Honored Ismail praises teammates

November 29, 1990|By Chicago Tribune

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, who has collected 1,726 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns so far this season, was asked yesterday to name his most memorable plays this year.

The Notre Dame junior didn't mention the 94-yard kickoff return against Miami (Fla.), or his 44-yard run that sealed the big win over Tennessee.

Instead, Ismail spoke of two plays by his teammates.

One was the interception by linebacker Michael Stonebreaker that helped spur a comeback against Michigan. Another was the sack by Chris Zorich that ended last week's win over Southern Cal.

"Those were about the biggest ones for me," said Ismail, at a news conference honoring him as the Walter Camp Player of the Year.

Asked if any of the memories this year involved him, Ismail squirmed in his chair, turned his head away and lowered his voice. "No, not really," he replied.

Ismail was his typical modest self in receiving the award.

"This is another instrument to help keep me motivated to continue to try to better myself," he said.

The Walter Camp award is voted on by the 210 head coaches and sports information directors at Division I-A football schools around the country.

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