The Michigan Daily Tuesday, October 4, 1983
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MICHIGAN ......... 72
Opponents ........... 133
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MICHIGAN ............... 37
Opponents .......,........ 78
.571 1 By LARRY MISHKIN
The words have begun.
5 .514 3 On Saturday, the Wolverines will
7 .586 6 travel up to East Lansing for their an-
nual intra-state showdown, but for the
g next five days the battle will be a verbal
Yds Avg one.
157 11.2 SOME OF the words are friendly,
142 11.7 some are praiseworthy, and some are
46 534. downright competitive. No matter what
23 11.5 the words are though, this is a big game
12 12.0 for both schools and Bo Schembechler
6 6.0 made that very clear at his weekly
399 10.8 press luncheon yesterday.
811 10.4 "I want to win," said Schembechler,
who has come out on top in 12 of the 14
TDo PAK TP games he's coached against the Spar-
30 tans. "This game means a lot. We've
18 never done anything but made this
5-6 14 game a key one in my 15 years here."
s- 6 s Despite Michigan's domination of
s State in the last decade, though, Bo
s refuses to take the Spartans lightly.
1 6 "EVERYONE IS talking about this
6 game because it could go either way,"
6 he said. "We've always gotten the best
6 effort from (State) and hopefully we
6 always will. It's a great rivalry. I've
1 11-14 125 always had respect for this game.
1 8-8 81 "When I first came (to Michigan),"
TDo-Other he continued, "it was not a Michigan
dominated series as I recall. Most of all
Avg Long the games have been tight."
37.4 52 Bo also had some friendly words for
first year Spartan coach George Perles,
374.0 2 calling him a fine coach and a hard
.5 working guy who is enjoyable to be
Is around. "I can't find anything negative
over 50 Tot to say about him except where he
3-3 coaches," quipped Bo.
1-2 IN ASSESSING State's talent, Bo
4-5s spoke highly of the Spartan's defense
3-5 and kicking game, as well as giving the
offense credit for being opportunistic.
Despite only averaging 242 yards a
game, Perles' squad has climbed to a 2-
1-1 record and has outscored its op-
ponents 90-89, a statistic that Bo said is
one of the most revealing.
And place kicker Ralf Mojsiejenko
has already carved his name into the
hearts of Spartan fans and Bo's
scouting report (even if it is hard to
spell) with his last-second 59-yard field
goal last Saturday to earn a tie with
"(Mojsiejenko) is the kind of guy that
should be outlawed in football," said
Schembechler. "You know, when you
can go beyond the 50-yard line, that's
MICHIGAN NOTES: Mike Boren
who was injured late in the first half of
Saturday's game and did not return,
underwent orthoscopic knee surgery
yesterday to determine the extent of his
"My fear is that there is a cartilage
tear," said Schembechler at the lun-
cheon. "Or there may be something
lodged in the knee, but (the doctors) are
not in there yet so we can't tell."
Sophomore Mike Reinhold and junior
Jeff Akers have been named as possible
starters if Boren, Michigan's leading
tackler, is unable to play.
SCHEMBECHLER ALSO said that
senior Tim Anderson, who has been out
with an ankle injury, would begin to
practice with the team and that wide
receiver Gilvani Johnson would miss
Saturday's game because of an ankle
...Bo spoke positively of his
beleagured defensive secondary that
has come under criticism lately for
allowing 200 yards a game through.the
air and over 50 percent of opponentsC
passes thrown to be completed.
"The secondary always gets it,"he
said. "Sometimes, though, the
linebackers are not in position or there
is not enough heat on the passer. The
time to get down on the secondary is
when (the other team) hits the big one
...Although the Wolverines have
rolled up some very impressive rushing
statistics so far this season (1220 yards,
305 yards-per-game; and 13 of 16 tough-
downs on the ground) BO said that his
team will have to start passing more.
"I probably should get the ball to
Bean more," said Schembechler of the
senior receiver who had a touchdown dn
Saturday. "We haven't gotten it to (any
receiver) a lot. Don't think we'll get 300.
yards rushing against everybody. I can
live against Indiana and Wisconsin with
poor passing, but not with everyone
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mith .................. 44
cer ................... 27
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strong ................ 8
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Bracken........... 14 523
1220 5.4 MICHIGAN .......
403 3.2 Opponents........
... praises Perles, Spartans
The tale of a tailback trio
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By RON POLLACK
And now carrying the ball for the
' Michigan Wolverines, tailback Rick
Rogers. Or was that tailback Kerry
Smith? Or was that tailback Brian
It's hard to tell these days.
Whereas most teams would be con-
tent to have one tailback who could ef-
fectively carry the ball, Michigan has.
three.!Rogers is the starter and leading
ball carrier with 347 yards on 67 carries
in Michigan's first four games. When
Rogers grows just a mite weary, in
comes Smith who has 240 yards on 44 at-
tempts. And when the Wolverines build
a comfortable lead, in comes Mercer
who has 149 yards on 27 carries.
"The tailback runs so often in our of-
fense that it's hard to run just one. So
we run all three," Michigan head coach
Bo Schembechler said. "So we'll con-
tinue to alternate them."
While Rogers recognizes the benefits
of substituting, he adds that there is a
drawback to such a strategy.
"The substitutions keep everybody
fresh," Rogers said. "So we can all go
hard. But sometimes you get into a
groove, have to come out and it takes
something away from you."
:Even though Rogers has received the
muost playing time - of the three
tailbacks, he does not feel he has
progressed as quickly as he'd like.
"I think I've been coming along
slowly," he said. "I still make a few bad
tailbacks have not been widely used as
receivers. Rogers seems to have ended
this tradition, however, as his eight
"Going into spring ball, the coaches
emphasized we'd have to throw the ball
to the backs more because of the loss of
Anthony Carter," Rogers said.
Although there was no legacy to live
up to in terms of catching the ball,
Rogers has had some rather large
shoes to fill when he runs the ball.
Lawrence Ricks rushed for 1,388 yards
last season, while Butch Woolfolk ran
for 1,042 and 1,459 yards in 1980 and
fresh . . . But
sometimes you get
in a groove, have to
come out and it
away from you."
"There's always pressure on the next
guy to accomplish what the previous
guy did," Rogers said. "But I think it's
Kerry Smith, meanwhile, has had to
handle being a backup despite some
very impressive numbers. Last season,
he averaged 8.2 yards a carry on his 45
attempts for 368 yards. This year, he is
averaging 5.4 yards a carry and scored
three touchdowns against Indiana.
Yet, it is still Rogers' name that ap-
pears on the Michigan depth chart as
the first-string tailback. Nonetheless,
Smith keeps plugging away without so
much as a complaint.
Also contributing is Mercer, although
he usually does so once the Wolverines
have the game in hand. According to
quarterback Steve Smith, Mercer has
been making the most out of these op-
- "You can see that Mercer is getting
better and better every week."
Although Rogers, Kerry Smith and
Mercer deserve much of the credit for
their own success, it must be pointed
out that they have done so with a little
help from their friends - the Michigan
"For the second week in a row our of-
fensive line has played great football
and in particular (center) Tom Dixon
has had a very consistent and outstan-
ding four games so far," Schembechler
said. "Tom graded out at 89 percent
which is remarkable. Tom is rapidly
developing into what could very well be
the top offensive center in the nation.
"(Offensive guard) Stefan (Hum-
phries) is such a great and consistent
football player that he has the potential
to become the greatest pulling guard
that we have ever had at Michigan.
There are few players his size who can
pull around the end and hunt down cor-
nerbacks and take them down. Stefan is
a great leader and everything that you
look for in a Michigan football player."
Schembechler also said that the two
All-America candidates are not the sole
reason for his pleasure over the offen-
"We had two great players going in,"
Schembechler said. "Now (offensive
tackles Clay) Miller and (Doug)
James, and (offensive guards Jerry)
Diorio and (Art) Balourdas are playing
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... starter but not finisher
cutss he and there. I have to get more
This is not to say, however, that
Rogers is without his strong points.
"I can catch, I can throw a few moves
here and there, I can take a hit here and
there and I can run over people,"
All of which Michigan tailbacks have
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