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No A.C. but lots of
spark in receivers
The Michigan Daily - Friday, Septe
October 13: Northw
October 6: Michigan State
By KATIE BLACKWELL
Along with all the questions this
season concerning a new and inex-
perienced starting quarterback in the
maize and blue suit there are some an-
swers-some very good answers to be.
For 1984 helmsman Jim Harbaugh
those answers will come in the form of a.
bevy of talented receivers. In fact, so
promising are the pass-catchers that
Michigan could lose its reputation as a
THOUGH THE unique spark of An-
thony Carter may be just a mere
memory to many at Michigan Stadium,
look for new excitement from the 1984:
receivers. Veterans Vince Bean, Sim
Nelson and Triando Markray are out to
replace the beloved number 1 in the
hearts of Wolverine fans. They have the
potential to do it, too.
Bean, a fifth-year senior used to
playing in Carter's shadow, showed his
own capabilities last year by catching
29 passes for 412 yards. That makes for
an impressive 13.2-yard average per
catch. The 6-3 190-pounder comes off his
best season as a fourth-year starter. In
his career Bean has caught 64 passes
for 1069 yards, both marks good for
seventh in the Michigan record books.
Junior flanker Markray is back, too,
hopefully to continue his late-season hot
streak of 1983. In seven games, the
Detroit native hauled in just 11 passes,
but ten of those came in the last four
games and included four touchdowns.
Markray was third on the Wolverine
squad in reception yardage-319, for an
outstanding 29 yards a grab.
Back-ups at wide receiver. are quite
encouraging and include Steve and
Gilvanni Johnson, juniors with game
experience under their belts. An in-
teresting addition to the air-borne
division is ex-Wolverine cager Paul
Jokisch, who drew pre-season praise
from head coach Bo Schembechler.
Jokisch, a Birmingham Brother Rice
product, was an all-stater as well as a
Parade All-American selection in foot-
The 'tight end position looks strong as
well. Seniors Nelson and Eric Kattus
appear to have a strong hold on the spot
for the 1984 season.
At 6-3, Nelson was the leading
receiver in 1983 for the Wolverines. He
gained 494 yards and crossed the goal
line three times. Nelson caught 41
passes, seventh best for a Michigan
receiver in a single season and third
best for a tight end. Not known as a
speedster (4.8 for 40 yards) Nelson is
tough in the trench and not easily in-
timidated at 230 pounds.
Kattus' record is not as impressive as
Nelson's but his size is-6-6, 222 pounds.
And he has proven himself reliable in a
jam. Kattus, who hails from Cincinnati,
was the man who snagged the game-
winning touchdown in the 1983 Ohio
All that remains to be answered now
is Harbaugh's throwing capabilities,
since Michigan has the catchers.
What does Nelson think of his new of-
fensive leader? "He's (Harbaugh) not
gonna play like he's inexperienced.
Jimmy's gonna do a great job for us."
When the dust finally settles in Novem-
ber, all the questions will finally be an-
swered, hopefully for Michigan in the
manner in which Nelson indicates.
COACH: George Perles, Michigan
State (1983) 4-6-1.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD: 4-6-1.
LAST YEAR vs MICH: Michigan 42,
Michigan State 0.
SERIES LEADER: Michigan, 50-21-5.
RETURNING: 6 sATn
1983 OFFENSIVE RANKING: 9th.
1983 OFFENSIVE RANKING: 5th.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: IDave
Yarema (QB), Jim Morrissey (LB),
Ralf Mojsiejenko (PK, P), Phil Parker Ojsiejefk(o
COACH: Dennis Green, Northwestern
LAST YEAR'S RECORD: 2-9, 2-7 Big
LAST YEAR VS MICH: Michigan 35,
SERIES LEADER: Michigan, 39-11-2.
1983 OFFENSIVE RANKING: 10th.
1983 OFFENSIVE RANKING: 9th.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Sandy
Schwab (QB), Keith Cruise (DT), Jim
Bobbitt (LB), Tony Coates (WR).
In his second year on the job,
George Perles has MSU on the rise,
with some experts even giving the
Spartans a shot at capturing the con-
Michigan State will field a big
league defense, despite the loss of
all-world linebacker Carl Banks to
the NFL. Eight starters return to a
unit that was third in the conference
in total defense in '83.
LINEBACKER James Morrissey,
MSU's leading tackler from a year
ago, leads the returnees, along with
All-Big Ten free safety Phil Parker.
The entire defensive front returns
intact, as do several veteran
linebackers, which should enable the
defense to keep the team in any
But for the Spartans to win games
and truly make waves in the con-
ference, Dave Yarema will have to
excel as quarterback. When Yarema
was injuried in last year's third
game, the Spartan offense died.
Protection for Yarema's aerials,
however, may be tough to come by
since Perles must fill three key
vacancies - both offensive tackles
and a guard.
The running backs are talented
and freshman Lorenzo White is a
highly acclaimed tailback recruit.
Halfback Bobby Morse is the top
returning receiver from a year ago
followed by tight end Butch Rolle
and flanker John Hurt.
Ralf Mojsiejenko averaged 43.9
yards per punt last year and booted
a 59-yard field goal. He will give the
Spartans a strong kicking game.
"We're excited about 1984," said
Northwestern head coach Dennis
Green. And perhaps they should
be-believe it or not.
In just three years, Green has
brought Northwestern from the dep-
ths of a 34-game losing streak dating
back to 1979, to two consecutive
years of landing the eighth spot in
the Big Ten. Five wins in the last
two years is enough to bring a lot of
hope to the long-dominated Wild-
THE FOCAL POINT of this new-
found optimism is the maturation of
a very young team.
"Lo and behold, our guys have
finally grown-up," stated a con-
fidant Green. He feels that eight
senior starters on defense could give
the big boys
have to score
earned it and
beaten us up
could be equal
rest of the Big
for the offense
4,500 yards in
have a bevy
choose from a
Tony Coates h
into his juni
average of 16.
Receiver depth chart
Gilvanni Johns~on (Jr)
Steve Johnson (Jr}
(Jr.) SIM NELSON (Sr)
Eric Kattus (Jr)
VINCE BEAN (Sr)
Paul Jokisch (Jr)
Kenneth Higgins (Soy
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suit the current state of football at the
University of Illinois.
Considering their embarrassing 45-9
thrashing at the hands of UCLA in the
Rose Bowl, federal drug charges pen-
ding against All-Big Ten defensive back
Craig Swoope and the NCAA crack-
down on the Illini's unique recruiting
habits, one would expect Illinois to be
licking its wounds during the 1984 cam-
ASIDE FROM their obvious
headaches, the Illinois coaches have a
few others to contend with-one being
Seven (eight if you count Swoope)
defensive starters are gone from last
year-eight of the 11 men who ranked
second in the nation against the rush.
White will have to rely on his redshirted
players and some of his infamous junior
college transfers to fill the void, namely
tackles Dave Aina and Guy Teafatiller,
a 1983 junior college all-American.
Offensively, the Illini are in the op-
posite position-seven are returning.
Notables are All-American tackle Jim
Juriga and All-Big Ten guard Chris
Babyar, not forgetting, of course,
junior quarterback Jack Trudeau who
will be fresh from a 2,466-yard passing
season. Favored target Dave Williams
is back as well, sporting 59 catches for
670 yards in 1983.