Tuesday, September 16, 1969
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
TuesaySepembe 'I6, I 99 TH MIHIGN DALY ageNin
key to defense
Mandicli and Darden
added to injury list
By ERIC SIEGEL
He remnoved his hand from the
wool plaid square on the upper
part of her skirt, and began mo-
tioning in the general direction of
the Michigan bench, where, he
was quite sure, the free safety
could have intercepted the down
and out pass if only he (the
safety) had been shifting when
the quarterback called his audible.
After half-listening to his an-
alysis for a minute or so, she
looked at him and asked, in a
tone bordering on annoyance and
incredulity, "Why do you always
have to make it sound so com-
AND THEN, with the logic of
an Aristotilean scholar: "All the
defense has to do is make sure
they don't score. Chances are
we'll score at least once, win the'
game and that's that."
Simple enough? Well, yes, if,
you happen to have Hercules and
Atlas anchoring your front line,
Paul Bunyun in the middle line-!
backer slot, and Mercury playing
Otherwise, you're liable to have
to change your strategy, female
logic notwithstanding. As Jim;
Young. the Wolverines defensive
co-ordinator says, "You can't
figure to go out and hold any
"Offenses are wide open today,"
the defensive coach continued,:
"and any team with the ball can
be a real threat. Every game poses'
a real challenge to the defense."
AGAINST THE challenge pre-
sented by the potent, free-wheel-I
ing offensive elevens that make
the kickoff and PAT common-'
place elements on the Saturday
afternoon format, the Wolverines
will send a defensive unit that,
while not exactly Bunyonesque, is
at least capable of giving the man
who changes the numbers on the
scoreboard a few minutes with
nothing to do.
The Wolverines' defensive eleven
kept the scoreboard wheels turn-
ing slowly last season, registering
a pair of shutouts (against Illi-
nois and Northwestern) and giv-
ing up an average of only slightlyj
more than two touchdowns per
game. The defense kept the op-
position's score down low with a
fairly standard 4-3-4 alignment.
THIS YEAR, the Wolverines
will again try to keep their oppo-
nents from spinning the score-
board wheels. But even if the end
result is the same, the means to
that result will be substantially
Instead of a four man front;
line with a trio of linebackers, the
Wolverines' basic stance will be a
5-2 "angle" defense. And in place
of the standard four man defen-
sive backfield, consisting of two
halfbacks and a pair of safeties,
the Wolverines will operate with
three defensive backs and atrover-
back, or, as head coach Bo Sch-
embechler calls it, a "Wolfback."
THE MICHIGAN grid mentors
see several advantages in these
new formations. The presence of
a five man line will, according to
Schembechler, help prevent "any-!
one from double-teaming us at the
line. The Wolfback, say the
coaches, will be able to help out;
more on rnnning plays, in addi-
t.ion to providing help on pass
These formations also give the
defense quite a bit of flexibility.
On passing downs, for example.
the end will drop off the five man
line to cover the middle, and the
Wolverines will go with a four
The Wolfback. who will be sta-
tioned on the wide side of the
field, where says Young, "70-90
per cent of the offensive plays
are run," will sometimes operate
as a linebacker, sometimes as a
HOLDING DOWN these key
spots in the Wolverines' new de-
fensive alignment will be an ex-
perienced junior and an untested
Henry Hill, the junior, is a fa-
miliar name to Wolverine grid
fans. As a sophomore, Hill broke
into the starting lineup in the
season's opener and by season's
end found himself on the second
team All-Big Ten squad. Hill used'
his speed and quickness on the
line to throw opposing runners
fox' a loss 16 times last year.
TOML DARDEN, a 185-pounder
from Sandusky, Ohio, has the nod
to start at the Wolfback slot.
Michigan's backfield coach Dick
Hunter calls Darden "one of the
most outstanding sophomores on
Whether newcomer D a r d e n'
moves up from his Wolfman slot
to cover the run, or drops back to
defend against the pass, he will
be moving into experienced com-
The defensive backfield chores
will be handled by three seniors,
all of whom are double letter win-
ners. The toughest of the three is
safetyman Tom Curtis, an All-
American candidate who set a Big
Ten record with nine intercep-
tions last season.
Brian Healy, who had three in-
terceptions of his own last year.
and Barry Pierson, who stands 6
feet and weighs 175 pounds,
round out the starting backfield.
CURTIS IS enthusiastic about
the Wolverines' backfield corps
this season, saying, "We've looked
good in practice and we really
work well together."
The senior safety is also en-
thusiastic about the changes in
the Wolverines' backfield align-
ment. "Having a Wolfback is cer-
tainly better for me," Curtis stat-
ed. "With the defense we used
last year, I'd have to rotate a lot
with the play, This year, I'll be
in position when the play starts."
Young says "speed and exper-
ience" make the defensive back-
field "the strongest part of our
THE LINEBACKING corps is
also strong, in the physical as well
as in the strategic sense of the
word. Junior veterans Ed Moore
and Marty Huff are both around
the 6-2, 220 marks, and both
showed great promise during their
first varsity seasons.
Moore made 30 solo tackles, and
assisted in 15 more, while Huff
showed he can defend against the
pass as well as the run by return-
ing a Blue Devil pass 44 yards
for a touchdown.
Young said the Wolverines may
take advantage of the strength of
their linebackers by blitzing more
often this year. "We'll blitz when
the offense is the hole, or' when
they're moving the ball against
us, or sometimes on long yardage
plays," Young stated.
On the defensive line, however,
the Wolverines' strength is less
obvious - largely because of a
pair of injuries to key personnel.
Both Dick McCoy and Phil Sey-
mour, who were slated to play
to the left of middle guard Hill,
have injuries that will keep them
out of the first several games.
MIKE KELLER, a sophomore
will replace Seymour at the end
position, while another sophomore,
Fred Grambeau, battles with 240-
pound juniox' Dan Parks for Mc-
Coy's spot at defensive tackle.
The right side of the line is
a little healthier. Pete Newell is
set at the right tackle, while Ce-
cile Pryor should open at right
end. Pryor, has also caught a
slight case of the "injury bug" in
the form of a leg injury, and may
be replaced by Al Carpenter.
But although Michigan's in-
jury problems on the defensive
squad are concentrated mostly on
the line, Young's dissatisfaction
with the team is more widespread,
"I'm dissatisfied with our play
in scrimmages," Young comment-
ed Friday. "We haven't begun to
play as a unit. Our defense just
hasn't gelled yet."
Those sad words in the light of
Coach Schembechler's philosophy
that "Football games and won and
lost by your defense."
BRIAN HEALY (24), one of Michigan's veteran cornerbacks,
comes up to meet hard-running sophomore Billy Taylor (42) in
one of Coach Schembechler's rugged scrimmages. Healy and ace
Tom Curtis are being counted on heavily to give the Wolverines
one of the stingiest secondaries in the Big Ten.
CARL TON SETS RECORD:.
Mets strikeout 19 times,
beat Cards anyway, 4-3
fy The Associated Press curves in breaking the record s
ST. LOUIS - Ron Swoboda twice by Sandy Koufax of the L
cracked a pair of two-run homers Angeles Dodgers and once ea
to power the New York Mets to a by Don Wilson of Houston an
4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cards Bob Feller of Cleveland.
last night, spoiling a modern ma-
jor league record 19-strikeout per- Cubs fail
formance by Steve Carlton.MOTEL-nFarydo
The Mets' magic number for MONTREAL-Ron Fairly dro
clinching the divisional title w' in four runs with a pair of dot
cut to h e'wbles and John Bateman hit a twi
cutodes a run homer as Montreal wallop
Caton baffled the Mets oa the fading Chicago Cubs 8-2 la
combination of fast balls and right behind Mike Wegener
It was the third straight l:
MQ mr LeaaQue and 11th in 12 games for the Cub
By ERIC SIEGEL
Captain Jim Mandich and de-
P fensive back Tom Darden became
g last weekend the latest additions
xa to a long list of injured and in-
firm players on the Michigan
Both players are listed as ques-
tionable starters for the season
opener against Vanderbilt this
Saturday at Michigan Stdaium.
Mandich was admitted to the
University Health Service over
the weekend with a 104-degree
temperature. A source at the
Health Service said last night that
he was suffering from "a cold or
The source said the Michigan
captain was "getting along much
better"' but did not speculate
The Michigan-Michigan State
football game will be shown
live on closed circuit television
at the Events Building in Ann
Arbor and at Jenison Field-
house in East Lansing.
ThedOct. 18 telecast will be
handled by the interstate
Broadcast Network of Detroit
and Ann Arbor. The game will
be televised in color and shown
on a 24-by-34-foot screen.
Michigan ticket manager Don
W'eir will announce the price
of tickets and the time of the
telecast at a later date.
os when Mandich would be released.
,ch Darden, who is listed as the
nd starter at the "Wolfback" posi-
tion, sustained an ankle injury in
Saturday's intra-squad scrimmage
and may be forced to miss the
In addition to Darden and Man-
dich, Michigan's head football
coach Bo Schembechler counts
five other starters on his injured
Defensive end Phil Seymour, an
All-Big Ten selection last season,
incurred a knee injury two weeks
ago and will be out at least an-
other three to four weeks.
Tim McCoy, who won a starting
job at defensive tackle, is in-
jured and Cecil Pryor, the defen-
sive right end, is suffering from
a leg injury that may keep him
out of Saturday's contest.
And linebacker Mike Taylor is
nursing a bruised shoulder and
may not play against Vanderbilt.
Offensively, the Wolverines have
been hurt at the center spot. Tim
Killian, the first string center, is
bothered with a bad back and
Pete Sarantos, the back-up center,
appears to be out for the season
with an injured nerve.
.ridde Pi king.
It's about to happen again.
"Oh, yeah?" you say, if you haven't been through it before.
"Oh, NO," you moan if you have.
What's about to happen again is the umpteenth annual version
of Gridde Pickings, formerly known as Grid Picks, Grid Selections, etc.
The really groovy thing about Gridde Pickings is that your
once-in-a-lifetime chance for glory, fame and a chance for a free
pizza is as near to front door as 420 Maynard Street.
Another really groovy thing about Gridde Pickings is that you
can use either your intellect or your luck, or any combination of the
two, to wiln.
All you gotta do is pick the most winners of all the entries in the
following list of rip-roaring gridiron classics (selected from a list of
hundreds by one of our astute senior sports editors) and turn in your
selections (by hand or mail) to The Michigan Daily by midnight Fri-
day. Oh, yes, to give us a good laugh and also a way to break any
ties among entries, be sure to pick the score of the Michigan-Vander-
And just in case your crystal pigskin is a little dusty, Michigan
football coach Bo Schemnbechler has provided some divine guidance
to Gridde Pickers by allowing u4 to print his selections of this week's
20 winning teams.
Herewith, Bo's selections.
(Here we go again .
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MICIIIGAN vs. Vanderbilt,
Washington State vs, ILLINOIS
Oregon State at IOWA
Air Force vs. MISSOURI
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA vs.
Kent State at 01110 UNIVERSITY
OKLAHOMA at Wisconsin
HOUSTON at Florida
INDIANA at Kent
Texas A & M at LSU
Duke at S. CAROLINA
ALABAMA at Virginia Tech
MINNESOTA at Arizona State
KANSAS STATE at Baylor
PURDUE at Texas Christian
TEXAS at California
Omaha at Morningside, tie
Heirtsohtn to coach Celtics;
court forbids& rry's switch
* BOSTON (A)-The Boston Celtics announced yesterday appoint-
ment of Tommy Heinsohn, former Celtics scoring star, as coach of
the National Basketball Association champions.
General Manager Red Auerbach announced the appointment at
a news conference. Heinsohn succeeds defensive star Bill Russell who
announced his resignation earlier this summer as player-coach.
Auerbach. who has been trying unsuccessfully to persuade Rus-
sell to return for one more season, said, "It is necessary of us to
move forward for this season. We cannot wait any longer for Bill."
* SAN FRANCISCO- The Washington Capitols-formerly the Oak-
land Oaks-filed a $10 million damage suit against the San Fran-
cisco Warriors yesterday and obtained a temporary restraining order
preventing superstar Rick Barry from playing for anyone except the
East Coast team.
U.S. District Court Judge Gerald S. Levin issued a restraining
order to that effect and set Sept. 23 for hearing arguments whether
to make it a preliminary injunction.
At the same time, the San Francisco Warriors were sued for $10
imillion for signing Barry to a contract. Again the plaintiff was the
* PHILADELPHIA-Luke Jackson has changed his mind about
skipping to the American Basketball League's Carolina Cougars, de-
ciding to continue with the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basket-
Jack Ramsay, general manager and coach of the 76ers, said Sun-
day that the 6-foot-9 center had signed a three-year contract with
the NBA club. He said that Jackson would report today at the team's
pre-season training camp in Margatte, N.J.
* - -
0 DETROIT-The Detroit Lions announced yesterday that x-rays
have shown that No. 1 draft pick, running back Altie Taylor is suf-
fering from a hair-line shoulder fracture and will be lost to the
National Football league club for at least three weeks.
Taylor, a rookie from Utah State and the Lion's first draft choice,
suffered the injury Sept. 6 in an exhibition game against the Phila-
delphia Eagles at Raleigh, N.C.
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leveland 38 90 .392
linnetsota 88 58 .60:1
akiand 79 67 .541
aiifornia 64 81 .441
Lansas t'it} 61 85 .418
.hicago 8 87 .400
cattle 58 88 .3972
Washington 3, Baltimore '4
Cleveland 4, Boston 1
Detroit 2, New York 0
California 4, Chicago 0
Minnesota 6, Oakland 3
Seattle 3, Kansas City >
Seattle at Kansas City, nlight
Oakland at Minnesota
California at Chicago, 2, tWi-night
Baltimore at Washington, night
Detroit at New York, night
Cleveland at Boston, night
* * * *
NEW YORK - Denny McLain
became the major league's topa
winner last night, as the Detroit
Tigers blanked the New YorkI
McLain, 23-7, who pitched his
ninth shutout of the season, al-
lowed just two hits, and got all
the runs he needed in the third
MaIays aits 599
SAN FRANCISCO-Willie Mays
cracked his 599th career homer?
and a double, powering the San
Francisco Giants to a 4-1 victory
over the Atlanta Braves behind
the five-hit pitching of Mike Mc-
Darden's two backup men at
Wolfback are also on the injured
list. Frank Gusich is suffering
from a twisted wrist and Dave
Zuccarelli is lost for the season
with a broken ankle.
There will be a meeting forj
persons interested in officiating
touch football today at 4 p.m. in
the Boxing Room of the Intra-
mural Sports Building. No ex-
perience is necessary. Inexper-
ienced officiais will be trained.
The Michigan Rugby Clubz
has changed its' practice sched-
ule to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and
Thursday at Ferry Field for new
members and from 7 to 9 p.m.
on Tuesday and Thursday at
Wines Field for the regulars.
This weekends' games against
the Sarnia Saints will begin at
4 p.m. on Saturday on Ferry
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Chicago 85 63 .574 4!i
St. Louis 79 68 .537 10
Pittsburgh 77 69 .527 11
Philadelphia 59 87 .404 29';
Montreal 48 100 .324 411'
Atlanta 82 66 .554 -
San Francisco 81 66 .551
IxLos Angeles 79 65 .549 1
'(Cincinnati 78 65 .545 1i.
xllouston 75 69 .521 5
xSan Diego 45 101 .308 36
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Mlontreal 8, Chicago 2
Newd ork 4, St. Louis 3
Philadelphia 2, Pittsburgh 1. dt
Philadelphia 4, Pittsburgh 3, 2nd
San Francisco 4, Atlanta 1
Cincinnati at Los Angeles, inc.
Houston at San Diego, inc.
Chicago at Montreal
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
New York at St. Louis, night
Houston at San Diego, night
Cincinnati at Los Angeles, 2, twi-
Atlanta at San Francisco, night
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