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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, Septe

Leister, Smith hold Spartan hopes

1981 'M' Roster

(Continued from Page 21)
be a definite all-Big Ten selection this
season.
The linebackers will continue to be
the strength of the defense with seniors
Jack Squirek, Ron Ferrari, Kelvin
Atkins and John Venegoni all retur-
ning for starting roles.
9. Michigan State
After finishing tied with Michigan for
the Big Ten lead in 1978, the Michigan
State Spartans fell to seventh in 1979,
and dropped all the way to ninth last
year. And John Leister, the Spartans'
quarterback, readily admits, "We're

not a strong team this year." But, he
adds, "we're stronger than last year."
Certainly 1980 will not be held in fond
esteem by many Michigan State fans.
The Spartans finished the year at 3-8,2-
6 in the league. Second-year head coach
Frank "Muddy" Waters is expecting
this season to be an improvement over
his rookie campaign. "We're going to
be better," said Waters. "We had a good
recruiting year, we're more experien-
ced, and I think we'll be a better team."
LEADING THE WAY for Michigan
State this year is Leister, one of the few
bright spots on last year's team. "In my
opinion, John is as fine a quarterback

as you'll find in collegiate circles," said
Waters. "He was the fellow that kept us
in so many of the ballgames that we
weren't supposed to be in last year."
The 6-3, 191-pound junior from Great
Falls, Mont. threw for 1,559 yards and
10 touchdowns last season, and will ser-
ve as the team's co-captain this year.
With so. many weaknesses, Waters
said, "If we don't play some freshmen,
we could be in a lot of trouble, because
we don't have that much depth." One of
the newcomers that will probably see
action immediately is tailback Aaron
Roberts, a 6-1, 181-pound speedster
-from Detroit Catholic Central. One of

the state's premier players last season,
Roberts had his choices for a college
narrowed down to Michigan and Notre
Dame, but decided on Michigan State
because he said that the Spartans
needed him more. "I think Roberts is
capable of breaking into the starting
lineup," said Waters.
OTHER PLAYERS to watch on
Michigan State's offense are Derek
Hughes, a running back who is coming
off a knee injury that kept him out of ac-
tion for most of last season, split end
Ted Jones, who led all Spartan
receivers last year with 568 yards on 40
catches, and tackle Jeff Wiska, a 6-4,
260-pounder who is the best player on a
weak offensive line.-

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Armstrong, Greg
Bean, Vincent
Becker, Kurt
Bergeron, Bob
Betts, Norm
Body, Marion
Boren, Mike
Bostic, Keith
Bracken, Don
Brockington, Fred
Burgei, Jerry
Burgess, Fritz
Carpenter, Brian
Carthens, Milt
Carraway, Winfred
Carter, Anthony
Cohen, Jeff
Coles, Cedric
Cooper, Evan
Czarnota, Mike
Cana, Robert
Davis, Nate
Davis, Ricky
DeFelice, Vince
Dickey, B. J.
Diorio, Jerry
Dixon, Tom
Dunaway, Craig
Dwyer, Glen
Edwards, Stan
English, Joe
Felton, Jeff
Ferens, John
Fischer, Brad
Garrity, Tom
Gear, Kenny
Girgash, Paul
Gosier, Harry
Haji-Sheikh. Ali
Hall, David
Harris, Stu
Hassel, Tom
Haynes, Duke

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Herrmann, Jim
Hewlett, Rich
Humphries; Stephan
Ingram, Gerald
Jackson, Tony
James, Doug
Joseph, Roger
Kempthorn, Eric
Kovacs, Lou
Lemirande, Mike
Lott, John
Lyles, Rodney
Melnyk, Mike
Meredith, Dave
Muransky, Ed
Nate, Jeff
Neal, Tom
Needham, Ben
Osbun, Tony
Parks, Marshall
Paris, William
Powell, Greg
Prusa, Ron
Reeves, Jeff
Ricks, Lawrence
Roberts, Scott
Rodgers, Nate
Rose, Carlton
Schlopy, Todd
Shaw, Jeff
Shaw, Vincent
Smith, Cedric
Smith, Kerry
Smith, Kevin
Smith, Steve
Strenger, Rich
Sweeney, Larry
Tech, Karl
Thompson, Robert
Triplett, Todd
Wallace, Zeke
Washington, Sanford
Wilson, Mike
Woolfolk, Butch
Yarano, Dan
Zagnoli, Rolie

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