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Page Fourteen


Saturday, September 14, 1974

Page Fourteen THE MICHIGAN DAILY Saturday, September 14, 1974

Leaky ship hurts Navy Northwestern a sleeper
(Continued from Page8) Three of four starters return fenced, and much more ma-
Steve Barilich will handle the to the defensive line - end Jim ture."
Na-PRetn andt ackles-ae P Navy s kicking game is very

tackales. Clifr collier anadiB i1
Driscoll are the guards.
Quarterback is a Navy ques-
tion mark. Jackson, who has
just recovered from knee sur-
gery, will be given his first shot
at the job. Mike Yeager, who
saw spot duty last year, will
also get a look.
A lack of experienced receiv-
ers will probably hinder Navy's
passing attack which wasn't that
strong to begin with. Robin
Ameen is the only receiverwith
any real playing experience,
and he was injured much of last

pek and George Markulis.
Junior Chet Moeller is con-
sidered a terror at the rover
position and Andy Bushak is an
accomplished linebacker.
Newcomers Jeff Sapp and
Jeff Hoobler a 1 o n g with vet
John Kerr are all candidates for,
middle guard. Sophomore Ron
Duplessis has his presence felt
at the vacated strong side end.
"I believe we can have a
solid defense if a couple of our
good young people come through
for us," reasoned Walsh. "We
are a year older, more exper-

strong with punter John Stuffle-
beem and placekicker S t e v e
Neither Navy quarterback is
known as a passer, and with
Michigan's devastating defense
against the run, the Middies'
downfall seems inevitable.
In a year of rebuilding for the
Naval Academy, all signs point
for the Wolverine win in the
two teams' 15th meeting. But
the spectre of last year's near
disaster still haunts Michigan,
and with its solid defense, Navy
could again give the Wolverines
another rough afternoon.

(Continued from P
Moreover, the Wildcat
be able to present a b
attack as tailback Greg
and Rich Boothe plus f
Jim Trimble all return.
three gained 1,077 yar
season. And perhaps m
portantly, Northwestern
three prominent offensi
regulars and will supp
them with a host of imp
The big question marl
by the Wildcats is on d
The Wildcats were ninth


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s wi
ids la
ost i
ve lin
k face
in t

conference in total defense a
ill year ago and this years unit
d must operate in the absence of
in all-league linebacker Mike Var-
k ty who graduated. The major
se problem spots appear to be at
st the linebacking position and
n- along the defensive line, but
ns Pont is cautiously optimistic.
ne "Our practices have made
nt us hopeful that we can solve
e our defensive troubles," he
commented. "The Patrnchak
d twins, Carl and Joe, look like
e. Big Ten football players and
he should make our linebacking
stronger though we still have
depth problems there. Addi-
tionally we seem to have had
a very good recruiting year
as far as the interior line is
concerned. I am hopeful that
the experience our younger
players acquire in non-confer-
ence games will be sufficient
to allow them to bolster the
defense in the conference
Overall Pont feels that the
Wildcats will be a vastly im-
proved football team this sea-
"I think we have an excel-
lent chance to finish high in
the first division," he proclaim-
ed. "We will be battling with
Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin,
and Purdue for position behind
the leaders and I feel that we
have the potential to defeat al-
most anyone on any given Sat-
Those teams accustomed to
looking upon the Evanstonians
as, a breather on the schedule
will be in for a surprise this
fall. If Northwestern's defense
jells as Pont hopes and the of-
fense lives up to advance bill-
ing the Wildcats can gain a
place near the top of the Big
Ten ranks.
Stanford set
as spoiler
in Pac-8,
(Continued from Page 8)
end Dan Francis all capable
the '74 Cardinals has to be the
defensive line. Anchoring the
defense at the end positions
are All-Americans Pat Dono-
van and Roger Stillwell. Senior
Donovan led the team in tac-
kles (109), quarterback sacks
(5), caused fumbles (4), and
fumble recoveries (4).
Stillwell, also a senior, does-
n't have quite as impressive
statistics mainly because the
opposition chose to run away
from him rather than attempt
to run through him. His quick-
ness and size (6-6, 250) are dis-
couraging factors for any team
to come up against. Still Still-
well managed 10 tackles against
Penn State and nine apiece
against Michigan and UCLA.
Tom Ryska (6-5, 230) and
Drew Palin (6-2, 200) are like-
ly choices for the defensive
tackle positions. They are back-
ed up by Al TenBruggencate
and top frosh/JV performers
Art Estrada and Duncan Mc-
THE LOSS of placekicker Rod
Garcia, hero of the '72 Rose
Bowl victory over Michigan,
will be felt heavily. Chip Un-
derwood is destined to be the
new specialist. Underood
made 1- of 18 conversion at-

tempts as a JV last year and
kicked field goals of 44 and 43
yards. Junior Tom Lynn, who
punted 21 times for a 36.0 av-
erage last year, will likely han-
dle the punting duties.

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