FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1,966
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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Dull'Career Brings Clancy Stardom
By CLARK NORTON
It -was like going up to Tom
Harmon and greeting him, "Gee,
Just think of meeting old number
You offer to buy Jack Clancy, a
present-day Michigan grid All-
American, a cup of coffee while
he answers a few questions, and
find out you don't have enough
money for it. So how did I know
the MUG has been hit by inflation.
But Clancy had a nickel so the
day wasn't lost. It was lousy coffee
Jack Clancy, Split end, captain
of the team, leads the nation in
pass receiving on 35 receptions for
479 yards, five catches ahead of
his nearest challenger.
What's it like to be leading the
nation in a vital football statistic?
"Am I?" asked Clancy innocent-
ly. "I didn't know that." He may
just have been telling the truth.
"Seriously," explained Clancy, "I
try not to read my name in the
paper. The worst thing you can do
is sit down and read your press
clippings during the season. If you
start to believe half the things
they say about you, you'll convince
yourself you're as good as they
make you out to be, and then
you're really in trouble."
Another case of false modesty
in a sports hero? Maybe, but it's
rnot likely. Clancy sometimes gives
you the impression that he's put-
ting you on. But he likes to keep
things in their proper perspective,
and for this reason he doesn't let
himself get carried away by his
sudden burst to fame.
After the Fall
"Some day I realize everything
will be all over, and people won't
know me from Adam. Having pub-
licity is great, but is can only hurt
if you let yourself get carried away
Perhaps Clancy has not forgot-
ten that only a short time ago no
one was touting him as star mate-
"I started out at Detroit Red-
Sford St. Mary's High School as a
quarterback," Clancy reminisces.
"But I couldn't throw very well so
when. I came to Michigan it was
with the understanding that I'd
try another position. I did make
all-state honorable mention in
high school, but didn't get much
"Then as a sophomore at Mich-
igan I was switched to halfback.
That was because Dick Rindfuss
and John Rowser were hurt before
the season started, so I got to
ing the ball" a little tougher ed him as a future in last year's
then? pro draft. They have first bargain-
"I don't know," laughs Clancy..ing rights with the Michigan star,
"I've never had that happen to who is seriously considering enter-
me. Usually my man is hanging ing the pro ranks.
all over me in the end zone. But Dulled Stardom
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as far as the fans go, I don't even
think about them while I'm out
there. There's no time. And there's
certainly no time to consciously
think about catching the ball,
which is lucky. It's all 'nstinct.
If it weren't, I might tighten up."
Getting to Know You
Clancy has come a long way
from the time that "I nearly quit,
football, I had such a bad atti-
tude." That was when he was a
junior in high school. "I only
started playing football in Detroit
in the first place in order to meet
people. I never had any driving
force to excel in it, never set any
"But football has tremendous
moulding qualities, and even be-
fore coming to college I changed
my attitude toward it. Ialike to
have close contact with a group of
people and football gives me the'
The St. Louis Cardinals and the
Miami Dolphins would both like
to give Clancy a chance to become
acquainted with yet another
group of players, since both draft-
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A future pro must have had a
million fascinating things happen
to him. "Somebody asked me that
last year," laughed Clancy. "I told
him I hadn't experienced any in-
teresting sidelights or highlights
yet. I still haven't. I've had a very
That's what comes from not
reading your press clippings.
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JACK CLANCY MAKES one of the more boring catches in his 'dull' career as a helpless Purdue de-
fender, who obviously doesn't consider it boring, looks on. The action took place last year in Mich-
igan Stadium when Purdue received one of its biggest scares of the year before defeating the Wol-
verines. Michigan, again led by Clancy, will try to make it more than a scare on Saturday.
start 'every game. But I didn't
carry the ball very much, just
blocked. And I wasn't very good
at it, much less like it."
1964 was a wasted season for
Clancy, as an injury knocked him
out of competition for the entire
year, costing him a trip to the Rose
Bowl with the rest of the team.
But his misfortune in this re-
spect may have turned out to be a
blessing in disguise. For "-he was
granted an extra year's eligibility,
and when the 1965 season com-
menced Clancy was switched to
"There were plenty of halfbacks
last year," explained Clancy. "Not
only halfbacks, but halfbacks who
were made for that position. I
Split end, on the other hand, is
a position that seems to have been
made for Clancy.
A Last Resort
"Actually it was just a matter of
circumstances that I landed in
that spot," he claims. "They just
kind of ran out of other places to
Clancy proved immediately he
was not a square peg being forced
into a round hole. The 6'1" 192-
pound.senior responded to his new
not that much of a problem, it's
trying to get the defensive man
to turn sideways one way while
you're turning the other. Blinding
speed and great fakes don't make
a great end, although they help.
assignment by breaking the Mich- "The real secret of running a}
igan pass-grabbing mark for one good pass pattern is keeping every-
season, on 52 receptions for 762 thing as simple as possible. I
yards. don't run a lot of zigs and zags.
"When I started out at end III just try to vary speeds, and be
didn't know much about the posi- subtle enough to throw the defen-
tion," Clancy contends. "First of sive man off balance."
all I had to get the feel of running And the thought of 100,000 fans
pass patterns. Once I learned to staring at you when you're in the
do that, catching the ball was easy. end zone all alone waiting for a
Actually grabbing the ball itself is touchdown pass? Is just "catch-
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