Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday, October 22, 1971
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By THERESA SWEDO
"There was a football under
our Christmas tree every Christ-
mas. My father never pushed me
into football, but maybe he had
a psychological plan in mind to
get me to play."
Luckily for Michigan's foot-
ball future, Guy Murdock did
decide to give the sport a try.
His try proved successful, and
today he is co-captain and cen-
ter on the Wolverine squad.
In his younger days his at-
tempts at glory did not always
far so well. He talks about the
time his team was playing a
championship game in sixth
As Guy explains it, his team
was behind by six points near
the end of the game. So they
sent one man out on the pre-
text of substitution, and t h e
substitute never came in.
Meanwhile, the boy who went
out stood on the sidelines at the
line of scrimmage waiting for
the play to begin. The ball was
snapped, the quarterback faded
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threw to the boy who had run
out on the field again from the
sidelines. The pass was complete
and the touchdown was virtually
assured when the runner drop-
ped the ball. "An example of
poetic justice," says Guy.
Murdock played center in 5th
and 6th grade flag football,
but switched to guard when he
started playing tackle ball in
high school. He lived and went
to high school in the suburbs
of Chicago. Guy's father was an
All-American at Cornell in
1933-1934, then played semi-
pro ball for a time. After that
he coached at Cornell and Bos-
The Murdock's have four child-
ren; a boy and a girl younger
than Guy and one older boy. His
younger brother will be play-
ing football at Drake next year.
When he has time Murdock
likes to make furniture. L a s t
summer he did that and odd
jobs to make money for the
coming year. He also likes to
putter around with tools a n d
Guy's taste in music ranges
from classical to pop, but he
doesn't play any instruments.
The only experience he's had in
art was "fingerpainting in kin-
The course that Murdock is
following in his life seems great-
ly influenced by his background.
Guy would like to be a teacher,
and maybe a coach. He will be
student teaching next semester,
and hopes to graduate with a
degree in math% and education.
"Working with kids is inter-
esting. I wouldn't like to teach
in a big city like Chicago or De-
troit though. Ann Arbor is a
nice size to teach in."
All of Murdock's future plans
are being affected right n o w
because of the possibility of his
being drafted. "I would ike to
get into the reserves, but I'm not
going to run around trying to
get out of the draft."
Guy has been pleased w it h
the past four years. He likes
Michigan; the campus, the peo-
ple, and the football team.
"I decided to come to Michi-
gan because I liked Bump El-
liot and the entire coaching or-
ganiz'ation. They seemed m o s t
interested in me at the time,
too. Illinois and Northwestern
seemed too close to home when
I was picking out my school."
Guy is on a scholarship here
which includes tuition, room and
board and books. He thinks that
the biggest disadvantage of
playing football while going to
school is the lack of time,
"All our time is taken up by
going to class, football and
studying. You don't have any
extra time unless you cut down
on studying. And that just does
From playing guard in high
school to playing center here,
Guy had to make quite a f e w
"The first spring that I start-
ed varsity football they needed
a backup center so I was moved
into that position. At first I
didn't like it at all. Now I
wouldn't play anything else."
Guy's most memorable mo-
ment in college football w a s
Michigan's victory over Ohio
State in 1969.
"Ohio State was supposedly
the greatest college team ever
assembled. It was a real chal-
lenge to beat them. No one on
campus thought we could do it.
When we did it, it was like a
dream come true at the time.
Some people still think it was
a fluke, but the point is that
the record stands as a victory
Murdock was surprised when
he was chosen captain this year.
"I was surprised, because there
are a lot of good seniors on the
team. I think it brings a little
more pressure to bear on me. A
player never wants to let the
team down, but when you're a
captain you feel this responsi-
bility a little bit more.
"Traditionally the captains
are the leaders of the team, but
we've got a unique senior class
this year; we're all leaders.
Each of us knows what we have
to do, and we do it. There are
no enemies among us and that
helps to mold the team. We have
an optimistic attitude; no mat-
ter what happens, we'll always
end up on top."
Guy Murdock (53) pass blocks
FACE SPAR TANS:
Baby Blue burst from blocks
By ELLIOT SEGEL
This afternoon at 2 p.m. in East
Lansing, the University of Michi-
gan will unveil its 1971 freshmen
football team. The encounter with
Michigan State will mark the
first game of a three-game sched-
ule. Also included is a game
against Notre Dame at S o u t h
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turn match with the Spartans on Dave Metz and Stephen King, who
November 13 in Ann Arbor. is also listed as an offensive tackle.
One of the functions of the Figuring to start at this latter
frosh team, Coach B u r t o n position, however, are Pat Tum-
said, is to help the varsity pre- pane and Mark McLain, on t h e
pare for its weekly games by run- right and left side of the line, re-
ning the respective opposition's spectively.
offenses and defenses. He went on Spearheading the defensive unit
to say that, "we don't realize a will be middle linebacker Steve
great deal of success (in practices) Strinko, while Dennis Franks and
due to the differences in t h e Norman Long will man the out-
teams. But it is good experience side outsider positions, and T o m
because of who we play against." Jensen, the middle guard slot. The
The purpose of the freshmen front four will consist of Ed Pol-
squad, however, is not merely one lister and Bill Holban at defensive
of aiding the varsity. Burton must end, and Jeff Perlinger and John
see that his squad learns Michi- Klein, the biggest player on the
gan's football system. In the pro- team at 260 pounds, at tackle.
cess, he must also attempt to mold Asked if there was any one par-
his individual players into a solid, ticular strong point of his team,
winning unit. he replied, "No, not really. We
Just how far the freshmen have think our ballclub is good all
developed along these lines should around the lineup. We have great
pretty well be determined after size and speed. Our only short-
today's game. Dennis Franklin ! coming this year is depth."
will be calling the signals as quar- Indeed, if the team runs into
terback, while Chuck Heater is injury problems, this lack of depth
set to start at fullback, could hurt immediately. Michigan
The wingback position repre- lfreshman football teams usually
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Davis and Linwood Harding. Dav- squad, about 35-37 via scholar-
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Meanwhile, Michigan's biggest
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Turning to the offensive 1 i n e,
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are only 25 players here on ten-
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is needed, and Burton, has said
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In closing, Burton stated that
this year's freshman team could
be every bit as good as last year's
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