Page 13 Friday, October 16, 1981 The Michigan Daily
Cagers sport new faces in'81-82
By BOB WOJNOWSKI
Program sales should be brisk in
Crisler Arena this winter. With four
starters gone from last year's 19-11
team, this season's edition of Michigan
basketball gives new meaning to the
old saying, "you can't tell the players
without a program."
The 1981-82 basketball squad was un-
veiled for the first time yesterday, as
practice began in earnest for the up-
coming campaign. Gone are the likes
of Paul Heuerman, Mike McGee, John-
ny Johnson, and Mark and Marty Bod-
nar. In their collective stead are Eric
Turner, Dean Hopson, M.C. Burton,
Leslie Rockymore, Willis Carter and
ADD TO THIS already unstable
situation the possible loss of sophomore
center Tim McCormick for much of the
season, and what results are question
marks:- lots of them.
"Sure we've got a lot of question.
marks," says head coach Bill Frieder,
beginning his second year at the helm.
"Anytime you lose four starters and.
then get an injury to someone like Tim
McCormick, you're going to have
Not the least of which is the status of
the 6-10 McCormick. A knee injury of-
ten referred to as "jumpers, knee"
required surgery in the offseason and
rehabilitation has been slow. Although
he no longer wears a cast and can walk
without crutches, McCormick is still a
long way from playing condition.
"TIM'S STATUS is questionable right
now," says Frieder. "It all depends on
\ how the rehabilitation goes. I don't
think even the doctors know when he'll
Although he refuses to commit him-
self, Frieder admits that McCormick is
not expected back before the Big Ten
'season gets underway January 7.
His replacement at center is strictly
up for grabs, as are most of the starting
positions on the squad. The leading
candidates for the center spot are
currently 7-2 sophomore Jon Antonides
and 6-7 junior Ike Person.
AFTER pencilling senior forward
production from this trio.
"Eric had such a great senior year
that we're just hoping he's all he's been
billed to be," says Frieder. "We feel
that they'll all be contributing to
Michigan basketball before too long."
IN A POSITION-by-position break-
down, the Wolverines appear to have
much depth but few bonafide starters.
At the guard position, in addition to
Turner and Rockymore, there's 6-1
'We'll be respectable and
we'll be competitive. We
won't embarrass ourselves.'
-Michigan head basketball
coach Bill Frieder
center will be a dogfight, with An-
tonides, Person and Carter in conteri-
tion while McCormick recovers from
With so much to be done and most of
the early practices devoted almost en-
tirely to running and conditioning, it
will be a while before anything person-
nel-wise is determined.
Frieder admits to being somewhat
leery about entering a new campaign
with so much youth and so little height.
But he doesn't forsee any changes its the
Michigan offensive philosophy.
"WE LIKE TO run and press, but you
can't run if you can't rebound," says
Frieder. "So that's something we'll
have to work on.
"Basically it'll be like last year.
We'll run when we can, but we'll go into
a pattern if we have to."
With the exhibition opener against
Windsor better than a month away
Frieder is making only vague predic-
tionsabout the upcoming season.
"We'll be respectable and we'll be
competitive," says Frieder. "And we
won't embarrass ourselves."
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Thad Garner into the starting lineup,
everything else is pure conjecture. As
Frieder says, "Garner will start and
that's it. It's really wide open."
Three freshmen, 6-3 guard Eric Tur-
ner, the prize recruit from Flint Cen-
tral, 6-4 guard Leslie Rockymore from
Detroit, and 6-8 forward/center Willis
"Stretch" Carter will be vying for
playing time. And Frieder has no
qualms in demanding immediate
sophomore Dan Pelekoudas and 6-5
junior Joe James. Greg Washington, a
6-3 freshman currently playing football
is also a possibility.
At forward, 6-6 sophomore M. C. Bur-
ton, 6-7 sophomore Dean Hopson, and 6-
8 junior Leo Brown join returning
senior captain Garner. In addition,
Gerard Rudy, a walk-on from Midland,
is practicing with the team.
THE BATTLE for the starting spot at
Tippett leads Hawkeye defense,
brings black bell
By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
Meet Andre Tippett. Andre plays defensive end for the
Iowa Hawkeyes, currently the 12th ranked team in the coun-
try and looking to move higher tomorrow when they play
Andre is also quite big-6-4 and 230 pounds to be exact. Last
year he was an All-Big Ten selection, and he's a possibility
for national honors this season.
IN CASE YOU still have the urge to take Andre into a dark
alley and rough him up a bit, consider this-since he was a'
seventh grader, Tippett has been studying karate and -is
currently a second degree black belt. Fortunately for the
Wolverines, though, the Hawkeye senior will be confining his
attacks on them to just tackling.
"My karate has helped me because it's made me mentally
tough," said Tippett. "Also, I feel I have pretty good speed
and quicknessq and my karate has helped me develop that."
Whether it has been karate or some other factor,
something has certainly developed Tippett into a stellar foot-
ball player. Wearing number 99, Tippett anchors the defense
that is currently ranked first in the Big Ten in any defensive
category you care to name. Even though he has been double-
teamed for most of the season, Tippett is currently third on
the Hawkeye squad with 27 total tackles, and first in sacks
"I EXPECTED TO be double-teamed a lot this season,"
said Tippett. "But that just leaves someone else open."
The Hawkeye defenders have already shut down some of
the most impressive offenses in the country this season,
holding Nebraska and UCLA to seven points each. That could
mean bad news for a Michigan offense which has finally star-
ted living up to its pre-season hype, scoring 38 points in each
of the last two games.
Needless to say, this is very concerning to Michigan coach
Bo Schembechler. "Iowa might be even stronger defensively
than Wisconsin, said Schembechler. "It presents quite a
challenge to our offensive unit. Any team that can beat
Nebraska and UCLA is without a doubt a legitimate football
AND WITH TIPPETT holding down the left side of the
Iowa defensive line, Wolverine tailback Butch Woolfolk
might have to think twice about scooting around that side.
to the Big Ten
"Andre is as good as any defensive end in the country," said
Hawkeye head coach Hayden Fry. "He's a real All-America
After spending a year at Ellsworth Junior College in Iowa
Falls, the Newark, N.J. native transferred to Iowa, where he
led the team in his junior year last season with 20 sacks. And
with his 4.6 speed in the forty,rTippett can indeed pose
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Michigan signal-caller Steve Smith probably won't be too
concerned with getting sacked by Tippett tomorrow. Just so
long as he leaves his black belt at home.
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IOWA DEFENSIVE end Andre Tippett moves in for the kill
in a game last season. Tippett leads the Hawkeye defense
which is currently ranked the best in the Big Ten. An All-
American candidate this season, Tippett was an all-Big Ten
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