This time the head man, Duffner, wants him. Gordo just gives the special-teams coach a look. "Go, go," says the coach.
Gordo jogs, somewhat exhaustedly, over to Duffner. "So, Gordo," says Duffner, "all rested up?"
Suffice it to say, Lockbaum hasn't had much rest since he was voted all- South Jersey in 1983 as a cornerback and running back. One of seven children of a Glassboro, N.J., paper-products company research and development worker, Gordo set oodles of school rushing records at Glassboro High, including most yards per carry (9.8). But once in college, he was stuffed in the too slow, too small machinery and came out a cornerback. "I wasn't that upset," he recalls, "but other people were, like my dad. He thought that I could play running back in college, no problem."
When Lockbaum realized he had a chance to play two ways (and more) this season, he trained devilishly over the summer. His workouts included frequent long-distance runs with his sister, Ruth, a cross-country runner at Villanova. Still, Saturdays this fall have been murder. "My legs usually don't feel good again until the following Thursday," he says. He goes through more ice on a Sunday than your average Hilton, and sometimes he confuses the X's with the O's in practice. But so far he hasn't tackled the cornerback when he's supposed to be running past him or stiff-armed the tailback when he's supposed to be tackling him. He does get tired, though.
"I remember I was so tired after Army," Lockbaum says, "and I saw my dad. We talked for a while, and then we decided to get going to the car. You were supposed to take shuttle buses to the parking lot, but my dad, like always, said, 'It's just as quick to walk.' I said, 'Forget it, Dad.' But he insisted, so we started walking and, of course, we got lost. After about a half hour, I just sat down on the lawn and said, 'All I want is to lie down and have a beer.' "
One hundred forty-three snaps. That's how many Gordo was on the field for in the Army game. The game had only 171 all told, which means that he was in on 80% of the plays. Should this guy get two letters this season or what?
"I love it," says Lockbaum, a sturdy blond with a matinee-idol chin and blue eyes who's built along the lines of a trash compactor. "Anybody would love it. Not only do you get to handle the ball, but you get to intercept passes, hit guys, blitz. It's great." Just like touch football.
"When you think about it," says Lockbaum's roomie, offensive guard Jim Andreoli, "it's incredible. Most guys come out and make a beeline for the bench. Really, most guys have enough trouble playing one position. Here's Gordo playing two."
Linebacker Jerry McCabe reports that Lockbaum is beat on Mondays but no more so than anybody else. "Really, he's like the rest of us," says McCabe, "which is sort of remarkable."