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TUESDAY, AUGUST 30,1966

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE THREE

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 1968 THE MICHIGAN DAILY PAGE THREE

Wolverines

Hope

To

Turn

Tail

(Continued from Page 2)
vied the ball 17 times before his
knee gave out for good.
He hasn't handled the ball since
then in any contact work, having
limited himself to running and
calisthenics during the spring. But
the doctors and coaches remain
optimistically certain that he'll be
ready to play when the season rolls
around.
At the moment, he's doing spe-
cial exercises to strengthen his
knee and improve his coordina-
tion.
Standing ibyfor these three
runners-awaiting their turn in
the game-will be a plethora of
reserves. Senior Tim Radigan and
soph John Reynolds will stand be-
hind Fisher at fullback, while
Hoey, Ron Johnson and Ernie
Sharpe back up the halfbacks.
Field General Vidmer
Along with Fisher, Ward and,
Detwiler, all of whom will be sen-
iors, could be junior Vidmer at
quarterback, if he picks up where
he left off in the spring.
Vidmer won the job last fall
from senior Wally Gabler, after
* breaking his leg as a sophomore
the year before and losing the
backfield reins to Bob Timberlake.

He then lost the starting role last
fall after four assignments, to
Gabler and won his letter as a sec-
ond-half sub.
This spring, though, he looked
more confident as his passes began
clicking and his running became a
step faster instead of a step slow-
er than the defense.
"Right now he's our top quarter-
back," said Elliott after spring
practice. "But we're going to give
Rick Volk and John Thomas an-
other try in the fall."
Volk's Still a Prospect
Volk is a former prep quarter-
back who converted to halfback-
offensive and defensive-in his
sophomore year, and then concen-
trated on defense last fall to lead
the conference in interceptions.
At the end of the season, his
name joined the long list of sur-
gery patients at the hospital, and
he also sat out the spring drills to
mend the stitches.
Yolk is a running field general
in the tradition of Timberlake.
preferring the option roll-out play.
His lack of collegiate experience is
his major handicap.
Vidmer's strong point is passing.
Relief Thrower
Thomas, meanwhile, has been
knocking around Ann Arbor longer

than the bearded wonders of the
MUG and is starting his third
fall after two others were ruined
by injuries. Thus far he looks like
the bullpen ace for next year's
signal-calling crew. "He progressed
well in spring and is beginning to
show more poise," complimented
Elliott.
Regardless of who's at the helm,
it's indisputable that captain-elect
Jack Clancy will be the target of
several aerials. Clancy shattered
Ron Kramer's old passing marks
by catching 52 passes for 762 yards
to become the leading pass re-
ceiver in Michigan history. Bar-
ring injury, he should be, a top
candidate for All-America honors.
The 6'1" Detroit lad will anchor
the right side of the offensive
line, with support from Stan
Kemp and Jim Berline; while Clayt
Wilhite and Tom Pullen will bat-
tle for the left end slot.
Transition at Tackle
Three lettermen will be back in
the middle of the line in right
guard Don Bailey, center Joe Day-
ton and left guard Henry Hanna.
They will be the mainstays in
front of the quarterback, since in-
experience is at a maximum after
the departure of offensive tackles

'M' SECOND:
MSU Takes All Sports Title

Tom Mack and Charley Kines to
the pros.
After last Spring Elliott an-
nounced that 225-pound Jim Hri-
bal and 217-pound Ray Phillips
were ahead in the running for the
jobs but also pointed out that the
issue wasn't settled. Returnees
Stan Broadnax and Pet Mair,
along with a few rookies, all have
a chance at the posts.
"The offensive tackle situation
could be crucial," voiced Elliott.
"These boys aren't as big as Mack
and Kines, so they'll have to
make up for it somehow." Offens-
ive line coach Mason echoed his
words. "The boys are going to
have to be tough. But it's not the
size of the dog in the fight. but
the size of the fight in the dog
that counts."
Tackling Trouble Triples
On defense the tackle position
is even more unstable. Ken Wright
and Dick Williamson were the
tongue-in-cheek choices of Elliott
last spring, but at least five other
players have an even odds chance
of making the lineup. Just to
make things more interesting and
to bolster competition for the
spot, Elliott switched Wright and
Bob Mielke over from offense to
defense.
In the resulting head-bumping
mixup, two former high school
teammates ended up battling for
the same job. Wright and Paul
(Chief) Johnson, who came to
Michigan from Bay City Central,
were suddenly at odds in the
scramble for a job. Johnson
played both ways last fall.
Also in on the search for em-
ployment at tackle were Bill Har-
dy, Hank Cartwright and Ray
O'Donnell.
Grappler at Guard
Meanwhile, at middle guard,
the nation's heavyweight colleg-
iate wrestling champion moved in-
to a commanding role. Dave Por-
ter, whose 230 pounds of high-
impact muscle earned him a per-
fect win-loss record against col-
legiate competition on the Wol-
verine mat team as a sophomore
last winter, zeroed in for a spot
that's a fusion of the two guard
posts of last year.
In among the shuffling this
spring, player-wise and coach-
wise, the Wolverines switched ov-
er to a new defensive set-up. In-
stead of the old 6-2-2-1 that fans
have been used to seeing, they're
adopting Bud Wilkinson's "Okla-
homa" formation.
That means that there will be
only five men on the line-a mid-
dle guard instead of both a right
guard and left guard-plus two
linebackers and four backs. The

big advantage to the new system'
is its maneuverability, since it can
be changed as fast as a cosmetolo-
gist disguises a woman's hairdo.
Professional Set-up
Basically, the formation has the
typical pro look of a 5-2-4: but
the two linebackers can shift up'
to the line to make it a 7-4 or two
of the pass defenders can move in
of the pass defenders can move
in to make it a tight T, 5-4-2.
Defensive line coach Don James,
who came to Michcigan last spring
from Florida State, is unofficially
in charge f installing the for-
mation on a paying basis. "For
players who have been accustomed
to the other system, the change
can cause problems. But most of
the players, especially on the in-
terior line, aren't as ingrained in
the old formation and the shift is
easier for them," explains James.
Nunley Knocks Wood
But 225-pound right linebacker
Frank Nunley, who has lassoed a
starting job for next year, could
be a very real candidate for na-
tionwide honors. His sidekicknat
the left linebacking slot for Michi-
gan will probably be Dennis Mor-
gan, with Paul D'Eramo as insur-
ance.
Completing the starting front-
line contingent could be ends
Rocky Rosema and Terry Salmi,
although Jon Kramer and Tom
Stincic were pushing hard to break
the first string barrier as the
spring scrimmages ended.
Elliott hinted that both spots
could be wide open once fall prac-
tice begins.
Like Nunley D'Eramo and Mor-
gan, 215-pound Rosema lettered
for the Wolverine eleven last fall.
Salmi, on the other hand, is a
non-letterman Junior, while Kra-
mer and Stincic are both sopho-
mores.
Morgan will be devoting his
skills fulltime to defense after:go-
ing last year as a substitute full-
back.
Complete Changeover
In somewhat of an unusual re-
vamping, though by no means un-
precedented, Michigan will have
four new varsity coaches handling
the defense this fall. Last year's
piloting trio on defense-Don Du-
fek, Bob Hollway and Jocko Nel-
son-have departed, the first two
for business reasons and the later
for a head coaching post at his
alma mater, Gustavus Adolphus.
Fitzgerald, most valuable play-
er on the football team and Big
Ten wrestling champ in 1961, has
assumed full varsity status after
platooning his time between the
freshmen football coaching posi-

tion and an assistant wrestling
coach position.
James, who brought a suntan
and the pro defense from Florida,
is a product of Football Town
(Massilon), Ohio.
Another Lettermen Quartet
As mentor of the defensive sec-
ondary, he drew four aces from
the deck with four veteran let-
termen returning for opening duty
as pass defenders. They are Rick
Sygar, Mike Bass, John Rowser
and quarterback-candidate Volk.

This
Sygar started out on offense as
a sophomore, but broke his leg. in
a fall scrimmage. He sat out the
season and then rebroke the new-
ly-healed leg on an icy sidewalk in
the winter.
Elliott switched him over to de-
fense for a year and last year-used
him on both sides of the line, be-
fore assigning him a permanent
spot in the secondary. He, along
with the other three defensive
backs, will be seniors.
Jack of All Trades

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Assuming that Volk plays in the Sygar, the starting second base-
backfield, Michigan will have man on the Wolverine baseball
three of last year's starters back team, inherited a specialized grid
plus an experienced offensive and job, as field goal and extra point
defensive back in Rowser. kicker, plus the halfback duty
Rowser alternated as a sub at when Detwiler's knee went on So-
both right halfback and in the cial Security. The lith, 180-pound
secondary last year, when Dick repertory artist booted five of 11
Wells held down the other defens- through the uprights as three-
ive back job. Sygar also took a few pointers and 18 out of 19 at PAT's
turns at half, giving Rowser a to place second to Gabler in team
chance to move over to defense. scoring.

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With Detwiler also coming back,
Elliott will have two experienced
men for accuracy boots, in addi-
tion to kickoff and punting
tion to returning kickoff and
punting specialists.
D'Eramo, Rosema and Wilhite
can all boom the ball from place-
ment, while Kemp is a punt re-
turnee's nightmare on fourth
down. Though balding at the age
of 21, Kemp had the opposing
coaches doing the hair-tearing act
with his 36.2 yards per kick aver-
age and thesuncanny placing of
his punts last year.
"Koffin Korner" Kicker
In one game Kednp dropkicked
three in a row which angled 30
yards and then rolled out of
bounds within the opponent's 10-
yard line.
Kemp is also being given a
chance to move into an offensive
end slot under the tutelage of the
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After five years of sitting firm-
ly atop the Big Ten standings in
the unofficial all-sports race, Mi-
chigan was unceremoniously un-
seated last year by bitter rival
Michigan State and relegated to
the runner-up spot.
The all-sports title is not offi-
ciously recognized by Big Ten, and
usually computed only at Michigan
and State, the customary leaders
in the competition.
Quality Points" System
The standings are compiled on
a "quality points" system. Quality
points are computed by dividing
the number of sports in which a
school participates in Big Ten
competition into the total number
of points it piles up in these
sports on the basis of 10 for a first,
nine for a second, etc.
The Spartans won the crown
this year with a quality point to-
tal of 8.88 to Michigan's 8.27.
In other words, State averaged
under a second place finish in all
events.
No Finish Below Fourth
MSU, the only school to partici-
pate in all 13 of the sports in

which there is conference compe-
tition, pulled in four firsts, five
seconds, two thirds, a fourth and
a tie for fourth to win the title.
Michigan won three conference
championships and placed below
fourth only once-a seventh-place
tie in football.
Michigan won titles in basket-
ball, gymnastics and tennis. The
other Wolverine finishes were sec-
onds in swimming, wrestling and
golf; thirds in hockey and base-
ball with a third-place tie in out-

door track; and a fourth in indoor
track.
Michigan does not compete in
cross country or fencing.
The Wolverines had won the all-
sports championship the five pre-
vious years, two years ago setting
a record for quality point total
with a 9.23 -better than a sec-
ond-place average.
That '64-'65 season Michigan
took five firsts, four seconds and
two thirds to overwheld the rest
of the conference.

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