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e 16 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 7, 1984


November 3: at Purdue

Quick on the Draw
B' Alike McGraw

The Michigan Daily - Friday, S

These are dark days for Purdue
Traditionally a solid power, the
Boilermakers have suffered through
back-to-back three-win seasons.
Things don't look much brighter for
the 1984 season.
SCOTT CAMPBELL, a three-year
starter at quarterback, is gone, with
no heir apparent. To rub a little salt
into this wound, five players were
dropped from the program by head
coach Leon Burtnett after they were
arrested on credit-card theft
charges. The losses included last
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season's fourth-leading tackler,
defensive end Derrick Hoskins and
the leading tailback candidate for
'84, Lloyd Hawthorne (490 yards
Burtnett's strategy to rebuild the
Boilermakers has been to play
young players and let them gain ex-
perience. Last season eight fresh-
men and sophomores found them-
selves in starting roles on the defen-
Defense would appear to be Pur-
due's strength, with eight starters
returning, including leading tackler
Kevin Sumlin and leading intercep-
tor Kennedy Wilson.
Junior Jim Everett is the top can-
didate to replace Campbell at quar-
terback, but a pair of freshmen, Jeff
Huber and Doug Downing have not
been ruled out as signal-callers.
Sophomore Rodney Carter is
slated to replace Mel Gray at
tailback. Carter had a 4.4 rushing
average in 40 carries last season.
COACH: Leon Burtnett, Purdue (1982-
93) 6-15-1.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD: 3-7-1, 3-5-1
Big Ten.
LAST YEAR VS MICH: Michigan 42,
Purdue 10.
SERIES LEADER: Michigan, 26-9.
(FS), Rodney Carter (TB). Jeff Price
(WR), Kevin Sumlin (LB).

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... returning fullback

Solution to league's humiliation...
.. . send Michigan to the Rose Bowl
The Big Ten has suffered enough embarrassment. It's time to keep the kids
out of the Rose Bowl and get a team that knows what it's doing out to
Pasadena this season. Specifically Michigan.
Illinois' 45-9 shellacking at the hands of a UCLA team that wasn't even ranked
in the top 20 is further proof that the destruction of the Big 2/Little 8 was not a
beneficial change in the conference.
IN 1981, IOWA HEADED WEST for the first time in 23 years. The school got
its state pretty excited but put in a terrible performance in the game, getting
shutout 28-0 by Washington.
That's a 64-point deficit in only two games for the new guys. In Michigan's
seven Rose Bowl appearances during Bo Schembechler's coaching reign, it has
only one win, but its losses have come by a total of 40 points,
In '82 and '84, the Los Angelinos commented as to how nice it was to have
someone other than Michigan in town. Sure, they were glad. They knew that the
result would be a blowout win by the Pac-10 representative.
THINGS HAVE GOT TO SHAPE UP. Out on the coast, they're laughing at the
Big Ten and complaining about why the Pac-10 champ only gets to play bad
The answer is simple. Get the Wolverines back into the so-called "Grandaddy
of them All" and keep them there.
There have been a lot of complaints over Michigan's failure to win often in
Pasadena, but the school does a much better job than any of the alternatives.
THE WOLVERINES' PROBLEM has simply been bad luck. They've played
well enough to win in every game, but haven't gotten the breaks
For example: 1970-Schembechler, in his first year as coach at Michigan,
suffers a heart attack the day before the game and is unable to be on the
sidelines during a 10-3 loss to USC.
1972-Stanford boots a last-minute field goal to edge the Wolverines by one.
1978-JUST EIGHT YARDS from the tying touchdown, a Rick Leach pass
bounces off the helmet of Stanley Edwards and into the arms of a Washington
defender for an incredible game-deciding interception.
1979-Charles White of USC fumbles the ball away at the three-yard line, but
USC is credited with a touchdown and that turns out to be the Trojans' margin
of victory.
1983-Quarterback Steve Smith and tackle Rich Strenger are knocked out of
the game early, but still the Wolverines only lose by 10 points to number-three
MICHIGAN COULD EASILY have won all of those games. Illinois and Iowa
were out of their contests before the parade even started.
What the Big Ten needs is one simple rule. The winner of the Ohio State-
Michigan game goes to the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes did all right when they
used to go out there many years ago.
The other conference institutions may not like the rule, but it would be for
their own good. Last January 2, there was no question as to where the class of
the Big Ten plays-Ann Arbor. While the Illini were getting pummeled,
Michigan put on an exciting effort against a very talented Auburn team. And if
Triando Markray had stepped out of bounds at the 30 instead of the 23, the
Wolverines would have been an easy field goal away from receiving the bowl of
sugar, as well.
BUT MICHIGAN'S FINE EFFORTS in bowl games should be no surprise.
Since Schembechler's first season, nobody has blown out the Wolverines.
Nobody. And it is pretty apparent that the Big Ten doesn't have the talent of
some of the other big conferences.
On several occasions, the Wolverines have been dominated on the playing
field, but have stayed in the game until the final moments. Just recall the night
in Notre Dame Stadium two years ago. Michigan could do little against the
Fighting Irish throughout the game, but still almost pulled it out.
Schembechler has to take the credit for this record. Some people complain
that Schembechler can't win the close games, but no other coach can match his
string of winning seasons.
HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR the Big Ten's rule in the early 70's that a conference
school could not participate in any bowl games other than the Rose, Michigan
would have seen post-season action in all 15 of Schembechler's seasons.
His two worst years have been 8-4 records in 1979 and '82. However, it can be
pointed out that in '79 the four losses came by a total of 10 points and Michigan
won the Big Ten title outright in '82.
This season will be no exception. A lot of Wolverine fans are fretting over the
season-opening appearence of the defending national champion Miami
Hurricanes. But there is no need to be. Michigan will probably win this game
and if not, it won't lose by any more than a louchdown. That's a tradition that
this season's team will live up to.
There is also no need for concern over the college football magazines picking
Michigan to finish fourth place in the conference. Those publications don't know
what they're talking about.
The Wolverines are in the best shape overall of any team in the Big Ten. They
just don't have a well-known quarterback returning to grab national attention.
There is also another tradition that the 1984 Wolverines will have a chance to
follow. The last four times that they have faced Ohio State in Columbus, as they
do this November, they went on to play in the Rose Bowl.
Should that happen, the Big Ten can relax. Because it won't again be
humiliated on New Year's Day.

Michigan's offensive line is like one of
those county fair cardboard facades
that has the body of a strongman and a
hole where the face should be-no mat-
ter who stands behind it the muscle-
bound body is always the same.
The 1984 season is no exception.
Though new faces abound, the bodies
remain consistent-big and strong.
ONLY 6-4, 258-pound tackle Clay
Miller returns to the position he held
last year. His counterpart from 1983,
Doug James, moves to guard. Among
the newcomers, Mark Hammerstein
will assume the "quick" tackle
position, Bob Tabachino should hold
down the other guard spot and Art
Balourdos will move into center.
The relative inexperience up front
means the Wolverine coaching staff
will not have the luxury of sitting back
and watching the gaping holes open up,
as they were able to do last year when
All-Americans Stefan Humphries and
Tom Dixon led the way.
"It's gonna be an interesting year,"
said interior line coach Paul Schudel.
"It's gonna be fun ... I get to coach
this year."
THOUGH SCHUDEL and fellow of-
fensive line coach Elliot Uzelac may be
spending a little more time on
technique fundamentals this fall, they
certainly have talented brutes to work
The most consistent workhorsencould
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Dixon, the 6-3, 250-pounder could have
been a starter for the past two seasons.
But his patience should pay dividends
this autumn. "Balourdos will be as good
a center as there is in the league,"
boasted head coach Bo Schembechler
in the spring.
Balourdos' flanks will be covered by
senior guards James and Tabachino.
James, the heaviest of the Wolverine
starters at 267 pounds, suffered a slight
knee injury in the spring. But according
to Schudel the injury poses "no

problem." Tabachino (6-1, 263) has the
build of a tree stump but his short
stature will give him leverage on taller
defensive linemen. Another senior, Bob
Popowski, could move in if Tabachino
doesn't get the job done. Popowski is 6-
3, 265 pounds.
Tackles Miller and Hammerstein
should be more than adequate. Miller
has seen action in all four of his years at
Michigan, playing defense briefly in his
freshman campaign. He has a
legitimate shot for All-Big Ten hordors.

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Ah, tailbacks and fullbacks. The two
positions represent one thought to Bo
Schembechler - absolutely no
"Our running back situation is good,"
understated running back coach Tirrell
Burton. "We have a lot of depth and a
lot of talent. A lot of the guys are just
starting to blossom."
HAPPILY for the Wolverines, all four
fullbacks are ready to blossom, and two
of them - Juniors Eddie Garrett and
Bob Perryman - are ready to explode.

"Personally, I'd like to be good
enough to be first team All-Big Ten,"
said Garrett (6-2, 220) who last season
gained 356 yards on 85 carries and
developed into a crushing blocker.
"I think that is an excellent goal for
Eddie to have," said Burton. "He has
the talent to become one of the best
fullbacks Michigan has ever had."
JUST BEHIND Garrett, but gaining
quickly is Perryman, who took a little
longer to get adjusted to Michigan
"We feel good about Perryman," said

Burton. "He had an excellent spring
and had the opportunity to take a lot of
snaps. Taking snaps and getting
experience is the key for a kid like
Perryman. He's 230 pounds and is a
good all-around athlete. He just needs a
chance to play and we expect him to
play a lot."
Junior Dan Rice and senior Greg
Armstrong are experienced, talented
fullbacks, providing insurance against.
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