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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Saturday, September 20, 1975

Saturday, September 20, 1975

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Passing attack revives

(Continued from Page 2)
good enough to play basketball
the last couple winters.
The tight end situation is a
competitive one. George Przy-
godski lettered his last two
years, but a spring knee injury
has temporarily sidelined him.
Taking his place is sophomore
Pete Traber ,an excellent ath-
lete from Maryland, who sat
out last season.
Backing Traber is Dave
Harding, a sophomore who
led the Varsity Reserves in
receiving last year. And
pressing these three is fresh-
man Gene Johnson, Leach's
teammate and favorite target
at Flint Southwestern High
School.
If that selection of ends isn't
enough, the best receiver on

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"LITTLE" GORDY BELL, Michigan's premier tailback who
amassed over 1000 yards last year, is on his way to another
great season with 210 yards in the opener against Wisconsin
last week.

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the team, Jim Smith, can come
out of the backfield to catch a
few. Last year Smith caught 21
passes, second on the team, as
split end. He will play from
Gil Chapman's wingback spot
this year.
But it must be remembered
that running is still king at
Michigan. As Schembechler
says, "Four things can happen
when you try to pass, and three
of them are bad." On the oth-
er hand, running is safe, secure,
and relatively error-free.
Michigan has yet another ex-
cellent group of players to car-
out Bo's plans. Last year, the
Wolverines' answer to Archie
Griffin was the one-two combin-
ation of Gordon Bell and Rob
Lytle. The two speedsters raced
for 1,850 yards, splitting play-
ing time nearly 50-SO.
But having one of his best
players standing on the side-
lines annoyed Schembechler,
so this year he sends both
runners onto the field at the
same timet-Bell at tail-
back and Lytle at fullback.
Bell's considerable talents at
tailback are well-doyumented
1,048 yards last season, 108
against Ohio State. Lytle, how-
ever is unproven at fullback.
He's surely one of the fastest-
he placed fifth in the Big Ten
Indoor 60-yard dash. His size -
6-1, 190 - worries some, but
Schembechler claims Lytle can
hit hard and handle the block-
ing assignments as well as any-
one.-
The competition at quarter-
back may seem an unsettling
element for Michigan that could
be costly in the early going. On
the other hand, having two quar-
terbacks capable of playing is
an asset.
Elzinga started twice last
season when Franklin was

sick or hurt, so the 6-2 junior
is somewhat experienced. His
infrequent playing opportuni-
ties kept his statistics at an
unimpressive level, but his
powerful arm promises better
things this season.
No freshman has ever start-
ed for Michigan at quarterback,
but Leach could easily break
that pattern. The 6-1 lefty was
all-state in three sports in high
school, and runs a 4.40. He is
also considered an excellent
ball-handler andaquick learn-
er. It appears that only inex-
perience stands in his way.
But all the talent in the back-
field means nothing if the line-
man can't keep the defenders
at bay. Michigan may be hurt-
ing in that department.
Quick tackle Steve King is the
only returning starter. Guard
Kirk Lewis, expected to start
again this year, broke his arm
and will be out for the season.
The rest of the line lacks exper-
ience, though there are no
freshmen.
Senior center Jim Czirr has
logged the most playing time
besides King. He will be
flanked by two sophomores,
left guard Mark Donahue and
rightguard-Walt Downing,
neither of which has seen
much playing time.
At strong tackle is Bill Dufek,
a very promising sophomore
who had a fine fall practice.
Until the season gets into full
swing,there is no telling how
reliable the front line' will be.
Many people are confident that
Schembechler will once again
come up with adequate replace-
ments for the graduates, as he
has every year.
Such confidence is risky but
almost unavoidable. The fans
expect it of Schembechler -
such is the price of success.

Illini
By JON CHAVEZ
Four years ago, Illinois, des-
perate to rebuild its sagging
football fortunes, hired Bob
Blackman as its head coach.
Once a proud gridiron power,
the Illini teams of '66-'70 stum-
bled along with a total of nine
victories. Then Blackman ar-
rived at Champaign - Urbana
in 1971.
Since then the victories
have doubled with last year,
producing the first winning"
season (6-4-1) since 1965.

test
This season marks the cul-
mination of Blackman's five-
year program and he insists,
"We sincerely feel we won't
face an opponent that we aren't
capable of beating." That's
pretty strong language consid-
ering he'll have to face Michi-
gan State, Wisconsin, Ohio
State and Michigan on consecu-
tive Saturdays this fall.
Blackman can afford to be
optimistic about his offensive
unit. He returns seven starters,
among them junior tailback Jim

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"Chubby" Phillips, who gained
772 yards in 1974.
Last season's starting duo of
fullback SteverGreene and Lon-
nie Perrin were sidelined with
knee injuries and played in
three games between them.
Both are healthy again, but
coming off surgery.
The battle at quarterback
is a toss-up between runner
Jim Kopatz, who saw some
action last year, and Kurt
Steger, a fine sophomore pas-
ser.
The offensive line will be

mostly inexperienced, but big.
Averaging 6-4, 240 pounds, it'll
be anchored by veteran left
tackle Doug Kleber and right
guard Stu Levenick, whom
Blackman feels is "a candidate
for national honors."
Split end Jeff Chrystal and
tight end Joe Smalzer, both are
quick and sure handed, but
both also belong to the knee
operation club. "I've never
gone into a season where we've
had this many key players, our
starting tailback, fullback, and
quarterback, both starting of-
fensive ends, all coming off
some sort of surgery," confess-
es Blackman.
As if this weren't enough,
Tracy Campbell, the swing-
back and the team's most
versatile athlete is lost for
the season, the victim of --

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By RICH LERNER
Iowa football coach, Bob
Commings has his fingers cross-
ed. The second - year coach out
of Massilon, Ohio is hoping and
praying that any or all super-
natural beings will smile upon
his Hawkeyes, and keep them
free of injuries. He does this
for good reason.
The Hawkeyes first-string
unit on both offense and de-
fense has loads of talent, but the
depth is woefully weak, and for
all intents and purposes non-
existent.
IOWA fielded a respectable
football team, last year - for
the first three games. It even
managed to beat the same UC-
LA team that shellacked MSU
56-14. However an injury rash
crippled the Hawks.
"We were fifth in the nation
in defense, before the proverb-
ial defecation hit the fan," said
Commings.
By season's end they had de-
generated to last in the confer-
ence in total defense-
THIS YEAR, the injured play-
ers are back, but highly vulner-
able to more harm. The two
starting defensive tackles, and
the top substitute had knee sur-
gery.
Andre Jackson one of the orig-
inal frosh flashes of three
years back returns for his sen-

COMM INGS see Iowa's
strength as being on the offen-
sive side of the line of scrim-
mage, where eight starters re-
turn.
260-pound Rod Walters of
Berkeley, Michigan and' 270-
pound guard Joe Devlin spear-
head a strong and experienced
forward line.
Wide - receiver Billy Schultz
nabbed 25 receptions in 1974 and
sparkplug Brandt Yocum grab-
bed 18 from his tight end posi-
tion. Yocum is a co-captain
with Andre Jackson.
JIM JENSEN heads a list of
fleet and powerful backs. Jen-
sen ground out 659 yards on 163
carries, last year. Swift half-
back Rod Wellington netted 472,
and Mark Fetter 304.
The big question mark in
Iowa's offense is at quarter-
back. Butch Caldwell missed
last season with an appendec-
tomy and eligibility problems,
and appears to be the front run-
ner for the job. Caldwell started
several games as a sophomore
in 1973, however he was not ex-
tremely effective.

Michigan defense
provides stability

Andre Jackson
ior year at linebacker. Strong'
he can bench press over 500
pounds, "Frenchie" is still
bothered by a nagging neck
injury. John Campbell, a 195-
pound senior from Toledo pairs
with Jackson to complete
Iowa's linebacking duo.
The defensive backfield
should be strong again, espe-
cially with the return of Rick
Penney, who sat out the entire
year in 1974 with an injured
knee. In fact, the defensive
backfield is the only area where
the Hawkeyes have any depth.

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speed and hands, he is short in
the same department as all of
the secondary defenders - ex-
perience.
Sophomore. Derek Howard's
condition is uncertain as he
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struggles to shake a leg injury
and his presence at shortside
halfback could be missed. Ho-
ward earned second string sta-
tus as a freshman last year.
Kurte Kampe, a senior, will fill
in for him until his leg heals.
Schembechler's bonecrunch-
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respect, have been the key to
his success at Michigan over
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