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Page Eight


Scafurdoy, September 14, 1974

Na Vyfoota's itanic

Last year Michigan entertain-
ed the Naval Academy expect-
ing an easy victory, but that as-
s>mption nearty proved fatat.
The Middies put up a strnng
battle before falling 14-0, large-
lv doe to their own miscues.
For Michigan, it was one of the
humblest victories of the past
few years.
This year Navy will again vis-
it Ann Arbor hoping to give
Michigan all it can handle.
Thirty-three returning letter-
men will be on hand from last
year's 4-7 squad, but a n I y
eight were starters.
Head Coach George Welsh's
first priority is to rebuild his
offense. "In 1973, we had an
experienced offensive team and
an untried defense. This year,
it's obvious our strength I i e s
with our experienced defensive
personnel while we must c o m e
up with replacements on of-
fense," Welsh said.
Running back Cleveland Coop-
er, an all-American candidate,
will again dominate Navy's at-
tack. Cooper broke the all-time
Navy single season rushing re-
cord last year with 898 yards
in 221 carries.
"I think Cleveland Cooper's
name is synonymous with Navy

football," said Welsh. "He's a
little bigger this year and we
believe he's more confident in
his abilities to make the cut
and read his blocks,"
Cooper might be joined at full-
back by Bob Jackson who gain-
ed 494 yards in 96 carries last
year. Welsh, however, plans to
Ship sinkers
S. 14 Virginia
S. 21 at Penn State
0. 5 Boston College
0. 12 at Syracuse
0. 19 at Air Force
N. 2 Notre Dame
N. 9 Citadel
N. 16 at Georgia Tech
N. 30 Army
try Jackson at quarterback, and
if the experiment works, Junior
Turpuola would get the call at
fullback. Tupuola's greatest as-
set is his blocking ability, a
worthwhile quality with Cooper
as a running mate.
The Middies' offensive line is
new, but all the starters are let-
termen. Juniors Carl Sharperson
and Mike Kelly will play split
end and right end, respective-
ly, while Rick Feekler and
See LEAKY, Page 14

Cleveland Cooper, the Middies' Pride

Cards' Cordova paces
another potent attack

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On September 22 of last year
the Michigan Wolverines dis-
membered the Stanford Cardi-
nals 47-10. The Cardinals went
on to complete a 7-4 season
losing only to top ten teams -
Penn State (20-6), UCLA (59-
30), and USC (27-26). This year
the gridders from Palo Alto re-
play all four of these giants
and will be more than happy to
topple any or all of them and
earna spot at the top,
The first problem for Coach
Jack Christiansen, an ex-De-
troit Lion, is the quarterback
position. Historically a produc-
er of outstanding quarterbacks

_- John Brodie, Jim Plunkett,
and Don Bunce, among others
-the Cardinals must replace
Mike Boryla, the key to the '73
Stanford attack. Sophomore
Mike Cordova, who is already
being compared to Jim Plun-
kett, will compete for the posi-
tion against sophomore Guy
Benjamin . and junior Jerry
THE RUNNING game, a weak
spot last year, will have leading
rusher Scott Laidlaw back at
fullback. Helping out in the
backfield will be Ron Inge, Sig
Ostrom, Dave Tenn, and Andy

The passing attack looks to be
strong as' usual. Ten lettermen
receivers are returning includ-
ing all-Pac-8 Bill Singler who
made 31 catches for 501 yards
last year. Eric Test and Tony
Hill are also likely to be prime
On the offensive line three
starters have graduated -
Bruce Blackstone, Bill Reid
and Glen Stone. But the Cards
have plenty of experience form-
ing the blocking corps as no
less than nine lettering linemen
KEITH ROWEN, a two-year
starter at left tackle who runs
the 40 yard dash in 5.0 seconds
and can bench press 400 pounds,
leads off the list of returnees
and is a likely candidate for
post-season honors. The re-
mainder of the line will prob-
ably see senior Rudy Bergthold
Cards' deal
S. 14 at Penn State
S. 21 Illinois
S. 28 San Jose State
0. 12 at UCLA
0. 19 Washington
0. 26 at Washington State
N. 2 Oregon State
N. 9 Southern Cal
N. 16 at Oregon
N. 23 at California
at center sophomores Gary An-
derson and Alex Karakozoff at
guards and Rowen and junior
Todd Anderson at tackles.
The defensive backfield,
which has led the Pac-8 three
years in a row in pass defense,
will be the biggest problem
Coach Christiansen has to
solve. Five lettermen including
three starters were lost to grad-
uation and only four lettermen
are returning. Right safety
"Doc" Blanchard is the only
proven veteran with Gerald
Wilson, Duf Sundheim, and
Kelly Walker likely to complete
the backfield.
The linebackers are all re-
turning for the Cardinals. All-
Coast Gordon Riegal, a possi-
ble choice for national honors
leads the veterans with last
years starters Geb Church,
Forrie Martin, Terry Pape, and
See STANFORD, Page 14

BIG STANFORD defensive end Roger Stillwell prepares him-
self to engulf an opposition ballcarrier during 1973 Pac 8 ac-
tion. Stillwell and the rest of the Cardinal crew will be wait-
ing to avenge last season's 47-10 pasting by Michigan.

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