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By Gary Sawyer, sports editor,
Iowa State Dally, Iowa State University
The Iowa State 1975 football season
could be summed up in one word; injuries.
The Cyclones have been hurt throughout
the year by injuries tokey players.
The Cyclones, sporting a 4-5 record, suf
fered the first major injury when defensive
tackle Mike Stensrud broke his foot in the
season opener at UCLA. Stensrud was lost
for the season.
Then quarterback Buddy Hardeman
broke his left wrist against Kansas State.
Hardeman returned to the Cyclone lineup
two weeks ago but has played in a cast.
In the Oklahoma game, the Cyclones
best pass receiver and kicker return special
ist, Luther Blue, tore ligaments in his knee
and is out for the season. Last year, Blue
was second in the nation in kickoff returns.
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Maynard Stensrud (Mike's brother)
broke his hand in the Kansas University
game and only returned to his middle
guard spot against Colorado.
Despite the Cyclones' injuries, replace
ments have played well. Defensive tackle
Tom Randall was named defensive player
of the game against Oklahoma and knock
ed down two passes in the Colorado game.
Blue was replaced by freshman Ray
Hardee. In the Colorado game Hardee re
turned a kickoff 100 yards but the run was
called back because of holding.
Another prospective freshman for the
Cyclones has been tailback Dexter Green.
After Green's performance against Colo
rado, Head Football Coach Earle Bruce
called Green an exciting football player..
On offense, the Cyclones depend on the
"W-W Express", Jim Wingender and Mike
Williams, to lead the rushing attack. Wing
ender is close to becoming the third player
in ISU history to rush for 1,000 yards in
Defending against the pass, the Cyclones
lead the Big 8 and rank 10th nationally.
However, the team's rushing defense is last
in the Big 8.
Bruce said would he like to see Harde
man healthy for the Nebraska game.
"Buddy does a lot for us when he's in
there," Bruce said. "He is especially dan
gerous when he drops back to pass because
he also can run well.
Tom Mason will substitute if Hardeman
is unable to play. Mason, a good passer, has
engineered scoring drives when needed.
The receiver to watch, besides Hardee, is
Forry Smith, the Cyclone's leading pass re
ceive! thisaeason. Smith has caught 21
passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns.
Another receiver is Glover Rogers, who has
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Iowa Stated most serious injury came to Luther Blue (91) in the Okla
caught five passes, two for touchdowns. est punt was for 60 yards. He has not had a
The Cyclone kicking is handled by Doug kick blocked this season.
Lenth. Lenth is 8-8 on extra points and 4-8 Bruce said the Cyclones must stop the
on field goals for 20 total points. Husker offense and generate some bigplays
Punter Rick Blabolil currently carries a to win. ISU also must avoid its deadly
40.5 yard punting average. BlabotiTs long- habit of fumbling inside the five yard line.
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