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The last four even numbered years Michigan has been the
Big Ten's representative in the Rose Bowl.
The last three times the Wolverines have lost an experien-
ced quarterback to graduation, the team has responded with
disappointing records the following season.
NINETEEN eighty-four is evenly divisible by two, but the
man who was lined up behind center the last three seasons,
Steve Smith, is no longer around. One of these streaks is
going to come to an end.
Although head coach Bo Schembechler won't admit it, the
performance of the new quarterback is going to be the key
factor in determining whether the Michigan Marching Band
will be stepping down Colorado Boulevard next January 1.
Schembechler's teams have a tradition of not playing up to
standards under a new quarterback. Dennis Franklin in 1972,
Rick Leach in '75, a whole bunch of guys in '79 and Smith in
'81 could not lead the Wolverines to the Big Ten champion-
ship.
THIS YEAR there will be a battle for the starting spot, but
junior Jim Harbaugh from Palo Alto, Calif., is the heavy
favorite to take the field against defending national cham-
pion Miami on September 8.
"When you've got a new quarterback, you have uncer-
tainty," said Schembechler, who is entering his sixteenth
season on the Michigan sideline. "Harbaugh has the edge
now only on the basis of having the most experience. Jim is a
good athlete and he's very quick, plus (at 6-4) he'll give us
more height."
Harbaugh's football experience is not limited to running
the second-string in practice for two years. His father Jack
Harbaugh is the head coach at Western Michigan, so he's
grown up around college football. Schembechler thinks that
trait will give him an extra edge in his playing days.
SHOULD HARBAUGH falter, the likely backup will be
sophomore Russ Rein, who quarterbacked the blue team in
the 1984 spring game. Others in the running are sophomores
Chris Zurbrugg and recruit Bob Cernak from Lockport, Ill.
There are two other big holes to fill in this year's offense
besides Smith. Three-year starters Stefan Humphries at
guard and center Tom Dixon have moved on to the pros,
depleting the always-strong Michigan offensive line.
Art Balourdas should step right into the center position, but
guard is Schembechler's biggest offensive worry. It looks
like either Bob Tabachino or Bob Popowski will take over
Humphries' spot, while converted tackle Doug James will
play the other guard.
"BALOURDAS WILL be as'good a center as there is in
the league," said Schembechler. "(Clay) Miller and (Mark)

Hammerstein have'got to play well at tackle."
It is very important that the line open up some holes
because Michigan has an abundance of great running backs
that can eat up the yardage.
The incumbent at tailback is senior Rick Rogers, who
gained 1002 yards in 1983. But he had academic problems this
past spring and will have to work himself back into
eligibility. There are a number of capable replacements,
though, if needed. Speedster Thomas Wilcher, sophomores
Gerald White and Phil Webb, and Atlanta native Ben Logue
could all see action.
SCHEMBECHLER is planning to bring the fullback into
the offense more this season, and that may be the
Wolverines' strongest position. Eddie Garrett, Dan Rice and
Bob Perryman, all juniors, will be sharing time at that spot
and have a lot of playing time among them.
On those rare occasions when the Michigan offense throws
the ball, Harbaugh will have a variety of talented receivers
to choose from. Both the starting wide men of last season
return. Vince Bean, who has started every game the last
three years but has yet to assert himself with a large number
of catches, will line up at split end and big-play man Triando
Markray will be the flanker.
Markray broke into the lineup after the mid-season
suspensions of Steve and Gilvani Johnson, and despite only
catching 11 passes, he made them good for 319 yards and four
touchdowns, including a 67-yarder against Ohio State.
AN ADDITION to the team this year that will be interesting to
watch is split end Paul Jokisch, who joined the team for
spring drills after playing basketball for two seasons.
Jokisch stands 6-8 and was rated the number-one high school
prospect in the state after his senior year at Brother Rice, but
chose to play basketball instead.
"It is going to take time for him to learn to run the routes
and explode off the line," said Schembechler about Jokisch,
who hasn't played football in two years. "He's got a ways to
go, but has great potential."
Tight end duties will again be handled by junior Sim
Nelson, Michigan's leading receiver last year with 41 cat-
ches, while senior Eric Kattus, who scored the winning
touchdown against OSU last November, will back him up.
IT REMAINS to be seen how well the Wolverine offense
moves without superb runner Steve Smith at the helm and
two All-Americas missing from the offensive line. Because of
this, Michigan Stadium frequenters will likely see some con-
servative play in the early stages of the schedule.
"We're satisfied with the progress of our quarterbacks and
we will work hard on the passing game," stated Schem-
bechler after spring practice. "The option will still be there,
but not as big a part without the great speed of Smith."
With this inexperience in mind, it may be up to the defen-
sive side to keep Michigan in position to win for much of the
season.
"THE SECRET when you have a new quarterback is to not
try to do too much offensively and have the defense and
kicking game carry you," explained the senior Big Ten
coach. All one has to do to realize how awesome the
Michigan defense can be is recall the performance put on in
the Superdome last January 2 when the Wolverines held the
powerful Auburn wishbone offense out of the endzone the en-
tire Sugar Bowl, only to lose 9-7 on three Al Del Greco field
goals.
Three key players are missing from that unit - outside
linebackers Tom Hassel and Carlton Rose, and strong safety
Evan Cooper. But enough talent is coming back to expect the
defense to once again be one of the country's best.
THE ENTIRE defensive line returns two-deep, with three-
year starter Al Sincich anchoring the three-man front at nose
guard. Six-foot-seven senior Kevin Brooks, Vince DeFelice,
Mike Hammerstein and Dave Meredith will handle the tackle
positions.
"Al is one of the toughest kids that ever played here. He's
tough as nails," said Schembechler of Sincinch. "Brooks has
got great range; he's just now developing."
The inside linebackers will be very secure, with last year's
leading tackler Mike Mallory returning, along with Tim An-
derson, Mike Reinhold and Andy Moeller, all of whom played
well at times in '83.
RODNEY LYLES is a fixture at one outside linebacker
position, but the other side will be up for grabs between Jim

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Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
Linebacker Rodney Lyles applies pressure on quarterback Jack Trudeau of Illinois, during Michigan's 16-6 loss to the
Illini in Champaign last October.

Scarcelli and sophomores Carlitos Bostic and Steve Thibert.
The area to watch in 1984, though, is the defensive secondary.
The group is young, inexperienced, having no seniors in its
makeup, but has a great number of fine athletes available.
Junior Brad Cochran returns to cornerback, where he
made two key interceptions against Ohio State. Cochran
transferred from Michigan to Colorado in 1982, but had a
change of heart and returned to Ann Arbor last season to play
his way to an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection.

1984 Schedule
Sept. 8 MIAMI (Fla.)
Sept.15 WASHINGTON
Sept. 22 WISCONSIN
Sept. 29 at Indiana
Oct. 6 MICHIGAN STATE
Oct. 13 NORTHWESTERN
Oct. 20 at Iowa
Oct. 27 ILLINOIS
Nov. 3 at Purdue
Nov. 10 MINNESOTA
Nov. 17 at Ohio State

zing team. We're a pretty good pass rush team. Our pass rush
will be better," added Schembechler, in summing up the
defense that will have to stop all those pass-happy Big Ten
opponents.
THE PLACEKICKING is very solid with former walk-on
Bob Bergeron returning for field goals, and Todd Schlopy for
kickoffs. Bergeron replaced Schlopy two games into the
season and booted the memorable 45-yarder through the rain]
and the goalposts with eight seconds left to give they
Wolverines a 16-13 victory over Iowa.
But mention the punting game and Schembechler will let
out a groan. The graduated Don Bracken did the duties for
the last four years and got progressively worse each season.
In 1984, it will be up to Schlopy or sophomore Monte Robbins
from Great Bend, Kansas to give up the ball on fourth down.
Neither of them has punted in a regular season contest and
neither got off a punt of more than 40 yards in the spring
game, opening the door for some potential disaster from that
part of the game.
BUT AS Schembechler looks toward the fall, he knows that
the Big Ten is up for grabs among as many as six teams.
Iowa will have a great defense but only quarterback Chuck
Long returns on offense.
Ohio State has leading rusher Keith Byars back, but quar-
terback Mike Tomczak broke his leg in the Scarlet and Gray
practice game and will be in a cast right up until the start of
practice in August.
Defending champion Illinois will try to rebound from the
45-9 Rose Bowl embarrassment it turned in last year, but
plays Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan all on the road this
season. Wisconsin returns 19 of 22 starters from its 7-4 team
of last year and everyone is looking for George Perles to start
making some noise at Michigan State.
Schembechler sees the race this way. "I know whoever can
put a team together that plays as a team and has fun will
have the best chance of winning."
Of course, nothing is more fun that a New Fear's spent in
Pasadena.

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THE OTHER cornerback will be sophomore Garland
Rivers from Canton, Ohio, while Tony Gant returns at free
safety. Five players will likely battle for Cooper's vacated
position - juniors Dieter Heren and Ivan Hicks, and
sophomores Doug Mallory, Al Bishop and Dwayne Freeman.
"Our linebackers are not made for pass defense, so we
could move Heren or Bishop to outside linebacker where they
would play like a nickel back," Schembechler said. "All our'
young backs are good tacklers.
"We've worked a lot on blitzes, but we're not a great blit-

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Rogers
. . . leading rusher

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1983 Football Statistics

Individual
Statistics

Rushing
Att Yds
Rogers .................... 209 1002
S. SMITH .................103 667
K. SMITH............... 98 517
Garrett.................... 85 353
Mercer .................... 30 151
Rice ....................... 35 140
Armstrong ................ 20 91
Logue .................... 13 85
Perryman ................. 16 72
White ..................... 20 64
HALL ..................... 11 17
S.Johnson ................. 1 9
Bean ...................... 1 9
Witcher ................... 1 -2
Harbaugh ................. 2 -15

Avg
4.8
6.5
5.3
4.1
5.0
4.0
4.6
6.5
4.5
3.2
1.5
9.0
9.0
-2.0
-7.5

TD
9
10
3
0
2
1
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
0

Receiving
No Yds TD
Nelson................... 41 409 3
Bean....................29 412 3
Rogers................... 16 137 0
Markray................. 11 319 4
K. SMITH................. 7 49 0
Garrett.................... 5 24 1
CARTHENS............... 3 59 1
Armstrong ................ 3 13 a
Kattus .................... 2 17 1
S.Johnson ................. 1 19 0
G. Johnson ................ 1 12 0
White ..................... 1 7 0
Rice....................... 1 2 1

COOPER,.......
G. Johnson ....
COHEN ..
Gant ........
K. SMITH .....
S. Johnson.....
Rogers ........
Wilcher .......
White .........
MICHIGAN ...
Opponents .....

PR/Yds/Avg
31/344/11.1
6/43/7.2
1/25/25.0
1/10/10.0

Returns

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KOR/Yds/Avg
3/59/19.7
4/60/15.0

4/108/27.0
2/28/14.0
1/25/25.0
1/23/23.0
1/14/14.0
16/317/19.8
41/1076/17.2

39/422/10.8
14/41/2.9

MICHIGAN................645 3160 4.9 29
Opponents ................. 427 1352 3.2 5
Passing
Att Comp Yds Int TD
S. SMITH.................. 205 106 1420 8 13
HALL ..................... 25 13 118 2 1
Harbaugh ................. 5 2 26 0 0
MICHIGAN..............235 121 1564 10 14
Opponents.................329 179 1907 19 12

MICHIGAN ............... 121
Opponents................. 179
Field Goal
20-29 30-39 40-
Bergeron ... . .... 4-5 7-7 3.
Schlopy ................1-2
MICHIGAN ......... 4-5 8-9 3.
Opponents............3-3 5-8 1
Punting
No
BRACKEN ................ 48

M. Mallory ................
Cochran ...................
s ROSE .....................
49 50+ Total COOPER..................
3 1-2 15-17 n
1-2 Anderson ...............
Brooks ....................
-3 1-2 16-19 HASSEL.................
2 1-1 10-14 BOREN ...................
Lyles......................
Defelice ...................
Gant ...................
LOTT....................
Yds Avg HEWLETT ................
1794 37.4 Mike Hammerstein .......
Reinhold ..................
1794 37.4 Rodgers...................
2519 38.2 COHEN...............
Meredith ...............
Sarcelli ...............
m Moeller...............
BURGESS.............
Rivers .................
Akers..................
SGray.................
SCowan-................
WILSON..... ..

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48
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40
39
37
36
26
22
22
19
17
14
10
10
10
9
9
5
5
1
1

1564 14
1907 12

Tackles
Tackles Assists Total

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