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SPORTS

The Michigan Doily

Wednesday, September 23, 1981

Betts: An atypical gridder

By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
On the field, Michigan tight end Norm Betts looks
like a typical football player. At 6-5 and 230 pounds,
Betts fits right in with the other big boys of the Big
Ten.
Off the field, however, Betts is anything but typical.
For example, not many gridders can share his distin-
ction of carrying a 3.87 grade point average
(majoring in biology) into their senior year.
AND IT CERTAINLY isn't just any football player
that gets asked to apply for a Rhodes scholarship. But
then, Norm Betts isn't just any football player.
As the starting tight end for the Wolverines since
the beginning of last season, Betts has established
himself as a steady, but not flashy, player. But the
combination of his athletic and academic talents,
along with his other personality traits, have made
Betts the closest thing Michigan has to an "All-
American boy."
Aside from playing football for a major power (a
pre-requisite for every modern All-American boy),
Betts studies hard, gets excellent grades, attends
church every Sunday, doesn't swear (his favorite
emphasizers are "dang" and "heck"), and most
noticably of all, he doesn't say "you know" every
three words. Jack Armstrong would be proud, to say
the least.
BUT BETTS has put that image into perspective.
"I don't think I'm that much smarter than other
people that are around," said the Midland native. "I
just mainly work harder. This is going to sound con-
ceited, but it's not, but I think a lot of people wish they
could lead the kind of life that I lead. They just might

ight end
personifies
image
not have disciplined themselves to the point where
they can lead that kind of life."
As Betts has found out, though, leading that kind of
life can also have its drawbacks. "When I was
younger, I used to get teased a lot about being
smart," he said. "Coaches would tease me if I
made a mistake, saying 'You're supposed to be the
smartest guy on the team.' My nickname was "The
Computer." It was all just good-natured teasing."
After he graduates next spring, Betts said he plans
to enroll in Michigan's dental school. Considering he
still has one year of eligibility left, however, that
could create a problem. "Dental school goes until five
o'clock every day," explained Betts. "But Bo
(Schembechler) already talked this summer with the
dean of the dental school, and we're going to work out
a deal. Some days I stay in dental school and some
days I come down for practice."

BETTS ALSO mentioned, however, that his dental
school plans are contingent on his not getting the
Rhodes scholarship. "I'll definitely take the scholar-
ship if I get it," he said. "I would study history or
something like that at Oxford (University, in
England). I'd want to round myself out."
Unfortunately, however, all of his academic ac-
complishments have somewhat overshadowed his
athletic achievements. Betts was the Wolverines'
second-leading receiver behind Anthony Carter last
season, grabbing 17 catches for 161 yards and one
touchdown. But while those certainly aren't statistics
that will put him in the record book, Betts said, "I
consider myself a pass receiver, but I consider
myself more of a blocker."
In high school, Betts not only starred on the
Midland High. football team, but was an all-state
defenseman in hockey as well. "I was asked out for
the hockey team here, but I couldn't work it out," he
said. There still could be a Betts on the Wolverine
hockey squad this year, though, as Norm's younger
brother Tom, a freshman, will be trying for a spot on
the team.
But while dental school and a possible Rhodes
scholarship are still in the future for Betts, he's just
concerning himself now with the remainder of the
gridiron season.
"We have to win all the rest of our games to even
have a shot at'the Big Ten title," he said. "I don't
think there will be ailetdown this week, because Bo
isn't going to let us have a letdown. I don't think
we've really overcome the sting that was put on us at
Wisconsin."

Buckeyes, Bruce

WF

By MARK MIHANOVIC
Seventh in a nine-part series
Editor's note: This is the seventh
in a nine-part series examining each
of Michigan's 1981 Big Ten op-
ponents. The series was written by
Daily football reporters Mark
Mihanovic, Greg DeGulis, Buddy
Mooreho use. and Drew Sharp.
Football is such a tough game for
those who coach it. Take the case of
Ohio State's Earle Bruce, for instance.
He follows the Woody Hayes legend
by hooking up at OSU before the 1979
a s

right back where they were before the.
'79 campaign. Only four starters return
to the Buckeye defense from last fall,
and offensive sparkplugs Calvin
Murray at tailback and Doug Donley
have graduated, as well. But Bruce is
not down on his Buckeyes, currently
ranked eighth in the nation after vic-
tories over:Duke (34-13) and Michigan
State (27-13).
"We are optimistic about our football
team," he said. "We have talented
people at the skilled positions. It is im-
portant how we start, because the
schedule does not allow us to build week
by week. With 11 new starters, it's
essential we find our best combination

Daily file photo by Debbie Lewis
MICHIGAN TIGHT end Norm Betts snags one of his 17 catches last year
which placed him second on the team to Anthony Carter. Betts, a second
team academic All-American, is applying for a Rhodes Scholarship to attend
Oxford University in England.
regroup-agait
:oach's conservative offensive the Buckeyes with 140 tackles, intercep-
philosophy of last season. "You're ting four passes, and recovering" four
always going to hear complaints when fumbles from his inside linebacker.-
things don't go exactly right," he said. spot.
"Art is not only a great passer, but he Jerome Foster (6-3, 260) and Chris
:an. also run the option attack well. Riehm (6-6, 260) man the tackle posts
t's important that we try to get the best for the second straight year, and Glen
>ut of him in both and not just concen- Cobb is back at inside 'backer beside
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While a couple of key performers are after losing everyone to graduation.
,one, Schlichter has plenty of help Backup quarterback Bob Atha does
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Wool selected as
player of the week,

CHICAGO (AP) - Tailback Butch
Woolfolk has been selected Midwest
player of the Week by the Associated
Ptess for his feats in Michigan's 25-7
victory over Notre Dame last Sturday.
Woolfolk, a 6-2, 207 pound senior from
Westfield,- N.J., controlled Michigan
ground attack by rushing 23 times for
139 yards.
Woolfolk, who has averaged 1000 yar-
ds in the last two seasons, never was
thrown for a loss by the Irish and his
longest gain was for 21 yards. The
senior tailback broke the 100 yard
barrier in the opening game against
Wisconsin as well, rushing for 121 yards
in. the loss to the Badgers. The two
game totals for Woolfolk are 260 yards
rushing in 37 attempts for an outstan-
ding 7.0 average.

THE EFFORT IN the Notre Dame
game put Woolfolk into fourth place on
the all-time Michigan rushing list. The
senior tailback passed former
Wolverine greats Russell Davis and
Harlan Huckleby and hopes to pass Rob
Lytle to become Michigan's all-time
rusher.
Coach Bo Schembechler, in the
weekly media luncheon, commented on
the imporved Woolfolk. "I see Butch
Woolfolk getting better and better. He
is running with more power. He used to
try and be fancy. He is a speed and
power runner.''
So, in the first two games, Woolfolk
has emerged as one of the top backs in
the country, a perfect compliment to
the other Wolverine threat, Anthony
Carter.

Ohio State

season, and to make matters worse,
everybody tells him the Buckeye
program is on the slide. But he pulls
things together, goes undefeated in the
regular season, and almost beats
mighty USC for the national title.
People were calling him a miracle
worker, and he won College Coach of
the Year honors.
BUT THEN everybody starts expec-
ting big things from Bruce, Art
Schlichter and Company. And when
Ohio State was shut out by UCLA, 17-0,
shut down by Michigan, 9-3, and
thrashed by Penn State, 31-19, and
Schlichter wasn't seen carrying around
a Heisman Trophy, Buckeye boosters
began looking for someone to blame.
More often than not, it was Bruce.
"Everything did not fit like a glove last
year like it did in 1979," he conceded.
Now it seems that he finds himself,
and the Ohio State football program,
SCORES
American League
Detroit 6, Baltimore 3
Oakland 3, Toronto 2 (13)
Milwaukee 10, Boston 8
National League
Montreal 6, Philadelphia 2
Chicago 4, St. Louis 3

as soon as possible.
"THERE WILL BE some changes in
our offense and defense to make better
use of our personnel. We'll still work for
the big play and take what the defense
gives us."
For the Ohio State gridders this year,
it all begins and ends with the quarter-
back. "I hope Art Schlichter has his
best year of football this year," Bruce
said, "and if he has that, there's no
reason Ohio State can't be a very suc-
cessful football team."
If Schlichter is to have his best year,
he will have to notch up some mighty
big numbers. In three seasons wearing
the scarlet and gray, Schlichter has
completed 314 of 601 passes for 4,996
yards and 33 touchdowns. Each figure
is a school record. His career mark for
total offensive yardage is 6,341 also an
6SU high.
BRUCE SHRUGGED off speculation
that Schlichter was unhappy with the

AP Top Twenty

UPI Top Twenty

1. Southern Cal (46).... 2--
2. Oklahoma (15) .........1-"-
3. Penn St. (2) ............1-0-0
4. Texas (1) ..........1-0-0
5. Pittsburgh .............2-0-0
6. UCLA ..................2-0-0
7. MICHIGAN (1) ........1-1-0
8. Ohio St ................2-0-0
9. N. Carolina ............2-0-0
10. Alabama...............2-1-0
11. Brigham Young ......3-0-0.
12. Mississipi St..........2-0-0
13. Notre Dame ............1-1-0
14. Miami, Fla ............2-0-0
15. Nebraska ..............1-1-0
16. Washington ............2-0-0
17. Georgia................2-1-0
18. Arizona St ..............2-0-0
19. Clemson ...............3-0-0
20. So. Methodist ..........3-0-0

1,258
1,203
1,092
1,038
976
912
903
832
806
556
554
549
548
439
412
378
365
265
227
125

1. USC
2. Oklahoma
3. Penn State
4. Texas
5. Pittsburgh
6. MICHIGAN
7. UCLA
8. Ohio State
9. North Carolina
10. Alabama
11. Notre Dame
12. Nebraska
13. Brigham Young
14. Mississippi State
15. Miami (Fla.)
16. Georgia
17. Clemson
18. Florida
19. Arkansas
20. West Virginia

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