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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, November 12. 190-Pan Q

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Mark Herrmann, the enormously
talented Purdue quarterback, has been
hammering away at opposing secon-
daries for the past four years. In the
process he's nailed down nearly all of
the Big Ten career records formerly
held by such luminaries as Bob Griese
and Mike Phipps. '
But Michigan has a carpenter who
ces some hammering of his own -,
defensive back Brian Carpenter. When
Herrmann launches his aerial assault
Saturday against the Wolverines, Car-
penter and his defensive mates hope to
put the vise on the Boilermaker pffense.
"We're reedy. I think Saturday right
after the Wisconsin game, we were
ready to play Purdue," said Carpenter,
a 5-11, 170-poutid Junior cornerback
from Flint.
"If we can play 'em tight and stop the
lIg gains, then we should be alright,"
he predicted. "We also have to make
sure they don't get their running game
going. If they can start mixing it up -
reunning and passing - it's going to be a
l©ng game."'
..The onerous task .of containing
Ierrmann, a bona fide' Heisman
trophy candidate, has traditionally
brought out the , best in Michigan's
defensive secondary. Over the past
three years, the Boilermaker quarter-
ack has been victimized by five
Wolverine interceptions and has thrown
for only 237 total passing yards.
Despite Michigan's relative success
against Herrmann, Carpenter is
bracing himself for a gueling afternoon.
when the Boilermakers invade
Michigan Stadium for a first-place con-
fereiice showdown. -
"Basically, we have to clamp down
on their receivers," he said. "He
(Herrmann) uses his secondary
receivers well, so we'll have to watch

down :'M' defensive back Carpenter
hopes to turn screws on Purdue

them all. I think we can intercept the
ball because he's going to throw it 40 or
50 times."
Carpenter believes that the
Wolverines will have to apply constant
pressure on, Herrmann in order to win.
"We had only one interception last year
(when Michigan lost, 24-21, at West
Lafayette). If we are going to beat Pur-
due, we'll have to force some tur-

novers." 9
He acknowledged that several of his
teammates had their minds on Purdue
during Michigan's plodding 24-0 win at
Wisconsin last weekend.
"I think a lot of us were thinking
about the upcoming weeks. Before the
Wisconsin game, we felt they could give
us some trouble. When the game began,
we knew we were in for a dogfight," he

If the Wisconsin game was a dogfight,
this Saturday's match promises to be
aerial warfare. Carpenter and his back-
field mates will be thrust into the
spotlight when Herrmann unleashes
Purdue's vaunted passing attack, and
the secondary's success (or lack
thereof) may well determine the
game's outcome.

The young Blue defensive backfield
has already faced such gifted quarter-
backs as California's Rich Campbell,
Dave Wilson of Illinois, and Tim Clif-
ford of Indiana. In each case, Michigan
shut down the opposition, which in itself
is testimony to the secondary's
development as a unit. -
"I would say we've improved with
experience," said Carpenter, a student
in the School of Education who plans to
pursue a career in hospital ad-
ministration. "Between the five of us in
the secondary, none of us had played
for more than one quarter. Playing ex.
perience helps a lot and now we're
beginning to jell."
"Earlier in the season, all we were
thinking about was getting beat. Now
we're thinking about interceptions.
We're pretty quick - all of us run a 4.4
(40) or-lower so we can go for the
ball more than other teams."
Carpenter, who made an open-field,
touchdown-saving tackle against the
Badgers. Saturday, has emerged as the
leader of Michigan's secondary, in
terms of both interceptions (he has
four) and overall performance. At this
juncture of the season, however, in-
dividual statistics are academic, ac-
cording to Carpenter.
"What's most important now is the
team aspect," he said. "This is the
season. If I get an interception, it's
helpful because it gets the team out of a
Carpenter realizes that, as far as
Michigan's Rose Bowl chances are con-
cerned, "the future is now."
"Since I've been here, this is all
we've been waiting for," he said. "The
last two deciding games - this is it. It's
nice to know that we can dictate who
goes to the Rose Bowl."

AP Photo
WOLVERINE DEFENSIVE BACK Brian Carpenter pulls the ball away from Indiana's Dave Weir during the first half of
Michigan's 35-0 Victory over the Hoosiers. The interception was Carpenter's second of the game and gave him a team leading
four for the season. Carpenter and his mates will have their work cut out for them this Saturday when Purdue and NCAA all-
time passing leader Mark Herrmann invade Michigan Stadium for an important Big Ten game which will be nationally



r ~
The season hasn't even started yet,
#-d already the Michigan basketball
team is hobbling.
Senior guard Johnny Johnson sat out
.practice Monday as a result of a slight
-ankle sprain lie sustained Sunday. Ac-
cording to coach Bill riedet, however,
-Johnson's injury'is not serious, and he
will be practicing with thie team the rest'
of the week. Frieder has indicated that
Johnson will be a frequent starter at the
guard position for the Wolverines this
ANOTHER Wolverine cager with in-
jury problems is 7-2 freshman Jon An-
tonides. Antonides, , the first seven-
fnoter ever to play for Michigan, suited
up for Monday's practice, but didn't
participate ip running drills due to a
sore knee. Frieder said that X-rays will
be taken of Antonides' knee to deter-
mine the problem.
On the brighter side, freshman Tim
McCormick says that his once-tender
knees are fine now, and he doesn't ex-
pect Ahem to give him any trouble this
seasn. "My knees aren't really 100
per cent, and I don't think they'll ever
be 100 per cent during my playing
career," said McCormick at last Thur-
sday's basketball luncheon, "but they
aren't giving me any problems."
McCormick has been plagued by
"jumper's knees," a common oc-
currence among tall players. The 6-10
center from Clarkston is the
Wolverines' most highly-regarded
Carter to start
Michigan wide receiver Anthony Car-
ter is suffering from what Cbach Bo
Schembechler called a "slightly
sprained ankle, but the sophomore
speedster is scheduled to start against
Purdue this Saturday.
Carter sustained the injury late in the
first half of the Wisconsin contest last
Saturday, and was kept out of the entire
second half.
CARTER HAS caught 34 passes thus
far this season for 570 yards and 10

touchdowns (a Michigan single-season
record). His 17 career touchdown
receptions is also a school record.
Defensive tackle Mike Trgovac, who
sat out the entire Wisconsin game with
a sprained ankle, is also slated to start
against the Boilermakers.
Knicks 149, Pistons 118
NEW YORK (AP) - Forwards Cam-
py Russell and Sly Williams *helped
New York race to a 24-point first-half
lead, and the Knicks breezed to a 149-
118 National Basketball Association
victory over the Detroit Pistons last

The Knicks led 25-24 with 1:40
remaining in the first quarter before
Russell hit a jumper from the left cor-
ner to ignite a 30-6 New York surge over
the next eight minutes that broke the
game open.

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The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
The Bush Program in
Child Development and
Michael Katz
University of Pennsylvania
November 13
at 4 p.m.
* istorical Perspetives
On ductional Refor
Schorling Auditorium,,
School of Education
Co-sponsored by The University of Michigan School of Education


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