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Page Eight

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, November 21, 1969

LAST CONFERENCE GAME:

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Jim Mandich

(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following
article gives some of Captain Jim
Mxanidich's thoughts about Satur-
day's game with Ohio State and the
season in general. They are taken
from an interview by Daily reporter
Robin Wright).
By JIM MANDICH
as told to Robin Wright
I feel sort of meloncholy about
it, my last game at Michigan.
The greatest part of my life has
been here and I hate to think
it's finally coming to an end.
There was one time I thought
it could go on forever, and I'm
sad in a way, but I'm looking
forward to new things. I've ex-
hausted almost everything there
is to do in college and I'm look-
ing forward to stepping out in
the real world.
I lump both these last t w o
years together as being the
most exciting period of my foot-
ball career. Winning in itself is
exciting. As far as personal per-
formance, I would say that this
year has been my most satisfy-
ing year.
I've been called upon to do
more things and hopefully I
have performed them to the best
of my ability.
I would say the biggest disap-
pointment would be my entire
sophomore year in that I had
received much advanced notice.
ALTHOUGH I FELT person-
ally that I was playing at my
best, many others were told to
expect more out of me. Some
felt I didn't live up to their
standards and it had an effect
on me.
Of course it is a great honor
to be mentioned as an All-

American by anyone's standards.
But I firmly believe that the
important thing is to satisfy
yourself first, and, secondly, to
satisfy what is demanded of you
by your coaches and players.
To be able to look at your-
self and say you have played an
outstanding day, or outstanding
year means far more than be-
ing named Lineman of the Week
or All-American for the season.
I would say that Ohio State
is always the big game of the
year for myself and most of the
players from Ohio.
The people here emphasize
the Michigan State game, be-
cause it's their home state. But
I love to play against Ohio State.
IN FACT, I've played two of
my best games against O h i o
State the past two years. I just
hope I can be that lucky in the
big one this Saturday.
I don't know if I'm speak-
ing for the team, but I feel that
the big prize of this year would
be for us to knock off the Ohio
State juggernaut - as I've
heard it termed.
They're undefeated, they're
number one in the nation, and
people are proclaiming t h e m
possible one of the greatest
teams of all time. This puts a
little importance on the game.
I think we have a b e t t e r
chance of beating Ohio State
than anyone on their schedule.
We do not fear Ohio State.
We're going to challenge them
man-for-man and it'll just be a
matter of the better team win-
ning.
There's really rather a simple
formula for winning. Each in-
dividual will just have to win
his battle with the mantacross
the line.
If each man wins, then we'll
defeat Ohio State. It's a t e a m
game of course, but there's a
series ofbattles going on out
there. I think it's just going to
take each player having t h e
right mental attitude.
I THINK, as the coach set
out today, that the emphasis is
not going to be on any player
individual. It's a team game.
We're going to attack the Ohio
State defense by simple basic
football - just blocking a n d
tackling to try and open them
up a little bit. Then it'll pro-
bably become a more wide open
game.
No one individual will carry us

speaks
by Ohio State. It'll be a team
win.
The worse thing in the world
would be for us to prepare for
Ohio State differently than for
any other team.
We have no intention of do-
ing it that way. We're just go-
ing to challenge them man-for-
man.
We don't plan on doing any-
thing special before the game.
I'm sure we will have a pep talk
as we have before key games in
the past.
But the incentives are here for
this game and I may stress
them. The incentives are our
50-14 drubbing last year, which
no one will let us forget, and the
Big Ten championship which
we can win on Saturday.
I CAN'T PREDICT the score.
It's impossible. Both teams have
shown in the past that they
have highly explosive offenses
and the statistics will bear out
that both tepms have yielded
fewer points than any team in
the Big Ten.
It'll be a matter of whether
the defenses or offenses are
stronger. Personally, being an
offensive player, I tend to be-
lieve that it's not going to be a
tremendously high scoring game,
but I think the winning team
is going to need five touch-
downs.
I would say that on offense
there is just one man we have to
stop and that's Rex Kern. He's
an outstanding football player,
Defensively, I think the thing
we have to do more than any-
thing else is just sustain them
and give that little bit of se-
cond effort,
Our defense is really strong.
Their offensive team is very
strong also. It's just impossible
to say.
THIS YEAR'S GAME against
Ohio State is so much the same
as last year's; I'm very thank-
ful that we have this second
chance to face them. I can't
say any more. We're just for-
tunate enough to be back where
we are - in a position to knock
them off.
I would be the last to deny
that the Rose Bowl hasn't been
on our minds.
I don't like to think of going
to the Rose Bowl having lost to
Ohio State. But I suppose we
do have to look at it as a realis-

on Ohio State

J imll, n !Iis hdrags some

-Daily-Eric Pergeaux
extra baggage into endzone

-Daily-Jim Diehi
Jim Mandich snags an easy one

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we would definitely deserve to
go because in the head-to-head
confrontation we obliterated
Purdue, and any other compara-
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Many people are looking at
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The Rose Bowl is the great-
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a great honor to go to any bowl
and I think that I would prefer
that change in the rules, that
being of course after this year.
I know very little a b o u t
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any given day, the Michigan
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