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Freshmen cagers shine.. .
... surprise pessimistic Frieder
By LARRY FREED
"I hope my players don't crap in their pants in Fayetteville. It will
be a great experience for the freshmen. "
-Bill Frieder, November22
M EET BILL FRIEDER, the eternal pessimist. After joking about his
job security, low-keying his team's outlook, and questioning his team's
overall competitive ability, the sly coach of the Wolverines brought his
scrappy team to Arkansas.
No, the team didn't have to change its shorts during warm-ups, but it
might have been Frieder going for the Fruit-of-the-Looms instead, after wat-
ching his team battle the 14th ranked Razorbacks before finally succumbing
in the later stages, 83-72.
The freshmen did receive the greatest experience of their young careers,
but they far exceeded anyone's expectations playing before the hostile
crowd in Barnhill Arena, judged by one magazine as one of the five toughest
arenas for visiting teams to play in.
Eric Turner tabbed to be the messiah of Michigan basketball, lived up to
his pre-season billing in this opener, scoring 14 points and dishing out seven
assists while directing the Wolverines against the tenacious Razorback
defense.,
A fresh surprise
Perhaps the biggest surprise in a day of surprises was the play of the
other freshman guard, Leslie Rockymore. Rockymore proved that he was
more than just a P.A. announcer's dream as he calmly sunk his first six
shots, all from long distances, before finishing the afternon with 18 points.
Thad Garner also was another surprise, providing the national telecast
audience with plenty of thrills in CBS's inaugural telecast and almost
causing commentator Billy Packer to run out of superlatives.
Garner, who tallied a career high 22 points, provided the leadership
Frieder was hoping he would at both ends of the court. Whether he was per-
forming aerial acrobatics in the forecourt or keeping his teammates poised
in the backcourt, Garner showed that he is ready to emerge from the
shadows.
"He plays the game like you like to see it-with intensity,"Frieder said in
a weak moment of optimism before the season.
Frieder also had to be satisfied with the play of Ike Person, the Wolverines
6-7 center. The Barrington, Ill. native had a gutsy performance on the
boards competing against 6-10 All-American candidate Scott Hastings, who
tallied 24 points.
Break out the red shirts
However, there were also some negative surprises for the second-year
coach. Not only is Tim McCormick possibly out,for the entire season, but
John Antonides, the Wolverines' 7-2 back-up center, injured himself during
practice last week, thus leaving Frieder with the possibility of having 14-feet
of red shirt. To compensate for the losses of his two giants, Frieder pressed
into service two Wolverine football players, Greg Washington and Dave
Hall.
The opening game also illustrated that some of Frieder's pessimism was
not unfounded. The Wolverines got manhandled on the boards by the bigger
and more experienced Razorbacks. To remain close, the Wolverines depen-
ded mainly on the perimeter shooting of their guards and Garner, while the
Razorbacks scored almost at will from the inside.
Another sour note for Michigan was its handling of Arkansas' zone press
defense. When Turner and Rockymore did show signs of inexperience, it was
evident mainly when they attempted to get the ball past the timeline at the
end of both halves. It was during these stanzas that Hog guard Darrell
Walker, who scored a career high 25 points, put the two freshmen back into
the classroom during the Thanksgiving break.
Foul trouble also affected the young Wolverines. Turner picked up his
fourth foul early in the second half and was forced to watch a majority of the
second half from the bench. The Wolverines' inability to control the Razor-
backs accounted for the 18-10 foul differential and possibly decided the out-
come of the game. Although the Wolverines actually scored -more from the
field, they were hampered at the line. Arkansas, which has a reputation for
poor free throw shooting teams, capitalized on 17-20 free throws, while
Michigan sunk its only two charity tosses.
Although Frieder's freshmen proved that they could surprise and did not
need diapers for their opener, they also proved that some of the coach's
pessimism was not totally unwarranted for the upcoming season.

The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, December 1, 1981-Page 11
Seniors honored at football bust

By MARK MIHANOVIC
Special to the Daily
DETROIT - Post-season football
banquets are invariably upbeat, sad-
to-say-goodbye-but-glad-to-have- ,
known-you affairs, and last night's
61st annual Michigan Football Bust,
at the Renaissance Center's
Renaissance Ballroom, was no excep-
tion.
The Wolverine's three conference
losses, while not forgotten, were
placed on the back burner, as
coaches, team, and alumni alike poin-
ted for the New Year's Eve date that
the 8-3 Blue gridders have with the

"If it comes to the point where we
can't accept defeat, then we might as
well stop playing. If victories are so
easy to come by, then they aren't
worht having. I'll be damned if I'm
going to apologize for a team that won
eight of 11 games and goes to the
Bluebonnet bowl to play another post-
season game," Bo boomed.
A GREAT DEAL of the program
consisted of the presentation of rings
to the 30 Michigan seniors, many of
whom said their farewells to
Michigan football and all its
associations, and some who aren't so
sure.' (Stay cool, you may hear this
speech again next year," said offen-
sive tackle Ed Muransky, the 6-7, 275-
pound giant who is considering a
move to the National Football League
rather than use up his final year of
Wolverine eligibility.)
'I'll be damned if I'm going
to apologize for a team that
won eight of 11 games and
goes to the Bluebonnet
Bowl to play another post-
season game.'
-Bo Schembechler

Hyde Memorial Award.
"I was shocked," the all-time
leading Michigan rusher commented
on last weeks' vote. "When Bo was
announcing the awards, I was looking
at Kurt Becker and Anthony Carter to
see their reactions. But when he said
my name, I was shocked. Like I told
the players at the teams' banquet,.
there are a lot of players on the team
that deserve the award."
TIGHT END Norm Betts received
the Dr. Author D. Robinson Award,
given to the leading senior scholar on
the team. "This is something I've
really wanted to get for some time,"
he said. "Great people have won this
award. I can remember seeing Mark
DeSantis win this award when I was a
freshman and saying to myself, 'I'm
going to get that award when I'm a
senior.'
Other presentations during the
banquet included a cassette tape of

late Michigan announcer Bob Ufer to
the gridiron seniors. As a result of the
free donation by radio station WJR, in
Detroit, the Michigan Club of Greater
Detroit gave two thousand to the Bob
Ufer Memorial Fund recedntly set up
by the Athletic Department.
WJR radio personality J. P. McCar-
thy the evening's Master of
Ceremony, added his own special
thanks to the Wolverines.
"If you follow the Detroit Lions the
last thirteen years, they have made on
eplayoff," McCarthy said. "If you
have followed the Detroit Tigers since
they won the World Series, they have
made one playoff. The Red Wings
made one playoff. And even the
Detroit Pistons have made one
playoff. So the the University of
Michigan football team, thank you for
Saturday afternoons in the fall.
Thank you for something to cheer
about."

GIFT IDE
FOR
STUDENTS!

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Tailback Butch Woolfolk, voted the
Wolverines' Most Valuable Player by
his teamniates last Tuesday night at
the squad's banquet, was similarly
honored last night with the Louis B.
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UCLA Bruins at Houston's Astrodome
in the Bluebonnet Bowl.
MICHIGAN coach Bo Schem-
bechler, as he is wont to do, set the
tone for the evening by- explaining in
no uncertain terms to the $30 per-plate
alumni attending the function, which
is sponsored by the University of
Michigan Club of greater Detroit, how
he felt about his 1981 gridders.
"I like this team - and I'm a coach
who likes to win 'em all," Schem-
bechler said. "There is nothing that
this team didn't have that last year's
team had, except that they didn't
make a few key plays.
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