There's a little item inside the Holy Cross football guide under a modest headline: "Things Gordie Lockbaum has not done on the football field."
It's a short list, including things like kicking off, recovering an on-side kickoff, blocking a punt and five other feats. The rest, as the college football world learned in 1986, has been taken care of.
As a junior playing for the Division I-AA Crusaders of Worcester, Mass., Lockbaum became famous for doing it all last season, a novelty in a game of specialization. Originally a mere strong safety, Lockbaum last year was in on 637 offensive plays at tailback and 381 defensive plays at cornerback, leading Holy Cross to a 10-1 record. He gained 827 yards, and made 38 solo tackles. He caught 57 passes and one interception. He scored 22 touchdowns and had a sack and an interception. He returned punts and kickoffs.
And he took in a few awards -- fifth in Heisman voting, Washington Touchdown Club defensive player/all purpose back of the year, a variety of all-America honors at both positions, and more.
Weaknesses? "He's 0-for-2 at throwing the ball," said Holy Cross Coach Mark Duffner. "So we kind of kid him about that."
Lockbaum said his role can be tiring, but, "I know it has to be done."
That is also the opinion of Duffner, the 34-year-old Annandale native who found himself in a bind during the spring of 1986. Duffner had just taken over the Holy Cross program and found a relatively inexperienced offensive backfield.
After the offense proved weak in three days of spring practice, Duffner asked Lockbaum to try a few plays in the backfield. Lockbaum quickly went on to make six or seven big runs, grabbed a few passes, and "electrified" the offense, Duffner said.
"The offensive coaches said, 'Hey, we've got to have this guy,' " Duffner said. "But we had a few injuries in the defensive secondary and we couldn't let him go off the defense, either."
Then the idea hit: Play him both directions. While coaches wondered if they could realistically do such a thing, Lockbaum didn't.
"I was all for it, because I knew it was a little unusual," said Lockbaum, a two-way player in high school. "It was a chance to get in the offense at tailback, and I really hadn't gotten the opportunity to see what I could do there. I was intrigued."
Since then, Lockbaum has scarcely stopped running, even at practice.
"I don't stand around much," he said. "If it's time for another player to take a rep, I just go to the other side. Coaches let me know when I have to get in touch with them. At times, I hear them yelling, 'Gordo, get over here,' but I enjoy it. It gives me the chance to go both ways when Saturday comes around."
During games, Duffner said he tries to "monitor" Lockbaum, making sure the 5-foot-11, 195-pound multiback doesn't do too much. He averaged 92.6 plays a game last season, although in a 17-14 defeat of Army, injuries forced coaches to put him in for 143 plays. Lockbaum responded with 22 tackles, a pass break-up on Army's final drive, 40 yards rushing on 11 carries, and 73 yards on four receptions. All of which may be why Duffner doesn't worry too much.
"He is also very honest, and will tell us if he's tired," Duffner said. "Then there are some times when he'll tug at my shirt and say 'Hey coach, I'm ready.' Once, I said, 'My God, I've created a monster.' "
And now everyone wants a few minutes of his time. "I can't let it get to the point where if affects my play," Lockbaum said.
It hasn't affected his grade-point average, now a 3.167. His GPA actually was better last year during football season than it was in the spring.
"I find playing football helps me," he said. "It will probably be tougher this season, but it puts you on a rigorous schedule. In your spare time, you either rest or you study. You don't go out and goof around with your friends."
The player teammates called "Starman" last year when attention grew now said he hopes to have a shot at the Heisman. Duffner likes his chances.
"In terms of football, I don't know if anyone else has done more than he has," Duffner said. "It depends on what you define as the best college football player, but I think it defines the whole person."