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Boliaux, a 6-0, 218-pound senior who
finished 1980 with 64 tackles. Senior
Dave Levenick accounted for 98 tackles
last season and returns to the inside
linebacker post. Returning to the
defensive backfield is David Green-
wood, whofinished last year with 49
tackles and two interceptions.
But while the Badger defense was
busy keepin opponents out of the end
zone, the offense was also being kept
out of the scoring column. Wisconsin's
offense finished dead last in the con-
ference in total offense, with only 267.2
yards a game. It wasn't the rushing
game that was the problem-the
Badgers were fourth in the league with
198.9 yards a game. It was the pass that
doomed Wisconsin last season. With
only 68.4 yards a game, the Badgers
finished last in the conference when it
came to throwing the ball.
"WE'VE GOT TO get our passing
game going," admitted Wisconsin
fullback Dave Mohapp. "If we can
bring our passing up to the level of our
rushing, we'll definitely be in a bowl
game. I think if our offense gets going,
our defense is definitely sound."
Mohapp leads the list of returning
Badger running backs. The 6-0, 216-
pound senior carried for 518 yards last
season, averaging 4.6 yards a carry.
Tailback John Williams gained 540 yar-
ds last year, while Gerald Green gained
264 yards.
Junior John Josten and spohomore
Jess Cole shared the quarterbacking
duties last year, but Cole will probably
get the nod to open this season behind
the center. Cole threw for 274 yards on
23 completions in 1980, but also was in-
tercepted five times. Wisconsin coach
Dave McClain will be counting on Cole
to pull the Badgers out of the Cellar in
theBig Ten passing department this
year.

On the receiving end of Cole's aerials
will be senior split end Tim Stracka, an
honorable mention All-Big Ten choice
last season who caught 28 passes for 462
yards, and Thad McFadden; a
sophomore flanker from Flint who also
returns punts and kickoffs for the
Badgers.
8. Illinois
The 1981 football season picture has
cleared up slightly for Illinois head
coach Mike White. Last April, not only
the football team, but the entire Illini
athletic program had three years' wor-
th of sanctions levied against them by
the Big Ten and Illinois was not sure
whether or not it would have access to
record-setting quarterback Dave
Wilson for the '81 campaign.
In August, the conference lessened
the penalties to just one year and
Wilson went south, to New Orleans to
play for the NFL's Saints. So White can
turn his attention to improving the
Illini's 5-6 mark of last season.

Irish, Navy invade.!
*ND showdown tops non-con

By GREG DeGULIS
After the shocking loss in Madison
last weekend, the non-conference
games against Notre Dame and Navy
are Michigan's chance to save face.
Today's nationally televised clash with
the Fighting Irish will give the
Wolverines a golden opportunity to
silence the critics and get revenge for
last year's heartbreaker in South Bend.
In today's matchup between the.
Midwest's best, the rivalry remains the
same but a few colorful changes have
t .

optimism in South Bend centers around
the returning lettermen from last
season's 9-2-1 Sugar Bowl team. The
Irish have a letterman at every position
including junior tailback Phil Carter,
junior wingback Tony Hunter and All-
American linebacker Bob Crable.
Offensively; the-Notre Dame goal is
diversity. "Our Offense is designed to
enable us to throw a wide variety of dif-
ferent formations at an opponent's
defense.", Faust explained. In addition
to the ever dangerous pair of Carter
and Hunter, Faust can rely on senior
tight end Dean Masztak and the trio of
quarterbakcs sophomore Blair Kiel,
senior Tom Koegel and senior Scott
Grooms.
Defensively, All-American Crable
anchors an Irish unit which can boast of
a 23 quarter streak without a touch-
down. Joining Crable are junior
linebackers Mark Zavagnin and Joe
Rudzinski while seniors Pat Kramer
and Joe Gramke will battle in the tren-
ches with the likes of Bubba Paris and
Ed Muransky. The Irish defense lacks
the bulk of recent Notre Dame teams,
but "we've got plenty of quickness to
make up for that", Faust noted.
In the kicking department, the
Wolverine fans will never'forget Harry
Oliver and the 51-yarder. Unfor-
tunately, the left-footed wonder is back
for the Irish to haunt the Wolverines.
If the Wolverines think they can relax
after Notre Dame, Navy may do what
South Caroline did in 1980-surprise the
Ann Arbor faithful. George Welsh's
Midshipmen are coming off an 8-4 record
and a Garden State Bowl bid. When the
Navy mascot Billy XXII trots on the
turf, the goat will be bringing along a
solid defense and a shaky offense. The
best performers include All-American
candidates middle guard Tim Jordan,
running back Eddie Meyers and

placekicker Steve Fehr.
Five returning lettermen anchor the'
Midshipmen defensively, but offen-
sively preseason injuried have riddled
the offensive line and receiving corps.
Junior Tom Tarquino will start at quar-
terback and bring the option back into

the Navy
senior tig
receiver.
After ti
Michigan
schedule,
tests of1

A Heisman Trophy is not out of the question for Ohio State's senior signal
caller Art Schlichter. Schlichter has practically rewritten the entire
Buckeye passing record book in just three years. His throwing and running
capabilities are only matched by his leadership. He is definitely the premier
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AS USUAL, the Irish jerseys are full
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