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14-Sunday, September 13, 1981-The Michigan Daily

grads hard to

Special to the Daily
[ADISON - Michigan coach Bo
embechler had a hard time convin-
g people before this season that his
m's graduation losses from 1980
*e gong to hurt.
We're really going to miss. those
rs," said Schembechler. "Par-
ilarly the leadership of (Andy) Can-
ino on defense and (John) Wangler
offense." Despite this, most obser-
s felt that the talented replacements

would fill the gaps just fine, as many
polls had the Wolverines picked first in
the country.
BUT FOR THE most part, the coach
was right and the media was shown to
be wrong in yesterday's 21-14 loss to
Filling in for the departed Wangler,
sophomore quarterback Steve Smith
was probably the biggest disappoin-
tment for the Wolverines. The 6-0, 191-
pounder from Grand Blanc finished the
day with only three completions on 18
pass attempts for 39 yards. Also cat-

ching three of Smith's aeri
Wisconsin's safety matt Vande
who had all three of his team
ceptions. Smith only fou
American wide receiver Anth
ter once, for eleven yards.
"We didn't execute well andv
throw well," admitted Schem
"But I'm definately going to ke
with Smith. He's our quarterba
while his passing left somethi
desired, Smith fared quite well
picking up 30 total yar
Michigan's first touchdown

als was ground. "He is the fastest running
n Boom, quarterback we ever had at Michigan,"
1's inter- said Schembechler.
nd All- FILLING IN FOR the graduated
ony Car- Allen Mitchell at split end, sophomore
Vince Bean also had a frustrating day.
we didn't Although five of Smith's passes were in-
ibechler; tended for him Bean didn't catch any of
ep going them. Sharing time at the split end spot
ck." But was senior Fred Brockingtion, who
ng to be caught one of the two passes thrown to
rushing, him for 25 yards.
ds and The newcomers to the offensive line,
on the center Tom Dixon and guard Stefan
- Humphries, had a fairly good day han-
dling Wisconsin's tough defensivefront.
Lining up against Tim Krumrie, Dixon
held the pre-season All-American pick
to 13 total tackles.
On the defensive side, linebacker

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Special to the Daily
"This is not 1980. Just because we have the same players back
doesn 't mean it's the same team."
-Michigan heddfootball coach
Bo Schembechler
AND SO CONCLUDED Schembechler's relaxed post game interview
after the Wolverines shocking loss to Wisconsin, 21-14. Sitting on a red
bench in the blatantly red and white Wisconsin wrestling room, Schem-
bechler and his maize and blue Michigan shirt stuck out like a Wolverine in a
Badger's den.
Who would have thought Schembechler would be explaining a loss in the
confines of Madison, Wisconsin? Apparently, very few, as the Wolverines
dominated the major pre-season polls.
"Obviously we're not as good as people thought we were," Schembechler
flatly stated. "I've told you before and I'll tell you again, Wisconsin is a good
football team."
But this wasn't supposed to happen this year. Optimism abounded in Ann
Arbor and the vast area touched by Michigan alumni. Talk of a national
championship and a possible Heisman Trophy for Anthony Carter buzzed
through the state of Michigan. 1981 was to be Michigan's year.
Through it all Schembechler kept reminding Michigan reporters that he
wasn't sure about his 1981 team. "I was really surprised that Michigan was
voted number one," explained Schembechler. "After all, we have four
sophomores starting on our offense, and you know our quarterback is a
sophomore. It will be interesting to see how we react. After all, we are now
The real problem is that Michigan is now 0-1 in Big Ten play. Last year, the
Wolverines fell to non-conference foes Notre Dame and South Carolina, but
finished 8-0 in Big Ten play. This year, the one saving grace for Michigan,
and the possibility of the Big Ten championship, is the fact that the
Wolverines play one more conference game than Ohio State.
For instance, if Michigan and Ohio State finish with the same number of
losses, in Big Ten play, the Wolverines could still be in the Rose Parade. But
that's a long way off, as Schembechler reminded.
"Our problems were simple: Our offense wasn't any good; our defense
wasn't any good; our kicking game wasn't any good; and our coaching was
poor. When you put together these four things going against you, it's a
miracle we were only beaten by seven points."
The coach spoke the truth. In an inauspicious debut, Steve Smith was three
for 18 for 39 yards and three interceptions. Carter caught one pass for 11 yar-
ds and rushed twice for five yards. Ali Haji-Sheikh missed two field goals
from 46 and 42 yards out. The defensive string of 23-straight quarters without
giving up a touchdown was thoroughly dismantled. Wisconsin rolled up 439
total yards, as well as the 21 points.
The Badger offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage as Wisconsin
rushed for 257 yards, prompting Schembechler to comment, "It was the
worst tackling exhibition I've seen in a long time at Michigan."
So it's time to regroup and put all thoughts of Badger red away. Notre
Dame is coming to town and Schembechler immediately ruled out any
drastic changes, especially at quarterback. "I'm definitely going to keep
going with Smith. He's our quarterback."
Smith was hurried on several occasions, by the excellent Wisconsin defen-
se, but at times it looked like the sophomore quarterback hurried himself.
The Badger defense played with intensity and prevented Smith from settling
down in passing situations.
Smith's speed was evident as he easily scrambled from Badger pursuers
and ran effectively on one of Michigan's touchdowns. The timing of the
passing game was missing, and Smith will get another opportunity at the
Notre Dame game.
Also hoping for another chance is the ever dangerous Carter. The junior
All-American touched the ball only four times and was never able to strike
fear in the hearts of Wisconsin defenders. Thus, the enormous bubble of the
pre-season ranking has been shattered, and reality has replaced such pre-
season hoopla. Michigan fans will remember the loss in Madison, but the
scalpers will lament the loss of dollars as the price of a.Notre Dame ticket
just fell.
One bright spot was senior Butch Woolfolk who blew past the entire
Badger defense on an 89-yard touchdown run. The 119-yard performance
puts him in good shape for the New Jersey native's attempt to become
Michigan's all-tihe leading rusher. He is seeking to pass former Michigan
running back Rob Lytle. Woolfolk is fond of playing against Wisconsin, as his
all-time Michigan record for the longest rush from scrimmage of 92-yards
also came against the Badgers.4





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... rough season opener
Mike Boran was the unlikely standout,
leading both teams with 15 tackles.
Boran logged time at the spot vacated
by Canavino. With the graduation of
last year's defensive tackle Mike
Trgovac and the dismissal, of middle
guard Jeff "Shaw this season, Tony
Osbon and Doug James filled in at mid-
dle guard. Osbon, a converted offensive
tackle, finished the game with six total
tackles, while James was credited with
four. While those figures are respec-
table, Schembechler said of his defense
"It was the worst tackling exhibition
I've seen in a long time at Michigan."


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