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Michigan's defense.

The Michiaan Daily-Saturday, April 19, 1980-Page 9
With departure of seven lettermen,
Schembechler has reason to worry

Head coach Bo Schembechler said
is his primary area of concern.
efensive coordinator Bill McCartney
echoed Schembechler's sentiments.
With a defense that lost -seven of last
season's starters, it's no wonder the
girdiron hierarchy is worried.
The coaches will find out further,
today whether their fears are
legitimate when the Wolverines play
their annual intrasquad Blue-White
game. The contest, which culminates
four weeks of spring practice, will
egin at 2 p.m. in Michigan Stadium.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate for
The most critical area is the
defensive line. McCartney, who
stressed rebuilding of the line in the
spring, is not altogether pleased with
how things stand at the end of spring

practice. "It (spring practice) didn't
resolve our line problems like we had
.hoped," explained McCartney.
Mike Trgovac, moved from middle
guard to tackle this spring, is the
mainstay in a brand new set of faces.
Gone are All-American Curtis Greer,
Dale .Keitz and Chris Godfrey. The
exact personnel is not yet determined,
but McCartney cites sophomore-to-be
Winf red Carraway and Cedric Coles,
curently a sophomore, as very
promising players despite a lack of
maturity. Sophomores Bill Bonnell and
Dan Yarno, who were both injured all
spring, will also be counted on for alot
of playing time. And McCartney says
he may try many of the incoming
freshman at the line.
Dave Nicolau, who will be a senior
next season, plans to fill the big shoes
Trgovac vacated at middle guard. On

the move of Trgovac, McCartney
explains, "He was established at that
position, but he does have a history of
injury. We believe that he will make the

American Ron Simpkins and Ben
Needham, who was one of five players
suspended last month for an indefinite
period. Current sophomore Robert

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Triplett, sophomore Mike Lemirande,
and junior Oliver Johnson having little
playing experience.
The inside linebacking crew is a bit
more solid with junior Andy Cannavino,
Michigan's leading tackler last season,
returning to the boundary side.
Sophomore-to-be Paul Girgash will
replace Simpkins on the wide side.
Backing them will be freshmen James
Herrmann and John Brown, and
sophomores Mike Czarnota and
Sanford Washington.
In the secondary, junior wolfback Stu
Harris is the only returner, but he
injured his knee during spring practice
and underwent surgery. McCartney has
been pleased, however, with the

emergence of Keith Bostic, 4
sophomore-to-be from Ann Arbor, as
"fine" safety. Sophomore Jeff Reevesk
and freshman Jeff Cohen are up fof
safety positions, as well.
On. the wide side of the field;
sophomomres Brian Carpenter and
Marion Body and freshman John Lott,
looked good this spring, according to
McCartney. On the short side, junior
letter-winner Gerald Diggs returns,
with sophomore-to-be Jerry Burgei and
converted wide receiver, sophomore
Tony Jackson backing him up.
McCartney said, "Jackson's transition
(from wide receiver to safety) was very
smooth and he is prominent in our

move to tackle smoothly. Heis a quick,
aggressive player and he should be a bit
more protected at tackle than at middle
McCartney's linebacking corps are
also "very thin." Gone here are All-

Thompson will replace outside
linebacker Needham on the field (wide)
side with Mel Owens retaining his
position on the boundary on the outside.
Pickings are slim behind them, says
McCartney, with freshman Todd


Frieder'sfront line

is complete

First-year basketball coach Bill
Frieder inherits most of a Wolverine
team that knocked off every team in
the topsy-turvy Big Ten except In-
diana and Michigan State on its way
to an 8-10 conference record in
980. Frieder loses co-captain Mark
Lozier to graduation and
sophomores Keith Smith and John
Garris to discontent, but he has ad-
ded some key recruits who could
more than compensate.
In. the second segment of a two-
part interview with Daily Executive
Sports Editor Mark Mihanovic,
Frieder breathes optimism about
1981. And he expresses some
houghts on his long-time boss and
friend, Iowa State-bound Johnny
Daily: Give us a rundown on your
Frieder: With (Mike) McGee, we've
got one of the finest offensive players
around. Our offense starts with Mike. I
vant him to become a little more com-
plete player. If he could improve from
his junior to senior year as much as he
improved from his sophomore to junior
year, then he's going to have a great
(Paul) Heuerman and Thad Garner
were super last year, but they've gotta
come back next year and be better
players, and I think they will. I think
both of them will come back better
shooters and a little stronger reboun-
ers. So that gives us a good nucleus,
'because those three kids played a lot
last year and were very instrumental in
the things that we accomplished.
Now, the freshmen, like Tim McCor-
mick and even (M.C.) Burton and
(Dean) Hopson. .. it just remains to be
seen whether they can come in and help
us immediately in the front line. And of
course, Ike Person, who played pretty
well in the non-conference games, but
' otin the Big Ten, hopefully will come
ck a better player. So the front line
should be okay, especially with the ad-
dition of McCormick. (Jon) Antonides
is a little further away, but he's 7-2, he's
gonna work hard, and eventually he's
gonna help us. And Leo Brown's going
to be a better player, but he really
didn't have any opportunity at all last
I have extreme confidence in Johnny
Johnson and both Bodnars (Marty and
Mark). Johnny . . . if he does things
right this summer and follows the
programs that we tell him to and really
has a desire to be a great Big Ten guard
next year, I think he will be.'It's been
hard for him to maintain consistency
and keep a mental attitude that you
need to be good every game in the Big
Ten. And both Bodnars ... I've got ex-
treme confidence in them, and I think
they'll have a good year for us next
year. Joe James ... he's got a great op-
Wrtunity now because we're gonna
need some help at the guard, and this
should really inspire him to work on his
ball-handling over the summer and try
to improve at that position.
Daily: With the knowledge that
Derek Harper will attend Illinois rather
than Michigan, is there any possibility
that you'll try to convince Keith Smith
to stay in Ann Arbor?
Frieder: No. Keith is not coming
back with us. In fact, I think he's going
*o San Diego State.
Daily: Is the loss of John Garris

significant to your club?
Frieder: No . . . I think John's
biggest problem is that he was too far
away from home. The fact that he was
homesick prevented him from playing
to his potential. He was lackadaisical.
Now he's going to go to Boston College
and be closer to home, and he might
play better.
Daily: How does a lineup of McGee
at guard, with McCormick, Heuerman,
and Garner up front sound?
Frieder: I think Mai.ke playing
guard is a possibility, but we really
won't know that until we start prac-
ticing on October 15. A lot will depend
on how fast the freshmen come along
and exactly what's needed at the time.
Daily: Late in several games last
season, McGee appeared to drift away
from the flow. Were the other players
on the floor at fault for not getting him
the ball, or was it a case of McGee not
going after it hard enough?
Frieder: A lot of times what hap-
pened is that late in the game, we would
become so-o cautious, especially if we
had a lead. That affected whether Mike
was going to score or not. I think that
came from the bench.
Daily: Is there anything in par-
ticular that you would have done dif-
ferently from Coach Orr this past
Frieder: He and I agreed basically
all the time. We might have used a little
different personnel at times, but, hey,
you don't always agree with the other
guy. My'staff won't always agree with
me. But the point is, once decisions are
made within the office, now you carry
'em out as a staff. Basically John and I
agreed on most things, and I'm sure
that's the only reason I was with him
for seven years. If we didn't have the
same philosophies, we wouldn't have
been together that long.

Daily: Coach Orr has always had
small, quick teams in the past. Do you
expect that trend to continue at
Frieder: The type of players you
recruit depends on what you have in
your program and what's available to
you. When a kid like McCormick comes
along, you're gonna take him because
you need a big guy. And you don't often
get a player of that caliber with that
much potential. In our league today,
you've got to get size. It's imperative,
because the teams are so big and so
strong, if you don't get size, you're just
going to get killed on those boards. But I
think quickness is the name of the
game. You've gotta have a certain
degree of quickness if you're going to be
In the last couple of years, we haven't
had the extreme quickness that we used
to have, especially at the guards. We've
had to become a more ball-control
team. So even though I like to run, I think
it's necessary to assess your talent and
assess your competition, and then you
have to play the type of game that's
going to get the best results for you.
Next year we could become a ball-
control team again.
Daily: What are Coach Orr's
strengths and weaknesses as a coach
and what's yours?
Frieder: I thought he related well
with kids, and no matter what people
wanted to think, when the kids went out
on the floor, they gave 100 per cent. And
that's a credit to John, because I've

seen so many teams that don't give 100 -
per cent. I don't think that people gave
John the credit that he deserved. He
was organized; -he did things the way
you're supposed to do 'em, as far as
handling kids and treating them as
men. He's a good basketabil coach;
he's one of the most underrated coaches
in the country.
If he had a weakness ... he was get-
ting to the point where he didn't like I
recruiting. In this business, you gotta Rickls presents
like recruiting. He still did it because it
was necessary. But in order for you to MELODIOSO
be successful at this level, you've got to
enjoy doing it. If you don't enjoy doing Mug O Fun 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
it, you're in trouble because you're /2 Price Beer 6-9 p.m
going to be doing it 300 days a year.
My strengths and weaknesses . . .
you've just gotta wait and see.

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