The Michigan Daily-Saturday, Septen
TNIS BUO " FORBy BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
More- passing to be
thekey in conference
Bo comes o f age .. .
..shuns negative labels
The man you see pacing the sidelines on Michigan's side of the field today,
the one wearing the headphones and the blue baseball cap with the maize 'M'
on it, is not the same person who has been out there for the past 12 seasons.
True, the man calling the shots for the Wolverines is still Bo Schem-
bechler, but it's not the same Bo Schmebechler who came to Ann Arbor in
1969. In philosophy and personality, General Bo is a changed man.
If you didn't know any better, you might almost swear that Michigan went
out and hired itself a new coach. See those guys on the field-the ones
wearing the maize and blue winged helmets? Wasn't that a pass they just
threw? And it's not even third down yet. It's first down! Surely, a team
coached by Bo Schembechler would never be caught doing such an outlan-
dish thing. Run it up the middle, that's Michigan'style, right?
Not any more. Bo has learned that the bal gets down the field a lot quicker
when it's thrown.
Look, there's Bo again, at a press conference. But he's not ranting and
raving, refusing to answer questions that he doesn't like, or shoving student
reporters. He's calm, giving straightforward answers, and learning to live
with the press.
Yes, Bo Schembechler, the man who has made Michigan into a national
power year after year, the man who will undoubtedly go down in history as
the greatest Wolverine coach of all time, has finally come of age. The press
no longer rips into him for running the ball too much. He's no longer referred
to as a "Woody Hayes clone" for losing his temper. o has dropped almost
all of the negative labels that have been applied to him.
Ever since he took over at Michigan, o has been criticized for his "three-
yards-and-a-cloud-f-dust" philosophy. It didn't matter that his teams were
enjoying considerable success during that time, people said that Michigan
football will always by boring, and the Pac-10 will always win the Rose Bowl,
unless Michigan learned how to pass.
f Even now, o still tries to convince
people that his teams were never afraid
? to put it in the air, but the fact is that
Michigan rarely threw the ball. (As an
example, the Wolverines attempted
only one aerial against Illinois in 1975).
Well, thanks primarily to a skinny kid
from Florida, Michigan did start to
w, '' A throw the ball. The change really began
two years ago, when option quarter-
back extraordinaire Rick Leach
graduated. After spending one dismal
<- ° year alternating between another op-
tion QB (B.J. Dickey) and a passing
specialist (John Wangler), the
Wolverines perfected the pass last
season with Wangler at the helm. But it
Schembechler was the kid from Florida, speedy wide
..a changed man receiver Anthony Carter, who really
taught his coach the value of the pass.
In only two years, Carter has already set a Michigan career record with 21
touchdown catches, and appears to be on his way to catching the rest of the
school's receiving records as well.
Another bad mark on Ho's reputation was his tendency to lose his temper,
not so much at his players, but at the press,. He didn't do much to improve
that reputation two years ago, when the coach allegedly shoved former
Dai reporter Dan Perrin for asking whether o intended to recruit a
kicker. (As you may recall, Michigan's kicking game left much to be desired
that season.) Everyone from Sports Illustrated on down latched on to that
story, and it gave Ho a national black eye.
But since that time, the coach has been quite cooperative with the media.,
He still treats sportswriters like they don't know much about football-he of-
ten starts sentences with "What you guys don't realize is . .." or "You all
think that.. ."-but at least he isn't shoving people any more.
Ho overcame one of his biggest criticisms last season, the one that said he
couldn't win the big one. Thanks tothe pass, and a talented team, Michigan
finally won its last game of the season, 23-6 over Washington in the Rose
I don't-know about you, but I kind of like this new coach.
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BY LOSING Wilson, the Illini lost one
of the premier passers in the country.
But White hopes he has found an apt
replacement in senior Tony Eason.
"Tony is a young man who came to us
last year and actually went through
lot last year," said White. "It wvas tough
because he didn't know whether he was
going to play or not play based on what
happened to Dave. We feel that he has
some fine potential. At one point in fall
practice last year, Tony was slightly
ahead of Dave.
"He's definitely a better all-around
athlete than Dave, and he is a com-
parable passer. Now, he lacks ex-
perience, and in no way has the tem-
perament that Wilson had. Tony Eason
definitely has some of the same poten-
tial. He's a pro-type quarterback."
WHITE FEELS that his running at-
tack could be just as strong as his quar-
terbacking with backs Joe Curtis and
Mitchell Brookins returning. Both
steadily improved during' spring drills
and with the addition of freshman
Darrell Smith, the Illini ground attack
may prove to be a more than adequate
supplement to the passing game.
For a passing game to work,
however, there must be receivers to
catch the ball. The Illini have their
share of competent pass catchers in
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.
Illinois' offensive line should be bet-
ter since everyone from last year's first
string is returning. Mike Carrington,
Troy McMillian, Greg Boecke, Bob
Stowe, and Jim Covington will be
wearing the Blue and Orange once
again this season. The tight end spot
will be shared by Tim McAvoy and
DEFENSIVELY, the 'Illini front line
is anchored 'by 6-5, 245-pound junior
Dan Gregus,- who led all Illini tacklers
last season with 44. He is considered by
his defensive coach, John Terrlinck, to
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