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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Saturday, September 16, 1972

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By BOB HEUER
Despite the fervent hopes of
Michigan partisans around the
nation and lovers of decency
everywhere, reports of Ohio
State's demise as a football
power have been grossly exag-
gerated.
Dreamn of kicking around that
once awesome football giant from
Columbus like a tin can, un-
fortunately, seem to be destined
to remain just that, dreams.
After a mediocre 1971 cam-
paign in which the Bucks, their
ranks painfully depleted by in-
juries, slid to a 6-4 record, the
squad seems more than ready for
the 1972 battles.
With the talent amassed in
Woody Hayes den on American
Way, the Bucks must be con-
sidered one of the favorites in
this year's wide open Big Ten
race.
The rash of injuries which in-
cluded an amazing 16 players re-
quiring surgery last year, is ac-
Ohio State
Last year: 6-4, 5-3 in confer-
ence, 3rd place
Key Players: Morris Bradshaw,
rb; Randy Grandishr, ib,
George Hasenohrl, dt
Outlook: All-around excellence
keynotes team
tually paying dividends this year
for the Buckeyes in the form of
increased depth throughout both
the offense and defense.
With 36 lettermen returning
and the finest sophomore crop
since the Rex Kern, Jack Tatum
days, the Buckeyes look solid
through and through.
The offense should be solid
with six regulars returning. An
attack which through injuries was
erratic last year should be bol-
stered by returnees from off the
crippled list. The quarterback
situation is still unsolved, how-
ever, and spring practice failed
to produce a number-one signal
caller.
Greg Hare, a 6-3, 198 pound
junior, filled in adaquately for a
graduated Don Lamka last sea-
son and has a headstart on this
year's starting berth. But sopho-
mores Dave Purdy and Steve
Morrison are also in the running.
Purdy did an outstanding job
quarterbacking last year's frosh
to a 3-0 record, while Morrison
came on strong during spring
drills and led his team to victory
in the annual spring intra-squad
game.
TRADITIONALLY, a Woody
Hayes' Ohio State* squad is the
embellishment of six yards and
a cloud of dust, and this year
should make last the exception
that proves the rule. Not that the
talent was not there last year.
Rick Galbos and Morris Brad-
shaw, who both rushed for over
five yards per carry last season,
return for more action.
Galbos, who led the team with
540 yards on the ground last sea-
son, has switched from fullback

to tailback to better utilize his
speed and pass catching ability.
Bradshaw will' be packing the
tailback slot and rarin'- to go if
he beats a challenge by Junior
Elmer Lippert, who runs like .. .
well, like Morris Bradshaw.
But all these fine players may
take a backseat to yet another
Buckeye in the rough. Sophomore
Harold "Champ" Henson, who
runs a 4.5 second 40 yard dash,
averaged 7.6 yards a carry while
toting the pigskin for the frosh
last season.
If this were not enough, enter
returnee John Bledsoe. Bledsoe
started the first three games of
1971 and led the conference in
rushing before going the injury
route.
Hayes' offensive frontline con-
tains no slouches. Although All-
America center Tom DeLeone
has fled Columbus to greener
pastures, as a result of gradua-
tion, All-America candidate John
Hicks will fill in at one of the
tackle spots. Both guards are
experienced and the squad is
deep throughout the line.
The Buckeyes defense is head-
ed by a linebacking crew which
Coach Woody Hayes has modest-
ly called "perhaps the best three
anywhere." Joining offensive
transfer Rick Middleton, who
played the position as a fresh-
man, are juniors Vic Koegel and
Randy Grandishar, who wasn't
allowed to get his picture taken
nude or something like that with
the Playboy All-America team.
KOEGEL, A COMPACT 6-1, 210
pounder, who lead the team in
tackles last season, will be play-
ing the middle. Grandishar will
'cover the open side in the Buck-
eye defense; while Middleton
handles the closed side.
, The defensive line is anchored
by tackle and co-captain George
Hasenohrl. A genuine All-
America prospect, Hasenohrl is
starting his third season as a
regular.
Hayes plans to start two soph-
omores in the front four, Pete
Cusick who won the job from
two year regular Shad Williams
at tackle, and wide side defensive
end Van DeCree. Junior Tom
Marendt will get the starting nod
at closed side end.
The Buckeyes are picked by
many to wrest the Big Ten title
back from Michigan in 1972 and
they have two things going for
them in that pursuit. One is that
they do not play the third likely
contender, Purdue, the other be-
ing that they entertain the Wol-
verines in the friendly confines of
football-crazed Columbus, where
Michigan has gone without vic-
tory since 1966.
"It has always been my feel-
ing that a team is champion un-
til someone takes the title from
them," stated Coach Hayesin
characteristic candor. "So last
year's winner, Michigan, must
be considered the team to beat.
"But when all the smoke has
cleared don't be surprised if you
are looking squarely at the Buck-
eyes." So there, doom sayers.

By JOEL GREER
Along with the introduction of
the wishbone formation toncol-
lege football came a long list
of outstanding football teams:
the Texas Longhorns of 1969;
the Oklahoma Sooners in '70 and
'71; and ultimately the Spartans
of Michigan State in '72.
Well, Spartan coach Duffy
.Daugherty is at least that opti-
mistic. "We expect to be a Big
Michigan State
List Year: 6-5, 5-3 in confar-
ence, 3rd place
Key Players: Billy DuPree, te;
Brad Van Pelt, db; Ernie
llhmilton, mg
Outlook: Maturation of offense
could make Spartans kings
Ten championship contender
again." says the premier come-
dian of the Big Ten.
Although Daugherty is nearly
this confident every year, the
1972 Spartan team should finally
echo Daugherty's sentiments.
After an injection of the wish-
bone attack last season, State
captured four of its last five
contests, and in the process look-
ed more and more like a Big Ten
championship contender.
In fact, State's 6-5 overall rec-
ord was the best since the na-
tional championship teams of
1965 and '66.
While nobody is expecting a
repeat of those banner years, a
great season by quarterback
George Mihaiu, could place the
Spartans atop the Big Ten on
Nov. 25.
Daugherty is especially pleased
that he will begin the 1972 sea-
son with an "established" num-
ber one signal caller. Last year,
Daugherty used three quarter-
backs which, of course, hindered
the fluidness of the wishbone at-
tack. "There was also a .leader--

ship problem," the veteran coach
of 18 years explained. This fall,
the players won't have this prob-
lem as Mihaiu will be in there
from the beginning.
The senior field general has
already captured the fancy of
his teammates by leading his
Green squad to a 38-6 romp in
the annual spring game. Mi-
hail" handled the wishbone ex-
tremely well, gaining 74 yards
rushing as well as connecting on
a scoring toss.
Despite the loss of All-Ameri-
ca Eric Allen at one of the
halfback slots, Daugherty ex-
pects a better balanced running
attack. Jesse Williams appears
ready to step into Allen's spot
while Detroit speedster Mike
Holt is a shoe-in to return to his
right halfback position. Duffy
also expects improvement at full-
back where sophomores Clarence
Bullock and Arnold Morgado are
still battling.
Morgadois only one of the
many Hawaiian's Daugherty has
recruited. "There are definitely
more players in Hawaii than in
"We expect to be a
Big T e n Champion-
ship contender
-Coach Hugh
(Duffy) Daugherty

The Bucks gang up.

COLOR IT PURPLE:
Wildcats envision hazy year

By CHUCK BLOOM
Last spring in the sleepy tem-
perance town of Evanston, North-
western students decided that
"Wildcats" was not a fit nick-
name for a university in the
twentieth century. Noting. the
team's colors and the general
competitive level of the athletic
endeavors, the name "Purple
Haze" was offered as a viable
substitute, more suited to the
school's image. Long apathetic,
students poured out in common
cause.
However, university adminis-
trators, being generally stodgy
sorts, frowned upon any attempt
to violate the gloried tradition of
Northwestern and denied any
name change for the squads of
the Purple and White.
The current edition of the
Northwestern Football Record
Book obliquely takes note of the
campus squabble with a section
devoted exclusively to the origin
of the nickname "Wildcat." Un-
fortunately for Northwestern fans
the rest of the volume contains
little else of a joyful note.
Graduation delivered the un-
kindest cut to the squad, remov-
ing most of the well-known
names that have guided the Wild-
cats to two consecutive second
place finishes. The entire start-
ing backfield, including the Big
Ten's leading passer of last year,
Maurie Daigneau; the complete
defensive backfield and three-

fourths of the defensive line will
not be donning the Purple and
White this year.
But Head Coach Alex Agase
does not face a completely hope-
less task. He can count in the
positive column the return of his
veteran offensive line.
Heading the blocking will be
junior guard Donnie Haynes (6-0,
229). Haynes is expected to be
another Reggie McKenzie. At the
other guard will be .junior Ray
Felton (6-0, 235) who is best on
sweeps and has considerable
quickness for his 235 pounds.
The starting center will be sen-
ior co-captain Dave Dybas (6-2,
229). The tackles will be big Dave
Glantz (6-5, 270) and Larry Mish-
ler, senior (6-2, 223), who is
heavily counted upon to blast
open holes for the slowly sea-
soning running backs.
Agase's running attack will con-
sist of senior Johnny Cooks (6-0,
190) and junior Harold Smith
(6-1, 210). Cooks was a starter
last season and was well on his
way to becoming the team's top
rusher when a knee injury suf-
fered on the last play of the
Notre Dame game sidelined him
for the rest of the year. Cooks
is not only a fine runner from
scrimmage but is the Wildcats'
kickoff return specialist as well.
Agase's biggest search is for
a replacement for Daigneau. At
this time, the job seems to rest
on the shoulders of senior Todd
Somers (6-1, 195). Somers is a
fine "roll-out" quarterback but

his passing is questionable. Last
season Somers saw little action
completing four of eight passes
for one lone yard. The other four
passes were completed to enemy
receivers so in spring drills
Agase has been trying to im-
prove Somers' eye.
Somers will be contested for
the job by sophomore Mitch An-
derson (6-1, 190) who is more in
the line of a drop back passer.
Provided the choice of field
general is not completely faulty,
Northwestern should once again
take to the air often for offensive
punch. Only ace Barry Pearson,
Northwestern
Last year: 7-4, 6-3 in confer-
ence, 2nd place
Key Players: Jim Anderson, dt;
Jim Lash, oe; Dave Dybas,
center
Outlook: Shaky passing makes
outlook hazy
whose name is carved next to
n o s t Northwestern receiving
marks, is missing from the corps
which was the best in the Big
Ten.
Jim Lash, who placed second
behind Pearson in the Wildcat
aerial derby with 34 grabs and
523 yards, will lead the pack. A
senior, Lash will be among wide
receivers to keep an eye on in
the Big Ten. Tight end Steve.
Craig and darting Steve Harris,
who doubles as a rusher, round
out Northwestern's cadre of re-
ceivers.
The defense could be broken
by the loss of nine, count 'em
nine, starters. But the heart and
baseremain for Agase's rebuild-
ing charges.
Jim Anderson, whose long hair
and Fu Manchu mustache are al-
most as impressive ashis defen-
sive skills, will be leading the
way at defensvie tackle. The
hulking senior co-captain was
voted to the -all Big Ten second
team for two consecutive years
and is likely to make all Big Ten
in his final fling in the confer-
ence.
Agase's new and different de-
fensive backfield will feature
such unheralded names as Pete
Wessel and Greg. Swanson. Ex-
quarterbacks Greg Strunk and
Bob Beutel will also be along for
what could be an unpleasant ride
as none of the candidates have
defensive-playing experience.
The Wildcats may not be
smelling roses or even a title but
in this season of massive rebuild-
ing, perhaps .500 will satisfy
Hazy Northwestern fans.

Ohio," Daugherty joked. While
Michigan coaches may take ex-
ception, Duffy regularly has
more Hawaiians on his squad
than Ohioans.
On the receiving end of the
wishbone will be veteran tight
end Billy Joe DuPree and sprint-
ing star Marshall Dill at split
end. "Dill certainly has the size
and speed to be a great one,"
coos, IDaugherty.
In his past two seasons DuPree
has grabbed 46 passes for six
touchdowns. "We wouldn't trade
him for any tight end in college
today," Daugherty added.
The only newcomer to the of-
fensive line is 6-7, 275 pound
tackle Jim Nicholson. Another
Hawaiian, Nicholson missed the
entire 1971 season with a back
injury.
The key to the Spartan offen-
sive line will be right guard
Joe DeLamielleure. The entire
Soartan camp expects the two-
time all Big Ten senior to grab
All America honors this season.
The Spartans will again em-
ploy a 5-4-2 defense in hopes of
improving their 15.4 overall
points-per-game allowance. Brad
VanPelt, the 6-5 220 pound All
America, will be the anchor of
a very strong pass defense. How-.
ever, the rushing defense which
was somewhat mediocre a year
ago, is at once a definite ques-
tion mark. Lost to the defensive
line are both tackles and a de-
fensive end. All America Ron
Curl is lost at one tackle while
two-year regular Bill Dawson is
missing from the other. On the
bright side, both linebackers,
Gail Clark and Ken Alderson, are
returning.
As in the past, the Spartans
will face another difficult non-
conference schedule. After batt-
ling a tough Illinois team at
Champaign, Michigan State will
tangle with Georgia Tech, South-
ern California and Notre Dame.
All of those foes, incidentally, are
ranked in the Top Twenty.

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"I'd rather beat Illinois," says
Daugherty, "and then lost the
a next three."
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