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Page 10-Tuesday, September 14, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Wildcats prowl

conference cellar

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GRIDDE PICKS

Editor's note: This is the first article in a nine-part
series examining each of Michigan's 1981 Big Ten op-
ponents.
By BARB BARKER
Although setting the 'all-time collegiate record for. con-
secutive defeats may be the most memorable event of Nor-
thwestern's 1981 football season, the Wildcats also cracked
two Big Ten individual marks-most punts and most kickoff
returns, which may account for their now 33-game losing
streak.
There are not many positive things you can say about a
gridiron squad whose defense allowed 505 points in 11 games
last season, and whose offense generated a season total of 82
points and averaged just 36.9 offensive yards per game. Ex-
cept, perhaps, that they know how to keep their goals in per-
spective.
"WE WANT TO win one game," said Northwestern head"
coach Dennis Green prior to the opening of this year's
season. "We want to win that game as fast as we can, that's
our first goal. Then our second goal is to get our second win
and the whole time make improvement. If we show that kind
of improvement, I think we can come out of the season
pleased."
Northwestern's closest confrontation last year was against
Indiana where the Hoosiers squeaked out a one-point win.
Yet last weekend, the Wildcats were blanked in Bloomington,
30-0. Coupled. with their opening-game 49-13 loss to Illinois,
the Cats are still locked in the cellar, but Green is hoping
their non-conference competition will open the victory door.
Northwestern's non-Big Ten opponents are Miami of Ohio

- and Northern Illinois.
Despite these facts, and the knowledge that he has only 13
returning starters on this year's squad, Green said there is a
lot to like in his team.
"The biggest thing I like right now is that we are getting
some leadership," he said. "We have guys who are not afraid
to go to the forefront and express themselves to the staff or
the team, and we have some guys who are tired of being the
doormats of the Big Ten Conference."
One of "those guys" is senior offensive tackle Chris Hinton,
who as a tight end last season had an 83-yard performance
against Michigan.
"This is my last time around, and it may be the last time I
play football," he said. "I don't want to leave with the
monkey on my back that I only won one game in four
years."
At the helm of the Wildcat offense is sophomore quarter-
back Kevin Villars, who started six games last season as a
freshman, completing 52 percent of his passes for 773 yards
and was named second team freshman All-America by Foot-
ball News.
Defensively, Green is looking for outside linebacker Rick
Raffin to emerge as a team leader. The 6-3, 215-pound senior
was voted most valuable player last year and led the team in
tackles with 119.
When all the strengths and weaknesses of this year's Nor-
thwestern squad are weighed, their best weapon may well by
oft-used punter John Kidd. The 6-3, 205-pound punter, who
also plays split end, set the Big Ten record for most punts last
year with 65 season boots and could see more action this
year.

Big Ten previaw
Northwestern

For all you purported prognosticators
out there, it's time to kick off the
Daily's annual, and now infamous,
Gridde Picks contest. Just clip out the
games listed below, circle the teams
you fearlessly forecast as the winners,
pick the score of the Michigan game
and get the darn thing over to the Daily
offices, 420 Maynard, before midnight
Friday. If you prove to be the most
proficient prognosticator, you will win
a small, one-item pizza from Pizza
Bob's. Be sure to put your name, ad
dress and phone number on the paper.

Green
... looks for win

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SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
Inexperienced lin

By JESSE BARKIN
When coach Sue LeClair took her
women's golf team down to the Illinois
State Invitational this week in Normal,
Ill, she knew that her inexperienced
team would not fare too well.
Therefore, it was no surprise when
Michigan placed ninth in the 11-team
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LeClair used three freshmen and one
sophomore in the six-women unit which
could partly account for the team's low
finish. It was the lone senior on the
squad, Karyn Colbert, that provided
one bright spot during the weekend.
Colbert tied for an overall sixth place
individually with scores of 80-77-79 in
the 54-hole tournament.
MICHIGAN State won the in-
vitational with a total score of 925 (four
scores per round), and was followed by
Steven's College and Illinois State. The
Wolverines scored 1052 for the 12 roun-
ds.
LeClair said the inexperience was
clearly evident during the match but
saw it as a learning experience. "The
freshmen were especially nervous, but
with (this) one under their belt, I think
they'll improve next time," she said.
LeClair also said she was pleased
with the performance of freshman Jean
Schuster who managed to improve her
score in each round, although the In-
vitational was her first organized com-
petition ever.
Next weekend Michigan will host the
Lady Wolverine Invitational.

1. MICHIGAN at Notre Dame
(pick score)
2. Ohio State at Michigan State
3. Syracuse at Ilinois
4. UCLA at Wisconsin
5. USC at Indiana
6. Minnesota at Purdue
7. Miami, Oh. at Northwestern
8. New Mexico at Nebraska
. Boston College at Clemson
10. Utah at Texas
11. Mississippi at Alabama
12. Maryland at W. Virginia
13. Oklahoma at Kentucky
14. Pitt at Florida State
15. Rutgers at Penn State
"y *16. Delaware at Temple
w 17. Columbia at Harvard
Kidd 18. Bowling Green at Central Michigan
19. Towson State at Shippensburg
... record setting punter 20. DAILY LIBELS at Shamrock State
tksters ninth
team "to a situation where we're into a
game without kickers."
However Clark reserved the right to
end the suspension before next Monday.
BUT AS it stood after his meeting
with the two kickers, who walked out
last week because they were
% . dissatisfied at being on their option
years without new contracts, John
James would be doing the punting for
Detroit for a second straight game and
Bob Thomas would kick field goals and
extra points.
Thomas, was signed last Thursday
and kicked a field goal and two extra
points in Detroit's season opening 17-10
victory over Chicago, the team which
cut him.
Colbert Sale falls through
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Peter
... bright spot for 'M' Pocklington, owner of the North
ers still out American Soccer League's Edmonton
ITIA (UI)- etrit LonsDrillers, says a deal to sell the team toO
TIAC (UPI)- Detroit Lions Detroit businessman Sonny Van Arnem
Monte Clark continued the has fallen through.
sion of his regular placekickers, "He has no money and I'm not going
Murray and Tom Skladany, for to waste any more of my time,"
r week without pay yesterday, Pocklington said of negotiations with
he did not want to expose the Van Arnem.

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