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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Sunday, December 12, 1976

ich igan, USC match up evenly

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passer and improving at find-
ing secondary receivers, Leach
has trouble with middle-range
passes.
A slashing runner, the Flint
flash makes a wild pitch now
and then, but generally is ex-
ceptional at directing Michi-
gan's option attack.
Southern Cat's Vince Evans
is an improved passer from
last year but like Leach is
inconsistent. Having exception-
al speed, Evans' is a running
threat. Should he have an off
day, Trojan coach John Robin-
son does not hesitate to replace
him with junior Rob Hertel, a
superior passer, but not the
leader Evans is.

EDGE-Even.
Running backs - Rob Lytle
and Ricky Bell are two of the
nation's three best. .Both have
had outstanding careers, despite
splitting time between fullback
and tailback. The duel between
the two will certainly be glam-
orized by the TV commentators,
but the real battle will be con-
tested by their teammates in
the line.
Mosi Tatupu and Dave Far- ;
mer split time at fullback for
USC, but injuries have hamper-
ed both. Better blockers than
the Wolverines' Russell Davis,
Davis is the better runner. Har-
lan Huckleby and Trojan speed-
ster Charles White are similar
tailbacks. When they're in, and
Lytle and Bell line-up at full-
a --7>:

back, Lytle provides the bet-
ter blocking.
The USC backs are greater
threats as pass receivers.
EDGE-Even.
* Flanker - USC's Shelton
Diggs is well-remembered for
his diving catch of the two-point
conversion that beat Ohio State
in the 1975 Rose Bowl. The 9.7
sprinter snared 29 passes for
eight scores this year. NCAA
400-meter champ Kenny Ran-
dle backs up Diggs.
While Diggs is good, Michi-
gan's Smith is, simply put, the
best.
EDGE-Michigan.
. Defensive line - Exception-
al against the run, the Michigan
front five showed an improved
pass rush versus Ohio State. -

Steve Graves came on at the
end of the year to fill the mid-
dle guard spot between All-con-
ference tackle Greg Morton and
counterpart John Hennessey.
John Anderson, Dom Tedesco,
and Tom Seabron flank them,
and their success in hemming
in the opponents outside game
is a major factor in the Wol-
verines' rushing defense being
the nation's fifth best statisti-
cally.
All - American Gary Jeter
spearheads the USC line from
his tackle position, but he re-
ceives a lot of help from col-
league Walt Underwood and end
Rod Martin, who registered 11

and 16 sacks respectively. Mich-
igan is better versus the run,
but the Trojans put more heat
on the passer.
EDGE-Even.
Linebackers - Calvin O'Neal
is hole-plugger supreme for the
Wolverines, with Jerry Vogele
assisting him in running situ-
ations and soph Jerry Meter
in passing situations.
Clay Matthews and Eric Wil-
liams hit hard for the Trojans.
Individually, neither ranks with
O'Neal, but taken as a tandem
they are a match for the Wol-
verines.
EDGE-Even.
* Defensive backfield- Mich-
igan can't- be beaten deep, but
is susceptible to the short and
middle-range passing attack.
The Wolverines didn't allow a
ruis over J0 yards the entire
year.
Dennis Thurman and Ricky
Odom come with the big play
for the Trojans, teaming for 13
interceptions on the year. Ron
Bush, Clint Strozier and Mike
Burns are silid defenders.
EDGE--USC.
Special teams - Smith is
a better pOnt returner than
Thurman. But of USC punter
Cl en 1 s 38 punts, only 11
w re -turned, for a total of
fir yards. A knee injury didn't
hamtper Anderson's punting
against Ohio State. Walker and
Bob Wood are both accurate
place-kickers from medium-
range, but Walker missed seven
extra points in 46 tries.
EDGE--Michigan.

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