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Page 4-Saturday, September 17, 1977--The Michigan Daily

The Michigan Daily-Saturday, Septer

Offense well oiled and awesome

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(Continued from Page 3)
Although the coaches are not
rejoicing over the graduation of Rob
Lytle, Michigan's all time leading
ground gainer, they don't worry too
much about the running backs. Quite
simply, they are loaded.
Harlan Huckleby (6-2, 195) returns at
tailback after cranking out 912 yards
last year while splitting time with
Lytle. Many of those yards came on
long breakaway runs. "Huck" is an ex-
citing runner and a real crowd pleaser.
Joining him will be fullback Russell
Davis (6-2, 215). Davis got off to a slow
start last season with injuries, but.

came on strong in the second half of the
season.
In addition to his running abilities,
Davis was quite a high school high
jumper, going well over the six foot
mark. With Davis and Huckleby both
playing full time this season, each could
easily top the 1000 yard mark.
Backing up this duo will be some
other super talents. Lawrence Reid and
Gerald Diggs are both pushing
Huckleby as is Clayton who can play
either wingback or tailback.
Meanwhile, the fullback spot will en-
tertain some friendly family com-
petition as Russell's little brother
Michael, Davis will be pushing for
playing time. Senior Kevin King will
also be looking for a share of the
spotlight on Saturdays.
With all of these glittering names in
the glamour positions, any coach worth
the price of his practice whistle will still
contend that most football games are
won on the line. Without the big men up
front moving them. out, the Leaches,
Hucklebys and Davises would just get
set on their ears regularly.
It is in the trenches thatMichigan has
it over every other team in the nation.
Michigan returns every man from the
1976 front five. The number one stand-
out is senior Mark Donahue. The 6-3,
245 pound guard was all-Big Ten, and
All-American last season.
At the other guard is the only non All-
Big Ten man on the line. Senior Gerry
Szara (6-1, 243) is nevertheless an out-
standing guard. He and Donahue
played on the same high school football
team and don't stand to be broken up

yet. Backing both of them up will be
Greg Bartnick who had an excellent
spring.
At center is Walt Downing, a senior
from Pennsylvania and yet another all-
conference selection.
Rounding out the interior line will be
Bill Dufek (6-4, 250) and Mike Kenn (6-
6, 250) at the tackles. Dufek was also
All-Big Ten and Kenn was named to the
second team.
All things considered, the defenses
that venture into Michigan Stadium this
fall should probably count on a long af-
ternoon.
At worst, Bo will be criticized for
running up points in the "easy" games
while not being able to throw the ball
when it counts. Such criticism resur-
faced after the 14-6 Rose Bowl loss to
Southern Cal last January.

"The thing that hurt us in the Rose
Bowl," said Schembechler, "was not
passing but the physical size of their of-
fense and their power running the ball.
"We're not going to throw out an of-
fense that is one of the most prolific in
the country. But we do plan to gamble a
little more this year."

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