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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Sunday, Septenber 13, 1970

Sunday, September 13, 1970

THEV1CHIGAN1DLY

Returning

lettermen

Phipsless'

Purdue awai

pro rid
By JIM KEVRA
Last March, when the 1970 ver-
sion of the Ohio State Buckeyes
football team ran out of the locker'
room for their first spring prac-
tice, they encountered an unusual
sight. On the ground just outside
the door and facing the players
was a large poster which read
1969 - MICHIGAN 24, OSU 12
- 1970- ?.
It was later found out that
Woodrow "Woody" Hayes, OSU's
head football coach, had ordered.
the sign painted as motivation for
his squad..
Hayes would like nothing better
this year than to beat the Wolver-
ines _as revenge for last- season's
upset. And the Buckeyes may well
be able to fulfill their coach's
wishes as they will field a team
which is at least the equivalent of
last years squad, the fourth best
team in the nation. Thirty letter-
men are returning, including four-
teen of last year's starters.
The offense has seven first-
stringers returning but will have
to develop personnel at three key
positions (right -guard, r i g h t
tackle and fullback) if they are
to be a match for last year's team
which averaged slightly over 42
points a ball game.
John Brockington, a senior, who
scored six touchdowns last season,
seems capable of filling in at full-
back for Jim Otis. Although not as
powerful a runner as Otis, he
has more speed and is also a skill-
ful pass receiver. At 6-1, 215
pounds,Brockington is big enough
to pick up the - tough yardage
through the line.
Unfortunately for Hayes, how-
ever, the other two key positions
will not be as easily filled. At
right tackle, two of last years sub-
stitutes, Dick Simon and D i c k
Trohey will be battling for a
starting job. Both have good size
and speed but neither has much
game experience.
Jim Gentile, a -senior wno was
born in Poland, -will probably be
the starting right guard. Although
he played in seven games last

osU'

year, he had knee surgery this past
spring and must be rated as a
Question mark.
The rest of the offense would
bring tears of joy to every coach
in the country.
"Nobody has better receivers
than we do," claims Hayes and he
may be right. The two ends, Bruce
Jankowski and Jan~ White, have
been starters for- the previous two
seasons. Jankowski had 54 recep-
tions in two years while White, the
tight end, is not far behind with
44.
DESPITE LEG INJURIES, flank-
erback Larry Zelina has the speed
to catch the long bomb and is
also a good breakaway runner
Last season, he average 5.8 yards
a carry and was also the leading
punt returner ini the Big Ten.
The quarterbacking is in the
capable hands of Rex Kern, who
must certainly be kept in mind fo
the Heismann trophy this year
After only two years of varsity
experience, Kern already holds the
OSU total offense record. Not only
is Kern a talented passer, but
he is also an exceptional runner
with over 1100 yards to his credit;
With Kern at the helm, the Buck-
eyes have proven their ability tc
score swiftly and often.
Once again ,the defense w iI1
be a bastion- of strength. Sever
starters return from last year, in
cluding - two All-Americans, mid-
dle guard Jim Stillwagon and de-
fensive back Jack Tatum.
The line is the weakest part o
the defense. Stillwagon holds'down
the middle guard slot and Marl
Debeve is a highly talented end
But the rest of the line must bE
completely rebuilt.
Doug Adams and Phil Stricklan
have the linebacking duties under
control. Both are seniors w i t I
two years of varsity experienc
and both were starting lineback
ers last year. They are hard-hit
ting tacklers and Adams has beet
the defensive signal caller the pas,
two years.

power
Three of the four defensive back-
field men 'are returning. All-
American Tatum takes care of the
cornerback position while Tim3
Anderson and Mike Sensibaugh
are the righft halfback and the-
safety.
THE ONLY PROBLEM in the
defensive backfield will behre-
)placing All-American ; left half-
back Ted Provost. Harry How-
, ard, a junior from Cincinnati, has
the size and speed necessary to
fit in quite well.
Hayes claims that "This team
should be as good - a little better
than last year.The sophomores,
58 or 10, could start before the end
of the season and should make
us stronger."
The Buckeyes play a nine game.
schedule but only one of their
games, the battle with Michigan
on Nov. 21, should be much of a
r contest. They have the potential
to be the number one team in the
country.
- Hayes' main job will be getting
t his team up for their first few
games and keep them from be-
coming complacent. Hayes also
points to his seniors as the key
to success. "You never have a
o great team unless the seniors are
. playing their best ball - every
1 one of them".
Z So, with Michigan unable to go
to the Rose Bowl this year. it al-
most seems certain that Hayes'
- Buckeyes will celebrate N e w
Year's Day in Pasadena.

By SANDI GENIS
The scene is familiar. The quarterback,
his golden helmet gleaming in the sun,
takes the snap from center, steps back
into the pocket, quickly surveys the situ-
ation, and unleashes a long spiral that
floats easily into the arms of the Boiler-
maker receiver wating eagerly in the end-
zone for still another score.
The scene is familiar, but the face-.
Who is that quarterback?
If you're rookie Purdue grid coach Bob
DeMoss you're probably asking yourself,
the Ouiga board, a computer, or whoever
will listen, that same question. For iron-
ically, in this "the year of the college
quarterback," college football's premier
quarterback coach is -faced with the di-
lemma of finding a suitable replacement
for Mike Phipps, the last in a seemingly
endless series of golden boy quarterbacks
he has coached.

Indeed, there-must be times when De-
Moss would like to trade -in the gold and
black of Purdue for the brown and white
of -the Cleveland Browns, for whom
Phipps now performs his aerial feats.
It's not that he lacks prospects. In
spring training he had as many as six,
candidates.
Jeff Jones, a highly touted recruit three
years ago who turned to booting a . ecord
number of PAT's last season due to
Phipp's dominence of the field general
position, will probably get the starting
nod when the Boilermake s- square off
against TCU in their first clash of the
season. Chances are excellent that rookies
Charlie Piebesr Gary Danielson, and Ted
Golembiewski will see some action.
To add to the irony of the situation,
Purdue's receiving ranks are among the
best in the nation. Junior receiver Ashley
Bell who snagged 11 touchdown passes in

his rookie season to set an NCAA record
and flanker Stan Brown who last fall led
the confefence in scoring, are as sure-
handed a set of receivers as can be de-
sired.
Purdue's strong running attack, behind
a big, mobile line, could take some of the
heat off the quarterbacking position: Last
season's leading ground gainer, Randy
Cooper,- was switched to defense. Yet if
fullback John Bullock, a two-year regular,
and Scott Clayton, who played behind
Bullock last season and has since been
moved to halfback position, live up to the
expectations they generated last spring,
the bulk of the team's offensive problems
could be solved.
However, this is but a fraction of De-
Moss's problem. A quick glance at Pur-
due's defensive statistics. for last fall
would be enough to make even the most
stout-hearted defensive coach ill.

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Firing under the gun
Ron Maciejowski, Ohio State's number two quarterback, gets off
a- pass against a hard Michigan rush. Maciejowski is often called
on when Rex Kern is injured and he has not yet failed to get the
job done. When you're number two, you try harder.

Witc-
By RANDY PHILLIPS
An experienced squad featuring
29 returning lettermen equips
Northwestern with the material
needed to make a few waves this
year in the Big Ten. The Wild-
cats a year ago finished 3-4 in
conference play to break into the
first division at fifth place.
A tough 'grind it out' attack
with a more than adequate pass-
ing game sprinkled in will be dis-
played by Coach Alex Agase 's
team - a prime example of how
talent will structure a coach's
style.
Last year Agase instituted a
wide open offense in order to make
use of quarterback Dave Shel-
bourne's good arm. But Shel-
bourne faded as Maurie Daigneau

WEAK DEFENSE
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another fine passer, took over the
offense's reigns.
Northwestern was still swamped
in several games due to a porous
defense which yielded 306 points
Agase said, "We looked our bes
last year when our ground attack
was functioning well." It was ob
vious that the Wildcats needed
ball-control offense to keep th
opposing clubs from scoring.at
will.
This year Agase will return to
his hard nosed style of football
The change will be aided by two
excellent backs. Powerful M i k e
Adamle, All Big Ten halfback las
year, will be moved to make roon
for Al Robinson, who was ver:
impressive in spring drills. Adamle
has rushed for 1,969 yards in two
seasons.
The offensive line should b
another strong point for North
western this year, as all five line
men are returning from last year
Daigneau will return to th
quarterbacking duties, but he wil
not confine himself to passing
Success at combining running and
passing last spring helped Daig
neau retain his job.
The Northwestern quarterback
will have several excellent target
for his passes. Flanker B a r r :
Pearson, split end Jerry Browr
and tight end Tom McCreight fig
ure to get open enough to kee
opposing defenses from keying or
the Wildcat offensive backfielc

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