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A DASH INTO HISTORY—FOR NOW
Larry Keith
November 24, 1975
College running backs are on the loose, setting new standards for yardage gained this season that may not be bettered until next
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November 24, 1975

A Dash Into History—for Now

College running backs are on the loose, setting new standards for yardage gained this season that may not be bettered until next

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Ricky Bell, Southern Cal. 6'2", 215. I tailback. Averaging 173.9 and 5.4 with a 258 high and two others exceeding 200. Size, strength and durability similar to Simpson's but at 4.6 lacks O.J.'s outstanding speed. A former fullback who is an excellent blocker. Compared with Muncie, he lacks only proven pass-catching ability.

Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh. 5'11", 183. Veer halfback. Averaging 141.9 and 7.1 with 303 high. Fast, quick and tough. Has put on 30 pounds since his freshman year and should be even bigger next season.

There are more out there, to be sure, younger, undiscovered, perhaps even better. Give them a few more rule changes and a few more slugs of Gatorade and an offense more potent than the triple option and the statistics will climb higher and the mouths gape wider.

Someone has already figured out that a freshman need only average 136.4 yards a game over four years to hit 6,000 in his career.

6,000?

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