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Page 10-Saturday, September 17, 1977-The Michigan Daily
Gophers must

The Michigan Daily-Saturday,

(Continued from Page 9)
rush.
If Wisconsin plays as many close
games as last year, the Badgers must
find a capable replacement for place-
kicker Vince Lamia.
Wisconsin's defense must put it all to-
gether before the jaunt to Anr. Arbor or
else Michigan could win its eleventh
straight from the Badgers.
at Minnesota
The Gophers finished third in the Big

Ten last year despite losing four o
last five games. By compiling ba
back 6-5 records, Minnesota post
first consecutive winning seasons
1967 and 1968.
"$ased on the number of experi
people we have returning," say
Stoll, "we could field the toughest
assembled during my six years ai
nesota. Our defense is seasone
sound, and we'll have a solid ki
game."
The defense returns nine starter

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their by captain Steve Midboe (6-4, 229) at ca
k-to- tackle. Other three-year starters are cll
d its end Mark Merill (6-4, 238) and a pair of
since linebackers: Steve Stewart (6-3, 214),
the team's leading tackler with 114, and go
Mike Hunt (6-2, 230). "1
.nced A definite asset for the Gophers is a ca
Cal veteran secondary which includes Bob- ou
eam by Weber (5-10, 170) and Tom Lucke-
Min- meyer (6-0, 188), back for their third
and season as starting cornerbacks. fei
king Minnesota's biggest problem will be th
replacing Tony Dungy at quarterback. ra
Dungy, now trying out as a. defensive de
, led back with the Pittsburgh Steelers, just
about rewrote the Gopher record book in
for passing and total offense. One junior 2,
and five sophomores, all inexperienced, p
are fighting it out. ye
Kent Kitzmann (6-2, .202), John
Mathews (6-2, 204) and Steve Breault so
(6-0, 204) return in the backfield, but le!
Stoll could get immediate help from ya
any of six freshman and a pair of trans-
fers. "Our new people should give us
] the quickness we've lacked in recent co
years," says Stoll. wi
Minnesota must stock up its receiving he
corps and practically rebuild its offen- sa
sive'line as only three starters return.'
Minnesota was the only team in the sa
Big Ten other than Michigan and Ohio
State to compile a winning overall rec-
ord last year, and if Stoll finds his quar- st
terback the Gophers should do well for 38
the third straight year. so
* * *
Iowa,.(6
After a two-year layoff, the Iowa C(
Hawkeyes return to the Michigan C0
schedule this fall while Indiana takes a th
two-year rest from competition against f
the Wolverines."fe
If there is a surprise team in the Big si
Ten in 1977 it very well could be the bf
Hawkeyes. Head coach Bob Commings

Dungy
n experiment with 42 lettermen in-
ding 15 returning starters this year.
"We believe we are going to have a
od football team," Commings says.
We have a chance to play well if we
n just hold the football and reduce
r penalties."
Around Iowa City recently, the de-
nse proved to be much tougher than
e offense. Last year, the Hawkeyes
nked third in the conference in total
fense.
The strength of the Iowa defense lies
its linebackers. Junior Tom Rusk (6-
223) and senior Dean Moore shoot for
'st-season honors after fine seasons a
ear ago.
Rusk took part in 114 tackles last sea-
n while Moore recorded 70 solo tack-
s and led the team with 5 sacks for 29
ards in losses.
Cornerback Rod Sears was a Big Ten
i-leader in pass interceptions in 1976
ith six.
"Our defense should be the best Iowa
as had in a long time," Commings
ys.
Too bad Commings can't say the
ame about his offense.
Senior Tom McLaughlin is a shaky
arter at quarterback, completing only.
per cent of his pass attempts last sea-
n.
In the backfield fullback John bazar
5-1, 204)and tailback Ernie Sheeler
ombined for 777 yards in 1976 and
ommings expects the same of them
his fall.
The real strength of the Hawkeye of-
nsive attack just might be their offen-
ve line headed by center Jim Hilgen-
erg (6-1, 225).
See HAWKEYES, Page 11

you can't run on them you have to move
the ball on them some way-so that's
why we throw the ball so much."
A trio of seniors heads the Michigan
defensive backfield. Two year starters
Dwight Hicks and Jim Pickens return
for their final year while Derek Howard
will probably step in to replace Jerry
Zuver, now a graduate assistant coach,

at wolf.
Hicks, a second team All Big Ten
selection a year ago, holds down the
safety spot. The speedster missed four
games after undergoing surgery for a
finger injury. The hard-hitting Hicks
(6-1, 184) still secured 58 tackles, broke
up seven passes and saved three touch-
downs in 1976.

our defense is
(Continuedfrom Page 6)

to

THE VERSATILE PICKENS holds
down one cornerback spot. Pickens led
the seconary with 72 tackles and snat-
ched three interceptions-including the
crucial grab in the Ohio State end
zone just before the scoreless first half
ended.
e Howard will be hard pressed by
junior Bob Patek for the wolfan job. A
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