcat quarterback of three years ago. Blanton throws a pretty good pass, which is the main requirement in Siemering's offense. Siemering doesn't plan to have his quarterback running, except to escape linemen when he's going back to pass. Another strong quarterback candidate is Dick Scotter, off the last year's Santa Cruz high team. Scotter played mostly defensive halfback, where he was a standout, but he did play some at quarterback behind Ken Caldwell. He also played quarterback for the lightweights the year before. Siemering is confident that he can do the job. Otherwise in the backfield the picture is very bright indeed. The most talked-of backfield is one featuring Santa Cruz stars John Kirby and Ken Negro and Wildcat ace Gary Marinovich. Since all three were all-CCAL picks last fall, and Kirby was Most Valuable player in the north-south Shrine game in July, they would appear to have the jobs sewed up. But not so. Among the other candidates are Bob Costa, who set an all-time Santa Cruz rushing record with over 1, 000 yards gained two years ago, and Dean Hovey, an all- around phenom from San Lorenzo valley. Costa is perhaps the fastest of the backs. Those who watched Hovey perform last year at San Lorenzo claim he's as good as any of the ex-CCAL stars. So, unless the rules are changed to provide for five running backs a la Canadian football, the competition is going to be fierce indeed. The line picture Isn't quite so rosy, although there are plenty of bright spots there, too. The main trouble with the line is lack of depth, Siemering's first-string line should be strong but there's not too much behind that. Most intriguing line possibility is huge John Lintz, a Wildcat of several years back who apparently has done nothing but grow since he left school. He's 6-5 and 250 lbs. right now. If he can get back into shape, hell be tearing up more than one backfield.
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