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THE MICHIGAN DAI Y

Saturday, September 14, 1968

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O.1. leads favored Trojans in Pacific Eight

by JEFF LISS
In eight years as head coach at
USC, John McKay has won two
national championships, two Rose
Bowls in three appearances, and
four AAWU championships. This
year should provide him little op-
portunity to climb out of his rut.
The 1967 Trojans compiled a
10-1 record, including a 14-3 tri-
umph over Indiana in the Rose
Bowl, although McKay will field
a team somewhat weaker than last
year's national champions.
Nevertheless, the Trojans, with
some difficulty, should ward off
the challenges of Oregon State
and UCLA and captureanother
AAWU title and Rose Bowl invi-
tation.
On offense, McKay must choose
between short, slow, unspectacu-
lar, y e t effective quarterback
Steve Sogge and junior Mike
Hoimgren, whose forte is his abil-
ity to throw the bomb. No matter,
which earns the starting nod, he
will spend half of his time depos-
iting the pigskin in 0. J., Simp-
son's. belly.
Simpson, virtually uncontain-
able, may become the next Jim
Brown when he reaches the pro

ranks. Like Brown, he runs over
people not because he lacks the
speed to run around them, but be-
cause he finds the direct route
more convenient. Last year, 0. J.
gained 1543 yards and scored 13
touchdowns in 291 carries. This
year, barring injury, he should be
just as devastating.
Dan Scott, a fleet fullback, will
p l a y beside Simpson, and two
speedy receivers, Jim Lawrence
and Sam Dickinson, will chase the
long bombs.
On defense, possible vulnera-
bilities exist. The line, led by new-
NATIONAL
OUTLOOK
comer Willard Scott and veteran
end Jim Guinn, will be formidable.
Jim Snow will have the unenviable
task of filling Young's shoes at
linebacker, where the Trojans lack
depth and experience. In the back-
field, only Mike Battle, the na-
tion's leading punt-returner last
year, is a veteran. Opponents will
probably go to the air to capital-
ize on the obvious lack of exper-
ience.
To hear McKay speak, one
would think he's expecting a :500
season. "Defensively, we will have
to fill the holes with non-letter-
winners, sophomores, junior var-
sity boys and junior college trans-
fers.
"Offensively, we will be filling
in with people from the second
unit, sophs, JV's, and junior col-
lege transfers.
USG's toughest challenge should
come from Oregon State, coached
by Dee Andros. The Beavers' weak
passing game will likely cause
them to fall short, however.1
T h e offensive unit centers
around quarterback Steve Preece
halfback Don Summers, wingback
and his hard-charging runners,
Bill Main, and,- fullback Bill

ALL-AMERICAN O. J. SIMPSON, dodging a would-be Notre Dame tackle, will spearhead the
Trojans attack against such foes as Oregon State, UCLA, and Washington in Southern Cal's bid for
a third Rose Bowl appearance. Last season Simpson rewrote USC's record book, and this year is a
candidate for the Heisman Trophy.

line boasts starters from last year
at every position except center.
The Golden Bears' pass defense
may leak, as only one starter. Ron
Wiedemann,- returns. Linebackers
Jerry Wood and Dennis Pitta are
a formidable duo. T w o superb
linemen, Ed White and Mike Mc-
Caffrey lead a seasoned line.
Washington will, uncharacteris-
tically, rely on air power, with
quarterback Tom Manke navigat-
ing. Flanker Jim Cope will serve:
as Manke's prime target, but the
passing game will get little help
from a weak, if experienced,
ground attack. In addition, a rel-
atiVely green line will have to ad-
just quickly if Jim Owens' Husk-
ies are to remain airborne for
long.
The defense, though strong
against the pass and at linebacker,
will be plagued by an inexperienc-
ed line. Owens will count on re-
turnees Mike Maggart and Rick
Sharp to round the front four in-
to an effective 'unit.
Washington State's defense can
claim only two high-quality de-
fenders - linemen -Steve Van
Sinderer and Jim Guinn. Beyond
these two, the defense looks about
as solid as Swiss cheese. On of-s
fense, no less than four hopefuls
are vying for the; quarterback slot.
A big plus for the attack is the
running game, handled by half-
backs Glen Shaw, and fullback
Del CarMichael. Dave Harris an-
chors an otherwise uncertain line
for Coach Jim Sweeney's Cougars.
Too many question marks will
probably mean another last place
finish-for Oregon. Finding a quar-
terback out of three prospects Is
Coach Jerry Frei's most pressing.
problem. Claxton' Welch, 1 a s t
year's leading rusher, will have to
find his own holes, as the unim-
pressive line will offer little aid.
The defense appears less than
formidable, especially on the line.
If All-America prospect George
Dames can solidify his teammates
from his middle guard post, the
Ducks could move up one or two
slots in the standings.

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The key to the offensive suc-'
cess will be whether the Beavers
can survive without the pass.
Preece can't pass, and his ends
are unimpressive, so it only makes
sense that Oregon State travel on
the ground. If the running game
can be controlled, however, the
offense should prepare for some
long afternoons.
Ironically, passing ishalsonthe
defense's; main worry. The line, is
solid, where guards J o n Sand-
strom and Bill Nelson, and tack-
le Ron Boley return. The line-
backers, with veterans Mike Groff
and Mike Foote, are more than
capable. The secondary, however,
threatens to be dangerously por-
ous. The 1967 backfield, which re-

linquished an average of 158 yards
,per game to opposing aerial forc-
es in 1967 - returns in entirety.
UCLA faces several "ifs" in the
offense with the loss of All-Amer-
ican quarterback Gary. Beban .to
the Washington Redskin. Bill
Bolden will take over for Beban.
Bolden throws long well, and runs
better thanBeban. Unfortunately,
he has trouble with short passes.
Ends Ron Copland, Hal Busby,.
and George Farmer will help bail
him out of trouble, and the Bruins
should have' an adequate passing
a t t a c k to complementtheir
strength - running. A hard hit-
ting ground threat.
Unfortunately, the runners' ef-
forts may be all for naught if the
inexperienced line falters. Tackle
Gordon Bosserman is the only vet-
eran, though Coadh Tommy Pro-
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experience, the new linemen stack
up well.
Opponents will have little luck
against the Bruins' defensive bul-
wark. Few ballcarriers will get by
linemen Larry Agajanian, Floyd
Reese, Vince Bischof, a n d Hal
Griffin. Those who do will be met
rather rudely by four experienced
linebackers. Only in the backfield,
where veteran halfback Mike Gus-
tafson leads two newcomers, will
the opposition find possible chinks.
in the armor.
A definite rift in quality divides
the top three teams from the re-
mainder of the AAWU. Stanford
will probably lead the also-rans.
Coach John Ralston's Indians
haven't had a losing season in
three seasons. They haven't had
a winning log in three seasons,
either. With 31 lettermen return-
ing, .Stanford should break the 5-5
Jinx.l
Sophomore Jim Plunkett or last
year's backup, Mark Marquess
Mwill call the offensive signals. Oth-
er veterans who will bolster the
offensive effort include flanker
Gene Washington, last year's lead-
ing AAWU receiver with 4a rec-
eptions.
Four, secondary hands return,
along with two linebackers and
four linemen. With such deep ex-.
perience, the defense willtae tough
to penetrate.
California a n d Washington,
should rate about even, a step
behind Stanford. The Golden
Bears,; coached by Ray Willsey,
will be pacedon" offense by quar-
terback Randy Humphries, power-
ful. running back Paul Williams,
and Wayne Stewart, the end who'
snared 45 aerials last year. The

I M IS P0 RTerL IGH T
Wy Karen Van Shoick
W*.*A*-girls'
brand of Ifs
"Girls who participate in sports look better and feel better,"
maintains Marti Dumford, president of the Women's Athletic
Association (W.A.A.).
One would dare not argue the point with her, especially
{ on a face-to-face encounter. As head of an association Which
has 15 different athletic clubs as :members, Marti is well
acquainted with the benefits of physical-activity. And she won't
hesitate to urge all Michigan co-eds to try a little of it.
Naturally, the other members of the W.A.A. have also
had a lot to be proud of over the past 62 years. Only last
year, for example, the women's rifle club challenged the
members of R.O.T.C. and beat them. The speed swimming
team has captured the Big Ten traveling trophy for the
past three years, with the exception of the '67-'68 season,
Other teams, besides the swimming team, which have inter-
collegiate competition include basketball, gymnastics, field
hockey, rifle, and- Michifish, a synchronized swimming club.
Spectators are welcome to all meets, but are declared superflous
by Marti, since "the sports and activities are there for the girls'
enjoyment." she claims.
"The philosophy on this point varies in each school," she
adds. "A girls' basketball game at Michigan State is very likely
to attract a full house, whereas Michigan is lucky to have a
handful in the' cheering section,' she reflects.
Three of the organizations, however, present a show an-
nually, solely for the benefit of the public. Concert Dance and
Crop and Saddle, both co-recreational activities, will lold their
programs in March. All numbers are not only student-executed,
but also planned and choreographed by the girls.
The most publicized is the annual swim show
presented by Michifish, who will perform in the latter part
of March. this season. Last year's production, "A Touch of
Lore" drew good crowds all three nights. In addition, to
this presentation, the club sponsors synchronized swimming
clinics, and enters inter-collegiate individual and group
competition.
Despite the many accomplished athletes in W.A.A., there is
still plenty of room for the unsure who wish to test their coor-
dination. Excepting the swim clubs, who are forced to limit
their membership, all clubs are open to anyone interested.
The competing teams are chosen from within the clubs
themselves, but a girl can participate in an activity without
aiming for a position on the team. In the event of an exceeding-
ly large participation in a particular sport, both A and B
teams are formed.
Folk dance, which has one of the' widest memberships (100-
125) people, is not only a co-rec activity, but its Friday night
sessions are also open to those other than students.
Included in this wide assortment of activity are three
intramural sports - volleyball, swimming, and basketball -
which are directed by W.A.A. vice-president Kathy Mac-
Donald. Volleyball tournaments will begin this week Both
swinming and basketball start later in the semester.
The intramurals are comprised mainly of girls from the
dorms and sororities, since each house has an athletic director
closely connected with the W.A.A., but allother female students
are encouraged to participate.
If. enough girls are interested, clubs can also be formed
in judo and fencing. At the moment, the W.A.A. is lookingfor
a volunteer judo instructor. Interest is the major factor in the
continuation of the various clubs,
" No experience is needed to become active in many of these
sports. A few, though have special requi'ements such as Life-
guard Corps which insist on a W.S.I.
Marti would like an opportunity to convice you. Or,
-better yet, drop into the Barbour Gymnasium or Margaret
Bell Pool sometime-somethipg is always going on.

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