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The Michigan Daily-Friday, April 18, 1980-Page 13

Michigan offense prepares for
next season's gridiron action


Paciorek slugs away

There are still many questions that
need :to be answered about the 1980
Michigan football team. Although the
big question marks involve the defense
(seven starters from last year's 'D' are
gone) and the kicking game (one of the
worst in the Big Ten last season), the
offense is basically solid.
Much of that solidity is, ap-
propriately, provided by the offense's
wall" - the interior line.
"I THINK the offensive line is going
to be one of the main strengths of the*
team," said line coach Jerry Hanlon,
"mainly because of its depth."
According to head coach Bo Schem-
bechler, there are "11 kids who figure
strongly in the interior line."
In the middle of the line are
"veterans" like guards Kurt Becker
and John 'Powers, and center George
Lilja, who has already earned three let-
rs. All three will be seniors next year.
AT THE tackle spots are the "twin
towers," Bubba Paris and "Big Ed"
Muransky, both 6'6%", 270-pound
juniors-to-be, who saw a good deal of

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Still, despite their credentials, none
of these five have a lock on a startifig
job. "The big thing (about the offensive
line)," said Hanlon, "is that there are a
lot of kids with experience.

Neal, and centers Jeff Felton and Tom
IF THERE is a big question mark in-
volving the offense, it centers around
the man who stands behind the wall -
the quarterback. At the moment, there

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"The backup people have been
playing extremely well," Hanlon con-
tinued. "Nobody will be slacking off
because they know there's somebody
right behind them ready to step in any
time." Among those "ready to step in"
are tackles Tony Osbun and Chuck
Rowland, guards Mark Warth and Tom

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View By Stan Bradbury

As the murmur from the inboard motor dies down, this season's fishing
trip, captained by coach Bill Frieder, comes to its official end. The count of
the catch is reviewed on the dock after the charter glides to a rest in the West
Palm Beach, Fla., harbor just hours after meeting disappointment in the
nearby waters.
Frieder and his staff joke and relax in the late evening's cool breese
while they show off this year's catch; four in all. But all four were prize cat-
ches-a great blue marlin, two tarpons and a sailfish. Frieder says the
sailfish is the biggest the staff at Michigan has ever caught. With a twinkle in
his vibrant eyes he adds that the blue marlin is a real show piece, one of the
finest specimens of that particular genus.
But with a tug of his cap as he moves down deeper into his lounge chair,
Frieder begins to tell the story which is all too familiar to Wolverine
followers-the line broke and the big one got away.
Frieder motions for my attention as he extends his arms fully in opposite
directions. "It was at least twice this big," he remarks. "Bigger than that,
maybe. And boy could it put up a fight."
"We got a good enough look at him to identify the beauty," Frieder says
as his voice lowered and the dock party grew quiet. The setting sun off the
coast planted a peculiar shadow across Frieders face."It's that Sharper fish
with the big bounty on him, the biggest damn catch in these here waters."
"The bounty," interjects assistant Mike Boyd, "was reported to be some
kind of vacation, wasn't it Bill? Philadelphia, I think."
Frieder again adjusts his position in the chair. "Couldn't say for sure.
But it sure would have meant a trip to somewhere. I mean, we're talking
about a great fish here."
The sun falls below the most distant wave as the glow still lingers in the
horizon. Suddenly the topic of conversation shifts and the coaches begin
reminiscing about past deep sea adventures.
"You know this isn't the first time the big one has escaped from our clut-
ches," says Frieder after a sip from a yellow Dixie cup with funny orange
flowers on the side. "Perhaps it's our equipment. Maybe we're just not using
the proper lure. I don't know. But I do think we actually did a lot better for
ourselves this year. Don't you?"
"Some guys can really land 'em though," Frieder continues as Boyd
jumps back on board in pursuit of something to eat. "Take last year. Eldon
Miller's crew was just reeling 'em in left and right.
"Both Eldon and I had a hook in that Skellogg last year. Our boats were
side by side battling eye-to-eye for that thing when all of a sudden that
Skellogg leaped up in the air and flopped in the Red and Gray vessel," says
Frieder, while demonstrating with his hands.
Kempf shakes his head the whole time and mumbles something to him-
self after Frieder has finished.
Boyd, sandwich in hand, successully jumps back on the dock and Frieder
continues. "And it seems that just about that same thing has happened
before. Right now I can think of losing that great Griffish to Denny Crum
from Louisville or that Smajic to Jud Heathcote. We've been close to some
other also. I just can't figure it out."
The sight of Boyd's sandwich makes everyone else hungry so as the
night air grew colder we moved into the boat's cabin area.
Frieder gets comfortable as Kempf begins working in the ship's galley.
"Another think I can't understand is all the negative press we get after we
come so close to a big catch but just barely miss. People just don't under-
stand all the intricacies of competitive fishing. I think we ought to be com-
mended for coming so close.
"Take this Sharper fish. We out maneuvered every boat on the water;
the ones from Ohio State, Indiana, Kentucky, Notre Dame, every boat ex-
cept that Illinois craft. But do those schools catch any flack for not landing
Harper," said Frieder as the tempo of his speakingpicks up. "Noooooooo."
A poor John Belushi imitation which brings a groan from Kempf as if he is in
"We do better than 99.9 percent of the other schools yet we are frequen-
tly subject to the most criticism. That just doesn't seem right. It would
almost seem like it would satisfy the people more if we never did a highly
competitive job of fishing so we would be sue that the big one never would get
away. We'd never get close enough."
Again I nod, for he is right.

are only two healthy passers on the
team - freshman Rich Hewlett and
sophomore Brad Fischer.
As Hanlon said, "We've been
somewhat hurt because of injuries at
the quarterback position."
John Wangler, who started four
games at quarterback last season,
wrecked his knee in the Gator Bowl,
and is still on crutches recuperating
from surgery. Backups Jim Breaugh
and Steve O'Donnell are also out,
leaving only Hewlett and Fischer.
OF THE TWO, Hewlett is definitely
the frontrunner. The freshman from
Plymouth started the '79 Ohio State
game, but severely injured his ankle.
He is healthy now though, and, said
Schembechler, he'll "come out of
spring the starting quarterback."
As for Wrangler, Schembecher said,'
"I haven't given up hope, but he's got
an uphill battle."
The quarterback situation is not quite
as bad as it seems, however. Three high
school recruits-Steve Smith, Dave
Hall, and Gary Powell-are scheduled
to arrive here next fall to round out the
passing corps.
"ON THE SURFACE it (the signal-
calling situation) appears now to be
weak," said passing coach Gary
Moeller, "but come fall we'll have the
depth we need."
Whoever the quarterback will be,
he'll have plenty of talented backs to
hand off to and receivers to pass to.
At this point, there are four main
backs-junior Stanley Edwards,
sophomore Butch Woolfolk, and fresh-
men Larry Ricks and Jerald Ingram.
Though Ingram will be used mostly at
fullback and Woolfolk at tailback, Ed-
wards and Ricks can swing-as back-
field coach Tirrel Burton said,
"Nothing is settled on now.'
"RICKS AND INGRAM are going to
help," said Schembechler of the fresh-
men. "They've made every practice
and have been impressive.,
As for receivers, there are now six,
who, said receiver coach Paul Thor-
nbladh, "all can go in and get the job
done-we feel comfortable playing with
any of them."
The six include juniors Alan Mitchell
and Rodney Feaster, sophomores Zeke
Wallace and Fred Brockington, and
freshmen Kenny Gear and Anthony
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Two years ago, Jim Paciorek came to
Michigan as the most highly-touted
quarterback in the state. After an out-
standing career at Orchard Lake St.
Mary High School it seemed that
Paciorek had all the tools to be a great
collegiate quarterback. Many
Wolverine fans had visions of the 6-3,
210-pounder, taking over the signal-
calling job after Rick Leach departed.
But after sitting out of football his
freshman year, Paciorek injured his
knee in a baseball game last spring. By
the time he returned to football midway,
through his sophomore year, Coach Bo
Schembechler had crumbled the quar-
terbacking visions, indicating to
Paciorek that he wanted him to switch
to tight end for next season.
Prior to the start of spring football,
practiceta few weeks ago, Paciorek in-
formed the gridiron mentor that he will
not be playing football for the
Wolverines this fall.
While Schembechler was not too
thrilled about Paciorek's decision,
baseball coach Bud Middaugh was,
because now he has a full-time right-
Paciorek has been a key player on the
Michigan baseball team the last two
years, starting at third base as a
freshman while batting .290, and
playing rightfield this season, hitting at
a .316 clip in the clean-up spot.
Paciorek seemed relieved that he can
concentrate his efforts on the diamond
now. "After football I used to start
baseball right away, and. I really
missed out on a lot," said the soft-
spoken slugger. "That's why I decided
to concentrate on baseball."
Judging from his performance so far
this year, it appears that Paciorek
made the right decision. In addition to
his .316 batting average, he also leads
the Wolverines in RBI (21) and home
runs (4).
Paciorek's outstanding play this
season has helped the Wolverines attain
a respectable 13-10-1 record. And he
sees the team as getting better all the
time. "We're improving. We're a young
team, but now we're kind of bringing it
all together," said Paciorek. "We
really need George (Foussianes) in
there to keep everybody together."
Probably the best all-around athlete
to grace the athletic fields of this cam-
pus since Leach, Paciorek was a first
team all-stater in football, basketball
and baseball his senior year. That year,
the burly athlete led his teammates to a
12-0 record in football and a 25-0 record
in basketball, capturing the Class C
State Championship in both sports.
"Yeah, that was probably my biggest
thrill in athletics - winning two state
championships in a row," said
Paciorek. "That was fun."

But while his past may seem
illustrious, Paciorek's only concern
now is with the business at hand. "I'm
just looking forward to the Big Ten
season, and whatever is after that,"
said Paciorek.
'After that' could mean pro baseball.

...no more football

Like most successful college athletes,
Paciorek hopes for a career in
professional sports upon graduation.
But he remains cautious about that
"I hope to play baseball after I
graduate, but you can never tell," said
Paciorek, whose older brother Tom
plays for the Seattle Mariners.
"There's always injuries and things
like that."
Whatever the future holds for
Paciorek, who is majoring in Com-
munications, at least he's content now
doing what he thinks he does best,
playing baseball. And any Michigan
baseball fan can tell you that he's doing
that just fine.
MICHIGAN 7, Notre Dame 6
American League
Boston 5, Detroit 4
Chicago 8, New York 6
Toronto 1, Milwaukee 0
National League
Los Angeles 6. Houston 4
San Francisco 7, San Diego 3
St. Louis 12, Pittsburgh 9
Chicago 4, New York 1
NHL Playoffs
New York Islanders 5, Boston 4, OT

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