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The 1972 Michigan football, season:
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Dan Borus -
THOSE ARE RITUAL RITES of autumn which are performed
here in Ann Arbor every football Saturday. Whenever the
Wolverines are on hand to embarrass the opposition, you can find
amusements of every sort: wine in the stands, marching bands
and a wire-haired trrior who pushes a soccer ball (Maize and
Blue, of course) the entire length of the football field.
Nearly everyone goes to the ancient stadium at least once
during his or her four year residence in the "Research Center
of the Midwest" and most come back for more.
The high priest of this celebration is one Glenn E. (Bo)
Schembechler, a taciturn semi-living legend who has seen his
teams lose but three games in the last three years. Ironically all
of those games have been the last contest of the campaign.
But despite Schembecher's, Bo to you, success and the
huge contract he penned with the Athletic Department, his
talents -have at times been met withless than total enchant-
The complaint, emanating from some corners is that Schem-
bechler's style is "dull." Proficient, yes, but not quite the type
of ball that wows 'em.
Schembechler's style of play, known alternately as "Meat
Grinderism" or "First and Shuttlesworth" is technically superb.
A Michigan sweep or off-tackle is almost always perfectly exe-
cuted. Yet it is razzle-dazzle that thrills the fans.
"I can'tstand that running game. I don't like going," says
one afficiando who does anyway.
"The opposition is so weak, the game plays like a script,"
says Daily photog Dave "Magic Eye" Margolick, who doesn't
mind snapping a couple of good shots.
Detroit Free Press Sports Editor Joe Falls, who, by the by,
has helped pen a book, Man in Motion, which describes the Michi-
gan exploits of a very swift Bo Schembechler, found the 42-0
pasting Schembechler's boys handed Minnesota homecoming last
year, "boring.
Bo has a standard retort, "They don't pay off if you're ex-
citing, he says whenever challenged on the lack of color of his
squad," they pay off if you win."
Actually the criticisms have always seemed a trifle over-
done. Schembechler's strength is his ability to maximize his
talent. True, .he prefers the conservative running game be-
cause of its inherent safety, but he does not and has not hesi-
tated the throw the pigskin when he has the man to do it
When Don Morehead was flashing his Maize and Blue togs,
Michigan had an airborne attack that was slightly more formid-
able than the 1971 version. That year Tom Slade, not exactly a
Joe Namath in the air but an excellent blocker, was in control and
Bp played his strong suit, running.
For football fans who trucked to see an unknown quantity at
the Stadium last year didn't have to search for excitement. Gil
Chapman's punt return against Tulane, his thrilling gallop on an
end-reverse in the grudge match with MSU; Chuck Heater's
crawling run in the 'last minutes of a tight clash with Purdue;
and the numerous defensive gems turned in by a supposedly in-
experienced secondary immediately pop to mind.
And this year with the clamor for "rock 'em, sock 'em" foot-
ball, Bo, as he reveals in shining colors in the football ticket bro-
chure, is "going to pass more."
Bo and Michigan are going to pass more because they
have the man to do it. Dennis Franklin, whose decision to
matriculate at Michigan is rpmored to have sent Woody
Hayes into such depths of despair that he sent a telephone
through the window of his Ohio State office, returns to quar-
terback the club with all of last year's glowing stats and
thrilling moves under his belt.
Franklin, in his first varsity campaign, ended the year as the
third leading passer in-the conference (this on a team that doesn't
like to throw) and the second most potent man with the football,
averaging five yards either through the air or on the ground every
time he laid hands on the semi-spheroid. Franklin completed a
flat 50 per cent of his Big Ten tosses, good for four touchdowns.
Such are the stats of a man who spends his summer throwing
footballs through swinging tires in Masilon, Ohio.
Yet before Schembechler and his squads can be enrolled
among football's deities, he, and they will have to get over the
stumbling block: the last game. With losses in two Rose Bowls
and two games to Ohio State, Schembechler is up against a minor
jinx. This year, with tough OSU and possibly even tougher South-
ern Cal on tap, may be the year he no longer is referred to as
"good, but boring". He being Michigan's Bo'Schembecher.

Bo Schembechler, head coach and football genius
Dennis Franklin, quarterback: cool under pres-
Ed Shuttlesworth, fullback, uses body as batter-
ing ram
Chuck Heater, tailback, who came on strong to
grab spotlight
Mike Lantry, Vietnam veteran, resident kicking
The entire Wolverine defense that led the na-'
tion against the score
Woodrow W. Hayes, fat villian from that school
down south
It is a typically beautiful Saturday afternoon
at the Big "U". Two football squads are present.
Students, carrying the omnipresent Boone's Farm
wine, pour into the 104,000 seat stadium. North-
western is the opponent for the hometown Michigan
grid squad and many consider the game dull and
It is, however, the baptismal under fire of
sophomore quarterback D e n n i s Franklin.
Franklin responds, connecting with Bo Rather
for a 21 yard scoring pass which gave Michigan
its opening day victory.
Michigan's crafty mentor, Bo Schembechler,
doesn't seem to mind the score a bit, "As long as
we win that's all that counts." He also has some
prophetic words about Franklin, the first black
field general for the Maize and Blue. "He is go-
ing to be good. He'll get better every week."
The Wolverines travel to the glitter capital of
America to do battle with the highly touted UCLA
Bruins, who had come fresh off an earlier upset
Last Year's Record: 10-1
Last Year's Finish: First (tie) 7-1
Freshman Recruits: Greg Boik, og; Rick White,
wr; Dick McAuliffe, wr; Jim Hall, ot
Probable Finish: High as the sky
of mighty Nebraska. The Wolverines are ready
and came out fighting. Combining their stiff de-
fense with their overpowering running attack the
Wolverines squash the sixth ranked Bruins 26-9.
Leading the way is fullback Ed Shuttlesworth, who
ground out 115 yards and collected two TD's.
UCLA mentor Pepper Rodgers is quite impress-
ed; "Michigan was just too physical for us to
handle. They really put us through the meat grind-
Michigan's meat grinder quickly chews up 18th-
ranked Tulane, 41-7 as Shuttlesworth again leads
the attack with 151 yards and three TD's. The
usually sleeping or drunk second half Michigan
crowd is on its feet this time as a youngster named
Chuck Heater bursts onto the stage with some
spectacular twisting and turning runs and gains
51 yards in only seven carrigs.
The Naval Academy is sent back to Annapo-
lis for more basic training the following week-
end as the Meat Grinder puts the game away
in the second half for a 35-7 victory.
One week later a season high throng of 103,735
poured into the historic Ann Arbor stadium to
watch the Maize and Blue take on interstate rival
and second rate school-Michigan State. The Green
Meanies, led by a stout-hearted defense and a
fumbling offense, gave the locals a bitter time of
it. Both teams fight tooth and nail before noted
"conservative" Schembechler calls on one of his
secret plays for victory. Speedy Gil Chapman takes
a pitch on an end reverse and flies down the left,
sideline to score the game's only touchdown.
Tackle Paul Seymour, a converted end who is later
to gain All-America honors, delivers a crunching
block that frees Chapman on the exciting dash.
Final Score: The Good Guys 10:, Moo U. 0.

On paper the Illni looked tough. As it turns
out, however, the Illini proved no match for the
Big Blue Machine as they overwhelmed Illinois
31-7. Taking a 24-0 lead into the locker room
at the half, the Wolverines are not as ready to
play in the second half as they played on a 7-7
par with Bob Blackman's crew. This prompts
Blackman to announce that the game turned
around in the second half and that with a few
breaks we could have won it." Schembech-
ler's tart reply is perhaps more correct: "We
dominated this game from start to finish."
After smashing Minnesota 42-0 in Ann Arbor, the
Mammouth Blue Wave squares off against the
lightly regarded Hoosiers. The contest turns out to
be the closest of the year. The Wolverines need two
fourth quarter touchdowns to break a 7-7 tie open
and gain a shaky 21-7 victory.
Down went the Hawkeyes 31-0 and the Wol-
verines, predicted for no better than a second
place finish at the beginning of the season, find
thmselves in a position to win it all.
Needing only a win over. Purdue to tie for the
title, the Wolverines find things grim in the game
against the Boilermakers. A 6-6 tie seemed im-
minent in the fourth quarter. Then the fireworks
started. A Gary Danielson pass is intercepted by
Randy Logan and gives the offense one final
chance to move the ball for the winning score.
.The ubiquitious Heater picks up 22 yards, scram-
bling on his hand's and knees for a good ten of
those yards, and Franklin scrambles for more.
With the clock down to a minute, Bo decides to send
in kicker Lantry. Lantry nervously approaches the
ball the boot it from under the finger of holder
Tom Slade. The ball sails directly through the up-
rights for a 9-6 victory and at least a tie for the
league crown.
As the olde adage goes: Close only counts in
horseshoes and hand grenades. So close did
Michigan come to winning this football game,
the team could smell Pasadena roses that go
to Ohio State instead. The Buckeyes stop the
Wolverines on three different occasions, two on
the goal line, to thwart a Michigan win. It
would have taken a hand grenade to blast a
hole in the Buckeye defense, something not
legal in college ball. The 14-11 loss is an untime-
ly bitter blow to Schembechler who has now
seen his last four teams drop the last game
of the season. A tragic ending.
Exuent all
Most of the starting cast is back for this year
and General Bo Schembechler is not about to let
that last one slip away again.
Two areas, offensive and defensive lines where
the likes of Seymour, All Big Ten Tom Coyle an'd
Fred Grambau are gone, will need rebuilding.
Dave Gallagher, Don Coleman and Walt Wil-
liamson should fill the bill defensively as they have
for the last two seasons. On the offensive side of
the ledger big Jim Coode will be making a run at
All-America status at tackle while senior guard
Mike Hoban is the only other returning starter.
The offensive line showed great progress during
spring practice and should they ever come close
to matching last year's effort Michigan fans
should be in for a great display of Ifensive power.
Since Bo has always managed to come up with
an offensive line the present situation is not as
worrisome as it could be.
The backfield - both offensive and defensive
are stocked and well equipped for a "super"
rating. Never has any recent team in the Big
Ten had such an array of backs. A lot of
Maize and Blue benchwarmers could be starters
elsewhere around the country.
Not ONE running back graduated. Consider this
bevy of returnees: Shuttlesworth and Bob Thorn-
bladh at fullback; Larry Gustafson and Clint Has-
lerig at wingback; and the tail-backs - keep your ,
binoculars trained on these fellows: exciting Heat-
See RUN, Page 9

Daily Photo by TERRY McCARTHY
QUARTERBACK DENNIS FRANKLIN (9) moves upfield in the Northwestern game won by the Wol-
verines 7-0. Franklin returns as does the entire backfield in the 1973 Run for the Roses.

Tennis i.
California, the place where
good tennis players are produced
likes Fords off the assembly
line, seems to be hovering in
Brian Eisner's head like a mi-
grain headache these days. Most
likely it will stay there' at least
until next spring.
Eisner, the fourth year Michi-
gan tennis coach, took his squad
out to the Golden State last sea-
son in quest of triumphs over,
perennial college tennis giants
UCLA and Southern Cal. His
Last Year's Record: 18-3
Last Year's Finish: First
New Recruits: Peter Flemming;
Harry Hopman-
Outlook: Swifter, Higher,
team was undefeated in dual
meets, had a number of players
with impressive records, and
most certainly was therbest unit
East of the Mississippi.
But all of these credentials,
failed to impress the Califor-'
nians, some of whom might find
themselves on the pro tennis
circuit in a few years. Moth UC-
LA and Southern Cal gave the
Wolverines a taste of California
tennis and proceeded to send
them home with severe trounc-
True, those two defeats turned
out to be Michigan's only losses
of the year, but as someone
aptly put it; "they only remem-
ber the ones you lose."
The Wolverines returned
from their West Coast expedi-
tion and began to prepare for
the Big Ten Championships.
The "M" netters, determined
to show how good they really
were, completely demolished
the entire Big Ten conference
by capturing eight of nine indi-
vidual titles.
Michigan amassed a total of
159 points which meant that
second place Iowa was over 70,
points in the rear. The rest of
the Big Ten was even further
out of sight.
Freshmen Victor Amaya won
the number one singles title with
a smashing three-set victory over
Indiana's Doug Sullivan. The
two-time Michigan high school
champion is regarded as one of
the top ten players in the na-
tion and should be virtually un-
beatable next year as a sopho-
Two other freshmen, who
along with Amaya were part of
the greatest recruiting year in
Michigan tennis history, contri
buted greatly tothe Wolverine ef-
fort. Freddy de Jesus and Eric
Friedler were national Junior
players of note during their high
school days and it took a bit of
talkingr to bring them to Ann Ar-

no doubt at all

handed only one precious grant-
in-aid by athletic director Don
Canham this year.
The Wolverine net mentor
scoured the nation over, mclud-
ing California, in search of the
one player who would receive the
free ride. From a list of many
names, Eisner grabbed a young
man by the name of Peter
Fleming as his' one money re-
cruit. The Chatham, New Jer-
sey native is considered one of
the top five Junior players in
the country.
"Pete should be able to
challenge for one of the top
three singles spots," comment-
ed Eisner ."He is an excellent
competitor who can move right
inot college tennis."
In addition to Flemming, Eis-
ner talked Harry Hopman, an
East Coast high school senior
into playing for the Wolverines
without a scholarship. Hopman,
is a husky 6' 3" with a blister-
ing serve."
These two players alone should
bolster the Michigan tennis out-
look for next , season. Eisner
knows that his recruiting pace
must keep up with the ever in-

creasing strength of the Califor-
nia colleges in order to have a
shot at the NCAA championship.
The Big Ten should be far
stronger next year as many
teams landed some highly touted
recruits. Still, Michigan will bare-
ly need to work up a sweat in
beating their Big Ten foes. But
the Wolverines have had enough
wins from the "little" teams and
hope they can take all the mar-
bles, including those California
"We hope to get UCLA, South-
ern Cal, and Stanford to come
visit us on our home courts,"
stated Eisner. "They are reluc-
tant to make the long trip out
here when there is no other good
teams to 'play besides us."
Eisner has been tossing the
idea of possibly having some sort
of invitational around the pro-
verbial room. He would very
much like to get the southern
teams in Ann Arbor, and the only
way would be to offer some sort
of attractive lineup besides the
Wolverines themselves.
But the fact remains, the Mich-
igan Wolverines want California.

ichigan: Loop kings
For the second consecutive year, the Michigan Wolverines
were the legitimate "Champions of the West", winning the, Big
Ten's All-Sports trophy.
The All-Sports Trophy is awarded to the Big Ten school
which amasses the best average finish in all conference varsity
sports -during the past academic year.
Ten pointsare awarded to each school for each first place
finish, nine points are awarded for second place,. and the
system continues along the same principle.
The Wolverines ended the academic year with a 8.5 average,
which, when translated into finishes, means that the average
Michigan varsity athletic squad finishes between second and
third. The average was close to last year's winning total of
The Wolverines edged out the Indiana Hoosiers even though
the Hoosiers won titles in basketball, cross country, indoor and
outdoor track, swimming, and golf.
The Wolverines won titles in football (tie with Ohio State),
wrestling, gymnastics and tennis.
The Wolverines earned second place finishes in baseball,- cross
country, indoor and outdoor track and swimming.
Though the Wolverine Icers had a poor season they earned
seven points for finishing fourth in the Big Ten (six of the
WCHA schools are not Big Ten members and hence do not affect
All-Sports standings.
The basketball squad added five points with its sixth place
tie and the golfers did likewise with their sixth place finish
in the Big Ten tournament.
Although the tennis and football squads were expected to fare
well, the performance of the gymnastics squad and the wrestling
team were happy surprises for the Wolverine partisans. The
strong finishes of the track related sports off-set the' unexpected
poor finishes in hockey and basketball.
Michigan chances for retaining the coveted All-Sport crovn
seem quite good. The football team should be among the top
three in the conference, the track, wrestling and gymnastics
squad seem capable of repeating their championship season of
last year and the swimming team should be as second best as

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