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September 25, 1964 - Image 7

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Wolverine Liru
By JIM LaSOVAGE Marcum and Butler, both sen-
haveniiors, are currently affixed in the
Preseason prognoticatorshlk guard positions of the offensive
have extended a favorable outlook line. Marcum, six feet tall and
of Michigan's gridiron hopes this weighing 210 pounds, has earned
year, rating the Wolverines right two letters, after missing his first
along with Illinois and Ohio State season with a knee injury. Al-
in the Big Ten loop and as as though Butler saw limited action
high as third nationally. last season, he showed marked ir-
But the consensus of opinion of provement this spring, and is ex-
these prognosticators seems to be pected to be used much this year.
that the Wolverines' major weak- At the center spot is junior
ness will be the offensive line, and Brian Patchen, who took over the
lack of experience in actual game first string job last year when
competition has been the big Tom Cecchini was injured. In 269
cause of concern.TmCecchini wasinjsrerIrm-
Offensive line coach Tony Ma-- minutes last season his perform-
son, however, will tell you differ- ance was impressive, and he has
ently. "It's a weakness on paver continued in the same style this
only," comments Mason. "I think fall.
the boys are really looking tough." Mason is very optimistic about
217 Lb. Average his front line. "All I can ask is
And they're looking big - the that they give a hundred per
front forward offensive wall av- cent," he says, "and I think they
erages 217 pounds a man. will."
The "boys" are Steve Smith, Knock'em Down
Chuck Kines, Dave Butler, Brian The offensive line coach says
Patchen, John Marcum, Tom that no special offense has been
Mack and John Henderson, all of planned against the Air Force
whom have nailed down positions Academy but that "we're just go-
in tomorrow's starting offensive ing to go in and knock them
lineup against the Cadets from the down."
Air .Force Academy. There have been some changes
Smith, a junior from Park of players from the. offensive
Ridge, Ill., will start at the left teams to the defensive teams be-
end spot towering at 6'5", while cause of the experimenting with
teammate Henderson, two inches the two platoon system. "If a
shorter, is at the other flanker man goes quicker laterally we put
position. Henderson led all Mich- him on defense," coach Mason ex-
igan receivers last year with 27 plains. "If a ian goes quicker
grabs and paced the Wolverine forward we put him on offense.
total individual scoring with 32 When we can get them to push
points. towards the goal line, that's what
Non-Letterwinners we want for offense."
The Wolverines will field Kines Cecchini is one of the players
and Mack at the tackle spots. who switched from offense to de-
Kines, a junior non-letterwinner, fense. The six foot, 200-pound ,
fills in the vacancy left by gradu- junior has notched the same start-
ated Tom Keating. Mack has yet ing center linebacker position he
to earn a letter, too, but walked held last season in the three games
off with the Morton Trophy for before he was injured and where
being the most improved player in he intercepted a pass per game.
spring practice. He was converted Conley Switches
to a tackle from end last season. Another player making the


Pleases Mason

GANG TACKLING by the Michigandefensive unit was the order
of the day in this scrimmage last spring and the Wolverines
are hoping to show a lot of crisp tackling tomorrow against Air
Force. The preseason word is that the M' linemen are big and
they hustle. The question to be answered Saturday is, how well
do they play. Although some critics have sighted the lack of game
experience as the line's chief weakness, Coach Tony Mason is
optimistic about his front line, which averages 217. He feels that
the weakness is one "on paper only."



change is senior and captain Jim
Conley. Conley played both ways
last year, and is being utilized de-
fensively this year in an attempt
to improve the Wolverine pass
Junior Jeff Hoyne, who lettered
last year, takes the other defen-
sive end spot. Hoyne also played
on the offensive squad last year.
At the defensive tackle spots
will be senior Arnie. Simkus and
junior Bill Yearby. Yearby letter-
ed in 'his sophomore year and
Simkus has earned varsity recog-
nition in both of his seasons on the
team. Sharing about 450 pounds
almost equally between them, they
should pose a major hindrance to
enemy backfield men.
Rounding out the defensive line
are guards Bill Keating and Rich
Hahn. Senior Hahn, a sophomore
letter winner, played 304 minutes
last season, while Keating, a jun-
ior, did not see any action last fall.



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