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PAGE EIGHT

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

THUR%'%n AA ,NOA'EMBER 4, 1965

PAGE EIGHT THE MICHIGAN DAILY THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 4, 1965

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By RICK STERN
"Look at that. He runs better
naked . . . he smells that iuaydirt
and he's gonna get it." I
It might look like something out
of a Salinger or Terry South
ern. It's not. Tom Cecchini, a
great defensive football playerf
and Michigan's 1965 captain was
showing his admiration for an
equally great Illinois player, Jim
Grabowski.
Naked? It's gridironese for run-
ning without blockers. Paydirt?)
Just another Grabowski touch-
down. Cecchini and Frank Nun- TOM CECCHINI
ley were watching movies of Il-
linois in the Athletic Building, manager, doesn't agree: "One of
discussing game plays and plans the finest defensive players in the
for Saturday's contest, country." Not many fans would
agree either. Whether he likes it
Cecchinl turned to Nunley and or not, Tom Cecchini is a star,
said, "That Grabowski is a great a defensive standout for three
ballplayer. He's big, he's tough years in a row in the roughest
Quick To Praise conference in the country.
Tom Cecchini is like that. A Cecchini isn't even built like a
lot. He's modest about his own great linebacker. He's 6' and 195
accomplishments and quick to pounds. Next to fellow lineback-
heap praise on a teammate or de- er Nunley (6'2", 225) he looks like
serving opponent. Listen to him a candidate for student manager.
talk about himself. "I really have "It's true, I'm little. I can't rely
not played a decent game all year purely on brawn. Instead I try
and I think the coaches would to analyze a play ahead of time
agree with me." and then use quickness. to get
Cecehini's wrong in this case. there. If I have a 'main asset,' I
Bump Elliott doesn't agree: "He's guess it's speed."
an excellent linebacker who'd be This time Elliott agrees. "Tom'
a standout on any team." Les Et- uses his physical abilities-speed
ter, Wolverine sports publicity and strength-to every advantage

that he can. There's no wastage." moment fall practice began. His rying about the players, which
An Analytical Star third game as a varsity football isn't necessary. What is necessary
What does analyzing a play in- player he was named United Press is to lead not by showing con-
volve? "Well, the main thing is to International's "Lineman of the cern, but by showing examples.
consider the situation-like in a Week," a tremendous honor for a "Once in a while I may have
third and one spot, you know rookie. And he saw 141 minutes of to get on a player who isn't hus-
they'll probably go for short yard- action in less than four games. tling or something, but mostly
age. So you key on the back who .everyone knows what to do and
age. o yokey onry the a wh His knee healthy last season, does it. If I feel there is some
is most likely to try for the yard- Cecchini blossomed. He played in kind of a general letdown, I call
age. Any good defensive player all 10 games, piling up key tackles a meeting.
as fast as Bob Timberlake piled Mediator
Like any good defensive player, up touchdowns. The Ohio State "If a player has a complaint he
Tom Cecchini has had a knee in- game saw him once again "Line-1 '.. T,-

players. Tom sees to it that there;
are no misunderstandings."
How important is winning to1
Cecchini? "It's the name of theI
game, there's no doubt about that.!
And I've never seen winning in-
terfere with good sportsmanship1
either. It's kind of like Mike
Haddard, my high school coach,
used to say. 'When you win a game,
you walk down the street. When
you lose, you want to take the al-i
leys'."
Gaining All-City and All-State<
honors at Pershing High, Cecchini
received scholarship offers from
Annapolis, Nebraska and Wichita
among others. "But there was no
real choice. I had always admired
Michigan and when I got an offer

to go here, I took it like that."
Tom Cecchini's career high-
light-Lineman of the Week. Rose
Bowl game, six pass interceptions
including one last week against
Wisconsin? Nope. Cecchini isn't
that kind of a guy.
Team Effort
"Sure, I have a career highlight.
It was last year's Minnesota game.
We were leading 19-6 and march-
ing down the field late in the
fourth quarter. Minnesota inter-
cepted a pass and got a quick TD.
making it 19-12. We got the ball
again but had to give it up with

two minutes left.
"Our punt was bad and they got
the ball and drove right down to
our seven where it was first and
goal. For four downs we held
them virtually without a yard.
Personally I didn't do anything.
Not even one tackle or anything.
But it was such a tremendous
team effort, and when we walked
off the field having saved the
game, I just had the greatest feel-
ing. I really can't explain it."
Tom Cecchini doesn't have to
explain it. But Jim Grabowski
better watch out for it.

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jury. Three years in a row, a
defensive standout? Well, two and
a half. Cecchini started the first
four games his sophomore year,
and had already made a name for
himself.
Then, against Michigan State,
he went down hard on a tackle,
and didn't get up for two weeks.
The diagnosis was torn ligaments,
a la Detwiler, and surgery ended
Cecchini's sophomore year as
spectacularly as it had begun.
An unknown until spring prac-
tice of his freshman year, Cec-
chini had impressed the coaching
staff immensely in the spring
drills. Of course you'd never know
it from talking to him. "I thouxght
they were going to move me down
instead of up."
Ha!
Down, ha! He was promoted to
the Blue (first string) team, the

man of the Week." And UPI also
named him to the All Big Ten de-
fensive unit.
Wolverine Captain
His teammates knew he was;
there, too. That's probably why;
they elected him captain for this:
season. Tom Cecchini-the mod-,
est kid from Detroit-a leader?
Hell, yes.
Says Elliott, "He's been a real
good captain. He shows initia-
tive. He knows the pulse of the
squad, and he's respected as a per-
son. Someday Tom will make an
excellent coach. He likes people
and knows how to handle them.1
And he has good knowledge of the{
game."
Cecchini explained what he tries
to do as captain. "The main thing
is to set an example by hustling
and working hard at practice. At
first I made the mistake of wor-

brings it to me and I'll relay it
to the coaches. I'm sort of a go-
between."
Elliott emphasizes the import-
ance of this function. "It's very
necessary to have coordination be-!
tween the coaching staff and the:

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Cecchini picked off an enemy pass in the 50-14 Michigan victory.
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