IT'S that time of the year again: College football's name game.
Its that time to play
the name game
The All-Name Team for 1997 should include Temple's Excel Lucas, Tennessee's Peerless Price, Magic Benton of Miami, San Diego State's Wesley Ace and Shaka Hilton of Air Force.
Also, Dextra Polite (Clemson), Sirr Parker (Texas A&M), Nemessis Bates (LSU), Ken-Yon Rambo (Ohio State), Hannibal Navies (Colorado), Rommel Canon (San Jose State), Vital Joseph (Pittsburgh) and a repeater from last year, Boston College's Shalom Tolefree.
Notre Dame's new coach, Bob Davie, must like golf. Two of his freshman recruits are Grant Irons and Tony Driver. Too bad he couldn't get Jason Hooks (Utah), Mike Woods (Oklahoma) and Jeff Parr (Air Force).
Here are players you'd want on your team: Thomathan Good (Houston), Melvin Winn (Southern Miss), Champ Bailey (Georgia), Phalen Pounds (USC), Sean Pierce (San Diego State), Bill Chopp (Western Michigan), Leon Bender (Washington State) and Henry Slay (West Virginia).
Players you might have second thoughts about: Damond Blueitt (SMU), Omar Easy (Penn State), Derrick Ham (Miami), Chris Lemon (Nevada), Justin Meek (Idaho), Gary Hurt (Arkansas State), Boo Bendinger (Utah) and Fred Weary (Florida).
Team speed's important, so count on Justin Swift (Colorado), Mercury Hall (SMU), Joey Goodspeed (Notre Dame) and Jimmy Jett (Tulsa).
Also team smarts: Ben Bright (Hawaii), Pierre Brilliant (Cincinnati), Kirby Smart (Georgia) and Ty Wise (Miami).
CLEARLY, the arms race is on this season: Sam Sword (Michigan), Jason Spear (Indiana), Al Blades (Miami), Tony Cannon (Auburn), Javelin Guidry (UCLA), Tyrone Gunn (Arizona), Brandon Dart (Utah) and Tank West (Akron).
For car buffs: Mercedes Hamilton (Tennessee), Dexter Ford (Baylor), Chancy Carr (Memphis) and Taurus McGee (Weber State).
Also, I wonder if Marvin Major of Kentucky met Florida State's Travis Minor, if North Carolina's Jeff Saturday traded dates with K.J. Friday of New Mexico or if Geoff Noisy (Nevada) ever gabbed with Kamil Loud (Cal Poly SLO). Texas recruited a Hammer (Jake) and a Jammer (Quentin).
All-City players: Dallas Neil (Montana), Houston Hodgkinson (Air Force), Orlando Ruff (Furman), Paris Johnson (Miami, Ohio), Rome Douglas (USC), London Dunlap (TCU), Justin Glasgow (Kansas), Adrian Boston (Wyoming), Todd Cleveland (Central Florida) and Muskingum Barnes (LSU). And, get this, Sterling Kihei (Wyoming).
And All-Country: Ron Israel (Notre Dame), Jamaican Dartez (Tulane), Demetric Denmark (Colorado), Andrae Holland (Oregon State), Germany Thompson (New Mexico), George Brazil (Nevada) and Morocco Brown (N.C. State).
How you figguh? Cornell Menafee plays for Mississippi State, Alvin Duke for Vanderbilt and Stanford Simmons for Auburn.
THOSE with a musical bent would like to hear about Brahms Derenoncourt (Wyoming), Artie Shaw (Miami, Ohio), Wardell Harp (Arkansas State), and Phil (Stomping at the) Savoy of Colorado. And the literati would go for Dante Payne (Robert Morris), Zola Davis (South Carolina) and Tennyson McCarty (Colorado).
The clergy's well represented with Octavious Bishop (Texas), Eddie Parsons (Northern Illinois), Derrick DePriest (North Carolina), Nick Monk (Miami, Ohio) and Sheldon Pope (San Diego State), while the Christian Right would say amen to Donald Heaven (Florida State), Walt Church (Eastern Michigan), Jesus Reyes (San Diego State) and Scott Lord (Army).
Meanwhile, keep these guys out of Chinatown: Jason Gamble (Clemson), Cameron Chance (San Diego State) and Mike Lucky (Arizona).
And the team physician? Fresno State's Doc Moye.