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Friday, October 22, 1971

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Rage Nine

Friday, October 22, 1971 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine

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The deceptively small young man, who uses the alias Frank
Gusich off the field, pulled his yellow Mustang into the athletic
complex after a trip to Ypsilanti. He had dropped off a friend's
cello at the REA office and paid for shipping the coffin-like box
because the friend had failed to give him enough money.
As he entered the Sports Services Building he greeted his
coaches and arranged with one the time he would arrive to baby-
sit that evening.
Being a little superstitious, he dressed in the same pattern for
practice he always used when things were going well. Putting his
pants on one leg at a time, the maize and blue jersey which trans-
formed him from the babysitting, "anything for a friend", Frank,
to the ferocious, hard-hitting No. 14, "Superman" to his team-
mates, wolfback of the Michigan Wolverines. Under this guise he
is able to block linemen twice his size, tackle runners of greater
power and speed than he and, in general, destroy anyone wear-
ing a different color jersey.
Concerning his well - documented extremes in personality
Gusich says, "It's a question of wanting to do a job so bad be-
cause you put so many hours into it. It doesn't take much to get
up for something like that."
He earned the "Superman" moniker from teammates who had
experienced the after effects of the Dr. Jekyll portion of his
personality during scrimmages. He explains his eagerness in this
way, "If you don't do it in practice, you won't do it on Saturday."
What Gusich, with the aid of the freshman sacrificial lambs,
does at practice is pick up the tendencies of upcoming opponents
in certain situations. "Since football is a game of tendencies you
try to play these. However, it comes down eventually to just being
able to play football; you can play tendencies only so far."
The blitz is sometimes employed to allow Michigan's wolf to
become the fifth back in the opposition's backfield. However, there
are distinct disadvantages to this play. "It's basically a chance
thing, really sort of a gamble. There is no one place where I'm
able to line up and go in scot-free. And when you're picked up,
you're dead. It hurts more than a regular block."
Considering his size, (6-0, 180), even regular blocks take their
toll. Gusich has sustained some type of injury in all the games
this year except Virginia, where he "didn't play enough to get
hurt."
The prospect of injury does not occur to him as he moves
toward a tackle. "If you're about to hit or be hit by a guy, no
matter what his size, you don't have time to think about what's
going to happen. You're only concerned with getting him down.
Lots of small guys in the past have done it."
This "caution to the wind" attitude is one reason Gusich was
placed on defense as a sophomore. He was a tailback in high
school in Cleveland and was. a fullback as a freshman at Michigan.
"I was really gung-ho and so Bo put me at wolf. I couldn't play
too much else because I'm not fast enough and I don't have good
enough hands to play safety."
Regarding the team, especially the defense, Gusich feels there
are several reasons for their performance this season. "First of all,
our coaching is tremendous. Then the fact that the players them-
selves have been together so long. The defensive theory, the way
the whole defense is run and the great ability of coach Young to
call plays and to get us in the right frame of mind Is another
plus factor."
Aside from infrequent elapses there are few chinks in Michi-
gan's defensive armor. Gusich, though, cautions against overesti-
mating their skills. "I can't think of anyplace where we're really
weak, but we're not a great superteam. We're not great yet, but
we have the chance to be."
He continues, "Aside from five other teams, we are our own
biggest obstacles to attaining our goals. It's only if we let our-
selves fall down and become complacent-if we don't work hard
and want to improve-that we'll have problems."
Being captain, Gusich feels a special responsibility toward
keeping the team's attitude on the positive side. "I feel that at
practice and on the field, I should try to preserve the team's
attitude, pride, and poise and don't let them crack when the going
gets tough."
Michigan's academic reputation and Bump Elliott were two
reasons why Gusich chose the Yellow and Blue. "I wanted to go
to a Big Ten school where I might have a chance to play. Michi-
gan suited both these qualifications. The team hadn't been going
too well when I was recruited, but lvckily our fortunes have turned
around."
Schembechler, the man who had a great deal to do with the
turn about, comments, "Frank exemplifies everything good in
football. There is nothing I wouldn't say which is good about a
football player that I wouldn't say about him."
The one thing Gusich dislikes about Michigan is leaving it
in May. He plans to go onto graduate school eventually, but may
take a semester off to tour Europe before starting. In leaving he
will miss what he likes most about Ann Arbor. "The people. I like

people and I've met so many I like. I feel nothing could be better
than knowing people."
Gusich, aside from his personality changes and willingness to
do any type of favor for a friend, deviates from the norm of
student behavior in two other ways. He is a daily Mass attendant
and he credits his mother for his being the person he is.
His father died when he was six. There were four children
and he feels his mother has done a great job with all of them.
"She's been the driving force in my life. She pushed me and
showed me that the only way to make myself a success is by
working at it."
Concerning his belief in God, Gusich sums up his ideas in
this manner. "I don't try to be the 'Joe Apostle' type. I have a
*lot to be thankful for and a lot of goals that I feel I can't obtain
without God. The way I look at it, you're not going to get any-
thing if you don't ask for it."
Along with friends with cellos, coaches with kids, and team-
mates who need help with tackles, Michigan football fans have
someone to be thankful for in Frank Gusich.
Gridde Pickings
So this is it: my last story for the Globe . . . it seems like just
yesterday when I burst into the newsroom, fresh from the Kansas
State University Marsupial. Gee, I was even wearing my kelly-green
KU sweater, with the smiling kangaroo on the shoulder. Kanga, we
called him.
And those wonderful years on the way to the top, and finally the
Pulitzer Prize twelve years in a row. They were fearfully good years.
I remember the time in that gondola in Venice . . . and sporting on
the carpet with Mary and the kids. All the green kids looked up to
me like some kind of god ... I was their Mister -30-.
And now look at me, a whiskey-sotted old bum with canceled
eyes and a bad case of the shakes. Look, my fingers can hardly find
the keys. Don't any of them remember when I was the bulldog of
City Hall, when people stuck cigars in my pockets and called me

Gophers'

offense

begs

for

defense

By ELLIOT LEGOW
The stereotype Minnesota Goph-
er football team is cne of mas-
sive linemen, big plodding rushers,
and an offensive attack that likes
to keep the ball close to t h e
ground most of the time.
This year Coach Murray War-
math, in his 18th season at t he
helm in Gopherland, again has
the brawn on the line and in the
backfield but added to those tradi-
tional Gopher assets is one of the
nation's best passers, senior quar-
terback Craig Curry.
CURRY led the Big Ten in both
passing and total offense 1 a s t
season while the Gophers slumb-
ered near the bottom of the Big
Ten standings with a 3-6-1 re-
cord. This season he is out to re-
tain his individual titles w h i l e
improving his team's showing.
To date Curry leads the Big Ten
in total yardage and ranks third
in passing stats, and has led the
Gophers to an overall mark of 3-3
and a 2-1 Big Ten record, with a
few hopes of a Rose Bowl still lin-
gering in Minneapolis.
Curry hasn't had to do all the
work on offense by himself this
season, though, with the emerg-
ence of fullback Ernie Cook as a
Spremierrunner. The Florida-bred
Cook, who picked u 495 yards
last season has the build of a typi-
cal Minnesota fullback at 5-10, 210
pounds, but combines speed with
his power.
IN SIX GAMES this year Cook
has already rushed for 597 yards

-Daily-Jim Wallace
CRAIG CURRY (10), Minnesota quarterback, sets to* throw as half-
back Barry Mayer (38) stands poised to block in last year's 39-13
loss to Michigan.

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NIGHT EDITOR:
RANDY PHILLIPS1
and is averaging an impressive 5.2
yards per gallop. Last week against
Iowa in the Gophers' 19-14 tri-
umph Cook blasted for 175 yards
in 33 carries and a key fourth
quarter touchdown.-
Curry's passing statistics balance
out well with Cook's rushing and
the Gophers as a team have net-;
ted an average of 200 yards on<
the ground along with 162 through
the air.
Curry, a sun-bathed Miamian
has hit on 73 of his 157 passing
attempts for a 46 per cent com-
pletion average and 943 yards.
Adding in Curry's 270 rushing
yards the 6-3 rollout artist totals
1213 yards of total offense. a
Adding to the Gophers' offensive
threat are a pair of the confer-
ences' best receivers, Kevin Hamm
and tight end Doug Kingsriter.
Hamm leads the Gopher receivers
with 19 catches for 253 yards and
Kingriter has grabbed 14 a I -
though he missed last week's
game with an injured ankle.
Tomorrow, Kingsriter is expect-
ed to start and the Wolverines' de-
fensive backfield should be get-
ting its most rigorous test of the
year. Michigan Coach Bo Schem-
bechler praises the Gophers' "ex-
plosive offense" and judges it "the
best we have seen at Minnesota
since coming to Michigan."
THE GOPHtRS' pre-season
worries mainly centered around
their ability to mold a strong of-
fensive blocking line, and a tight
defense. On the offensive front
they appear to have succeeded but
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the defense remains a problem.
Only one of the offensive line-
men is a veteran, but all, follow-
ing Minnesota tradition are big.
Senior tackle Jack Babcock is a
mammoth 6-4 260 and as a unit
the line averages over 245.
If it weren't for their flimsy
defense the Gophers might be able
to mount a real threat in Big Ten,
but for every yard and every point
the Minnesota offense has regis-
tered, the Minnesota defense has
given one back.
While the offense has scored 125
points and gained 2177 yards, the
defense has yielded nearly iden-
tical totals of 129 points and 2169
yards. Schembechler describes the
Gopher defensive unit as "young,
and big like it always is" and
singles out linebacker Bill Light
for special praise.
Light, a hefty 240 pounder is
Minnesota team captain and is
seeking to retain his position as
the conference's leading tackler.
Light doesn't have great speed but
he "still gets to where the ball
is'', and Michigan's runners will
try to keep away from him.

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Joining Light at linebacker is
another veteran, Ron King, but
the whole defensive line is inex-
perienced, but, of course, huge.
THE OUTCOME for the Goph-
ers tomorrow as they seek to avoid
elimination in the Big Ten race
will depend primarily on their
ability to contain Michigan's run-
ning game.
It has been a rather up and
down year for the Gophers so far
as they have yet to put two vic-
tories back to back. Following an
opening day shutout of Indiana,
the Gophers fell to powerhouse
Nebraska and weakling Washing-
ton State. The last three weeks
have featured wins over Kansas
and Iowa sandwiched around a
27-13 conference loss to Purdue.
Now the Gophers need to stop
their roller coaster approach to
football and win the big one. A
Curry-led aerial bombardment
could be the way to stop Michi-
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By The Associated Press slugger Hank Aaion of the Atlanta
NEW YORK - The National Braves while the rest of the infield
League dominated the 1971 Asso- consisted of first baseman Lee
ciated Press Major League All-Star May of the Cincinnati Reds, third
baseball team by landing players baseman Joe Torre of the St. Louis
on all but two berths on the 10-man Cardinalshand shortstop Maury
squad. Wills of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Mickey Lolich of the Detroit
Tigers was named the left-handed Aaron, who enjoyed a banner
pitcher ahead of Vida Blue of the season with a .327 batting average,
Oakland A's and Tony Oliva of the a career high 47 homers and 118
Minnesota Twins was chosen to runs batted in, drew the most
one of the outfied spots as the AL votes, 230.
representatives.
The world champion Pittsburgh Buffalo blasted
Pirates and the Chicago Cubs each
placed two players in the annual BUFFALO, N.Y. - Bobby Hull
poll of sports writers and sports- scored his fourth goal of the sea-
casters .announced yesterday in son late in the second period to
which 285 participated prior to the break a 2-2 tie as the Chicago
league playoffs and World Series. Black Hawks went on to beat the
The Pirates landed outfielder Buffalo Sabres 5-2 last night for
Willie Stargell and catcher Manny their sixth victory in seven Na-
Sanguillen on the squad while the tional Hockey League starts.
Cubs were represented by second The Black Hawks took a 2-0 lead
baseman Glenn Beckert and right- in the opening period on goals by
handed pitcher Ferguson Jenkins. Pit Martin and Jim Pappin. Martin
The other outfield berth went to cruised in alone after a lead pass
oosters drip power

from Doug Jarrett and Pappinc
slammed in his own rebound. 1
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PHILADELPHIA - Goalie Gary
Edwards, playing in only his sev-
enth National Hockey League
game, kicked aside 34 shots last
night, leading the Los Angeles
Kings to a 7-0 rout of the Phila-
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Spectrum.
Floridians fly
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Warren
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