Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Saturday, September 15, 1984
This Husky Holmes in on QBs
By DOUGLAS B. LEV)
Inevitably, big games serve
stage for great players:
Ron Holmes is that kind of
dominating defensive tac
makes a habit of rising to the
when the opposition is at its tou
TODAY, the opposition for
and his Washington Husky te,
is the suddenly vaunted b
when we played Washington with Ron
Y Holmes," assessed Elliot Uzelac,
as center Michigan's offensive line coach.
One year ago it was Husky quarter-
player, a back Steve Pelleur, not Holmes who
kle who rose to the occasion when Washington
occasion stormed back to edge Michigan, 25-24.
ighest. But 1983 proved to be a banner year for
r Holmes Holmes. It was a year in which Holmes*
ammates put up spectacular statistics and
Michigan followed a clear pattern of im-
provement, indicating that in 1984 he
could be phenomenal.
HOLMES, who stands 6-4 and weighs
255 pounds, made 61 unassisted tackles
and assisted on 45 others last year.
Among these 106 stops were 21 tackles
behind the line of scrimmage and 13
quarterback sacks. For his sterling ef-
forts Holmes made first team All Pac-
10 as well as honorable mention All-
"He has tremendous quickness for a
big man," said Uzelac. "He is a really
good pass rusher because of his ability
to come off blockers. It takes two and
three extra efforts to contain him."
Holmes' distinguishing gift has
always been his speed, and now, after
three years of intensive weight training
his strength is almost overwhelming.
"I've worked on my strength very hard
for the last two years and it's starting to
ugh both pay off," said the now-bulky
ay the psychology major.
use it is IN HIS sophomore season two years
don't be ago Holmes registered nine sacks, and
aditional with his 13 in '83 the Lacey, Wash.
on center native. has the experts expecting
rtan turf, Lawrence Taylor Mark Gastineau-like
tball will exploits this year.
kind of "I would like to have a big year
(Speaking of sacks)," said .Holmes.
defensive "Sacks are big plays. They are
year ago motivators, pumping up the team and
getting everybody excited. But I just
want to be a complete player and do the
best I can."
For the benefit of his team, Holmes
must come up with one of his most
complete games. The Huskies field a
three man defensive line and Holmes is
the only returning starter. Sophomore
middle guard Steve Alvord and senior
right tackle Tony Lewis made their fir-
st starts last week against North-
western and in '83 combined for only
But Holmes has the capabilities to
make up for unproductive teammates.
In last year's 24-0 Husky win over USC
Holmes ran wild, making 16 tackles,
two sacks and two fumbles recoveries.
That is the kind of game that Michigan
coaches are looking to stop.
Preparing to square off against
Holmes are Wolverines Mark Ham-
merstein, Clay Miller and sophomore
Jon Elliot. "He'll be going against all of
them, because we constantly flip our
Right now Holmes is still a preseason
All-American, and with a possible NFL
future on the line, he recognizes this
contest against a Wolverine offensive
line as a supreme test. Today, Ron
Holmes is truly appearing on center
stage. And 105,000 critics will witness
CHICAGO (UPI) - Rick Sutcliffe
won his 13th straight game and Jody
Davis slugged his third career grand
slam to give the Chicago Cubs a 7-1 vic-
tory over the fading New York Mets
The victory was the seventh staight
for the first-place Cubs over the Mets at
Wrigley Field and extended their lead
over the Mets to 81 games in the
National League East. Chicago reduc
ed its magic number to clinch th
division title to seven games.
SUTCLIFFE, 15-1 since coming to the
Cubs from Cleveland on June 15, gave
up eight hits and walked none. .He
struck out six while moving within one
of the Cubs' record for consecutive
wins. Ed Reulbach won 14 straight in
Mets starter Ron Darling, 12-7, was
hit on the left knee by a Gary Matthews'
line drive in the third inning and left th
game due to swelling after five innings,
Brent Daff replaced Darling and ran
into trouble in the sixth as the Cubs
scored five runs,. Dernier beat out an
infield hit, Sandberg walked and both
advanced on Gaff's wild pitch with one
out. Leon Durham was intentionaljy
walked to load the bases and Dernier
scored on Keith Moreland's infield out
After Ron Cey was walked inten-
tionally to load the bases again, DAvi1
crushed Gaff's first pitch, sending it
deep into the center field bleachers
against a 15 mph wind for his 19th home
on center stage
Wolverine squad. And altho
coaching staffs downpl
significance of the game beca
a non-conference matchup,.
fooled. When the two tra
national powers settle downo
stage, Michigan Stadium's tar
the quality and intensity of foo
be second to none. It's the
situation Holmes thrives on.
"He's the most impressivec
tackle we've faced since a
Washington defensive tackle Ron Holmes displays his prowess in action last
season. The senior achieved All-Pac Ten honors in 1983.
Blue Jays roll over
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By MIKE REDSTONE
Special to the Daily
DETROIT - Willie Aikens ripped
two home runs off Detroit starter Jack
Morris, and Ernie Witt added another
round-tripper as the Toronto Blue Jays
whipped the Tigers, 7-2, last night at
Aikens rifled a solo shot into the up-
per deck to open Toronto's scoring in
the second inning, and belted a two-run
job just inside the rightfield foul pole in
THE TIGERS scored . early off of
Toronto starter JimClancy. Lou
Whitaker led off the game with a single
and scored when Blue Jay leftfielder
Dave Collins misplayed an Alan
Trammell base hit.
Tiger starter Jack Morris suffered
the loss after giving up five runs in six
innings of work. Morris' record now
stands at 17-11, leaving him little chan-
ce of winning 20 games this season.
Bill Scherrer entered the game in the
seventh and surrendered Toronto's last
two runs on a double play by pinch-hit-
ter Cliff Johnson.
DETROIT'S second run came when
Whitaker drove in Ruppert Jones with a
single in the fifth inning.
With the loss, Detroit's lead in the
American League East dropped to ten
games over the Blue Jays, while the
magic number for clinching the
division remains at six.
The game included some fireworks
with both Clancy and Toronto manager
Bobby Cox being ejected in the sixth in-
ning. After issueing a warning to
Morris for throwing too close to Toronto
battgrs, the home plate umpire gave
Clancy the boot when he narrowly
missed Tiger Kurt Gibson with a fast-
ball. Cox subsequently threw a tirade
which included tossing a rosin bag into
left field. The Blue Jays played the
game under protest.
Tickets sold out
DETROIT (AP) - Mail order ticket
requests for postseason games at Tiger
stadium will no longer be accepted,
Tigers President Jim Campbell said.
An overwhelming volume of mail
poured into Tiger ticket offices
following Saturday's announcement of
the sale of American League and World
Series tickets, Campbell said Thursday
in a statement.
However, there are more request
than available tickets and Tiger of-
ficials were forced to halt the acceptan-
ce of orders, Campbell said.
The Tigers will return all orders they
are unable to fill said Campbell.
About 3,000 to 4,000 tickets for ob-
structed-view and lower-deck
bleacher seats will be sold on an over
the counter basis at a later date, said
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