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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Thursday, September 23, 1971

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By RANDY CASWELL
The main attraction in the
arena of college football is more
often than not the major con-
ference races to see which
champions will be extended in-
vitations to play in bowl games.
However, there exists a sepa-
rate class of gridiron squads,
known as the independents,
which usually puts on some
kind of sideshow, with one of
its representatives stealing the
show in post-season action.
The mention of the word inde-
pendents should immediately
bring the thought of Notre
Dame to mind. Last year's run-
ner-up to Nebraska for national
honors; the Fighting Irish
should once again be a power-
house.
Led by mentor Ara Parse-
ghian, Notre Dame has 16 out of
22 starters returning with the
memory of a 24-11 victory over
Texas in the Cotton Bowl un-
der their belts.
Last year, Notre Dame's rug-
ged defense grudgingly gave up
only 108 points against power-
house teams like Georgia Tech.
In the season's opener last week,
the Notre Dame defense inter-
cepted seven passes and block-
ed a punt, displaying awesome
control over Northwestern's of-
fense while winning 50-7.
With such defensive talents as
All-American deepiback Clar-
ence Ellis and Walt Patulski,

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a 6-6, 260 defensive end an-
choring a line that averages
240 pounds, Notre Dame oppo-
nents will be hard-pressed for
points.
Offensively, Parseghian has
the arduous task of replacing
Wunderkind Joe Theismann at
quarterback. Junior Pat Steen-
berge directed the attack
against Northwestern last week,
exhibiting cool confidence in
his game plan. Senior Bill Etter
also took the helm several times,
displaying few weaknesses by
which he could be victimized.
Rounding out the offense are
all four ends from last year,
including All - American wide
receiver Tom Gatewood and
hard-running back Ed Gulyas.
The impressive mangling of
Northwestern last Saturday in-
dicates that Parseghian is
wasting little time in the race
for the national championship
this year.
One of Notre Dame's oppo-
nents, Georgia Tech, compiled a
9-3 record under the tutelage of
Bud Carson. The Ramblin'
Wreck also crushed Texas Tech
in the Sun Bowl.
This year, the Yellowjackets
will have even more sting. Lead-
ing the defense is Smylie Geb-
hart, a defensive end and quar-
terback - eater extraordinaire,
and tackle Brad Bourne, who
was plagued by injuries last
year.
A school record was set in to-
tal offense in 1970 in spite of
an unbelievable 21 interceptions.
Quarterback Eddie McAshan
seems to need still more prac-
tice. In last week's win against
Michigan State he was 0-8 with
two interceptions. Luckily, Mc-
Ashan has Brent Cunningham,
5-7, 170, one of the best Tech
backs to date, and speedster
Greg Horne at right half to help
him out of dangerous situations.
Georgia Tech's schedule is
tough, but with the talent it dis-
played against Michigan State,
not to mention only three away
games, it should be another in-
dependent that will cause top
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conference teams. embarrass-
ment,
The fantasy world of Penn
State's Joe Paterno crumbled
last year in a 7-3 season, ending
a winning streak of 31 games.
Drastic changes like switching
from an open attack to the
wing-T and installing junior
John Hufnagel at quarterback
have created welcome optimism
at University Park.
Returning veterans on offense
such as split ends Scott Skar-
zynski and Bob Parsons will pro-
vide Hufnagel with abundant
targets. If an aerial attack fal-
ters, Lidell Mitchell, who scored
five touchdowns against Navy
last week, will provide the
necessary power.
Defensively, the Nittany Lions
will field a line reputed to be
the quickest and hardest hitting
in the history of the school. The
main worry on defense will be
the inexperienced secondary.
Paterno is back on the road to
Bowl Country this year as last
week's 56-3 massacre of Navy
indicates. Tennessee, P e n n
State's last scheduled opponent,
will provide the real test of Pa-
terno's rebuilding ability.
Syracuse was troubled by ra-
cial conflicts last year, but
Coach Ben Schwartzwalder ral-
lied his team to finish up 6-4 for
the season.
This year, 34 lettermen re-
turn, including 17 of last year's
22 starters. The offensive line
is headed by four seniors, led by
6-5, 165 tackle Dan Yochum.
Returning backs Marty Janusz-
kiewicz and Rodger Praetorius
rushed for 1,200 yards collec-
tively last year. Bob
The Orangemen's defense is
deadly. All-American defensive
lineman Joe Ehrmann and mid-
dle guard Ted Lachowicz are
virtually unstoppable. In the
secondary, all of last year's
starters are returning, making
penetration hazardous if not
impossible.
Michigan hosts Navy October
2 and the Middies will present
the Wolverines with a relatively
inexperienced offense. In 1970,
Navy's highest score in any
game was 14 points.
Defensively, Navy is stronger,
Chuck Voith, All - American
candidate at linebacker is re-
turning, along with the rest of
last year's starters.
Besides having to face the
Wolverines, the Middies' sched-
ule includes Penn State and
Syracuse.

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Lauterbur has some reason for
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"We were hurt in the Ohio
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Another reason for his opti-
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named Levi Mitchell who rushed
980 yards in a school record 205
carries last year. "He's a fine
running back who's quick and
dangerous when he has the ball.
I'd like him to have the ball more"
mentioned the Hawkeye mentor.
Another valuable plus on Lau-
terbur's squad is the presence of
nine returning starters. These in-
clude co-captain and guard Geoff
Mickelson, tailback Mitchell, tac-
kle John Muller, and guard Chuck
Legler on offense.
On defense there are co-captain
and cornerback Craig Clemens,
defensive backs Charlie- Podolak,
Rich Solomon and Jerry Johnson,
and tackles Jerry Nelson and Bill
Windauer.
As many reasons as there are
for optimism in the coach's of-
fice, there are also reasons foi4
dismay. For one thing, the Hawk-
eyes are made up of mostly small
rookies. He is concerned about
the size of his players, saying, "We
have to work with what we've got,
but they certainly could do a lot
better, job on defense. As for the
size problem, I'd really like to
get Alex Karras on waivers."
Rookies dominate the Hawkeye
team. There are 32 juniors, 20 so-
phomores and only 19 seniors,
most of whom did not start in
last year's games. Top sopho-
mores for the Hawkeyes are re-
serve quarterbacks Rob Fick and
John Highland, tailback Harold
Johnson, wingback Dave Jackson,
split end Brian Rollins, lineback-
er Harry Young, place wicker Har-
ry Kokolus, and tackle Jim Was-
chek.
Two of Iowa's most talented of-j
fensive linemen are juniors Craig
Darling and Tom Cabalka.
Besides the personal problems
of being a rookie coach LauterburI
has worries about the fact that he
has no proven quarterback or line-
backers. He expresses cautious op-

timism about his starting quarter-
back, Frank Sunderman: "He im-
proved quite a bit in the Ohio
State game and has a lot of poise
for a rookie."
The Hawkeye's offensive phil-
osophy is new this year and the
defense has changed from a 4-3-4
to a 5-2-4. All the innovation
on the team is bound to cause
some confusion.
After the dismal 52-21 opening
against Ohio State Lauterbur
felt that his defense needed im-
provement "everywhere". He in-
tends to try to weld the team to-
gether and warns that "we better
improve."
It has been a long time since
the Hawkeyes have won a Big Ten
championship. The last time they
were on top was way back in 1956.
But as it's phrased in Ecclesiasties,
"to everything there is a seas-
son" and someday, perhaps with
the help of coach Frank Lauter-
bur and a mature team, Iowa's
time will come.
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