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G The Michigan Daily-Friday, October 23, 1981-Page 15
NU frosh Villars hopes
to lead Cats past Blue

By DREW SHARP
If Rodney Dangerfield should ever
look for new material, his search would
end with Northwestern football. It, like
the comic, gets no respect. It is easy to
understand why. The Wildcats are two
straight losses away from matching the
all-time college football record for
futility - 28 consecutive setbacks.
What is not so easy to understand is
why any incoming freshman would
nt to play in such a macabre
U°ation .

"MOST SCHOOLS wanted me to play
other positions, but I wanted to play
quarterback," added the 6-3, 180-pound
St. Louis native. "Coach Green said
that he wanted me as a quarterback so
that's why I'm here."
With the season at the midway point,
there does not seem to be any regrets.
Villars is the leading passer for the
Wildcats, completing 47 of 86 passes for
501 yards, and also the leading rusher,
gaining 208 yards in 44 attempts.
"I feel that my running and passing
ability helped my chances," said

Wolverine squad which is still smarting
from the Iowa upset of last week.
"I HAVEN'T even thought about how
they will feel going into the game," said
Villars. "I feel that they are just
another team and we shouldn't look at.
them any differently. No matter who it
is we are playing, I've got to make sure
that we execute on offense. If we don't
execute, we'll lose anyway no matter
who we're playing"
The Wolverines will be facing a pro set
offense in Northwestern and Villars
would not have it any other way.

struggle he relishes.
"It's really great to be part of the
revitalization of the program here,"
said Villars. "The players are getting
more and more confidence in Coach
Green's ability. They feel that he can
turn this program around and they are
behind him all the way. We just have to
keep getting more good freshmen in
here and we'll be alright."
Green seems to have already started
making his mark on the team with the
steady use of freshmen, like Villars, in
the line-up.
"He wants to start using his young
players as soon as possible to get them
used to playing," said Villars. "We are
definitely thinking of the future with
our players."
Villars cedrtainly hopes it is a bright
future.

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I haven 't even thought about how they will feel going
into the game. I feel that/they are just another team and
we shouldn't look at them any differently. No matter who
it is we're playing, I've got to make sAre we execute our of-
fense. If we don't execute we'll lose anyway no matter
who we're playing.'
-Kevin Villars
Northwestern quarterback
on the Michigan game

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