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linemen have graduated, and both the
defensive and offensive backfields lack
much foot-speed. Duke was able to
handle a favored Georgia Tech team in
the first week of the season though, and
could be undefeated when it invades
Ann Arbor, September 30th.
On October 7, the Wolverines host the
Arizona Wildcats, the first Pac-10ateam
to ever play Michigan. The Wildcats, 5-
7 last year, join Arizona State to form
the new union that was formerly the
ALTHOUGH THE Wildcats pose no
serious threat to capture their
conference title (7-20 career record
against new league foes), they won't be
taken lightly by anyone.
"It's going to be much harder to get
to Pasadena because the competition
will be tremendous," commented USC
coach John Robinson.
ACCORDING TO Arizona coach Tony
Mason, "It appears that the offensive
line and the linebacker position is the
strongest but our newcomers will be
very evident in the offensive backfield,
defensive line, and the defensive
The Wildcats offensive will be led by
tight end Ron Beyer, split end Jim
Haynes, and fullback Hubert Oliver.
The defensive is supported by ends
John Crawford and Chris Smith,
linebackers Jack Housley and Corky
Ingraham and cornerback Gary
"DEPTH IS OUR main problem,"
stated Mason. Seven offensive starters,
six defensive starters and one specialist
return. "Our kicking game will be in
new hands but in freshman specialist
Bill Zivic, we feel we have one of the
finest kickers in the country."
Mason realizes the first couple of
years in the Pac-10 will be tough and
possibly discouraging, but he looks
forward to the season. And with a large
number of transfers and college
standouts the Wildcats should have
their share of upsets.
As part of its preseason promotional
blitz, the Michigan State Spartans
issued a proclamation that may prove
difficult to back up.
It goes like this: "This season
Michigan State promised to be the most
electrifying team in the Big Ten."
Everything, however, seems to hinge
upon your definition of 'electrifying.'
IF THE SPARTANS, third place
finishers last fall, can displace
Michigan and/or Ohio State from the
top of the Big Ten heap, it could be
considered electrifying, if not shocking.
Impossible, you say? Not really,
when you stop to consider the
experienced talent on this MSU squad,
and then notice that State's schedule is
. Darryl Rogers, who guided MSU to a
7-31 slate last year and won Big Ten
Coach of the Year honors in the
process, comes back with an
impressive arsenal of seasoned
He has a quarterback, Eddie Smith,
who can really throw the'ball, and a
flanker, Kirk Gibson, who can.really
catch it. 1978 will be Smith's third year
at the helm, and he's already re-written
the Spartan record book. Gibson
appears destined to be an All-American
in-football before pursuing a career in
See OPPONENTS, Page 11
The Michigan Daily-Saturday, Septe
Choosin all the Al-Ameri
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competiton, mostly on statistics.
Russell Davis was tempting as a home
town favorite and I probably couldn't
defend the choice of Brown in court, but
such is life.
The All America wide receiver is
Gordon Jones of Pitt. Not only is the
man adept at catching the ball, he is
also of the most dangerous open field
runners in the college ranks.
Joining Jones is Michigan State
favorite and Detroit Tiger bonus baby
Kirk Gibson. With all that has been said
recently about how Gibson is the prime
example of a pure athlete, it would be
hard to leave him off the squad.
Choosing interior linemen for an All-
America squad is a tough job. Their
statistics are confined to height, weight
and jersey number. At any rate, here
are the guys that garner the most
AT THE GUARDS Greg Roberts
(Oklahoma) and Pat Howell (USC)
rank highest in the nation. Roberts was
mentioned by every pre-season football
magazine on the market. Howell on the
other hand hails from a school which
has produced such greats as Ron Yary
and Marvin Powell...
Jim Bunch (Alabama) and Keith
Dorney (Penn State) man the tackle
slots.' Now Bill Dufek (Michigan) is
obviously a candidate; but with a year
lay-off, we'll hve to wait until
November to make a final decision.
Center Dave Huffman (Notre Dame)
appears to be the clearest choice for All
American honors of any position. More
than the Irish appreciate his play. As
for tight end, just about every tight
end in America was mentioned-not
one of them twice. Take your pick. Take
all of them. No one will ever know the
Defensive players are tough to single
out without seeing them play. The All
America line could be the five athletes
who made the most solo tackles last
year-but there are probably better
players with fewer tackles.
Thus, let it suffice to say that ends
Ralph DeLoach (California) and Kelton
Dansler (OSU), tackles Mike Bell
(Colorado State) and Rueben Vaughn
(Colorado), and middle guard Reggie
Kinlaw (Oklahoma) have all made
enough tackles, demonstrated the
necessary strength and quickness, and
have played in front of regional or
national televison audiences enough to
deserve All-America honors.
IN SELECTING linebackers, it is
tempting to selet the three guys who
stick the hardest. Tom Cousineau
R. Smith ......
M. Smith .....
Leach ..... 174
Wangler ... 2
Dickey .... 3
Mental toughness for
Yds Avg Lp
1092 4.9 44
743 4.6 31
375 3.3 21
300 5.0 25
226 4.7 12
77 3.9 14
58 8.3 74
57 7.1 19
32 5.3 15
28 3.1 20
10 5.0 8
1 0.3 2
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conference game we've played since
we've been here," Schembechler says
of the-Irish game. "But you've got to
keep that in perspective because it
can't be as important as a conference
game. It can't be as important as a
Michigan State rivalry or an Ohio State
rivalry because those two teams are
WHILE MUCH attention has already
been placed on next week's contest,
Schembechler is quick to point out that
his team still must deal with Illinois
today before they entertain thoughts of
joining Missouri in knocking off Notre
"It's going to be a big game early in
the year. But you don't want to look to
that. See that's what Illinois is hoping
for, that we're looking to Notre Dame,
and they (Illinois) can do the job on us.
So you've got to be careful."
While he admits to the importance of
the Notre Dame game, Bo maintains
that, "We would be ten times better off
to beat Illinois and lose to Notre Dame
than to lose to Illinois and beat Notre
One of the answers of how successful
this Michigan team can be lies in how
many of those 92 players which first
showed up at practice this fall are
healthy when the season ends with the
Ohio State game.
"THE SECRET to winning is going to
be staying healthy," said
Schembechler. "You can't look at it
(the team) and say well let's go to the
next guy because you don't have a next
guy that's as good as you have in the
game. So staying healthy is very, very
important. Your great teams can
become very average if they don't stay
But Bo realizes that the risk of
playing football is such that injuries are
bound to occur. He rationalizes that the
successful players will overcome this
handicap. "You're going to be hurt and
you're going to be in battles," he says.
"A lot of it (playing winning football) is
mental toughness. You can have the
talent and if you don't have the mental
toughness, you'll never play football.
You don't play football to recreate."
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