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I.M. Softball Playoffs
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11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

SPORTS

Volleyball
Michigan vs. Northwestern
Friday, 7 p.m. at the CCRB

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, September 28, 1983

Page 7

Lott relishes role as defensive leader

By LARRY MISHKIN
John Lott is not your typical football
captain.f
He is not flashy, nor does he stand out
in a crowd. He is not a fan favorite and
does not have superstar statistics. In
fact, there are probably not too many
fans that even know that Lott, a senior
defensive back, is the defensive captain
of this year's football team.
WHEN HIS teammates voted him cap-
tain, along with Stefan Humphries,
before the season, though, they could

not have made a better choice.
Lott epitomizes Bo Schembechler's
style of football. He is the type of
"team player" that Schembechler
bases the success of the Michigan foot-
ball program on.
A vivid example of Lott's team-first
attitude was clearly exhibited in one
play of last week's 38-21 thrashing of
Wisconsin. The play was a Tony Gant
interception that was tipped around by
almost everyone in the secondary, in-
cluding Lott, before Gant finally hauled

it in.
"IF YOU can't (make the intercep-
tion), you're not upset as long as one of
the other guys can," siad Lott, when
asked if he was disappointed that he
wasn't the one who got credit for the
turnover. "That is the pride of the
Michigan defense, to be in pursuit and
hustle after the ball. I was joking with
(Gant) though and told him he owed me
a coke."
This last statement reveals Lott's
true personality, the all-important
characteristic of a good captain. He is
a man who gets along well with people
and likes to have fun.
"God has blessed me with the ability
to get along with everyone," said the
Masury, Ohio native. "I've never met
anyone that I can't get along with, if
they're willing to have a good time."
BUT WHEN Lott steps on the football
field he puts the good times on hold,
becoming the type of dedicated player
that Bo has built a national power with.
And lately, that dedication for Lott
has gotten even more intense. The
secondary is the weak link in the defen-
se right now and Lott is determined to
change that.
"We're starting to put it together," he
said. "We're working on a lot of dif-
ferent techniques and beginning'to put
the right combinations together. We're
starting to look like a defense."'
THE IMPROVEMENTS are coming just
in time too. In this week's game against
Indiana, Lott and his teammates will face
speedster Duane Gunn, who Schem-
bechler called the best player in the
conference. On Monday, Indiana head
coach Sam Wyche said there was only a
10 percent chance that Gunn, who was
injured last week, would start. But Lott
thinks otherwise.
"Gunn knows that, bruised or not,
when he comes to Michigan he has to be
ready," he said. "I've got respect for
him. You can't think about his injuries
or you can get lackadasical and he will
break your back. That's when he
forgets about all those bumps and
bruises."
Lott said that the only way to guard
against a player like Gunn is to keep a

cushion and keep both eyes on him. If
Gunn gets behind the secondary, he's
gone.
ALTHOUGH other teams have had suc-
cess throwing against Michigan this
year, Lott said that he would rather line
up against a player of Gunn's caliber.
"Playing against someone like Gunn
keeps you on a constant high," said
Lott. "I would rather line up against a
good receiver because he improves
you. You know that you'll have to stay
on your toes. It's a challenge, but it will
make me better."
Not that Lott needs to get too much
better. He is currently eighth on the
team in tackles, with 11, and has been a
guiding force in the relatively young
backfield.
BUT LOTT is bent on improvement and
is not satisfied until he has given 100
percent. This attitude was exemplified
last year when Lott broke his arm, for-
cing him to sit out two weeks of the
season. However, by the third week,
Lott was back in the starting lineup.
Lott's devotion to the team and seeing
it improve is also reflected in his.
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"I really don't look ahead to playing
pro ball," he said. "I've seen guys look
ahead and that messes them up now.
All that I'm thinking about now is im-
proving, winning the (Big Ten) title and
going to Pasadena. If I work hard now,
all that other stuff will just be a bonus."
DESPITE all his talk of improvement,
Lott does not like to set personal goals
for himself, but would rather be judged
based on the success of the team.
"I'm not the kind of guy who sets per-
sonal goals," he said. "Lots of things
can happen that are out of my hands. I
just want to win. If you work hard you
usually get what's coming to you."
If this is true, then John Lott cer-
tainly has a lot of good things heading
his way.

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Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
John Lott, co-captain and leader of the Michigan defensive backfield, upstages
a Washington State pass play.

AP Top Twenty

UPI Top Twenty

1. Nebraska(60).........4-480 1,200
2. Texas...............2-0-0 1,138
3. Arizona..... .........4-0-0 1,001
4. Iowa.. .................3-0-0 998
5. North Carolina............4-0-0 917
6. Alabama..................3-0-0 880
7. West Virginia.. .........4-0-0 750
8. Ohio State ............ .2-1-0 709
9. Oklahoma..............2-1-0 695
10. Auburn ...............2-1-0 693
11. Georgia..................2-0-1 619
12. Florida ................3-0-1 566-
13. So. Methodist ..........3-0-0 385
14. MICHIGAN ...........2-1-0 384
15. Miami (Fla.) ..........3-1-0 310
16. LSU .................. 2-1-0 284
P17. Florida State..........2-1-0 215
18. Washington..........2-1-0 179
19. Maryland .............2-0- 157
20. Arizona State........... 2-0-1 114

1. Nebraska (40)..........4-0-0
2. Texasr.................2-0-0
3. Iowa ....................3-0-0
4. Alabama..................3-0-0
5. North Carolina.........4-0-0
6. West Virginia........... 4-0-0
7. Oklahoma...............2-1-0
8. Georgia...............2-0-1
9. Florida ...............3-0-1
10. Auburn.................2-1-0
11. Ohio State..............2-1-0
12. Southern Methodist...... 3-0-0
13. Louisiana State.......... 2-1-0
14. MICHIGAN...........2-1-0
15. Miami (Fla.)..............3-1-0
16. Maryland ..............2-1-0
17. Arizona State............ 2-0-1
18. Kentucky ............... 4-0-0
19. Washington.............2-1-0
20. Pittsburgh ..............2-1-0

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Stickers score, 3-0

Special to the Daily
TOLEDO - Coach Candy Zientek
garnered her 50th Michigan coaching
victory yesterday as the women's field
hockey team defeated a young Toledo
squad 3-0.
ALL OF Michigan's goals were
scored in the first half, two by freshman
Joan Taylor and one by junior Lisa
Schofield. Kay McCarthy earned an
assist on the Schofield goal. Michigan
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The shutout was shared by starting

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