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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Saturday, September 15, 1973

Saturday, Septermber 15, 1973

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BAGGETT KEY MAN

Stolz,

Sparty

talk

By BOB McGINN
It's been seven trying autumns
since the Michigan State football
faithfuls have had a ballclub
worth remembering, and the
general feeling in EastaLansing
is that enough is enough.
During that period, when the
Spartans could do no better than
win 27 times against 34 defeats,
State followers just never could
forget the glory days of 1965-66.
It was unbelievably fun to
scream "Kill, Bubba, Kill." And
who could ever forget,. the 10-10
deadlock with Notre Dame, when
Ara Parseghian ran out the
clock and into a storm of con-
troversy.
And while, the post-national
championship Spartans always
were respectable, the State back-
ers could never accept them.
Sooner or later the master-
mind of all those victories over
19 years, Hugh D. Daugherty,
had to go. It happened last fall,
and Duffy was replaced by one
of his unknown assistants, de-
fensive ca2h Dennv Stolz.
MSU had 10 players selected
in the National Foatball League
draft, three of them first round

choices. So it would have been
easy for Stolz to come on easy
with the "it'll take time" roun-
tine.
But that, like his predecessor,
isn't Denny Stolz's Way of doing
things.
"My one ambition is to bring
Michigan State back to national
MICHIGAN STATE (5-5-1, 5-2-1)
Michigan Opponent No. 5
Starters back-Offense 5
Defense S
Series: Michigan, 40-20-5
prominence,' 'he says. "And I
don't mean over a period of
years, I mean in 1973."
Those are pretty strong words
from any first year coach, es-
pecially one who has only nine
returning regulars and but 30
lettermen. But the more Spartaai
followers hear Stolz speak, the
more conTidence the man g.n-
erates.
The first thing Stolz did when
he was named head man. as ne
remembers, was to introduce
himself to the press. And the
second thing the quick-tongued
mentor did was junk the 111-

fated Wishbone offense which
Daugherty had utilized since
1971.
That opened the door for North
Carolina transfer Charlie Bag-
gett (6-1, 190), a rifle-armed,
passer and an adept scrambler,
to take ocntrol of Stolz's I for-
mation attack. If spring practice
means anything, Baggett could
be a good one.
The Green Meanies were me-
diocre at best in the aerial game
last fall, completing just 44 toss-
es all season. Baggett, and his
impressive backup,- Tyrone Wil-
lingham (5-8, 155), should change
that.
Whether they can complete
passes from the seat of their
pants is the most critical prob-
lem Stolz may eventually have
to face.
The entire Spartan offensive
line, with the exception of split
end Mike Jones, has departed,
leaving a bevy of behemoths
Stolz suspiciously terms "long
on potential and short on ex-
perience."
Several tough running backs
return to complete the rosy acx-
field picture.
The foremost returnee is jun-

ior talback David E. Brown, who
came on in mid-season to lead
the club in rushing with 575
yards. He'll be joined in the I by
holdover fullbacks Clarence Bul-
lock (5-9, 198) and Arnold Mor-
gado (5-11, 198).
Stolz's crew should be their
typically roughhouse selves again
on defense, even though Xli-
American safety Brad Van Pelt,
linebacker Gail Clark, and tackle
Gary Van Elst have departed.
MSU likes to talk about their
defensive backfield as the "best
in the ocnference," and they
have more than just wind in their
sails. The foursome is experi-
enced and talented.
Senior Bill Simpson (6-1, 178),
the recipient of this,. year's big
push for All-America honors from
his school's overactive PR de-
partment, returns at vide safety
after his great junior season,
while hard-hitting Bruce Hayner

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