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•Among NCAA running backs, no fewer than 20 1,000-yard rushers from 1980 are back this season. The five most explosive, based on average-yards-per-carry, will be: 1) Dennis Mahan of Hampton Institute (8.0); 2) Milson Jones of North Dakota (6.9); 3) Gregg Trosky of Coe College (6.0); 4) Ken Jenkins of Bucknell (6.0); 5) Dean Doe of the Merchant Marine (5.6).
Q. WHOM DO THE PROS LIKE?
•Booker Reese, a 6'7" defensive end at Bethune-Cookman, runs the 40 in 4.7, and though he weighs 260 pounds, Philadelphia Eagle Personnel Director Carl Peterson says, "He's so quick off the ball, sometimes he isn't touched."
•Kelvin Murdock, a 5'11¾" flanker at Troy (Ala.) State (25 yards per catch last year), is expected to be drafted in the first or second round. Washington Redskin General Manager Bobby Beathard says Murdock has it all but size.
•Ricky Eberhart, Morris Brown's ace free safety, is "the best small-college prospect in the country," according to Tom Braatz, player personnel director of the Atlanta Falcons.
•Also high on pro draft lists: North Carolina A&T Defensive End James Williams, Tuskegee Linebacker Kenneth Woodward and Angelo State Linebacker Clayton Weishuhn.
"We look at 4,000 to 5,000 seniors each year, which makes it difficult to rate a junior player," says Dick Steinberg, New England's director of player development. Which means that the word on Trumaine might not get out until 1982.
Q. WHO ARE THE SMALLEST OF THE SMALLS?
•Teams: Probably Pillsbury Baptist Bible in Owatonna, Minn. It has 340 male students. Terry Price gets no salary for coaching, and the whole football budget is $6,000 a year. Bluffton College (Ohio) has 662 students, and about a sixth of them go out for football. Fisk, in Nashville, started last season with 35 players and finished with only 23. Grinnell (Iowa) College hasn't won five games in a season since 1970, and two years ago its backfield, averaging 165 pounds a man, outweighed the offensive line.
•Players: Austin Peay State (Tenn.) Tailback James (Tattoo) German is only 5'3½", 150 pounds. Tufts (Mass.) uses 5'8", 168-pound Dave (Weasel) Weiss at noseguard.