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Page 6-Saturday, September 16, 1978-The Michigan DailyTy

The Michigan Daily--Soturdoy, Septem

Opponents
(Continued from Page 3)
Coleman.
A pleasant surprise for the Illini is
Rich Weiss, at quarterback, who sat out
last season with an injured back. Now a
sophomore, Weiss showed great
promise in spring drills and starts for
Illinois. Backing him up is junior
Lawrence McCullough.
MOELLER, THE defensive co-
ordinator for four years at Michigan,
feels that the real weakness of his team
lies with the defense. "In order for us to
improve our record of a year ago, we

have to improve our defense. There's
no questions about it," commented
Moeller.
Leading the way for the defensive
unit are linebacker John Sullivan and
middle guard Stanley Ralph, both post-
season honor candidates.
However, the Fighting Illini will have
to be prepared to fight a lot harder than
they did against the Wildcats against
Michigan here today.
-ELISA FRYE
2-Notre Dame
Vagas Ferguson, Jerome Heavens,
and Joe Montana.
Their names sound more like that of

a rock trio than a football backfield, but
it's usually the opposing coaches who
end up doing the singing when talking
about national champion Notre Dame's
returning offensive stars.
THE IRISH, like the Wolverines,
return their entire backfield, which set
school records last year for points (420)
and yards (5,239). However, their club
has been decimated by graduation
elsewhere, including the entire right
side of the offensive line and six
starters on defense.
The personnel depletion has dropped
Notre Dame from the Number One spot
on just about everybody's chart. But
the talented backfield threesome may

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be able to change the pollsters tune.
Montana, a 6-2, 191 lb. senior, sat out
the 1976 season with a shoulder injury
and was listed as no better than third
string at the top of last season.
But two lackluster offensive
performances induced coach Dan
Devine to promote Montana to lead
guitar. Montana responded with a
come-from-behind victory over Purdue
and proceded to rip off 10 consecutive
victories, culminating in the 38-10
stomping of Texas in the Cotton Bowl.
Montana hummed 12 paydirt passes in
accumulating 1,715 yards last season.
FERGUSON AND Heavens danced
for 100 and 101 yards repectively in the
Cotton Bowl and are counted on to grind
out the yardage again this year.
Heavens is a senior fullback who last
season just missed out on becoming
only the second Notre Dame back in
historyl to pile up 1,000 yards. In fact,
he accomplished the milestone at one
point, but on his last carry was thrown
for a six-yard loss to drop his season
total to 994.
Ferguson was hobbled with a
sprained ankle last season, but
recovered to win the MVP award in the
Cotton Bowl with three TD's.
The Irish have a tough schedule as
usual, and have already dropped a
home game, 3-0, to Missouri. With
Michigan, USC, Michigan State, et. al.
on the board it is doubtful the Irish can
put together back-to-back national
championships. But with the combined
talents of the coaching staff and the
offensive backfield, don't be surprised
if Ferguson, Heavens and Montana
celebrate a bowl game victory with a
rousing rendition of "When Irish eyes
are smiling ...
-GARY KICINSKI
3-Duke
In 1977, sub-par performances
against Duke and Navy nearly tripped
up Michigan almost before its football
season had begun.
Navy has departed this year's
schedule, but the Blue Devils remain,
positioned right after the Notre Dame
game, confident they can improve on
last season's 21-9 defeat in Ann Arbor.
THE BLUE Devils, 5-6 in '77, have
their best two defensive players
returning along with an All-American
candidate in quarterback Mike Dunn.
The senior from Hampton, Va.
accounted for 1815 total yards in 1977,
1239 passing and 576 rushing. Dunn's
quickness and quick hands befuddled
the Wolverines last season in much the
same way that Ohio State's Rod Gerald
did. -
By the time Dunn graduates, he
should possess 10 different Duke and
ACC records. Mediocre without him,
the Blue Devil offense can be
troublesome with their multi-talented
signal-caller.
On defense, Duke relies on its two
outstanding linebackers, Bill King and
All-ACC defender Carl McGee. While
teammate McGee was hampered
somewhat with a lingering hamstring
injury last season, King established
himself, accounting for 100 tackles,
seven for losses, and two interceptions.
McGee is healthy again, which is bad
news for Duke opponents. Though not
100 per cent last year, the 6-3 senior led
the Blue Devils in tackles, 134, and
tackles for loss, nine.
"WE FEEL we have the league's best
pair (of linebackers)," said eight-year
head coach Mike McGee. "Both of these
men should be candidates for post-
-season honors."
Obviously, there are weaknesses in a
5-6 team, and Duke is no exception.
Five of last year's starting offensive
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AP Poll
Alabama (51) 1-0-0
Arkansas (11) 0-0-0
Oklahoma 1-0-0
MICHIGAN 0-0-0
Penn State (1) 2-0-0
Ohio State 0-0-0
Texas 0-0-0
Southern Cal 1-0-0
UCLA 1-0-0
Texas A&M 1-0-0
Missouri 1-0-0
Nebraska 1-1-0
Louisiana State 0-0-0
Pittsburgh 0-0-0
Notre Dame 0-1-0
Florida State 1-0-0
Kentucky 0-0-0
Washington 0-1-0
Iowa State 1-0-0
Maryland 1-0-0

QUARTERBACK RICK LEACH calls signals over center Walt Downing, now
playing for the San Francisco 49'ers in the NFL. There are two other pro players
in this picture from last year's 23-6 win over Iowa-they are ... go on guess ...
okay, they are 78 Mike Kenn, now on Atlanta and 60 Mark Donahue, now with
Cincinnati.

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Passing.................
Penalty ..................
TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYS..
TOTAL OFFENSIVE YARDS..
Avg yds per play...........
Avg yds per game........
RUSHING PLAYS...........
RUSHING YARDS.........
Avg yds per rush...........
Avg yds per game.........
PASSING YARDSU..........
PA/PC ......................
Avg yds per completion..
Avg yds per game.........
TOTAL NUMBER OF PUNTS.
total Yards ...............
Avg per punt ...............
TOTAL KICK RET/YARDS ....
Punt Ret/Yds.............
Kickoff Ret/Yds..........
Misc. Kick Ret/Yds.......
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INTERCEPTIONS/YARDS....
FUMBLES/LOST...........
PENALTIES/YARDS .........
Date Md
9/IS 37 at Illinois
9/17 21 Duke
9/24 14 Navy
10/1 41 Texas A&M
10/8 24 at Mich. State
10/15 56 Wisconsin
10/22 0 at Minnesota
10/29 23 Iowa
11/5 63 Northwestern
11/12 40 at Purdue
11/19 14 Ohio State
1/2 20 Washington

Mich. Opp.
226 170
161 94
60 69
5 7
843 780
4364 3012
5.2 3.9
363.7 251.0
664 536
2986 1451
4.5 2.7
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1378 1561
179/92 245/134
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114.8 130.1
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40.5 36.9
65/859 80/1106
38/288 25/162
27/571 55/944
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28/20 31/19
50/443 36/341
Opp Attendance
9 60,477
9 104,072
7 10180
3 104,802
14 78.183
0 104,892
16 44,165
6 104,617
20 103,211
7 68,003
6 106,024
27 105,312
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6 6.1 0 19
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22.5 0 38
20.0 0 23
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