Thursday, October 4, 1973
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"He was just excellent out there today. He is really a
great runner. His only problem is inexperience."
--Bo Schembechler on Tom Slade, Oct. 9, 1971
IT'S COLD AND IT'S wet Tuesday afternoon as the Michigan
football team runs through play after endless play. One unit
does it first, then a second. If the man is pleased, they move to
another play. If not, they run it over again.
Finally, Jou spot Number 17. He's off to the right, behind the
offensive team. One leg is crossed, then the other. A quick ex-
change is made with the injured Dennis Franklin. Tailback Jon
Cederberg shuffles over, and the joke is lost among a siren of
At 6:05 practice is over, and as Tom Slade trots off the
field one wonders what he is thinking.
"I told Bo today that I want to do something, anything,"
Slade said Tuesday night. "It's an ungodly two hours. I
haven't run a play with the first two teams since last
If you take a look at the Michigan quarterback depth chart
you find out why. Slade is fourth string. Oh, he may move up a
notch this week with the injury to Franklin, but he'll be right
back down again when the No. 1 man is healed.
Now there are a lot of fourth string quarterbacks around the
country. Some of them may even play someday. But how many
of them led their team to the Rose Bowl in their sophomore year
after starting and winning seven straight Big Ten games?
Surely only one man, and that man is Tom Slade.
The senior from Saginaw, where he gained All-State
honors and was salutatorian of his class, has seen the lime-
light. In the first start of his career alnost two years ago
to the day Slade guided Michigan to a tense 24-13 win over
Michigan State at East Lansing.
The repoiters were at his locker that day, as they were a
little later that season after Slade's clutch passing set up a
winning field goal in the waning seconds at Purdue. And they
were there after Slade could hit only three of ten aerials in
the hard-to-take Rose Bowl loss to Stanford.
Now only dreams remain of two years ago for Slade, as he
watches Franklin, Larry Cipa, and Kevin Casey perform behind
center. And no matter how frustrated he may be, Slade is still
able to talk about his situation with surprisingly little bitterness.
"Hell, I realize that every quarterback we have is a
- better passer than I am," Slade says. "In fact, the fifth,
eighth, or 30th quarterback, if we had that many, would
probably pass better.
"I realize perfectly well where I stand. A week before the
first game of my junior year Bo called the four of us into his
office and said he was going to go with Franklin and Casey. I
get fat standing around, and I got fat quick that season.
"But that doesn't mean I've quit on the team or myself.
I get up for every game, even though I know I won't play. Bo's
paying me, so I'm going to work. I've earned my scholarship,"
Slade isn't at all bashful about talking about his strong points,
either. He sees himself as a solid runner and a hard-nosed
"Franklin and Casey are fancy runners with great
moves," Slade remarks, "but when it's third and one or no-
body is open on a pass play I'd rather have Cip or myself.
And when I block somebody on the power sweep they stay
Slade then spoke of an almost too real situation which can
relate to virtually anything in pinning down the first time ehe
knew he was outmatched.
"Franklin didn't have a very good game in the opener
against Northwestern last year," Slade remembers, "and I felt
I might still get a shot. Then we played UCLA, and he played
a perfect game.
"Cipa and I were roommates, and when we got back to
the hotel afterwards we looked at each other and laughed.
We knew then he was just too good for us."
Turning once again to his passing, Slade said, "My biggest
problem was that I couldn't throw long. But Moorhead (Don)
"Half of my problem is that the coaching staff psyched me
out immediately. The first week I was here they were screaming,
'You can't throw here the way you do.' That's makes it kind of
tough. I thought I threw all right that year.",
For the record, Slade completed 27 of 63 (43 per cent) for
364 yards. He threw four interceptions, passed for two touch-
downs, and ran 77 times for 266 yards (four TD's).
Sure, his statistics aren't anything to write home about,
but the things Slade did best, like blocking and working the
option series, can't be spelled out in numbers.
"I'd be lying to myself if I didn't think I could play at some
other school," Slade says. "I could have started at a place like
Central Michigan, for example, but then I never would have
known if I was good enough to play in the big-time.
"I got my shot. A lot of guys, people like Mike Aldham
(ex-split end), never really got a look. I did, and I'm thinkful
Slade says that Schembechler told him he wouldn't make
the 48 men, three quarterback traveling squad before the
season. Thus, Slade was stunned when he made the trip to
"I think I went becduse I'm the backup place kicker," he
reasons. "But Bo plays the percentages, and I don't think that
even if Lantry (Mike) got hurt he'd trust me with a short field
goal. You can't knock him, either-with the record he's got that
would be like knocking a millionaire."
There are eight games left for this year's Wolverines and
some 37 practices. Slade confesses that 'I don't learn any-
thing in workouts anymore," but he'll be there for each one,
and although he knows he's a fourth-stringer he'll be ready
Slade has had -his moment in the sun, and although he doesn't
like the shadows, he's willing to accept them.
Gridde Pickin gs
"This young Libel crew, they just don't have the discipline that
B. S. Brown, one of the all time great Libels, made this comment
the other day while watching the current-day Libels roll to a con-
vincing 77-0 trouncing of Vassar.
"Hell, back in '48 we would have blown Vassar right off the
field" exclaimed Brown, his pulse quickening. "When we played
Radcliffe in '47 "Tricky Dicky" Kraus scored five times before the
opening kickoff. That Kraus was one heckuva passer.
"But the '48 Ink Bowl was the greatest, we came in lightly re-
garded versus the top scoring offensive machine in the nation. The
Daily Trojans were ranked third in the AP but we really poked a
hole in their plans. We played a 'blanket coverage' zone and beat them'
270-0. In fact our best play, the 32 screw on two, worked 8 out of 9
times for scores. Every Friday at Midnight, when I run the choice left
to 420 Maynard with my Gridde Pickings, I hope against hope those
glory days will return with a free Mr. Pizza pizza."
"These young kids just don't know what a real screw on two is."
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Sports o TeDailyl
From Wire Service Reports
Seaver ready for Reds
NEW YORK - Tom Seaver,tthe New York Mets' pitching ace
who has been bothered by a tender right shoulder, was pro-
nounced fit and ready yesterday to pitch the National League
playoff opener at Cincinnati Saturday.
"It never did hurt," said Seaver after the workout at Shea
Stadium. Manager Yogi Berra then said Seaver, a 19-game
winner with a 2.08 earned run average, would start against
the Reds. Seaver, who pitched 290 innings this season, has
been unimpressive in recent outings.
IN CINCINNATI, Bobby Tolan, suspended outfielder for the
Reds, will file a grievance soon, according to Marvin Miller of
the Major League Baseball Players Association. Miller said To-
Ian's grievance against his suspension will charge the Reds did
not have just cause to suspend the outfielder.
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Indiana QB honored
CHICAGO - Quarterback Willie Jones of Indiana has been
named the Big Ten offensive player of the week by the Associated
Press. Jones, a 6-foot-4, 204-pound junior from Memphis, Tenn.,
sparked Indiana to its first victory of the season, a 17-3 decision
Jones directed one touchcdown drive in which he com-
pleted six of seven passes and then scored the clinching touch-
down in the fourth quarter on a short run. The victory was also
the first for Coach Lee Corso at Indiana.
Others nominated for the award were quarterback Cornelius
Greene and running back Archie Griffin, both of Ohio State. De-
fensive honors went to end Mike Vesperman of Wisconsin who was
in on nine tackles and recovered a fumble in Wisconsin's 20-16
loss to second-ranked Nebraska.
Al, Frazier date set
NEW YORK - Muhammad Ali confirmed yesterday that he
will fight Joe Frazier in a rematch of their "Fight of the Cen-
tury" in Madison Square Garden. The fight is set for the Garden
Feb. 4, according to informed sources.
We are going to fight in Madison Square Garden in front
of all the fans with the same referee and same officials as
last time," said Ali from his training camp in Deer Park, Pa.,
according to the Pottsville Republican. "I've waited a long
time for Smokin' Joe and now I'm going to beat him.
Girls fight back
MONTESANO, Wash. - It's back to the court again today in
another battle of the sexes. This time three female members of
the Wishkah Valley High School football team and their backers
are trying to block a rule barring the girls from league play.
The three, Carol and Delores Darrin and Kathy Tosland, took
their bumps and bruises to make the team, only to have the
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association blow the whistle.
The WIAA said its rules prohibit girls from football, adding that
if the trio suited up for any game the school would have to forfeit
and face sanctions.
Russian tour in doubt
MONTREAL - The Russians may not be making a tour of
eight U.S. National Hockey League cities later this year. Clarence
Daily Photo by SARA KRULWICH
TOM SLADE (17) looks for daylight as he cuts 'off a block by
teammate Fritz Seyferth (32) in the 1971 Michigan State game.
That game marked Slade's -first start and best effort of his career.
'Slick' Slade tallied a touchdown and led Michigan to a 24-13
victory over the Spartans. How - er, since '71 Slade has been
sitting on the pine.
'McKay chides Andros, media,
and polls in defending Trojans
LOS ANGELES (/P) - The South- "I said, 'Win or lose, we're go-
er California Trojans have tum- ing after the Rose Bowl so let's go
bled from first to fourth in The out and knock hell out of 'em and
Associated Press college football have fun.' We knocked hell out of
poll, leaving Trojan Coach John 'em, and anybody who doesn't be-
McKay with this response: "So lieve that is crazy," McKay said.
what?" "I believe had we not been pen-
"I've said 500,000 times that I alized we would have won the game
don't care about the national rank- by three touchdowns to one," said
ings until the end of the season. McKay, referring to six offsides or
They've yet to give an award to a illegal motion penalties. "I guess
guy ranked first after the fifth it was good defensive play but
game. when the other team jumps off-
After three games, the Tro- side we feel we don't have any-
jans are 2-0-1, including the 7-7 thing to do with it."
tie with Oklahoma last Satur-
day night. They open the Pacific- Statistically, the Sooners held
8 Conference campaign - the a big edge in yardage gained,
othererace to the Rose Bowl - but McKay said, "I didn't see the
Saturday at OregonState. game as everyone else here saw
McKay took issue with several it. Who said Oklahoma dominat-
items at his weekly brunch with ed us? We didn't think they were
reporters, including reports that going to score.
Oklahoma dominated the Trojans' "The way we were tied was
and Oregon State's Dee Andros' ridiculous. If you get tied not play-
remark that Southern Cal would ing your best game . . ." McKay
try to embarrass the Beavers to added, however, that maybe that
regain lost ground in the polls. was as well as his Trojans can
I_ _ _play-"maybe this is where we
McKay said this team could be
Ioverconscious of extending theI
_ ____winning tradition of last year's 12-
0 national champions. "Sometimes
WHA you work harder on the way up
New England 8, Quebec 2 than when you're up there," he
Cleveland 8, Chicago 4 said. "My God! This is. not last
Houston 4, Winnipeg 2 year's team in personnel or per-
NBA sonality. Cunningham, Rae, Ad-
Houston 112, Cleveland 89 ams, Graf, Ryan, Young," McKay
cited last year's seniors. They
NHL wr 20 ef --.
Detroit 4, Virginia (AHL) 2 were 12-0. We're 2-0-1."
New York I's 4, New Haven McKay has claimed that Oregon
New York R's 3, St. Louis 2
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State is not, a very good team,
drawing Andros' ire. "That's a
great statement for McKay to
make after the way they perform-
ed against Oklahoma," chided the
big Beaver. Andros added that the
Trojans would be out to run up
"That is the most ridiculous
statement, if Dee Andros knows
me, which he apparently doesn't,"
retorted McKay. "I don't see how
we can r u n up the score
against . . ." he added, naming an
obscure college which may not ex-
ist or play football.
"I said at this time Oregon
State is not a very good football
team. Dee has a new offense and
it takes time . . .
" If he's saying he has a good
football team, he's kidding, just
as I would be kidding if I said we
were good at this time. "So I will
retract my statement and say
Oregon State is a good football
team. If we don't take them ser-
iously, we'll get beat."
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