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Page Twelve

"H E MICHIGAN DAILY

Sunday, December 12, 1976

Leach mastered '76 offense

(Continuaed from Page 9)
"Leach was an inconsistent
passer, though. He did hit 49
per cent of his passes for 897
yards and 13 touchdowns, but
he had his bad games. Kind
of hard to expect great pass-
ing on a team that only pass-
ed nine times a game, though.
"But, hell, he averaged six
yards rushiag and averaged
pickup over a nine and a half
yard gain every time he drop-
ped back - only 93 attempts.
He was 14th in the Heisman
voting that year, and all-Big
Ten. Good man.
"But if you really want to
know why that team was such
an offensive powerhouse, check
_out the offensive line. Those
guys were big, coordinated, ex-
perienced and tough.
"Only one made All-America

that year but three of them,
"Uncle Bill" Dufek, Walt Down-
ing and the All-American, Mark
Donohue, made first team all-
Big Ten.
"Dufek and Mike Kenn were
the tackles, and at 6-4, 250 and
6-6 , 245 they bowled over a
lot of people. Kenn wasn't quite
the power tackle Dufek was but
he was a great athlete and held
his blocks a long time.
"The guards were Donohue
and Gerry Szara, and they
weren't exactly small either
- 6-3t, 245 and 6-2, 240. There
were a lot of blocking assign-
ments for those guys to learn
in Michigan's option offense
and they were always there.
Leach used a long count pret-
ty often, too, and I think we
jumped offsides maybe twice
all year.
"Kirk Lewis was one of the
last great student-athletes. He

was a guard too, but he got
hurt at the start of the sea-
son and didn't come back un-
til the game before Ohio State.
And he sat out the year from
his Inteflex studies to live up
to his co-captain role.
"Downing was the 6-4, 250
center, and he made it a lot
easier for skinny ole Lytle to
slither up that middle. But the
amazing thing about that offen-
sive line was their play the next
season, when they were all back
except Lewis. Five seniors, and
damnation if every one of them
didn't make either All-America
or all-Big Ten. I think Szara
and Kenn might have been sec-
ond team.
"Oh yeah, and we had two
soph tight ends, Gene Johnson
and Mark Schmerge. Johnson
caught three touchdowns and
played a bit more, but they
were both pretty good. Pretty
big, too - 6-4, 220 and 6-3, 235.
'Bobby Wood kicked field

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goals that year. He hit seven
out of ten, including a St yard-
or.
"So that was our offense. Not
bad, would you say? Experi-
ence, youth, power, speed -
they had it all. They piled up
a lot of points and left me with
a lot of memories."
"How do you remember so
much about your team, Grand-
pa?"
"Ted, when your team wins
a national championship after
waiting a long time, you re-
member. Let me tell you more
about that great day in Pasa-
dena ."
'76 AP
All-Big'
Ten team
FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
Wide receiver - Scott Yel-
vington, Northwestern.
Tight end - Mike Cobb, Mich-
igan State.
Tackles - Bill Dufek, Michi-
gan; Chris Ward, Ohio State.
Guards- Mark Donahue,
Michigan; Connie Zelencik, Pur-
due.
Center - Walt Downing,
Michigan.
Flanker - Jim Smith, Michi-
gan.
Quarterback - Rick Leach,
Michigan.
Running backs - Rob Lytle,
Michigan; Scott Dierking, Pur-
due.
Place-kicker - Dan Beaver,
Illinois.
DEFENSE
Front five - Bob Brudzinski,
Ohio State; Greg Morton, Mich-
igan; Aaron Brown, Ohio State;
Nick Buonamici, Ohio State;
Blane Smith, Purdue.
Linebackers - Calvin O'Neal,
Michigan; Scott Studwell, Illi-
nois; Tom Cousineau, Ohio
State.
Defensive backs-Pete Shaw,
Northwestern; Tom Hannon,
Michigan State; Ray Griffin,
Ohio State.
Punter - Tom Skladany, Ohio
State.
SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
Wide receiver - Ron Kullas,
Minnesota.
Tight end - Jim Moore, Ohio
State.
Tackles - Tony Bruggenthies,
Michigan State; Jerry Finis,
Illinois. 1
Guards - Bill Lukens, Ohio
State; Kirk Lewis, Michigan.
Center - Al Pits, Michigan
State.
Flanker - Kirk Gibson, Mich-
igan State.
Quarterback - Tony Dungy,
Minnesota.
Running backs - Jeff Logan,
Ohio State; Pete Johnson, Ohio
State.
DEFENSE
Front five - John Anderson,
Michigan; George Washington,
Minnesota; John DiFeliciantonio,
Illinois; Paul Maly, Northwest-
ern, Larry Bethea, Michigan
Slate. -
Linebackers - Ed Thompson,
Ohio State; Steve Sanders, In-
diana; Dave Crossen, Wiscon-
sin.
Defensive backs-George Ad-
zick, Minnesota; Paul P~eery,
Purdue; Dwight Hicks, Michi-
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