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SPORTS
Friday, September 10, 1982

The Michigan Daily

Page 17

A.C.

1982 edition

All-American Carter unveils his new image

By BOB WOJNOWSKI
Picture the following scene.
There are a dozen or so 260-pound
behemoths pumping iron in the
Michigan weight room in preparation
for the upcoming football season. In
their midst is a smallish, spindly-
legged 21-year-old man, dutifully slap-
ping paint on the cinder block walls.
NOW YOU might not consider that
such a terribly unusual sight until you
understand that the painter is a football
player. He is a wide receiver-touted as
the best in the nation this year-and the
paint-flecked hands are the ones in
which Michigan's 1982 football fortunes
have been largely placed. Yes, the
painter is the man who hopes to lead the
260-pound musclemen to great heights
this season and his name, now as
recognizable as any in Wolverine foot-
ball history, is Anthony Carter.
The obvious question is asked. What's
a fine football player like you doing
painting weight room walls, Anthony?
"Well, I've working for the Athletic
Department this summer," says the
man who left the hot sand of Riviera
Beach, Fla. to catch footballs in the
snow.
Your teammates must admire your
ambition and desire to make the weight
room a better place in which to train,
huh? "Yeah, all they do is pick at me. I
get more paint on me than the wall I
think."
AH YES, introducing Anthony Car-
ter, 1982 edition. To say that Carter has
turned over a new brush this season not
only makes for a good pun but is also
fairly accurate. Painfully shy for much
of his Michigan career, Carter enters
his senior year hoping to become the
team leader that he has never been, and
vowing to shed the cloak of bashfulness
that-he has worn for three years now.
"I'm the same quiet-type guy, but
you can't hide forever," he says. "In
1980 (Andy) Cannavino and (George)
Lilja assumed the leadership. I think I

can do that too."
Rising in proportion to Carter's open-
ness is his rise to the top of the college
football world-indeed the former may
be a function of the latter. Whereas in
the past he spoke to the media only
when necessary, Carter seems to have
resigned himself to accepting the fan-
fare and attention that he is sure to get
as Michigan's first bona fide Heisman
Trophy candidate since, well, since An-
thony Carter, 1981 model. "A lot of
people have been talking to me about it
(the Heisman)," he says. "But it's not
up to me. I just go out and do the best I
can."
THAT'S STANDARD explanation
number five for handling the media
crush, but what's the real scoop, An-
thony? "Well, I finally got a girlfrie'nd
up here, so it's not too bad."
Indeed, this season may mark the
most settled of Carter's four years at
Michigan. Though he professes hap-
piness and contentment now, such was
not always the case. "When I first got
here, I left (for home)," says the 5-11,
161-pound speedster. "But it's been bet-
ter than I thought."
Carter allegedly chose Michigan over
the University of Texas because his
high school counselor had a Michigan
background. Regardless, he had more
adjustments to make than most fresh-
man football players because he was a
talented receiver from the deep South
coming to the blustery North to play for
a run-dominated team. However, he
brushes aside suggestions that a pass-
oriented program would have better
suited him. "I probably would have had
more catches, but not as much
recognition," he says.
FOR SURE, the recognition and ac-
claim that Carter has gathered is
astounding. Says Gil Brandt, Personnel
Director for the Dallas Cowboys:
"Having witnessed throughout the
years, many great athletes, it is dif-
ficult to recall anyone with the ability to

alter the course of a football game as
quickly as Anthony Carter."
There's more-from Indiana wide
receiver Duane Gunn: "People around
the league have compared me to An-
thony Carter, and I'm honored by that
since Anthony Carter is the greatest
receiver I've ever seen. And that in-
cludes the Lynn Swanns."
And if anybody has the numbers to
back up such talk it is the flashy flanker
from Florida. Carter is already the
holder of five Michigan career records
and is within reach of three more, in-
cluding Rick Leach's all-time touch-
down mark of 34 (Carter has 31). In ad-
dition, the two-time All-American is at-
tempting to become only the second
player in Michigan history to garner
All-American honors three straight
years (Bennie Oosterbaan did it in 1925-
27). However, the only record that Car-
ter admits he is excited about is the
NCAA mark of 13.8 all-purpose yards
per opportunity held by Nebraska
IA __ _ _

Heisman Trophy winner Johnny
Rodgers, a mark that Carter is well on
his way to obliterating. He enters the
season averaging 17.0 yards per oppor-
tunity.
BUT THE biggest rave of all comes
from Wolverine head coach Bo Schem-
bechler, who says: "I believe he's the
most gifted athlete I've ever had.
"Last year, I don't think you saw the
real Anthony Carter since he was in-
jured some. But he had a great spring,
and that along with Steve'Smith's im-
proved passing will make him better,"
continues Schembechler.
Indeed, if Carter is the painter, then
quarterback Smith is balancing the
ladder. If there is one conditional to
Carter's success this season, besides
his health, it is the passing of Smith, an
area that doesn't have Carter too con-
cerned. "Monday through Thursday
this summer I played catch with
Smith," he says. "He's coming around
a lot and we'll probably throw a little
more (this season)."
The passing game may well be more
vital to the Michigan offense than it has
been in quite a while. But, according to
Carter, it is a new attitude that will lift
the Wolverines this season. "Last year
we got a little too high above our
heads," he says. "I can say from spring
ball, the guys are hungrier. This spring
we had one of the toughest (trainings)
ever."
Whether or not the quiet, spindly-
legged painter they call A.C. can
assume the leadership reins of the team
remains ,to be seen. He received some
backing earlier this week when he was
named one of Michigan's tri-captains
for the upcoming season. But back to
the more important matter of the
weight room. Come on Anthony, Don
Canham must pay pretty well for all the
abuse you've put up with, huh? "It's
alright. I only get paid once every two
weeks though," says the man who pain-
ts as pretty a picture on the football
field as he does on a weight room wall.

Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
MICHIGAN FLANKER Anthony Carterheads upfield (top) and leads the
blocking for former Wolverine running back Buch Woolfolk (bottom).

Carter
..,offensive captain

FIRST CLASS SAVINGS!

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ashington quits
RON POLLACK joined the Wolverine basketball squad,
e Greg Washington, a fine but only received limited playing time - p
thlete who was a member in six games before severe back t
e Michigan football and spasms sidelined him. si
eams this past year, tran- Washington returned to the gridiron m
entral Michigan where he for spring practice, where he was swit- r
rate solely on basketball. ched from wide receiver to outside 1U
Mq - dn1int Wa hi ot n was linebacker and later to strong safety.

football
This is the second year the 6-3, 221-
ound Thompson will be a member of
he coin-toss crew. Last year, the out-
ide linebacker gained honorable-
nention All-American honors and has
egistered 22 tackles for losses totaling
l0 yards over the past two seasons.
At 6-1, 208 pounds, outside linebacker
3irgash is ranked 10th in the all-time
dichigan tackle column and was also
n honorable mention All-American
election last fall.
The only other three-leader Michigan
quad was in 1976 when Kirk Lewis,
Sob Lytle and Calvin O'Neal headed a
ig Ten co-championship team.
-BARB BARKER

me o-s, zu)-pounu as ngw wa
amed the country's top high school
athlete two years ago. He was All-State
in both football and basketball at
Detroit Western High School.
A WIDE receiver on the football team
as a freshman, Washington saw action
in nine of 12 games. He did not catch
any passes.
When the grid campaign ended he

Tri-captains selected
Flor only the second time in
Michigan football history, three cap-
tains will lead the Wolverine gridiron
squad as seniors Anthony Carter, Paul
Girgash and Robert Thompson were
elected 1982 tri-captains earlier this
week.

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