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Four in the basement

When the new Indiana head coach,
Sam Wyche, first arrived in
Bloomington, last January, the first
thing he tried to do was change the
Hoosier attitude. He brought in a num-
ber of NFL personalities to talk to his
team about winning. Ken Anderson,
Renaldo Nehemiah, and Freddie
Solomon all came to Indiana. "We want
to associate with a bunch of winners,"
Wyche said.
Well it may be a couple of years
before the winners at Indiana are
anyone but those on the basketball
team. The Hoosiers were 5-6 last
season, but gone is quarterback Babe
Laufenburg. To top it off, Wyche
doesn't even know who will replace
him. Senior Cam Cameron, and
sophomores Steve Bradley and Roger

Last year was an absolute disaster
for Minnesota and it looks like the
Gophers could be in for more of the
same in 1983. Head coach Joe Salem
must replace 13 starters from a team
that finished 3-8, and last in the Big Ten.
Minnesota was primarily a passing
team last season but with quarterback Mike
Hohensee gone, Salem hopes to balance
things out. The new quarterback will
probably be junior college transfer
Greg Murphy. He will not throw as
much as Hohensee did last season
because Salem doesn't want to put too
many "demands on our QB as we have
before." That means the Gophers will
try to strengthen their running game.
The only returning starter in the back-
field, however, is senior Allan Reid,
who picked up 290 yards on 57 carries a
year ago.
WITH THE offensive line the
Gophers have, though, it could be very
difficult to have a consistent running at-
tack. Only Randy Rasmussen, a 6-2 260
pound senior is back. He will play center
and, according to Salem could be the
best in the Big Ten.
Unfortunately for Salem, the defense
is in probably worse shape than the of-
fense. The Gophers must totally rebuild
their front line and only two starting
linebackers are back. They are 6-2, 212
pound Pete Najorian and 6-1, 214 pound
Joe Christopherson, Three starters
return to make the defensive backfield
the strongest part of the Gopher team.
Strong safety Craig White and corner-
backs Kerry Glenn and Phil Sutton are
all back to help stop opposing quarter-
Minnesota received some good news
about its kicking game when Salem
learned that punter Paul Blanchard
would be coming back. Blanchard had
been undergoing treatment for
Hodgkins disease and his return was
uncertain. He responded to the treat-
ment and will punt this year. Also
returning is placekicker Jim Gallery.
He's a senior this year and had started
for the Gophers for three seasons.
Salem has eight new assistant
coaches this season and he says that
people are "going to see Minnesota to
be a different offensive team than in the
past." That may be true, but it will be
at least a few years before there are
any positive results.
uWig Stae
Funny thing about George Perles. At

the annual Big Ten football luncheon in
August, the first-year Michigan State
coach didn't even mention his offense
when describing the Spartans prospects
for this season.
No, George said that State would be
"an aggressive, tough, mean, defensive
team," and that the Spartans would use
"the stunt 4-3 defense, like the.
Steelers." But how would Michigan
State put points on the board? The new
coach could only hem and haw.
WITH PERLES at the helm the folks
in East Lansing are pretty optimistic
about a team that finished 2-9 last
season. But with only four starters
returning on offense, that optimism
may be very short-lived. Aaron Roberts
is the only returning letterman in the
backfield. He was injured much of last
season and gained only 256 yards on 68

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... wants attitude change
Reno, all have shots.
A COUPLE of bright spots on offense,
though, are the offensive line and
receiver Duane Gunn. Senior Jim
Sakanich, a second team All-Big Ten
last year is back at guard and so are
two other offensive linemen. Gunn is an
outstanding player, probably as close to
Anthony Carter as one can get, and
should be an All-America this season.
There won't be any All-Americas on
defense though. Only three starters are
back, including linebacker Mark
Weiler, the leading takcler for Indiana
last season. Wyche plans on doing a lot
different things on defense from the 3-4
alignment. "we can rush three, four, or
five guys, use a lot of blitzes, and show
different coverages,"' he said.
Indiana has a new attitude and a lot of
riew faces, but will probably end up
with the same old record. If only Wyche
could get Ken Anderson to play on his
team. - JOHN KERR

carries. To beef up the backfield Perles
brought in three junior college tran-
sfers, halfbacks Tony Manley and
Larry Jackson, and fullback Carl
Butler. Sophomore Dave Yarema will
most likely be the quarterback. He
started four games last season in-
cluding the two Spartan victories. Like
the backfield, the offensive line must be
completely rebuilt. Only guard Randy
Lark is back.
On defense, the Spartans have All-
America candidate Carl Banks at
linebacker. Two other 1983 starters,
Jim Morrissey and Derek Bunch will
join Banks to give Michigan State some
of the most experienced linebackers in
the league. The secondary should also
be strong despite the fact that senior
Darryl Dixon is the only returning star-
ter there. Six other lettermen, many of
whom were second string last season,
are ready to step up and play.
With Ralf Mojsiejenko, back to do the
kicking, Perles can rest easy. The
junior, who handles both the punting
and place-kicking, is one of the top
booters in the country. With the Spar-

Gunn, Banks top

All-America h

There aren't any All-America running backs
or quarterbacks (sorry Scott Campbell) in the Big
Ten this season, but there are still plenty of ex-
citing players. Here is a brief run-down on two
of the Big Ten's potential All-Americans this
Duane Gunn, Split End, Indiana
If ever there was someone who could compare to An-
thony Carter, Gunn is it. He is the Hoosiers' big play
men. Like Carter, Gunn does it all-catches passes,
runs reverses, returns kick-offs and punts. Last
season, the senior from Indianapolis caught 35,passes , ,

for 764 yards, an average of 21.8 yards per catch.
That average was second in the nation last season.
Gunn was named to numerous pre-season All-
America squads this year and one man who couldn't
agree more with that selection is first-year Indiana
coach Sam Wyche. "He's (Gunn) such a big man,"
Wyche said after seeing his split end perform.in
spring practice, "if he's not an All-American can-
didate, I'd like to have a look at one."
Carl Banks, linebacker, Michigan State
Carl Banks is good. Just ask opposing offenses. But
if you want a less objective view ask the new Spartan
head coach, George Perles.
"I could take Carl Banks to Pittsburgh, put Randy,

Cole's jersey on
Steelers," Perles
Perles may have
there is no doub
toughest defender
pound senior was
for the second str
being third teamI
Banks has playe
State career, and c
Spartan record boa
Appropriately e
"Killer" by his tea

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