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S Aday, Septemb 13, 1970

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The Michigan football team
has just completed another me-
morable touchdown drive and
the point after attempt is about
to follow. The kicking t e a m
comes in and lines up. Mean-
while a different team lines up
outside the end zone.
This team wears yellow wind-
breakers and no pads, yet, at
times they face stiffer opposi-
tion than their padded counter-
parts on the field in their bat-
tle to retain possession of the
noble pigskin.
Ivery Saturday these unsung
fearless young men risk their
lives as they run up into the
stands after field goal and
point after attempts trying to
retrieve the kicked football from
overzealous fans.
IN A JOB noted for its an-
onymity, this recovery opera-
tion is the o n 1y occasion in
which the football managers
emerge from the behind-t h e-
scenes shadow of the team.
There are six members of the
present managerial corps. Three
are new this season and three
are returnees from last year's
championship squad.
Neil Hiller from Southfield is
senior manager and this is his
third season as one of the ball-
chasers. He became a manager
during spring practice of h is
freshman y e a r. "I wanted to
have some involvement with
sports at Michigan. I'd r u n
cross-country d u r i n g high
school but didn't try it up here.
I considered joining the Daily
or the Michiganensian since I'd
been sports editor of our year-
book. I guess I decided to be-
come a manager because I knew
the head manager and I like
football a great deal and the

combination sounded like some-
thing I'd enjoy doing."
NEXT IN ORDER of senior-
ity is Chuck Quebberman, a jun-
ior from Concord, Michigan. He
was a nine letterman there and
included football, basketball,
baseball, and track in his rep-
ertoire. He didn't feel he was
big enough to try out for foot-_
ball at Michigan and that was
one reason why he became a
manager. "I like football but I
decided to be a manager be-
cause I wanted to feel close to
the football t e a m, to feel as
though I was a part of it."
David Fish is the only one of
t h e four sophomore managers
who is entering his second sea-
son. He had been manager of
the football, wrestling, and la-
crosse teams during high school
in Pennsylvania. T h is exper-
ience was one reason for his bo-
coming a manager. He lists his
others, "Since I didn't live in
South Quad last year I had very
little contact with athletes.
Since I had contact with ath-
letes before I wanted to s e e
what a big-time college athlete
was like so I decided to t r y
One of the three rookies is
Jerry Fine. Like some of his fel-
low managers he was sports edi-
tor of the yearbook, has had
previous managerial experience,
football, basketball and track at
Lansing Eastern High, and he
also wrestled for the varsity. His
reasons for giving managing a
go at Michigan are also similar
to those of his fellows.
rookie is-Gary Johnson f r o m
Grand Rapids. He played var-
sity soccer in high school. He
gives "keeping me out of trou-
ble" as his main reason for be-
ing a manager. However, he

adds, "The athletic involve-
ment plays a big part, too."
John Levine Is the only one
of the managers who came into
his present circumstances with-
out having any prior knowledge
of what he was getting into.
During high school in Highland
Park, Illinois he neither man-
aged nor played on any team.
He states his reasons for
stepping into t h e unexplored,
r e a l m of athletics in this
manner, "Since I had had no
particular involvement w it h
athletics before, I figured it
would be interesting to try. Al-
so, I liked football and I had a
lot of time so I thought I may
as well use it to become a little
more familiar with athletes and
The consensus of the manag-
ers is that their job, which takes
about 18 hours out of e a c h
week, is interesting a n d does
give them a closeness. to t h e
team that most students never
have the chance to obtain.
Their basic tasks during prac-
tice sessions are to take care of
on-field repairs of equipment,
run errands for t h e coaches,
like getting the films processed,
giving t h e cards containing
plays to the correct coach and,
at the end of practice, seeing
that there are as many footballs
as there were at the beginning.
During games, along with
their ventures into the stands,
they also keep track of indiv-
idual player's playing t i m e
which is u s e d in determining
who gets a letter.
THE MATERIAL rewards for
their work are almost complete

anonymity, free tickets, a
free food (all of them eat at t
players' training table, so t
food's decent).
As Fish points out, "The n
terial rewards come once in
while, but they're not the re
son you're a manager. I kn
when I got into it that I w
devoting myself to somethi
that wasn't really rewarding p
cording to material standar
The biggest reward for me cai
at last year's banquet when. R
Kohn (the senior manager) i
troduced us and there was
round of applause. I really f
good after that."
Jerry Fine adds, "One of t
advantages is that you're
lowed where others aren't. A
whatever the outcome of a gar
you tend to feel a little me

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The past few football seasons
at the University of Iowa have
not been happy ones. The
Hawkeyes have scored points
like mad but they always seem-
ed to give more back. They be-
gan each season as a darkhorse
threat for the conference crown
but invariably finished the cam-
paign somewhere below the .500
level. '
To compound the Iowa blues,
there was s o m e dissension
among the black gridders dur-
ing spring drills in 1969, and
after last season was over, star
quarterback Larry Lawrence
transferred to another school.
The Iowa athletic department
was a far from happy place. Ev-
eryone in town knew that Ath-
letic Director Forrest Evashev-
ski did not get along with foot-
ball coach Ray Nagel. Both were
dismissed this spring, but Nagel,
who had a year to run on his
contract, was taken back and
will be the coach this fall.,
The man brought in to re-
place Evashevski was Bump Elli-
ott, former Michigan coach and
one of the most amiable guys
around, so everyone is hopeful
that peace and victory will re-
turn to Iowa athletics.
Everyone is also hopeful that
Roy Bash is the man to replace
Lawrence at quarterback. Coach
Nagel is in the unenviable posi-
tion of having no one in camp
with a single minute of varsity
experience at quarterback, but
he thinks Bash can do the job.
Bash is a senior who has pre-
viously played at defensive back
and tight end. His coach des-
cribes him as "a good team
leader, the type of guy all the
players seem to rally about." A
strong team leader can help cre-
ate team unity, and Nagel feels
that the Hawkeyes will play with
confidence behind Bash, as they
have a plethora of offensive ta-
In the backfield are Levi Mit-
chell, Dave Harris and Denny
Green, who all have great speed,

and Tim Sullivan, a strong sen-
ior fullback. Nagel feels Green is
one of the most under-rated
players on the squad, as his
blocking ability makes him an
invaluable asset.
As far as having receivers
goes, Bash couldn't ask for
much more. Split end Kerry
Reardon is rated as one of the
best in the Big Ten, and Nagel
wouldn't trade his tight end Ray
Manning "for anyone in thet
The unsung heroes of any
good offense are the offensive
linemen, and Nagel feels that
this years bunch, anchored by
guards Lorin Lynch and Chuck
Legler, is the finest in Hawkeye
The real key to Iowa's suc-
cess this year, as it was last
year, will be finding some sort
of defense. Nagel has expressed
concern about deficiencies on
defense, especially with the
linebacking. "I'm pleased with
our line and secondary," Nagel
said before fall practice began,
"but if we're going to be good
defensively, our linebackers will
have to come through."
The leading candidates for the-
linebacking slots :are Dave
Brooks, Dave Clement and Jer-
ry Nelson, but there are some
sophomores who will get long,
hard looks before this season
The biggest improvement in
Iowa's defense is the added
depth the Hawkeyes will have
up front. Last year, the Hawk-
eyes became vulnerable when-
ever one of the front four was
injured. This year, Nagel hopes
to eliminate that problem with
the addition of Bill Rose, Mike
Dillner and Wendell Bell.
Nagel, now in his fifth year
as head coach, claims that this
Hawkeye team is the best he has
ever seen. With dissension hope-
fully gone, Bash's leadership
ability, and a potentially explo-
sive offense, a little defense
could carry the Hawkeyes a
long way.


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