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Page Fourteen

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Sunday, 'December 12, 1'976

Page Fourteen THE MICHIGAN DAILY Sunday, December 12, 1976
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Improved Blue defense
carries on a tradition

By DON MacLACHLAN
"Our defense takes pride that
we are Michigan and comes to
play every game-that's Mich-
igan tradition," says Michigan
defensive co-ordinator G a r y
Moeller.
Throughout the 1976 season the
Blue defense improved vastly as
the season wore on, and Mbel-
ler's Monsters tied Rutgers for
the nation's best defense against
the score, yielding 7.4 points per
game.
After allotting 27 points to
the Wisconsin Badgers in the
season opener, the Wolverines
went on to post five shutouts,
and gave up a meager total
of 81 points on the campaign.
In the third quarter the Mich-
igan defense gave up only one
touchdown all season - to the
Badgers.
All-American Calvin O'Neal
spearheads the Blue defense.
For the second consecutive year

the senior co-captain from Sag-
inaw led the Wolverines in tac-
kles. On the season O'Neal had
86 solo tackles and assisted on
54 others for a 140 total.
For the first part of the sea-
son, sophomore Jerry Meter
started at the other linebacker
spot opposite O'Neal. Meter had
68 tackles and one interception.
Halfway through the season sen-
ior Jerry Vogele took over the
spot and played very well.
The 6-3, 235 Cincinnati na-
tive recorded 72 tackles and
will best be remembered for
his blitz in this year's Ohio
State game w h i c h forced
Buckeye quarterback Jim Pa-
centa to throw a key inter-
ception just before the half.
Tackle Greg Morton, an All-
Big Ten selection, started for
third consecutive year, and the
6-2, 225 pound senior had 72
solo tackles and assisted on 52
others. Noted for his quickness,
Morton also totaled seven quar-
terback sacks for 32 yards in

losses.
At the other tackle, senior
John Hennessy made a name
for himself. In his first full sea-
son as a starter, Hennessy own-
ed 81 tackles in addition to five
quarterback sacks, and saved
his best for the Ohio State game.
The Blue defense has a lot of
depth at the end, or wide line-
backer position. Two year letter-
man John Anderson, who. dou-
bles as thekMichigan punter,
had 62 tackles this fall. The
junior from Waukesha, Wiscon-
sin, who often drops back on
pass coverage, grabbed three in
terceptions and pounced on
three fumbles.
At the other end, sophomore
Tom Seabron and junior Dom
Tedesco both saw action this
season. Seabron started the
year with a good game against
Wisconsin, but injured his
shoulder in the process. In
the season finale in Columbus,
Seabron turned in a sterling
performance when Anderson
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By RICH LERNER
When Michigan and Southern
Cal lock horno in the Rose Bowl,
New Year's Day, it should be
an even battle. Both teams fea-
ture explosive offenses powered
by superb ground games, al-
though both suffer from incon-
sistent passing at times.
Defensively, both teams rely
on quickness and pursuit to
stop opponents' running games
and zone coverage for pass de-
fense.
Here's how the teams match
up:
*Offensive ends - Curt Step-
henson and his back-up Rick
White are so'lid at split end for
Michigan. Both serve mainly as
decoys to take pressure off of
Jim Smith. Wolverine tight ends
Gene Johnson and Mark Sch-
merge are good blockers, and
an integral part of Michigan's
offensive line. Johnson is the
better receiver.
USC's Randy Simmrin is an
Try
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outstanding split end, who aver-
aged over 210 yards per catch on
31 receptions, this fall.Back-ups
Steve O'Bradovich and Mike
Robinson are adequate but not
up to Simmrin's par. 6-6 tight
end Bill Gay is a solid blocker
but doesn't catch many passes.
EDGE-USC.
* Offensive line - No defense
held up under the onslaught of
Michigan's all-junior line of Bill
Dufek, Gerry Szara, Walt Down-
ing, Mark Donahue and Mike
Kenn. Even Ohio State's touted
defensive wall could only hold
out for the first half. Donahue
and Dufek earned some All-
American mention. Second-team
all-conference guard-tackle Kirk
Lewis provides extraordinary
depth.
6-5, 265-pound Marvin Powell
anchors the Trojan trench crew.
A first-team All-American, the
senior. tackle is on the pros
most-wanted. list. All the Tro-
jan guards and tackles weigh
over 250 pounds, and deserve .a
large part of the credit for
Ricky Bell's success.
EDGE-Michigan.
* Quarterback - Sophomore
Rick Leach successfully made
the conversion from passing
quarterback in high schoolr to
option quarterback at Michigan.
However, his passing has suf-
fered some. An effective long-
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