Wednesday, September 24, 1980
The Michigan Daily
Butch bleeds blu
By ALAN FANGER
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For the love of Michigan ...
Lawrence Ricks is running at a torrid pace and is
pushing Butch Woolfolk for the starting tailback spot
in the Wolverines offense, but Woolfolk says that "as
long as he's doing good, it doesn't bother me."
FOR THE LOVE of Michigan...
Woolfolk doesn't sleep in a bed when his team
travels to road games. The soft, ultra-contoured mat-
tresses that are commonplace in hotel rooms tend to
rebel against his tender back. Woolfolk says that one
night of repose on the floor per week doesn't bother
For the love of Michigan ...
WOOLFOLK IS THE defending Big Ten outdoor
track champion at 300 meters. His commitment to
running track last spring forced him out of spring
practice, much to the chagrin of Bo Schembechler.
He now says he is inclined to end his career on the
cinder and concentrate solely on football. That
doesn't bother him, either.
For the love of Michigan...
Woolfolks believes he possesses the same size and
speed that characterized Charles White and Billy
Sims during their collegiate careers. Unfortunately
for Woolfolk, the Michigan offense "doesn't try and
make superstars out of everyone." While White alid
Sims carried the ball between 25 and 30 times a game
in college, Woolfolk carries the ball 15 to 20 times on a
good day. But that statistic doesn't bother him.
BUTCH WOOLFOLK has placed Butch Woolfolk
second on the Michigan football priority list. No big
deal, he says. It's always been that way, whether he's
played four or 40 minutes of any game. Michigan has
been first in his mind, and will continue to be first,
as, long as he puts on that maize and blue uniform
Woolfolk does not radiate enthusiasm when he
speaks. His calm, reserved manner reminds one of
the melancholy ministrel who often apperaed in
Shakespearan comedies. But the Westfield, N.J.
junior feels the first two weeks of the 1980 season con-
tained little, if any, comedic value.
He said he still feels "somewhat" responsible for
Saturday's heartbreaking 29-27 loss to Notre Dame.
In that game, Woolfolk fumbled the ball after taking
a pitchout with 7:35 to play in the game and the
Wolverines leading, 21-20. Irish defensive back Dave
Duerson pounced on the ball, setting up the touch-
down that vaulted Notre Dame back into the lead, 26-
"FOR A WHILE, I thought it (the loss) was my
fault. I was running for my life the next time I got the
ball," he said.
"I think I was on the way down (when the fumble
occurred)," Woolfolk recalled. "I had just taken one
arm off the ball. Then the guy (linebacker Bob
Crable) hit his helmet right on the spot."
That mistake, along with the improvement shown
by Ricks, have helped to make the tailback position a
competitive one on the Wolverine squad.
'I CAN'T COMPLAIN about not playing," said
Woolfolk, in reference to the fact that Ricks, despite
his status as a second-string player, has seen more
playing time than his first-team counterpart. "Larry
Ricks is good-the guy is very talented."
Woolfolk said he knew that when he came to
Michigan. that he wouldn't be taking a glory trip. He
knew that Schembechler's grind-it-out philosophy dif-
fered from his concept of a wide-open, free-wheeling
"We're not using the option as much," he said with
a twitch of disappointment. "The defenses started
knowing exactly what we were doing on options. Back
in the days of Rob Lytle, we could do that type of
thing. Now we're trying to adjust and do some dif-
ferent things, like call audibles."
FOR WOOLFOLK, WHO only two years ago was
heralded by Michigan fans as a freshman breakaway
threat, the scenario has not always been bright. But
that particular scenario is a personal one, he says,
adding that the outlook for the team is just peachy.
"Notre Dame was a non-conference game, so we're
really not worried about the Big Ten championship.
We're not as down as you think. Sure, we suffered a
tough loss, but we're ready for South Carolina.
"I love Michigan," he asserts, after being asked if
he regrets his decision to play here. "It may not be
totally suited for me and my style of running the
ball, but that's okay ... I love it here."
"YES, I'VE HAD a few (disappointments), but I'm
not concerned with that."
As long as he has a floor to sleep on, a few holes in
which to burst through, and some victory-conscious
comrades with whom he can play football, Woolfolk
will continue to wear his armor and cushion himself
against any further disappointments that may crop
up over his final two seasons here.
The work will get done .'.. for the love of Michigan.
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By JEFF QUICKSILVER
Protests and appeals are not uncom-
mon in the world of sports today and
here at the University, the intramural
and recreational sports department has
developed its own policy for handling
protests filed from competing teams.
"The basis of our policy rests on the
contention that no appeal can be made
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Benedict, a former Michigan
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