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Michigan crew fun run
at Nichols Arboretum
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.

SPORTS

Hockey
vs. Bowling Green
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

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Th e Michigan Daily

Thursday, October 25, 1984

Page 9

EX-'M' QB RIDES BENCH IN MONTREAL;_
m , " C m

Smith sets sights on more play

By JOE DEVYAK
.Steve Smith is alive and well in Montreal. Well, at
beast he's alive.
After finishing a brilliant three-year career as
Michigan's quarterback last season, the Grand
> lanc native packed up his bags and left for the Mon-
treal Concordes of the Canadian Football League.
HIS FIRST year as a professional has had more
downs than ups, but the character that helped him
through the Michigan quarterback pressure cooker is
pulling him through in Canada.
Smith hasn't played as much as he would like, but
he feels that he is capable. "I definitely know I can
play quarterback in this league," Smith said. "When
I got to Canada, I realized I could still throw."
Smith's playing time dwindled as the season
bprogressed.
"AS THE season went on, they stayed with one
quarterback," he said a bit dejectedly. That quarter-
back is also a rookie, Nebraska's Turner Gill.
With Smith wasting away as Montreal's back up
QB the Concorde coaching staff tried an experiment.
Smith, with his excellent speed, was placed at wide
receiver. He played the position twice and even
scored a touchdown.
"I feel that being able to play wide receiver makes
ene more valuable," he said confidently. However,
laying time at his new position has been infrequent
as well.

BUT DESPITE his lack of playing time, Smith
doesn't mind living in Canada.
"Montreal is a very nice place, with a lot of things
going on," he said. "But, I miss everybody in Ann
Arbor."
Smith was quick to make comparisons between
Canadian and American football. "In Canada, it's not
whether you complete sixty percent of your passes,

in the playoffs," said Smith, who has never played on
a losing team before this year. "It's frustrating
because there's nothing I can do about it."
Smith seems to be handling his adversity very well.
He credits his mother and Bo Schembechler for that.
"I was brought up right," Smith said. "I was wild
when I was a little kid, but I was always disciplined. I
learned"
ABOUT HIS old coach Smith said, "I've got to hand
it to Bo, he told me that two people would be blamed
when we (Michigan) lost - him and me. I just try to
remember that. It's football."
Though he was often criticized, Smith racked up
great numbers in three years. He holds Michigan
records for most passes completed (324), most yards
passing (4860), and most yards total offense (6554).
After Montreal is finished with the playoffs, Smith
plans on returning to Ann Arbor in order to finish his
degree in education. He'd also like to talk to Bo, to see
whether or not he can help the team.
"I'D LIKE TO help if I could," he said. "I feel sorry
for the quarterbacks (Russell Rein and Chris Zur-
brugg)."
When asked whether or not the NFL or USFL were
in his plans for the future, Smith responded, "If I ever
returned to the states, I'd try out for an NFL team.
That way if I didn't make it, I'd know that I was
beaten by the best." He would also be flexible: "I
wouldn't mind playing another position."

it's whether you can make things happen." Smith ad-
ded that football is much less popular than in the
States. "If only they'd get into football," lamented
Smith. "It's hard to play here when you played at a
place like Michigan."
Smith also encountered something else he wasn't
accustomed to -losing.
"IT'S THE most bizarre thing being 5-9-1 and we're

Red Wings' Sittler hurt in 6-1 loss to Leafs

;: TORONTO (AP) - Veteran center
ill Derlago, who had not scored a goal
en his first six games this season, netted
three last night as the Toronto Maple
L eafs broke a four-game losing streak
with a 6-1 National Hockey League vic-
ory over the Detroit Red Wings.
; Russ Courtnall, John Anderson and
aalt Poddubny also scored for the
teafs and Anderson assisted on all
three of Derlago's goals.
> IVAN BOLDIREV scored the lone
'oal for Detroit.
.Winning goaltender Allan Bester
made 31 saves in his first home ap-
pearance after starting three times on
;the road, while Detroit's Corrado
SMicalef blocked 20 shots.
: The Red Wings lost center Darryl Sit-
tler in the second period when he was
boarded by Toronto forward Jim Korn,
vho was not assessed a penalty. Sittler,
}liven a roughing penalty when he
chased after Korn and threw a punch,
novas taken to a hospital and general-
nanager Jim Devellano said the injury
;had been diagnosed as a cracked
'iheekbone.
Pitsburgh 5, New Jersey 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Don Lever
mored the first of three unanswered
geals to give the New Jersey Devils a 5-
National Hockey League victory over
tie Pittsburgh Penguins last night.
Lever broke a 2-2 tie at 16:53 of the
Ocond period with his second goal of
tYe season as he backhanded a shot past
Michel Dion from 10 feet out.
Rich Preston gave the Devils a 4-2
dad at 5:54 of the third period when he
as credited with a score that deflected

in off Pittsburgh defenseman Randy
Hillier. Joe Cirella scored a power-play
goal at 15:16 to make it 5-2.
It was the first road victory for New
Jersey and Pittsburgh's first loss at
home.
Winnipeg 8. Hartford 4
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Cen-
ter Thomas Steen scored two goals and
added four assists as the Winnipeg Jets

defeated the Hartford Whalers 8-4 in a
National Hockey League game last
night.
Steen scored in the second and third
period and set up a pair of goals by
Doug Smail, as well as others by Randy
Carlyle and Bengt Lundholm, as the
Jets won their second consecutive
game.
The line of Steen, Lundholm and
Smail accounted for 11 points and

created havoc for the rookie-laden
Whalers every time it was out on the
ice.
Hartford goaltender Steve Weeks was
busy, especially to the first and third
periods, and turned aside 28 shots.

Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Sophomore quarterback Chris. Zurbrugg looks on as ex-Wolverine quarter-
back, Steve Smith, tosses a few passes during last year's spring practice.
Smith says he will offer his assistance to Michigan's young quarterbacks
when the CFL season is over.

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