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Page 12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 23, 1983
Noisy Badger fans worry Wolverines

For the second week in a row,
Michigan will have to cope with the
deafening, ear-shattering roar of an
opposing crowd.
Against Washington last weekend,
the Huskies' faithful were as tough for
the Wolverines to contend with as the
Pac-Ten squad itself.
"I MISSED a couple of calls against
Washington because of the noise," said
Michigan tight end Sim Nelson. "I
missed a couple of blocks because I ran
the wrong play. You listen to what you
think is the quarterback and hope it's
him talking."
The crowd noise got so loud that
warnings had to be issued on two oc-

Ron Pollack

Michigan football


. defensive champion

casions. If the officials had issued a
third warning, the Huskies would have
been charged a timeout.
"Their fans were controllable after
the PA announcer told them what would
happen," said Gary Moeller,
Michigan's assistant head coach and
defensive coordinator.
Fans, however, do not always heed
such warnings.
AS MICHIGAN prepares to take on
Wisconsin this weekend, memories still
linger of a game between the two
squads in 1980 when the Badgers par-
tisans were not controllable.
In that game, Michigan was
threatening to score when Wisconsin
students began screaming at a frenzied
pitch. Warnings were issued, and when
yelling continued a timeout was taken
away from the Badgers. And then
another. And another. As the roar of the
crowd droned on, a penalty was
assessed. And then another.
"It is a loud stadium, particularly in
the endzone with all the students,"
Moeller said. "The sound stays in there.
It's supposed to be intimidating, but
that's all in the mind of the individual
player. The fact that they beat us there
two years ago will fire them up."
NELSON SAID, "It's hard to hear

there. As much as anyone in the coun-
try, they support their team."
To prepare for this level of noise,
Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler
"has everyone start hollering during a
Friday practice," Nelson said.
"Everyone starts hollering so you can
get used to the crowd noise.'
Yes Virginia, there is life after An-
thony Carter.
"I THINK we're all trying to be our-
selves and do the job we have to do,"
Nelson said. "I feel we might not have
as many big plays like Anthony used to
give us, but now it's a more balanced
"I caught seven passes against
Washington, Vince (Bean) caught five.
There are four or five people getting
two or three catches a game now and
that's good."
Michigan's 25-24 loss to Washington
last weekend has not yet left the minds
of the Wolverine players.
THE PLAYERS obviously took it=
pretty hard, and should have taken it
hard," Moeller said. "That's still in the
front of their minds, at least the hurting
of that loss is. It should help them. It's a

bad taste in your mouth that you want
to try to do something about."
Although the players still harbor
angry thoughts about the Washington
game, Moeller and Schembechler both
said the team is not overlooking this
weekend's game.
"I think the attitude is good,"
Schembechler said yesterday. "The
question is, can we put it together and
win a big game?"
MOELLER SAID, "It was a very
good week of practice. Our players are
This comes as no surprise to Badgers
head coach Dave McClain.
They'll come in ready to play," he
said. "They know this is a big game.
You don't want to lose your conference
One of the biggest concerns of the
Michigan coaching staff this year is the
speed of the Wisconsin offense.
"They've got such great speed,"
Moeller said. "Their tailback (Gary
Ellerson) is better than any I've seen
them have in a while. Both he and their
fullback (Marck Harrison) have speed.
I think they've both run the 40 in 4.4
(seconds). (Receivers Al) Toon,
(Michael) Jones, (Marvin) Neal, and
(Thad) McFadden all run well.
"YOU ALWAYS worry about great
speed because it can just run by you.
We've got good quickness on defense,
although maybe not great speed."
Because of a knee injury to Andy
Moeller and an ankle injury to Tim An-
derson, outside linbackers Tom Hassel
and Jeff Akers both worked out some at
inside linebacker this week to protect
against further injuries to this position.
"Hassel has gotten a little work there,
although it .has been very little,"
Moeller said. "Akers has played there
and gives us some depth. I was pleased
with how he came back there. Hassel

hasn't played there before, but he could
play inside."
Hassel has been named Defensiv:
Champion of the Week following both o
Michigan's games this year. Although
it surprised some people that Mike
Mallory did not win the award following
the Washington game, in which he in-
tercepted a pass and fell on a fumble for
a touchdown, Moeller said that Hassel
was very deserving of the honor.
"I THINK Hassel is having a good
year," Moeller said. "He's getting the
awards because he's had a darn good
two weeks. And if he's the best in the
Wisconsin game, he'll get it again.
"Mallory did a great job, but he had
some typical sophomore mistakes. But
he's constantly around the ball because
he's in motion and he's a hustler.
Because he hustles so much that's why
he recovered the fumble. And that's
why he was named Defensive Hustler of
the Week. It's hard to get players to
believe they have to run 100% after the
ball every play."


Question: Why hasn't the Michigan
defense dominated opposing offenses
the past few years as it did in the early
and mid-70s?
Answer: "It was a run-oriented team
and the offense never came off the field
back then," Moeller said. "Other teams
ran more than, so it was a faster game.
So now, we're averaging more plays
than ever. So the game lasts longer.,
And they move the ball more today with
passing. And rushing the passer, it's
like a guy is tackling you. So I don't
think Michigan's defense is worse off
than anyone else."
Schembechler said yesterday that
fullback Eddie Garrett has recovered
from the bruised arm he suffered in the
Washington State game and "he'll
definitely play a lot at Madison."

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