Sunday, August 24, 2008

Ramos is a team first guy

By Greg Jaklewicz

Legend has it that a college football team in the southwestern United States once ran the football more than it threw it. Way Woody Hayes more.

Imagine, 598 rushes in one season compared with 75 passing attempts.

There's another story about a game when this team did not throw a pass. Yeah right, Mike Leach scoffed. Everyone throws it 50 times a game like his Red Raiders. At least.

It's hard to believe these stories, sure. Especially this August, when there are more footballs flying over Portales than UFOs over nearby Roswell.

Welcome to the 21st century, Eastern New Mexico. No longer can offensive coordinators call you Backwater Draw.

Despite rushing for 3,444 yards last year, second best nationally in Division II, and quarterback Michael Benton finishing as the nation's No. 7 rusher (146 yards per game), the Greyhounds made the switch. No triple option for the first time in 14 seasons.

Go to the Amarillo Globe News for the rest of the story.

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