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After nine years as coach at the U.S. Naval Academy, George Welsh has moved to Virginia, where he's counting on outstanding Offensive Tackle Dave Sullivan to provide some peace and quiet for the Cavalier quarterbacks. Last year they threw 24 interceptions while the defense picked off only 15. There's hope on defense, too: Safeties Pat Chester and Sean McCall are back after last season's injuries.
Duke's 1980 team was long on brains—its seniors winning the CFA graduation percentage award (21 of 25)—but short on wins, going 2-9 on the field. The '81 Blue Devils were less cerebral but got four more wins. It was the first winning season for Duke in seven years. Moral? Bring on quarterbacks who can pass footballs as well as courses. The returning duo of Ben Bennett and Ron Sally accounted for 2,333 passing yards in 1981.
Look for some flashy offense at Maryland, where Coach Jerry Claiborne (now at Kentucky) was replaced by Bobby Ross, the offensive backfield coach at Kansas City last year. North Carolina State's offense is led by Tailback Joe McIntosh, who rushed for 1,190 yards last season as a freshman.
SPOILER: In 1980 Georgia Tech tied Notre Dame, then No. 1, en route to a 1-9-1 record. In '81 the Yellow Jackets upset No. 2-ranked Alabama 24-21 before losing 10 straight.
Oklahoma State's linebacker, Mike Green, hits hard. How hard? Suffice it to say he once broke his own face mask three times...in practice. Green and Noseguard Gary Lewis are the gristly heart of the unit that ranked No. 9 in the nation in total defense and helped the Cowboys win seven games. Seventeen starters are back overall joined by, among others, Larry Roach, who set an NCAA freshman record for field goals with 19.
Iowa State has six starters returning to its offense, but none of them is named Dwayne Crutch-field. His replacement at tailback is Harold Brown, who ran for 2,100 yards at Joliet (Ill.) Junior College.
BUFFALO BRIEFS: Just after Colorado signed up 15 J.C. players to help do something about its calamitous record of seven wins in three years, first-team Wing-back Walter Stanley was expelled for trying to sell textbooks that he had on loan from the athletic department. Then Defensive End Mark Morgan and Guard Lee Dudick were booted for selling a history exam. After Chuck Fairbanks fled to the USFL in June, one of new Coach Bill McCartney's first acts was to dismiss No. 2 Wingback Kevin Bowman and Safety LaMarr Landrum for allegedly trying to sell a small amount of marijuana.