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By BOB WOJNOWSKI
ie gets the distinct impression that
chembechler is not looking past
year's season opener versus
!onsin.
Ve're definitely pointing at that
e," says Schembechler, set to
nhis 14th year at the helm of the
.e and Blue. "We played the worst
e anybody has. ever played for me
sere (Madison) last year."
ST YEAR, MICHIGAN opened the
m at Wisconsin as the nation' s
ber one-ranked college football
ibut left Madison with broken
nal championship dreams and a

21-14 loss to the Badgers. The
Wolverines came back the next week to
beat top-ranked Notre Dame, 25-7, but
the anticipated battle between the
number one and number two teams in
the nation lay in the ruins of the
Badger beating.
"I've been burned on that before and
I'm not gonna let it happen again," says
Schembechler. "Two years ago we lost
to Notre Dame (29-27) but then we won
the title and the Rose Bowl and nobody
remembers that we lost to Notre Dame.
Wisconsin is in the conference-we
won't look past them this year."
If indeed the Wolverines are to regain

the glory of those Rose Bowl champions
of two years ago, they must overcome
the shock and disappointment of last
year's 9-3 record as well as the loss of
three-fifths of their starting offensive
line and both starting running backs.
And if last year's squad was the
preseason favorite but the season's
bust, this campaign's edition shouldn't
have that problem.
"THIS TEAM WILL probably not be
as highly touted as last year's
team-we don't have as many All-Big
Ten and All-American players coming
back," says Schembechler. "We may
be downplayed a bit."
Even if the Wolverines. are down-
played a bit, they should still sport an
explosive-if inconsistent-offense to
go with an improved defense and may
even yet be picked to win the Big Ten
title.
"We will go into next season with an
improved defense-much better than
the one going into last; year," says
Schembechler. "It's small, but very
quick and there's more depth at
linebacker and in the secondary."
MICHIGAN RETURNS just five star-
ters on offense and seven on defense
from last year's squad, which means

there will be some unproven talent in
the starting lineup.
"There is no question that we have
more question marks about our squad's
makeup than we did a year ago," says
the Wolverine head man. "We still
have a pretty decent nucleus returning,
but we do have many more holes to fill
this year."
If there is a key, though, to the 1982
Michigan football fortunes,' it may well
rest in the development of the offensive
line, which lost three All-American
starters to graduation; Kurt Becker,
Bubba Paris and Ed Muransky. Star-
ting tight end Norm Betts also passed
up his final year of eligibility, leaving
the Wolverines with just two starters up
front.
JUNIOR TOM DIXON (6-1, 240) will
once again start at center and junior
Stefan Humphries (6-3, 245) should hold
down the left guard position. Junior'
Jerry Diorio (6-2, 235) is the frontrun-
ner for the other guard position with
sophomores Art Balourdas (6-3~, 230)
and Bob Popowski (6-3, 240), and junior
Doug James (6-4, 242), a converted
defensive tackle., expected to challenge.
Senior Rich Strenger (6-7, 254) and
junior Ron Prusa (6-2, 242), both

backups a year ago, will probably man
the tackle slots. Larry Sweeney (6-0,
230) should back Dixon up at center.
Sophomore Clay Miller (6-5, 240), the
only Michigan player coming off of
knee surgery, will try to fit into a tackle
spot.

Noticeably absent from the Michigan'
offensive line this season is the 270-
pound behemoth that the Wolverines
had in the persons of Muransky and
Paris the past couple of years. But this
does not worry Schembechler.
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Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
ANTHONY CARTER (1) runs for daylight with a number of UCLA defen-
ders hot in pursuit during last year's Bluebonnet Bowl. Carter, a two-time
All-American, caught 50 passes last season for 952 yards. During his three
years at Michigan, Carter has averaged 16.7 yards every time he has
touched the ball, well ahead of the NCAA record of 13.8 set by Nebraska's
Johnny Rodgers.
Jin the

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