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Mans 'Leader by Example' of Football Team

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Being chosen
captain of the team is an honor
few athletesmay receive. Selection
signifies more than physical prow-
ess although this is certainly a
part. But more than this, it means
that thetindividual has demonstrat-
ed that'I excellence in spirit and
leadership that can inspire a team
to victory. This is the first in a se-
ries on Michigan's captains.)
Sports Editor
The football captain's most
prominent role in the eyes of the
spectators is the calling "heads" or
"tails" in the pre-game flip of
the coin.
He then fades back into the
mass of numbered jerseys and be-
comes just another player.
But if predicting the toss of the
coin was the measure of a cap-j
tain's value, George Mans wouldn't
be worth much-he's missed six
out of six so far this season. How-
ever, the captain's stature and
contribution are judged by more
important factors than the pre-
game ceremony, as Coach Bump
Elliott points out.
Excellent Example
"George is a leader through ex-
ample. He sets an excellent exam-
pie in his personal conduct and
playing that earns the respect of
the other players.
"You don't have to by a holler
guy to be a good captain," Elliott
says. "George is quiet but friend-
ly to everyone. And he takes his
job seriously.
"His greatest assets are his de-
pendability and stability. That's
what makes him the type of ball-
player you hate to lose."
The 6'4" right end considers his
election to the captaincy as "the
greatest thrill of my life . . . At
first I was very surprised and ex-
cited and then I started thinking

about the responsibilities involved
and I wondered whether I could
fill the job."
Fills Bill
According to his teammates and
Elliott, Mans has more than cap-
ably filled the bill.
"When you send Mans into a
game, you know he will give his
best and do his job capably," El-
liott explains.
The Wolverine tutor praises the
captain's spirit. "George, is the
first one on the field and one of
the last ones off in practice." 1

It's been four years since Mans
left Trenton High School, where
he was captain and made all-con-
ference and second-team all-state
as a senior. He came to Michi-
gan (not on tender) because "I
always wanted to come here."
Freshman Experience
Freshman practice was a little
upsetting to Mans at first. "The
year I went out there were 24
freshman ends," which showed
him that the path to a starting
position would not be easy,
But he wanted to play football
very badly and he did well enough
to make the "Raiders" unit under
the platoon system as a sopho-
The "Raiders" were a defensive
unit, but their spirited play cap-
tured the favor of Michigan fans,
even though they only played
about 15 minutes per game. George
enjoyed playing defense in high
school and still prefers it over of-
Elliott, too, admits defense is
Mans' forte, "although he is an
excellent blocker on offense, too."
But the 220-1b. senior leads the
team in total time played, aver-
aging about 43 minutes per game.

It was on offense that he had
his most memorable game. "It
was my first game as a junior
and I was playing offense for the
first time, because Bob Johnson
was out." Mans scored the only
touchdown of his college career
that day against Oregon and was
named Big Ten "Lineman of the
Week" by United .Press Interna-
Since that time, he rates his
two starts against Minnesota as
his best games. "I don't know
why they were both against the
same team, but when I finished
I felt I had played a good, hard
game. Of course, it wasn't a very
good feeling to lose them both,"
he adds.
Pass Receiver
Mans admits that he would like
to be used as a pass receiver
more, but "the important thing
is being able to play." He knows
he doesn't have the speed to be a
top-flight pass receiver, but last
season he caught nine passes for
136 yds. and thus far this year
has pulled in nine for 94 yds.,
mostly on the short look-in pass
over the center.

Alternating with Johnson last
year, Mans showed he had the
ability, the size and the determin-
ation to make an excellent end.
He was named by several pre-
season football publications as an
All-American candidate.
Mans has nothing but admira-
tion for Michigan's coaches.
"Bump Elliott and the entire staff
are the best in the country." He
credits Jack (Jocko) Nelson, the
end coach, with "teaching me a
great deal about offense" as well
as sharpening his defensive ma-
Harder Hitting
What about the Big Ten brand
of football? "It's the toughest for
this reason: from the top to the
bottom the teams are pretty close.
And the schedules are always
rough." You can tell you're play-
ing a Big Ten team "by the way
they hit. Army played a rough
game against us," he explains,
"but the Big Ten players just
seem to hit you a little harder on
those blocks."
A history major, Mans would
like to go into business in per-
sonnel "and maybe coach 'on the

side," he smiles. He is uncerta
about whether he would play pr
fessional football if given the o
portunity. Elliott feels Mans pro
ably has the size and the abil
to make a defensive end in I
pro ranks.
"I think Mans is the best a
round player we have," the Mic
igan coach says. "Some men m,
do , some things better tli
George, but he can do most
them as well or better than an
But then, that's just one of t
things that makes a good capta
as George Mans is.
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