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Thursday, September 16, 1982

ichigan Daily

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Woolfolk starting -but not home free
By DAN NEWMAN But the 6-2 fullback is perhaps best things I've never done before." One factor in Woolfolk's favor i
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The New York Giants wasted no time
in making Butch Woolfolk the seven-
teenth player selected in the 1982
National Football League draft. And
Woolfolk has wasted no time in
establishing himself as the Giants' star-
ting fullback.
He has replaced veteran Rob Carpen-
ter in the Giants' backfield, and in the
Giants' opener against the Atlanta
Falcons, Woolfolk carried the ball 17
times and gained 64 yards.

remembered for his clutch performan-
ces in key games. Woolfolk was named
MVP of the Rose Bowl after rushing for
182 yards in a 23-6 Wolverine victory
over Washington and MVP of the 1981
Bluebonnet Bowl after gaining 186 yar-
ds to key a 33-14 victory over UCLA.
IF WOOLFOLK misses those.
dramatic performances - like his 253-
yard game against Michigan State last '
year - he will not admit to it. "I like to
move on with time and I don't like
looking back."

One of those things that Woolfolk
didn't do much of before was catch
passes. Last season as a Wolverine,
Woolfolk caught only nine passes for a
total of 55 yards. In a pre-season game
against Miami, Woolfolk made an over

speed (4.2 for 40 yards) and his age
(24). Another plus is Woolfolk's positi:-
ve attitude toward his own potential.
"I'm going to use whatever God gave
me to the best of my abilities," ex-
plained Woolfolk. "If I was a com-
petitor, which I am, I could never be
sure I had reached it (potential). I'm
striving and searching for it, and I'll
keep searching for it."

'In college and high school, football was
just an extracurricular activity. I was
always taken care of. But now I'm looking
at the game from a different perspective.
It's the only thing I do so I see it as a
profession and like a 9-5 job.'
-Butch Woolfolk

THE GAME not only marked
Woolfolk's NFL debut, but also his
return to his home state. The former
Wolverine expressed some ambivalent
feelings about his return to New Jersey.
"It's a strange feeling that is really dif-
ficult to explain," said Woolfolk. "I like
New Jersey, but I don't want to be so
close to home. It's not an ego thing
either... I really appreciate being able
to play in front of my family and good
friends. I just like to progress."
Woolfolk progressed significantly in
his four years at Michigan, leaving
behind a list of accomplishments. He is
the Wolverines' all-time leading rusher
with 3,861 yards, a feat accomplished on
another Wolverine career record of 718

Such an attitude may have made the
transition from college to the pro ranks
easier for Woolfolk. He claims to have
matured tremendously since
graduating from Michigan just last
"In college and high school football
was just an extracurricular activity. I
was always taken care of. But now I'm
looking at the game from a different
perspective. It's the only thing I do so I
see it as a profession and like a 9-5 job."
WOOLFOLK says that there are a lot
of psychological differences between a
pro and a college athlete. "You're still
protected in college," he said. "I've got
a lot more worries as a Giant. I'm
living alone in my own place and trying
to run my finances, and I'm doing

-the-shoulder touchdown, and that was
uncharacteristic of the old Butch
"The major difference in the pros is
the passing game. We didn't pass that
much at Michigan and when we did, it
was to an All-American wide receiver.
But here we pass 65 percent and I'm
called on to do much more in the same
"I'VE DEVELOPED quite a bit as a
pass catcher and blocker . . . Before, I
was never running patterns way down-
field or asked to make long catches."
Woolfolk is also quick to point out that
the pros hit a lot harder, even in prac-
tice. "These guys are very physical,"
he said. "I have to face Lawrence
Taylor everyday and, man, he is
Woolfolk secured himself financially,
temporarily at least, by signing a multi-
year contract in the summer.
However, he is still a rookie adjusting
to new teammates, coaches and team
plays. Woolfolk realizes that his work
is cut out for him, even considering he
has emerged from a successful sum-
mer camp as the Giants' starting


... successful in debut

Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
Michigan's all-time leading rusher, Butch Woolfolk, will be in a Giants'
uniform when he makes his national television debut Monday night against
the Green Bay Packers. The former Wolverine set numerous individual
records during his four years at Michigan.

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Notre Dame Observer Sports Writer
The late winter of 1982 was not kind to
Notre Dame starting center Mark
After coming off his first season at
center for the Irish, and reaching peak
physical strength from a winter weight-
training program, the 6-4, 253-pound
enior from Massillon, Ohio, contracted
mononucleosis and pneumonia.
Fischer's bout with mono not only made
him miss the entire spring football
program, but also caused his weight to
drop by 40 pounds, from 245 to 205.
MANY OTHER player entering the
final stage of his college football career
,nay have thrown in the towel, but for
ark Fischer, the battle might have
been lost, but not the war.
"I wanted to come back after last
ear's 5-6 season," said Fischer. "I
,ouldn't end my collegiate career after
that last game (a 37-15 loss to Miami,
So, with the advice of his coaches to
work out as much as possible over the
summer, Fischer went home to Ohio at

r center of Irish attack

a very trim weight for an offensive
lineman, 212 pounds. However, the task
.of adding bulk to his frame was not a
strange one for Fischer.
IN THE spring of 1981, Fischer, a
former tight end, was tabbed as the
man to fill the vacant center position
formerly held by All-American John
Scully. Apprehensive at first about
moving to center because of his size,
Fischer quickly dispelled any doubts he
harbored when he added 20 pounds over
the summer of '81, and returned in the
fall as an effective blocker possessing
both good technique and good size.
The summer of 1982 would be no dif-
ferent from years past. For Fischer, it
was time to start all over again. His
coaches told him that they would like to
see him return in the fall at 245. He was
determined to come back, and to come
back strong.
Following a few workouts at Notre
Dame and also using his own free
weights in the spring, Fischer trained
religiously five days a week at his alma
mater, Central Catholic High School.
"I never once missed a weight workout
during the summer," adds Mark.

THE STARTING center arrived at
camp in mid-August as a solid 255
pounds, much to the delight of his
"Coach (Jim) Higgins couldn't
believe it," says Fischer. "Coach
(Gerry) Faust had a bet with coach
Higgins that I'd return at 250. Coach
Faust won." The most important thing
for Fischer was that he surpass all of
his strength goals, and was ready to
play football.
This season, Mark Fischer will be an-
choring the middle of an offensive line
which should be much improved from
last year. For the resident of Dillon
Hall, there is no better asset than ex-
perience. When asked how the Irish
line will fare against the Michigan
defense. Fischer responded, "The ex-
perience obtained last year will make
us much better able to deal with any
defensive variation Michigan throws up
against us."
So, when the Irish offensive unit gets
its first crack at moving the ball Satur-

day night, look for Gerry Faust to send
out an aggressive offensive line - with
senior center Mark Fischer leading the

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Sixers acquire Malone

HOUSTON (AP)- The Houston
Rockets traded Moses Malone, the
National Basketball Association's most
valuable player last season, to the

Philadelphia 76ers yesterday in ex-
change for forward Caldwell Jones and
a first-round draft pick.
Rockets' owner Charlie Thomas said
Malone indicated he preferred to play
in Philadelphia.
"WE THANK him for his six seasons
with the Rockets and wish him well
with the 76ers," Thomas said.
"But we feel we are building a team
for the future and the draft selection we
acquired today is a major step," he
Jones, a 10-year NBA veteran,
averaged 7.9 points and grabbed 708
rebounds in 81 games for the 76ers last
MALONE SIGNED an offer sheet
with the 76ers on Sept. 2, calling for a
reported $13.2 million over six years.
The Rockets received a copy of the of-
fer sheet the following day, and under
the Robertson Agreement, had 15udays
to match it or lose Malone.
Malone has been an NBA All-Star five
times. He is considered one of the top
rebounders in league history, and the
76ers need help on the boards.
The Rockets will get the first-round
pick in the 1983 college draft that the

76ers received in October 1977 from
Cleveland in exchange for the late
Terry Furlow.
The Rockets will draft in Cleveland's
position in the 1983 draft and Rockets
General Manager Ray Patterson said
the team had a good chance to draft a
top player.
"If we get an outstanding center with
our No. 1 draft pick he (Jones) can step
out and play side-by-side with him at
forward," Harris said.

... rebounds from illness
There will be a "send-off" rally for
the Michigan football team this Friday
at 5:00 p.m. in front of South Quad. The
team will be boarding the bus there and
will leave directly for South Bend for
Saturday's game against Notre Dame.
Head coach Bo Schembechler and the
team tri-captains-Anthony Carter,
Robert Thompson and Paul Girgash-
are expected to speak briefly. Members
of the Michigan Marching Band and the
cheerleaders will also be in attendance.
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American League
Milwaukee 5, Tigers 3
Toronto 3, Oakland 2
Cleveland 7, Boston 4
National League
St. Louis 8, Philadelphia 0
Houston 5. Atlanta 4
Chicago 7. Pittsburgh 2


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