BALTIMOREAN Herb Shephard and his niece, Margaret Worrall, will go back to England next week to watch their jumper, Von Csadek, run in the Hennessy Gold Cup in Newbury. They believe their horse has an honest chance to win England's most prestigious race, the Grand National, in April. Von Csadek has been in England since Aug. 16, run in two races and won both. He is ridden by Worrall's 19-year-old son, St. Paul's graduate Patrick Worrall. If Von Csadek should win the Grand National he'd be the third Maryland-based horse to do it in modern times. Ben Nevis and Jay Trump also did it. This year's Grand National winner, Mr. Frisk, will be in the Hennessy field Nov. 24.
* Georgia Tech is very interested in Gilman linebacker Jamal Cox. Tech scouted Cox against Forest Park the day before knocking off then No. 1 Virginia at Charlottesville. The Ramblin' Wreck liked the way the 215-pound Cox was able to stay with the Foresters' Obie Barnes Jr. on pass coverage. Barnes does a 4.5 40.
* Ex-Baltimore Colts coach Don Shula won an NFL championship at Miami with a No-Name Defense. Darned if he's not doing the same sort of thing again. Shula's 8-1 Dolphins have won six straight with the No. 1 defense in the league. Every fan in America knows Dan Marino. Almost no one can name a Dolphins' defender. Call 'em No-Name Defense II.
* Cecil Fielder had more trouble hitting Japanese pitching this fall than he had with American pitching last summer.
* Among the five men admitted to the Western Maryland College Hall of Fame last weekend were three who distinguished themselves as coaches. Bob Waldorf was the Green Terrors' coach when they last won football championships in the early '60s. Nemo Robinson produced strong teams at Gilman from '46 to '62 (National editor Frank Deford set a school scoring record in '57 under Robinson: 247 points in 16 games). And Allan Jacobson, a three-sport athlete at Western Maryland in the late '40s, has been coaching high school sports in New Jersey for 36 years. His teams have won 192 football games, most of them at Livingston High. Joe Brockmeyer and Lester Knepp were the other inductees.
* It's heresy to believe any passing combination is better than the old Colts' immortal Unitas-to-Berry, but Joe Montana-to-Jerry Rice gains more believers every week. Rice caught 12 passes from Montana Sunday. Rice's ability to get open is phenomenal, and Montana is Unitas all over again the way he works the two-minute drill and dissects a defense. A Raymond Berry coming to a pro team today probably would be cut in mini-camp.
* People say Colorado did not refuse its illegal fifth-down victory over Missouri because so much was at stake, including bowl money. When Cornell did the opposite in 1940 and yielded to Dartmouth in the identical situation, the Ivy League was not as it is today. McCormick & Co. PR man -- and Dartmouth alumnus -- Mac Barrett reminds us that Cornell had won 18 straight and was shooting for the Rose Bowl. The difference is not money. It's honor, something Cornell demonstrated and Colorado didn't.