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Friday, October 25, 1974
Injured

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

Gophers

lick

wounds

By BILL CRANE
fhe Minnesota Gophers enter
Michigan :Stadium tomorrow
with a degree of pessimis.m and
insecurity. similar to that of to-
day's harried consumer.
Beset by injuries and with in-
experienced players trying to
fill in, Minnesota coaches are
not confident about their team's
chances against Michigan. Min-
nesota's Big Ten record stands
at 1-2 with losses to Ohio State
and Indiana and a victory last
week over Iowa.
Minnesota coach Cal Stoll said
his young team is struggling
right now and that "all we can
do is play as good a game as
we can against Michigan."
Minnesota's deficiencies are
dispersed throughout the squad,
and the only journey the Little
Brown Jug will likely make will
be from its secret showcase to
the Maize and Blue sideline and
back.;
DEFENSIVELY, the Gopher
ranks are a shambles as six
starters are incapacitated by in-
juries. Defensive coach Norm
Parker said he is stunned by
Minnesota's rash of disabling in-
juries, adding, "I know this
sounds like sour-grapin',. but
I've never been involved in a
year like this."

The defensive line consists of
tackle's Mike Ramerth and Keith
Simons, ends Jeff Smith and
Mike Burne and middle guard
Jim Ronan. All, except Simons,
are replacing injured starters.
Smith replaces injured Ron
Worbel who was slated to re-
place graduated All-Big Ten end
Steve Neils.
Parker said Simons (6-4, 247)
has the most physical talent
and might receive conference
recognition.
Otherwise seniors Byrne and
t Ramerth, and junior Smith are
described as hustlers by Park-
er, but they lack physical talent
-and are quite small. All weigh
about 220 pounds.
Ronan, a freshman, has great
potential according to Parker
but at present is awfully green.'
, THE LINEBACKERS, led by
standout Ollie Bakken, are also
a patchwork force. Not only is
Bakken banged up and nindered
by nagging injuries, but a strong
contender for a linebacker open-
ing, junior Steve Craine is out
for the season.
Senior Paul Glanton, a music
major who hopes to sing opera,
will open at middle linebacker,
t and freshman left linebacker
Greg Gerths will face Michi-
gan's right side rushes.
t

............... fense is inexperienced a n d
small. "We'll try to be as basic
as we can (in practice), repe- I
titious as we can, and then play1
with a high degree of intensity,"
o r s Parker said "Michigan probab-'
ly trains the same way," he'
NIGHT EDITOR: added, "so as to really 'turn
FRED UPTON the players loose' at game
time."

Guards Dale Hegland (senior) quarterback - barring injuries.j
and Brian Harvey (sophomore) "We never know about him,"
along with junior tackles Art Wade said. "He's been hurt allI
Meadowcroft and Greg Schoff year with an ankle problem."
comprise the unit's backbone. It isn't certain from day to day
These four starters have yet to if Dungy will play, which is un-
catch the Gophers epidemic in- fortunate for Minnesota.
jury bug. Dungy was first in total of-
THE OVERALL revampmnent fnei h i e fe w
from last year does little to fense in the Big Ten after two
games (Ohio State and Indiana)

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.::::..:' Parker also o f f e r e d what cheer offensive coach Charles-
The free and strong safties might be the best description Wade.j
are manned by freshman Tom- of the Gophers' offensive line: The offensive line is "about
my Ash and sophomore George "There's no Reggie McKenzie where we thought it would be,"
Adzick. Ash, who replaces the out there." he said noncomittally.
injured Doug Beaudoin, and Ad- However, Minnesota has form- Wade said he was pleased
zick are learning quickly. ed a strong offensive wall con- with the line because it helped
Cornerback Bob Weber is also sidering this year's unit is com- sustain offensive drives against
a freshman replacement, sub- pletely new. All 1973 starters Iowa in the Gophers 23-17 vic-
bing for two year starter Greg are gone, but Minnesota did tory but added that Minnesota
Engebos. score 19 points against Ohio was just "glad" to win.
MINNESOTA'S "freshman" de- State. Tony Dungy is Minnesota's

Last week against Iowa he fell
off. Dungy throws to ends Scott
Puchtell and Dale Hendricksen
and flanker Vince Fuller.
THE BACKFIELDis, of
course, led by senior halfback
Rick Upchurch. Upchurch was
United P r e s s International's
Midwest Back-of-the-Week last
week by virtue of his 210 rush-
ing yards against the Hawkeyes.
That was the second best total
in Gopher history. Upchurch
ranks third in the Big Ten in
rushing yardage.
Fullback John Jones adds
power to the ground attack but
saw limited action last year
behind graduated John King.
Last week the Gophers played
for Floyd of Rosedale, a very in-
conspicuous, bronze pig, posses-
sion of which is symbolic of
victory between Minnesota and'
Iowa.
Minnesota retains Floyd.
BUT THIS WEEK the Gophers,
play for an inconspicuous brown
jug. Obtaining it will be difficult
considering injuries, inexperi
ence and the opponent.
Stoll said he brought Floyd out
last week because some of thej
players had never se.en it. The
Jug, however, will likely remain
unbeheld to Gopher eyes.
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Wolverine change style .
. . so do Bucke:yes
SITTi'NG THERE like the Rocky Mountains to a pioneer family
in search of California gold, the Ohio State Buckeyes are the
mountainous obstacle before the Wolverines in their quest for
their first National Championship in 26 years.
Although injuries and sickness have prevented the Wol-
verines from rolling up Buckeye-type yardage and scoring
totals, the Wolverines should meet limited resistance from
their remaining opponents. Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois and
Purdue should fall before the Wolverines arrive in Columbus
for another Battle of the Millenium, Nov. 23.
Buckeye fans can also be forgiven if they are looking to the
Michigan game for a source of excitement. Woody Hayes' legions
should have little trouble scoring a point a minute against
totally outmanned Northwestern tomorrow; and Illinois, Mich-
igan State and Iowa should bring the victim list to ten.
Even if the 10-0 records are the same, the Buckeye and
Wolverine teams are different in 1974. Michigan, lacking be-
hemoth linemen and a pile-driving fullback, relies on speed and
overall team quickness to mow down all foes.
There are enough Woody Hayes fullback stories to fill this
page but the current Bucks are a speedy group also.
Hayes has added more than a dash of outside running and1
passing to the attack, and quarterback Cornelius Greene's newly
acquired passing arm supplements the basic Archie Griffin 100
yards on the ground.
Last Saturday in OSU's easy 49-9 romp over Lee Corso's In-I
diana Hoosiers, Griffin gained over 100 yards for the sixteenth
straight time. Buried in the wire service accounts were Greene's
superlative deeds.
The tiny quarterback from Washington, D.C., who threw
nary a pass against Michigan last year, completed nine of his
11 aerials for 235 yards and ran for 95 more. His 330 yards in
total offense earned him a niche in the Big Ten record book,
fifth on the all-time list.
But all is not peaches and cream for the Buckeyes, al-
though the scores of their games might indicate that. TheI
Buckeye defenders aren't nearly the brick wall they were
last year and may prove,vulnerable in a close contest.{
OSU is giving up nearly 300 yards a game, a 50 per cent
increase over the 200 or so given up last year. That doesn't mat-
ter too much when the score is 42-3 and the defense is conceding

Daily Photo by TOM GOTTL I EB
FLEET WINGBACK Gil Chapman (24)'is just one of the
offensive threats that Michigan can hurl at the hobbled Min-
nesota Gophers this weekend. The Blue runners will be
attacking a Gopher line comprised mainly of substitutes due
to the plethora of injuries that has hit Cal Stoll's squad this
season. Michigan should find the going somewhat easier than
it was in the narrow 24-20 win over Wisconsin last weekend.
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game, it could be the difference.

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However, in their 52-7 win
over Wisconsinatwo weekstago,
the lead was a big advantage
on the Buckeye stat sheets. Ohio
State led 24-7 at' halftime and
Badger quarterback Gregg Boh-
lig, in a desperate attempt to
get some quick touchdowns, suf-
fered four second half intercep-
tions.
In other words, the Badger
ground game didn't have a
chance to grind out any drives
because they didn't have time.
Still, the Bucks gave up 37
more yards. than the Wolver-
ines.
Specifically, the Bucks miss
such performers as linebackers
Rick Middleton and R a n d y
Gradishar, but no one will know
how much until the Michigan
game. The Wolverines won't
know how much they miss Shut-
tlesworth and those big linemen
until Nov. 23 either.

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