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Page Six

THE'MICHIGAN DAILY

Sunday, September 9, 1969

Page Six THE MICHIGAN DAILY Sunday, September 8, 1968
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By JIM FORRESTER
Just maybe.. .
If we get the right breaks .
Two Big Ten teams are making
extensive use of such phraseology.
One is the good o1' Maize and
Blue. The other is the Fighting Il-
lini of Champaign. If the Illinois
team stays healthy and if they get
plenty of breaks just maybe they
will finish in the respectable half
of the conference.
The first if is quarterback Bob
Naponic. He is a good passer and
an excellent, runner and could
very well be the finest field gen-
eral , in' the conference. Naponic
is the key to the Illini offense.
A repeat of last year's knee in-
jury, which sidelined the fleet
signal caller for almost all of con-
ference "action, would reserve a
berth deep in the second division
for the Illini,
The rest of the back field is the
only solid spot on the entire team.
Halfback Bob Bess saw duty at
quarterback last season and dis-
played fine running ability. Let-
terman Dave Jackson held down
the left halfback post for most
of the '67 campaign and did an
adequate job but is being hard
pressed ,by speedy Billy Huston to
retain his position.
The workhorse of 'the Illini
backfield is fullback Rich John-
son. Last season Johnson lugged
the pigskin 604 yards through
conference competition to place
second in Big Ten rushing behind
another, more well-known young
man by the name of Johnson.
The defensive front wall is a
bright but shallow spot for Illinois.
Carson Brooks, a converted half-

been
drills,4
a fine

impressive in
displaying good
pair of hands.

kicked a 51-yard field goal last
year against Purdue and is deadly
accurate within 25 yards.
But there is no more joy in
Champaign as the rest of the team
steps onto the field. At every other
position there is a lack of experi-
ence, size, or depth. Only tackle
Doug Redman (6'2", 213) and
guard Steve Oman (6', 209) re-
turn to the offensive line with
junior Bob Bieszczad to do an
adequate job at center. d
Coach Jim Vakek expects to be
giving up 10 to 15 pounds per man
in the offensive line. His solution
to the problem is speed.
"If you're not big, you had bet-
ter be quick," comments the Il-
lini mentor. "We feel our boys
have the speed to handle the
tough defensive lines the other
conference teams will send against
us."
Valeck has even more problems
with his defensive backfield. Only
one letterman, senior Fred Wolf,
returns. Great play, however, is
expected from newcomers Mike
Ryan, Rich Kristak and Bob Win-
termute.
But the Big Ten has been very
tough in the past on first yearde-
fensive backs, 'as Wolverine fans
who saw State's Al Brenner con-
sistantly beat George Hoey in last
season's clash with the invaders
from East Lansing know.

THE BIG TEN

backing is also questionable. Bruce
Erb, a center last season, will join
regular linebacker Jeff Trigger to
hopefully shore up the graduation-
riddled position.
Another spot hit hard by grad-
uation is the split end. Receiver
John Wright virtaully re-wrote the
entire Illini pass-catching record
book. Tall sophomore Doug Die-
ken (6-5, 220) is expected to re-
place Wright, but as Valek says,
"A John Wright comes along once
in a good, good many years."
Valek hopes strategy will com-
pensate for all his personel prob-
lems. The Illini will feature mul-
tiple offenses and defenses.'
"We want a different look every
time the team lines up," com-
ments Valek.
Illinois biggest problem, though,

pre-season :::::..........
moves and
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..............::s>::::is its schedule. After two non-

SC OUTINVG

confe* ence warm-ups, the Illini
face Indiana, Minnesota, Notre
Dame, Ohio State, and Purdue on
successive Saturdays. The rough
schedule has caused Valek to re-
sort to the stop-gap measure of
playing some men both ways.
"We wouldn't plan to use these
players two ways very often," says
Valek. "It would be ten per cent
at the most, and usually in goal-
line situations."
Stalwarts Tony Pleviak, Mickey
Hogan and Carson Brooks are
listed in the press releases as like-
ly candidates for the iron man
tactic. However, all of these men
'are defensive specialists. Does
Valke expect to be in possession
of the ball on his own goal-line
ten per cent of the time?
This could well be the Illinois
prospect as all the ifs and maybes
.will more than likely play if and
maybe football and drag the
weakly protesting Illini to a sev-
enth-place finish.

BOB NAPONIC

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back, and Doug Whitman bring a
good deal of speed to both end po-
sitions. But the real stoppers are
tackles Mickey Hogan and co-
captain Tony Pleviak.
Pleviak6", 240) is one of the
best tackles in the nation. Last
year he led the conference in
tackles for loss with 14. The big
tackle could well become Illinois'
first interior line all-American
since 1951.
Two other players who may
bring cheers to Illini throats are
tight end Len Winslow and' place
kicker Dan McKissic. Winslow has

AFTER THE RUSH:
$2 ticket sales may be discontinued

The situation with the

line-

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B illboa rds
There will be a meeting for
anyone interested in officiating
IM football gamestomorrow at
1 p.m. in the IM Building. Pay
is $3 a game.

By BILL DINNER
It started on Wednesday, Aug-
ust 28, with an all night sit in--
sat in on the side of the I.M.
building waiting for those "impos-
sible" fifty yard line seats.
Since that time over 23,000 stu-
dent tick'ets have been sold. Pur-
chases range from singles to a
trio of students who carried with
them three shoeboxes packed with
over 500 coupons from the
dorms.
There was little commotion or
fighting over who got which seat.
In addition to the students' pur-
chases, over 6,000 season tickets

have been bought by the faculty
and staff.
Besides student and staff, al-
most 115,000 Michigan alumni in.
the seven-state Big Ten area are
offered a chance at two tickets;
not all accept.
Trying to get good seats
through regular season tickets is
more than a bit rough. At the pre-
sent, it takes over 20 years to
reach section 44 on the fifty-yard
line.
The regular season-ticket hold-
ers and alumni siphon off another
17,000 tickets.
This years may be the last'
chance for grade school, high
school (and young-looking U of
M enrollies) to see Michigan
football games at reduced prices
-unless they behave.

An average of almost 7,000 stu-
dent seats at $2.00 each are sold
for each game.
There was considerable criticism
over the conduct of these young
followers during last season. As it
turns out the students will be
allowed to buy tickets for the
California game. Following the
contest, a decision will be made on
whether to continue the practice. '
One point in favor of contin-
uing the tickets is that an addi-
tional $70,000 is hard to pass up.
But, Don Weir notes, "We still,
have a responsibility to our regu-
lar spectators".
However, if the program is can-
celled many an enthusiastic" t
young sport fan will have a hard
time finding $6.00 for a regular
ticket.

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