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Page 14-Saturday, September 11, 1982-The Michigan Daily

STARTING TAILBACK DUTIES ALL HIS
Ricks to wait no longer

Campbell leads Purd

By RON POLLACK
For Michigan tailback Lawrence
Ricks, the wait is finally over. He
waited his turn for three years, and now
he is the back the Wolverine running
game willbe centered around.
As a sophomore, it appeared that
Ricks wouldn't have to wait his turn. He
gained 850 yards that season on 167
carries, while sharing starting duties
with Butch Woolfolk. For his efforts he
recieved Honorable Mention All-Big
Ten honors.
BUT LAST SEASON, Woolfolk
dominated the Wolverine running as he
rushed for 1,459 yards en route to
becoiing Michigan's all-time leading
rusher. Ricks, meanwhile, saw his
rushing output slip to 413 yards on only
86 carries. Whereas he had split time as
a sophomore, he spent much of his time
on the bench as a junior.
"It was hard, because I was used to
playing a lot and I felt the more I played
the better I got," said Ricks. "But I felt
I would just help the team any way I
could.
"It's always hard when you're used to
playing a lot and then your playing time
is reduced. But that's something you
have to learn to live with when you're in
a program with so much talent.
Sometimes you have to make
sacrifices. It's part of football."
HAVING SPENT last season in a
backup capacity, Ricks has been par-
ticularly eager for the 1982 campaign to
begin. "(I've been) very anxious for the
upcoming season to start, since it's the
first time I won't have to split time,"
said Ricks. "But I will miss Butch and
(fullback) Stan (Edwards). They
helped me out a lot. They helped me
along when I was a freshman and
sophomore."
He may miss Woolfolk and Edwards,
but Ricks' job is to make sure that
Michigan grid fans don't miss the two

departed backs. If he fulfills his pre-
season goals, he should succeed at that.
"My goal is to gain over 1,000 yards,
but I don't know how much over 1,000,"
said the senior from Barberton, Ohio.
"I'm not going into the season just
thinking of running. I also have to block
and fake. But before all of this, I want a
championship. Without that, individual
goals don't mean much."
ALTHOUGH THE graduation of
Woolfolk and Edwards leaves some
very large shoes to fill, Ricks feels no
pressure from the task ahead of him.
"I don't feel any pressure, because I
feel I've proven I can get the job done,"
said Ricks, who runs the 40 in 4.5. "I
don't feel I'm any better or worse than
Butch and Stan. I'll get the job done."
To get the job done, the 5-10, 195-
pound tailback will depend on fleetness
of foot.
"QUICKNESS IS my strongest
asset," said Ricks. "I feel I have good
speed, although not great speed. I also
have good strength for my size.
Although I'm not tall, I do weigh a lot
for my size. Since I'm not a big target,
I'm tough to tackle."
If there is an area that Ricks thinks
he can use some work, it's when he is
hitting a defender instead of vice-versa.
"I could work on my blocking," said
Ricks. "That's always something you
can improve. And also keying holes on
line blocking as far as where you have
to go."
POINTED OUT as neither a
weakness nor a strength by Ricks is his
pass receiving. He did not catch a
single pass last year, but expects that to
change this season.
"I was used as a receiver quite a bit
in spring practice," said Ricks. "I
guess the backs have been used more
and more in the passing game since I
was a freshman. We used to be just
outlets. Now we're used on first down."

Looking beyond his senior year at
Michigan, Ricks assessed his career
options.
"I'd like to try pro football, but I'm
not putting all my eggs into one
basket," said Ricks. "I came here to
play football and get an education. I
won't sacrifice my education for foot-
ball. When I get out of school I'd like to
work for IBM or some company. I
really like to work with computers. I'd
either like to work in marketing or im-
plementation with computers."

BUT IF RICKS makes it with a pro
team, computers would just be an off-
season endeavor until his playing days
come to an end. As a pro, Ricks realizes
that he may well be relegated to the
backup role that he played last year.
"Starting is always something you
want to do, but I Wouldn't mind being a
backup since there's plenty of playing
time in pro football," said Ricks. "The
key is just making the team."
Should he do that, the waiting game
will start all over again.

'Continued from Page 143
Of those 15, seven are from a defense
that flexed its muscles against its
mighty conference foes this past year.
The Badger stop troops ranked second
in the league in total defense (318.8 yar-
ds per game), third in scoring (16.7
pts.) and rushing defense (120.9) and
fourth in stopping the pass (197.9).
THE STANDOUT on this fine
Wisconsin defense was, and in all'
probability will continue to be, Tim
Krumrie. The nose guard led the team
in solo tackles last season with 74 en
route to All-American plaudits.
"Tim leads by example," said Mc-
Clain: "You may knock him down, but
you better stay with him because he's
not going to stay on the ground long.
He's going to be up and give you 110
percent until the whistle blows."

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breeding ground for finequarterbacks,
and if rookie head coach Leon Burtnett
practices as he preaches, this year
should mark the breeding of junior
quarterback Scott Campbell.
"Campbell is a big-time quarter-
back," said Burtnett, who has been a
Boilermaker assistant coach for the
past five years. "Our offensive outlook
will not be totally unlike previous
years. We will emphasize advance of
the football by the forward pass."
AND THAT sets very well with Cam-
pbell, who completed 57.6 percent of his
passes last year for 2,686 and 18 touch-
downs.
"I love to throw the football-it's a
great way to move the ball," said Cam-
pbell, who started all 11 games last
season. "But I don't think I'm out to
prove anything-I'm out to win some
games."
There the Boilermakers could run in-
to problems. Besides some key, though
not heavy, personnel losses, Purdue
plays its four toughest opponents-
Notre Dame, Illinois, Ohio State and
Michigan-on the road. Although 15 of
22 starters return, the Boilermakers
will be faced with major graduation
losses in their receiving corps and
defensive secondary.
"OUR RECEIVING is thin, especially
with the departure of All-Big Ten Steve
Bryant," said Burtnett. "Our defensive
secondary is also a concern as far as
experience and depth."
So it appears that if Purdue is to im-
prove upon last year's 5-6 record, which
included four straight losses to end the
season, it will have to get solid play out
of its veteran offensive and defensive
lines.
The offensive line will be anchored by
senior tackles Tom Jelesky (6-5, 274)
and Claybon Fields (6-5, 277). Retur-
ning at center is senior Paul Royer and
he will be flanked by Mike Brown and
Chris Prince, a pair of seniors who
make it an all-senior offensive line.
RUNNING behind that veteran line
will be transfer tailback Mel Gray, who
took the starting slot from senior Jim-
my Smith in spring practice. Smith, the
Boilers' leading rusher the past two
seasons, will now battle sophomores
Bruce King and Jeff Feulner for the
starting fullback position.
The number two and three receivers
behind Bryant last year return in the
persons of senior Joe Linville and
junior Cliff Benson.
The Purdue defense, fourth overall in
the Big Ten last year, should be even
better this time around with the entire

Daily Photc
PURDUE QUARTERBACK Scott Campbell (10) runs wit
last year's 28-10 loss to Michigan. Campbell completed
passes last season for 2,686 yards. The Boilermakers' Jeff F

Tim Krumrie

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MICHIGAN TAILBACK Lawrence Ricks runs the ball up the middle. In a
backup capacity to Wolverine all-time leading rusher Butch Woolfolk, Ricks
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Lining up alongside Krumrie will be
tackles Darryl Sims and Jeff Dellen-
bach.
IN THE secondary, the Badgers
return starters Matt Vanden Boom
(remember him? Michigan's Steve
Smith does), David Greenwood and
Clint Sims. Vanden Boom and Green-
wood had six interceptions apiece, and
both were noticed when post-season
honors were made. Greenwood was an
All-Big Ten selection, while Vanden
Boom was afforded both All-Big Ten
and All-American status.
The only question mark is at
linebacker, where the only returnee
who saw starting action last year is Jim
Melka. Mark Shumate, who started
every game at defensive tackle last
season, has been made the team's star-
ting left outside linebacker.
The Badger offense tied with Min-
nesota for sixth in scoring last year,
and with eight starters back they look
to improve upon this figure.
AT QUARTERBACK, Wisconsin will
start either Jess Cole or Randy Wright.
Cole was the starter last season, but
was beaten out-by Wright in the spring.
The top receivers look to be Michael
Jones and Tim Stracka, a two year
starter who missed last year with a
fractured collarbone. Tight end Jeff
Nault is also back for another season of
starting duty. The Badgers top two
ground gainers return in the persons of
Chucky Davis and John Williams, both
of whom play tailback. Gerald Green
has been pencilled in at fullback.
-RON POLLACK
6. Purduet
Purdue has long been touted as a

on.
front seven of the Boilers' 5-2 defense
returning intact.
Last season's two leading tacklers-
linebackers Brock Spack and Mark
Brown-highlight the veteran Purdue
defense. Tackles Matt Hernandez (6-6,
265) and Chris Scott (6-4, 239), ends
David Frye (6-1, 202) and Andy Glad-
stone (6-2, 203) and middle guard Casey
Moore (6-1, 248) round out the Boiler-
maker defensive wall. The entire
secondary has graduated.
The kicking duties will again be han-
dled by Tim Clark and punter Matt Kin-
zer (38.8 avg.). -
-BOB WOJNOWSKI
7. Indiana
Indiana head coach Lee Corso leads
the Big .Ten in jokes told and punch
lines completed every year. Unfor-
tunately for Hoosier fans, those were

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