Of the 75 career touchdowns Grange scored, he got 36 of them his junior year. Unfortunately, rushing records weren't kept at the time, but you get the idea.
THE BYU APPROACH
As an avid BYU fan and former Mormon missionary, I enjoyed Gary Smith's excellent article on Cougar players now serving missions (A Season For Spreading The Faith). Smith's depiction of mission life was realistic and unbiased. I hope it dispels the myth that BYU "stashes away" players on missions to gain a competitive edge.
I served in Guatemala and saw poverty similar to that described. I experienced a culture shock much like Scott Peterson's and wondered at times if I had made the right decision. Eventually, however, the satisfaction of working with those who accepted our message more than offset the occasional homesickness.
I have always viewed my mission as one of my greatest experiences. Three years from now, I would love to see you do a follow-up article on the progress of the three players you profiled.
San Ramon, Calif.
The article skimmed over or completely overlooked some issues that concern the BYU athletic program. Not all missionaries live in conditions like those found in Bolivia. Many live in this country. The article treated only lightly the issue of the stockpiling of athletic talent.
The BYU athletic program has a reputation in the Western Athletic Conference for having good athletes and usually good teams but also some of the worst whiners and hotheads in the country. As a local Salt Lake City radio personality suggested at a LaVell Edwards celebrity roast last winter, Edwards should have a bronze figure made of the two items that were more important to BYU's undefeated record last year than Glen Kozlowski's hands or Robbie Bosco's arm. That would be the hands of a BYU offensive lineman firmly grasping a defensive lineman's jersey.
Objection! Objection! Is your special football preview a Mormon propaganda issue or an honest-to-goodness pure football issue? Gary Smith's article is out of place, irrelevant and immaterial in a football magazine.
MRS. CHARLES DOMOS
Your College & Pro Football Spectacular was indeed spectacular. N. Brooks Clark's article (...And Win Just One For The Gipper) on pep talks made me think of what Maryland's Bobby Ross must have told his Terps last year when they trailed Miami 31-0 at halftime. I am curious as to what Ross said because the Terps weathered the Hurricanes and won 42-40 in one of the greatest comebacks in history.
? Ross said at the time that he told them, "We are going to practice under the lights tonight as soon as we get back if we don't play harder. I don't care about the score, but we better play harder."—ED.
A ROSE FOR REILLY
Regarding Rick Reilly's story on Pete Rose (On Deck For The Big Knock, Aug. 19), I am not given to fan letters, but here's one to the author, not the subject. This is one of the most fluid, most creative examples of word imagery I've read since the halcyon days of Red Smith.