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Page 22-Saturday, September13, 1980-The Michigan Daily
The Michigan Daily-Saturday, Sep
How we're picking it
The Daily football coverage team
tries its hand at predicting the out-
come of the 1980 Big Ten race.
Defense undergoes youthful,
8. Michigan St.
9. Michigan St.
1. Ohio State
8.0 Michigan St.
1. Ohio State
9. Michigan St.
By ALAN FANGER
Bo Schembechiler found himself
reeling with anguish over the perfor-
mance of both his offensive and defen-
sive squads by last season's end. While
the offense was paralyzed by incon-
sistent third-down play and a rancid
kicking game, the defense often crum-
bled under the wear-and-tear
associated with spending far too many
minutes on the field. It prompted the
-Wolverine coach to sound the battle cry
for his 1980 squad. "There will be no
complacency in Michigan football in
Schembechler is fortunate to have a
large crop of fresh personnel to which
he can apply his defensive raison
d'etre-stop the other guys in their
tracks on every down, not every other
down. They are an eager, talented
group of players, say the coaches-a
unit that can stand true to the test of
those tough-nosed, last-season contests.
And give up less than 150 points in a
BUT THEY ARE QUICK to add that
experience can only be accumulated by
that has more than a lion's share of
The "mainstays" of the defense,
Schembechler said, will be carrying
more than its share of the load in the
first few games. The coaching staff
tried to find the most efficient way to
utilize senior Mike Trgovac-after a
good bit of agonizing, they moved the
1979 All-Big Ten middleguard selection
to defensive tackle, thus shoring up a
front wall that was damaged by
graduation. Another senior, outside
linebacker Mel Owens, is known for his
outside pursuit-he placed fifth on the
squad in tackles.
THE REMAINDER of the defensive
line is composed of players who are
used to logging game time when the
score is slightly tilted in one direction.
Take outside linebacker Robert
Thompson, tackle Dave Nicolau, and
middle guard Tony Kelsie, for example.
None has ever started a game in their
collegiate careers. But Schembechler is
adamant in his appraisal that "what we
lack in experience we more than make
up in enthusiasm and mobility."
That will be the direct result of swit-
THE FOLKS AT Sports Illustrated
and ABC-TV will also be glad to note
that Schembechler has moved fresh-
man standout Stefan Humphries from
offensive tackle to defensive tackle
"because we feel he can help us quicker
there than offensively." Humphries is
given a shot at cracking the starting
lineup as the season gets underway, as
are freshmen David Boren and Carlton
The area which appears to be the
most secure for the Wolverines defen-
sively is the inside linebacker position.
Traditionally the forte of the defense,
that spot should maintain the quickness
and depth that has come to charac-
terize the position.
The third and final "mainstay" of the
defense, says Schembechler, is Andy
Cannavino, who has moved from the
wideside to the shortside backer spot.
Cannavino, a senior, got his "big chan-
ce" as a sophomore, when an injury to
Jerry Meter paved the way for a tem-
porary starting assignment.
THE SENIOR FROM Cleveland led
the Wolverines in tackles last year with
151, and is
MICHIGAN INSIDE LINEBACKER Andy Cannavino applies another crushing
tackle during a game last season. The Wolverine co-captain led the team in
tackles with 152 last season, and is expected to be one of the mainstays of the
defensive unit this fall.
Many years, ago Huron Valley National Bank began supplying the
of the home football games. Each year since then the band has
Bank to receive real-life samples of our trademark - the apple.
U-M marching band with apples for all
come back to Huron Valley National
hours of hard-hitting game time, not
scrimmages or tackling bags. The
frightening fact is this: of the 11
Wolverines who will suit up for today's
game. only three were regular starters
last season. One other player, strong
safety Jeff Reeves, started two games.
The spring (both drills and recruiting)
was a time to patch the holes left by
graduation and suspensions, and
Schembechler has emerged with a unit
ching Trgovac to the tackle position-a
substantial increase in mobility.
To further emphasize on the defen-
sive side, speedy Winfred Carraway
was moved from inside linebacker to
middle guard while junior Cedric Coles
has been shifted, like Trgovac, from the
middle guard spot to defensive tackle.
Bill Bonnell, formerly an inside
linebacker, is now holding down a third-
team-tackle assignment. -
The U-M band can count on us year after year. You can too.
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