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Page 2--Wednesday, December 9, 1981-The Michigan Daily

The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, D

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Powerful UCLA offense similar to Blue

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By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
Thankfully for the fans, Michigan and UCLA will suit up in different-colored
uniforms for the Bluebonnet Bowl. Otherwise, it might be difficult to differentiate
between the offensive units of the two teams.
Both squads feature an offensive philosophy which favors the run over the pass.
The Bruins averaged about 50 rushes and 20 tosses a game over the regular season.
And like the Wolverines, UCLA runs out of the "I" formation, with an occasional
split-back set-up.
.AND AS MICHIGAN coach Bo Schembechler pointed out, the Bruins have no
shortage of talent. "UCLA has never been short of quality players," said Schem-
bechler. "And this year is no exception."
Leading the attack for the Bruins is junior quarterback Tom Ramsey. The 6-1,
189-pounder from Granada Hills, Cal. completed 122 of 205 passes this season for
1,631 yards and 14 touchdowns. In-his second year as the starting signal-caller for
coach Terry Donahue's team, Ramsey ranks among the nation's best passers with
a 134.2 passing efficiency rating.
On the receiving end of Ramsey's aerials is a trio of fine receivers, led by tight
end Tim Wrightman. The 6-2, 237-pound senior is generally regarded as the
nation's best at his position, and has already been named to the Kodak All-America
team this season. Wrightman has hauled in 26 of Ramsey's throws this year for 294
yards and five touchdowns.
SPLIT END CORMAC Carney, a 5-,1,209-pound junior from Long Beach, Cal.,
has been on the receiving end of 24 passes this season, piling up 450 yards and five
scores. Cormac, who transferred to UCLA from the Air Force Academy in 1979,
also returns kickoffs for the Bruins.
Flanker JoJo Townsell has caught 23 tosses this year, good for 393 yards and one
TD. The 5-8, 181-pound junior is also a kick returner for his team.
"They've got a fine quarterback in Ramsey, great wide receivers, and their tight
end, Wrightmnan, is reportedly the best in the country," said Schembechler.
ON THE GROUND, the Bruins are led by sophomore tailback Kevin Nelson, who
has picked up 850 yards on 177 carries this season for a 4.8 yard average. Nelson's
brother, Darrin, is an All-American flanker for Pac-10 rival Stanford. UCLA'S
Nelson, a 5-8, 188-pound flash, leads his team in rushing touchdowns this season
with five.
See RUN-ORIENTED, Page 6

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