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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, September 9, 1980-Page 11

SMITH-HUGHES BA CKFIELD SHINES:

Muddy, season ahead for MSU

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By MARK MIHANOVIC
Fourth in anine-part series
Editor's note: Thistis the fourth in
- nine-part series examining the
-,1980 Big Ten football season. The
series was written by Daily Sports
Editor Alan Fanger and Executive
Sports Editor Mark Mihanovic.
He led Michigan State in rushing
n each of the last two seasons, but he
isn't sure how heavily he will be coun-
ted on in this, his senior year. Steve
Smith isn't sure whether new head
football coach Frank "Muddy" Waters:
has the confidence in him that Darryl
'Rogers had.
"Rogers was pretty sure that I could
do it all, whereas with Muddy, if we go
ioutside, he might give me the ball, and
if he wants to go up-the middle, he
'might give (junior) Derek (Hughes) th'
ball," the fifth-leading ground-gainer in
Spartan history said at last month's Big
Ten Kickoff Luncheon. "Against some
teams we're gonna have to run up the
middle alot."
No matter how the explosively-quick
Smith-Hughes'backfield combination is
impletiented, it is almost certain to be
the strongest component on a
- tebuilding MSU team that tied for
seventh in the 1979 campaign with a 3-5
Big Ten mnark.
Smh (5-9, 185) used his 4.4 40-yard
dash speed in piling up 972 yards last
fall, and the 6-3, 211-pound Hughes, who
must adjust to the fullback position this
year, averaged 5.3 yards a carry at
tilback in"7'
Waters expressed no doubts about his
backfield duo at the luncheon,, while
hinting that the talents of Hughes may
be emphasized more in the Spartan at-
tack. "In Steve Smith and Derek
Hughes, I've got two of the best backs in
the country," Waters proclaimed.

"Smith is a senior, and he perhaps
won't have a chance to do as well as
Hughes."
Beyond the running backs and a'
superb kicking game (All-American
Ray Stachowicz averaged 44.3 yards
per punt, and Morten Anderson connec-
ted on five field goals from more than 50
yards last fall), the coach's nickname is
an appropriate assessment of the rest
of the Spartan ballclub.
Junior Bert Vaughn (6-4, 218) is the

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playing time, completing 64 of 131 for
800 markers.
Wide receivers Tony Gilbert and Jim
Williams provide talented targets for
Vaughn to throw to, but nobody will be
able to fill the mighty large shoes of
departed All-American tight end Mark
Brammer.
Seniors Rod Strata, a 6-1, 245-pound
three-year letterman, and Mike Den-
smore (6-3, 245), back from knee
surgery, are solid guards. But the
tackle posts were left wide open as a
result of the graduation of Angelo
Fields, Ted Grabenhorst, and Regis
McQuaide.
Michigan State's defense is strong up
front, but graduation has left it thin in
the backfield. Senior Bernard Hay (6-2,
243) has moved to defensive tackle af-
ter finishing third among Spartans with
92 tackles from his middle guard spot a
year ago. Junior Pat Mitten (6-5, 238),
coming back from last spring's knee
surgery, is All-Big Ten material at
defensive end.
Terry Baily (6-4, 235), a junior college
All-American out of California, and
sophomore James Neely (6-3, 221)
move in at the inside linebacker
positions, where MSU suffered the
graduation loss of All-Big Ten Danny
Bass. The secondary was hit the har-
dest with losses, as All-Big Ten Mark
Anderson and Alan Davis have
graduated, and James Burroughs is out
of school via poor grades.

Then there is MSU's coaching
situation. The 57-year-old Waters, fresh
from 25 years at Saginaw Valley State,
is replacing the innovative Rogers, now at
Arizona State. Waters' appointment
stirred a great deal of controversy, and
Smith still doesn't seem too impressed
with him.
"Rogers was a more scientific coach,
all around," Smith said. "The coor-
dinator really does the work at
Michigan State. I don't even think
Muddy knows all the plays. He isn't as
involved with the offense. He just stan-
ds in the tower and watches from up
there."
He watches Smith and Hughes do
their respective things and dreams that
he had 20 more players of their caliber.
AP GRID POLL
OSU still No. 1
By The Associated Press
The Top Twenty teams in The Associated Press
college football poll, with first-place votes in paren-
theses, season's records and total points. Points
based on 20-19-18-17-16-15-14-$3-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-

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Smith
... senior backfield star
likely first-team quarterback. Vaughn
'completed 57 of 128 passes for 729 yards
and four touchdowns, but a kidney in-
jury suffered against Notre Dame kept
him on the sidelines for much of '79.
Bryan Clark (6-3, 206), son of Lion men-
tor Monte, stepped in for Vaughn last
season and actually logged more

ALABAMA SPURNED BY POLLSTERS?
Crimson football fit to be tied

3-2-1:
1. Ohio State (33),.....
2. Alabama (22) ........
3. Pittsburgh (3) ........+
4. Oklahoma (1) .......+
5. So. California.......
6. Texas ......,.....
7. Notre Dame.......
8. Nebraska........
9. Houston ..........+
10. Florida State.......
11. MICHIGAN.......+
12. Georgia .........
13. Stanford..........
14. Penn State........
15. North Carolina ......
16. Arkansas ............+
17. Missouri...........
18. Auburn ..............+
19. Washington.......
20. Purdue ..............+

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By RON POLLACK
Daily sports Analysis
Common sense would seem to dictate
'that a team riding a 22-game winning
streak would be allowed the respect
'normally given to a champion.
However, in the case of Alabama foot-
ball team, the UPI and AP pollsters
have recently chosen not to adhere to
'this seemingly sound reasoning,
-:anking Ohio State ahead of the Tide.
_ Whereas the Buckeyes are coming off
of a Rose Bowl defeat at the hands of
USC, Alabama returns from back to
*baek national championships, retur-
ning 7 starters from the best defense in
the nation.
THIS IS NOT the first time that the
pollsters have slighted Alabama in
favor of others. In fact, it still remains
uncertain as to how the pollsters
arrived at their 1977 national champion.,
Alabama believed that when the top
two ranked teams (Texas and
Oklahoma) lost they should have been
awarded the title by virtue of their
'previous third ranking and Sugar Bowl
rout of Ohio State. However, the
pollsters ignored the Crimson Tide and
made number five Notre Dame the
national champions.'
In 1978, the second ranked Tide went
out and beat the top-rated Penn State
Nittany Lions in the Sugar Bowl.
Everyone assumed Alabama would be
crowned national champ,, but the UPI
pollsters stunned the collegiate football
&world by promoting previously third
ranked Southern California.
IN 1979 OVEN the pollsters had to
admit that Alabama was the best team
in the nation. Capping an undefeated
season with a 25-18 win over a strong
Auburn team that finished the season
with an 8-3 record, the AP poll dropped
Alabama down to the number two
ranking. This was hard to understand
because Ohio State, the team that
*replaced the Crimson Tide as number
one, had many unimpressive games
and close decisions. Such narrow wins
included UCLA(17-13), Minnesota(21-
7'), Michigan (48-15) and in perhaps the
'shocker of the, year, Northwestern(16-
7). Of these teams only Michigan had a
winning record, and even they had an
uncharacteristically poor 8-4 record.
All of which brings us to this season,
in which Alabama has once again been
"done a disservice. While virtually every
team in the nation would jump for joy
over such a lofty ranking, it does not do
justice to a team that deserved to be
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number one for the last three years and
that had the best record in college foot-
ball during the decade of the 70's(103-
16-1).
Another Alabama plus is their highly
touted defense. In total they return 7
starters (5 of which were All-SEC) from
a defense that led the nation in scoring
defense, were second in pass defense
and were fifth in rushing defense. They
also led the SEC in fewest touchdowns
allowed rushing, fewest touchdowns
allowed passing, and interceptions.
ALSO IMPORTANT ,to the Tide's
success is their coach Bear Bryant, who
is approaching Amos Alonzo Stagg's
record for lifetime victories. I
Bryant's players sentiments towards.
him are best summed up by star run-
ning back Major Ogilvie in Sport
magazine a month ago.
"We believe everything Coach
Bryant says because he's proved right

so often," said Ogilvie. "He knows and
remembers everything. I recall how
he once beat Mississippi State with a
trick pass play he had used to beat the
same team in the same formation 13
years before."
THE ALABAMA TEAM should be
helped by an impressive rookie crop. As
Coach Bryant, normally one to down-
play his team, said, "We've done well.
It's the best year I've had since I've
been here. We've got 13 or 14 outstan-
ding prospects."
HOWEVER, THE IMPORTANCE of
Ohio State being ranked _ahead of
Alabama might best be summed up by
Alabama Sports Information Director,
Gary Stogner, "We think very little of
polls during the year. All that matters
is that we finish number one at the end
of the season and lately things have
been working out pretty well."

SCORES
American League
Yankees 7, Toronto 4
Boston 10, Cleveland 4
Baltimore 9, Detroit 2 (st game)
National League
Philadelphia 6, Pittsburgh 2
Cincinatti6, Atlanta 1
Cubs 6, st. Louis 2

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