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Millikin tradition continues Players' wishes may come true By J. MICHAEL FLANAGAN HtfiM A Rivitv Sports WrHvr Whether they are bulky linemen or soft-throwing cornerbacks, every football player has a secret ambition to play quarterback. Saturday, some Millikin players may get their shot at the dream. "It's always been a tradition here to start the seniors in their filial game," said Millikin Coach Carl Poelker. "It's also been a tradition to let the players play a position they've always wanted to play. If we have the game under control, we'll do that'.' That translates into some familiar players playing in some most unfamiliar positions when Millikin (6-2) takes on North Park at MacArthur High School at 1 p.m. "We're trying to persuade the players to play certain positions," said Poelker with a smile. "If we didn't, we'd have everyone wanting to take the center snap." Inside sources indicate the leading candidate to relieve John Cardamone at quarterback is safety Marc Daniels. "Yeah, he's a captain and he's trying to pull rank on us," said cornerback Don Stephens in mock disgust. "My arm feels pretty good," said Daniels. "I'll be ready to throw some long ones. "I'm a captain, and it's my job to be a leader," he continued, tongue in cheek. "I guess I HI do is jtjst rush Might ilirougKtteiltrie I ; before tW. Go J !;rigKt;iri:ma blast tlife - aeit40,Cai8Wi f U 1 " V c ;Vs" V ' yil8. tbdaNr , that means playing quarterback." If the situation allows Daniels to play quarterback, Millikin fans will also be treated to an unusual backfield trio. Stephens expressed his desire to play halfback. "I was all-state at running back in high school (Taylorville)," said Stephens. "I kind of miss it. The only problem is I've gotten used to hitting other guys. Now, I might be the one getting hit" Aric Anderson, a 6-2, 225-pound defensive end, will play fullback and linebacker Al Lott will be a wingback. "We'll probably have our defensive line play offensive line," said Stephens. "That means there's going to be a lot of holding penalties, I'm sure." One player who may get to tug on a few jerseys is punterplacekicker Andy Hastings. Although he's another player who'd prefer to play quarterback, be will likely fill in at tight end. "I was going to play tight end last year anyway," said Hastings. "I could see catching a few passes." While Cardamone is accustomed to throwing passes, he will fulfull his desire to play middle linebacker. "I can't wait," said Cardamone. "I want to blindside the quarterback just like I've been bUndsided for four years. The thought of careers ending has permeated practice all week. Millikin has 15 seniors who will be playing their last collegiate football game. "Our Athletic Director Merle Chapman commented to me that be never saw a group of kids so sad," said Poelker. "These seniors really don't want it to end. They've had a good " time and have been very successful. If they win Saturday, they'll have gone 8-1, 7-2, and 7-2." Photo by Doug Qaumon Coach Carl Poelker knows there's a time to show your muscle, and a time to show your lighter side. His players may play their "fantasy" positions Saturday.