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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 25, 1984
Gant goes down with broken leg

By DOUGLAS B. LEVY
Tony Gant's season is over confirmed
Michigan head football coach Bo
Schembechler yesterday at his weekly
press luncheon.
. Gant, Michigan's starting free safety
broke two bones in his left leg last
Saturday in the game against Big Ten
rival Wisconsin.
"HE'S IN THE hospital and feeling
uncomfortable," described Schem-
beehler.
Schembechler further confirmed that
Gant suffered the broken leg as a result
of trying to cut upfield while returning a
punt, and was not tackled on the play.
"No one touched him," said the.
coach. "He saw that if he could cut up-
field he could go for big yardage. When
he went to plant his leg it went straight
into the ground and it just snapped."
THE INJURY OCCURRED in the
second quarter when Gant received the
Badger punt at the Michigan 21-yard
line. He rambled for 18 yards before
going down while trying to make that
last cut.
"'Losing Gant poses a big problem for
our defense," commented Schem-
bechier. "He was really our leader out
on the field. He's going to be very tough
to replace."
From his free safety position Gant
was the signal caller on. defense. His
responsibility was to assess the op-
posing offensive formation and call the
defensive play. It is Gant's leadership
that will be missed most of all.
STEPPING IN AT free .safety is
sophomore Doug Mallory, who moves
over from his accustomed strong safety
position.
Mallory was redshirted last year as a

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decided on who will fill Gant's shoes as
signal caller. But a strong possibility is
senior linebacker Mike Mallory, who
served in that capacity last year after
Mike Boren suffered a season-ending
knee injury in the fourth game.
Schembechler said that he would ap-
ply to have Gant declared an injured
redshirt, which means that the
Fremont, Oh. native would still have
two years of eligibility remaining-1985
and 1986.
Gant's injury poses Schembechler
with yet another problem. Who will be
the Wolverine punt returner?
Junior Gilvanni Johnson filled in on
Saturday, returning one punt for seven
yards. Steve Johnson is another player
who can return punts as is freshman
sensation Jamie . Morris. Gant will
surely be missed, however, as he had
returned a total of eight punts for an
average of 9.5 yards per return.
BLUE BANTER: And what about the
sensational Morris who is already a
special apple in Schembechler's eye.
"All of us who were apprehensive about
him playing Big Ten football can forget
it. This kid can flat out play."
You know Morris is doing something
right when Schembechler compares the
5-6, 175-pound tailback to the legendary
Anthony Carter. Said Schembechler:
"He's one of those guys that's different
from the rest. Like Anthony, he's tough
as nails. He'll take on a blitzing
linebacker at 90 miles an hour and put
him down."
One final note on Morris. He is the fir-
st freshman that Schembechler can
remember to be named Michigan's weekly
offensive champion. Morris won the ac-
colade as a result of his 220-total yard

performance against the Badgers.
BUT WILL Morris even get the starting
nod against Indiana on Saturday? Last
week Schembechler played Wisconsin
without a 200-pound tailback available,
something he would like to avoid.
"We'll try to run Rogers and White
today without pads," said Schem-
bechler. Phil Webb is the other 200-
pound tailback.
The coach does expect both Rogers
and White to be healthy for the clash
against the Hoosiers.
Fullback Eddie Garrett said after the
Wisconsin game that he was close to 100
percent. Schembechler wants a healthy
Garrett in the lineup because of his
powerful lead blocking.
SPEAKING ABOUT blocking,
Schembechler has made a subtle
change on his much maligned offensive
line. John Elliot, the massive 6-7, 280-
pound sophomore started against the
Badgers at quick tackle. It was Elliot's
first start at Michigan and Schem-
bechler says he will start again against
Indiana.
All summer long Schembechler ad-
mitted to having nightmares about his
1984 kicking game. Gone was punter
Don Bracken along with fellow four-
year starter, center Jim Sweeney who
served only as long snapper. But now
Schembechler is crowing. Place kicker
Bob Bergeron has already crunched
two 50-yard field goals and four for four
overall. And punter Monte Robbins has
shown only good signs in his first three
games. Yet Schembechler felt com-
pelled to apologize to the press for
allowing Wisconsin to block one of
Robbins' punts. "I'll try to correct it,"
sighed the coach.

.. . could make first start
freshman, and as a virtual rookie,
Schembechler is apprehensive of giving
him the responsibility of calling the
defenses.
Ivan Hicks is now the likely starter at
Mallory's old spot, strong safety.
Though a junior, Hicks has never star-
ted a college game and only saw action
in two games last season. Hicks' lack of
experience makes him too an unlikely
choice to serve as signal caller for the
defense.
SCHEMBECHLER POINTED OUT
that the signal caller must come from
the middle of the defensive formation.
You cannot, for example, have a cor-
nerback from the perimeter setting the
defenses.
The coaching staff has not yet

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