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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 13, 1984

BO BEGINS SEARCH FOR NEW QB

Spring practice

propels 'M' to

By DOUGLAS B. LEVY
Baseball may be America's pastime, but Wolverine foot-
ball reigns supreme in Ann Arbor.
Michigan head football coach, Glenn "Bo" Schembechler,
has recharged his battery, wrapped up the recruiting war
and commences Spring Football practice 1984 today.
SCHEMBECHLER sights three major goals of Spring
Football Practice.
First - "A major goal is to improve over last year's per-
formance."
Second - "Align personnel on the basis of performance.
You want to come out of Spring ball two deep at every
position. It's key to get an impression of who's going to figure
in your line-up.''
Third - "Replace the guys who have graduated. (Quar-
terback Steve) Smith, (all-American center Tom) Dixon and
(quick guard Stephan) Humphries are key losses," con-
cluded Michigan's 15-year leader.
For the Michigan fan the question of ultimate significance
is who will replace Smith as starting signal caller.
"When you don't have an established quarterback, it's
wide open," said Schembechler.
JIM HARBAUGH, Russ Rein, Chris Zurbrugg and new
recruit Bob Cernak are presently among those at the top of
Bo's depth chart. Rein, Zurbrugg and Cernak all hav.e a full
four year's of eligibility. Harbaugh has three years
remaining. Cernak, a senior in high school, will not be
present at spring practice.
Senior Dave Hall, who has a remaining year of collegiate
eligibility, will not participate in Spring practice or return
next fall due to knee problems. Hall, who replaced the in-
jured Smith in the 1983 Rose Bowl and opened last season
against Washington State has dislocated his right knee twice
and may have to undergo surgery. Hall will return to the
Michigan track team next year, however, and train for the
decathalon.
According to Schembechler all four have an honest shot at
the vacant hot seat.
"HE ( HARBAUGH) has an advantage only on the basis of

having the most experience. Last season he took 25-percent
of the snaps in practice."
Of Rein and Zurbrugg, both of whom were redshirted last
season and did not receive any practice time, Schembechler
said: "Zurbrugg is a good all-around athlete and Rein has a
fine arm."
But Schembechler cautions, "You're not going to replace
the 4.5 speed of a Steve Smith. The option will still be there,
but it will not be as big a part of our offense without that
speed."
NOT TO WORRY, because Michigan is loaded with
tailbacks and fullbacks. "We've always run a lot from the
back position. Next year we'll bring the fullback more into
the running game," predicted Schembechler. Juniors Eddie
Garrett, Dan Rice and Bob Perryman provide talent and
depth.
At tailback, incumbent Rick Rogers faces several qualified
challengers. Gerald White is coming on fast, but as Schem-
bechler points out, "I wouldn't underestimate Phil Webb or
Thomas Wilcher, who is feeling more confident following this
past indoor track season. Or Benny Logue. These four will
get a long, hard look."
Brian Mercer will not be among those competing for the
starting slot. The junior is still recovering from a knee injury
suffered last season.
AMONG OTHER players sitting out spring practice are
linebacker Mike Reinhold, defensive tackle Vince DeFelice
and offensive guard Art Balourdos.
This glimpse at the offensive backfield is just the opener.
The football coaching staff has several gaps to fill and an im-
pressive pool of talent to work with.
Yet this is a time of year that Schembechler enjoys and
looks forward to: "Oh yeah, Spring practice is fun. Since
you're not coaching for a game, it's a good chance to look at
everybody. It's a chance to work with the individual players
and an opportunity to teach more." Which Schembechler
agrees is the name of the game in regards to coaching.
Starting today, a new season begins.

Michigan head football coach, Bo Schembechler, ponders the moment in an away game last season. In his 16th year as
Wolverine coach, Schembechler leads his team into Spring practice today.

NCAA crown eludes McFarland

By GARY EFFMAN
Sports history is filled with classic impasses - the
Minnesota Vikings have travelled to the Super Bowl
four different occasions only to return each time with
fingers bare of the coveted championship ring. Ray
Meyer can certainly smile about his fourty-two years
coaching the Blue Demons, but even he must be
almost willing to make some deal with the devil about
finally getting an NCAA Tourney Championship.
Add to this list Michigan wrestler Joe McFarland,
who seems to have once again met his Waterloo in
Iowa State's Kevin Darkus, losing a narrow 9-6
decision in the finals of the NCAA Wrestling Cham-
pionship held this past weekend at New Jersey's
Brendan Byrne Arena. It was the fourth time the
three-time All-America McFarland met Darkus and
undoubtedly the hardest of the four losses.
MCFARLAND was in control for almost the entire
first two periods. It was McFarland who drew blood
with a first-period takedown which opened up a 2-0
lead. The wrestlers traded escapes and towards the
very end of the second period McFarland held
a tenuous 3-1 lead. But Darkus shot a takedown to

AP Photo
Iowa State's Kevin Darkus gets a hold on Michigan's Joe McFarland
(foreground) in the 126-pound NCAA title bout.

Phillies thump Tigers,

7-2

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Second
baseman Juan Samuel had three hits,
including a home run, as the
Philadelphia Phillies beat the Detroit
Tuesday
OLDIES NIGHT

Tigers 7-2 in an exhibition baseball
game yesterday.
Samuel's homer started a string of
four Phillies runs off starter Milt
Wilcox in the first inning.
The Tigers came back with two runs
in the fourth inning on a home run by
catcher John Wockenfuss off starting
pitcher Steve Carlton, who got the vic-
tory.
The Phillies added two more runs in
the fourth inning off Wilcox.

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Tumblers grab fourth
By SUSIE WARNER finals by .05 of a point, wanted to hit
Two bright stars stood out for the four solid events and place in the beam
Michigan's womens gymnastic team finals, which is exactly what she did.
against otherwise cloudy skies. Her performance gave her seventh in
Kathy Beckwith and Christy Schwar- the All-Around competition.
tz were the only Wolverines to make it Schwartz, the other Wolverine
to the final round in the Big Ten cham- finalist, entered the finals of the uneven
pionship meet this past Friday and bars in third place and came out in a tie
Saturday at Ohio State's Larkin Hall. for second with Ohio State's*Mary
MICHIGAN head coach Sheri Hyatt Olsen. Schwartz came out as the Big
said, "We wanted more gymnasts in the Ten's fourteenth best All-Arounder.
finals, but Ohio State dominated all the
positions and the University of Min- NOW FOR the partly cloudy skies as
nesota and Michigan State took the Sonny Elliot might say. The Wolverines
rest." were hoping they could hit all four of
Ohio State towered above the rest the events well, but two of the four
with 180.90 points, followed by Min- events slipped away from the aspiring
nesota with 177.55, and Michigan team.
State, third with 173.53. Michigan's "The vault and the floor were great;
fourth place finish, that they shared everybody did super," said Hyatt.
this year with Illinois, came as no sur-
prise for the young team. But the bar and the the beam gave the
Hyatt admitted, "The top teams Wolverines trouble. "Three out of six
definitely have the talent, especially (gymnasts) missed their set on the
Ohio State." bars," Hyatt said. "This was mainly
BUT MICHIGAN'S talent also shined because of mistakes and bad luck; we
through the brilliant performances of also were not use to their tight, stiff
Beckwith and Schwartz. With fifth bars."
place going into the finals on the beam H
Beckwith boosted herself into third However, the Wolveries improved
place by her final performance from their fifth-place finish of last year
According to Hyatt, Beckwith, who and are looking forward to even better
Accodin toHyat, Bckwthwhodays ahead.
just missed qualifying for the vault
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