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Foes Face

'Rocky' Road


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He used to give his aunt a
rough time when he was a kid and
she retaliated by nicknaming
him "Rocky."
It's a good thing that she
didn't look into the juxtaposition
angle and call him "Rosey." Can
you imagine a Big Ten fullback
nursing his wounds after a game
with Michigan and saying how
a guy called "Rosey" had tackled
Linebackers, especially 6'2" 225
pound linebackers, are not the
"Roseys" of this world. They are
the "Rockys."
Rocky Rosema is a straight
guy. He's just about as straight as
anybody you would ever meet.
Rocky is big, he's tough, and at
a normal school, where they had
normal cheerleaders, you would
expect him to marry the captain
of the squad.
Football players are subject to
a multitude of adages in the
tongue of the common man, and
one familiar one runs "Thick
of body-thick of head." People
who blurt that out have never
met Rocky.
"I suppose it was my older broth-
er who first got me interested in
football." says Rosema. "When I
was a kid I used to tag along
with him over to East Field and
play tackle ball in the snow."
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Rocky, a product of Grand
Rapids, first participated in or-
ganized football in the Midget
League of the park system pro-
He quickly outgrew midget
status however, and he found
himself in the gridiron legions of
Central High, where his father
had gained All-State honors years
There he started on the basket-
ball squad, ran an acceptable 440
for track, and most important,
made the All-State team twice in
football, once as a tackle, and
a year later as a fullback.
"There was really no big ques-
tion as to where I would go to
college." Rosema states. "I didn't
even apply anywhere else. The
coaches offered me a tender and
I accepted it immediately after
the Ohio State game that year."
Rosema was-switched to defense
immediately after arriving on the
Michigan campus and the change
has proven to be most profitable.
"Rocky is a natural for de-
fense." declares Wolverine de-
Freshmen football coach Bill
Dodd has the job of converting
high school All-Staters into col-
lege football players.
This afternoon's game with
Bowling Green will be the first
real test of Dodd's success with
this year's crop of freshmen.
Dodd has two problems: a small
squad and the fact that they have
had only three actual scrimmages.
Though each Big Ten school is
allowed to, give 30 scholarships a
year, Michigan only recruited 22
high school players. Thirteen other
boys not on tender came out for the
team. Dodd put the situation this
way : "Bowling Green is bringing
more players to this away game
(40) than we can dress (35)."
Depth Lacking
The lack of depth is part of the
reason for no scrimmages. "We
don't have the depth to take a
chance on injuries, and the varsity
can't risk injuries by giving us a
good scrimmage."
Actually there have been very
few injuries to the freshman
squad. Except for minor problems
that kept boys out of action for a
few days, the only major injury
has been to tackle Richard McCoy
of Alliance, Ohio. Very impressive
at the start of the season, he has:

fensive end and linebacker Coach
Y. C. McNease. "He has an in-
stinct to hit and hit hard."
McNease's evaluation is strength-
ened by the defensive' statistics
for the squad. Rosema is currently
number two in the tackling de-
partment with 47 solo efforts and
48 assists, second only to Dennis
Morgan, who, by Rocky's own ad-
mission, is All-American material.
The beginning of the season
found Rosema at left defensive
end but a somewhat less than ef-
fective pass defense caused him to
be moved to linebacker.
"It wasn't too hard to shift,"
says Rocky. "You key on the same
men at each position and your
basic responsibilities are similar.
The pass defense gave me a little
trouble at first but I think I've
got it now."
Y C Philosophy
McNease philosiphized on Rose-
ma's general style of play.
"There is a fine line between
playing vicious a n d playing
dirty." he says. "Rocky has found
that line and he's staying there.
He's the kind of guy the pros
Rosema also has professional
competition on his mind.
"I had a pretty good year last
year and a few pro scouts showed
up to talk to me," he relates.
"I never thought too much about
it until this last spring and now
I think I'll give it a try."
Rocky says with a sort of pain-
ed little laugh that he may be
the only guy ever to graduate
from the school of physical edu-
cation with 34 hours in biology.
He had planned to get a degree
in biology and perhaps get his
masters in that subject until a
counseling mix-up forced him to
switch into P.E. or go to school
an extra year.
When he is tired of the life of
a professional, (which he charac-
terizes as "rough, real rough")

Daiy-Andy Sacks
rid of pigskin in the face of Rocky Rosema's rush. The Michigan
linebacker, anticipating the pitchout, starts pursuit of the new
ball carrier.


Rosema is interested in a bus-
iness venture of some sort and
perhaps some college coaching.
"If I do go into business, I'm
going to be independent," he says.
"I can't see myself, as the nine
to five type."
Michigan football is a family
affair for the Rosema clan.
Rocky's parents have missed only
four of his games since he donned
the maize and " blue. And they
have no legitimate reason to be
disappoointed in any of his per-
formances this year.
"Rocky is one of the few players
on the defensive team who has
not played a bad game all sea-
son." McNease points out. "He's
played hard enough to win in
every game.

"He's very dedicated to geting
himself ready for a game. He
watches film constantly and
studies the opposing team's for-
mations all the time. Rocky's
never late for a meeting or a
practice and he'll play as hard
as he can even when he's injured."
Whoever coined the image of
the All-American, apple pie, nice-
to - his - mother football player
probably had Rocky in mind.
"I wish we had about six new
Rosemas every year," states Mc-
And that wish may begin to
come true if Rocky's brother, a
strong high school prospect, de-
cides to ally with the Wolverines
next year.
Dynasty anyone?

Tackle Bowling Green

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undergone an operation on his
knee and will not see action until
next spring.
The Wolverine yearlings will be
putting their three-scrimmage ex-
perience up against a Bowling
Green team with four games al-
ready under its belt. They defeated
Northern Michigan, Ohio North-
ern, and Toledo (Michigan's next
opponent) before losing to Kent
One thing that has Coach Dodd
worried is that his boys have not
played with an official on the
field. Even in the three scrim-
mages with the varsity, coaches
served as the officials. "That
means we're bound to make mis-
takes, especially fumbles."
It was the fumbles that hurt last
year. "We fumbled nine times
against Wisconsin," Dodd recalled,
"and they recovered eight of them.
They scored three times in the
first quarter and didn't score
again." Wisconsin won 19-14.
The Frosh rebounded to beat
Toledo 28-20. This year's freshmen
met Toledo next Friday at 7:30
in Toledo's Glassbowl Stadium.
But the game Dodd is concerned
about now is with Bowling Green
at 2:30 today on Ferry Field.
The depth problem shows up in

the fact that seven boys will be
starting both ways.
Steve Kingdon and Jack Harp-
ring, both 6-4 and 215 pounds, will
be starting at the guard positions.
Harpring will also serve as de-
fensive end, along with Pete New-
ell, who switches to left tackle
when Michigan has the ball.
Tackle Dan Dierdorf from Canton,
Ohio, will play that position, both
offensively and defensively.
An East Detroiter, Giulio Catal-
lo, will start at middle guard, while
Ed Moore from Youngstown, Ohio,
is the tight end. The split end is
Tom McCaffrey.
Tackles Center
Dodd began practice with no cen-
ter but as he put it, "we decided
we couldn't play until we had
someone to hike the ball." Tim
Killian, a 6-4 tackle, was moved
into this crucial spot and has done
an outstanding job.
In the backfield, Dodd is going
with a Lance Scheffler-Kirby
Sams-Ralph Huff combination.
Scheffler, a six-foot, 190 pounder,
will run in the left halfback slot,
backed up by Greg Harrison, a
5-I1, 183-pounder from Jackson.
Sams, a native of Corpus Christi,
Texas, and the fastest runner on
the team at 9.8, will run from the
right half. His backups are Bob
Wilson from Pemberville, Ohio,
and John Kitzmeiller another un-
tendered player from Detroit. Huff,
220 pounds is the lone occupant
of the fullback spot.
Quarterbacks in abundance may
give Dodd a problem. He would
like to see all four quarterbacks
in action but, "I haven't decided
how to divide it up: by quarters or
half." Since Nathaniel Betts and
Don Moorehead both go defensive-

ly, we'll probably go with Jerry
Perkins and Bill Berutti in this
A few Bowling Green players to
watch are quarterback Bill Deming
of Sandusky, left end Bob Sim-
mons of Cleveland, and their best
runner, halfback Roger Murray
from Wooster, Ohio.
This is only the second year that
Big Ten freshmen have been able
to play actual games. Dodd is glad
to see that the Big Ten finally
passed a rule allowing freshmen to
play up to two games in the last
four weeks of the varsity season.
"Some teams, like Minnesota,
don't like the idea," Dodd explains,
"but I feel these two games serve
as a climax for the season and
an added incentive for the boys
after bashing heads with each
other for a few months."
Two's Enough
"I think two games are enough,
however. The freshman year is a
time for indoctrination into play-°
ing university football. We stress
fundamentals. Besides, there is a
problem of time. We send 14 play-
ers down to the varsity every week
to serve as a demonstration team
and they have to have the things
they missed reviewed when they
come back.
Also because we feel it essential
that the boys concentrate on aca-
demics and learn to budget their
time, we only hold three-hour
practice sessions and no night ses-
sions. You don't have time to
prepare for a game every week."
This afternoon Coach Dodd will
see how well prepared his boys
are for Bowling Green, and Mich-
igan fans will have a chance to
see the players who will be the
future Wolverines.




UN ONLGUE contemporary
U NI N - E A U Ed i s c u s s i onf i a , n v me 3j
marks the commencement of the
cam vs torV
a program of informal discussion
first guest-

Presenting The Drinking Song for Sprite:
(To the tune of "Barbara Fritchie")
Traditionally, a lusty, rousing fight song is
de rigeur for every worthy cause and institution.
But we wrote a song for Sprite anyway. We'd like you
to sing it while drinking Sprite, though this may
cause some choking and coughing. So what? It's all in
good, clean fun. And speaking of good, clean things,
what about the taste of Sprite? It's good. It's
clean. However, good clean things may not exactly be
your idea of jollies. In that case, remember that
Sprite is also very refreshing. "Tart and tingling,"
in fact. And very collegiate. And maybe we'd better
quit while we're ahead. So here it is. The Drinking
Song For Sprite. And if you can get a group together
to sing it--we'd be very surprised.
Roar, soft drink, roar!
You're the loudest soft drink
we ever sawr!
So tart and tingling, they
couldn't keep you quiet:*
The perfect drink, guy,
To sit and think by,
Or to bring instant refreshment
To any campus riot! Ooooooh-- s r
Roar, soft drink, roar!AO
Flip your cap, hiss and bubble,
fizz and gush!
Oh we can't think
Of any drink
That we would rather sit with!







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