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Page 10-Saturday, Sept ibei T;1980-The Michigan oaily
Holy Hoosiers!-Blue, Buckeyes
have some gridiron company.0..




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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, Septer
Supplement Editor: Alan Fanger
Staff writers: Stan Bradbury, Gary Levy, Mark 1
Sales Manager: Kris Peterson
Sales Representative: -Barb Forslund
Business Manager: Rosemary Wickowski
Cover photo by Barry Rankin
Centerpread Photo courtesy of Michigan Sports

(Continued from Page 9
Football at Indiana is no longer a
joke, and any doubts concerning the
Hoosiers' gridiron credibility were
erased following their thrilling 38-37
Holiday Bowl triumph over previously
unbeaten Brigham Young.
THE HEROES of that victory, and of
the entire Indiana season, were a pair
of Tims-quarterback Clifford and
defensive back Wilbur. Clifford, the Big
Ten's Most Valuable Player in 1979,

completed nearly 56 percent of his
passes for 13 touchdowns and more
than 2,000 yards, while Wilbur intercep-
ted eight passes and was resoundingly
selected to the All-Big Ten team.
Clifford runs an attack that can score
points efficiently both on the ground
and in the air. In tight end Bob Stephen-
son (49 catches in '79) and split ends
Nate Lundy and Steve Corso (22 grabs
between them), Corso can boast of a
receiving corps that is near or at the top
of the conference heap. Tailbacks Lon-
nie Johnson and Mike Harkrader com-
bined for 1,552 yards last season, and
both should provide enough yardage to
offset the absence of a seasoned
fullback. The offensive line is more ex-
perienced and should be better able to
protect the talented Clifford.

their position among the "Big Four" is
no longer being questioned.
Can a team really sell out its stadium
for the entire season after going just 5-6
the previous year?
The Iowa Hawkeyes have done just
that, ensuring that 60,000-seat Kinnick
Stadium will be packed for their six
home contests. The fever pitch of op-
timism stems from the belief that
second-year coach Hayden Fry, a
proponent of multiple offensive sets, is
the cure-all for Iowa's long-suffering
Big Ten's leading rusher in 1979 and the
Hawkeyes' offensive sparkplug, has

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Wilbur, along with defensive end
Brent Tisdale, anchor a defensive unit
that returns nine starters. Corso is
pleased with the progress of his pass
rush and secondary units, areas that
creeped up to haunt him in certain
games last fall, and the added ex-
perience of a bowl game can only ac-
celerate progress there. The Hoosiers
yielded an average of 21 points and 380
yards a game in 1979.
Indiana's chances of adavancing to a
more prestigious bowl game (and they
are already good) depends on the out-
come of its home contest with Michigan
November 1st, and the traditional
Oaken Bucket battle at Purdue three
weeks later. A victory in even one of
those two contests would probably
target the Hoosiers for a post-season
game of greater stature. But for now,

starter out of four, the Hawkeyes face
the tough proposition of improving upon
their last-place standing in pass defen-
Punter-placekicker Reggie Roby,
who averaged 42.6 per punt and hit on
five of 11 field goals, could prove the
deciding factor in close games. An you -
can be sure that the Hawkeyes, who are
standing squarely between the Fear-
some Four and the Futile Five, will en-
ter into more than a lion's share of seat
squirmers this fall.
-Michigan State
The Spartans' 5-6 1979 won-loss
record and the graduation losses of key
people in the defensive secondary and
at inside linebacker, tight end, and of-
fensive tackle adds up to a rebuilding
year in East Lansing.
A prime objective of first-year coach
Frank "Muddy" Waters is to solidify
MSU's quarterback situation, where
four athletes are battling for thestar-
ter's job. Juniors Bert Vaughn,
recovered from last season's kidney in-
jury, and Bryan Clark have the advan-
tage of experience.
LAST YEAR'S alternate tailbacks,
Steve Smith (972 yards) and Derek
Hughes (nine TD's), are slotted to run
in the same backfield in '80, thus
providing Michigan State with a double
dose of outside quickness.
Blocking for that standout duo will be
a line that only returns one 1979 starter,
senior guard Rod Strata. MSU won't be
able to fill the gap left by All-America
tight end Mark Brammer.
The defensive line of tackles Bernard
Hay and Johnny Lee Haynes and ends
Ron Mitchem and Pat Mitten is a good
one, but the graduation of All-Big Ten
middle linebacker Danny Bass and
most of the secondary leave Michigan
State vulnerable to two strong-passing
Ray Stachowicz (44.3 yard punting
average last season) and Morten An-
derson (five field goals from outside of
50 yards) provide the Spartans with one
of the nation's top kicking games.
A narrow 21-17 defeat to awesome
Ohio State and a 31-14 whitewashing of
Purdue caused many heads to turn
Minnesota's way in 1979, but the
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side linebacker is the surprising Paul
Girgash, who is just a sophomore.
Girgash is considered "the strongest
Wolverine pound-for-pound," while also
possessing great quickness. He gained
first notoriety by picking off a pass in
last year's Kansas game.
And now for the mystery within a
mystery..'. the defensive backfield.
Faced with the difficult chore of
replacing graduated players Mike
Jolly, Mark Braman, and Michael. Har-
den, the Wolverines are once again
counting on speed to overrule inex-
perience as they prepare to face some
aerial giants.
"heart" of the secondary-if you could
truly say it has one-and he will be
counted on to take the leadership role
among a group of young but hungry
souls. Playing sparingly last season, he
compiled an impressive total of 45
tackles, which placed him eighth
among Michigan defenders. Jeff Cohen,
a sophomore with speed to bury and a
keen eye for the ball, will back up
The free safety spot belongs to highly-
touted Keith Bostic, the Pioneer High
School graduate who earned the
Maulbetsch Award last year as the out-
standing Wolverine freshman. Schem-
bechler thinks Bostic "is built in the
same mold as Tom Darden, Don Dufek,
and Dave Brown." Bostic's backup is
Tony Jackson, a converted wingback.
The cornerbacks also harbor a great

deal of quickness and efficient lateral
movement, although Gerald Diggs and
Brian Carpenter netted only 28 tackles
between them last season. Diggs has 4.7
speed in the 4-yard dash, while Carpen-
ter has been clocked at a slightly better
clip. Schembechler says only time
stands in the way of them becoming
top-flight cornerbacks.
So the feeling about the defense en-
tering the season is one of cautious op-
timism. The talent is spread thick like a
blanket, but it is game experience that
will bring out the best (or worst) in this
unit. At least Schembechler is satisfied
that the complacency and lethargy that
crept up to haunt his defense last -year
will not return.
"We're going to play the type of
defense where we don't just sit in there
because we're talented," he said, in an
obvious reference to last season.
"We're going to make things happen."

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graduated, and lacking an immediate
replacement, they'll be forced into a
more passing-oriented attack. That
should suit senior quarterback Phil
"Doctor" Seuss just fine.
Seuss claimed fifth plce among con-
ference QB's last season, despite
missing five games with an injury. His
biggest challenge will be finding able
receivers to take in his aerials, which
he completed at a 55 percent clip.
Leading receiver Brad Reid and tight
end Jim Swift are gone, leaving split
end Keith Chappelle (22 receptions in
'79) as the only experienced receiver.
What made Mosley's job easier, and
what should make Seuss feel comfor-
table, is the presence of an offensive
line that plays second fiddle only to
Michigan in terms of talent and ex-
perience. Led by All-Big Ten center Jay
Hilgenberg, it will assuredly open holes
for running backs Dean McKillip and
Dwayne Williams. Four of the five star-
ters on the interior line return.
super," is the way Fry describes his
defensive front seven, and he isn't
pulling the wool over anyone's eyes.
Start with second team all-conference
tackle John Harty, add linebacker
Todd Simonsen (leading tackler in '79)
and four other returning starters, and
opposing lineman best beware of a fier-
cesome pass rush. The Hawkeyes were
also fourth in the Big Ten in rushing
defense last year.
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