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Kickoff time for the Wolverines
football game against Iowa on
Saturday is 12:25 p.m.

SPORTS

Twenty years ago today, Purdue
beat Michigan in football, 23-12,
dropping the Wolverines' record
to 1-2-1.

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, October 19, 1983

Page 8

Elusive Cooper overcomes
Fearless- Jnn~ A i rotame

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By JOHN KERR
When Evan Cooper found out that
along with his duties in the Michigan
secondary he would be returning punts,
he was not really thrilled.
It isn't difficult to understand why.
Returning punts is about as safe as
crossing a highway during rush hour.
"I WATCH GAMES and see guys get-
ting crushed on the returns, so there
was a bit of apprehension," Cooper
said.
Indeed, returning punts was not
something the 6-0, 175-pound senior ex-
pected to do when he came to Michigan
in 1980. His thoughts were more on
breaking up, and intercepting, passes.
Cooper was an all-state defensive back
from Miami and was perfectly molded
to play in the secondary of a Bo Sch-
embechler coached team - small
quick, and tough.
Cooper made an immediate im-
pression. His freshman year he was a
second-string free safety and an in-
tegral part of the "six-back" defense
that completely shut down Purdue and
kept the Wolverines on the road to the
Rose Bowl. In 1981 Cooper started four
games, and last season he became a
regular in the defensive backfield,
where he intercepted four passes and
made 32 tackles.
Last year he also began to return
punts.
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ter's backup on the return team, and
even with his feeling of apprehension
managed to average 9.5 yards on eight
returns. This season, with the ap-
prehension gone, Cooper has proven
that the loss of A.C. didn't mean the loss
of key punt return yardage for the
Wolverines.
After six games, he is the second-
leading punt returner in the Big Ten

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with an average of 12.6 and a long play
of 41 yards. The reason for his fine
statistics, according to Cooper. is con-
fidence not only in his own ability, but
in the ability of his blockers.
Every time a punt floats down toward
Cooper, that confidence is obvious. He
rarely fair catches, even though he says
he has no aversion to doing so, and oc-
casionally tries to return punts that are
bouncing dangerously on the artificial
turf. One of his returns last Saturday
against Northwestern is a perfect
example.
WILDCAT PUNTER John Kidd hit
one from out of his own end zone toward
Cooper who was standing near mid-
field. It was a short punt, landing well
in front of Cooper, and it began to boun-
ce end-over-end toward him. Just as
Cooper was about to field the kick, it
took a bad hop, almost leaping over his
head. Cooper reacted quickly, reaching
up with one hand and batting the ball
over to his other hand. After finally
bringing the ball under control he
scurried around the left side for a 13-
yard gain.
Most returners never would have
fielded the punt for fear of fumbling or
being flattened by the onrushing defen-
ders. But Cooper is not your typical
returner. In fact, he's so confident that

he is fairly sure he'll return a punt for a
touchdown before the season is over.
"Definitely," he said when asked if
he could break one. "I have to slow
down and read my blocks a little more
and we'll get one before the season's
over."
COOPER ALMOST had one in
Michigan's 42-0 rout of Michigan State.
Only Spartan kicker Ralf Mojsiejenko
kept Cooper from the end zone.
Mojsiejenko brought the Michigan
returner down by rolling into his legs
and Cooper had to settle for a 41-yard
run.
If Cooper can break a few this season
he just might catch the eyes of a few pro
scouts. As a defensive back Cooper.
hasn't received the honors and awards
that most future pro players do. A
couple of great punt returns would be
nice additions to his resume. With the
success of the USFL, his shot at playing
pro football is even better. And even
though there are drawbacks, he says
that he would definitely like to continue
playing ball after leaving Michigan.
"I'm not going to say I don't because
I do," he said. "It's just sometimes I
wonder if it's worth it. The time and the
bruises. I've always wanted to play
past college. Money has nothing to do
with it. I play because I love the
game."

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Coopor
... succeeding in new role

Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
Senior defensive back Evan Cooper stays an arm's length ahead of the op-
position in Michigan's 35-0 drubbing of Northwestern.

SPORTS OF THE DAILY:

Spikers, oultvolley MSU

Special to the Daily
EAST LANSING - Michigan's aggressiveness and high
percentage hitting gave it a 15-6, 15-9, 2-15, 15-10 victory over
conference rival Michigan State in women's volleyball action
last night.
The Wolverines jumped out decisively in the first game,
winning 15-6, with a .409 hitting percentage, a measure com-
parable to a baseball batting average.
The second game went much the same way as Michigan
cruised to a 15-9 win.
MICHIGAN FELL apart in the third, getting whipped 2-15.
The slide continued on into the fourth game as the Wolverines
quickly fell behind by scores of 2-8 and 6-10.
The Wolverines reeled off nine straight points to win the
game, 15-10, and the match.
"It was good to go out and get them rather than lay back

and wait for mistakes," Wolverine coach Sandy Vong said.
"We went out and took this match."
Michigan, which was led by Sue Rogers (14 kills, .242 hit--
ting percentage) and Alison Noble, raised its overall record
to 14-9 (3-6 in the Big Ten), while MSU fell to 12-14 (1-8 con-
ference).
Rouing club opns witih win
Michigan's rowing club got its 1983 season off to a tremen-
dous start last Saturday by taking four out of five races in its
first meet of the year.
The meet was held on the Clinton River, with Wayne State
host to Michigan and Michigan State.
IN THE Women's Varsity Eight race, Michigan outrowed
Michigan State by nearly five minutes. Michigan also earned
victories in the Men's Open Four, Men's Varsity Eight and
Women's Open Four races. -SCOTT DIMETROSKY

AP Top Twenty
1. Nebraska (52) 7-0 ..............1,154
2. Texas (6) 5-0..................1,107
3. North Carolina 7-0 ...............997
4. West Virginia 5-0 ................978
5. Auburn 5-1...................888
6. Florida 5-0-1................861
7. Georgia 5-0-1 ..............795
8. Miami (Fla.) 6-1 --...............722
9. So. Methodist 5-0 .................657
10. MICHIGAN 5-1:...............625
11. Illinois 5-1....................555
12. Iowa 5-1........................526
13. Arizona State 4-0-1..............422
14. Washington 5-1 .................359
15. Maryland 5-1 ...................336
16. Oklahoma 4-2...................253
17. Ohio State 4-2 ...................243
18. Brigham Young 5-1 ..........237
19. Arizona 5-1-1 ..................186
20. Alabama 4-2 .................... 84

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Askthe Fan,
Do you think some of the profits from the Michigan Athletic
Department should be put into the University's general fund?

UPI Top Twenty
1. Nebraska (38) 7-0................626
2. Texas (4) 5-0.................590
3. North Carolina 7-0 .............518
4. West Virginia 5-0.................504
5. Auburn 5-1 .......................383
6. Florida 5-0-1.................... 375
7. Georgia 5-0-1 ..................362
8. So. Methodist 5-0............306
9. Miami (Fla.) 6-1............271
10. MICHIGAN 5-1..............244
11. Illinois 5-1......................209
12. Iowa 5-1........................178
13. Maryland 5-1...................101
14. Arizona State 4-0-1...........100
15. Washington 5-1..................g
16. Brigham Young 5-1...............63
17. Oklahoma 4-2....................41
18. Ohio State 4-2....................24
19. Pittsburgh 4-2....................18
20. (tie) Alabama 4-2................11
20. (tie) Boston College 5-1...........11
IGridde PicksI
Despite the hype over the abundance-
of drugs in sports today, few people
realize the extent of mind-altering su
stance abuse. Inside sources hav
disclosed that certain Gridde Picks
participants are under investigation for
alleged involvement with drugs.
The investigation began after a
recent Griddes winner tried to supply
his own special mushrooms for his prize
pizza. Another Griddes contestant
boasted of the spacey feeling he got after
he smoked his Gridde Picks.
"It was like I was hanging from then)
psychedelic goal posts, and they were
spinning at 78 speed," he said. "Man,
I'll never smoke all 20 games at one
time again."
Turn in your Gridde Picks at the Daily
offices or at Pizza Bob's on S. State or
Church. Beware, nares are
everywhere. Deadline for all picks is
midnight Friday.
1. Iowa at MICHIGAN (pick score)
2. Illinois at Purdue
3. Michigan State at Ohio State
4. Indiana at Wisconsin
5. Minnesota at Northwestern
6. Colorado at Nebraska
7. Texas at SMU
8. Arizona at Stanford
9. West Virginia at Penn St.
10. Kentucky at Georgia
11. South Carolina at LSU
12. USC at Notre Dame
13. Tulane at Southern Mississippi
14. Maryland at Duke
15. Pittsburgh at Navy
16. Oklahoma St. at Kansas
17. Colgate at Wyoming
18. Princeton at Harvard
19. Sacramento St. at Humboldt St.
20. Iowa Chicken-hawk eyes at DAILY
LIBELS

RAY SOLNIK
LSA sophomore
First of all, without the University, the
Athletic Department would not be here in
the first place. Thus they have some sort
of commitment to the University as a
whole. Maybe supporting some sort of
athletic activities within the University
like IM sports would be appropriate.
DEBRA RAGLAND
LSA junior
I think they should be made to give part
of it away because they are profiting from
the University as an institution. It's more
or less a give and take kind of thing.

GEORGE TALBOT
Engineering freshman
Basically they should keep the profits
within the Athletic Department. They
really don 't pull that much of a profit
anyway, because they have a lot of
smaller sports that you never hear about.
People basically see football and say,
"money, "but that 's not the way it is.
SEAN GREEN
LSA junior
That's probably a good idea. Actually
there really should not be intercollegiate
sports as they are today. It's kind of
ridiculous to call some of these athletes
"students," because they are not. They
are professional athletes.

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