Football 1971

 *Photograph courtesy of the Dickinson College Archives

Here four members of the 1971 Dickinson College Football Team are carefully posed for a photograph taken at Biddle Field.  From right to left they are Jerry Urich, Craig Walter, Mark Lipstein and John Colburn.  These four men were the core of the Red Devils wide receiving offense.  Jerry Urich, besides being a star wide receiver, could be better known for his abilities on special teams. A member of the Dickinson Football and Track teams, Urich's speed and quickness allowed him to run for a total of 117 kickoff return yards in a single game against Haverford, including an 87 yard jaunt for a score.  This record still stands. A standout athlete on the track as well, Urich's achievements were noted when he was a back to back recipient of the McAndrews Award in 1974 and 1975.
Craig Walter was also a record breaker.  He broke many records during the year, and in a single game he had an average of 40.9 yards per catch.  He set records for passes caught in a career with 84, as well as yards receiving, 1228.  His presence on the field alongside Lipstein added for a potent air attack which helped give the Red Devils an explosive offense.  Mark Lipstein scored four touchdowns in 1971, including a two-touchdown game in the annual classic versus Swarthmore.  His achievements were noticed by those in the stands as well, for the East Coast Athletic Conference chose Lipstein to represent the Red Devils as a member of the ECAC Division Three First Team squad, at offensive end.  John Colburn added to the air attack and caught three scores for the 1971 team.  His bright moment came against Ursinus where he caught two touchdown passes in a losing effort.  Like Urich, he contributed to the Red Devil special teams squad by leading the team in punting yards.  His 33.3 season average was one of the highest for years.
Paul White

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