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November 4, 1977-The Michigan Daily

wly Northwestern
lacking but unafraid

)nsider the sorry state of the North-
tern University football program:
they were 1-10 last year.
they are 0-8 this year.'
they've been decimated by injur-
they are facing a Michigan team
's in a must-win situation in Ann
i in all, the outlook for the Wildcats
ears bleak indeed. But the 'Cats are
ling to Ann Arbor to play ball. "If
:tice is any indication," said North-
tern coach John Pont, "I'd say that
re ready. If your team doesn't get
or a game against one of the best
ns in the nation then there's some-
g wrong."
HERE HAS been some improve-
it in Evanston since the start of the
son. After being routed by Iowa (24-
Arizona State (35-3), and North
olina (41-7), Pont's gridders made a
d accounting of themselves against
aking Wisconsin in a 19-7 loss. The
dcats made a better showing again-
/innesota than the Wolverines did,
pping a close one, '3-7.
gainst Ohio State, with freshman
Dana Hemphill at the controls, Nor-
estern became the only Big Ten
m this season to score on the Bucks
he first half. Though they dropped
contest 35-15, the 'Cats came up

with a fine gafne with team season
highs in most offensive categories.
The offensive unit has been a head-
ache for Pont and the Northwestern
fans this year. Since losing quarterback
Randy Dean and receiver Scott Yel-
vington to graduation, the squad has
been ineffective.
Injuries have told the tale of Wildcat
offensive fortunes this season. Averag-
ing a paltry seven points per game, the
'Cats have started four different quar-
terbacks, three different tailbacks, and
two different fullbacks.-Hemphill, a 17-
year-old, 168 lb. freshman who began
the year as a defensive back, started at
QB against Ohio State and Purdue. He
is the fourth string quarterback.
With the way the Northwestern offen-
sive lineup has been pieced together
week by week, it's not surprising that
the 'Cats lead the league in turnovers.
THE WILDCATS sport an experi-
enced offensive line that is anchored by
6-4, 260 lb. senior tackle Tony Ardiz-
zone. The line is composed entirely of
seniors with the exception of sopho-
more center Mike Fiedler.
Don Herzog holds down the left tackle
spot, with Rudi Tanck and Frank Malec
at the guard positions. Dan Cleary, 6-6,
will work out of the tight end spot/with
another'senior, Mark Bailey at split
end. Saturday's backfield tandem will
be 215 lb. Matt Reitzug at fullback and
freshman Dave Mishler at tailback,

with Todd Sheets at flanler. Junior
Scott Stranski, tabbed the number one
quarterback at the start of the season,
returns to the lineup after being out
with injuries.
The Wildcat defensive team has it's
share of problems, too. Outstanding
senior linebacker Paul Maly won't be in
uniform. He led the team in tackles by
far with 78 going into the game last
week. "Paul is out for the season," said
Coach Pont. "He was our best athlete."
His absence should noticeably weaken
what Pont terms "a good defensive
PONT TRACES his defensive woes
(giving up an average of 28 points a
game) to offensive problems. "The
defense has just been on the field too
long. At last count our offense had tur-
ned over the ball 34 times. We've got a
solid defensive squad."
He cited senior roverback Pat
Geegan and middle guard Lodi Vercelli ,
as outstanding individually, and prais-
ed the play of- tackles Marty Szostak
and Norm Wells.
It will be this defensive team that will
try to control the explosive Michigan of-
fense. The las time the Wildcats were
in Ann Arbor, They suffered a 69-0 shel-
lacking in which Michigan rushed for a
Big Ten record 573 yards.
Unfortunately for Coach Pont, the
prospects are good for an encore per-

)iukking it upLilyP
"I wish we were playing these guys this Saturday," laughs Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler. He's holding up the
team picture of the Michigan football Wolverines circa 1934. Former President Gerald Ford, who captained the squad, takes
the ribbing good-naturedly at yesterday's team meeting.




Dennis Franks fills in ft

THE HOT LAMP'S glare raised beads of sweat on the suspect's forehead.
by were you climbing into that window at the Michigan Daily office, 420
ynard?" demanded Sgt. Friday. "I was just trying to get my Gridde Picks
n time. If they're not in by midnight Friday I won't have a chance to win a
Lll two-item pizza from Pizza Bob's. I've got my picks right here." "Let me
those," snapped Friday. "Northwestern over Michigan? Gannon, put this man
ail!" "Right, Joe."

Northwestern at MICHIGAN
(pick score)
Michigan State at Minnesota
Ohio State at Illinois
Indiana at Iowa
Purdue at Wisconsin
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame
Texas at Houston
UCLA at Oregon,
Pitt at West Virginia
;Stanford at Southern Cal

11. Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
12. Nebraska at Missouri
13. Bucknell at Colgate
14. Colorado at Iowa State
15. Alabama at LSU
16. Army at Air Force
17. Central Michigan at Kent State
18. Clemson at North Carolina
19. Doke at Wake Forest
20. DAILY LIBELS at Joe Falls
Fan Club

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA - D e n n i s
Franks, the Philadelphia Eagles
backup center, earned his first start
because of an injury to Guy Morriss.
But Franks has paid his dues to play
in the National Football League.
An All-American and three-year
starter at Michigan, he was ignored
in the 1975 player draft. As a free
agent, he was cut by the Eagles and
later by the Oakland Raiders. He
made the Eagles on his second try,
then spent last year playing on the
special teams.
It's little wonder that Franks is
ecstatic about playing against the
New OrleanusSaints, even if his shot'
came about when Morriss cracked'
his cheekbone in two places against:

see what I can do. That's the whole "The computers said I was too
idea of professional football, of pro- small. I just didn't believe the
fessionalism, to see how you rate computers," said Franks, who says
with other people," he said. he weighs 250 pounds now.
"On defense, you can be emotional. You can go
crazy animal, sell out. But on offense, you not only
have to control your emotions, but your mind and
body have to be working together."
-Dennis Franks

or Philly
Franks showed enough to new
Coach Dick Vermeil that he earned a
rosters spot last year. Now he has to
apply his labors without getting too
carried away.
"On defense, you can be emotional.
You can go crazy animal, sell out.
But on offense, you not only have to
control your emotions, but your mind
and body have to be working togeth-
er," Franks said.
"There are so many blocks, so
many plays you have to remember.,
that if you don't, you're in trouble,
"You have to have a hold oo
yourself. But I want so bad to do a,
good job for myself, for the team,
that, 1re44 ti eadf myself
going to bwrking all week on{just
relaxing," he said.

"You train so hard, you want to put
yourself up against someone who's
trained just as hard. It reminds me of
the gladiators, where:one guy was
put up against another guy of equal
ability. They put you in there against
him. It was your skills against his,"
Franks said.
For a time, Franks wondered if
he'd ever get the chance to play in the
professional arena. A 6-foot-1, 230-
pound center at fichigan, he was
passed over by the pro scouts.

The Eagles waived him in the 1975
camp and so did the Raiders.,
"I immediately started on a cru-
sade to get back in the profession. I
had something to prove," he said.

"I'm excited at the opportunity.
I'm sorry it had to come as it did,
since Guy and I have worked
together a lot since I've been here.
He's become a good friend, but I'm
still excited," said Franks.
"I'm excited to get out there and


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Pro Standings

National Basketball Association

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r ;y

Atlantic Division
New York..........'3 3
Buffalo ................ 3 4
Philadelphia...........2 4
New Jersey ............ 1 5
Boston ................ 1 6
Central Division

Pct. GB
.500 -
.429 1/
.333 1,
.167 2
.14 21/
.833 -
.714 1/2
.625 1
.600 11/z
.500 2
.250 3

Midwest Division
Milwaukee ............ 4 2
Chicago .............5 3
Indiana............... 3 3
Denver ................ 4 4
Detroit ................ 4 4
Kansas City ........... 4 5
Pacific Division


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Tame the Wildcats!
Fri. & Sat.,Nov. 4&5ONLY!
35mm Kodachrome (25 or 64)
* CoorSide Film

New Orleans......... 5
Houston .............. 3
San Antonio .......... 4
Washington ..........I


Portland .............. 5
Golden State .......... 6
Phoenix .............. 3
Los Angeles ........... 3


.833 -
.750 -
.500 2
.375 3
.222 41

By The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS-The National Collegiate Athletic Association may
decide the status of the University of Minnesota men's athletic programs by
early next week, an NCAA official said Wednesday.
"I don't want to be pinned down to this general timetable, but I would
think by the first part of next week we should be able to have a decision on
the probation question for the entire athletic department," said William
Hunt, director of enforcement for the NCAA.
THE DEPARTMENT IS on probation because of the university's refusal "
last year to declare basketball players Mike Thompson and Iave Winey a
But the university policy-making committee on intercollegiate athletics
reversed that position 10 days ago and declared the two players ineligible.
The university hopes that action will remove the indefinite probation and t
allow its men's teams to take part in postseason competition.
The NCAA penalized Thompson for selling two complimentary season -I
tickets for more than face value. Winey was accused of accepting two visits I
to a booster's cabin.
The university is asking the NCAA to allow Thompson and Winey to play
in an exhibition basketball game with the Cuban national team Nov. 16.
* * * *
Badger bad-mouths Buckeyes
MADISON-University of Wisconsin guard Dan Relich contends that he
was purposely injured Saturday in the Badgers' Big Ten football game with
Ohio State.
"ROD GERALD WAS ROLLING out and the center came up, showing
that they were passing," he said in an interview published by the Milwaukee
Journal. "I went up against the center, and I had my hands on his shouler
pads. That's when the guard submarined my knees. That's kind of a bush
thing to do."
Wisconsin's team physician, Dr. William Clancey, had originally
thought that Relich would have to undergo surgery, but then determined that
the knee could be treated without an operation. However, the junior may still .
miss the rest of the season.
"You've got to expect to get hurt," he said. "But you don't expect it to :
happen like this. Ohio State has so much talent that you wonder why they
have to resort to things like this. It shows a real lack of class. I'll remember '
ALEX GIBBS, who coaches Ohio State's centers and guards, denied that
there was any intention to hurt Relichon the lilay involving center Tim
Volger and guard Ken Fritz.
"Oh no, I'm sorry the kid feels that way. I hate to hear something like
-_- - - - - - - - - - - _ that," G ibbs said. "Fritz w as just
~ trying to get him down. If he'd look -al
*p the films, he'd see that that happeh
every week we play."
. . - Badger trainer Gordon Stoddard

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