Friday, October 1$, 1968
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
..., Otbr18 98TH IHGA AL
By DICK ZUCKERMAN
Bob Penksa. the Michigan foot-
ball -team's starting left tackle, is
essentially a quiet person. But
when the 6'2", 235-pounder talks,
The fact that Penksa commands
authority, however, does not make
him unusual in a realm of bruising
iinemen. It's the quiet side that
distinguishes him off the field,
where game plans can be momen-
Probiably among the best-liked
players on the Wolverine squad,
Penksa is a very hard worker,
"very coachable," and he possesses
those special qualities that make
him easy to like' and almost im-
possible to dislike.
A product of Niles McKinley
High School in Ohio, where his
coach was present Wolverine of-
fensive coordinator Tony Mason,
Penksa received offers to play col-
lege football at Michigan State,
Clemson, and Miami of Ohio, as
well as Michigan.
His decision to come to Ann
Arbor was based on "a combina-
tion of things," he explains. A ma-
jo' factor, to be sure, was Mason's
move here as an assistant coach
during Penksa's senior year.
Michigan's lofty academic repu-
tation also played a significant
part in persuading Penksa to join
the Wolverines. It was "a good, big
school," he recalls, and that was
just what he wanted. He has since
had no reason to regret his choice.
Like all top football players,
Penksa is the type to take great
pride in his own performance on
He had played in last year's de-
vastating defeat at the hands of
Michigan State, and felt that it
"was humuliating to walk off the
field after losing like that." Win-
ning the big game this season was
"a matter of pride."
Commenting on this season,
Penksa emphasizes the improve-
ment shown by the team after the
The Wolverines "weren't men-
tally ready for the game," against
California. "Everything seemed to
go wrong," he says, but he finds
reason for optimism in more re-
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By JIM FORRESTER
Versatility. An elusive quality
in today's specialized football. It
is a quality that is discouraged.
No coach: has the time to teach
a player anything more than his
own specific job. The only ver-
satile players are naturals..
''One offensive position requires
a player to be versatile, the tight
end. This man must be able to
block like a lineman, catch like
a flanker (often in heavier traf-
fic) and run like a fullback.
This explains why there are few
,good tight enlds. It also explains
why great ones are almost non-
existent. But one great collegiate
tight end does exist. '
He is Ted Kwalick of Penn
Last season, as a junior, Kwa-
lick was named to the Football
Coaches Association All-America
squad. He caught 33 passes for a
total gain of 563 yards and four,
These statistics are not impres-
sive until you hear the fact that
Ewalick snared 17 of those passes
in the first two games of last year's
canpaign: The rest of the season
he, was double and triple-teamed
on, pass coverage.
- This season the story is the
same, two or three men follow
Kwalich each time he runs a pass
patern. They cannot let him catch
the ball because after the recep-
tion the big man (6'4", 234-
pounds) can. either run through
them-or past them. Kwalick runs
the 40 yard dash in 4.6 seconds
and is probaly the fastest tight
end in the nation.
But with three men covering,
Kwalick's use as a pass catcher
drops considerably. This, however,
does not make Kwalick any less
of an offensive threat. Besides
using his star as a blocker, Coach
Joe Paterno has also employed
him as a ball carrier on the end
around. In nine carries this sea-
son, Kwalick has steamrolled the
oposition for a total of 59 yards
and a 6.6 rushing average.
The tactic pleases Kwalick
greatly. "I alike to run with the
ball and want to do any thing
that will help the team win.
The most pleased people of all,
however, even more pleased than
-s the Penn State coaching crew, are
the professional scouts. The rumor
from the Windy City is that the
Bears would use him as a full-
back if they were fortunate enough
to obtain Kwalick in the draft.
This may be a problem for any
team. After 0. J. Simpson and
Leroy Keyes are chosen the third
man picked is expected to be Kwa-
This may be an understatement.
Tommy Prothro, coach of UCLA's
Bruins, feels Kwalick is the best
college player in the nation. "He's
better at his position than any
other player is at their position.
He is a better tight end than 0.
J. simpson is a back." -
Paterno is as praiseful as Proth-
r&, "He could start for half a
dozen pro teams right now."
Kwalick had his choice of at-
tending almost any college in the
nation. He narrowed consideration
down to Penn State and Notre
Dame, but the closer school won
out. "I guess I always wanted to
come to Penn State. I like Coach
Paterno's philosophy about foot-
ball. He plays a wide -open game
and wants us, his players, to en-
joy the game."
Kwalick is a physical educa-
tion major carrying a B-minus
THE SIGHT of Bob Penksa (76)
Brown from the clutches of oppo
monpiace this season, and has c
of the Michigan aerial attack.
The team has developed "a morec
balanced attack," he explains. "We1
try not to depend on any one thing
or person; if one thing fails, we go
into another phase."
Penksa must be much like all ofs
his teammates dn that' he can'tl
help thinking from time to time
scholastic average. He is also mar-
ried. xKwalick, his wife Carolyn
and their six and a half month
old daughter Amy live in an apart-
ment in University Park.
Kwalick feels married life makes
playing football a bit easier. "Its
nice. I come home, sit down and
put my feet up, and have the wife
bring me something to drink. Its
kind of like having a slave," Kwa-
After college, Kwalick hope to
go on to pro ball or teach. But
this is the future. His main prob-
lems are now. "Right now all I
want to do is play football for
Right now almost every team
that has played or has to play
Perin State wishes Kwalick were
somewhere else. Especially UCLA.
His five catches in last week's
21-6 victory broke open the game.
The players he did not run over
Theonly way to stop Kwalick
is if he doesn't play. Maybe Boston
College, Penn State's next op-
ponent, will be lucky. Maybe Kwa-
lick will oversleep the morning
of the game.
) preserving quarterback Dennis
osing linemen has become coin-
ontributed to the recent success
of the Rose Bowl trip that goes
with the Big Ten championship.
But, he states, it is something
that "has to be put in the back
of your mind." Penksa tries to look
at each game as it comes, without
looking too far ahead.
A physical education major,
Penksa-is also taking public health
and general science courses. He
has hopes of being selected in the
professional football draft and
getting a chance at the pros, but
is also interested in becoming a
teacher or coach.
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