Thursday, April 4, 1974
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Sports o'f The Daily
. . the life of a freshman
By JOHN KOHLER
SPRING FOOTBALL HAS traditionally been the time when
sophomores-to-be attempt to fight their way into the starting
lineup as replacements for departed seniors. Freshman eligibility
hashnot changed that situation very much-at least not at
In the two years that freshmen have been eligible to
play varsity ball only one freshman has ever started for
Michigan. The Michigan system demands perfection, and
except at an easily learned position like split end, new
arrivals can seldom pick up the system quickly enough to
acquire the savvy needed for the job.
So they end up playing on the Varsity Reserves and biding
their time for spring. "This is when we find out whether these
people can play Big Ten ball," proclaims coach Schembechler.
But the going is not completely clear even there. Bo
treats his seniors well, and tends to favor experience over
youth. Seniors are given a shot at starting a year, and hope-
fully impressing the pro scouts. This serves as a sort of
reward for years of faithfullness.
The situation is a little different this year. Twenty-nine
seniors are gone, including 11 starters, and at many positions
freshmen must come through if the Wolverines are to have a
successful '74 camgaign.
An opening at offensive tackle
EOF THESE positions is offensive tackle. Both starters, Jim
Coode and Curtis Tucker, are, gone, and the returning ex-
perienced people are not particularly distinguished. There is
also n experienced depth at this high-injury position.
This leaves the way open for people like Jim Hall, who
is trying for Tucker's old job at quick tackle. Hall came to
Michigan from nearby Ypsilanti as a highly recruited line
prospect. Several Big Eight schools and most of the Big Ten
went after him, including Ohio State.
"I never really intended to go to Ohio State," states Hall.
"Woody was nice enough, but I just didn't trust him."
Hall finally ended up choosing Michigan because, "I felt
they' had the best academic program, and I wanted to play for
a winner, not a loser. Michigan's the best around." He and high
school linemate Greg Boik comprised half of the prospects signed
out of the state of Michigan last year.
The behavior of a coach toward a player changes quite
drastically once the player is signed, sealed, and delivered.
The chummy fellow of recruiting days becomes a screaming
maniac on the Tartan Turf of Ferry Field.
"They don't get on you too much in the first few weeks
' while you're still learning. But after that, they start treating
you lie everybody else," remembers Hall.
The problems of adjustment
ALL SPENT MOST of last fall working on the scout teams
and playing for the Varsity Reserves. The Varsity Reserve
team had a chaotic year, as Michigan State welshed:ut on two
games and the Baby Blue lost the other three. Says Hall, "We
had a lot of good guys, but no wins. We should have won, but
"The first priority for these kids is their work on the
demo squads," states coach Elliot Uzelac. "They're asked,
after never having played together, to play a system (Michi-
gan's) they haven't practiced."
There is also the academic side of life as a football player,
as Jim Hall found out. "Academically, it's a lot harder here.
In high school, you get a lot of attention, but here you're on
your own. You can't expect help because it won't happen."
But now comes the true opportunity to make a mark.
Hall is currently on the second team behind senior Steve
King. Says Uzelac of. him, "Jim's a good kid and he's doing
well. With him, it's mostly a matter of picking up the system."
Hall is realistic about his chances. "I think I have a good
chance at starting, but I have this senior in front of me."
A future of hope and uncertainty
"THE -OACHES ARE very proficient and dedicated people.
Coach Hanlon (who coaches the offensive tackles) knows his
business and pushes you hard."
"My freshman year here wasn't what I expected it would
be when I 'got recruited. Things were different, not as ex-
pected, but it's still all right."
BOSTON We-John Havli-
cek and Dave Cowens led
Boston to a 39-point first-
quarter spurt and the Celtics
romped to a 120-107 victory
over the Buffalo Braves last
night-to take a 2-1 lead in
their National Basketball
Association Eastern Confer-
ence semi-final p 1 a y o f f
Havlicek had 43 points for the
game, including 26 in the first
half, and Cowens had 23, 17 of
them by halftime.
Boston, which had fallen far
behind in the early moments of
the first two games, made- sure
it was not going to happen again
by running up a 39-22 first period
lead as Cowens fired in '13 points,
Havlicek 12 and Don Chaney 10.
The score was tied 14-14 at
the six-minute mark whensthe
Celtics made their move, scor-
ing 13 straight points in a string
NIGHT EDITOR: JEFF SCHILLER
that included two baskets each
by Cowens, H a yl i c e k and
HAVLICEK'S H 0 T shooting
continued into the second period
as he accounted for 14 more
points in moving the Celtics out
to a 62-39 lead before the'Braves'
Bob McAdoo ran up 10 markers
to help trim the margin to 66-53
at the half.
Buffalo whittled the lead to
72-63 three minutes into the sec-
ond half as Jim McMillian toss-
ed in three baskets in an early
But Boston put on another
burst of 13 points to four for
the Braves, who never threaten-
HAVLICEK'S 43 points led all
scorers. Cowens had 23 and
Chaney 17 for the Celtics. Mc-
Adoo poured in 38, Garfield
Heard had 18 and McMillian
added 16 for Buffalo.
ERNIE DiGREGORIO of the Buffalo Braves drives for a first down despite tough opposition from Celtics
Dave Cowens (standing) and Don Chaney (12). Boston won, 120-107.
NL WEST PREVIEW
IN ONE OF the more prophetic shots from the exhibition season, Cincinnati rookie outfielder Ken
Griffey looks to right field as he rounds first base and watches another home run drop in. The Reds will
count on Griffey to fill in the gap left by traded Bobby Tolan, as they face strong challenges from Los
Angeles, San Francisco, and the Houston Astros sans Leo Durocher.
RA[TY FAIV LLS4 .HOT.
By RICH LERNER the unfortunate incident of this
The National League West di- winter. Newcomer Milt May will
vision just might be labelled anchor the Astro infield, behind
"The Hitter's Division" this year. the plate, and is looking forward
Each team is loaded with play- to working with the strong Hous-
ers who rip the cowhide-covered ton pitching staff, headlined by
spheroid to shreds every year. Osteen, Dave Roberts, and Don
Pitching and defense will decide Wilson.
the winner. The Astrodomites have one of
The Cincinnati Reds, defending the best defensive infields in the
champions appear to be the game, but have not found an-
strongest at these facets of the other outfielder to accompany
game, in what just' might be rifle-armed Cesar Cedeno and
the strongest division in the ma- burly Bob Watson.
jors. San Francisco won the division
Joe Morgan and the recovered in 1971 and have the sticks to
Dave Concepcion form the best win it again. But once the Giants
keystone combination around, get past Ron Bryant and Tom
while Pete Rose and Johnny Bradley, on the mound, they
Bench excel in the field as well will have to start a couple of
as with their potent bats. This warm bodies. Relievers Elias
time around, the Ohio River Sosa and Randy Moffitt, the
dwellers will have third-sacker brother of Billie Jean King, will
Dan Driessen all year, and are see plenty of action.
counting on rookie Ken Griffey The Giants have the best
to start in the outfield. Merv young outfield in baseball, with
Rettenmund has come over from Bobby Bonds, 1973 Rookie of
the Orioles and after many years the Year Gary Matthews, and
of platooning will have the oppor- Gary Maddox. If Bonds and
tunity to play regularly. towering Dave Kingman can
Ross Grimsley is no longer manage to make contact with
around, but Clay Kirby has mov- the ball the times they don't hit
ed from San Diego to round out home runs, it could mean a
the Cincinnati pitching staff. happy glow will emit from Can-
The Dodgers have been saying dlestick Park, come September.
"wait 'til next year" since the The Atlanta Braves can hit,
departure of Sandy Koufax, and hit, hit, and hit. It is all down-
this might be the one. Jim Wynn hill from there. Hank Aaron,
will follow in the footsteps of Darrell Evans and Davey John-
Frank Robinson and Dick Allen son became the first trio of team-
as the new long ball hope for mates in baseball history to hit
the Dodgers, but Willie Davis is 40 or more home runs in a sea-
'gone in center field and the Los son last year, but Atlanta finish-
Angeles outfield defense will be ed fifth.
weakened. Mike Lum, Dusty Baker, and
Mike Marshall is the new right- Ralph Garr are also big swing-
handed relief ace to go with ers, but none of the aforemen-
southpaw Jim Brewer. With tioned six are particularly glove-
Claude Osteen doing his thing in handy.
Houston, Don Sutton, Tommy That leaves the Atlanta defense
John, Andy Messersmith, and Al in the hands of catcher Johnny
Downing will supply the Ange- Oates, and rookie shortstop Craig
lenos with their traditionally Robinson. Too bad.
strong pitching staff. Knuckleballer Phil Niekro is
The Houston Astros will be reportedly switching to the bull-
better this year - Leo Duro- pen this year, further depleting
cher won't be around. New the beleaguered Brave pitching
manager Preston Gomez will
have his first chance to win a
pennant (his early years in San
Diego don't count), and he has BEN R
the material to take it all.
One of the big questions in the G
land of the ten gallon hat is whe- C. V
ther Cesar Cedeno can overcomeI
2. Los Angeles
4. San Francisco
6. San Diego
staff. The advantage the Brave
pitchers have is that they don't.
have to pitch to Aaron and the.
rest of their teammates.......
McDonald's magnate Ray
Kroc bought the San Diego Pa-
dres, and the Padres spent the
big buck to get some hitters that
can turn baseballs into ham-
burger. New faces include Wil-
lie "Big Mac" McCovey, :Bobby
Tolan, Glenn Beckert, and Mat-
ty Alou. Add these to the al-
ready established Padres like
Dave Roberts, Nate Colbert and
John Grubb, and one finds a
team that can hit.
The Padres, to their dismay,
had to trade away most of their
pitching staff to get these.sticks.
So with San Diego's leaky field-
ing the Padres will be playing a
lot of "ketchup" ball.
1 t..cus 1-dju.l
1ickm en bow to MSU
RIAN DEMING deft stickhandling, broke open a goal by Washington.
heavens poured down commanding lead with goals by "We made fundamental errors,"
;ift of spring it seemed Pat Hardenburgh, Scott Urbin, commented Michigan coach Bob
:ould contain the Mich- and three goals by speedster Val DiGiovanni. "We put too much
But when the rain Washington. pressure on our defense."
id the Maize and Blue But the clouds that had been " Defense inconsistant
>urth quarter goals by threatening all afternoon broke The Michigan defense, led by
ate left the Wolverine loose with the showers and the' Pete Lodwik Buck Foot, d
anding on the soggy Wolverines suddenly sloshed theirPete LFrien c and anchored d
carpet with a 9-7 set- way back. Danny Ti e a ancored
At 12: 28 Steve Bissell bounced goalie Tim Cotter was inconsistant
At 1:28Stev Bisellboucedbut played under steady pressure
gave the Wolverines the ball past Spartan goalie Ronbpled unera tta k ed
[efeat in five outings Hebert to cut the MSU lead to 5-2. applied by the Spartan attack led
s season. Bissell came back in the second by Washington.
' never ahead half with a goal at 1:35. Meanwhile Hebert, in the nets
ever led in the contest Only 20 seconds later Don Hol- for MSU, played an outstanding
hind by as many as man scored on a picture perfect game stopping Wolverine scoring
when trailing 5-1 late play. Clark Bell fed Bissell with a opportunities. Hebert plays goalie
and quarter. Michigan pass, Bissell relayed it to Holman in ice hockey during the winter
exceptional speed and just to the right of the goal where l(months.
- Holman tossed in the goal. The lacrossers hope to re-estab-
Bissell scores again lish their winning ways Saturday
Just over a minute later Bissell when they take the turf against
got a pass from Dave Murphy and Ohio University. The game will be-
beat Hebert on a one-on-one situa- gin at 2:00 p.m. at Ferry Field.
In five minutes of play the Wol-
verines had splashed back and tied
the score at 5-5. S A F c l
State responded with a goal byL &c
The Second Session Hardenburg at 4:28 giving the
:10 and the Third Ses- Spartans the lead once again asT urs., Al
ding Michigan starts the rain coincidentally subsided.
Michigan knotted the score again
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NCAA gymnastics clashi
By LEBA HERTZ
Michigan's gymnasts begin
their longshot bid for the NCAA
title today at Penn State Uni-
versity. Lead by Coach Newt
Loken, the Wolverines were se-
lected as the at-large representa-
tive-,because they posted the
highest second place score from
all 'eight qualifying meets, and
because Western Independent
Champion Air Force scored only
297 and was disqualified.
Jean Gagnon, Bruce Medd,
Pierre .LeClerc and Bruce Kee-
shin will represent the Wolver-
ines in the all-around. Randy'Sa-
kamota and Chuck Stillerman
will be competing in the floor ex-
ercise along with the all-around
men. .J. P. Bouchard's foot in-
jury, which prevents him from
making the trip, could hurt the
Wolverines in this event.
'ably add strong support, along
with either Keeshin or Scott Pon-
Vaulting has been Michigan's
strength this season, but Bou-
chard's absence could lower the
Wolverines' score. Gagnon, Le-
Clerc, and Rich Bigras should
keep Michigari alive in this
Gagnon and Bigras look like
the strongest men for Michigan
on the parallel bars. In the high
bar, Bob Darden and Carey Cul-
bertson figure to staryfor the
Wolverines and Medd should
add a fine third score.
THE COMPETITION will be
tough for Michigan. Big Ten
Champ Iowa will be there along
with defending NCAA titleholder
Iowa State. The host school, Penn
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all the gang at H ILLEL
the optionais at t p.m., wtm the
other two sessions running at
3:10 and 8:00. On Saturday, the
Individual Events Finals start at
The meet is sold out. The com-
petition is awesome.. But the
Wolverines' Big Ten score shows
they deserve to be one of the
eight teams with an opportunity
to win the 32nd Annual NCAA
MSU pulls away
But that was the closest the Wol-
verines would come to beating the
Spartans as Hardenburgh and Bill
Prutton each scored early in the
fourth period and the Wolverine
offense was stifled.
Craig Bradley put Michigan one
goal away from the visitors at 7:35
but Michigan couldn't put the ty-
ing goal across.
The Spartans iced the game with
the just seconds to play with a
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