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Nothing But The Best
August 31, 1992
What ingredients would combine to make the perfect football program? The items on the following pages suggest an answer
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August 31, 1992

Nothing But The Best

What ingredients would combine to make the perfect football program? The items on the following pages suggest an answer

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Best Pregame Ceremony:
Howard's Rock
For 25 years Clemson Tigers have rubbed this lucky hunk of stone named for former coach Frank Howard.

Best Kickers:
Sidewinders
Daffy Daugherty, the Michigan Slate coach from 1954 to '72, signed Louis Bobich, the nation's first soccer-style kicker, in 1962, and the Spartans have set the standard ever since. Morten Andersen, Hans Nielsen and John Langeloh followed in Bobich's footsteps.

Best on-the-Field Ritual:
The Suicide Squad
At Texas A&M, one player on kickoff coverage is always a walk-on, selected from a hand of low-glory, high-risk volunteers—each of whom wears number 12.

Best Weight Room:
Cavalier Iron
Though it's a modest 8,000 square feel, Virginia's pump room has antibacterial carpeting, a built-in stereo system and an adjoining locker room complete with solid oak lockers.

Best Playbook:
Navigational Aid
The Coast Guard razzle-dazzle game plan includes variations on the "lonely end," in which a player Jakes coming off' the field, then catches a pass. The Bears used it successfully four times in '91.

Best Tailgating:
Honolulu Luau
At Hawaii's Aloha Stadium, waves crash rhythmically along the shore as sushi is rolled and teriyaki is skewered to the sounds of guitars and ukuleles.

Best Fans:
The Red Sea
Its schedule is peppered with patsies, but Nebraska has welcomed a sellout crowd of 73,650 for 182 straight games.

Best Wide Receivers:
Flying Vols
Tennessee's truck stars Richmond Flowers, Stanley Morgan, Anthony Hancock, Willie Gault, Sam Graddy, Anthony Miller and Carl Pickens have been unbeatable off the line.

Best Quarterbacks:
Cougar Attack
BYU signal-callers have included Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer and four All-Americas, one of whom, Jim McMahon (left), set 70 NCAA records, from 1977 to '81.

Best Defensive Line:
Tough Cats
Auburn line coach Wayne Hall has sent 15 of his front men to the pros, including Tracy Rocker, who won both the Outland 'Trophy and the Lombardi Award in 1988.

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