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EXTRA POINTS
Jill Lieber
October 28, 1985
Time to hand out midterm grades to this year's first-round draft choices. Most receive C's or incompletes, but the following are making real progress:
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October 28, 1985

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QUICK COUNT

Alltime Career Leaders, Kickoff Returns

Name

Returns

Yards

Avg.

Gale Sayers

91

2,781

30.56

Lynn Chandnois

92

2,720

29.56

Abe Woodson

193

5,538

28.69

Buddy Young

90

2,514

27.93

Travis Williams

102

2,801

27.46

Joe Arenas

139

3,798

27.32

Clarence Davis

79

2,140

27.08

Steve Van Buren

76

2,030

26.71

Lenny Lyles

81

2,161

26.67

Mercury Morris

111

2,947

26.54

Alltime Career Leaders, Punt Returns

George McAfee

112

1,431

12.77

Jack Christiansen

85

1,084

12.75

Claude Gibson

110

1,381

12.55

Bill Dudley

124

1,515

12.21

*Billy Johnson

250

3,036

12.14

Rick Upchurch

248

3,008

12.12

Mack Herron

84

982

11.69

Bill Thompson

157

1,814

11.55

*Dana McLemore

96

1,093

11.39

Rodger Bird

94

1,063

11.30

*—active players

Time to hand out midterm grades to this year's first-round draft choices. Most receive C's or incompletes, but the following are making real progress:

•Eddie Brown, No. 13 pick. The Bengal wide receiver appears to be the best of the '85 draft, with 26 catches for 440 yards and three TDs. Teammates call him the Magic Man. An A student.

•Freddie Nunn, No. 18. A blitzing linebacker for the Cards. A-minus.

•Ray Childress, No. 3. Has started every game for the Oilers at left defensive end. Strong against the run, needs to work on pass rush. B-plus.

•Ron Holmes, No. 8. A starting defensive end for the Bucs, he has improved weekly. Says Holmes, "Basically, I'm not so lost out there anymore." B-plus.

These rookies have a lot to learn:

•Richard Johnson, No. 11. The Houston Oiler right cornerback has been burned repeatedly. Failed to jam Browns wide receiver Clarence Weathers at line in Oct. 13 game, and Weathers then caught 67-yard touchdown pass. Probably won't play much more—if at all—this year. F.

•Darryl Sims, No. 20. Steeler defensive end missed two weeks of camp because of surgery for infected fingernails. Plays on special teams and in short-yardage and goal-line situations. Made only one tackle in first six games. D-minus.

•Alvin Toles, No. 24. The Saints 6'1", 211-pound linebacker has been something of a bust. One teammate says he's "clueless" about defensive system. D.

Weird Injury of the Week: Before Denver's Oct. 13 game with the Colts, linebacker Darren Comeaux was going through that age-old football ritual—pounding down teammates' shoulder pads. While working on Karl Mecklenburg's pads, Comeaux missed his target and smashed his thumb on Mecklenburg's helmet. Result: broken thumb.

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