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Page 12-Thursday, September 18, 1980-The Michigan Daily

Wolverine backs

falter in,
By RON POLLACK
A Daily Sports Analysis
First in a two-part series
In recent years, Michigan W(
running backs, the main cogs
Schembechler's offensive s
have been experiencing a great
trouble making the switch from
to pro football. Thanks to injur
in certain cases, deficiencies in
not one former Blue running b
won a starting position in the N
Football League.
Running backs who have gra
from Michigan in the past five y
clude Gordon Bell, Rob Lytle,
Huckleby, Russell Davis and La
Reid. Of these five, only Ly
Davis have never been cut, and
them spent last season on the
reserve list.
WHEN THE Denver Bronco
ted Lytle in the second round oft
draft, it looked as if they had a
who would be a starter for man
In his rookie season, Lytle quic
ned a niche in the Bronco backfi
despite Denver coach Red N
phiolsophy of alternating runnin
on every down, he rambled for
ds and caught 17 passes..
In 1978, however, Lytle's start
was wrested away from hima
year suffered a serious knee inj
a result, he now has been releg
third string status, and has car
football a scant eight times du
first two games of the season.
Huckleby was a different
Huckleby and Lytle had con
styles; the latter was a sturdy
runner while Huckleby depend
quickness.
THE DIFFERENCES betwe
two players do not end with th
ning styles. Lytle was 'a highly
running back coming out of coil
Huckleby, a native of Detroit,
selected until the fifth round byt
Orleans Saintslast year. Lytle
a product i ve rookie season
Huckleby did not even make the
Greg Suit, a spokesperson
New Orleans club, said Hucki
not possess all of the q
necessary for the Saints' offense
"In college, he showed fine a
a runner," said Suit. "Howeve
middle rounds of the draft most
have a question mark of some
Harlan's case, the question m
his ability to catch the ball."
FOLLOWING A BRIEF stin
COLORADO SLIDE SHOWS

pro ranks
Canadian Football League Huckleby
earned a spot on the Green Bay
Packers, and during the preseasp
carried the ball seven times for sevei
)lverine yards. Despite these unimpressive
statistics, the Packers remain op-
in Bo timistic on Huckleby.
cheme, "I don't believe that his seven carries
deal of during the preseason are any indication
college of what he can do," said Green Bay
ies and, spokesperson Lee Remmel. "He has
n skills, performed extremely well on special
ack hasl teams and during practice."
If the first two games of the season
are any indication, then Remmel's op-
aduated timism would appear to be misplaced,
'ears in- as Huckleby has gained only 18 yards
Harlan rushing and receiving.
iwrence GORDON BELL and Lawrence Reid,
te and two other former Michigan alumni,
both of have not exactly spent a lifetime in the
injured NFL. Bell, a fourth round draft choice
of the New York Giants in 1976, spent
s selec- two years with the team before being
the 1977 cut.
a player Reid's pro career was even less
y years. distinguished. After going unclaimed i4
kly ear- the college draft, he was signed as a
eld, and free agent by the Buffalo Bills, only to
Miller's be cut before training camp ever star-
ag backs ted.
408 yar- Of all the Michigan backs in
gspotprofessional football, Russell Davis
aing st looks as though he will have the most
jur. Ast success. After missing the entire 1979
jury. As season with a broken arm, the 235-
gated to pouild Davis won a spot this summer on
tried thethe Pittsburgh Steeler roster. His 179
ring the yards on 36 carries led the Super Bowl
champions in rushing during the
story. preseason.
trasting However, the start of the regular
y power season has brought Davis back to
ed upon reality as he has been relegated to
en these warming the Pittsburgh bench.
ANY HOPE for increased production
ieir run- from the three Michigan running backs
y touted still in the NFL are not brightened by
lege, but the knowledge that' in their first two
was not games this year, they have only rushed
the New for 54 yards.
enjoyed The reason behind the futility was
i, while explained by Dallas Cowboys' Vice-
Saints. President and Director of Player Per-
foebyh ddsonnelGil Brandt.
leby did "Their coaching is as good as anyone
lualities in the country.,They ado a great job with
e. the offensive line, and this showcases
bility as their running backs," said Brandt, who
r, in the is acknowledged by NFL insiders to be
players a keen judge of talent.
sort. In "Because of this great coaching and$
ark was offensive line, the running backs look
better than they really are and when
t in the they come into professional football
their potential has already been
realized."
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