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SPORTS
Page 10.Thursday, November 20, 1980 The Michigan Daily

Tale of two (

iuarterbacks

4

angler's recovery

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By ALAN FANGER
For a fleeting moment last Saturday, John Wangler
dropped his emotional guard and let loose.
"Coming out of that (Michigan Stadium) tunnel,"
he said, "is the greatest thrill,. .. just seeing the
crowd, and knowing it's your last home game ... it's
kind of hard to describe."
IT COULD HAVE been different for Wangler this
season. He could have just as easily hobbled into that
stadium on crutches, watched the game in his street
clothes, and left knowing that dreams don't always
manifest themselves into reality.
But the dream did come true for Wangler.
He began his crusade to come back at the weight
machine, rehabilitating the knee he had injured in
last year's Gator Bowl. While the rest of the team was
running wind sprints and scrimmaging in spring
drills, Wangler was inside the football building, doing
every exercise imaginable to work himself back in-
to playing condition.
THE DOCTORS HAD cautioned him not to be
overly optimistic. One particular physician
speculated that Wangler would never again play

football in a Michigan uniform.
But Wangler pressed on. He continued to
rehabilitate in the four months between the end of
spring drills and the beginning of fall practice - each
day following a specific regimen, perhaps running,
lifting, or taking treatments. The optimism started
running at a fever pitch. ,
"I wasni't ready to give it up," he said. "One of my
goals was to be the 'best quarterback on the field
every game, and just let the chips fall where they
may."~
THE CHIPS FELL his way along about the third
game of the season, when he wrested the starting job
back from sophomore Rich Hewlett. And since that
sunny afternoon in Michigan Stadium when he joined
his mates in the huddle as the starting quarterback
against South Carolina, Wangler has been comfor-
tably nestled in the driver's seat.
"Most people had counted me out," he said, taking
heart in his defiance of the odds. "But I just figured
I'd get to where I wanted to be."
And Ohio Stadium, with the Ohio State Buckeyes
occupying the other side of the field, is exactly where
Wangler wanted to be this Saturday. He has been

ays off.. .
granted his wish and more: both the Wolverines and
Buckeyes will be squaring off for the Big Ten title and
a trip to the Rose Bowl.
"LAST YEAR we had a lot of disappointments, and
I'd like to make up for them," he said. "It's a great
thrill to play in Ohio Stadium. It's something I'm sure
I'll never forget.
"We have to work hard all week," added Wangler.
"I know we won't have a letdown (after defeating
Purdue, 26-0). We have to concentrate on the basics.
It should be another great game."
He knows the veteran Buckeye defensive secon-
dary will probably double-team sophomore speedster
Anthony Carter, forcing Wangler to find other
receivers as targets for his aerials. It's a thought that
challenges him.
"IT'S NOT GOING to get any easier (getting the
ball to Carter)," he said. "But we're still getting it to
him. Anthony's such a deep threat that the defense a
has to make sure he doesn't beat the coverage deep,
so he can get open on the shorter routes."
Whatever the challenge, Wangler is grateful to be
on the field, leading his fellow seniors in what may be
the most important game of their collective careers.

Carter h
... explosive threat

Wangler
.. . overcomes knee injury

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... Schlichter has respect

By BOB GOLDRING
Sports Writer, Ohio State Lantern
Buckeye Art Schlichter thrives on
pressure. This week's showdown with
Michigan to determine the Big Ten
championship is no different.
"I enjoy these kind of weeks,"
Schlichter said. "I think that's what
football is all about. To be able to play
in the big game."
After leading the Bucks to a thrilling
18-15 victory over Michigan last year,
the junior from Bloomingburg, Ohio,
will be out for another win. He said he
feels more experienced going into this
year's contest.
"It's a very exciting moment and it's

i

going to be a very intense week," he
said. "If we can keep the intensity over
the course of the week, then we'll be
mentally into the game when the time
comes."
Schlichter has already accomplished
numerous Buckeye records, including
those for all-time total yardage with
5,917 yards, the all-time passing yar-
dage with 4,564 yards, including 1,498
this year, and the all-time season high
passing yardage record of 1,816 yards.
" Going into this Saturday's game,
Schlichter leads the Big Ten in passing

efficiency with a 146.7 rating. He has
completed 30 of 39 passes the last two
contests for 479 yards and six touch-
downs.
Should the All-American and
Heisman Trophy candidate gain 83 total
yards against Michigan, he will become
only the third Big Ten player to surpass
the 6,000-yard mark. The 6-2, 200-
pounder. said the OSU offense is
peaking in one aspect.r
"I think we're peaking as far as being
able to put the run in with the pass, and
that's the most important thing," he

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said. If we can do that, we're going to-
move the ball and hopefully stick the
ball in the end zone."
Schlichter said the Buckeyes have
improved since the UCLA contest (a,17-
0 defeat) because the team was too
predictable in its play selections.
"We've been doing a lot of different
things," he said. "We're going to be
doing those things that we've done the
past four or five games and try to be
successful with that. We've got to do
what we do best."
Schlichter agrees that the Wolverines
are peaking, but believes that will not
determine the outcome of the game.
"When you're set on the field you're
not going to talk about their three con-
secutive shutouts or us scoring 30 or 40
points the last three games," he said.
"It's what's going to happen then and
who performs best on that day."
The quarterback said things have too
happen if OSU is to have a chance at
winning the national championship.
"Who knows what's going to hap-
pen," he said. "I just hope we can win
our next two games and stake our claim
at it."
Glad to see Michigan defeat Purdue,
so OSU has a chance to win the Big Ten
title outright, Schlichter said the
Wolverines have now put the Bucks in
the position where they can win it all.
"That's what it's all about," he said.
"We k ow that they're a great team,
and we hope that they respect us like we
respect them, because we think we
have a good team. I think we'll be ready*
for the game. We'll have to be ready for
the game."
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OHIO STATE QUARTERBACK Art Schlichter (10) and tailback Calvin Murray
(43) lead the way for the Buckeyes. Schlichter leads the powerful Ohio State offen-
se which he hopes will put more points on the board than Michigan's this Saturday.
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