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The Michigan Daily_ Wednesday, October 1, 1980 Page 9


Body changes position:

Makes switch from QB
to starting cornerback

Marion Body didn't think that it
would work out this way.
After graduating from Detroit Ket-
tering High in January of 1978, Body
came to Ann Arbor for spring practice
that same year as a 162-pound running
quarterback. He sincerely believed that

he could make a contribution calling
the signals at Michigan. Rick Leach
was then preparing for his final season,
and there was a mad scramble for the
spots behind him. And after all, the
great Leach was never much of a
thrower, so why would Body's shor-
tcomings in that facet hurt him?
HE LEARNED quickly, however,
that there was a long line behind Leach.
to the quarterback position and that his
speed (4.5 in the 40) might best serve
the Wolverines somewhere else.
"It was funny, because they had
moved (John) Wangler to safety,"
Body recalled Monday. "But I wasn't
doing very good (at quarterback), so
after ten days, they moved Wangler
back to quarterback and me back there
to the secondary.
"Had I stayed at quarterback, I think
I could have contributed as much as
B.J. (Dickey) or (Rich) Hewlett. But it
was a definite chance to play, and that's
what I wanted to do."
AND THAT IS exactly what he is
doing. This fall the 5-10, 175-pound
junior beat out senior Gerald Diggs and
sophomore Jerry Burgei for the star-
ting strongside cornerback slot, and he
has been one of the most pleasant sur-
prises, according to coach Bo Schem-
bechler, that has come out of the inex-
perienced Wolverine defense.

It was this inexperienced defense that
Schembechler apologized to after
Saturday's 17-14 loss to South Carolina.
The coach had called for a fake punt on
fourth down in Michigan's own
territory because he wasn't confident
that his defense could stop George
Rogers and Co. But themove backfired,
as the Gamecocks held and drove in to
score the winning touchdown.
"Yeah, Bo apologized," Body said.
"He really didn't need to apologize
because we all made mistakes. We're a
young defense. But I thought we played
well during the game."
BODY DOESN'T possess the size to
be a physical defensive back, but when
he saw Rogers' 220-pound frame chur-
ning into the Blue secondary, he didn't
back off. He accumulated six tackles on
the day, five of them solos, to give him a
total of ten stops for the year, second
among backs behind Jeff Reeves. He
has also intercepted two opposition
passes and broken up four more to lead
the team in both of those categories.
Both of his interceptions occurred
near the end of the first half of the Notre
Dame defeat. He picked off his first
Mike Courey aerial with a minute-and-
a-half remaining before the inter-
mission at the Notre Dame 47-yard line
and returned it 20 yards to set up a
Michigan score which tied the game at

Body wishes that all quarterbacks
would play catch with him like Courey
did. "Courey is not a passer at all,"
Body said. "He eyes his receivers. He
looks to (Tony) Hunter on every play.
Hunter was on my side on that play, and
I figured he'd be going to him."
But it was Hunter versus Body on
another big play with 0:31 left in the
contest, and this time the Notre Dame
receiver came out on top. Both men
leaped for a desperation pass by Blair
Kiel at the Michigan 48, and while
neither came down with the ball, the 6-5
Hunter got the call. Interference on
Body. Two plays later, the Irish won.
"I saw I had no chance at the ball, so I
went up with him and raked his arm,
and they called it," Body explained. "It
was close. I could have played it better.
It was a judgement call. They (the of-
ficials) made some rinky-dink calls in
that game, but I felt bad because it was
called on me."
BODY WASN'T heavily-recruited out
of high school, as Arizona State and
Toledo were the only other schools that
expressed a legitimate interest in him.
"My mother didn't want me to go to U
of M," he said. "My father wanted me
to go here. My mother wanted me to go
to a smaller school. It was solely my
decision with the help of my high school

coach (Bob Jones). I told him I wanted
to get a major college education, and he
told me I couldn't go wrong by coming
to Michigan."
Fellow Kettering alumnus Stanley
Edwards probably nudged him a little,
also. "He talked to me and told me how
it was up here, how Bo was, and about
the program," Body .said.
Body, an Education major, had to
rehabilitate from a broken left collar-
bone suggered during, gulp warmups

before the 1979 Gator Bowl in orderto
get ready for this season, and he isn$
going to let a couple of losses dampen
his enthusiasm.
"I THOUGHT WE would win these w
two games," Body said. "But it'S-
making us stronger for towards the end'
of the season when we face Ohio State
and Purdue. By the end of the season,.
we'll be contenders in the Big Ten."
Ya know, Marion, it just may work
out that way.

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stick it to
Central Michigan spoiled the
Michigan field hockey team's home
opener and its undefeated record with a
3-0 besting of the Blue yesterday.
The Wolverines outshot the Chip-
pewas, 19-9, and outdueled them on
corners, 15-13, but couldn't come up
with the numbers where it counts-on
the scoreboard.
"They (CMU) didn't outplay us,"
said a dejected Michigan coach Candy
Zientek. "They out-experienced us. But
in no way was the score an indication of
the game."
Central got off to a fast start, scoring
on Blue goalkeeper Heather Cairns
within the first five minutes of play.
Dearborn junior Marge Rausch
knocked in the goal with an assist from
Sandy Kobel.
The first half ended with Central
ahead, 1-0. The Chippewas didn't wait
long to begin the second stanza scoring,
however, with Rausch scoring her
second goal on a corner with assists by
Cathy Gibson and Kim McCormick.
Central added an additional point
before the game ended when they
caught the Wolverine defense napping.
This time Kobel scored with an assist
by Rausch.
"I'm very pleased," said CMU coach
Mary Bottaro after the game. "I think
we out-hustled Michigan, which is dif-
ferent than it has been in the last couple
of years. I'm proud of the girls."
Linksters triumph
Michigan won the Central Michigan
Golf Invitational with a score of 654.
Bowling Green trailed with a 675.
*Wolverine Linda Drillock was the in,
dividual victor shooting a 79 and 81 for a
160 total. This victory ties her best ef-
fort in the last two seasons. Other
Michigan low scorers included Elaine
Satyshur (164), Karyn Colbert (167),
Alison Smith (169) and Donna Smith
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9. Minnesota at Northwestern

American League
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Baltimorell, Boston 6
Cleveland12, New York 9
National League
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Doily Photo by JOHN HAGEN
WOLVERINE HALFBACK Sara Forrestel follows through after a low line
drive against Central Michigan defender, Katie Anjerson. The Chippewas
defeated the Wolverines on their home field in their season opener by a score
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