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Friday, October 24, 1975

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Pae' Eleven.

Frid..y, Octoberl24,I1975ITHE MICHIGAN DA-LY

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By BILL STIEG t"Their quarterback, T e r r y
Just haw bad is Indiana? Jones, is a good passer and'
Justhowsurbadeis ndiaa they've got an excellent receiver
Onhe surface t's aost in Trent Smock."
laughable: Northwestern b e a t! notntl nin,
Indiana 30-0, and Michigan beat Unfortunately f o r Indiana,
Northwestern, 69-0. that's about it offensively. Its
Michigan plays Indiana to- ground attack is the worst in
morrow. -_the Big Ten, averaging only
Score comparisons are often 135.7 yards a game. And 115 of
meaningless, but in this case those yards per game have
they seem to accurately reflect gone to Snyder.
the relative abilities of the Wol- That 115 yard average puts
verines and Hoosiers. Snyder second among confer-
ence rushers, behind Michigan's
THE HAPLESS Hoosiers have Gordon Bell. The 6-2 junior half-
little going for them. Statistics, back carried the ball three times
though often misleading, are as much as any teammate in
hard to ignore in Indiana's case. the first half of season. He's'

Last week, despite cold and wet LAST WEEK, Indiana started
weather, Jones hit 12 of 16 showing improvement on de-
passes, mostly for short yard- fense, but slipped up twice to
age. Jones' passes average less [allow long touchdown runs by
than 10 yards per completion, Iowa's Jim Jensen. Indiana lost
lower than most Big Ten quar- 20-10, its third straight setback.
terbacks. Likewise, Corso thought his
His primary targets are split offense was improved last week,
end Smock and flanker Keith and he would have liked to see
Calvin. Smock, a 6-5 three-year Jones throw even more.
letterman, has caught 15 passes Not noted for conservative
so far this year, and is con- tactics, Corso might be expected,
sidered one of the best receivers to resort to trick plays to over-1
in the league. come his team's apparent dis-
advantage. Not so, says Corso.
~ "You don't beat Michigan with
any gimmickry," said Corso.
"You match your people up

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The Hoosiers' record is 2
wins, 4 losses, 1-2 in the Big
Ten. In Big Ten action they
stand eighth in total defense

carried the ball more than 25
times per Big Ten game, and
averages a 4.5 yard gain.

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against theirs and you play
good, sound football. The team
with the best talent will win."I
Both SchembechUer and C

Calvin, a speedy 5-11

sopho-

and tenth in overall offense. FULLBACK ENIS, when he's'
But, as expected, Michigan lucky enough to get the ball,
coach Bo Schembechler finds averages 3.5 yards overall.
something to appear worried Trying to make up for his
about. team's weak, one dimensional
"In Courtney Snyder and Ric ground attack is quarterback
Enis they've got two pretty good Jones. The 5-11 junioris50 for
runners," s a i di Schembechler. 96 in passing, a .521 percentage.

4r. 2020 Hindsight
By JEFF SCHILLER R
Evaluating talent...
. stats not enough
IT SHOULD COME as no surprise to anyone that the current
Big Ten "Back of the Week" is Jim Jensen. Could it be
anyone else. Isn't Jim Jensen the one who . . .? Didn't he . .?
Who the heck is Jim Jensen anyway?
Jim Jensen is the starting tailback at the University of Iowa.
Last Saturday he ran for 202 yards and scored two touchdowns
in Iowa's 20-10 win over Indiana. When the wire-service reporters,
who could only be in one place at a time, scanned game
statistics for the eight teams they each didn't see, Jim Jensen's
name topped the list for total yardage gained that day. Ergo,
his selection. Simple, huh?
Absurd is more like it. Not that Jensen was definitely
unworthy of the award-I didn't even see highlights of his
performance so I sure can't say. But how can a statistical
summary tell you how Gordie Bell would have done under the
same conditions? He might have gained 400 yards ... or he
fmight not have even gained 40.
Rating players by numbers alone, then, is both useless and
,..I....i i All c-rtr f factors are involved in an athlete's

more, has 13 receptions. say last year's game
what can happen, despit
THE COMBINED talents of point spread.
Snyder, Jones, and company av-
eraged only 208.3 total yards in MICHIGAN outrushec
their first t h r e e conference gained and generally or
games. Indiana's average score the Hoosiers, but didn't
is 10 points per game, while the tgaewa butd
defense gives up 21.3. ute, winning 21-7. Indian,
The Hoosiers defense is led by of mistakes made the
two solid linebackers, Donnie close, according to Corso
Thomas and Craig Brinkman. This year, Indiana has
Thomas leads the team in tack- the ball over 13 times
les by a wide margin. games. Michigan has I
"I said he was going to be b a I1 an uncharacteri
all-American before the season," times.
said Indiana coach Lee Corso. "It will take a perfec
"After the Michigan coaches on our part to win," say,
see the films, they'll agree with "but it's not impossible.'
me.'-
Schembechler is also impress-
ed with Carl Smith, a small but
swift and strong defensive end.
But, like the Hoosier offense,
a few outstanding individuals do
not a defense make. In Big Ten Wa
play, Indiana's defensive unit
yields 292 yards rushing and 96:
yards passing per game. ByThe Associated Pr

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CLEVELAND - Ricky Barry gome on a long jumper by
scored 12 of his game-high 22 Barry that made the score 70-
points in the fourth period last 69. Golden State led the rest of
night as the National Basketball the way, with Cleveland coming:
Association champion Golden as close as one point only once
State Warriors opened the regu- more.
lar season with an 89-83 victory * *
over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bucks edge Knicks
The Warriors, who trailed by NEW YORK - Kareem Ab->
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teammates 5s
ores as theE
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109-91 last ni
The Hawks
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Maravich.

EMU bests spikers;

Anigeles LaKers, led his inewI
club to a 134-101 NBA victoryj
over the New York Knicks last'
night.
Abdul - Jabbar sat out most,
of the third period with five

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misieaadng.AisortsuifiUlS, but came bac in the
performance which never appear on the stat sheet. ts - rinal quarter,' to score a three-
Take Charlie Baggett, for example. Taken by themselves, point play that broke a 97-97
his 121 yards passing and 74 yards rushing (minus 60 yards for tie. The Knicks had tied theI
"sacks" on line breakdowns) versus Michigan represent a pretty Michigan's Women's volleyball Vong blamed the weak final game on two free throws by
fair performance; that a great many of those yards came on team started strong, but finished game on inexperience, point- Mel Davis.
with a whimper, as they drop-, ing out rthat he has a dozen
MSU's final possession after the game was out of reach isn't ped their match to Eastern freshpeople on his team. But
obvious to statisticians. Michigan yesterday 15-11, 11-15, he insisted that youth wasn't E v i .u ls
Nor is the incredible situation of his coach being afraid to 2-15. that great a liability. LANDOVER, Md. - Elvin
install a full set of audibles before the Ohio State game. Denny "After that first game, wel "It is an unpredictable situa- Hayes scored 29 points and
Stoltz admitted to restricting the number of check-offs he wanted really thought we had them," tion," said Vong. "You never grabbed 13 rebounds last night
called, although that left him unable to take full advantage of the commented coach Sandy Vong! know when they could all gel. as the Washington Bullets open-
Buckeyes' defensive weaknesses. The weekly statistics don't after the match, which dropped When they do, they'll surprise ed their 1975-76 season with a
his team's record to 4-5. "But some people. They're a great 107-93 victory over the Kansas
have a column rating the quarterbacks by brains. our serving game really fell group, and a delight to coach." City Kings.
Michigan's own Harlan Huckleby is another example. The apart, and some close calls in On the brighter side, the jun- Dave Bing, playing his first
Detroit freshman was the Wolverine's leading rusher last week, the second game seemed to up- ior varsity team swept past game with the Bullets after be-
and his yards per carry average ranks favorably with anyone in set the girls." Hillsdale yesterday 15-7, 15-11. ing acquired in an off-season
the land. Yet Huckleby was the first to admit, ---- ---------
"I couldn't gain that kind of yardage against Ohio State o Ci
Southern Cal yet. I'm just learning how to read my blocking. ,.~. .
Our line was blowing them out; all I did was run through the -- -NA
holes" "Los Angeles 104, New York 101
Undoubtedly the situation is not quite that simple, nor is Atlantai.9, Newlelans 91
Huckleby's potential still a totally unknown quantity. None- Washington 107, KC-Omaha 93 ROBERT
theless, it does serve to point out a host of other key factors Kansas City 3, Boston R
not mentioned by the statistics. Quality of the opponents and N. Y. Islanders 3, Philadelphia 0 ,BR UCE / ,

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crucial role.
How does one- evaluate. aj
player's talent, then? For the,
well-informed fanatic, certain
keys can help to make a fair-
ly accurate judgement. Is the
running back breaking tackles?
Can the quarterback throw
well under pressure? Can the
receiver catch the ball "in a
crowd?" All these and more
provide an insidht that runs{
deener thqn, "Well, he's com-
pleted 5 out of 9 passes for 83
yards."
The casual observer can only
listen to exoerts and be gided
by their judgements (admitted-
lv sometimes in error). Actually,
he (she) can do anything he
wants in that regard, but the
Pizza Bob's pizza that often
goes with winning Gridde Picks
will seldom be devoured by;
those relying largely on intui-
tion.
Statistics will help some. They
just shouldn't be relyed on to:
tell anything like the whole -
story. Still, I'll bet it will take
more than all my fingers and
toes to count the number of!
people I hear say this weekend,
"Indiana's running isn't bad:
their tailback, Courtney Snyder
is second in the conference in.
rushing."
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