THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, August 27, 1969
Veteran squad punctuated by youth in kei
Cullued from Page 1
Harry and Company, the
Wonder Boys, commonly known
as Indiana's Hoosiers, met the
Wolverines in hostile Blooming-
ton. Again grid prognosticators
predicted a Michigan loss. They
said the Blue would take a lead
into the fourth quarter at which
time they would fall apart and
let the Hoosiers put across the
winning score in the last
seconds of the game.
Indeed, Wolverine fortunes
finally seemed to be proceed-
ing as expected. They took a
27-16 lead into the latter stag-
es of the clash and saw Indiana
mount an offensive that promi-
sed to drop Michigan. T h e
Hoosiers did score once but had
to kickoff and watch the Wol-
verines sit on the ball for two
minutes until the game ended.
The Wolverine defense claim-
ed most of the glory as they
forced many Hoosier errors.
Sticky fingered defensemen
picked off three passes a n d
scooped up another three fum-
But Johnson and Brown again
provided most of the offense.
The 205 pound captain rambled
for 163 yards as the little field
general (5'7", 170 pounds), com-
plemented with 162 aerial yards.
The Wolverines went into
Homecoming against Minnesota
flying high and flew off with
a 33-20 conquest of the in-
vadors from the far north.
Again Johnson and Brown com-
bined to provide most of the
offense. This week though,
Yardage Machine number 40
was turned off in the third
quarter as Bump Elliott remov-
ed most of his first line crew
before the festivities ended.
Now the muttering about
Pasadena was turning into a
Michigan loked at its next:
three opponents as a lark as to-
gether they had managed but
one victory. The best of the tat-
tered triumverate was North-
western as they piled up the
only conquest, that against
But they were nothing next to
the Wolverines as the Wild-
cats found themselves blanked
in their own ball park, 35-0. It
was the first shutout for Mich-
igan since a 49-0 stomp of Min-
nesota in 1966.
As repetitious as it seems,
Johnson and Brown provided
most of the sock again. Johnson
propelled himself 129 yards and
Brown hurled for 114 more. The
Hurculean Wolverine c a p t a i n
also punched the ball into the
endzone on two occasions.
Although Michigan's senior
backfield duo dominated the of-1
fense, it was the defense t h a t
dominated Northwestern. The
Wildcats completed 18 passes
on the day; five to Wolverine
defenders. Dan Parks snared
one of the errant aerials and
rambled 50 yards for the first
score of his collegiate career.
In all the Evanstonians w e r e
limited to 267 net offensive
The Fighting Illini put up
even less of a fight than the
Wilckats the Saturday before as
they stood aside and let th e
Wolverines roll to a 36-0 tri-
umph. For once Johnson did not
provide most.of the .offense. Re-
ceiving a crack on th
the first quarter he n
recovered from durin
mainder of the game
collected only 51 yar
The Wisconsin clas
was a complete revers
stellar Wolverine lead
only provided mosto
fense, he provided all
But the day didi
so hopefully for the E
managed only one ta
35 yard scamper by
to nine markers for
gers in the first 30 mi
1969 FOOTBALL SC
Sept. 20 VANDERBIL
Sept. 27 WASHINGT
Nome games in caps
The second half
(amend that to the t
ter) was a bit differ
son cut loose for fo
touchdowns on jaunt
one, 60 and 50 yar
he slithered and slosh
total rushing yards-
Big Ten and Michiga
single game record. Jo
taken out of the cont
fourth quarter began
Johnson broke sev
modern Michigan an
* Most points .....
0 Most touchdowns
The Michigan only re
0 Most Rushing att
! Most yards rushin
* Most touchdowns
* Most career yards
Euphoria reigned on
igan campus for the
as only tough Ohio S
between the Wolverin
trip to the Rose Bow
things turned out t
were a bit too tough a
re head in stomp Michigan 50-14 in OSU's
ever quite snake pit of a stadium.
1g the re- Johnson collected the t w o
, Johnson Michigan scores to raise his sea-
ds, son total to 19, 15' of which
h, though, came in Big Ten play. In addi-
al for the tion the Wolverine All-American
er. He not had earlier in the season col-
of the of- lected a two point conversion to
of it. give himself the new confer-
not begin ence record of 92 points. He al-
Blue. They so racked up 91 more yards
Ily, that a rushing to break Jim Grabow-
Johnson ski's Big Ten mark of 996 with
the Bad- 1017 yards.
nutes. But in spite of the almost
super-human feats of Johnson,
,::.:E::. the Michigan football Phoenix
-HEDULE went down in flames as the
GT Buckeye scarlet washed over the
The Phoenix hatched again
this past spring and will be
State launched this fall. The offspring
is in all aspects more youthful.
Gone is the punch of last
season's offense: Johnson and
Brown. Also departed offensive-
ly are tackle Bob Penksa, guard
Stan Broadnax and center Dave
Denzin. Defensively the Wolver-
ines will miss end Tom Stincic,
though, tackle Tom Goss, middle guard
hird. quar- Jerry Miklos and backs George
ent. John- Hoey, Jerry Hartman and Bob
ur more- Wedge.
is of r7e New Head Coach Glenn E.
ds. In all "Bo" Schembechler has listed
ed for 347 five of these men as "princi-
an NCAA pal losses," meaning either they
n all-time were so good at their job or that
hnson was their position will be difficult
test s the to fill.
est as the 'ihe most devastating loss, of
.ea mr course, is Johnson. He wvas
eral me clearly the spark to the offense,
aTen and at times was the offense.
Schvmbechler has no experienc-
.. ed men to replace the pile driv-
5 ing All-American.
His best bet seems to be soph-
cords are: omore Glenn Doughty. Doughty,
empts 234 who covers the 100 yards in less
g ...1300 than ten seconds, may be faster
17 than Johnson but is not near-
ly as powerful, being taller 16'
2"' and lighter (190 pounds}.
....349 In addition,."he has never run
the Mich- from the line of scrimmage in
next week his life. His football in the past
tate stood has been limited to pass veceiv-
aes and a ing. Schembechler. though, was
vl. But as impressed with Doughty in
he Bucks spring practice, "He's fast and
nd rose to quick to learn. He still m a k e s
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plenty of mistakes but they'll
work out with experience. Glenn
will be ready for Vanderbilt."
Though Schembechler seems to
have plenty of confidence in the
young Wolverine, he has shifted
the emphasis of the Michigan
attack to take advantage of
some of the team's other backs.
The new coach has instituted
what he calls the "Option-T".
The basic difference is that the
flanker plays closer to the rest
of the backfield and thus earns
the name of "wingback."
The wingback is more versa-
tile than the flanker, being close
enough to either take a hand-
off on the reverse or block on
his end. He is still able to go
for passes but his range in this
area is more limited to the cen-
ter of the field. He at times can
be thought of as a second tight
The man slated to fill this spot
is junior Paul Staroba (6'3",
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190 pounds . Staroba has t h e
driving style of running the
position requires and is also a
tough pass receiver in h e a v y
traffic. The new wingback,
though, broke his collar bone in
the final spring scrimmage bu
should be ready this fall.
The other man this formation
takes more advantage of is the
fullback. Returning here is
mean and tough Garvie Craw.
Recognized as one of the fierc-
est blocking backs in the na-
tion, Schembechler has elected
to convert some of this ability
"This formation utilizes t h
fullback more. Garvie has
shown us this past spring he can
carry the ball, but" the stocky
mentor admits, "his blocking
has gotten a little rusty, but
we'll fix that."
Quarterback seemed as if it
would be a tough spot to fill
but junior Don Moorhead seems
to be filling the bill to Sche-
bechler's expectations and more.
*He's big, fast, and has a ter-
rific arm. What more can you
ask from a quarterback?" t h e
new coach querries confidently.
The other offensive position
that has been a problem and
continues to be one is center.
Dave Denzin did a credible job
last season but no one with ex-
perie'nce returns to fill the spot.
In desperation Schembechler
moved linebacker Tim Killion
to the offense to fill Denzn's
"He's a fine athlete," con-
ments Scheni.becher. "and real-
ly knows football but he s t ill
needs plenty of practice."
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Seasoned veterans return at
every other position. Jack Har-
pring and All-American hopeful
Dan Dierdorf return at the
tackles and Bob Baumgartner
and Frank Titas will again be
t at guard after sitting out I a s t
season with injuries. But there
is little depth in the interior
offensive line and an injury
here, especially to the tattered
knees of Dierdorf, could spell
trouble for the Wolverines.
The ends are solid with Jim
Mandich, an almost shoe-in to
cop All-American honors, hold-
ing the tight end slot. Mandich
is third on the all-time iMch-
igan pass reception list and is
fourth in yardage.
The split end is divided almost
equally between Jerry Imsland,
Billy Harris and Mike Oldham.
At the present time it takes the
flip of a coin to decide which
The backfield is deep at every
position. Presten Henry and
Lance Scheffler, both impres-
sive in the spring, play behind
Doughty. Understudying Craw
are Bill Taylor and Eric Feder-
ico. And Jim Betts and Bill Ber-
utti are capable of pressing
Moorhead for the field general
Most solid will be the defense.
The defensive line has some
depth and is good. Phil Sey-
mour, the squad's leading tack-
ler last season, and Cecil Pryor
return to hold down the ends.
At the tackles are Dick McCoy
and Pete Newell.
Finally at middle guard, is
Henry Hill. Hill led the team
last season in tackles for loss
with 16 in spite of his relative-
ly small, 5'10", 200 pound frame.
Somehow Hill manages to reach
through all the beef and grab
an ankle when the opposition
finally decides they have to run
The linebackers are veterans
Marty Huff and Ed M o o r e.
Moore saw plenty of action last
season, nailing enemy b a 1
carriers a total of 45 times.
In the backfield are Barry
Pierson. Tom Curtis and Brian
Healy. All veterans of previous
campaigns, Curtis is the m o s t
effective as he led the team in
interceptions with ten, g o o d
also for second in the nation.
The position is also deep with
stand-out sophs Bruce Elliott
'son of Pete 1 and Dave Zuc-
carelli and junior Gerry Dutcher
waiting in the wings.
The newest wrinkle in Mich-
igan defense is what Schem-
bechler t erms the "Wolfman."
Being a new spot, similar on
many teams to the roverback, in
the W o 1 v e r i n e alignment,
Schenbechler gave most every
man on the squad who-wanted a
look in the position.
During he spring he finally
settled on sophIomore Tom
Darden. ,. 187 p ounds.
Schembechler expects m a n y
things from Dardin in the face
of the multi optioned offenses
many teams are now using.
Many of these non are new
and some are old and familiar,
but all have one thing in com-
mon they can all play foot-
"Our squad will not have the
stand-out that last season's
team had. We don't ive a Ron
Johnson playing anywhere but I
think we have a better balanced
team more depth in many
places and fine talent over-all.
Srhembechler isn't sure how
good the 1969 Wolverines are.
He has never coached in the Big
Ten and isn't sure what it takes
to win in the conference.
But maybe this year's Phoe-
nix will die of old age in Pasa-
d(ina after successfully washing
blue where the scarlet once ran.
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