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he Michigan Daily Friday, November 16,1984 Page
Anderson hungry to cap lifetime
fantasy with a Buckeye cr
By MIKE MCGRAW
It is not uncommon to find players on
Michigan's football team who grew up
dreaming of wearing the Maize and
Blue and playing in Michigan Stadium.
But as linebacker Tim Anderson was
growing up, those dreams were so close
he could touch them-and often did.
Because Anderson did his dreaming
from the front row of bleachers in the
north end zone of Michigan Stadium where
she spent many a Saturday afternoon in
"MY INITIAL motivation for coming
here came when I was younger and my
brothers and I idolized the Don Dufeks
and Ron Simpkins that played for
Michigan," said Anderson, who hails
from Ann Arbor's northwest side.
"We'd play football and pretend we
were those guys."
Anderson admits to missing only
about five games in that 10-year span of
Wolverine football. It was a weekly
tradition for all the guys in his neigh-
borhood to go to the games. And despite
not having tickets, they always
managed to get in.
"When I was really young I would
stand at the gate and people would feel
sorry for me and give me tickets," said
the 6-2, 218-pounder, who remembers
all the old Ohio State games as well.
"THOSE GAMES were hard to get in-
to," he said. But there would be a lot of
older guys in high school who would
come to the game with wirecutters and
cut holes in the fence."
Once in the ballyard, Anderson and
his buddies, which included former
Wolverine safety Keith Bostic, would
congregate in the first few rows behind
the goalposts, a place unpopular with
the students so there was always room.
"The big thing when I was little, was
to run on the field and avoid the police,"
said Anderson. "The big goal every
game was to get on the field. then we
would watch "Michigan Replay" the
next day to see if you could see your-
ANDERSON HAD intended all along
to play football at Michigan, whether he
received a scholarship or not. But when
he began his senior season at Pioneer
High School, he was being recruited
heavily by Syracuse and schools in the
"I was getting other offers and wasn't
sure I wanted to give my parents the
burden of paying for my college," said
the fifth-year senior. "But most schools
I told right off that I wasn't interested."
But the visions of playing college
football clouded after the fifth game of
the Pioneers' schedule that season,
when Anderson's high school career
ended with a severe knee injury.
"I HAD ALREADY scheduled a visit
to Iowa for the week after I got hurt,"
recalled Anderson. "Their coach called
me up in the hospital and said to just get
better and he'd get back to me but he
never did. Then I got a letter in
February saying due to the injury, they
couldn't offer me a scholarship but in-
vited me to walk on. I didn't like that."
Later, though, Bo Schembechler
asked him to walk across the street and
onto the Wolverines and the 18-year
plan of attending Michigan became of-
Anderson spent his freshman year
rehabilitating his knee, but he finally
got his chance to get in a game against
Notre Dame in 1981.
I REMEMBER it was really sunny
that day and I could see the sun reflec-
ting off their gold helmets and the
stands were full," Anderson said. "I
was nervous, but was able to concen-
trate on the game."
Anderson's playing career really took
off last season after Mike Boren went
down with a knee injury. He started the
last six games of 1983 and tied for fifth
on the team in tackles.
This year has been an even bigger
one for number 57 as he is currently
second on the team in stops with 81,
trailing only fellow inside linebacker
THE SCRIPT has evolved almost as
though it was written by a grade school-
sized Wolverine fan. But the five years
of play have been far from living a
dream for Anderson.
"It hasn't been like a fantasy since
I've been here," he said. "There's a lot
of hard work and a lot of pressure on
you to earn a job. That takes a lot of
dream-like qualities out of it."
However difficult it has been here for
Anderson, it will be time for him to
wake up soon.
"To win the game we've got to stop
(tailback Keith) Byars," said Ander-
son. "We're going to have to swarm
him to bring him down. He's probably
est back in the country right now.
task ahead of the Wolverines is
greater when you consider that a
to the Buckeyes would leave
dgan with a 6-5 record and'
bly without an invitation to a bowl
we win this week, it would be the
ght of my career," Anderson said.
ve had a lot of injuries, people
been down on us, So to come back
win this week would be one of the
st wins over Ohio State ever."
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Senior linebacker Tim Anderson zeroes in on Minnesota quarterback Brett
Sadek in Michigan's 31-7 victory last Saturday. Anderson will be trying to
fulfill his childhood dreams tomorrow by wreaking havoc in Ohio State's
Harriers go for title
By STEVE HERZ
Perhaps Dorothy has been giving
Michigan cross country coach Ron
Warhurst and his team some lessons.
After all, the team has been following
the yellow brick road to success all
season. It has led them to the NCAA
finals this Monday in University Park,
Pennsylvania on the campus of Penn
State University, where the top 21 cross
country teams in America will face off.
THE HEAVY favorite, Wisconsin,
has been a thorn in Michigan's side all
season. Although the Maize and Blue
surprised the Badgers in the Big Ten
finals, the boys from Madison asserted
themselves in the NCAA districts with a
convincing victory last weekend in
Champaign. Speaking of Champaign,
Illinois has been a constant threat,
finishing higher than Michigan both
times the teams met this year.
There will be stiff competition from
all areas of the nation.
From the west, the top teams are
Arizona, Brigham Young, and Utah.
But Warhurst is not particularly con-
cerned with these teams as they
traditionally fair poorly in the finals.
Said Warhurst, "Their times simply
aren't that good."
FROM THE south, Tennessee
emerges as the real threat. The Volun-
teers are the defending champions and
they breezed through their regular
season. Auburn should not be forgotten,
racing in the same conference as Ten-
From the east, Georgetown has had a
shaky season but is always a threat in
long distance races.
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