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The Michigan Daily- -Saturday, Septenmber 24, 1977-Pag.9
Michigan set to deck unbeaten seamen

The Midshipmen of Navy - the last
of the "weak sisters" on the noncon-
ference schedule - visit Michigan Sta-
dium at 1:30 this afternoon. On paper
the game may look like a yawner,
especially since Michigan shellacked
the Middies 70-14 a year ago (the
highest point total ever given up by a
Navy team).
But Bo Schembechler hopes that
Michigan gets Navy's goat today and
not vice versa. Not that anyone seri-
ously expects Navy to pull off the upset
- Michigan is a four-touchdown favor-
ite. Yet one can look fairly bad and still
win a football game (witness last
week's mediocre performance against
"We anticipate a better performance
against Navy," said Schembechler ear-
lier this week. "They are on their way
for a real good season and .we will be
ready for their best punch."

The Michigan mentor was not
pleased with the Duke game for several
reasons (and nobody envies the players
who heard from him on Monday). The
team has seven offensive goals for the
season of which only one was met last
week. They are:
" to score 24 points a game (Michi-
gan 21, Duke 9)
" to mount a total offensive effort of
450 yards per game, including 125 yards
by passing (Michigan had 335 yards of
total offense, 76 of those by passing)
" to average no more than one sack a
* to lead the Big Ten in fewest turn-
* to score a touchdown every time
Michigan is inside the opponent's
10-yard line
* to win the national rushing title (as
last year's squad did)
" never to lose a game due to a kick-
ing breakdown.

Schembechler has been unhappy with
the blocking of the offensive line, the
unit thought to be Michigan's strong
point. He was, however, satisfied with
the team's play in practice this week.
There will be several lineup changes
this afternoon. Sophomore John Powers
will start at strong tackle in lieu of Jon
Giesler who is out with an injury. (Bill
Dufek, All Big Ten at the position last
year, should be out for two to four more
weeks with a fractured leg).
Ralph Clayton, Bo's "secret weapon"
against Illinois, will move in at wing-
back to replace Max Richardson. "We'
thought we'd give Ralph a chance to see
what he can do," said Schembechler.
"He's a good one." The fleet-footed
sophomore is credited with two recep-
tions for 60 yards (including that touch-
down in Champaign).
James Pickens is a probable starter
at safety, his usual position. He banged
up his leg against Duke but is fully re-
covered. Due to the death of his mother,

Pickens went home to Toledo and did
not practice until Thursday.
And finally, there's bad news for John
Wangler. Stacy Johnson has recovered
from a knee injuryand will resume his
duties as backup quarterback to Rick
Contrary to what you may have read
in Sports Illustrated, the Michigan foot-
ball team is "a real gambling outfit."
At least that's what Bo contends. You
may be in for a few surprises today.
Schembechler may pull the wingback
(Clayton) out of the backfield on occa-
sion in favor of three running backs -
Harlan Huckleby at tailback, Russell
Davis at fullback and Roosevelt Smith
at another tailback.
Smith, a sophomore from Detroit
Cass Tech, played behind Huckleby in
high school on a team that also included
Wolverines Tom Seabron and Curtis
Greer. At 5-10, 198 pounds Smith has
gained 19 yards in only two carries and
could make the most of additional play-

ing time.
Speaking of gambling, there were
those who felt that Rick Leach threw
too many passes last week, certainly a
strange complaint to be heard around

Ann Arbor, While Leach averaged nine
attempts per game last season, he has
completed 12 of 22 aerials in the first
two games for an average of 11 at-
tempts a game.


(83) Gene Johnson (227).....
(67) John Powers (261)......
(61) Greg Bartnick (233)..'..
(72) Walt Downing (254).....
(60) Mark Donahue (245)....
(78) Mike Kenn (244)........
(84) Rick White (200)....... .
(22) Ralph Clayton (211)*....
(33) Russell Davis (220).....
(25) Harlan Huckleby (199)..
(7) Rick Leach (192)......


..:. (81) Richard Cellon (211)
....... (75) Kevin Ryan (233)
......... (77) Rick Bott (233)
....... (51) Ray Fritsch (210)
..... (56) Steve Kremer (212)
...... (69) Jim Lippard (247)
... (80) Phil McConkey (163)
.:. , * **(11) John Kurowski
..'(33) Larry Klawinski (219)
.........(40) Joe Gattuso (186)
... (15) Bob Leszcynski (194)



The eyes of Texas will be gazing
upon Jones Stadium in Lubbock
tonight for the Texas A&M-Texas
Tech confrontation. And according to
Aggie Coach Emory Bellard, things
'This will be the most people we've
played in front of in Lubbock," said
Tech coach Steve Sloan. "We have a
47,000 seat capacity, but we're ex-
pecting 55,000 people."
THE MAIN REASON the game is
stirring up so much fervor in the
Southwest is that the two teams are
ranked sixth and seventh in the na-
tion, depending upon which poll one
consults (and in Texas which team
one roots for.)
Another highlight is that both these
teams are contenders in the South-
west Conference. "According to the
pre-season polls, Texas Tech got the
nod. Houston was also on top of the
list," Bellard said. He failed to
mention that in most of those lists
A&M was tabbed as the dark horse
The Aggies, who play Michigan
next week, are hampered with a
major loss. Junior fullback George
Woodard has strained groin muscles
and has not practic All week. Re

Tech brace

for shootout

has, run 232 yards in 42 carries in the
Aggies' first two games. At best, he
will possibly see action in the game,
but will not start.
"HE JUST HASN'T been able to
run. It's difficult to say whether
he'll play," Bellard said. "It's just
whether he can go full speed.
Anybody who's going half speed
won't play."
Woodard's replacement is junior
Eddie Hardin, who has seven carries
for 57 yards and one touchdown this
year. Hardin is listed at 6-4, 228
"Anytime you lose one of your
starters it takes away from your
football team. That's why George is a
starter," Bellard added. Yet, the
Aggie coach feels that Hardin is a
fine runner, as does Sloan, who
pointed out that Hardin was highly
sought by several teams.
THE AGGIES RUN their patented
wishbone offense, while the Raiders
use a split back veer, which essen-
tially is a pro set with one back split
outside further than normal. Both
teams use a 4-3 defense.
"Mainly we're getting our defense
set against the wishbone. It's been
about a year since we've played
against it," Sloan said.
Sloan added that the Raiders
havren't changed their strategy4ue to.

the Woodard injury. He stressed that
the Tech defense still has to concern
itself with the wishbone's options
regardless of who is running.
ready for sophomore halfback Curtis
Dickey. He has churned for 277 yards
in 31 carries for an 8.9 average.
The Aggies will have to stop
Heismann candidate Rodney Allison.
He has -connected on 13 out of 21
passes for 137 yards and two touch-
downs, plus he has rushed for 143
yards in 27 carries.
"We're going to have to do a good
job in containing Allison. I'm not a
coach who believes you have to do
one thing to win. I think you have to
do a multitude of things well,"
Bellard said.
"I THINK IT'S possible for Allison
to have a good night and yet we could
win. Or it's possible where he could
have a bad night and they could
win," Bellard added.
Sloan observed, "He (Allison)
kinda reminds me of Leach. He's a'
good passer and a good runner.
Maybe he's a little faster than Leach.
He runs about a 4.6 forty."

"We're counting on him to carry
us," Sloan added.
And when all of this is over, the
Aggies will visit Ann Arbor for their
next game. Have they been thinking
about the Wolverines? "We know
where they are on our schedule, but
we're aiming for Texas Tech right
now," Bellard said.


Dom Tedesco (212).....
John Anderson (219).. .
Dale Keitz (240) ........
Curtis Greer (237)......
Steve Graves (218).....
Ron Simpkins (221).....
Jerry Meter (206)......
Dwight Hicks (180).....
Mike Jolly (178)......
Derek Howard (193)....
Jim Pickens (182)......


...... ..(88) Bart Nixon (201)
.......... (25) .Ed Reid (200 )
....(76) John Merrill (242)
(72) Pfunandre Redvict (236)
... (67) Tom Thompson (208)
........ (55) Tom Paulk (203)
....(68) Bob DeStafney (220)
..... (49) Gregg Milo (195)
... (32) Pat McCormick (196)
......(28) John Sturges (205)
......(20) Mike Galpin (189)

Harriers ru in L on don.

A contingent of 15 foreign runners
will determine Michigan's cross
country success on Sunday as the
harriers take part in the tenth an-
nual Springbank International Road
Has coach Ron Warhurst gone the
way of other NCAA coaches and re-
cruited a tribe of Kenyans for his
Not quite. His runners will only be
foreign to London, Ontario.
The fact is that Warhurst has
decided to take his team out of the
country for their first official meet of
the season and compete at Spring-
bank Park in London, Ontario,E
Michigan is the defending team
champion in the 4.4 mile event, but
the road race is a bit different from
what the team will encounter the
rest of the season.
"The team aspect is really second-
ary to the individual performances,"
commeited Warhurst. "A lot of the
runners are more concerned with
their own individual performances."
Last year the Wolverines placed

three runners in the top nine to claim
top honors from Edinboro State who
along with the Toronto Olympic Club
should be Michigan's touchest com-
petition for the team trophy.
A field of about 100 runners will
compete in what is billed as one of the
finest road races in North America.
"What I like about Springbank,"
said Warhurst, "is that you don't get
a split every mile like you would in a
regular cross country race. Instead,
you just get a split after three miles.
"So the fellas are racing and being
competitive and not time conscious
as they would be on a iormal four or
five mile cross country course,' said
"Thisway you find out who the real
competitors are because you're just
racing the guy next to you, or
someone in front of you, or yourself,"
Warhurst added.}
Making the trip to Canada will be
Mike McGuire, Bill Donakowski,
Jack Sinclair, Doug Sweazey, Dan
Heikkinen, Bob Scheper, freshmen
Gary Carter, Bill Weidenbach and
Gary Parenteau, Jay Anstaett, Mark
Foster, Eric Burt, Dave Lewis,
Howie Hirsch and Brian Grahm.
McGuire, the Wolverines' top run-

ner in the first two intra-squad races,
will have competition from last
year's individual champion Nick
Rose. Considered the best 5,000-
meter runner in Britain, Rose set
the course record in the 1976 race
with his clocking of 19:31.
And it's anyones' guess which
remaining harriers will place in the
top slots.
"Everybody seems to be running a
lot more comfortable and a little bit
quicker than last year," remarked
"Everybody is much more relaxed
about their training. They aren't all
uptight "It' ossibly becgkuse we
havei'trac et and possibly we
have just on 11 of a-talented tear.
We'll find that out later on."

Open spaces disturb Spa rtans

While the crowds at Michigan Stadium continue to
extend the 100,000 plus attendance streak here in Ann
Arbor, our state counterparts to the North continue to
have their problems filling Spartan Stadium.
Michigan State, offset by NCAA violations and a
generally bad public reputation, is trying to regain its
share of football spectators.
MSU's three-year probation from bowl games and
television coverage led to reduced scholarships and
various suspensions as well as bad recognition.
LAST WEEKEND'S attendance of 50, 263 was far
from Spartan Stadium's 76,000 capacity. Today's esti-
mated crowd of 55,000 once again falls short of any at-
tendance record.
"One reason for these low attendance figures is the
fact that our students aren't up at school yet," said Dee
Strong, assistant ticket manager. "Classes don't start
until September 29th. After that, we expect a sizeable in-
William W. Beardsley, assistant athletic director in
charge of business, agrees with Strong's assessment of
the situation.
"WITH THE ADDITIONAL 10,000 to 15,000 students
we expect, capacity won't be far off."
To help promote ticket sales to the general public,
MSU has a major advertising campaign in progress.

"Advertising in Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek,
and various professional publications has helped our
ticket sales. So far they're up five per cent," said Bear-
Yet, according to Beardsley, ticket sales were not the
main reason for an extensive advertising campaign.
"WE WERE ATTEMPTING to take a positive move
in the general public to offset a negative one given to us
by the NCAA probation. It was an institutional idea. We
wanted to make clear that the MSU athletic program is
alive and well."
Beardsley has a point. Michigan State is expecting
sellout crowds this season in basketball.
"Basketball tickets for Jenison Field House are going
quickly. We hope to sell all 9,886 seats," said Strong.
Athletic officials in East Lansing are more apt to at-
tribute this sudden basketball success to two freshmen
rather than to an advertising stint.
exciting young ball players. But more than that, they're
both local boys," commented Beardsley.
"In general, we feel that our advertisements will be
very beneficial to our season sales to the general public.
Yet, the students will make the difference."
Advertising or no advertising, MSU still has to com-
pete with two strong local teams. The Wolverines will
get their sellout season just as the Detroit Lions expect
to fill their new home, the Silverdome.

widen lead
From Wire Service Reports
Graig Nettles' two-run homer over
the right-center field fence in the top of
the ninth gave the New York Yankees a
5-3 victory Friday night over the To-
ronto Blue Jays. The victory gave the
Yankees a 2%-game lead over Balti-
more, which fell 3-2 at the hands of
With two out and the score tied 3-3,
Chris Chambliss walked and Nettles
lined the second pitch from Jesse Jef-
ferson, (9-17), into the stands for his
36th home run of the season.
Rico Carty dealt a serious blow to the
Orioles' hopes when he singled in Lar-
vell Blanks in the eighth inning to give
Rick Waits his ninth victory. Rudy May
(17-14) took the loss.
Boston stayed three games off the
pace by beating Detroit 5-1. Bill Lee
allowed the Tigers ionly four hits and
Butch Hobson crashed a three-run
.e homer in the third inning. Detroit's only
run came on an eighth inning solo
,en homer by rookie Lance Parrish.

Sooners seek to wallop Woody;

Purdue prepares to d
By DAVE RENBARGER ' coach Dan Devine.
This afternoon, while some 208,000 "He gives the impression that he is
eyes are focusing upon the completely imperturbable, which is one
Michigan/Navy encounter in Michigan of the requisites a young man must
Stadium, and another few million are have to be a great quarterback," said
glued to the televised tussle between Devine.
Ohio State and Oklahoma, the eight Elsewhere, Minnesota, Illinojs and
remasining Big Ten schools will engage Wisconsin all face opponents from the
in some interesting inter-sectional af- Pac-8 in possible, though highly im-
fairs as well. probable, Rose Bowl previews.
The Purdue Boilermaskers lead off
the non-conference slate with a chance The Gophers entertain 18th-ranked
to enhance their reputation as the UCLA in Memorial Stadium. Both
masters of the upset when they host teams sport 1-1 records, with Minnesota
Notre Dame in another regionally on the rebound after last week's 38-7
televised game. loss to Ohio State and the Bruins

am Devine
Arizona. The Hawkeyes have not be
able to boast a 3-0 record since 1964.
After winning the bragging rights
all the cornfields between Iowa C
and Ames in last week's emotional
charged 12-10 triumph over Iowa Sta
Iowa coachBob Commings must get h
squad back down to earth for Arizon
The Wildcats, on the other hand, a
still looking for their first win.
In the remaining games, Michig
State tangles with Wyoming (1-0-1)
East Lansing, winless Northweste
hosts North Carolina (1-1) and India
entertains Miami (O), both 1-1.


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week's 20-13 loss to Mississippi, while

coming off a 17-7 victory over Kansas.
Gary Moeller's Fighting Illini head
west to Palo Alto for a meeting with
Stanfnrd. Roth teams disnlav identical

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