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Page Fourteen THE MICHIGAN DAIL .S

Saturday, September 20, 1975 . Saturday, September 20, 1975

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Co rn Yl

By BRIAN DEMING
The old master of Ohio State,
Woody Hayes, has an annoying
habit of using superlatives to
boast about anything. Charlie
Kumquat is the fastest tallest,
smartest, most popular left
guard we've had since Joe Zu-
chinni.
What is more annoying is that
most of the time Woody's
boasts, superlatives and all,
turn out to be true.

For example W. W. Hayes
likes to say that Archie Grif-
fin is the best running back
he has ever coached - bet-
ter than Vic Janowicz, How-
ard Cassady, Bob Ferguson,
Jim Otis, and John Brock-
ington. But you can't argue
with the coach, now in his
twenty-fifth year at the helm
of Ohio State.
Griffin is a two time all-
american, two-time Most Valu-

Hoosiers hopeful

chie
able Player in the Big T
winner of the Heisman
all before his senior ye
Yes, Archie Griffin i
ably the best ballcarrier
has coached - probab
about the best ballcarr
body's coached.
But boast as Woody
the 1975 Buckeyes m
be as superlative as
have been in recent
Ohio State lost thirteen
ers to graduation fro
year's Big Ten co-cha
ship team. The value o
regulars is reflected:
fact that all thirtee
drafted by the Nationa
ball League.
The offensive backfie
left pretty much intact
one will argue that itt
the best in the Big Ten. (
back Cornelius Greene
conference in total off
'74 with 175.6 yards pe
proving his capabilityt
and pass.
The most versatile
the team, Brian Baschn
turns at wingback. The
led the team in receivin
with 19 receptions R
yards. Hayes says,
never met a finer per
have never coached a
willing athlete.'

(continued from page 10)
Eight starters also return to
the defensive side of the fied.
1974 team MVP Donnie
Thomas returns at linebacker,
and is being touted for A 11 -
Americans honors. At 260
pounds Thomas is a fearsome
tackler, yet he retails excellent
quickness. Outside linebacker
Tom Buck and middle lineback-
er Craig Brinkman join with
Thomas to form a strong line-
backing crew.
290-pound Greg MWGuire is
the mainstay of a defensive line
that ranked ninth in the con-
ference in rushing def Anse last
year. The line should bn son'e-
what improved by the swic ca of
McGuire from ofense to de-
fense. Nevertheless it will pro-

bably be the Hoosiers m a j o r
weakness.
McGUIRE's weight does not
particularly please Corso and
the coach had asked him to
trim away some of the excess.
"I made a deal with G r e g
(McGuire)," Corso said. "If he
comes in one pound over 270, he
doesn't play football, and if l'm
one pound over 168, I don't
coach.
"The alumni have been ,end-
ing me cream pies.''
Jack Hoffman returns to start
with McGuire at tackle, w th
Mark Deming, Derek Foree and
Carl Smith maning the ends.
CORSO has good depth in the
secondary; with eight good ath-
letes fighting for positions, in-
cliding starting quarterback of
1973, Willie Jones.

bolster
'en, and Mammoth Pete Johnson (6-1,
Trophy, 246) takes over the job at full-
ear. back, a job the junior shared
is prob- last year with departed Champ
Woody Henson.
bly just Tackle Scott Dannelley (6-3,
ier any- 250) and guard Ted Smith (6-1,
242) are the only returning of-
might fensive linemen.
ay not Junior Rich Applegate (6-3,
they 258) is expected to take over at
years. center. He was moved to center
n start- from the tackle position last
m last spring.
umpion- Junior Ron Ayers (6-4, 232),
f those who has played five positions
in the since coming to Ohio State, is
n were expected to settle into the
Li Foot- right guard position, while
sophomore Chris Ward (6-4,
eld was 262) should start at left tac-
and no kle.
is likely At split end the Buckeyes
Quarter- have ample speed in Lennie
led the Willis (6-0, 182), who runs the
'ense in hundred in 9.2. However, play-
r game ing wingback, and tailback as
to run well as split end last year, the
senior had yet to catch a pass,
man on as the season opened.
agel, re- In spite of the fact that only
e senior three regulars are returning on
ng in '74 defense optimism runs rampant
or 244 in Columbus: "We can be a bet-
'I have ter defensive team this year
son and than last, at least by mid-sea-
more son," predicted defensive coach
George Hill who must build a
defense around linebacker Ken
Kuhn (6-2, 231), cornerback
Tim Fox (6-0, 186), and tackle
Nick Buonamici (6-3, 236).
The Bucks have switched
from a 4-3 to a 5-2 defense
with sophomore Aaron Brown
(6-2, 220) playing middle
guard. Brown played in all
twelve games last year as a
freshman and will play mid-
dle linebacker should the
Buckeyes move into a 4-3
alignment.
Eddie Beamon (6-2, 244),
along with Buonamici, will
play tackle. The sophomore
saw only limited action in ten
games in 1974.
Sophomore Joe Dixon (6-3,
217), junior Bob Brudzinski
(6-4, 220), and senior Pat Cur-.
to (6-2, 227), will compete for
$p the defensive end positions for-
merly filled so well by Van De-
Cree and Jim Cope. All three
must prove his capability as a

osu

Defense:

regular and depth remains a
problem at end.
The likely starters at line-
backers are Ken Kuhn (6-2,
231), of course, and Ed Thomp-
son (6-1, 227). Kuhn is very
good but has been often side-
lined with injuries. Meanwhile,
Thompson, who started five
games last fall, is particularly
adept at pass coverage.
In the defensive backfield
the Buckeyes return only one
starter from last year-Tim
Fox, an exceptional athlete.
At safety, the 6-0, 186-pound
senior is considered one of the
finest in the country.
One new face with a familiar
name is Ray Griffin (5-9, 180),
Arch's sibling, who has been
moved to safety from tailback
and wingback. He had trouble
early in the spring being caught
flat-footed but has improved.
According to secondary coach
Dick Walker Ray "has the po-
tential to be the best hitter I've
ever had."'
Junior Bruce Ruhl and senior
Craig Cassady will handle the
halfback spots. Whileneither
were starters both played in
every game in '74.
Illinois hopes
rest on knees
(continued from page 13)
Blackman intended to use
the versatile Campbell to pro-
vide linebacking depth. But
depth there is the least of his
worries right now. "We're
scrambling just to find the
number one man there without
going so far ashthe depth prob-
lem," he assured.
Three year starter Bruce
Beamon returns at defensive
back and newcomer Jim
Stauner has nailed down the
safety spot. A replacement
must be found for Gow,
though.
Last year depth played havoc
at fullback where the loss of
Greene devastated Illini rushing
(10th in the Big Ten). And
Blackman admits that this
year, "We have no fullback
that's even close to Steve
Greene."

By AL HRAPSKY
If you were to ask Bo Schem-
bechler what it takes to build a
winning football team, he would
say a strong defense. And What
Bo says goes when it comes to
Michigan football fortunes.
Although the secondary is in
general disarray, the 1975 Wol-
verine defense should once
again carry the team.

THREE All-Big Ten choices
- potential All - Americans --
and one seasoned veteran re-
turn from last years front four
that helped Michigan attain na-
tional runnerup status and Big
Ten honors in the defensive
rushing category.
Rush tackle Jeff Perlinger,
middle guard Tim Davis, and
sideline end Dan Jilek, all sen-

Rock I
iors, should vie for national
honors while junior Greg Mor-
ton returns to bolster the right
tackle spot again.
Schembechler, in six seasons
at Michigan, has relied on his
stingy 5-2 defensive units to
disguise any offensive frailties.
And with a defensethat'has led
the major colleges in least
points surrendered in those six
years, that strategy is sound.
"We stress defense," he said.
"Particularly with a young of-
fensive team because defense
is going to have to keep us in
the ball game early until our
offense gets going."
P E R L I N G E R, a 6-2,
230-pounder from Crystal Falls,
Minnesota collected all Big Ten
honors and received honorable
mention as an All-American
last season. He runs the 40 yard
dash in a quick 4.8, has sacked
opposing backs 21 times for
losses in the past two years,
and intercepted a pass against
Navy last year.
Davis, a hardnosed middle-
guard who accounted for 16 solo
tackles against Ohio State last
year and who is always doub-
led teamed by rival offenses,
was a unanimous All Big Ten
choice in 1974.
Jilek, yet another conference
first teamer, possesses 4.7 speed
in the 40 and recorded 80 tac-
kles, 10 for losses, last year.
AT RIGHT TACKLE, Morton
ranked as Michigan's fourth

that caused
front four.
SENIOR
while hocke
once again
Ten signal
receivers a
tion and h
necessary c
Dave Dex
senior and
man steps
vacated by
vin O'Neal
can Steve S
backer (
coach Jed
plete confid
ties and sin
Rex Macka
Vogele as
ments.
Hopefully
never reach
with a reb
Wolverines,
to take to t
gan's revar
At press
touted as 1
sophomore
Dave Brow
Tom Darde
tle with boc
the Wiscons
long layoff
study to re
ed Schemb
able Jim P
WHILE I
ball well a
See M

Df

Gibra

Don Dufek
leading tackler in 1974 stopping
opposing backs 11 times for 55
yards in losses. Newcomer
Mike Holmes will replace Larry
Banks at right end and experi-
enced middle guard Rick Kos-
chalk and right tackle John
Hennessy will provide needed
depth.
At the Big Ten Skywriters
dinner in Ann Arbor early in
September, Schembechler baf-
fled the conference gridiron
scribes by expressing concern
over his typically sound defen-
sive eleven.
But it was his linebackers
and specifically the secondary

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