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October 24, 1979 - Image 10

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Pge 10-Wednesday, October 24, 1979-The Michigan Doily BO KNOWS LI A'S WORTH
Anonymity doesn't bother Blue center

M XMIIWAMAPAMWMMI ',

Homecoming
1s70

By BILLY NEFF
The name George Lilja may not
mean much to you, or to 105,000 other
Michigan fans. And his name would not
have much significance at a school like
Michigan, but if Lilja had gone to
college in his home state of Illinois, he
would be a household word.
Because, you see, Li.lja is the star-
ting center on Michigan's. football
team. And at Michigan, he merely
gsdes out well with the coaches,

because fame goes to many, many
players. At Illinois, he probably would
be touted as an All-American.
"AT MICHIGAN, you may knock a
lineman off the block, but he still may
make the tackle. And that is not so
good. At Illinois, you knock a lineman
off the block and it's great, whether he
makes the tackle or not," said Lilja.
"You look at the standards of a
Michigan or an Ohio State. They're
much higher. He's (Bo's) striving for
perfection. The standards are high and

that's the price of winning," Lilja con-
tinued.
The lure of winning has always been
great for Lilja, so great that it was a
factor -in his decision to come north
from Palos Park. "I knew I wanted to
stay in the Midwest. I picked Michigan

because of its academic background
and winning tradition," asserted Lilja.
BUT THIS attraction cost Lilja
dearly in terms of playing time. At a
football power like Michigan, he really
couldn't play until his senior year,
despite being an All-American in high

'You look at the stand-
ards of a Michigan or a
Ohio State. They're much
higher. He's (Bo's) striving
for perfection. The stand-
ards are high and that's
the price of winning.'
-George Litia

school. "As a freshman, you kind of
want to start, but you get a rude
awakening," he noted.
"It's frustrating to sit on the bench.
You know you just have to wait your
turn. The most frustrating thing is
waiting to get the opportunity to play,"
declared the senior, a B.G.S. major who
has another year of eligibility
remaining.
Not only was Lilja awakened to the
harsh reality of playing on a football
power, but injuries also stood in his way
here at Michigan. "Walt Downing was
an All-American when I came here.
Then at winter drills the next year, I
kind of tripped over a foam rubber
dummy and pulled my ankle out," Lilja
said.
SO LILJA is starting for the.first time
this year. His best blocking has come in
recent weeks as tailbacks Butch
Woolfolk and Stanley Edwards have
been rambling through opposing defen-
ses. About those two runners, Lilja
says, "They realize they can't get there
without the blocking. That's the sign of
a good back when they tell you 'good
block'."
"You (a lineman) appreciate his
talents when he breaks open. They're
both very good halfbacks; we don't lose
confidence in either one," Lilja con-
cluded.
This admiration society could add
Schembechler as a member. "We're
playing better at. the guard-center
positions. We have to improve at the,
tackle position," George (Lilja) is
playing good ball, real good ball,"
Schembechler said.
AND LILJA'S mentor admires him
and his colleagues in the trenches for
other reasons, too. "From tackle to
tackle, they're the most difficult
positions to play, bar none. You have to
have size and speed, quick feet and be
smart as hell," added Schembechler.

Dave Gallagher

AP Top Twenty UPI Top Twenty

1973, certainly a year to forget'
for the Michigan Wolverines. The
final game of the season resulted
in the now-infamous 10-10 tie with
Ohio State. Following the game,'
Big Ten officials surprisingly
chose Ohio State as the conferen-,
ce representative' in the Rose:.
Bowl, some say stealing that
right from Michigan.
Yet one Wolverine from that
dejected squad had plenty to
shout about. Defensive tackle t
Dave Gallagher was honored
with first-team All-American
recognition, the only '73
Wolverine to be awarded that
honor.
He was one gooood tackle, 'f
said Coach Bo Schembechler
back in the fall of 1973. The
Piqua, Ohio native was known on
the field for his qualities of fier-
ceness and agility.
The 6-4, 245 senior co-captain, a f
zoology major at the time, went n
on to play for the New York Gian-
ts of the NFL, Gallagher is
currently with the Lions,
although injured.
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1. Alabama (52)......6-0-0
2. Nebraska (6).......6-0-0..
3. Southern Cal (9)......6-0-1
(tie) DAILY LIBELS. 6-0-1
4. Arkansas ............ 6-0-0
(tie) Ohio State (1) ... 7-0-0
6. Houston ............. 6-0-0
7. Oklahoma......... 5-1-0
8. Florida State.......6-0-0
9. Texas ................ 4-1-0
10. MICHIGAN.........6=1-0

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1,198
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871
864
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627
494
488
437
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349
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163
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1. Alabama (36)........6-0
2. Nebraska (4)........6-0
3. Southern Cal (2) ..... 6-0-1
(tie) DAILY
LIBELS.......6-0-1
4. Houston ............. 6-0
5. Arkansas...........6-0.
6. Ohio State ............. 7-0
7. Florida State.........6-0
8. Texas ............... 4-1
9. Oklahoma...........5-1
10. MICHIGAN .........6-1
11. Birgham Young..... 6-0
12. Pittsburgh.......-1
13. North Carolina ...... 5-1
14. Navy......,.....60
15. Notre Dame ........4-3
16. Purdue ............5-2
17. Louisiana St........ 5-2
18. Wake Forest.... . 6-1
19. Penn State..........4-2
20. Baylor............ 5-2

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12. Pittsburgh........
13. Auburn ....... ...
14. Notre Dame......
15. North Carolina ......
16. Purdue...........
17.Navy ...........
18. Wake Forest.......
19. Tennessee.........
24. Washington ...... ..

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GRIDDE PICKS

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hended yesterday afternoon while rob-
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caught them redhanded. The change
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the Daily, for a one-item pizza from
Pizza Bob's. The judge informed the
faulty officials that Griddes can be
dropped off at 420 Maynard by 12 p m.
Friday.
1. Indiana at MICHIGAN
(Pick score)
2. Michigan St. at Ohio St.
3. Northwestern at Purdue
4. Illinois at Minnesota
5. Iowa at Wisconsin
6. South Carolina at Notre Dame
7. Princeton at Harvard
8. Navy at Pittsburgh
9. Maryland at Duke
10. N. Carolina St. at Clemson
11. Auburn at Wake Forest
12. Florida St; at LSU
13. Toledo at Miami (0.)
14. Central Michigan at Kent St.
15. Oklahoma St. at Kansas
16. Texas at SMU
17. Washington at UCLA
18. Houston at Arkansas.
19. San Jose State at Long Beach St.
20. G.K.'s Vermont Saps at DAILY
LIBELS
BOWL
of
UNION LANES
The absolute bottom
of the Union
OPEN: t0am Mon-Fri
1pm Sat-Sun

Volebll lif oe ats s pirits
for spiker Sellman
By PETE BARBOUR
Most people have something in their lives which arouses their emotion. An
"A" on a test, the World Series, the Rocky Mountains: spiking elevates this spirit
of Jeanne Sellman, senior server extraordinaire for the Michigan women's
volleyball team.
"I get high on volleyball. I love the team togetherness, pushing for a common
goal and extending bodily energies to the maximum," Sellman said.
Sellman's involvement with volleyball began in high school. Having come to
Michigan largely for academic reasons, Sellman said she hadn't even considered
playing in college. However, Sellman's mother saw to it that she would play for the
WolverineVarsity.
"She told me about possible scholarships so I tried out. Sandy (coach Sandy
Vong) told me then that I had some potential. I eventually got a scholarship in my
junior year," she said.
Though Sellman has high hopes for this year's team, the Wolverines are
currently struggling. Two weeks ago, Michigan lost to two of the teams Sellman
feels they have to beat in the state tournament at Mt. Pleasant: Michigan State
and Western Michigan.
In retrospect, the third game of the MSU match had to hurt their morale.
Trailing 7-0, the Spartans roared back to nip the.Wolverines, 17-15. "It had to be the
low point in our season," Sellman said.
Sellman attributed Michigan's problems to a communication gap between
Vong and the team. "We get along real well, but we didn't know what his goals
were and he didn't know ours. I want to play well, which means giving my best ef-
fort. Sandy wants to do well in the state meet which is the pinnacle of the season."
Sellman said that the gap in communication no longer exists. "This team is
fun and one of the most versatile around. It's not evident so far, but we could be in
the top two (in the state). Now that we know each other's goals, I think we can still
turn things around," Sellman said.
During the summer, Sellman and four teammates trained at U of M in
preparation for the 1979 season. For instance, she worked out on the weights five
days a week. Sellman said that weighlifting helps her to keep her strength in a long
match.
"Now that we're in the season, I lift weights twice a week. Sometimes it gives
you that one extra point late in the game," she said.
A Physical Education major, Sellman hopes to go into exercise physiology or
rehabilitation and athletic training. "I'll have to go to graduate school for that.
That will require money, so I'll probably have to take two years off," she said.
What if she doesn't make it in her career? Sellman pointed out that she
wouldn't suffer any emotional hardship if things didn't work out. She said that her
knowledge of volleyball could land her a teaching or coaching position.
"These four years (at U of M) have taught me how to live, organize my time
and go with the flow. I've gotten along well with employers, so I don't think I'll
have any monetary problems," she said.
Naturally, there are other things to think of besides financial well-being. "Just
to know that I have friends, family, and can keep my sense of humor is important,"
she said.
Just before the end of the interview, Sellman hoped that this story "doesn't get
in the bottom of some birdcage." Apparently, she doesn't have to worry about
losing her ability to laugh or make jokes.

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