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SCHLICHTER AND CO. TO UGH TO BEAT

Buckeye
B By ALAN FANGER
seventh in a nine-part series
Editor's note: This is the seventh
in a series of nine articles examining
the 1980 Big Ten football season.
The series was written by Daily
Sports Editor Alan Fanger and
Executive Sports Editor Mark
Mihanovic.
You pay a special price for being per-
ceived as the best college football team
: America. Beyond the sweat, the
ervated legs and lungs, and hours
upon hours of studying your playbook,
there remains the task of answering the
critics' claim that you can dispose of
any opponent..
It wasn't that way at Ohio State a
year ago. Woody Hayes' shadow
loomed long and dark across the
Columbus campus-Buckeye followers
were also skeptical about the im-
provement that could be fostered by
hen-first-year coach Earle Bruce.
ruce soon turned the skeptics into
believers by cruising to an 11-0 record

s prepar
and a long-awaited trip to the Rose
Bowl.
While Bruce's squad sank to fourth in
the polls after dropping a 17-16 hear-
tbreaker to Southern California, the
return of 15 starters from last year's
squad only brightened the outlook for
the 1980 campaign. The only drawback
to being placed at the top of the heap,
says Bruce, is staying there.
"Last year'people made a lot of
predictions about our football team,
and luckily they were wrong," said the
former Iowa State mentor. "This year

to test

Ten tackle Joe Lukens, the line need not
be star-studded to break open the
Buckeye attack. The much-heralded
trio of Art Schlichter, Calvin Murray,
and Doug Donley can accomplish that
almost by themselves.
Schlichter becomes more dangerous
to opposition defenses with each
passing game (no pun intended). Two
years ago as a freshman he was prone
to interception, but last year he was
more accurate with his tosses and in-
creased his touchdown passing num-
bers from four to 14.

rankig
have come out and played, but they got
cut," Donley said in an interview. "I
sort of think that might have been due
to the lack of a sophisticated passing at-
tack."
Schlichter's name and influence
overshadow the potential acclaim that
could be showered on the defense,
which Bruce calls "the strength of our
team." Eight returning starters, in-
cluding all-conference defensive backs
Todd Bell and Vince Skillings, make
this a formidable unit.
Outside linebacker Keith Ferguson,
along with middle guard Tim Sawicki
and taeikle Jerome Foster, form an im-
pressive pass rush. The inside
linebacking tandem of Marcus Harek
and Alvin Washington is among the best
in the country, and should provide a
cushion against the short pass, which
opponents may use to counteract the
strength in the secondary.
Punter Tom Orosz (41.5 avg. per punt
last season) and Vlade Janakievski (18-
21 in field goal tries) are just two more
weapons the Buckeyes have in their ar-
senal.
Indeed, one year has made quite a
difference at Ohio State. Whereas the
battle cry for 1979 was playing catch-up
with a much-heralded Michigan team,
Schlichter, Donley, and their mates are
now the objects, rather than the leaders

The Michigan Daily-Friday, September 12, 1980-Page 11
Women harriers
open season
By VALERI SAMARAS
Michigan women's cross country coach Red Simmons has high expec-
tations for the 1980 campaign as his squad takes to the road today in their
season opener against rival Bowling Green.
Simmons said he is optimistic about this season's prospects, as several
women return from last year's squad which finished a disappointing seventh
in the Big Ten.
"WE HAVE A HARDCORE group returning from last year which has
improved greatly," said Simmons.
The veterans are headed by sophomore standout Melanie Weaver, who
broke every Michigan women's cross country record as a freshman and
finished second in the 5000 at the Big Ten Championships. Another key to the
squad's success lies in sophomore Suzie Frederick, who placed second at the
Big Ten Championships in the 880. Other returnees include senior Lynn
Fudula, and sophomores Lisa Laren and Dawn Woodruff.
Simmons said he believes his team has grown and along with four
freshman recruits, has the potential for a successful year. The meet starting
time is set for 4:30 at Pioneer High School.

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there are a lot of predictions going
around, and I hope-to hell they're right.
"Staying away from jealousies and
other petty things, and keeping an eye
on team success-that will be our
challenge for this year.
Other than that, the challenges facing
the Buckeyes seem few and far bet-
ween. They will play the two most im-
portant conference games of their
season-against Indiana and
Michigan-at home, where they rarely
lose. Purdue, which many consider to
be Ohio State's most formidable pur-
suant, does not even dot the schedule.
And at almost every position, the
defending champions are talented and
deep.
"If we have a weakness, it would be
our offensive line," said Bruce at the
Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon last month.
Bruce added, however, that the conver-
sion of defensive tackle Luther Henson
to offensive tackle will help alleviate
much of the inexperience on the line.
'Anchored by second team All-Big

"He (Schlichter) is exceptionally
tough both mentally and physically,
said Bruce of his signal-caller, one of
the leading Heisman trophy can-
didates.
Murray has been waiting for a chance
to solidify the running game, and he
took advantage of it last year by ram-
bling for 872 yards in 173 carries,
averaging only 16 carries a game.
Bruce explained that "Murray hasn't
been that physical in the past. We want
him to get more physical, so he can
carry the ball 20 to 30 times a game."
Donley is on the verge of breaking
most of the school's receiving records.
A first team All-Big Ten selection last
year, his reliable hands and blazing,
speed (4.3 in the 40-yard dash) make
him the ideal connection for
Schlichter's passes. Donley has even
convinced his followers that the
Buckeyes can end a long dry spell by
successfully launching a receiver in the
professional ranks.
"A lot of (Ohio State) wide receivers

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FA CE INDIANA STATE:
'M' spikers hopeful for victory

By SUSAN SOLTERO
There is much hope for Michigan's Women's Varsity
olleyball team as they step into the 1980-81 season with a
atch tonight against Indiana State. The game will be held
at 7:00 in the CCRB.
Coming out of a 24-13-5 season, coach Sandy Vong is op-
timistic about the team's chances this year.
"'The team is much taller," says Vong, "and we have
more than adequate hitting power. But we can't depend on
technique only. We have to work as a team."
The team this year has also grown in number: there are
five new freshmen, among them two Canadians, as opposed
to two seniors who left the team last year. Two of those
freshmen will be startina and another one will be rotating in.
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Also starting on the team will be Carol Ratza and Alison
Noble as setters. One player, Jackie Madison, will also be
starting even though she is just recovering from a back in-
jury.
"I'd like to see the team in better condition. I would have
also liked more time to get ready for the match today. But the
game should be a good one to tune up in. We can only hope for
the best," said Vong.
As a side note, coach Vong is a firm believer in
scholastics. "Iguess I'm old fashioned, butI believe school
comesxjefore sports. Our freshmen this year have outstan-
ding grade points and our overall G.P.A. last year was 3.12.
So, besides having a talented team, they are very smart."
These qualities will be put to a test tonight as they take on the
Sycamores.
Give the gift
of music.

of the chase.
"It's a little different from last year,"
said Donley. "If we just stay on top and
don't beat ourselves, we'll be all right."
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