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Pdge Sixteen



Sunday, Septenber 13, 1970

Sunday, ?eptember 13, 1J70


Defense remains asset

(Continued from Page 3)
ing starters Fred Grambau.
Mike Taylor, Tom Darden. and
Mike Keller to form the nucleus
of the Wolverine defense.
The only change on the de-
fensiye line will be the return
of Phil Seymour to his defensive
end position as a replacement
for Pryor. Seymour, an All-Big
Ten selection in 1968, missed
all but one game last season
with a recurring knee injury
and was granted another year of
His replacement last year.
Mike Keller, a pleasant surprise
as a sophomore, will be handling
the chores on the other end of
the line.
Manning the middle of the
line will be senior middle guard
and co-captain Hill, who im-
pressed a national television
audience with his harassment of
Ohio State quarterback R e x
Kern. Hill was in on 90 tackles
last year, 57 of them solo jobs.
and led the team in tackles for
Newell and Grambau, will be
in their second season as the
starting tackle combo and com-
plete an experienced line. Ne-
well, a senior, was second on the
team in solo tackles with 47 in
1969, while Grambau was a
superb sophomore fill-in when
Dick McCoy was injured.
McCoy. Butch Carpenter and
Dana Coin provide the Wolver-
ines with experienced and cap-
able reserves and sophomores
Clint Spearman and Greg Ellis
along with towering 6-6 junior
Tom Beckman give the Blue
youth on the line,
The linebacking corps is so
s'rong that its only weakness is
that "we just play two backers
and not four in our defense."
according to defensive mentor
Jim Young.
Marty Huff, the right line-

backer, a pre-season All-Ameri-
can selection in many predic-
tions, keys the ddfense. Although
big at 230 pounds, Huff is as
capablesof covering faster re-
ceivers as he is at pursuing the
quarterback. In the victory over
Purdue. Huff ruined All-Amer-
ican Mike Phipps' day by inter-
cepting three of Phipps' aerials.
Huff also stood as clear lead-
er on the team in tackles last
season with 126 including 87
solo jobs, 25 more than his near-
est rival. The senior should be
even better in his third start-
ing season.
The other starting backer
will be junior Taylor who won
the job over Ed Moore late last
season. Taylor, called "perhaps
our finest athlete" by Young.
is known as a hard tackler.
Moore who started as a soph-
omore is a valuable spare and
can also play middle guard. He
is noted for his speed and quick
Strength for the future is pro-
vided by Tom Kee, one of the
Wolverines' finest sophomores.
Young says Kee, a converted
fullback, is a fine prospect.
and "we certainly want him to
Completing Michigan's de-
fensive alignment will be four
defensive backs, as the Wolver-
ines will employ the same pat-
tern that worked so success-
fully last season. Bo Schem-
bechler again will start a 5-2-4
defense with one defensive back
utilized as a rover or "wolf-
man" who acts as a linebacker
or a deep back as the circum-
stances dictate.
The only returning starter
from last season's backfield is.
wolfman Tom Darden. He has
been switched to defensive half-
back and junior Frank Gusich
will start at wolfman.
Gusich saw considerable ac-

tion as Darden's backup andthis I
experience along with his
strength and tackling ability
should make him a fine re-
Replacing the likes of All-
American safety Tom Curtis and
his mates in the deep backfield,
Barry Pierson and Brian Healy,
will be a difficult assignment,
but Bo thinks he has adequate
replacements in Darden, , Jim
Betts, and Bruce Elliott.
Speaking of his deep backsj
as a unit Bo comments, "we
have the toughest tackling se-
condary. If they can defend the
pass like last year's team we're
in good shape."
Darden won't be forced to
make a big adjustment in his
switch to safety from wolfman.
Although the least heralded
member of last season's back-
field, Darden did an exceptional
job for a sophomore at a new
Betts will be making a bigger
change in his switch from quar-
terback to safety but doesn't
seem to be having much trouble
with his new role. His 6-4 sta-
ture and experience as a quar-
terback and receiver should
facilitate his coverage of receiv-
Elliot, who started in the
Rose Bowl, has a wealth of ex-
perience and talent and should
be a definite asset.
Depth, a great asset in all
other parts of the defense is
lacking in the backfield, because
of injuries suffered to offen-
sive backs. Dave Zuccarelli, who
was to back up Gusich, has
been moved to the offense along
with sophomore John Pighee.
As a result, few spare backs
remain. The reserves are led by
sophomore Bo Rather and jun-
ior Jerry Dutcher.
A mark of the strength of the
Wolverines last year was t h e
ability to make their own
"Last-year we lost seven fum-
bles and had seven passes in-
tercepted," Schembechler says,
"At the same time we recovered
18 fumbles and got 24 intercep-
tions. That's the statistic that's
most important to me."

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College athletics have recently been
under fire from critics charging that they
are detrimental, as run now, to the
campus and the athletes.
Leading the criticism are some athletes
themselves, like former pro football stars
Dave Meggysey and Chip Oliver.
Don Moorhead, the Wolverines' start-
ing quarterback, disagrees. "All athletics
on the campus are good for the campus,"
he says. "Socially, they give people
something to do. I think the competition
between schools is good, too."
Moorhead became familiar to the na-
tion's television viewers in a recent
American Broadcasting Company spec-
ial, "The Year of the Quarterback."
On the program, Moorhead defended
student protests. "Students have to de-
monstrate because if they do things like
write letters to Senators, nobody listens,"
he said.
Moorhead is equally forceful in an-
swering the charge that college athletics
stifle the athlete.
"I don't think there's that much regi-
mentation in our lives," he said. "Coach
(Bo) Schembechler doesn't tell us where
to live, or who to live with or what to do
with our time off the field."

Henry Hill is a superb middle guar
and, along with quarterback Don Moor
head, one of Michigan's two football co
Henry Hill is a black man who was pu
on disciplinary probation after b e i ng
found guilty of "class disruption" i
an action connected with last spring'
BAM strike.

Don Moorhead

"I'm not a bit stifled."
On the field there is regimentation,
but that, he said, is necessary to win. And
he does not think winning is overem-
"In anything you do you have to set
goals. I'm part of football, and our goal
is to win. That's the whole story of life.
You have to set goals.
"Even if you don't achieve them. it
makes you a happier person."
See MOORHEAD, Page 19

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Henry Hill

Middle guard Henry Hill:
the antithesis of a stereotype

(Continued from Page 5)
Last year Hill copped Honor-
able Mention All-Americani and
All-Big Ten second team de-
fensive honors; does he think
about winning All-American
honors in the coming year?
"If it comes out that way, it's
cool," says Henry. "B u t my
main goal for the year is the
same as the team's: we want to
win them all."
Winning them all is a possi-
bility. "We will be improved be-
cause everyone has had a year
under Bo's system," says Hill.
The Michigan defense had to
make a transition under Schem-
bechler from a pro-style defense
to a gap-eight angle defense.
Like an increasing number of
athletes across the country.
Hill is stepping forward to speak
and act on the issues which
concern him.
"I involve myself in the black
cause as much as I can," says
Hill. "If there's injustice, it
should be eliminated. I'm not
going to try to change opinions,
but if I am entitled to a right

which is withheld from me, I
want that right."
Hill is critical of the terms
under which he was tried for
his part in the "class disrup-
tion" during the BAM strike.
"Disruption is a very vague
word," says Hill. "If I were to
go unregistered into a class and
the professor didn't like me, I
could be charged with disrup-
While he is happy with the
success of last spring's strike
for a more representative black
enrollment, Hill cites the -"bad
repercussions" of the strike,
such as the many laws passed
by the Michigan legislature re-
cently which are aimed at curb-
ing so-called student disorders.
"I am very tired of the situa-
tion in this country," admits
Hill. "For instance, a b 1 a c k
man in Detroit can work hard in
a factory for twenty years and,
when he comes home, he should
be free to do what he wants
within the law. But there are
some things he cannot do, be-
cause he is a black man."

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Laughtig at
the pressure
eric siegel
IM BETTS slouched down a little on the concrete bench in
front of South Quad, and a tight smile stretched slowly
across his face.
"Pressure?" he echoed. with just a trace of a laugh. "I
guess you might say there's some pressure. Everyone will prob-
ably be comparing me to Tom Curtis. But there's really no
more pressure on me than anyone else. The only pressure is the
pressure of doing a job."
That's the way it is with Jim Betts, who never seems
to act like he feels any pressure and really doesn't have any
reason to. He has all the physical attributes and natural
instincts to be a great safety. He doesn't carry a lot of
weight (185 pounds on a 6-4 frame) but he has pleasantly
surprised his coaches with his tackling ability. He doesn't
seem to be exerting a great deal of effort when he runs, but
he is one of the fastest men on the team.
Betts was switched to safety from quarterback last spring,
but he's hardly philosophical about the switch. The main dif-
ference between offense and defense, he says, is the difference
between "hitting instead of getting hit."
He laughs a little harder when asked how he likes being on
the other side of a tackle. "It's nice," he says.
Betts is glad to be back on defense for another reason.
"It gives me a chance to play," says Betts, who played ex-
actly 32 minutes and 54 seconds last year behind quarter-
back Don Moorhead.
Giving Betts a chance to play was the main reason Coach
Bo Schembechler made the switch, but it was no charity offer.
"I've got to be honest," Schembechler said last month at
the team's picture-press day. "Betts is the third best quarter-
back in the Big Ten, but as long as Moorhead's healthy, he's
my boy. Jim is going into his senior year and he's just too good
to have on the bench. He can help our defense."
At the luncheon in the press box, Schembechler said
Betts' position was "the hardest position to learn on the
team." In the stadium a few minutes later Betts was hav-
ing his picture snapped by dozens of photographers, along
with such established stars as Moorhead and .Henry Hill.
If you think that last year's back-up quarterback should
be flattered to be in such company with the "star" still re-
turning, keep in mind he was a high school All-American
at Cleveland's Benedictine High.
He played some safety in high school, so he knew some-
thing about the position even before-he was moved. He shrugs
off at least one of the major responsibilities of the safety.
"Anyone knows how to run up and hit somebody if they have
hetsayis also aware that Michigan's secondary this year
is not exactly nose-deep in experience, but he still isn't will-
ing to concede much to anyone. "We don't have as much
experience as last year's secondary, but we hit a little hard-
er. It's hard to say how good we'll be until we get out there.
"I think most of the teams we play will be out to test us,"
he says. "Our defensive line and linebackers are our strong
point, so they're going to have trouble running against us.
See BETTS, Page 11




The main difference between offense
and defense, he says, is the difference
between "hitting instead of getting

"If there's injustice, it should be
eliminated. I'm not going to try to
change opinions, but if I am en-
titled to a right which is withheld
from me, I want that right."
-Henry Hill



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