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Friday, November 20, 1970


Page Nine

Friday, November 20, 1970 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine









What's going on down in Co-
lumbus this week end? Michi-
gan plays Ohio State in t h e
Game of the Year - everybody
knows that. Saturday's contest
will be special in a different
fashion for a host of varsity
players who will be playing their
last game for the Maize and
One of the most outstanding
of the group is quarterback Don
Moorhead. After spending his
sophomore year watching Den-
ny Brown, Moorhead took over
the starting spot last year and
passed for 1134 yards and five
touchdowns. He rushed for 585
yards and set a Michigan total
__ offense record. With one game

still left this year he has rush-
ed for 373 yards and passed for
1049 m o r e along with seven
In last Saturday's humiliation
of Iowa Moorhead gained 153
yards to break the 23 year old
total offense mark of 3487 yards
held by All-American Bob
Coach Bo Schembechler has
always been high on Moorhead,
noting, "We have as g o o d a
quarterback as there is in the
Moorhead's co-captain, mid-
dle guard Henry Hill, has made
an equally important contribu-
tion to the team. Last year he
had a hand in 90 tackles and
led the team in tackles for loss-
es. He made the All Big-Ten
second team and copped honor-
able mention All-American.
When asked about his chances
for All-American honors f o r
this year, Hill answered, "If it
comes out that way, it's cool.
But my goal is the same as the
ati team's: we want to win them
all." Hill may get both wishes
as he has 43 solo tackles this
year combined with assists on
30 others and is considered by
many to be the best middle
guard in the Big Ten, if not in
the country.
If the Wolverines had a ver-
satility award it would have to
go to another senior - safety
Jim Betts. He spent two years
as a backup quarterback. But
this year, Schembechler moved
him to safety, noting, "Betts is
the third best quarterback in
the Big Ten, but as long as
and that1

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OHIO STATE Coach Woody Hayes sat on a bench in a small,
#y vestibule outside the Buckeye's practice dressing room here
yesterday, with a slight smile stretched slowly across his face.
"The most important game of my career?" Woody asked,
echoing a reporter's question. "I expect it is. It's the most
Woody's response brought some friendly laughter from the
20 or so reporters who had gathered to hear what the man had to
say, but his easy-going, joking manner wasn't fooling anyone.
Woody has played some pretty important games in his career,
including three Rose Bowl games and a number of battles for
the conference championship, but Saturday's showdown with
Michigan has a few added factors which make it take on some
added significance.
Hayes is a man who rarely forgets a defeat. Indeed, in
* his 19 years as the Buckeyes' head coach, he has lost only
42 games. In his last three years, he has lost just once,
in that historic 24-12 game in Ann Arbor last November.
Rarely in his career has he been beaten by the same coach
two years in a row. And last year was the first time in his
Big Ten career he went into the last game of the season with an
undefeated record and lost.
And there is some incentive on Hayes's side to beat Michigan
Coach Bo Schembechler, who was an assistant under Hayes for
five years here. As OSU's athletic counselor Jimmy Jones said
yesterday, "Bo wants to show the old master once again that
he's learned his lesson well. And Woody, having learned a lesson
last year from a former assistant coach of his, wants to show
that it's not going to happen every year.
Then, too, there is some suspicion around here that Woody is
blaming himself for last year's loss to the Wolverines. It has
been said more than once that the Bucks were overconfident
before the game, and it has been hinted that Hayes did not do
enough to destroy that overconfidence.
Whether or not Woody erred before last year's Mich-
igan-OSU game is a moot question now. Although he did
not come right out and say it, Woody made it clear yester-
day that he was leaving no stone unturned in preparation
for Saturday's game.
Is there any difference between practice this week; and the
practices the previous two years, when the Buckeyes also battled
the Wolverines for the conference championship? "I'd say we're
a little more serious this year," Woody said slowly.
Is he doing anything different this year? "I'm taking the
players out of the dorms tonight (Thursday)," Woody sai
"The dorms are jumping, and the players can't get any studying
done or get any sleep ."
Hayes's desire to win Saturday is, despite his affable
manner, no joke. Perhaps one reason he responded jokingly
to whether this is the biggest game of his career is that he
realizes all too well that it is.
Woody said yesterday that he has probably looked at Michi-
gan's films for the last time. He had played on all the emotional
and psychological factors one could think of. He has run his
team through all but a final warm-up workout scheduled for
this afternoon.
He has praised Michigan's team, and yesterday he also
praised its coach. "He was always a fine coach," Hayes said,
recalling the days when Bo was his assistant.
"There's a feeling around here not to bet against Woody
when he wants to win one big game," Jones said almost as an
afterthought to two reporters leaving his office in the athletic
With Michigan's victory over Ohio State last year, and
the Wolverines "revenge" win over the Spartans this year,
the same could be said in Ann Arbor about Bo Schembechler.

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
Betts has more than reward-
ed Schembecher's trust. He is
the sixth leading tackler on the
squad with 57 kills, has broken
up nine passes and returned
two interceptions for 53 yards.
He also substituted at quarter-
back for one play when Moor-
head was shaken up in the Tex-
as A & M game, leading the
Wolverines to a touchdown
from the one.
Defensive teammate and fel-
low senior Marty Huff is also
in line for Big Ten honors at
the middle' linebacker position.
Last year he led the team in so-
lo tackles and scored on a block-
ed punt. This season he is again
the leading tackler with 76 and
he is tied for the lead in inter-
ceptions with 5.
Another defensive standout,
who will be playing in his last
game as a Wolverine, is end
Phil Seymour. Two years ago as
a .iunior he was named to the,
All Big Ten team and was one
of the team's leading tacklers.
He sat out the most part of last
year with a knee injury. His
speciality is tackling players for
a loss and he has done just that
14 times this year for a net loss
of 91 yards.
An outstanding defensive line-
man who will be lost at the end
of the season is right tackle
Pete Newell. As a sophomore he
won the Frederick Matthaei
award and last year was the
team's second leading tackler.
This year he has made 70 kills
and is only 6 away from the
team lead in that category.
The last but not least of the
graduating defensive stalwarts
is wide linebacker Ed Moore.
He was a starter the past two
years and this year has been
sharing the linebacking chores
with junior Mike Taylor. He has
still been able to make 38 tack-
les and break up three passes.
Another hard working defen-
sive lineman is tackle Dick Mc-
Coy. He was a starter as a soph-
omore but has since been ham-
pered by injuries. He has seen a
limited amount of action this
season but has had a hand in
four tackles.
Switching to the offense, the
front wall will be losing the ser-
vices, of strong tackle Dan Dier-
dorf. He was the workhorse of
the squad last year, logging al-
most three hundred minutes of
playing time and should retain
that distinction this year. He
made the All Big Ten second
team as a sophomore and the
first team last year and is al-
most a shoo-in to repeat that
Dierdorf's counterpart on the
other end of the 1 i n e, quick
SWave health
for big game
The Michigan football team is
apparently in good health for its
upcoming clash with the Ohio
State Buckeyes. The bumps and
bruises which have been hindering
the squad all season seem to have
healed rapidly.
Billy Taylor, who bruised his
elbow against Iowa, has been prac-
ticing all week and is progressing
well. Jim Betts, who has missed
playing time in the last two games
due to a twisted ankle, is improv-
ing daily. He is expected to be at
full strength on Saturday.
Tight end Tom Huiskens, who
has been bothered by a slight knee
injury is viewed as doubtful, for

the game, but is expected to travel.
The only Wolverine who won't
make the game is guard Werner
Hall. Hall has a pinched nerve in
his shoulder which has not re-
sponded and he will definitely not
play this Saturday.
-i --

second team all-Big Ten selection at middle gu ard last year, will
with tomorrow's game in Columbus.

tackle Jack Harpring will also
be playing his last game as a
Wolverine. He was awarded Big
Ten honorable mention last
year and, despite being hobbled
by a shoulder injury all season,
combines with Dierdorf to make
the Wolverine front row one of
the strongest in the conference.
The third graduating member
of the offensive line is right
guard Werner Hall. He saw
quite a bit of action last season
and was a starter this year un-
til he was sidelined w i t h a
pinched nerve in his shoulder.
After Saturday's game the
Wolverines will be looking for
someone to replace both their

split ends Paul Staroba and Bill
Harris. Staroba h a s come on
strong this season after a rath-
er disappointing junior year. He
is the Wolverines' leading re-
ceiver, having hauled in 29 pass-
es for 463 yards and one touch-
down. He is vying for Big Ten
honors in the p a s s receiving
Harris was Michigan's second
leading pass receiver last year
with 14 catches for 290 yards
and one touchdown. He suffered
a knee injury in a futile attempt
to catch a pass in the dying
minutes of the Rose Bowl and
was never at full strength dur-
ing the season. He still saw a

close out his career at Michigan
good deal of service and snared
a pass for a" ten yard gain.
Another versatile Wolverine
playing in his last g a m e is
wingback Bill Berutti. He start-
ed his career as a quarterback
but when Don Moorhead secur-
ed the job he made the switch
to his current position. He snag-
ged a 17 yard pass and rushed
for 36 yards so far this season.
Playing his last game in the
backfield is fullback . L a ne e
Scheffler. Subbing for Glenn
Doughty in the Rose Bowl he
gained three first downs in
Michigan's o n l y scoring drive
and during the current season
he has rushed for 215 yards and
scored five touchdowns.
Showing hisbprowess for the
last time will be p 1 a c e kicker
and offensive lineman Tim Kil-
lian. He has kicked 13 f i e 1 d
goals in his collegiate career in-
cluding one in the Rose Bowl.
He share the Big Ten mark for
three field goals in one game.
Although they never started
or received much notoriety sev-
eral other players have put in
the same amount of work and
time as the stars. Among these
are offensive back Greg Harri-
son who has rushed for 21 yards
this season, defensive back Jer-
ry Dutcher, who has made 10
tackles while playing on the sui-
cide squad, offensive guard Ed
Baldwin, center Mark Duffy,
tight end Tom Nieman and of-
fensive guard John Wolff.
Junior -Wells
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-Daily-Sara Kruiwich
MIDDLE GUARD Henry Hill (39) is a second too late to prevent Minnesota quarterback Craig Cur-
ry (10) from getting a pass away in the 39-13 Wolverine victory against the Gophers. Hill, the

The Blue Wave ...
up from obscurity
VCORDING TO reliable sources at the University Athletic
Department, Michigan has a very good football team this
year. According to Bo Schembechler, Michigan has a very good
football team this year. And according to The Michigan Daily,
Michigan has a very good football team this year.
Unfortunately, good news doesn't spread as fast as it used
The Michigan mogul has been obfuscated in the national
press, which seems to have an obsession with the Texas-
Ohio State-Notre Dame troika, while once-tied Nebraska
and our own unblemished Wolverines quietly wallow in the
third and fourth slots in this week's AP poll.
Schembechler couldn't care less about rankings, and has
repeatedly said so, while the Wolverines players have echoed
their mentor's sentiments. Co-captain Henry Hill perhaps best
summed up the team's feelings when he said, "I don't care If
they rank us number 50 - so long as we are undefeated.
This is a healthy attitude; it helps everyone keep their
minds on the job at hand. Still, some of the coverage the Wol-
verines have received in the national press, notably the New
York Times and Sports Illustrated, has been muted, to say the
Item:In this Sunday's Times, Ohio State notched a 10-7
"triumph" while Michigan "won" by 55-0.
Item: In Monday's Times, the headline on the college foot-
ball story read: "Ohio State, Irish face tough foes."
Item: A Sports Illustrated story on the troika made only
passing reference to Michigan. They were kind enough to dis-
cuss the Wolverines triumph over Ohio State last season, but
failed to find any explanation for it. "Did Michigan have bet-
ter athletes?" the story queried rhetorically. "Not likely."
Item: In a headline over the story of the Wolverines' tri-
umph over Wisconsin, the Times referred to Michigan as the
. THE POMP AND PUBLICITY that has surrounded the 1970
grid campaign has been absurd, and at least Michigan can
claim little part in the folly. In all the clamor surrounding the
search for a "Mythical" National Champion, the Wolverines
have lurked in the shadows. It should be remembered that all
national championships are mythical. There has been talk of a
national playoff system for years, but academic consiierations,
tradition, and the existing bowl games have and will probably
continue to maintain the status quo.
If there are just two games with a strong claim to number
one, they can settle it in a bowl . . . maybe. Ohio State, and
USC resolved it all two years ago. Penn State could have play-
ed Texas last year, but they conceded OSU the top slot and
headed off for the Orange Bowl to get more money, little know-
ing the fate President Nixon would bestow on them.
This year ,the bowls will be in limbo until December
when Texas faces Arkansas. A loss would knock Texas out
of it, but by that time, Notre Dame will probably have de-
cided on whether to go to Miami or Dallas, not knowing
which game would have the greater status.
If OSU beats Michigan (perish the thought), it would go
to the Rose Bowl with nothing to gain and everything to lose.
If Michigan beats Ohio .State, the Wolverines will most likely
stay home. A return to Pasadena would be nice, but it wouldn't
prove much.
Maybe the Big Ten will mercifully send Michigan to the
Orange Bowl to play Nebraska (fat chance), which al-
ready has accepted a bid to play there, but if Texas and
Notre Dame go unbeaten and meet in Dallas, they will only
decide who is number two.
Considering all the difficulties inherent in rankings and
bowl bids, a problem compounded by television greed which
moved the Texas-Arkansas game back to the tilend of the sea-
son, it is hardly surprising that Schembechler and his charges
don't even think about it. They have more important things to
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WOLVERINE defensive tackle Pete Newell (82) signals a Michi-
gan fumble recovery in the Minnesota game October 24. Three
weeks earlier, Newell had been named Midwest Lineman of the
Week by the United Press International for his performance
against Texas A&M.

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