THE MICHIGAN DAILY
October 15, 1,971
Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, October 15, 1971
By MICHAEL OLIN
The last three years have seen
Michigan's Wolverines score 135
points against the Fighting Illini.
In the last three years, Illinois has
not scored a point against Michi-
One might say, with a reason-
able degree of accuracy, there-
fore, that the Illini have not fared
too well against the Wolverines in
recent years. In fact, Illinois has
not been able to beat Michigan
since a 28-21 victory November 5,
1966, at Ann Arbor.
This year is expected to be no
exception. The Wolverines a r e
heavy favorites to win their fifth
straight from the Orange a n d
Blue on Saturday.
Illinois, however, despite their
0-5 record, is not read to roll over
and play dead just yet. Fir s t
year coach Bob Blackman's pro-
tegees have shown constant i m -
provement each week.
It's just that the improvement
hasn't been in the form of a vic-
tory. This in part may be due to
the competition the Illini h a v e
faced in the #last three weeks.
Their last three losses have been
to Southern Cal, Washington, and
last week, to Ohio State.
As Blackman says, "We're cap-
able of beating many teams in
the country. But when you play
somebody in the Top 20 every
week, it's difficult to find your
way into the win column."
In last week's game, for exam-
ple, the Illini topped the Buck-
eyes in almost every statistical
battle. They outgained Ohio State
by 122 yards in total offense, made
eight more first downs, and ran
25 more total plays.
However, all of these statistics
don't show up in the win column,
and the one statistic the Illini lost
was the most important one: final
Scoring is the one aspect of the
Illini offense that hasn't been
improving too rapidly, although
there has been improvment. In
their first three games, the Illini
didn't score a single point, but in
the last two weeks they have
scored three touchdowns and a
This is not to say that Illinois
hasn't had the opportunity to
score. Seven times this year the
Illini have had the ball with a
first down inside their opponents
20 yard line and seven times the
Illini have failed to score.
Four times those opportunities
have been first and goal. "I've
never been so frustrated in my
life," revealed Coach Blackman,
"We continue to be our own
worst enemy. The little mistakes
continue to kill us."
The Illini offense is led by
junior quarterback Mike Wells.
His finest afternoon of the year
came last week against Ohio State
as he completed 15 of 29 passes
for 197 yards. At 6-5 and 215
pounds, Wells is also big enough
to run, last week he did just that,
for another 58 yards off of the
Wells' prime aerial target is 6-4,
185 pound split end Garvin Rober-
son. Roberson has latched onto
seven passes for 101 yards, more
than anyone else on the team, even
though he missed two earlier gam-
es. Six of the receptions good for
85 yards came against Ohio State.
The Illinois backfield is young
and talented. Led by junior full-
back Mike Navarro the Illini have
piled up 969 yards in 240 at-
tempts. Navarro has ground out
241 of those yards in 46 tries for
a 5.2 yard average.
Navarro's prime running mates
have been sophomores John Wil-
son, 6-2, 200, and Ed Jenkins, 6-
0, 182. Jenkins, however, is ques-
tionable after receiving a kidney
injury in last week's game.
The Illinois defense has been
somewhat less than proficient this
year, having allowed 141 points so
far, including 52 against the Son-
ny Sixkiller led Washington Hus-
kies. But last week's showing in-
dicates that the Illini do have
potential,- having given up only
24 points to the powerful Buckeye
The defense line is led by bona
fide All-American candidate Tab
Bennett. Bennett, a 6-2, 240
pound specimen from Miami,
Florida, is characterized by his
exceptional quickness. He r u n s
the 40 in 4.6 seconds and has the
strength to go with that quick-
ness. Blackman says of Bennett.
"He canhbetas goodas he wants
to be. The thing that makes Tab
Bennett so unique is his very un-
SHADES OF THINGS to come? Wolverine Jim Betts (23) cracks down on an unidentified Illinois
ballcarrier as Illini end Doug Dieken (82) makes a futile attempt to stop Betts. Michigan crushed
Illinois 42-0 in last year's encounter.
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Detroit Pistons star Dave Bing
has been hospitalized for surgery
to repair a detached retina in his
right eye and his future as a pro-
fessional basketball player may
be in jeopardy.
Bing suffered what was origi-
nally , diagnosed as a scratched
eyeball in an exhibition game Oct.
5 and was bothered by a blurred
vision during the Piston's season-
RICHMOND, Va. () - Elias
Stukes, freshman starting cor-
nerback on the Virginia Union
University football team, died
yesterday of complications
from a severe neck injury suf-
fered in last Saturday's game
with Elizabeth City.
Coach Willard Bailey said
Stukes' death "is, of course, a
great shock to me, the team
and everybody associated with
A memorial service tenta-
tively is set for 1 p.m. today at
Stukes, 23, was graduated
from Richmond's Maggie Walk-
er High School in 1967 and
served in the Army, including
22 months in Vietnam.
He entered Virginia Union in
September after his discharge
Irom the Army.
opening victory over New York
Dr. Morton Cov Jr., assistant
professor of opthamology at the
University of Michigan Hospital,
said yesterday that the retina was
Cox said the condition was a
result of the injury nearsighted-
Bing is scheduled to undergo
surgery this morning.
Dr. Cox said that success of
the surgery is defined as reat-
taching the retina - the light
sensitive part of the eye necessar-
ily a restoration of full vision in
He said cryosurgery, in which
extreme low temperature is used
to reattach the retina, would be
Bing is expected to be hospi-
talized for seven to 10 days after
Even with a successful opera-
tion, Bing is expected to miss, at
least two months of action.
The loss of the 6-foot-3, 180
pound fling, even tiemporarily,
considerably dampens the Piston's
hope of going far in the National
Basketball Association this sea-
son. An All-Star guard, Bing has
led the team in scoring and assists
for the past five seasons.
Bing, 27, was the Pistons' No. 1
draft pick from Syracuse in 1966.
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