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Thursday, September 30, 1982

The Michigan Daily.

Falcons' Kenn

well-suited for line

Page 9

To be an offensive lineman in pro
football, one must be willing to sacrifice
glamour, recognition and notoriety. In
fact, an offensive lineman must go as
far as being the most modest and
unassuming player on the team, which
in this time of big bucks and endor-
sements is not an easy task. Thus, one
could say that former Michigan tackle
Mike Kenn of the Atlanta Falcons
makes the perfect offensive lineman.
;Special to the Daily
YPSILANTI - The Michigan
women's volleyball team bounced back
from Tuesday's tough five-game loss to
Michigan State, to defeat Eastern
Michigan, 15-5, 15-9, 15-12.
In the first game, the Wolverines
roared out to an 8-0 lead behind the ser-
ving of Lana Ramthun. All eight points
were served up by Ramthun.
After the match, Michigan head
coach Sandy Vong said, "Our blocking
Was tough and our passing worked well.
We were more relaxed today. We
needed this match."
Michigan's record is now 7-6, 1-4 in
the Big Ten. Eastern Michigan falls to
6-7-1. The Wolverines' next match will
be this Friday at the CCRB beginning at
7:00 p.m. against Indiana.
Tigers dump
'B irds, 3-2 .
Special to the Daily
DETROIT- The Detroit Tigers and
Baltimore Orioles got into a home run
derby last hight at Tiger Stadium, and
the home team's John Wockenfuss hit
the biggest homer -of all as Detroit
downed the Orioles, 3-2.
Wockenfuss's home run came with
none out in the bottom of the ninth to
break a 2-2 tie. The Orioles had
deadlocked the game at two in the top of
the ninth when Jim Dwyer doubled
home John Shelby. Joe Nolan led off the
inning with a walk and was replaced by
Shelby. Shelby moved to second on a
Cal Ripken, Jr. bunt before scoring on
Dwyer's hit.
THE FIRST run of the game came
* when Ripken hit a solo homer in the
second inning. The Tigers' Mike Laga
answered with a home run of his own in
the bottom of the second to tie the game
at one.
In the fourth, the Tigers went up 2-1,
when Chet Lemon hit a home run with
nobody on base.
The winning pitcher for the Tigers
was Dave Tobik, while Tippy Martinez
took the loss for the Orioles.

Ikenn's modesty is evident when he
aescribes his career - which includes
being a first round draft choice in 1978,
a two-time all-Pro and team player
representative - as being "uneven-
"I'm not a big morale booster," said

11 sacks, seems to have little trouble
when it comes to self-motivation.
"I don't think I'll ever be satisfied
with my play," said Kenn. "If I ever
was completely satisfied I would
become complacent. Bo Schembechler
always said that you never stay the
same. You either get better or worse so
you have to keep on pushing yourself
more or else you'll get worse."
If you ask the coaches of the Atlanta
Falcons, the consensus would be that
Kenn seems to be still improving.
"He has always had exceptional
quickness and balance but now he is
gaining more maturity and strength,"
said head coach Leeman Bennett.
"I have never seen anybody with his
quickness and agility," adds Falcon
line coach Bill Walsh.
This quickness and agility, which his
coaches marvel at, comes naturally for
the 6-6, 257-pound tackle.
"As far as fast footstep, I have
natural ability. In the off-season I play
racquetball which is great for eye-hand
coordination. Other than that I just do
some aerobic exercises and weight-
Even with the strike now, Kenn isn't
getting too much time to play racquet-

ball due to the fact that he is the
Falcon's player representative.
"I'm not directly involved in the
negotiations," said Kenn. "I'm just in

volved with the situation in Atlanta,
making sure the players stay
Despite the cancellations of a week of
games and the fact that management
and the player association seem to be
very far apart, Kenn still feels the
season will go on.
"There is too much money to be lost
by both parties for the strike to be long.
The NFL loses $42 million every Sunday
without football."
Now that he doesn't have to worry
about playing on Sundays, Kenn has
found time to keep up with his alma
"I saw the Michigan game against
Notre Dame and I was a little dishear-
tened by the loss. I never played again-
st Notre Dame when I was at Michigan
but I have never liked them."
Although he hasn't been back to Ann
Arbor since he graduated his experien-
ce at Michigan haven't been totally

"The game I remember most was
when we beat Ohio State in 1976 in
Columbus," said Kenn. "I had a great
time at Michigan. Not only did I enjoy
playing football but I also liked it on an
academic level."
With the strike and other pressures
that accompany professional football,
college looks to have been a much
easier and relaxing time for Kenn.
"There is definitely more pressure to
perform in the pros. In college if you
don't perform the worst thing that can
happen is they'll move you down the
bench. In the pros you'll be out of a
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Kenn. "I just go out and do my job."
This business-like attitude seems to
make Kenn more at home in the pro's
than in the emotional high spirited at-
mosphere of college football.
"In the pros it's all self-motivation.
There isn't a coach like in college to
motivate you. Plus the season is twice
as long so you don't depend on other
people to motivate you all the time."
Kenn, who has started in 68 straight
games, been penalized only seven times
in a four year career, and allowed only

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2. Florida State at Ohio State
3. Notre Dame at Michigan State
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