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Page Six


Thursday, November 5, 1970"

Pae i TE IHI ANDIL husdy Nvebr , 7Of


An informal seminar
open to all interested persons
GUILD HOUSE, 802 Monroe St.
7 P.M.
Sponsored by: The Office of Religious Affairs
2282 S.A.B. 764-7442

When the Wolverine offense
stages a successful drive much, if
not all, of the glory goes to the
ends and backs. Yet much of the
credit for the success of these
stars belong to the unheralded
men of the offensive line.
"Our job is to open up the holes
for the runners," explains Reggie
McKenzie, a junior guard who is
one of these "Forgotten Men." "I
don't think that people give the
offensive line enough credit."
Teammate Billy Taylor concurs,
"They're the ones w h o m a k e
the running attack go. With fel-
lows like Reggie opening the way
for us all we have to do is run."
According to McKenzie, one of
the main reasons the running
game has been so impressive in
the past few weeks is that "the
overall line play has improved. We
know which play is being run so
we have to get off the line before
the defensive man realizes what's
happening. Once we do that half
the battle is won."
Two necessary qualities for a
lineman according to McKenzie
are size and speed. "The day of
the big, slow man is gone. You
still have to be big but also fairly
quick. A tackle needs even more
weight than a guard."'


The main difference between
the guard and tackle spots is that
a guard squares off against a de-
fensive lineman and linebacker,
while the tackle has to contend
with onrushing down linemen, the
linebackers. Hence, they need the
extra size.
McKenzie feels that while he
picks up tips from game films
and watching others, "experience
is the best teacher. I picked up a
lot of stuff by watching Bob
Baumgartner and Dick Caldarazzo.
Before I would just knock my man
over. Now I've really improved my
blocking technique."
Despite their lack of acclaim
the offensive linemen "take a lot
of pride in what we do. When a
play flops it takes a lot out of us,
even if the fans don't notice us.
A lineman can't let that bother
him. He knows what he is sup-
posed to do and has to keep his
cool and do it."
McKenzie continues, "Ninety
per cent of the game is your men-
tal attitude, just as it is in society
as a whole. It's very easy for other
teams to get up for a game with
us. Winning is all that's important.
People forget the scores but every-
one loves a winner."
McKenzie feels that the play of
the offensive line is not the only
aspect of the game that fans miss.
"People don't realize how much we
go through. They see us for an
hour or two on Saturday and
think that's all the time we put in.
Actually we work a forty hour
"We have classes in the morning
and are down at practice or watch-
ing films from one until as late as
seven. Then we have to start
studying. People don't realize how
tiring this can get."
Another problem is trying to
figure out a schedule aroundt
games, practices and travel time.
McKenzie usually tries to take
about 13 credit hours during fall
semester then must load up with



at least 17 during his less hectic schools but chose Michigan be- :
winter semester. Because he plans cause of the personal interest the
on earning a double major in his- coaches showed in him. "At other
tory and physical education, along schools people showed some inter-
with a teacher's certificate, he est and said 'we'll call you.' Coach
may still need an extra semester Mans said 'Reggie we want you to
to complete his studies. play ball here.' That's all I need-
He is more than willing to put
in the extra time because "the McKenzie is aware of the special
day you can get by on your athle- role being a black athlete has
tic ability alone is gone." Another thrust upon him. He is one of
incentive is his interest in politics seven black football players who
and his desire to go into corporate share a house in Ann Arbor. "We
law. al came here together and were
the most blacks ever recruited up
McKenzie is a native of the De- to that time. It was only natural
troit suburb of Highland Park and for us to stick together. We get
like most small boys there he along well and I'd hate to see the
started playing football in the friendships break up."
streets. He later advanced to Little "I was behind the BAM strike
League and high school ball. He "Iqwasrehndtuckalltrk
was an All-League guard at High- clasper cent and struck all my
land Park High where he played classes. The black athletes got to
under Al Rowe, a former All- gether to discuss the situation but
Michigan we saw no purpose in a move like
Statec boycotting practice. The issues
were already before the public so
Despite the difference in their skipping practice would not help
choice of colleges, McKenzie and the confrontation at all."
Rowe remain fast friends. "He'll If Reggie McKenzie keeps up his
still help me out even now. If I
have any problems with my play
I can talk to him." wil be trying to avoid another
McKenzie was recruited by type of confrontation-one across
Michigan State, Nebraska, Kan- the hash marks on the playing
sas and several smaller Michigan field.


-Daily-Jim Judkis
Reggie McKenzie (65) clears the way


ats open
be filed at 1546 SAB is NOW
NOVEMBER 9 Th. at 8
Fri, at 7 & 10
Sat. at 7 & 10

DisMutdPurdue stl.

By AL SHACKELFORD George Iing," and that will be
(Fifth in a series) hard to replace. We will have a
Can a basketball team be dis- more balanced ballclub."
Mounted and still ride high? Leading the Boilermakers onto
In the case of Purdue, the an- the burnished maple this season
swer is "yes." The Boilermakers will be co-captains George Faer-
lost their Prussian wonderboy ber and Larry Weatherford.
Rick Mount to graduation b u t, The 6-5 Faerber titillated the
with a solid nucleus of veterans cords for 12.4 a game in confer-
and sophomores, should challenge ence action last y e a r and was
for the Big Ten title. strong on the boards, taking off
"We lost 35 points a game in an average of 10.2 caroms a con-
Mount," s a y s Purdue mentor i test. He was eclipsed in the scor-

ing debry by Weatherford, a cat-
quick 6-3 guard who toked up for
16.4 points a game.
A third returning starter is 6-7
Bob Ford. Ford averaged 11.4 a
game last season and is the lead-
ing candidate to occupy the post
position for the Boilermakers.
The competition for the third
post up front alongside Faerber
and Ford is spirited: 6-7 Bill
Franklin, 6-7 Jim Rogers and 6-7
Jovon Price all have a crack at

no one
can tell it from
your own hair!

six players are competing for a
spot opposite Weatherford.
Best bets to crash into the
starting five are 6-0 senior Steve
Longfellow and 6-2 soph Dennis
Gamauf. Although Longfellow has
the more poetic name, Gamauf is
destined for Big Ten stardom and
should start grabbing attention
this year.
Rick Risinger, a 6-4 guard tab-
bed by m a n y overeager sports-
writers as "the new Rick Mount,"
is not expected to move into the
starting five although he is, ac-
cording to King, "a shooter such
as Mount."
Additional backcourt possibili-
ties are veterans Bill Kroc, a six-
footer, and 6-1 Randy Thompson,
and 6-3 soph Murray Malvo.
King summarizes t h e outloolk
for his Boilermakers as follows:
"We should be a better defensive
ballclub, tough inside and more
dependent on our running game
than we were last year. However,
our lack of real height could be a
problem defensively."




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