Coach Fred Akers of Texas says he is ready to weep at the prospect of losing wide receiver Johnny (Lam) Jones and "seven or eight" other Longhorns in the National Football League draft. Redskin fans will weep, too, with Jones figuring to go well before Washington's 18th pick in the first round.
Calling up memories of Bob Hayes, another Olympian and wide receiver, Akers says, "Jones is one of the great athletes in the world. When he enrolled at Texas he was one of five who had run 100 meters in 9.85 and none of the others played football. He was a running back as a freshman.
"He's an exciting football player . . . dynamite . . . a tremendous threat . . . very aggressive, strong, smooth, with the moves to get away from defenders. He won a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics as a high school senior, on the U.S. 400-meter relay team."
Akers noted that just about every NFL club has had scouts on the Austin campus and that Jones had visited several clubs besides the Redskins. aAkers says Jones has no preferred NFL clubs.
Jones missed the last two games of the 1979 season with a knee injury, but it did not require surgery. He suffered a severe hamstring pull in the 1977 football season, tried to rehabilitate it in track in 1978 and reinjured it, so he gave up track after that. At 6 feet 1 and 183 pounds, he was building himself up in the campus weight room on Friday during the Texas Relays.
The Baltimore Colts are looking for a wide receiver in the draft. They pick fifth in the first round. Incidentally, the Colts are hoping that Bert Jones' wife has a healthy, but ever so slightly premature, delivery of their third child, because he is due at a mini-camp April 20-23. Reports on his throwing arm are so rosy they are eager to see him throw. The baby is expected on April 20.
Is Oakland still in the league? Yes Redskin fans are evincing interest in the Raiders' exhibition game here, Saturday Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. The Redskins also play the Raiders in the regular season presumably at Oakland. The last time they played was in 1975, at RFK, and the Raiders won in overtime, 26-23.
Playing no favorites in the feud between the Raiders and Rams for the business of Los Angeles fans, the New England Patroits are scheduled to play exhibitions against the Rams at Anaheim and the Raiders at Oakland. t
After a couple of trades involving quarterbacks and the retirement of Roger Staubach, the American Conference still figures to be best fixed at the position, with Terry Bradshaw, Ken Stabler, Bert Jones, Dan Fouts, Jim Zorn, Steve Grogan, Bob Griese, Joe Ferguson, Dan Pastorini, Richard Todd, Ken Anderson, Brian Sipe, Matt Robinson and Steve Fuller.
In the NFC it's Joe Theismann, Archie Manning, Vince Ferragamo, Mike Phipps, Tommy Kramer, Jim Hart, Steve Bartowski, Ron Jaworski, David Whitehurst, Gary Danielson, Doug Williams, Phil Simms, Steve DeBerg and Danny White.