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The Michigan Daily
Wednesday, October 31, 1984
TIGHT END STILL HOPES TO SMELL THE ROSES
Nelson paves the way
By MIKE MCGRAW
The phrase has probably been spoken many times. "If you
want to catch the ball, don't go to Michigan. All they do is
And even though tight end Sim Nelson has been the
Wolverines' leading receiver the last two seasons, his main
role, true to form, has been blocking. But there are things
more important to Nelson than catching the ball.
"AS LONG as we win, I don't have to catch another ball all
year," said the senior from Fort Wayne, Ind. "That doesn't
mean a thing to me. To get three more wins is all that mat-
ters. Then we're out of here at 8-3."
The first stop on the road to three wins is Nelson's home
state of Indiana. Specifically West
Lafeyette, where a lot of his friends go
to school. One even happens to be Pur- I don't kn
due's best defensive player, safety Rod can't go t
"Playing Purdue and Indiana always
means something to me," Nelson said.
"One reason is because nobody wanted
me but Michigan. So it's always good to
go back and beat those guys.''
SHOULD MICHIGAN beat the Boilermakers Saturday, it
would be the biggest win over an Indiana school in Nelson's
four years. Purdue, like the Woverines, is 5-3 and in the bowl
running. In fact the communications major still has his
sights on the biggest bowl of them all.
"I don't know why we can't go to the Rose Bowl," said
Nelson. "Iowa has to play Michigan State and Wisconsin and
you know what Wisconsin did and they played us tough. So if
Iowa loses two of their next three and we win all of ours, it's
off to Pasadena for us. It's an outside chance, but we deter-
mine our own fate to go to a bowl game."
The Wolverines' fate, of course, will be more pleasant if the
team can play at a level similar to that which it attained last
week against Illinois. In that game, Nelson didn't catch a
pass, but cleared the holes that vaulted quarterback Chris
Zurbrugg downfield on the option.
"WE KNOW Purdue's a good team," said Nelson, who is
eighth out of nine children in his family. "We know we have
to go down there and be at our best like we were Saturday."
One of the factors in Nelson's lack of receiving statistics
was evident last week, when Michigan's third quarterback of
the season started the game. In 1983 with Steve Smith at the
helm, the tight end hauled in 41 aerials to lead the team and
was expected to play a major role in Bo Schembechler's
more pass-oriented attack this fall.
"With Jimmy (Harbaugh), he likes to throw the ball,"
Nelson explained. "So I thought I could catch 50-some passes,
but he got hurt. (The new quarterbacks) have to learn my
moves and things but most of the routes
are predetermined, so I just tell them
'if you throw it in the vicinity, I'll try to
w why we catch it."'
the Rose HAVING AN inexperienced quarter-
back also puts more pressure on
Sim Nelson Nelson, because as a senior, it's up to
him to provide leadership.
"To us, it doesn't matter who is back
there, it's up to us to provide the senior
leadership and do whatever it takes to
win," said Nelson, who grew up singing
in a church choir and still lists music
as his main interest. "It's up to me to make the big block to
spring Rick (Rogers) or Chris on the option. We know
Michigan has always been built around senior leadership and
it's up to us to lead this year."
But being a senior also means that you're running out of
playing time. The class of '85 just has one game remaining in
Michigan Stadium - a week from Saturday against Min-
"Next week it will probably hit me that I won't be able to
touch the Go Blue sign and run out in front of 100,000
screaming fans," said Nelson, who plans to seek a career in
broadcasting after graduation. "That's probably one of the
greatest feelings any athlete can experience. But the only ones
that get to experience it are the ones that wear the wing-
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
end Sim Nelson grimaces as he fails to hang on to a Jim Harbaugh pass in this year's 20-14 win over
Phi Delts* jolt Beta
Coming off a victory Friday night ov-
er the Illinois intramural champs, 18-
12, the Phi Delts continued their win-
ning ways, defeating Beta Theta Pi, 26-
6, Monday. The Phi Delt defense had a
slow warm-up before coming on strong
in the last part of the first half. They
scored a safety and ended the half
In a second half action, the Delts put
most of their points on the board with
touchdown passes from Tom Boylen.
Pete Gutman scored twice and later
Scott Waldinger caught a short TD pass
second half, on _their first three
possessions on passes from Bookout to
Doug Johnson, Chad De Weerd and Dan
Cafferty. The Elitest Bast are last
year's residence hall touch football
DIX 36, DI Molars 0
Undefeated, big and strong the DIX
continued their rampage of the
Gradaute/Faculty/Staff football ranks,
in their defeat of the DI Molars on Mon-
Scoring in the game occurred on long
passes over the heads of the Molars. A
team member of the DI Molars, made
up of first-year dental students,
described the DIX as a strong, athletic
team of big guys, who were by far the
best team they had played.
IM roundup was compiled by
Daily sports writer Emily Bridgham.
The Phi Delts coached by Todd
Hoefer, are 3-0 in the regular season
and ready for the playoffs, which begin
- Sigma Alpha Mu 12,
Zeta Beta Tau 0
Sigma Alpha Mu faced off against
Zeta Beta Tau on Monday in a tough,
close match. The scoring from the
Sammies came on two bombs in each
half from quarterback Paul Schnell.
Schnell threw the first touchdown
pass to Steve Bender to close the first
half at 6-0. In the second half, Schnell
threw to Jeff Libman, who scored on
4 ° the bomb. Eric Newman managed to
pull down two interceptions to help
clinch the win for the Sammies.
Elitest Bast 30,
. Sneaky Slow 0
Going into the playoffs after 11-
straight games unscored upon, the
k, Elitest Bast are looking for some good
competition.- They finished the regular
season by smashing the Sneaky Slows
30-0 Monday night.
Chris Bookout, the Elitist's quarter-
back ran in the first touchdown and
.A, their team ended the first half 6-0.
The team came on strong in the
AP Top Twenty
- W L T Pts
wins AL C
NEW YORK (AP) - Willie Her-
nandez, whose relief pitching played
a major role in the Detroit Tigers'
drive to the World Series champion-
ship, was named yesterday the win-
ner of the American League Cy
Young Award as the league's best
The Puerto Rican left-hander, who
joined the Tigers in a trade with the
Philadelphia Phillies just before the
1984 season, had 32 saves in 33 save
opportunities, five more saves than
he had in a mediocre seven-year
career in the National League.
HE COMBINED that with a 9-3
won-lost record and a 1.92 earned
run average as the Tigers coasted to
the AL East crown, then went on to
win the playoffs over Kansas City
and World Series over San Diego.
Hernandez saved the third and
deciding game of the playoffs, then
added two more saves in the World
Series, in which he had a 1.69 ERA.
The voting was based on regular-
Hernandez, who will turn 30 on
Nov. 14, had 12 of the 38 possible fir-
st-place votes and 88 total points to
edge another relief pitcher, Kansas
City's Dan Quisenberry, a previous
Cy Young award winner, in the
balloting by two baseball writers
from each of the American League
cities. Quisenberry, who had a 6-3
record, a 2.64 ERA and 44 saves as
the Royals won the AL West, had
nine first-place votes and 71 total
Bert Blyleven, who posted a 19-7
record for the Cleveland Indians,
was third with four first place votes
and 45 points and Mike Boddicker of
the Baltimore Orioles, the AL's only
20-game winner, was fourth with the
other three first-place votes and 41
points. Each first-place vote was
worth five points, with three points
for second and one for third.
Rick Sutcliffe of the Chicago Cubs
was named the National League's
Cy Young winner last week.
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