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SPORTS
Saturday, September 11, 1982

The Michigan Doily

Page 12

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By RON POLLACK
Losing is not taken lightly in the
Michigan football program. Since Bo
Schembechler began guiding the
Wolverine gridders in 1969, they have
posted a 9-2-1 record against teams they
lost to the previous season.
And that does not bode well for the

ut to avenge

Wisconsin Badgers, who will invade
Michigan Stadium this afternoon at
1:00.
A YEAR AGO, in the season opener
for both squads, the Badgers shattered
Michigan's hopes of a national cham-
pionship by upsetting the Wolverines,
21-14. It was the first time a Schem-

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bechler-coached Michigan team has
lost a season opener.
Rest assured that the Michigan
players and coaching staff have not
forgotten who it was that sent -them
tumbling from their perch atop the
nation's polls.
"There's no revenge, we just know
they're a good team," says senior
Michigan linebacker and tri-captain
Robert Thompson. "Last year, we went
in with big heads and weren't prepared.
Both our offense and defense were flat
last year."
THOMPSON then pauses, flashes a
knowing smile and says with great em-
phasis on every word, "That won't hap-
pen this year, that's for sure."
Wolverine senior Paul Girgash, like
Thompson a starting linebacker and
tri-captain, couldn't agree more.
"That's one game I think everyone's
been looking forward to ever since last
year," he says. "It's just too bad we
had to wait this long, but I'm sure we'll
make the best of it."'
Even Schembechler is gearing up for
Wisconsin as never before.
"IT'S A BIG game, it's a really big
game," says Schembechler, who is en-
tering his 14th season as Michigan's
mentor. "It's the most important game
on our schedule because Wisconsin is a
powerful football team, a veteran team,
a senior team. It's the key game for us.
We have to beat Wisconsin.
THE LIP
Michigan OFFEI
(88) Craig Dunaway ... (2331 TE
(68) Rich Strenger-... (261) ST
(73) Doug James.......(245) RG
(69) Tom Dixon.......(247) C
(76) Stefan Humphries . (248) LG
(54) Tom Garrity.......(250) OT
(1) Anthony Carter ... (161) FL
(25) Vince Bean........(190) SE
(16) Steve Smith........(192) QB
(35) Jerald Ingram .... (217) FB
(46) Larry Ricks.......(195) TB

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"If we beat Wisconsin, it really
doesn't make a lot of difference what
we do the next couple of weeks (against
non-conference foes Notre Dame and
UCLA). Wisconsin is the key.
"In preparation for Wisconsin, we
know we're going against one of the
'best defenses in the country and an im-
proved offense. This will be the most
important opening game we have ever
had and we are pointing for it, we are
preparing for it, and we're going to play
it to the hilt."
BUT AS Schembechler is so quick to
point out, the Badgers are no sacrificial
lamb begging to be put out of its misery
by the favored Wolverines. Wisconsin
returns 15 starters from last season's 7-
5 team, seven of whom played a big role
in the Badgers' being ranked second in
the Big Ten in total defense (318.8 yar-
ds), third in scoring defense (16.7) and
rushing defense (120.9 yards) and four-
th in passing defense (197.9 yards).
The best of the Badgers' defenders
are senior defensive backs Matt Van-
den Boom and David Greenwood, along
with senior nose guard Tim Krumrie.
Vanden Boom and Krumrie were First
Team All-Americans last season, while
Greenwood earned Honorable Mention
All-American honors.
On offense, Wisconsin only graduated
three starters from last year's ballclub.
But Jess Cole, who was the Badgers'
starting quarterback as a sophomore
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this past season, has lost the signal-
calling duties to junior Randy Wright.
Wright transferred to Wisconsin from
Notre Dame, and completed 21 of 40
passes last year.
JOINING Wright on the field when
the Badgers have the ball are two
tailbacks whose names undoubtedly
bring back painful memories for
Michigan fans. They are senior John1
Williams and junior Chucky Davis, who
ranked first and second for Wisconsin
in rushing last year with 634 and 501
yards, respectively.
Williams streaked 71 yards with a
screen pass for what turned out to be
the deciding touchdown in last year's
Badger win over Michigan, while Davis1
rushed for 69 yards, including a one-i
yard touchdown run.
Also back for Wisconsin are their top
four receivers in the persons of split end
Michael Jones (24 catches), Davis (23),i
tight end Jeff Nault (18), and flanker;
Thad McFadden (14). Also returning at
the receiver slots are Marvin Neal who
caught a 17-yard touchdown pass
against Michigan last year, and Tim
Stracka, who missed the 1981 campaign
with a broken collarbone after leading
the team in receptions with 28 the year
before.
AS FOR THE Michigan starting
lineup, it will be dotted with a number1
of players who saw no starting action
last season. On offense, this includesl
1E LEARNED IT'S TOO EARL
IN THE SEASON TO SNIFF ROSE
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tight end Craig Dunaway, tackles Rich
Strenger and Tom Garrity, guard Doug
James, and running backs Jerald
Ingram and Lawrence Ricks. James
started five games last year, but that
was along the defensive line. Although
Ricks did not break into the starting
lineup this past season, he is no
stranger to such action. Two years ago
he split the starting duties with Butch
Woolfolk and gained 850 yards. Last
season, he rushed for 413 yards.
On defense, newcomers to the star-
ting lineup are tackle Kevin Brooks,
cornerback Brad Cochran and fullback-
turned-linebacker Tom Hassel. Safety
Evan Cooper was not a first-stringer at
the end of last year, but he did start in
four contests.
But the biggest change in the
Michigan lineup may be at quarterback
where Steve Smith returns. Last year,
in his first game ever as a starter,
Smith had three of his passes picked off
by the Badgers' Vanden Boom. Schem-
bechler does not expect a repeat per-
formance.
"He knows a lot more about- what to
expect and how to handle it," says
Schembechler. "I feel a lot better about
that."
Perhaps the only thing that would
make Schembechler feel even better
than a reversal of Smith's 1981 opening
day performance would be a reversal of
last year's opening day outcome.

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(99) Robert Thompson . (231) OLB (32) Kyle Borland ..... (228)
(63) Winfred Carraway (240) T (60) Darryle Sims ..... (247)
(53) AlSincich........(227) MG (50) Tim Krumrie ..... (259)
(52) Kevin Brooks .....(230) T (78) Chris Oswald .....(238)
(48) Tom Hassel........(212) OLB (76) Mark Shumate .... (240)
(50) Paul Girgash ..... (208) ILB (44) Jody O'Donnell ... (224)
(40) Mike Boren........(228) ILB (33) Jim Melka.........(229)
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(15) Jerry Burgei.......(189) CB (9) Clint Sims.........(192)
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(28) Don Bracken.......(200) P. (31) David Greenwood . (213)
(6) Ali Haji-Sheikh ....(172) PK (24) Mark Doran .... . (205)
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Entire Big Ten
By MIKE BRADLEY
While Michigan tangles with Wisconsin today, the
rest of the Big Ten will be beginning competition in
full force, as the league's 87th season gets under way.
Defending co-champion Iowa travels to Lincoln,
Nebraska to challenge the highly-ranked Cor-
nhuskers. Nebraska, led by All-American center
Dave Rimington and All-Big 8 quarterback Turner
Gill, will be looking to avenge last season's opening

swings inta
game loss to the Hawkeyes. Iowa coach Hayden Fry
lost 16 starters from last year's Rose Bowl squad and
is hoping that his young defense, paced by standout
Mark Bortz, and superb kicking game featuring All-
Everything Reggie Roby, will be able to hold the
mighty Cornhuskers at bay.
THE BAYLOR Bears provide the opposition for
Ohio State today, as the Buckeyes begin their A.S.
(after Schlichter) era. Mike Tomczak will be under
center when Ohio State opens today. The Buckeyes'
solid defense, paced by linebackers Marcus Marek

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