Page 10-Thursday, October 28, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Anthony Carter, Michigan's diminutive
sparkplug and the NCAA's leading punt
returner, runs back a punt against
Notre Dame earlier this season.
Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
Carter ulfilling ' il-American'
By BARB BARKER
Horatio Alger couldn't have told one better.
Shy, small-town boy leaves his southern home
to seek fame and fortune in the North. Over-
whelmed at first, he quickly returns home, but
mother convices him to give the city another try.
He appears for the first time on the northern
football field a few weeks later where he returns
a punt 78 yards for a touchdown in front of a
crowd some four times larger than his native
Riviera Beach, Fla. A modern-day "Strive and
THREE YEARS and two All-American
trophies later, a more mature and more demon-
strative Anthony Carter totes mostly fond
memories of his Michigan football career and
says he can't believe that soon it will all be over.
"I don't regret coming to Michigan at all ex-
cept when it snows," said the 5-11 161-pound
flanker. "Yeah, there are schools wh ere I'd see
the ball more, but I don't think that I'd get the at-
tention that I do at Michigan."
Ann Arbor is certianly not the only town where
the Carter's jersey number one commands at-
tention, as he has altered Big Ten and NCAA
record books as well as virtually re-writing the
Wolverine team marks. .
HIS RECORDS include: Michigan and Big Ten
career touchdown receptions, 33; Michigan
career receptions, 140; Michigan career recep-
tion yards 2,662; Michigan career kickoff return
yards, 1,242; Michigan season touchdown recep-
tions, 14 in 1980; Big Ten season touchdown
receptions, 11 in 1980; Michigan career touch-
downs, 36; Michigan career punt return yards,
837; and Michigan kickoff returns, 128.
Carter is also second on the all-time Michigan
list in career points with 218, trailing only Tom
Harmon, who holds the record with 237. Con-
sidering the Wolvrine co-captain has scored one
touchdown for every four catches in his first
three seasons, (ranking him among the NCAA's
top four in the history of college football), Carter
could very well eventually bypass Harmon's
ALL THIS has made the small-town boy a big-
time campus figure - something which he has
learned to adjust to. "Our relationship's still the same," said Car-
"A lot of people recognize me walking around ter. "I'm still little Schemmy you know. I don't
campus," Carter said. "I'll see them tap think that's changed at all. I talk to him less now
somebody on the shoulder and say, 'Is that really than I did the first three years . .. Sometimes I
him?' I'll just laugh. Sometimes someone will get yelled at too. I think he doesn't yell at me as
come up and ask me if I'm Anthony Carter." much because I can't take it."
Carter says he doesn't always enjoy being SCHEMBECHLER is one man who does not
seen as A.C., number one, as opposed to Anthony have to be convinced of Carter's value to the
Carter the person. Wolverine offensive drive.
"A COUPLE of reporters came up to me after "If he has a super last four games he might
a game and one said 'hey A.C.' I told them A.C. is have a shot at it (the Heisman Trophy)," said
back in the locker room. It bothers me Schembechler. "But one thing witFi Anthony,
sometimes, but I guess they get their kicks off of you've got to go to him. And the one advantage
it." Anthony has is that in all the pass coverages they
Carter's spotlight treatment may have once still have to cover the run."
caused his mother to worry her son was adapting LAST YEAR as a junior, Carter finished
a little too well to the big college town, and she seventh in the Heisman balloting, but has been
has journeyed to Ann Arbor twice to see the plagued by groin and rib injuries this season
flanker in action. which have cut down on playing time.
"She's about as quiet as I am," Carter said. "Right now I think I'm about seventh (in the
"She wanted to be sure I wasn't getting a big race)," said Carter. "I'm not having the greatest
head ... It (the attention) has been really nice. year I could have with the injuries and all. I'm
I've enjoyed it. I talked to my mom and told her hoping in these next four games that I'm going to
I'm still the same guy. see a lot of man to man coverage.. . I've been
"A LOT OF people are pretty happy for me thinking about it (the trophy). It would be great,
back home-coming to Michigan and having the especially in my position as wide receiver."
success that I've had," he continued. "It's a very Although Carter says that he tries not to think
small town you see." beyond the end of the season, he admits he would
Every Alger hero is befriended by an older welcome a chance in the pros.
fatherly figure who takes him under his wing: ; "I'd like to play pro ball and see what I can
Some people have suggested that head Michigan do," he said. "I'd like to prove it to a lot of people
coach Bo Schembechler and Carter possess a who say that I'mjist too small:"
father-son type relationship. Although he says he If Alger were here, he'd certainly put bids in
has had to take a more independent role as the for that one. "Stride and Succeed," Part II.
team captain this year, Carter's teammates con-
tinue to refer to him as little Schemmy.
" 33 career TD
" 2,662 career reception yar-
* 14 touchdown receptions in
1980-Michigan season record
S.11 touchdown catches in conferen-
ce play in,1980-Big Ten season
* 36 career touchdowns-Michigan
SPOR TS OF THE DAIL Y:
Red Wings slip past Blues,
By STEVE HUNTER
Special to the Daily
DETROIT- The Red Wings in many
ways resembled a used car lot last
night at Joe Louis.
They began looking like a Cadillac,
large and powerful, but changed into a
rusty Olds wagon at the start of the
second period with sloppy play. Finally,
Detroit settled down to a dependable
mid-size, running rough in spots but
getting the job done.
ALL OF this resulted in a 5-4 victory
over the St. Louis Blues.
The Red Wings jumped to the lead at
3:35 of the opening period on a goal by
center Walt McKechnie. They carried
the play to the Blues' end of the ice for
most of the stanza and scored again to
take a 2-0 lead.
Danny Gare cleared the puck to Stan
Weir, at center ice, who then passed to
John Ogrodnick, who skated into the
left circle and fired the puck past St.
Louis goalie Mike Liut.
THE BLUES had some chances
themselves, particularly one by Perry
Turnbull, who was practically in Red
Wing goalie Greg Stefan's lap but
couldn't put the puck in the net.
Later in the period, a hard Red Wing
slapshot caught Liut in the facemask
and put him out of the game with a
broken blood vessel. Glen Hanlon
replaced Liut in the net.
The Blues came back in the second
period urged on by sloppy play by the
Red Wings. They scored at 4:56 when
Blair Chapman got a lame power-play
goal by trickling a shot off the skate of
Red Wing Greg Smith. Later that
period two Red Wings mishandled the
puck deep in their own end. Jorgen Pet-
tersson picked it up, put a move on
Stefan which sent him to the ice, and
slammed the goal home.
The Wings came back, however,
when center McKechnie made a nice
drop off pass at center ice, which was
picked up by Reggie Leach and fired in- .
to the net.
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