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The Michigan Daily-Friday, September 28, 1979-Page 13
NO. 2 PASSING A TTACK IN COUNTR Y:
Cal. aerial attack to test Michigan

By PETE BARBOUR
The following information is a
warning to the Michigan secondary-
gang, be ready for a busy afternoon,
Coach Roger Theder didn't try to hide
the fact that his California Golden
Bears (3-0) would be throwing often
Saturday against the once-beaten
Wolverines.
Not to say that the Bears have a one
dkpensional offense. It's probably safe
to sayhowever, that California lives by
passing the football as does Michigan
the run.
The offense is led by junior quarter-
back Rich Campbell, who Theder
thinks may be the best at his business in
college football. Campbell, along with
receivers Holden Smith, Michael Buggs
attd Matt Bouza make up the nucleus.of
the, fourth best NCAA passing attack in
1:928.
Last year, Campbell passed for 2,287'
yards or an average of 245.3 yards per
game.
, Theder admitted, though, that.
tiiowing the ball against Michigan's
defense wouldn't be easy.
"We may not show up," he joked.
"Really, I don't see any weaknesses in
Michigan's defense, which is com-
parable to the USC defense. However,
we're a passing team and we will try to
throw the football like we always do and
see how Michigan reacts to it," Theder
said.
While California's running game,
doesn't have the potency of its passing
attack, the Bears do have a player who
should keep the Wolverine defense from
keying on the pass..
Paul Jones proved that the Bears ha

a trunning game last week by gaining
132 yards in 26 carries against San Jose
State. The 6-2, 225 pound senior fullback
entered the season needing a little more
than 1,000 yards to replace former Cal
All-America Chuck Muncie as the'
Bears all-time leading rusher.

pound Bob Fodor and 6-4, 255 pound tim
Bailey. What they lack in experience
they certainly make up for in their
height and weight.
In case anyone wondered, California
does have a defense. And apparently
it's a pretty good one too, for like

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. . . we 're a passing team
and we will try to throw
the football like we always
(o and see how Michigan
;reacts to it.'
-Roger Theder
Head coach Roger Theder
A total of 1,993 yards over three years Michigan, the Bears have only given up
would be very good for most running 26 points in three games.
backs. When you consider, however, The Bear defense sets up in a 5-2-4
that Jones plays for a pass-happy defensive alignment. With nine players
Clalifnr, team hip (itintie nPatGraham,defensiveback

Daryl Swanson and linebacker.Ron Hill
to name three) returning from last
year s squad, Theder's nucleus on
defense is solid.
As theywere for their three previous
opponents, Theder said California will
be ready for the Wolverine offense.
"We expect Michigan to mostly run
the ball with an occasional play action
pass to keep us honest. Though not as
quick, our defense is similar to
Michigan's. We have a lot of zone con-
verage in the secondary," Theder said.
While Theder and the Bears would
love nothing more than to beat
Michigan, he said that losing the game
wouldn't ruin their season.
"We're playing a non-conference op-
ponent and because of that, a loss won't
hurt us. However, I think it is important
that we play a respectable game again-
st Michigan," he said.
Coach Theder, what are the Bears'
chances of winning the Pac 10 title?
"They're very slim, at best. This year
we don't have the depth and we're in a
rebuilding process. Hopefully next year
will be our year," Theder said.
A 3-0 record is pretty good for a team
in a rebuilding year. But only
tomorrow's game (4:00 pm. Michigan
time) will reveal what the team from
Berkeley and the team from Ann Arbor
are made of.

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MICHIGAN vs. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Tomorrow at 3:45 p.m.

Unknown quarterback
could key Cal. upset

The Michigan Wolverines meet the University
of California Golden Bears. Join Tom
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By GARY LEVY
The University of California football
program has been blessed over the
years - with a number of outstanding
quarterbacks: Joe Kapp, Craig Morton,
Steve Bartkowski, Joe Roth, Rich
Campbell.
Wait a minute. Who's Rich Cam-
pbell?
''HE'S THE QUARTERBACK who as
a sophomore recorded the second best
Rich Campbell
passing season in California history
(164-293, 56% , 2,287 yards, 14 touch-
downs).
He's the quarterback who in this
season's second game broke Califor-
nia's 26-year record for highest passing
percentage in a game (88.4%, 22-26).
He's the quarterback who after three
games this season is passing at a 73.5
pericent (72-98) clip.
QUITE IMPRESSIVE statistics for
the unknown 6-5", 215 lb. junior, and
according to<Golden Bears head coach
Roger Theder, Campbell is every bit as
good as the records indicate.
"I've coached Jim Plunkett (at Stan-
ford), Bartkowski and Roth, and he's
definitely in a class with them," said
t'heder.
Michigan head coach Bo Schem-
bechler also praised Campbell saying
he "could be one of the best quarter-
backs this Michigan team will face,"

comparing him to Purdue's Mark
Herrmann.
THEDER DESCRIBED Campbell as
a dropback brand of passer. "He's a big
strong quarterback with a great, strong
arm. He's got the speed to run, but we
don't ask him to run much," added
Theder.
Theder compared Campbell to Bar-
tkowski, the former California All-
American and the NFL's No. 1 draft
pick in1975 by the Atlanta Falcons.
"If he were a senior, he'd be in my
opinion, the top pro draft pick because
he's got all the tools. He'd be the num-
ber one pick just like Bartkowski was"
said Theder.

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ALTHOUGH CAMPBELL was the
tenth-ranked passer in the country last
year, and is currently ranked sixth this
season, he still remains relatively
unknown.
"USC gets all the publicity in the Pac-
10, and we haven't played other than
out west in awhile. Chuck Muncie got
recognition when he was at California,
but Campbell really hasn't had much
exposure," said Theder.
Campbell had .some exposure last
year when the Golden Bears clashed
with UCLA before a national television
audience. But Campbell suffered
perhaps the worst performance in his
career, throwing five interceptions in a
45-0 thrashing by the Bruins.
MICHIGAN MAY WORRY about the
aerial attacks of Michigan State and
Purdue but the Wolverines will have
their hands quite full when their fifth
ranked defense attempts to stop
California's number two ranked
passing attack led by Campbell.
Coach Theder summed up Cam-
pbell's lack of recognition saying,
"Everyone will know about him if they
don't already."

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