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The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, November 18, 1981

Page 7

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Al Sincich, Michigan football's 1981 Rookie of the Year?
It sounds strange considering most of the freshmen hoopla
went to the likes of Greg Washington, Clay Miller, and Brian
Mercer. But, Sincich has played a pivotal role in the rejuven-
ation of the Wolverine defense the last few games.
SINCE TAKING over the middle guard position for the
Northwestern game, the 6-1, 220-pounder from Cleveland has
been cemented into the position.
"There were a lot in injuries on the defense this year," said
Sincich. "So, I guess they decided to go to the underclass and
see how they would react under the pressure. I was very sur-
prised at first when they put me into the starting lineup. The
guy who was ahead of me (Doug James) got injured against
Iowa, so they told me I was going to play. I had the whole
week to prepare for it so it wasn't like I was just thrown into
the fire."
Sincich looked like a seasoned veteran against Purdue last
Saturday, combining seven tackles with four assists.
"LAST WEEK, was definitely my best game of the season.
Our intensity was really good down in Purdue. Our defense
came together when it had to and we were able to pull it out.
It's good that we're playing this well going into the Ohio State
"I'm from Ohio so I'm naturally excited about the game. It
would be nice beating my home state. For us to come back
from those two losses and be in a position to go to the Rose
Bowlis a great accompjishment.

e grid roles
Although Sincich has made the most noticeable con-
tribution to the Wolverines this season, other first-year per-
formers have made their presence known.
RICK ROGERS, a freshman running back from Inkster,
has rambled for 125 yards this season in 21 carries for a six
yard average and one touchdown. Rogers was recruited as a
tailback, but Michigan coach Bo Schembechler looks to have
plans of turning Rogers into a Stanley Edwards-type
"I just wapt to play," said Rogers. "If they want to use me
as a fullback, that's fine with me."
Tight end Eric Kattus is another freshman who is raising
the eyebrows of the Michigan coaching staff with his
quickness and hustle on the specialty teams.
THE 6-6, 220-pounder from Cincinnati possess speed (4.6 in
the 40) which hasn't been seen in a Michigan tight end since
the days of Doug Marsh.
"Norm(Betts) and Craig (Dunaway) aren't really slow,"
said Dunaway. "They can get down the field when they have
to. The fact that I do have a good speed may help my chan-
ces, but all I'm going to do is try my hardest to get the job
done.' You've just got to set goals for yourself, and then go
out and achieve them."
Two highly regarded freshmen who are having disappoin-
ting seasons are Mercer and Miller. Disappointing because
they both have suffered injuries which finished them for the
MILLER INJURED his knee against Purdue and had

AP Top Twenty
1. Pittsburgh (63) .....9-.0-0 1,354
2. Clemson (5) ....... 10-4-0 1,290
3. Georgia ........... 9-1-0 1,169
4. Alabama .......... 8-1-1 1,128
5. Nebraska......... 8-2-0 972
6. So. Methodist......91-0 924
7. MICHIGAN.......8-2-0 875
8. Texas...........7-1-1 873
9. So. Mississippi.....8-0-1 810
10. Southern Cal......8-2-0 678
11. Miami (Fla.)-...... 7-2-0 661
12. North Carolina ..... 8-2-0 521
13. Penn. St............ 7-2-0 509
14. Washington St.......8-1-1 461
15. UCLA..............7-2-1 457.
16. Arkansas............8-2-0 320
17. Washington ........ 8-2-0 320
18. Brigham Young,. 9-2-0 184
19. Iowa.............7-3-0 166
20. Arizona St.........7-2-0 165
UPI Top Twenty
1. Pittsburgh (40) ..... 9-0-0 628
2. Clemson (2).........10-0-0 584
3. Georgia ............ 9-1-0 515
4. Alabama............8-1-1 505
5. Nebraska .........8-2-0 '452
6. MICHIGAN ........ 8-2-0 387
7. Texas,.... .... 7-1-1 383
8. So. Mississippi.....8-0-1 321
.9. Southern Cal........8-2-0 214
10. Arkansas............8-2-0 195
11. North Carolina ..... 8-2-0 185
12. Washington St......8-1-1 169
13. UCLA ............. 7-2-1 162,
14. Penn St ............ 7-2-0 145
15. Brigham Young .... 9-2-0 66
16. Washington.........8-2-0 62
17. Iowa .............. 7-3-0 42
18. Ohio St ............. 7-3-0 18
19. West Virginia ...... 8-2-0 17
20. Missouri.........7-3-0 13

Daily rhoto Dy KIMm "I
FRESHMAN AL SINCICH (53) lays a hit on an opponent in a 38-0 victory
-over Northwestern earlier this season.

Women blast JCC in

Michigan coach Gloria Soluk and her.
women's basketball squad moved one
step closer to the beginning of its
regular season last night. The
Wolverine women hoopsters faced the
Jackson Community College Golden
Jets in a pre-season warm-up at Crisler
Arena. The event consisted of five
In the first scrimmage,' with both
teams playing their starting five,
Michigan handily defeated Jackson 54-
38 as the Wolverines outplayed and
outran the Golden Jets. In the other
four scrimmages, with each team using
different combinations of players in
order to give everyone some court time,
MIichigan dominated all four winning
by scores of 19-6, 34-9, 18-9 and 16-9.
HIGH SCORERS for the Michigan
women were Lori Gnatkowski, 25 poin-
ts, Diane Dietz, 24 points, and fresh-
man Peg Harte 18 points. Veronica
Ruff led all Jackson scorers with 22
A new twist has been added to this
week's Griddes contest. Games 19 and
'20, involving the Daily Libels and
Libelles are actual games. Therefore,
for this week only, there is a possibility
(but hardly a probability) that the
Daily squads could go down to defeat.
So, if you would like a chance to win a
free one-item Pizza from Pizza 'Bob's
and to compete with the Daily football
"experts," get your picks in to the
Daily (420 Maynard) by midnight
1. OhioState at MICHIGAN
(pick score)
2.Wisconsin at Minnesota
1,4llinois at Northwestern
4.-Michigan State at Iowa
5 . Purdue at Indiana
6. 8MU at Arkansas
7. Washington State at Washington
8. UCLA at USC
9. Clemson at South Carolina
10. Notre Dalme at Penn State
11. Nebraska at Oklahoma
12. Harvard at Yale
13: Virginia at Maryland
14:' Miami (Fla.) at North Carolina St.
15. Mississippi at Mississippi State
16. Oregon State at Oregon
it. Ball State at Illinois State
18. California at Stanford
10; Ohio State Lpnternettes at
2.0. Ohio State Lantern at

"We looked good tonight," said Soluk.
"Our shooting was good but our defen-
se was a little suspect. We didn't get in-
to our offense very much because we
were almost always able to run the fast
break against them."
Soluk indicated that her starting five
for this season will probably consist 'of
Freshman June Hardy at the post
position, Katie Harte and Gnatkowski
at guards and Dietz and Peg Harte at

forwards. Freshm
who was the player
last year, will also.
playing time.
"THIS IS probably
team I've ever coac
"We are way ahea
ever been at this sta
kids have been wor
were together over1
really helped.".
According to Soluk

Zan Connie Doutt, to have to rely on speed and running the
of the yearin Ohio fast break as well as blocking out
be seeing a lot of because they will be weak up on the
y the best Michigan "We'll be playing a running passing
shed," said Soluk. game," Soluk said. "We'll use a no cen-
d of where we've ter offense. Our players play better
ge in the past. The around the paremeter." I
rking hard. They Michigan's final pre-season scrim-
the summer and it mage will be Monday night when the
Wolverines will host Adrian in a 6:00
;, the team is going contest at Crisler.
DIANE DIETZ (left) leaps for a
rebound against Jackson Community
College. Dietz scored 24 points in last
night's scrimmage.

surgery earlier this week, while Mercer
has been redshirted after injuring his
kidney on the lone carry he had this
"I hurt it against Notre Dame and
everyone thought that it would be best
for me to sit out the remainder of the
season, so I was redshirted," said Mer-
cer. "I'm just going to have to work
hard next season and hopefully, I'll get
in there. But, chances are, they'll
probably be some good freshmen
coming next year.

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Teilhard Centennial Celebration in Ann Arbor -1981
November 19, Thursday, 8:00 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre
"THE POLITICS OF COMPASSION: Implications of Teilhard's
Thought for Socio-Political Life Today" -Prof. Robert A. Ludwig
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