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SPORTS
Friday, September 11, 1981

e chiganDaily

Page 11-A

Ann Arbor native Bostic fulfills dreams

Potential AlAmercan
anchors secondary

premier passers as Rich Campbell of
California, Mark Herrmann of Purdue,
and Ohio State's Art Schlichter. "It's
very important that we're all back from
a year ago," said Bostic. "We com-
municate really well when we're out
there."
At Pioneer, Bostic was a star running
back, who also lined up on the defensive
side. When he enrolled at Michigan, he
expected to play for the offense, but

coach Bo Schembechler figured the
defenders needed him more. "Playing
running back still has a strong spot'
in my heart," admitted Bostic. "But
the transition was easy to make."'
CONSIDERED ONE of the school's
top athletes, Bostic also starred in
basketball and track at Pioneer. "I
wanted to play basketball at Michigan,
but when I got here and saw how tough
it was academically, I decided to con-

centrate on football," he said.
Last year he concentrated on enemy
receivers, ending the season with 42
total tackles and two interceptions. And
the coaching staff looks for him to get
even better. "Keith Bostic will be an
All-American some day," Schem-
bechler bluntly predicted. "He has all
the attributes."
While that may be in the back of his
mind, Bostic said that he's just happy

now to be playing for the school he grew
up loving. "I really wanted to come
here because of what a lot of people said
about me," he said. "I had a rough time
in high school, with people telling me
that I couldn't make it at Michigan. The
critics made me attend Michigan
because I wanted to show them that I
could make it here."
And he doesn't even have to cut the
fence to get into the game any more.

By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
If yob attended Michigan football
games about nine or ten years ago, on
occasion you might have observed a
few local youngsters sneaking into
Michigan Stadium once the contests
started. What you probably did not
realize was the one of those enter-

prising young men would grow up to
become a standout Wolverine griddIer.
"When I was a kid, we'd cut one of the
fences to get in," confessed Keith
Bostic, an Ann Arbor native and the
starting strong safety for this year's
Wolverine squad. "We'd always be in
there before halftime. We weren't hur-
ting anyone or anything, we just wanted
to see a football game."
ONCE INSIDE THE stadium, Bostic
would watch with envy as Billy Taylor,
Gordon Bell, and other gridders of the
past performed on the Tartan Turf.
Fortunately for Michigan, Bostic was
hooked on Wolverine football from that,
moment on. "I've- always been a
Michigan fain," he said. "When I was
younger I played for the 'Junior
Wolverines', and we wore the same
uniforms that Michigan does. It's like a
dream come true to play here."
At 6-1 and 207 pounds, the Ann Arbor
Pioneer High School graduate is the
biggest member of a defensive secon-
dary the team refers to as "Bostic and
the three dwarfs", the dwarfs being 5-
11,166-pound Brian Carpenter, 5-10, 178-
pound Marion Body, and 5-10, 174-pound
Tony Jackson. Despite its size,
though, the secondary was a big source
of pride for te Wolverines last season,
successfully shutting down such

t

Bo shifts lineup after loss ofShaw, Gear

By MARK MIHANOVIC
Bo Schembechler has made a few
changes, and one was made for him, as
his Michigan Wolverines wound up
their summer practices in preparation
for the 1981 season and, in particular,
tomorrow's opener against Wisconsin
in Madison.
Jeff Shaw, a 6-1, 258-pounder who
took over the middle guard position five
games into last season as a freshman,
was dropped from the squad for
"private, disciplinary" reasons, accor-
ding to Schembechler. Shaw accounted
for 46 tackles, as he developed along
with the rest of a defense which did not
yield a touchdown during its last fine
outings.
Shaw's -departure leaves room for
converted offensive tackle Tony Osbun

(6-5, 254) to step into the three-man
defensive front at one of the tackle
spots. Juniors Winfred Carraway (6-
3, 230) and Cedric Coles (6-2,e237) round
out the probable starting line at tackle
and middle guard, respectively.
Osbun was not the only 'gridder to
switch sides of the line. Junior Rich
Hewlett (6-1, 197) , who started three
games at quarterback in his first two
years at Michigan, now covers, rather
than throws to, Anthony Carter during
practice sessions after moving to free
safety. Hewlett's transfer makes it all
that much more apparent that Schem-
bechler has made up is mind about the
signal-calling situation-the job is all
Steve Smith's.
The talented sophomore lost one of
his weapons, though, when junior wide
receiver Kenney Gear ran into a railing

while stretching to catch a pass during
a workopt and ended' up in surgery to
repair a damaged liver. Gear is out for
the season, and Vince Bean, a 6-1, 185-
pound sophomore, will line up opposite
from Carter.
In the competition for the left guard
position, sophomore Stefan Humphries
(6-3,240) emerged as the starter over 6-
7, 254-pound junior Rich Strenger, who
moves to tackle as the backup to
' preseason All-Americans Ed Muransky
and Bubba Paris. Sophomore Tom
Dixon (6-2, 230) won the starting center
job.
Last November 8, the Wolverines
shut out the Badgers, 24-0 in front of
69,560 Wisconsin crazies, and these
changes do not diminish the fact that
most of that 1980 Wolverine cast retur-
ns.

t
Shaul
... not returning for '81

. . . defensive secondary standout

Ilini QB se
By DREW SHARP
First in a nine-part series
I Editor's note: This is the first in a nine-part series
aming each of Michigan's 1981 Big Ten opponents.
The series was written by Daily football reporters Mark.
Mihanovic, Greg DeGulis, Buddy Moo-ehouse, and
Drew Sharp.
At the annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon in July, Indiana
head-coach Lee Corso, the clown prince of Big Ten coaches,
decided to take a sarcastic jab at Illinois mentor Mike White.
In the midst of addressing the audience, Corso asked, "You
nna see somebody jump?" He pounded a glass against the
ium and snickered, "Mike White just thought he was on
trials"
White might not have found humor in that statement at the
time, but he should be able to force a few smiles now that con-
ference sanctions levied against the Illini athletic program
have been reduced. Actually, throughout the entire ordeal,
White maintained a level head.
"I'VE SORT OF had to insulate myself because I have a
,responsibility to my team," said White, in his second season
at the Illinois helm. "I've got to display a kind of leadership
role so it's like business as usual. It's given me confidence in
the people I'm working for. Sometimes in a situation like this,
the coach is the focal point. In this particular case, I've been
ally insulated from the situation. I. came to coach, and
t at's really all I'm doing."
The "situation" in question was the Dave Wilson matter, a
thorn in the Illini's side for over a year. the final verdict: a
one-year probation for Illinois in which it is banned from
post-season play. Wilson was not allowed to return to college
football this season and attempt to repeat his spectacular
1980 campaign. He is now wearing the uniform of the NFL's
New Orleans Saints.
.Not to worry, according to White, who feels he has found a
re-than-adequate replacement in senior Tony Eason.

'D' shaky

STUDENT SAVINGS SHIELD BENEFITS EVERYONE

"TONY IS A young man who came to us last year and ac-
tually went through a lot last year-not knowing whether he
was going to play or not, based on what happened to Dave,"
White noted. "We definitely think he has some fine potential.
He's definitely a better all-around athlete than Dave Wilson,
and he is a compariable passer. Now he lacks experience,
and he in no'way has the temperment that Wilson had. Tony
is like Dave in that he is a pro-type quarterback." -
Eason does not fret about filling anyone's shoes.
"There's no way that I could try to duplicate Dave," said
the 6-4, 205 pound, junior college transfer form Walnut Grove,
Calf. "I'm just going to go out there and play my game. I like
to pass a lot, and I know we are going to have an exciting of-
fense this year. I like Coach White's philosophy of offensive
strategy-a wide-open attack."
FOR A PASSING GAME to click, however, a quarterback
must have quality receivers to catch the ball. Eason does, in
the forms of senior John Lopez and junior. Mike Martin.
Lopez snatched 32 passes last season to lead the club, while
Martin had 31 receptions to his credit.
For Eason to succeed, he will also need a firmt line to
protect him. Illinois' offensive line should be improved over
the '80 version since the whole first-team forward wall retur-
ns. Mike Carrington, Troy McMillian, Greg Boecke, Bob
Stowe, and Jim Covington man the trenches once again for
the Illini. The tight end spot will be shared by Tim McAvoy
and Mike DeOliver.
W'hite's real concern is on the other side of the ball. "We
have to improve our overall defense," he said. "Whether or
not we do remains to be seen."
That unit was put to an early test when Illinois opened its
season against Eastern power Pittsburgh. The Panthers
proved to be too much for the Illini, defeating them, 22-6, but
the defense looked respectable.
It is led by junior tackle Dan Gregus, linebackers Jack
Squirek and Kelvin Atkins, and defensive back Dave Edwar-
ds, who made honorable mention All-Big Ten last year as a
frosh.

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