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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, Septe

Page 4-Saturday, September 16, 1978-The Michigan Daily
All-America selections difficult

(Contined from Page 14)
*MELITA, Tome............... MG
**METER, Jerry .................ILB
MITCHELL, Alan...........WR
MOTLEY, Fred ............. MG


The makings of an All America
candidate are not on the scorching
practice turf in mid-August. Nor can
one claim such a lofty grid award by
logging hours in the weightaroom or
improving his quickness on the track.
Sorry Sam, but even throwing
thousands of footballs through a tire on
a rope won't guarantee one of the top
quarterback nod in the nation. The true
talent needed to propel Calvin
Linebacker into the pages of Payboy's
All-America spread lies with the toils of
the public relations office.
Unlike pro sports, there are just too
many players and too few games to get
a good idea of who best mans a certain
But fear not. Diligence, effort,
unlimited usage of a long distant
telephone and an intelligent staff of 30
sportswriters, all willing to relinquish
their 50 yard line seats in Michigan
Stadium to travel about the country
examining each candidate, can result
in a true All-America squad.
If however, one possesses none of the
mentioned resources, he might buy a
copy of five or six pre-season football
magazines and look for the names
which pop up the most. -
Here are the names which pop up the
Let's look at the quarterbacks.
Everybody loves a quarterback-but no
one can agree on which one to love the
most. Down in Arkansas they love Ron
Calcagni. In Alabama, Jeff Rutledge

proves the sparkle. Thomas Lott, Rod
Gerald, Rick Leach and Joe Montana
all have their followings.
While love my be blind, Razorback
fans have heard about Calcagni for too
long and talked about him too loud for
the 6'0 senior to be passed over as the
nation's top signal caller. Last season
he threw for 1147 yards while
completing 73 passes out of 137
And while he rushed for over 500
yards, it's not the state which make
Calcagni the top QB-it's what the real
experts say about him. That is, the pro
scouts. According to this group of
pigskin perfects Calcagni has an
exceptional talent for finding the

secondary receiver when his primary
target is covered. Such ability ranks
high in my book.
Keeping Calcagni company behind
the line are running backs Charles
Alexander (LSU), I.M. Hipp
(Nebraska) and Ted Brown (North
Carolina State).
Alexander is the most talented of the
trio and would be a betting man's
choice for the Heisman Trophy. Last
year he racked up 1686 yards, second in
the nation. He logged those yards with a
combination of speed and strength. At
215 pounds he is big enough to run over
a good share of defensive backs. And
when you cover 40 yards in 4.4 seconds
you're going to run past most everyone

on the field.
Then there is I.M. Hipp. Such a name
gives the indication that this individual
might be impressed with himself-and
he has a right to be. He entered
Nebraska with the name Isaiah Moses
Hipp and no football scholarship.
Few super college walk-ons ever see
the inside of a huddle, let alone log
considerable playing time. After
gaining nearly 1700 yards last year, and
achieving a better per carry average
than Heisman winner Earl Campbell,
few Cornhuskrs are able to deny that
I.M. is indeed hip.
My final choice for running back, Ted
Brown beat out considerable
(Continued from Page 15)





50 **NAUTA, Steve.............C 6-2 229 Sr.
83 NEEDHAM, Ben ...............OLB 6-4 215 So.
96 NICOLAU, Dave ................DT 6-41/ 235 So.
56 NOVAK, Richard....... ......OT 6-5 237 Jr.
78 OSBUN, Tony ..................DT 6-5 240 So.
53 *OWENS, Mel ...................ILB 6-2 227 Jr.
89 PEDERSON, Chip .............. TE 6-5 230 Sr.
67 *POWERS, John .................OG 6-3 254 Jr.
71 PREPOLEC, John .............. OG 6-4 240 So.
70 QUINN, Gary ..................OG 6-3 246 Jr.
23 REID, Lawrence ...............FB 6-1 206 Jr.
82 ***SCHMERGE, Mark............ TE 6-3 229 Sr.
91 ***SEABRON, Tom... ......OLB 6-3 208 Sr.
40 **SIMPKINS,-Ron ................ILB 6-1 215 Jr.
26 *SMITH, Roosevelt .............. TB 5-10 198 Jr.
79 TORZY, Mark ..................OT 6-4 250 Sr.
77 *TRGOVAC, Mike ............... MG 6-2 220 So.

Mr. J: time to
more Levi

Facts, figures, tales and trivia:
offbeat info for 'M' football fans

Entering its 99th season of college
football, Michigan teams of the past
have compiled some interesting
statistics and records which aren't
found on the standard trivia lists.
One of the more interesting items is
the fact that the total population of Ann
Arbor, 106,000 could have been found in
the Michigan Stadium on November 19,
1977 when an all-time NCAA regular-
season record crowd of 106,024 watched
the Wolverines down Ohio State.

. As a matter of contrast,
Northwestern didn't even draw that
many people for their entire home
schedule of five games. Only 100,318
saw the Wildcats play in 1977, while the
Wolverines managed crowds larger
than Northwestern's entire home
schedule in each of their home outings.
THE PLAYERS which comprise that
squad are not different from any-of the
players Bo Schembechler has recruited
for this year's team. The 1978
Wolverines boast players from 10
states, with 37 being homegrown
products while the other 35 members
come from outside Michigan. Ohio is
the second most popular state to choose
prospects from, with 16 Buckeye state
This habit of turning to surrounding
states for talent is quite a successful
practice. Michigan leads the Big Ten in
number of games won, fewest games
lost, fewest games tied and highest
winning percentage among conference
Even when they sharpen up for those
Big Ten battles with non-conference
games, their luck is no different.

Michigan is 24-1-2 in this portion of the
schedule since Bo took over.
However when they are lumped in
with the rest of the conference totals,
the picture is not quite as impressive.
Non-conference opponents have
thrashed Big Ten teams, giving them a
119-145 won-lost record during the Bo
THIS DISMAL slate works out to only
three winning seasons for the past nine
non-conference schedules.
Nine seems to be the number which
keeps popping up so frequently when-
attention is focused on Michigan's 1978
team. It's the 99th season of football at
the University. Bo's coached nine
previous seasons, and the Wolverines
have finished no lower than ninth in the
national polls in the past nine years.
However in three of those nine years,
the team did finish ninth.
To make the football program run
efficiently, there are nine full-time
coaches including Bo. All nine would
probably tell you the same thing: that
the team they like to beat the best is the
one with nine letters in its name-O-h-i-
o S-t-a-t-e.

66 wandersleben, tom ............OG
5 WANGLER, John ...............QB
62 WEBER, Gary ................. DT
19 WILLIAMS, Virgil .............. WB
1 *WILLNER, Gregg ..............P-PK
56 WUNDERLI, Greg ............. C
*denotes football letters won




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Russell Davis and Jerry Meter hold Michigan's fortunes at the pre-game
coin flip this season, as they were selected by their teammates as the 1978
offensive and defensive co-captains.
Besides the ceremonial duty of representing their team before each of
Michigan's game, Davis and Meter will be responsible for the much more
serious leadership role. But this added requirement won't create any more
pressure for Davis.
"Every senior on the team takes responsibility of leadership on this
team," said Davis. "That's the way Bo likes to run things."
Balloting for both co-captains is done strictly by the players themselves,
with no influence from any of the coaches.

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