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The, Michigan Daily - Saturday, September

Page 6 - The MichiganI

Daily -- Saturday, September 10, 1983

M versus the Evergreen


Sheikh's gone,
Bracken's back to punt
but placekckin job ope

Bo looks for k

Besides the unenviable task of having
to fight their way through another Big
Ten football season, the Michigan
Wolverines must once again face a
tough non-conference schedule that will
have the defending Big Ten champs
going up against a couple of talented
and eager Pac-10 squads.
In past years Michigan has faced non-
conference opponents the likes of Notre
Dame, UCLA, and South Carolina in
match-ups of highly-ranked
powerhouses. This season, however, a
new element has been added. In what is
shaping up to become a battle of state
bragging rights, the Wolverines will
play Washington's finest in the Univer-
sity of Washington and Washington
LAST YEAR, Washington was
ranked number one in almost every
pre-season poll. Unfortunately for the.
Huskies, this year's outlook is not as
rosy since 16 starters have been lost to
graduation, including record-setting
placekicker Chuck Nelson and the
whole starting wide receiver crew. But
shed no tears for James. He still has
plenty of talent returning. In fact, con-
sidering that the Wolverines must
travel 2000 miles to play before a
stadium full of Husky fanatics on Sep-.
tember 17, his squad may be the
toughest Michigan faces all year.
At quarterback, .Washington will
have senior Steve Pelluer calling the
signals. Although he lost his job to Tim
Cowan late in the season last year after
two poor performances, Pelluer still
managed to throw for 1,229 yards and 10
touchedowns. Joining Pelluer in the
backfield will be the Pac-10 leading
rusher last year, Jacque Robinson, who
ran for 926 yards despite some early

season injuries. A healthy Robinson
will definitely give the Wolverine front
line a good early season test.
Defensively, the Huskies will have to
prove themselves again as All-America
linebackers Mark- Stewart and Tony
Caldwell have gone, along with the
starting secondary. However, six let-
termen return in the secondary and the
defensive line could be effective if
senior Scott Garnett can return from a
nagging foot injury.
Overall, Washington will field
another strong team in 1983, and could
possibly return to Pasadena where it
last faced Michigan in 1981 when the
Wolverines won, 23-6.
Washington State has had a couple of
roller coaster yeaers over the last two
seasons and hopes to find itself on a
peak this year. Following an 8-3-1 cam-
paign two years ago, the Cougars fell to
3-7-1 last season.
Things will probably not be too much
better for Jim Walden's squad in 1983,
although a veteran defense that returns
18 lettermen could keep Washington
State alive for a while. However, a
weak and inexperienced offense, led by
option quarterback Ricky Turner, will
hurt the Cougars and probalby keep its
defense on the field for long stretches at
a time.
As a result of the young Cougar offen-
se, they would seem to be an easy
season opening opponent for the
Wolverines. But Schembechler would
be wise to take note of the Cougars'
tough defense as well as of all the
Washington fans who had to cancel
their trips to California after
Washington State beat the Huskies last
year in the season finale.

For the first time in four years, the
Michigan football team has to worry af-
ter it scores a touchdown. That's
because the extra point may not be
automatic and the ensuing kick off may
not make it out of the endzone.

"Held this Sunday, Sept. 11, 1-5 pm as a unique
community event for the purpose of encouraging
citizen participation in the local community theatre,
and welcoming everyone interested in helping
create living theatre in our city . ..
The Open House includes displays, demonstrations,
slides of past productions, tours of the Civic Theatre
Building-338 Main St. and Refreshments!
If you can hold a note, dance a jig, mend a sock,
keep a ledger, pound a nail, speak the line to melt
the hearts of a hundred Huns, embroilded in heated
battle, or, just want to see what we are all about,
Come one, Come all to the
AACT Open House.
Sept.-11th 1-S pIn-
338 S. MAIN ST.
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre

But the Michigan coach may also be
spoiled by his new-found' wealth of
kicking talent. Of the four, Bergeron is
the only kicker with regular season
game experience, having played again-
st Northwestern in 1981 when he ac-
counted for two field goals and five ex-
tra points. He was also ready to fill in
when Haji-Sheikh suffered minor in-
juries during the middle of the 1982
MOONS AND Melynk would also
seem to be in the front of the race.
Moons was rated among the best
schoolboy kickers in. the country when
he left Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Last
season however, he spent the season in
the sideline waiting for Haji-Sheikh's
In Moons' first on-field appearance as
a Wolverine he kicked a 26 yard field
goal in the blue-White game, a perfor-
mance surpassed only by Melynk who
made good on field goals of 22 and 37
The unknown quantity in the kicking
contest is Schlopy. The sidewinder from
New York is known more for his
prowess on the ski slopes than on the
turf. As a member of Michigan's skiing
club, Schlopy is considered outstan-
ding. His kicking game, however, has
only earned him a spot as a walk-on
with the team and has made him an
outsider for the placekicking job.
Punting will be in the capable hands
and feet of Bracken whose average fell
last year in comparison to his first two
Michigan has led the Big Ten in net
punting in each of Bracken's seasons
and Schembechler will be looking for a
performance like Bracken's in the
Blue-White game, where he averaged
46.4 yards on eight punts, with a long of

... placekicker with experience
Ali Haji-Sheikh, Michigan's most
dependable kicker ever, has graduated
to the NFL's New York Giants, and
Wolverine coach Bo Schembechler is
faced with finding a replacement. But
also gone with Haji-Sheikh, is Schem-
bechler's 1970's policy of not recruiting
placekickers, which will make the final
choice one of four capable reserves.
SENIORS BOB Bergeron, Mike
Melnyk, Todd Schlopy and sophomore
Pat Moons are vying for the
placekicking job, while senior Don
Bracken will handle the punting chores
for the fourth consecutive year.
"I think we were all a little spoiled by
Sheikh," Schembechler said after the
annual Blue-White scrimmage in the


Michigan record-holder Ali Haji-Sheikh is now wit

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The tradition lives on at MOE'S
since 1915!
We welcome students and 'alums'
from everywhere with
un 'M'items and
fine athletic outfitting!
On your way to the game, stop in and say 'hi' to Bud at
711 N. University or to Mike at 902 S. State.

Butter les Are Free
September 2 f2.1983
Mendelssohn Theatre
The Philadelphia Story
November 2-5, 1983
Michigan Theatre
December 14-17, 1983
Mendelssohn Theatre

The Diviners
February 22-25, 1984
Mendelsschn Theatre
Hello Dolly
May 9- 2, :084
Power Center
Seven Keys to Baldpate
June 211-30. 1984

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