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Friday, November 15, 1968


Page Nine

Friday, November 15, 1968 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

. Denzin unruffled by lack of acclaim Toman

Lovich out

By THOMAS R. COPI } spring the runner loose. Anyone
can be a hero.
In the game of football, it seems
that every player has a chance to Except the center.
be a hero. When the center is doing his
The backs score touchdowns and job well, nobody notices him; and
make those crowd-pleasing runs you're not a hero if nobody no-'
they're the most obvious he- tices you.
roes. So Michigan's center, Dave Den-
The defensive backfield can turn zin, can take pride in the fact that
the tide in tight games with their nobody knows who he is.
daring pass interceptions, and be- It may seem strange to those
come heroes. A defensive lineman who think of football in terms of.
(just ask Dan Parks) can grab an, heroes, that a person would choose
enemy pass or scoop up a fumble to play the one position that al-
and run for a score - and be a most guarantees anonimity. But in
hero. Denzin's case, the explanation is
The ends and flankers run those simple.
fancy patterns and make the sen- A knee injury sidelined him for
sational diving catches that make his sophomore year, and Denzin,l
them heroes. who started out as a tackle, was
Even offensive tackles a n d told when he recovered that he
! guards can pull out of the line to should switch to the center po-
throw key open-field blocks to sition, since there would be less

da ly
chance of aggravating his injury
Denzin made the switch, and as
a result, s p e n t the entire 1967
campaign watching Captain Joe
Dayton"and Pete D'Eramo alter-
nate at the center spot.
Denzin explained that although
he would have liked to play, foot-
ball isn't everything to him. He
wants to go into medicine, not pro
ball, and doesn't envision a com-
bined career, a la Dr. David Mid-
dleton, former Detroit Lion great.
Denzin added that he knew he
would get his chance as both Day-
ton a n d D'Eramo were seniors.
Their graduation left a vacancy
on the bench as.Denzin took over
the middle position in the offen-
sive line. Although he said he'd
still rather play tackle, he's got-
ten used to the center spot, and

With back ail1ment
By BILL CUSUMANO Willie Edwards into the starting
As Michigan's basketball team line-up."
has worked out this w eeki, one If Tomjanov ich does h,: ce to play
signias t or dythsbeekmiin with a brace his effectiveness un-
significant body has been missing doubtedly will be hampered. But
that of Rudy Tomjanovich. team hopes are high that he will
The 6-7 junior forward has been not be hampered and rumors that


sidelined by a nagging back injury.
an ailment that he has suffered
at other times in his career. Ton-
janovich's performance s farl
this year has been slowed the
injury, but doctors have not been
able to fully determine exactly
what he is suffering from, and re-
covery thus has been difficult.
At the moment Tomjanovich
is being held out of competition
and given a thorough rest. The
Wolverine star has currently been
wearing a brace and is out inde-
However, Tomjanovich is going
to have a checkup on Monday and
depending on how he feels he may,
be given the green light to play
again. The big forward himself
said yesterday. "I should be fully
recovered by Monday."
Coach John Orr is not!as confi-
dent as his player, but is optimis-
tic. "Rudy just needs rest," com-
mented Orr yesterday.
Otherwise the cage coach will
just have to wait. Even if Tom-
janovich returns soon, the extent
of his recovery will be in doubt.
Orr said that, "he:might have to
play with a brace."
Right now, Orr isn't totally
crestfallen about $he loss of Tom-
janovich. "Losing Rudy has given
me a chance to look over the rest
of the team a little bit more; es-
pecially working Rodney Ford or

he will be out for the season
should be discounted.

Tomj anovich should
play again in the near
as to the exact date

be able to
future, but
is still in

-Daily-Thomas R. Copt
AFTER HIKING THE BALL, center Dave Denzin (53) drops back to provide the heart of the pro-
tective umbrella formed for quarterback Dennis Brown. The longer this "pocket" can keep the on-
rushing defenders from Brown, the better are his chances for completing yet another aerial.


FORM COUNTS in centering the ball. The form shown on the
left delivers the laces of the ball to the quarterback's fingertips,
ready for throwing; on the right is the "long snap" form, which
insures distance as well as accuracy.
I Gridde P ickng
It may well be a tragic day for the Michigan alumni tomorrow.
Another of their most cherished memories could be dropped from
the Wolverine gridiron record book.
The infamous Tom Harmon, who holds Michigan's career rushing
record of 2134 yards, is in danger of being eclipsed by Ron Johnson,
the Wolverine's potent halfback. Johnson is only 132 yards short
of therecord.
When questioned about the sad (or happy) occasion, Mr. Har-
mon intoned the well-worn phrase, "Records are only made to be
pfr He thei broadcast his prediction for next week's earth-shattering
contest. 'Anytime Ohio State and Michigan get out there it's for
blood. And being for the Rose Bowl makes it all that harder to pick.
I'd have to pick Michigan out of loyalty."
When he was told that his forecasting talents could be put to
even better use if he entered Gridde Pickings to compete for that

isn't nervous anyj m o I 'ey about member, although some of t h e
making a bad snap. r ah-rah stuff, like chapter meet-
All his experience in the center ings, gets him down.
slot has come this year, as his last It's not bad living with fellow
game action prior to the, Califor- footballers, Denzin claimed, but
nia opener was in August, 1965, in he allowed that he'd much rather
the Ohio prep all-star game, where not live with all of them, as is
he filled a familiar role as offen- done at such football schools as
sive tackle. Alabama, where there is a spec-
Out of XeniaHigh School in ial dorm for the football team.
Dayton, O., Denzin was recruited He likes the fact that Michigan
by only a few Big Ten teams, in-football players are free to choose
cluding Indiana and Northwest-
ern. The athletic department is
And for all of those who think staging a winter sports exhibi-
that football players are just big tion Saturday after the football
dumb guys, let it be known that game in the Events Building.
Denzin, a zoology major, has al- Included in the program will
ready been accepted at Michigan's be an intrasquad scrimmage by
medical school for next year. the basketball team and de-
Right now, though, Denzin's monstrations by the wrestling
whole life seems tied up with ath-
letics, as he even spends his free T and gymnastics teams.
time engaged in such activities as The event, scheduled to last
pick-up basketball games and an hour and a half, will be free
weight-lifting, of charge.
An active in Beta Theta Pi fra- _
ternity, Denzin said that he's nev- their own hours and diets - of
er been sorry that he became a course the coaches make recon-
mendations, he added quickly.

U.S. stars flounder
By The Associated Press was troubled by injuries to his arm
LONDON - Donald Dell, cap- and heel.
tain of the United States Davis Dell said that, Graebner's pulled
Cup team admitted last night he muscle would keep him out of the
was "embarrassed and apologetic" game for at least three weeks.
over the performances of his play- "Graebner will not play at Cry-
ers in Britain this week. stal Palace next week," Dell said.
Arthur Ashe of Richmond, Va., "Ashe will see a doctor Friday
the U.S. open champion, lost in to determine what is wrong and
an early round of the British Cov- whether he will play at Crystal'
ered Courts Championship to Palace."
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Clark Graebner of New York#
retired with a back injury in an
early round and Charlie Pasarell
of Santurce, P.R., was defeated
in the first round.
"I do not think the boys played
up to their capabilities," said Dell,
"but I have to carry part of the
blame. The players have exper-
ienced a swift change of climate

uere renman, cnu ar i a
tournament committee at Crystal
Palace, said: "I shall ask for a
medical certificate before deciding
whether Ashe will be replaced in
the tournament."
Reports said that the British
Lawn Tennis Association had paid
$4,800 in expenses for the appear-
ance of the U.S. Davis cuppers in
the two British tournaments.


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So ....
(CONSENSUS in capitals)
1. Wisconsin at MICHIGAN
(pick score)
2. NORTHWESTERN at Illinois
3. Minnesota at INDIANA
4. OHIO STATE at Iowa
5. PURDUE at Michigan State
6. Navy at SYRACUSE
7. Princeton at YALE
8. GEORGIA at Auburn
9. Mississippi at TENNESSEE
10. MISSOURI at Oklahoma
12. TEXAS TECH at Baylor

being this week's guest selector.
13. Oregon at CALIFORNIA
14. Oregon State at SOUTHERN
15. UCLA at Washington,
16. DARTMOUTH at Cornell
18. FLORIDA at Kentucky
19. NEBRASKA at Colorado
20. University of Southwest
Louisiana at UNIVERSITY

Today's Games
Milwaukee at Baltimore
Cincinnati at Boston
San Diego at Los Angeles
Philadelphia at Atlanta
Detroit at San Francisco
Phoenix at Seattle
Yesterday's Results
Cincinnati 110, New York 101
Detroit vs. Phoenix at Tucson, Inc.
Today's Games
No games scheduled.
Yesterday's Results
Toronto 5, Montreal 3
Chicago 6, Pittsburgh 4
Detroit at Los Angeles, Inc.
Philadelphia 4, Boston 2

It may sound trite, Denzin ad- I
mitted, speaking of Michigan's
gridiron success this year, but a
lot of the credit for winning
should go to the confidence the
players have in their own ability
and in the ability of the team as
a whole.
Confidence means that the
team takes the field expecting to
win, Denzin said. It means that
even when Michigan's behind the
team still expects to win.
As for day-to-day football,
Denzin admitted that practice is
a drag, although what's work dur-
ing the week becomes fun on Sat-
Sowhen the heroes take the
field for the game Saturday,
watch for Denzin-and hope that
you don't notice him during the
game. That means he's 'doing his


and condions.IEarlier in the day, the organiz-
They arrived, in a cold Britain ers of the Crystal Palace tourna-
after defeating India in red hot ment said they would delay offic-
temperatures at San Juan, P.R., ial assurances that Ashe and
last weekend to qualify for the Graebner were fit before allowing
Cup challenge round against Aus- them to enter. Laurie MacCallum,
tralia. a Crystal Palace official, said, "As
Dell said Graebner complained far as I am concerned, unless Ashe
of a pain in his back during the can go all out, I would prefer ano-
match against India. Ashe said he ther player."

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BILL LEVIS, Associate Sports Editor, (112-48, .700) - MICHIGAN, North-
western, Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue, Syracuse, Yale, Georgia, Tennessee,
Missouri, Arkansas, Texas Tech, California, Southern Cal, UCLA, Dartmouth,
Ohio University, Florida, Nebraska; University of NW Louisiana.
DAVID WEIR, Sports Editor, (107-53, .669) - MICHIGAN, Northwestern,
Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan State, Syracuse, Yale, Auburn, Tennessee, Mis-
souri, SMU, Texas Tech, California, Southern Cal, UCLA, Dartmouth, Ohio
University, Florida, Nebraska, University of NW Louisiana.
DOUG HELLER, Associate Sports Editor, (102-58, .637) -,MICHIGAN, North-
western, Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue, Syracuse, Yale, Georgia, Tennessee,
Missouri, Arkansas, Texas Tech, California, Southern Cal, Washington, Dart-
mouth, Ohio University, Florida, Nebraska, University of NW Louisiana.
BOB LEES, Associate Sports Editor, (98-62, .612) - MICHIGAN, North-
western, Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue, Syracuse, Princeton, Georgia, Tennessee,
Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas Tech, California, Southern Cal, Washington, Cornell,
Ohio University, Florida; Colorado, University of NW Louisiana.
TOM HARMON, Guest Selector - Michigan, Northwestern, Minnesota, Ohio
State, Purdue, Syracuse, Princeton, Auburn, Tennessee, Missouri, SMU, Texas
Tech, California, Southern Cal, Washington, Dartmouth, Cincinnati, Florida,
Colorado, University of NW Louisiana.

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