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10 Sports The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana January6,1989 Rutter on Sports By DAVE RUfI3R Scott McDurmon has the tools, now all he nee00fs is the chance Good arm? "Quick release, and with all he's done, no question about that," says his coach. His mind? "One of his best talents is reading defenses," says coach. Quick enough feet? Some uncertainty there, but he's a natural drop-back passer, with a bazooka arm. He has the full throwing arsenal -- short, long and 15-yard out patterns on the button. Zing. It's there. Besides, no one worried how fast Joe Namath could run. Tough? Played a few games as a junior with a broken finger on his throwing hand. This winter he prob- ably would have won the Indiana state high school wrestling title at 189 pounds had he avoided a season-ending knee injury. The guys who inhabit "189" munch on nails and spit out shrapnel. Statistics? The glittering numbers -- and a careful reading of them -- make him the most proficient high school quarterback Evansville has ever pro- duced. He passed for 4,026 yards in his career and 1,961 yards as a senior, both Mater Dei records. Probably city records, too, although no one knows for suro. He's a career 51 percent passer. You'd think the issue would be so obvious that college recruiters would be beating down his door. Wrong. Perhaps it's the bad knee or Mater Dei's mediocre record this year that kept interest in Scott McDurmon so subdued. "It's our coaches' feeling, and our fans, too, that Scott truly has the ability to play college ball and that some school is really going to miss out if they let him slide by," says Mike Goebel, Mater Dei's offensive coordinator in football and head coach in wrestling. "He's capable of it, mostly because he works so hard." At this point, McDurmon is getting nibbles from Indiana State, Murray State and perhaps Ball State. Holy Cross is rumored to be in the picture. But there is no sense of urgency, no compelling pursuit of him, and that is surprising in some regard. McDurmon was so clearly superior on a 5-6 team that even his least impressive statistic as a senior -- only 9 TD passes -- is significant. "We had no breakaway speed," says Goebel. "We never do, but this year we were slower than usual. We were so one-dimensional that most teams would drop back seven defenders. If our receiver made a catch and broke away, there was another defensive player right there to catch him. Scott threw more, completed more. The fact we didn't have more 'paydirts' is no reflection on him." Adds Goebel: "In fact he threw 100 more passes as a senior than he did as a junior and two fewer interceptions. Those kinds of numbers stand up in any league." McDurmon has just commenced the process"of assessing his football future and where he will fit most snugly. Much will depend on the offensive style of the program. But he's more preoccupied by the loss of his wrestling career. 1988 Continued from page 9 on women's concerns in April and discussed it at length at their general meeting in June. The draft document calls sex- ism a sin, urges men to re- examine discriminatory at- titudes toward women and calls for changes in both society and the church to improve the role and influence of women. It does not, however, call for a change in the widely disputed church policy of not ordaining women priests. Facing internal divisions over a statement on AIDS issued the previous December by the 50-bishop Ad- ministrative Board of the U.S. Buehlers I.G.A. "The Thrifty Housewife's Source of Savings" QUALITY FOODS, MEATS HUNTINGBURG L Compliments Nass & Son Inc. FOR ALL EIGHTH GRADERS SEEKING ADMISSION IN THE FALL OF1989 FUNERAL HOME Huntingburg, Ind. Catholic Conference, the bishops decided at their June meeting to work on an addi- tional statement on AIDS, to be debated and voted on by all the bishops. 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All concerned suggest that McDurmon's liga- ment and cartilage injury should not appreciably diminish his capabilities as a college quarterback. Surgeons have rebuilt the joint, and his work ethic will provide the rest. "He's just a go-getter with tremendous desire," says Geobel. "And he's just like a puppy. When you shake his hand, you know how large his hands are. Big hand, big feet. He's just starting to fill out." "Yeah," says Scott, "I'll be up around 210 or so, and maybe grow to 6-2 or so." For college recruiters, McDurmon might fall in the "maybe" category -- a promising prospect with a question mark attached. But his coaches in- sist that's wrong. More accurately, Scott McDurmon is an ex- clamation point waiting to happen. I earlier in their peace pastoral, that nuclear deterrence is morally acceptable, but only under certain strict conditions. 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