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Page Eight

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Thursday, September 14, 1972

Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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By RICH STUCK

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Coyle captains offense Captain Loganleads

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Tom Coyle has never been re-
cognized as the Rodney Dainger-
ield of the Michigan football
team. But Coyle has gained
enough respect from his fellow
players to be voted the offen-
sive captain of this year's squad.
A starting offensive guard for
two seasons, the 6'0, 233 pound-
er enters 1972 as a prime choice
for conference and national hon-
ors. He stepped into a starting
role during his sophomore year
when Werner Hall was felled
with a neck injury, and was
overshadowed by Reggie Mc-

Kenzie last season.
Interestingly enough, Coyle, an
Irish citizen, and McKenzie, a
black, got along very well. Coyle
developed an awareness of the
black problem during their "end-
less" discussions when they
roomed together on road trips.
"The situation of the black
and the Irish are the same,"
says Coyle, the Irish have poor
housing and schools in Ireland
like the blacks do here. Talk-
ing with Reggie helped us both

soccer players to ever play in
Ireland, before moving to Chi-
cago ten years ago.
"My father always has taught
me to relax and forget about the
bad play. Everybody has a bad
game. But the thing to do is to
start all over on Monday think-
ing of a new week and a new
game. Tom Coyle - the posi-
tive thinker.
Coyle is also quick to dispel the
notion that football is purely a
physical game.
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to understand that the people
must like one another and take
our frustrations out on the gov-
ernments in charge instead of
the common people." T o m
Covle the concerned man.
Being one in a family of thir-
teen, Coyle has learned what pa-
tience is. From his father he de-
veloped a sense of being humble
in victory. Coyle's father was
considered one of the greatest

tal. Sure, you have to have the
skills but the mind must drive
the body. Every day you have
to convince yourself to go out
there and hit."
Coyle is undecided as to whe-
ther or not he would like to take
a crack at pro ball.
"If I get drafted pretty high,
like in the first three rounds
I'll probably give it a shot. Not
many guys make it as low draft

choices. If I got picked low in
the draft I wouldn't want to
spend a whole summer working
out daily only to get to camp and
be used as a tackling dummy
for two weeks and then be cut.
The burly native of Dublin
concedes that he might give Can-
ada a try should an offer come
along.
"A lot is going to depend on
the young kids maturing. We
don't have the big names like
last year, but we still have
qualityballplayers. The de-
fense has some tough injuries
but if they can hang in there, I
think we're gonna surprise a few
people."
Coyle has taken a lot of good-
natured kidding about being a
citizen of Ireland, especially
from Bo Schembechler. After
announcing the results of the
balloting for captain last week
Bo jokingly asked for a recount
because a foreigner had won.
At the first press conference
attended by Coyle and co-cap-
tain Randy Logan, Schembech-
ler introduced him as "the first
alien to be a captain at the Uni-
versity of Michigan".
Tom Coyle - football player,
positive thinker, and concerned
man. Combining these attributes
and more, Coyle has gained the
respect of those in contact with
him. By the end of the season he
will have garnered the respect
from his opponents, and hope-
fully the fans. Maybe Don
Weir should send a ticket to our
man Rodney.

LOGAN IS APPRECIATIVE of Logan chose Mciabeus
his tough upbringing, for it has the "people here are concerned
strengthened him on the field. about you as an individual."
"You learn to stand up and face Logan was recruited as an of-
things," says the philosophical fense back with a host of other
senior. However Logan's. analogy keyed-up freshmen and found it
of life and football pertains par- tough adapting to the new system.
ticularly to defensive ball. "You "As a freshman our main respon-
have the responsibility of protect- sibility was to prepare the var-
ing a certain area and I treat it sity and it was hard to accept that
just like my home. It is some- we were of secondary import-
thing I've earned," continues Lo- ance."
gan, "and when someone unwanted
enters it, I do my best to keep him By the time Logan reached his
out.' sophomore year, he began to re-
Logan feels a certain amount of alize the freshmen's importance.
ga f But a string of injuries - coupled
responsibility is assumed by all with the fact that Billy Taylor
seniors, not only the captain. "Be- and Glenn Doughty were around
ing captain doesn't place a great-_ prevented Logan from seeing
er burden on me," expresses Lo- any action in the backfield.
gan. "You can't put yourself on
top." RANDY'S BIG BREAK came in
As a senior, Logan expects to the spring before his junior year.
set an example for the younger Head Coach Bo Schembechler re-
players, hoping to stimulate them alized Logan's talents were being
to produce the best they can. wasted on the bench so he was
moved over to defense. It only
WITHOUT A FOOTBALL pro- took a couple of weeks before Lo-
gram at his junior high in De- gan found himself and nailed
troit, Logan started his football down the short-side halfback spot.
career with a Catholic Youth Or-
ganization little league team, de- Logan recalls the great amount
of help Tom Darden gave him at

By JOEL GREER
To the majority of football en-
thusiasts, the defensive backfield
is merely another spot on the
gridiron; but to Randy Logan, it's
actually his own little world.
Recently elected captain of the
Michigan defense, Logan parallels
football to everyday life. Getting
burned on a long pass is almost
like experiencing defeat against
the neighborhood's biggest bully.

spite being a very ardent Bap-
tist. Bert his first real taste of
competitive football came at De-
troit Northern in the Public
School League. Even though the
PSL has received inadequate
funding, Logan considered his
coaching excellent despite ill-kept
fields and poor equipment.
"Not only were they (the
coaches) concerned about me as a
player, they made sure I was go-
ing to get into a school.

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the position. "Darden played the
position the year before but was
moved to safety," Logan explain-
ed.
It was then that Logan realized
how important seniors were to the
team and his confidence began to
sprout. Logan was happy with his
junior year, especially because he
was injury-free.
This fall Logan has been shifted
to the wolfman position, due to the
loss of Geoff Steger for the season.
"I look up to it as a great chal-
lenge, there's a lot to learn." On
the short side Logan was glad the
sideline was there to help him out.
"But now," 'Randy says, "I have
to watch both sides."
SCHEMBECHLER is very pleas-
ed with Logan's performance at
the position thus far this year.
He's done a real good job there,
but naturally it would have been
easier if we moved him in the
spring.
Even without so-called super-
stars, Logan cites this fall's senior
class as an equal of the previous
one. "We've decided to work ex-
tra hard to take their place,"
Logan adds that as long as you
have a certain "inner pride" no
amount of verbalizing or publiciz-
ing would make any difference.

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