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Friday, November 7, 1969

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There is little disagreement
jabout the fact that Michigan
has the best defensive secondary
in the Big Ten. Opponents re-
spect them and as far as they
are concerned the only thing the
defensive backs could improve
is their manners. They could
at least be a little gentler when
they plow into some unsuspect-
ing receiver.
Barry Pierson, one member
of the impolite trio, however,
feels his tackling needs im-
provement. "They teach us in
practice to get our heads in
there -- into the sternum -
and sometimes I don't do quite
THE RUNNING backs and
pass receivers who have had the
privilege of being tackled by
Pierson 'so far this season will
be surprised to learn that his
tackling hasn't been up to par.
They are the ones who h a v e
survived the head in t h e
stomach, arms and legs in ap-
propriate places and a general
attitude of "Stop" which Pier-
son gives to his tackling.
It was this attitude and some
"fair" tackling that earned
Pierson the defensive champ-
ionship for last week's g a m e
against Wisconsin.
Pierson himself used to be
one of those people he constant-
ly frustrates, a quarterback. He
played the position for La-
Salle High in St. Ignace. He
didn't seem to let defensive
backs bother him much, though,
as his play earned both All-
State and All-America honors.
Like most college athletes,


Pierson didn't devote himself
solely to one sport while in high
school. He played basketball
and ran the hurdles in track.
When Pierson came to Mich-
igan he found that there was an
abundance of quarterbacks and
so he was switched to defensive
back where help was needed.
THE SWITCH meant going
from a position where scoring
touchdowns is taken for grant-
ed to one where they are few
and far between and involve a
lot of luck.
Pierson's luck took a while to
get established but when it did
come ar'ound, it made a spec-
tacular debut. It came in the
form of a 51-yard punt return
last week against Wisconsin
which gave Pierson his first
collegiate touchdown.
"I'd been waiting a long time
to run one back. My job on
a return is just to catch and
run. Everyone else does all the
work. On that one everything
worked just right."
His experience at quarterback
helps him with the basic job of
a defensive back, making sure
that the pass isn't completed,
"We try to watch the quarter-
back and get a key from his
moves. Most of our position is
just to play by ear."
The play by ear method is
used on every play and some-
times leads to an interception.
."If we're in a certain coverage
and we see that the pass is ob-
viously going to one side the
others are free to go after the
ball. One of us tries to cut
the receiver while the o t h e r
tries for the ball."
THIS METHOD appears to
work rather well since Pierson
has three interceptions this sea-
son and teammate Tom Curtis
has five
When Pierson is finished
with intimidating opposing pass
receivers for a weekend he

starts work on his phd -- his
pool hustling degree. He and
team captain Jim Mandich are
both candidates and competi-
tors for the degree.
He also looks forward to the
start of the ski season and to
doing some deer hunting during
Thanksgiving vacation just be-
fore beginning practices for that
game in Pasadena over the
Barry Pierson is a rather
plain name not really lending
itself to any sort of odd nick-
names. It comes as a surprise to
hear him called "Zona", "Son
of Zona" and "Flesh". When
Pierson was a sophomore his
roommate found out that his
mother's name was Zona Kalb-
fleisch and ever since then
Pierson's nicknames have all
been variations of his mother's
maiden name.
Viewing the remainder of the
season, he expects victories over
Illinois and Iowa. "We want
to have the best overall pos-
sible team to meet Ohio State.
That's why we have to play
well these next two games."
CONCERNING the Ohio State
game and the possibility of a
Rose Bowl he says, "We want
to beat Ohio State, not just
lose and still get the chance to
go to the Rose Bowl. We want
to show that we deservesit, and
not just go as second best.".
For his own personal goals
for the rest of the season he
adds, "I'd like to reach my
satisfaction point. I feel I'm
still far from that point and
that means playing better than
I've played so far. I hope to
keep contributing to the over-
all team good."
Of course, this means Pier-
son will work on his tackling.
The pass receivers on Michi-
gan's next three opponents may
just end up with a helmet in
their sternums.

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-Daily-Andy Sacks
Defensive back Barry Pierson (29) runs back an intercepted pass
Maiidieh leads all reeeivers
By The Associated Press wrest second place from Mike Indiana overtook Ohio State as the
Michigan tight end Jim Man- Adamle of Northwestern, 514 to Big Ten's top defensive team. The
dich continues to lead the Big Ten 419 for four games. Hoosiers have yielded the league
in pass receiving with four weeks Purdue's skilled quarterback, low average of 287 yards per game.
of conference play gone. Mandich Mike Phipps, maintained the No. Ohio State, still first on offense
caught three last week against 1 spot in two departments, pass- with a 492 yard average, fell to
Wisconsin and now has according ing and total offense, while his second on defense with an average
to latest Big Ten statistics 23 re- Boilermaker teammate, halfback yield of 291.
ceptions for 336 yards. Stan Brown, kept the scoring lead This week Stan Brown of Pur-
The All-American candidate is with three more touchdowns for due leads in kickoff returns with
second to former All-American a 48-point total. 10 for a 31.1 average. Walt Bow-
Jack Clancy for the all-time Mich- Phipps is tops in passing at- ser of Minnesota with a 44.1 aver-
igan pass catching record. All told, tempts with 135, completions with age is first among the punters.
Mandich has caught 32 passes this 71, yards with 866 and in touch- Ohio State has two individual
year. downs with 7, and added 128 rush- leaders. Larry Zelina in punt re-
The Big Ten's individual foot- ing yards to boost his total of- turns with a 23.5 average and Mike
bal rushing race is still headed fense yardage to 994. Sensibaugh in interceptions with 4
by halfback John Isenberger of In team play, racially-troubled for 52 yards.
Indiana with fullback Jim Otis of
nationally top-ranked Ohio State
moving into the runnerup spot. U e .U.i g
After last Saturday's round, G r d e I 0 I ngs
Isenbarger fattened his lead of
only nine to 36 yards with a four-
game total of 550. Otis smashed One thing is for certain, sco doesn't stand a chance. Although the
127 yards against Northwestern to Libels are full of such stars, they still have the ability to work as a
unit. In five games they have amassed 2947 points while allowing only




2. (DT Cusumano's knee accidentally touched in the endzone after
swallowing a "high" pass from center). Still even these figures could
be deceiving. As defensive coach Jim "Foxy" Forrester put it, "hell,
our first string unit is complaining that every unit including the 17th
string has played more than they have."
C'est la vie.
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