Thursday, March 22, 1973
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
The Texas Wedge
.By the grid season
By RICH STUCK
'J'HOUGH THE SUN is shining and the snow is melting on Ferry
Field there are still some difficulties which must be ironed
out before Bo Schembechler can charter a plane to Pasadena
next January First.
For two seasons now Michigan football fans have increasingly
wondered whether the forward pass was still part of the game.
Under the gun from both the press and the fans, Schembechler
has developed a brilliant running game and seemingly neglected
the passing aspect of the game.
But this year might be different if Schembechler means
what he said before the start of spring practice Tuesday. He
commented that he plans "to open up the attack more this
season." While steadfastly refusing to pass the last two
campaigns Bo now has every reason in the world to throw
the ball more frequently.
This year unlike the last two the Wolverines go into their
drills with an established quarterback who has shown the po-
tential to really feather the pigskin. Junior Dennis Franklin has
been passing with authority this spring and with the talented
array of receivers on the squad there is no reason to believe the
airborne attack will not continue into the fall.
Paul Seal, who could be the top tight end in the country next
year,heads the list of ball-snatchers that also includes speedster
Gil Chapman and the entire backfield. Bo may have had any
mumber of excuses as to why he hasn't thrown more in the
past: Tom Slade couldn't throw well, there were no talented
receivers, Franklin was just a young sophomore who needed time
to develop. Now the time has come to throw the ball as Franklin
has gotten better and Seal is in the same class as former great
Moving into the picture is sophomore quarterback Mark
Elzinga who is currently guiding the second team in practice.
Although his ballhandling leaves much to be desired, his passing
arm is considered the best on the team. There is a distinct
possibility that he will be red-shirted next season rather than
spend the campaign on the bench behind Franklin.
Whether or not the Wolverines pass extensively next year
will only be answered in the games. While there is a lot of meat
in the aerial game, there is even more on the shelves of the
When one considers the awesome backfield strength that re-
turns there is a strong suspicion that Schembechler may once
again rely heavily on his running philosophy. And who could
blame him, with such notables as Ed Shuttlesworth, Chuck Heat-
er, Hatry Banks, Clint Haslerig, Bob Thornbladh and Larry
The temptation is there to go strictly with the run and
sports fans can only hope that the coaching staff will opt for
the balanced attack.
Of course, a major factor in deciding how far to rely on the
run is whether or not a solid interior line can be built. As he
does every year Schembechler declared, "We don't have as much
returning as we did last year."
But a closer look reveals that Schembechler may once
again be crying wolf. Two of last year's starters return, Jim
Coode and Mike Hoban, as does one from the previous season,
With Dennis Franks and Dave Metz both gaining experience
last year the fleet of backs should have no trouble finding day-
Two other phases of the game have to be improved if Michi-
gan is to have the super season everyone is predicting: middle
guard play and placekicking.
Expecting that Walt Sexton would nail down the middle guard
slot, line coach Frank Maloney has had to find someone else
since Sexton dropped out of school last term. Inexperience may
hurt the Wolverines here, because the candidates include two
sophomores, Tim Davis and Calvin O'Neal, and two players who
have seen very limited action, junior Norm Long and senior
Handling the placekicking chores somewhat erratically
last fall, incumbant Mike Lantry will face a stern challenge
from Bob Wood who has been booming the ball in the early
workouts. While it is much too early to tell it appears that
Schembechler is going to give Wood a long hard look.
The rest of the team is loaded with veterans. From the crack
of the pads the past two days, it appears that the traditional
Michigan strong defense will be strong again.
On any other squad, overconfidence might be a severe and
real problem. But so far it hasn't happened to a Michigan team
the past three years.
All of those lopsided victories which are bound to come
Michigan's way shouldn't make any difference, because the
Wolverines are shooting for the BIG ONE.
The BIG ONE is, of course, the national championship.
Losing to Ohio State last year might have been a blessing in
disguise. Had they trounced the Bucks and gone to the Rose
Bowl they would have been ineligible for the trip this campaign.
So the incentive is there and the talent is certainly there.
But before we start printing our Number One stickers and
placards the Wolverines must develop a passing game potent
enough to take some of the heat off the runners. A lot of hard
work will take place and how successful these drills are will go a
long way in determining how great a season 1973 will be.
ST. LOUIS-Garry Unger set a Pistons pulverize
club record by scoring his 37th * p
goal of the season as the St. Louis t DETROIT - Bob Lanier and the
Blues defeated the Detroit Red Detroit Pistons both set new team
Wings in a National Hockey League records last night as 'the 'Pistons
game last night. sE.N.beat the Portland Trailblazers,
The power-play goal was the , 122-109, to sweep their six-game
second of a three-goal outburst National Basketball Association
in a 2:38 span by therBlues in the NIGHT EDITOR: series this season.
second period, and broke the old THERESA SWEDO
scoring mark set by Unger last Lanier, who scored 33 points, also
year. nailed down 17 rebounds to raise
After Detroit took a 2-1 lead on Frank Mahovlick and Gordie Howe. ' his season's total to 1,146, off the
a pair of power-play goals by The victory boosted the Blues boards, thus smashing the Pistons'
Mickey Redman in the first period, lead over the Los Angeles Kings one season mark of r1,132 he set
Danny O'Shea flipped in a re- to six points in their battle for the last year.
bound to tie the score at 11:29 of final playoff spot in the Western Meantime, the victory for the
the second stanza. Unger then Division. Detroit and Buffalo re- Pistons, was their 25th of the year
scored his record goal to break the mained tied for fourth in the East. at home, eclipsing their previous
deadlock. The Kings played Toronto later best record in Detroit when they
Less than a minute later, Floyd Wednesday night on the West captured 24 games at Cobo Arena
Thomson beat Detroit goalie Roy Coast. * * * two years ago.
Edwards on a breakaway to give - -
the Blues the two-goal margin.r Sabres sheathed
Sabourin and Frank Huck sand- CIAO -RphBksrmD ekers fete
Late goals by the Blues' Gary CHICAGO - Ralph Backstrom D le s f
wiched around one by Nick Libett scored his 23rd and 24th goals of
completed the scoring in the final the season as the Chicago Blackpp tS
period. Hawks whipped the Buffalo SabresA i e fw
The two goals by Iedman were 6-2 in a National Hockey League
his 47th and 48th of the season- game here yesterday.
Some guys will do anything for a basket, as exemplified by George K
for two points, knocking over Massachusetts player Charlie Peters. T
in the NIT tournament in which North Carolina beat their northern o
Karl of North Carolina as he goes
BIG TEN I1V
By JIM ECKER
The triumphant but fatigued
Law Gold basketball team limped
back into Ann Arbor early yester-
day as the newly - crowned Big
Ten intramural champions. The
lawyers out-distanced a field of
seven conference quintets in the
non-stop, two-day tourney, culmi-
nated by a come-from-behind 66-61
success over the Minnesota entry.
The victors combined multiple
defenses with a fast-breaking of-
fense and overcame taller more
rested Iowa and Indiana squads in
Monday's double-barrelled action.
In the championship affair, a stra-
tegic defensive maneuver coupled
with an aggressive attack spelled
"Once we switched from a
zone to a hawking man-to-man
we controlled the game" analyz-
ed team captain and spokesman
Doug Williams. "We were play-
ing their (),innesota's) game be-
fore the change, walking up
court, playing a patterned, con-
"Our style's breaking fast and
running, sort of like the Celtics"
continued Williams. "We'd started
looking for those four-on-threes,
five-on-fours whenever we could."
Williams credited center Stan
Grayson as the law club's back-
bone and stabilizing influence.
"Stan's real steady" remarked
Williams. "Our play depended on
what Stan was doing." Grayson, a
former Holy Cross cager, netted
24 points-per-game in the tourna-
ment. He also keyed the lawyers'
breaking attack with strong re-
bounding and quick outlet passes.
Godfrey Dillard, a six-foot guard
with quick hands, strong wheels
and a sweep jumper, tossed in 16
Vanderbilt b - bailer gushed in
he action occurred Tuesday night leaving him one shy of the Re The victory moved f t Black, y farLUKE
pponent 73-63. Wings' one-season record held by Hawks nine ponts ahead of the One final farewell took place last
idle Minnesota North Stars in the night for outgoing Michigan hock-
race for first place in the NHL's ey coach Al Renfrew, as the bek-
4 CHAMPSj Western Divsion. ers Club held its 12th Annual
Cliff Koroll broke a scoreless Awards Banquet at the Rubiyat.
deadlock at 2:56 of the second per- Renfrew, who will be replaced
iod when he took a pass fromit Lou by former Meichigan Tech assist-
io h h o a sse tit e Angotti and drove a 20-footer past ant coach Dan Farrell, received a
Sabres' starting goalie Dave Dry- plaque from his players commem-
den. orating his final victory as the
spurts, tickling the twines in five- against the Hawkeyes, but Iowa's Jerry Korab made it 2-0 at 7:10 head .mentor-a 3-2 victory over
six minute periods, relaxing a lit- I. M. champs kept feeding a 6'9" when he stole a pass by Buffalo's North Dakota in the season's final
tie, and then turning it on again. dude who tore. Michigan's men Larry Hillman at the Chicago blue game.
Mike Washington, a reserve for- apart. line and skated in alone to beat. Senior Rick Mallette was pre-
ward, averaged 10 markers a "This guy put in a couple of Dryden. sented with the most v a1 u ab1e
game in a timely relief role. The those Wilt Chamberlain finger- Jim Pappin, Dick Redmond and player award, while senior Roy
remainder of the eight-man cham- tip rolls and same Jabbar sweep- Backstrom completed the second Ashworth was named the most im-
pionship club included Ernie Black- ing hooks at the start" related period barrage. proved player, and freshman An-
man, Steve Drew, Clinton Cana- Williams. "So we switched into a gie Moretto c o p p e d the most
dy, Tom Koernke and Williams, collapsing zone, boxed the guy colorful rookie award. Steady de-
the player - coach. Sam Riddle and out and kept him avay from the fensemen R a n d y Trudeau was
Larry Crawford didn't make the boards." SCO E qu elected.capta of next season'
trip because of a limited financial MagainstIndi- squad.
budget. Monday afternoon gdi- Moretto claimed the clubhad
Williams offered some obser- ana gthe lyerscpldg we NBA plenty of unity and that "an NCAA
enough to win," according to Wil- I tanta 98, New York 93caposhptaBilAei n
vations on the opponent ball liams. They maintained a 10-12 Detroit 122, Portland 109 Arbor before our senior year.
clubs. "I was a little surprised point lead throughout and emerged Boston 106, Chicago 105 Renfrew echoed the fact that
at the other teams" said he. as 72-61 victors. Houston 118, Baltimore 110 erew echo thefat th
"These games were regulation, The Hamms Brewing Co. spon- Cleveland 112, Philadelphia 109 there is plenty of talent on the
not like the I. M. games here. - 1Los Angeles 124, Kansas City- club and the future could be as
Y k I. al . gams hee sored the tournament, an innova- Omaha 118 good as the players wanted it.
You could call time outs to set tion the hosts hope will promote NHL Mallette was fourth among WCHA
things up, talk things over, more widespread student partici- Pittsburgh 5, California 2 MCneswt 7asssi 7lau
"And we took dvantage of it. If pation indcollegiate athletics. Montreal 3, Vancouver 2 centers wih 27 assists in le es
team ran off three-four buckets Wlim a ohn u Chicago 6, Buffalo 2 gmsadldteWleie in
SWilliams had nothing but St. Louis6, Detroit 3 sccoring with 30 total points.
in a row, we'd try to cool 'em off praise for his hosts. "They treat- EXHIBITION BASEBALL Ashworth, who scored a hat trick
with a break. Or if our defense ed us real well, from start to Pittsburgh 5, Detroit 2 in a losing cause at Colorado
wasn't working, a timeout helped finish" complimented the former Montreal 7, Texas 5 earlier this season finished the
straighten us out. The other teams Michigan grid performer. "It St Louis 9, Philadelphia 1 th s as in
dintdo that."I was a fun tournament all the Minnesota 10, Los Angeles '7 schedule with six goals in only 17
didn't Yankees 6, Mets 2 appearances.
In Law Gold's 72-54 opening- way. The theory behind the Baltimore 7, Cincinnati 1 Meanwhile, Warren Guss Crouch,
round triumph against Iowa, a de- whole thing was good. But like white sox 3, Boston 2 originator of both the Deker's and
fensive adjustment during a time- I told a guy in Minneapolis, 'We Kansas CitygHouston23 this season's elaborate hockey pro-
out turned the game around. The came up- here to win. We dig California 14, San Diego 4 grams, was named Deker of the
lawyers opened in a man-to-man winning."' Cubs 7, Cleveland 5 Year.
Michigan golfers j inp to tenth
in early oing of Miami tourney
SpeciaI To The Daily
MIAMI-The Michigan golf team came through with a strong 314
score yesterday to place tenth after the opening round of the Miami
Invitational. The second half of the tournament will take place today
as each of the 45 squads will switch courses here in the two-day tourna-
Coach Bill Newcomb was pleased with the Wolverines' perform-
ance especially since they played on the tougher of the two courses;
"Many of the teams ahead of us played the easier course yesterday,
the one we get today." The Michigan mentor went on to predict a
fifth or sixth place finish in the final tallies.
In the preliminaries Tuesday, Michigan played head to head with
the University of Miami losing by a close 293-282 count. Michigan had
the medalist, however, as John Dale fired a scorching 69 to lead the
In yesterday's action, Brent Baily and Craig Ghio tied for top
honors for the Michigan squad, both shooting 77 for eighteen holes.
Right behind were Neil Spitalny 79, John Dale 81, Charles Burnham 82,
and Pete Spitalny 82. The top four scores figured in the team scoring.
Florida Atlantic University is presently in front with a 286 score. Tom
Young was also playing with the Michigan club as an independent and
ineligible for scoring. He shot a 90 for the first round.
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