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ninth in the league in scoring.
Nonetheless, there is reason for op-
timism and Corso, turning serious for a
moment, spoke of the stars of his offen-
"We should be more explosive," he
said. "Babe Laufenberg is an All-
American candidate. By the end of 1981,
he was a good quarterback and was
very good this spring. With (wide
receiver) Duane Gunn, we have an in-
stant touchdown threat."
Laufenberg completed 57 percent of
his passes last year. Gunn had 31 recep-
tions, averaging 21.2 yards per catch.
RUNNING BACKS John Roggeman,
John Mineo and Jack Walsh are all
back. That's the good news. The bad
news is that each gained less than 300
yards on the ground this past season.
Also returning are five starters along
the offensive line in the persons of
Chuck Gannon, Mark Rodriguez, Jim
Sakanich, Mark Filburn and Jeff
Who knows, with nine starters
coming back on offense and eight
players on defense who have been star-
ters at some time during the past two
years, Indiana fans may have
something to smile at this season
besides Corso's wit.
8. Michigan State
In the past, Michigan State has pin-
ned its hopes for success on a "wing and
a prayer," so to speak. The Spartans
would rely heavily on the wing of their
quarterback and hope that one of their
receivers would catch the prayers he
Well this season the Spartans have a
capable wing in the person of senior
105 receptions, 1,797 yards and 14
touchdowns, as Michigan State finished
second in the Big Ten in passing offen-
se. But the Spartans also finished
seventh in both rushing offense and
total defense, and therein lay the shor-
tcomings of this year's Spartan squad.
"We know we can pass as effectively
as anyone in the conference," said
third-year head coach Muddy Waters
"What we have to do is get our running
game up to the same level of proficien-
HEADING the list of Michigan State
running backs is sophomore Aaron
Roberts, who led the team with 461 yar-
ds and a 4.9 yards per carry average.
Seniors Darrin McClelland and Marcus
Toney will vie for time at fullback.
Opening the holes for them will be a
relatively inexperienced line headed by
All-Big Ten center Tom Piette.
Michigan State will be switching to a
5-2 defense this season in an effort to
slow the opponents' running games.
Anchoring the defense will be junior co-
captain Carl Banks at one end position.
Banks was All-Big Ten last season as an
"With a great player like Carl Banks
we feel we can effectively stop runners
that were so damaging to us last fall,"
SENIOR JOE Stevens returns at the
other end and seniors Howard McAdoo
and Smiley Creswell are back at the
The Spartans have also lost James
Burroughs and Thomas Morris from
their defensive backfield and kicker
Morten Andersen to graduation.
Sophomore Ralf Mojsiejenko will han-
dle place-kicking and punting duties.
If the Spartans suspect defense
doesn't kill them; their schedule might.
They open with Illinois, Ohio State,
Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame and
Michigan on successive weekends.
Now comes the really hard part.
Iowa won the Big Ten Championship
last year, but must rebuild now that 15
starters have graduated. With only a
handful of starters returning, the
Hawkeyes may find their fall in the con-
ference standings to be as rapid as last
RAVAGED BY graduation was the
pride and joy of last year's Iowa squad,
the defense. Only two starters will be
back from the Big Ten's best defense, a
fact which has Hawkeye coach Hayden
Fry concerned, although not discon-
"It's going to be tough to match the
record of last year's defensive team,"
said Fry. "The only starters we return
are (defensive tackle) Mark Bortz and
(strong safety) Bobby Stoops. Bortz is
as good as any defensive tackle in the
country. We'll need to score more poin-
ts this year, but at the same time we're
not going to be as poor defensively as
The most untested part of the
Hawkeye defense looks to be their
secondary. As of July 1, Iowa had two
sophomores and a freshman listed as
starters along with Stoops. They were
sophomores Keith Hunter and Zane
Corbin along with freshman Devon
Mitchell, who was red-shirted last year.
ON OFFENSE, Iowa will have more
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By RON POLLACK
Previous high standards so,
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Last season's Michigan defense only
gave up 13.5 points per game. Most
college football teams would be over-
joyed with such a statistic. Yet, those
involved with the Wolverine squad
speak of "higher standards" when this
statistic is mentioned.
"It's no secret that I was somewhat
disappointed by our defensive play last
year," said Michigan head coach Bo
Schembechler. "I like to dominate that
phase of the game, and we just didn't do
that last fall. Perhaps it's impossible to
dominate anymore because the offen-
ses are so good. It was a pretty good
unit in terms of the rest of the nation,
but it didn't match up to Michigan stan-
"NO MEMBER of last year's defen-
sive squad was named to the All-Big
Ten first unit," Schembechler con-
tinued. "In each of my previous 12
years at Michigan, we had at least two
players named to that squad each and
every year. We didn't break often last
year, but we did bend. Teams con-
trolled the ball against us and I'm not
used to seeing that at Michigan."
"We have a lot to prove," said
linebacker Robert Thompson, an All-
American candidate. "Most defenses
would have been happy with what we
had last year. But this is Michigan and
we have higher standards."
If the Wolverines are to reach the
higher standards of past Michigan
defenses, they won't have to do it with
mirrors. There is plenty of talent retur-
"I DO FEEL, barring injuries, that
we will be a better defensive team this
fall," said Schembechler. "We didn't
lose too many people to graduation and
our depth should be better."
The people that the Wolverines did
lose on defense were defensive backs
Brian Carpenter and Tony Jackson,
outside linebacker Ben Needham and
tackle Tony Osbun.
Carpenter was the squad's best man-
to-man defender, but injuries to him
allowed other players to gain experien-
ce at his cornerback position. Jackson
led the team in interceptions with six,
which he returned for 121 yards. Osbun
also owned a season's best. He led
Michigan in tackles for losses with 12
for -61 yards. Needham ranked fourth
on the team in tackles with 64 and was
named Defensive MVP in last year's 33-
14 Bluebonnet Bowl victory over UCLA.
ALTHOUGH Carpenter and Jackson
have graduated, the Wolverines are
very deep in their secondary. In fact,
Michigan returns four players at that
position who saw starting time last
At the -'cornerback slots, seniors
Marion Body (5-10, 180) and Jerry
Burgei (5-10, 189), and junior Evan
Cooper (6-0, 172) all found themselves
in the starting lineup at one time or
another. Body and Burgei started six
games last year, while Cooper was a
starter for four contests. Senior John
Lott (6-0, 180) should also see playing
Burgei was the leading tackler
quarterback John Leister, and a trio of
prayer-catchers that just may be the
finest set of receivers in the country.
"THE BEST receivers in the nation
are at Michigan State-as an overall
unit," boldly predicts Leister, who
completed 48 percent of his passes for
1,097 yards last season while splitting
time with the departed Bryan Clark.
Seniors Otis Grant and Ted Jones and
junior Daryl Turner are the three
receivers the Spartans are counting on
to help improve on last year's 5-6
record. Collectively, they accounted for
among Wolverine cornerbacks with 55.
He also picked off three enemy passes.
Cooper made 35 tackles and had two in-
terceptions. Body brought down op-
posing players on 20 occasions to go
with his one interception.
THE OTHER Michigan defensive
back to line up as a starter last season
was strong safety Keith Bostic (6-1,
205). Bostic, now a senior, started in 11
of the Wolverines' 12 contests, during
which time he led'all Michigan defen-
sive backs in tackling with 74. He also
picked off three passes.
. "Keith Bostic could become the
premier strong safety in the nation this
fall," said Schembechler. "He has as
much talent as any other player I've
had at that position. There isno
question he deserves All-American
consideration." Bostic received such
consideration last year when he was
named Honorable Mention All-
Backing up Bostic will be senior Jeff
Cohen (5-11, 194) and sophomore Greg
Washington (6-3, 215). Cohen lettered
two seasons ago, while Washington was
moved from wide receiver to the secon-
dary during spring ball. Washington
played both football and basketball last
season, but will concentrate just on
football this year.
WHILE THE strong safety spot is set
with Bostic, the free safety slot is up in
the air with the loss of Jackson. Bat-
tling for thestarting job are Cooper,
senior (junior eligibility) Rich Hewlett
(6-1, 195) and sophomore Brad Cochran
Hewlett was red-shirted last season,
as he was moved from quarterback to
safety. In Cochran, Michigan has a
player who can stay with opposing
team's speed merchants as he runs the
40 in 4.4.
An important factor in how well the
Wolverines defense the pass will be how
much they improve their pass rush.
"WE'RE GOING to work more on our
pass rush," said Thompson, who was a
co-captain on last year's squad. "We
didn't get to the quarterback enough
last year. We're going to play more
games such as criss-crossing our
linemen to free the linebackers and
keep the offense guessing. But I think
we'll look for more of a rush from the
Schembechler also expressed a
desire for improved play on the defen-
sive.line. "I just wasn't happy with our
performance here in '81. If Winfred
Carraway had been healthy, however, I
might have felt differently. He's our
best lineman and we need a great year
from him, something he is very capable
Carraway (6-2, 240) suffered through
an injury-marred junior campaign last
year, and only started in six games at
defensive tackle as a result. Fighting
for the tackle spot opposite Carraway
will be junior Vince DeFelice (6-2, 245)
and sophomores Mike Hammerstein (6-
4,225) and Kevin Brooks (6-6, 230). Clay
Miller, who started three games at
defensive tackle last season, has been
moved to offensive tackle.
AT MIDDLE guard, sophomore Al
Sincich (6-1, 227) returns for Michigan.
As a freshman, Sincich started in five of
the Wolverines last six games. Sincich,
"a real scrapper" according to Schem-
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IOWA'S JEFF BROWN cradles the ball during the Hawkeyes' 9-7 victory
over Michigan last season. Brown was Iowa's leading receiver last year with
20 receptions for 301 yards. He also returned punts, and ranked fourth in the
Big Ten inthis categoy.
WOLVERINE SAFETY KEITH Bostic (13) soars into the air to snare an
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