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Saturday, November 8, 1969

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Seven

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven

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Number 40...
Whe *. . Put it under glass
When Michigan charges on to the field today there will
be 44 players in uniform, covering a wide variety of numbers.
However, at least five possible numerals will be missing. They
are 47, 11, 98, 87, and 40. The first four belonged to Bennie
Oosterbaan, the Wisterts, Tom Harrton and Ron Kramer and all
have been retired. The last was worn by Ron Johnson and
just hasn't been assigned to anyone this year.
It should never be given out again...
Johnson's uniform belongs in a trophy case just as much
as those of Michigan's other greats. He holds Wolverine records
for most yards gained rushing in a season and a career, most
rushing attempts and most touchdowns in a season. There is
also the little matter of Johnson's single game record of 347
yards, which happens to be the NCAA standard, too.
When backs are discussed at Michigan the standard for
judgment is, of course, the great Harmon, Heisman trophy
winner in 1940. Well, Johnson beat his running marks and is
second to Harmon in the scoring totals. And while it is true
that Johnson did not possess Harmon's versatility, he was still
a good pass receiver and Bump Elliott had enough confidence
in him to have a halfback pass in the offense.
The mark of records is how long they stand and
Harmon's lasted for 28 years despite the presence of stars
like Bob Chappuis, Bob Westfall, Jim Pace and others.
That makes Johnson's performance even more impressive.
The odds are too that Johnson's own marks should last
awhile. His 347 yard and five touchdown show against
Wisconsin may have been the greatest day any back ever
had and it is doubtful that it will be duplicated in the near
future.
But Johnson's greatness was not just confined to his physi-
cal capabilities. He was a leader, the captain of the team.in
his senior year and driving force among the players. When
the big play or the big game was needed Johnson could be
counted on to provide it.
Time and again it was Johnson who was called on to get
the key yards. One particular instance came against Indiana.
Leading 27-22 late in the game Michigan was faced with a
fourth and one situation around midfield. Rather than punt to
the dangerous Hoosier offense Bump Elliott chose to go for
the yardage. Everyone in the stadium knew Johnson would
get the ball but it made no difference. He crunched through the
hole for the first down that clinched victory.
Just as the defense waited for Johnson at Indiana, so
did they all year long. But the great halfback rose to the
challenge and was always particularly effective early in the
game. In seven of Michigan's eight victories last year John-
son started the Wolverine scoring, often doing it with
explosive long runs. It was Johnson, more than anyone else,
who set a victorious image.
Michigan is a school steeped in football tradition and its
heroes are those of the legends. Victory is almost taken for
granted and the losing seasons have been few. Winners have
predominated and Ron Johnson followed in that tradition. He
exploded out of nowhere to gain over 1,000 yards in his junior
season, becoming the first Michigan man to achieve such a
feat, and helped to start a football resurgence after some rela-
tively lean years.
He now plays for the Cleveland Browns and two sopho-
mores have taken his place. Glenn Doughty and Bill Taylor
are making up for the loss of Johnson by their running, but
they won't make anyone forget the former star, no matter how
good they are. A leader like Johnson is hard to replace and
the anticipation that he brought to a game is lessened by his
absence.
Johnson was a great player, an explosive one. He was a
true All-American in the age of numerous All-American
teams. He proved his credentials against the ghosts of the
past on the playing field and now deserves to join his pre-
decessors in the halls of destiny. His number belongs under
glass, not on some other player's back
Great players rarely appear anywhere. When they do they
should be honored. Sometime this winter it would be appro-
priate to have Johnson come to Michigan and retire the big 40
at halftime of some basketball game. How about it Don Can-
ham?

Wolverines
Last week in second half play, is rolling and despite the loss of
the Michigan offense did n o t linebacker Marty Huff should
penetrate their opponent's terri- have little trouble grinding up
tory. Illinois.
Last week in second half play,
the Illinois offense did not pene- SOPHOMORE TAILBACK Bill
trate their opponent's territory.! Taylor who was injured in the
So much for similarities. game last week should be in to-
The Wolverines are 5-2 this: day's starting lineup. Before be-
year and have an excellent chance ing hurt, Taylor had gained 142
of going to the Rose Bowl. The,
Illini, on the other hand, are 0-7_
and prospects for improvement
appear bleak. This afternoon in daily
Champaign when the two teams
meet, the differences should beo
apparent.
spots
A GOOD PART of Illini coach
Jim Valek's problem was evident NIGHT EDITOR:
even before the start of the sea- CHRIS TERAS
son. Most of his starters f r.o m
last year were gone and would
more than likely have to be re- yrds on the ground and scored
placed by inexperienced sopho-
mores. Vlkhdhpdte two touchdowns against Wiscon-
sin. If his performance isn't up
/ .,....:..g-:..: g to par however, Coach Bo Schem-
The Michigan-Illinois game bechler can call on Glenn Dough-
will be broadcast starting at 2:30ty who is in the process of trying
on radio stations WWJ, 950 AM; to win back his starting halfback
A 0 slot.

the right linebacking spot with
Ed Moore.
OVER IN CHAMPAIGN, things
have not gone as wvell for the
Fighting Illini. Last year they
won but one game and they have
been hard pressed this year to
reach even that meager total. Not
only have they had to cope with
inexperience, they have suffered
through an incredible string of
injuries.
They have gone through three
quarterbacks this year, all of
whon have been hospitalized at
one time or another. Even now
it is not possible to say who will
start today for the Illini.
ALTHOUGH Steve Livas who
has a mediocre .313 completion
average, is scheduled to start, he
has had a strep throat all week
and his status won't be known
for sure until game time. Others
who are in subpar physical shape
include guard Bob Bieszcad, defen-
sive end Glen Collier and split end
Larry Mckeon. There is a good
chanceanone of them will begin to-
day's game.
Valek has done a lot of switch-
ing around in his starting line-
ups. Last week he moved Dave
Jackson, the team's leading ball
carrier, from halfback to flank-
er. Earlier he had moved K e n
Bargo from fullback to lineback-
er, then for the Purdue g am e,
had him moved back again. The

duel

Fighting
list of changes, like the list ofT.
injuries, is endless.
DEFENSIVELY, it is hard to
rate Illinois. Because of the in-
ability of the offense to move the
ball, they are constantly on the
field and more often than not,
backed up against their own goal
line. Still they have given up 245
points this year and that comes
out to 5 touchdowns per game.
Their line, though big, is parti-
cularly weak, allowing an average
of 239 net yards rushing per game.
Nevertheless, Bo has his wor-
ries.
Earlier in the week he w a s
thinking about complacency.
"There is a good chance of over-
confidence and I don't like it," he
commented.
Back in 1939, the Wolverines
had won four in a row and were
looking forward to Pasadena when
Illinois, just as lowly as they are
now, upset them 16-7. Eighteen
years later, Michigan aain had
Rose Bowl plans when they were
dumped 20-19 by the Illini. Two
years earlier in 1955, the Wol-
verines had won six in a row
whenanaroused Illinois team
smashed them 25-6. Illinois would
like nothing better than to stick
sto "tradition," and once again 1
upset Michigan's Bowl hopes.l
LAST WEEK, in fact, Illinois
had a 19-14 second quarter lead FOOTB
before succumbing to Purdue, FOGB
another team with Rose Bowl RUGBY
aspirations. SOCCE]

Illini

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would develop as rapidly as some
other young Big Ten teams have
in recent years - but didn't count
on it. They haven't.
Michigan on the other hand,

Despite the absence of line-
backer Marty Huff, who was in-
jured last week and won't see ac-
tion today, Michigan's defense
will be in good condition for the
game. Huff's position will be ably
filled by Mike Taylor, who up un-
til now has been alternating at

-Daily-Jim Diehi
Billy Taylor (42) cracks the line
'his Weekend in Sports
TODAY
ALL-Michigan at Illinois
t-Michigan at Illinois
R-Michigan at Wright State

THE LINEUPS
OFFENSE

INDIANA, IOWA BATTLE

(80)
(71)
(60)
(53)
(56)
(72)
(88)
(27)
(42)
(44)
(48)

MICHIGAN
Bill Harris (190)
Jack Harping (225)
Bob Baumgartner (215)
Guy Murdock (210)
Dick Caldarazzo (222)
Dan Dierdorf (225)
Jim Mandich (200)
Don Moorhead (200)
Bill Taylor (195)
Preston Henry '(185)
Garvie Craw (222)

SE
LT
LG
C
RG
RT
TE
QB
TB
VB
FB

(85)
(70)
(69)
(50)
(74)
(72)
(82)
(19)
(25)
(11)
(48)

ILLINOIS
John Kaiser
Tom Scott
Doug Redmann
Julian Vyborny
Kirk McMillan
Jerry Cole
Loug Dieken
Steve Livas
David Jackson
Bob Bess
Ken Bargo

(195)
(240)
(220)
(220)
(205)
(210)
(220)
(190)
(180)
(190)
(205)

Race for the roses escalates

By TERRI FOUCHEY
After last week's victory over
Michigan State everything was
coming up r o s e s for Indiana's
Hoosiers. But the bloom started
coming off the roses this week.
The first signs that the flowers

could possibly make them p 1 a y
harder."
If the Hoosiers are at all up for
the game though, Iowa will be in
trouble. They have not lost any
starters on their offense and this
is where their strength lies. Last
week against MSU, while not scor-

which prior to the game had been time, gets a chance to learn a lit-
sixth-ranked nationally, was un- tle yabout offense as they meet
able to capitalize on Minnesota's Mike Phipps and the Purdue
five fumbles, Junior quarterback; point-making machine.
Larry Lawrence had the worst Minnesota gained its first win
game of his career as at one point in the season by beating Iowa 35-
he attempted nine passes without 8. It was a game highlighted by
a completion. .I--A-+, ,,"m,.,,ghightedUy

DEFENSE

(90)
(92)
(39)
(82)
(55)
(33)
(97)
(35)
(29)
(24)
(25)

Mike Keller (205)
Fred Grambau (230)
Henry Hill (210)
Pete Newell (222)
Cecil Pryor (240)
Mike Taylor (210)
Ed Moore (210)
Tom Darden (185)
Barry Pierson (175)
Brian Healy (170)
Tom Curtis (190)

LE
LT
MG
RT
RE
LB,
LB
RB
DB
DB
S

(26)
(97)
(98)
(68)
(84)
(62)
(51)
(24)
(23)
(86)
(35)

Walt Smith
Tony Clement
Norris Colema
Karl Pnazek
Bob Bucklin
Moe Kelly
Vito Santini
Jamie Dufelm
Mike Ryan
Tim McCarth
Bob Wintermi

and the dreams associated with ing any touchdowns, the offense MICHIGAN STATE, after being
them w e r e fading appeared on managed to gain 479 yards for 30 shutout by Indiana and display-
Tuesday when all of Indiana's 14 first downs. isheo rst Inive snd Duy-
(220) black players boycotted practice. TiH E HAWKEYE OFFENSE, ing the worst offensive show Duf.
is (235) Four returned Wednesday but
an (210) the other 10 were dismissed as a .'..:>:_v_.... ,.
(240) result of the two unexcused ab-
(225) sences. Among the 10 dismissed
(220) players were defensive halfback
(220) Larry Highbaugh who scored the Conference Games All Games
(220) Hoosiers' sole touchdown against W L T PF PA IV L T PF PA'
neier (185) MSU and starting linebacker Ice Ohio State 4 0 0 164 34 6 0 0 268 48
(180) Adams. Purdue 3 1 0 145 104 6 1 0 251 188
y (180) "THE LOSS of these two start- MICHIGAN 3 1 0 113 59 5 2 0 217 120
ute (170) ers will definitely hurt Indiana as Indiana 3 1 0 108 63 4 3 0 187 140
far as talent goes," commented Wisconsin 2 2 0 73 113 2 5 0 124 238
Iowa's head coach Ray Nagel, Northwestern 2 2 0 63 93 2 5 0 79 212
whosedHawkeyes face the Hoos- Iowa 1 3 0 75 111 3 4 0 181 207
Nagel adds, "However, it is dif- Michigan State 1 3 0 62 101 3 4 0 140 169
on 112ae ds Hweei 8df
tn ficult to speculate whether it will Minnesota 1 3 0 58 94 1 5 1 133 219
ine. h u r t Indiana psychologically. It Illinois 0 4 0 42 141 0 7 0 92 2451

misces ad turnovsan the
Gophers should not expect similar
generosity from Northwestern this
.week.
THE BRIGHT SPOT for t h e
Northwesterns against the Buck-
eyes was t h e passing of sopho-
more quarterback Maurie Daig-
neau whose 22 completions for 294
yards set a Wildcat record. Daig-
neau's ability should be tested by
the Gopher secondary who, fin-
ally tasting blood, managed to in-
tercept four Iowa passes.

Professional Standings

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Eastern Division
IV L Pet. GB
.'w York I2 1 .923 -
titimore 7 5 .581 4r
ilwaukee 6 5 .545 5
hiLadelphia 5 5 .500 5%
5troit 4 5 .444 6
0t on 3 6 .333 7
'incinflatl 4 8 333 7!.
Western Division
tlamta 8 3 .727 -
in Francisco 6 3 .667 1
os Angeles 5 3 .625 1!
hicago 5j 5 .500 2'
hloenix 3 6 .333 4
eattle 2 8 .200 5'.
in Diego 1 8 .111 6
Yesterday's Results
Detroit 134, Philadelphia 128 (double
overtime)
Baltimore 126, Seattle 112

San Francisco 112, Bost
NHL Resul
New York at Oakland,i

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NHL Standings
East Division

BIoston
D~et roit
t1oit realI
New Fork
TIoron to
Chicago
Oakland
PhilJadelphi'a
P'ittsburgh
Los Anlgele's

6 23
7 3 1
4 5
AWest Division
S 3 4
4 5 1
? 3 5
1 6 1
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37 31
34 27
44 29
33 35
:32 30
20 247

4 5
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