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October 5: Wisconsin

Gant s return bolsters secondary

COACH: Dave McClain, Wisconsin (1978-84)
50-3&33.
LAST YEAR'S RECORD: 74-1, 5-3-1 Big
Ten
LAST YEAR VS MICH: Michigan 20,
Wisconsin 14
SERIES LEADER: Michigan 35-4-1
OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 4
1984 OFFENSIVE RANKING: 5
DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 4
1984 DEFENSIVE RANKING: 2nd
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Mike Howard
(QB), Larry Emery (TB), Bob Landsee (OG),
Craig Raddatz (OLB), Michael Boykins (NG).

Despite losing seven starters on
each the offense and defense, there
is still a lot of optimism in the
Wisconsin camp for the upcoming
season. The Badgers return
several talented players at key
positions.
One of these products is tailback
Larry Emery, who could be the
most underrated runningback in
the Big Ten. Last season, the 5-9,
190 sensation had 675 yards on 109
attempts. His season was shor-
tened because of an injury suf-
fered against Indiana - he missed
the last five games.
THE BADGERS also return a
top-notch quarterback in Mike

Howard. The Springfield, Ill.,
senior passed for 2127 yards with
11 touchdowns. Howard, though,
may have problems for two
reasons: 1) He will have a new
set of receivers which will have to
replace the irreplaceable Al Toon;
2) Only one offensive lineman
returning. Luckily for Wisconsin,
this one returner is Bob Landsee, a
6-5, 250 All-Big Ten candidate. Bill
Schick and Dave Gaatz have some
experience and are expected to
help solidify the line.
The Badger defense lost one of
the top Big Ten linebackers in Jim
Melka, but do have four high-
quality linebackers returning. In-
side linebacker Craig Raddatz had
46 tackles last year along with five
interceptions.

By PHIL NUSSEL
The good news is that the entire
Michigan defensive secondary is back
for the 1985 campaign.
The better news is that this back-
field will be further strengthened by
the return of senior free safety Tony
Gant, who had a doubtful status for
the season because of a slow recovery
from a traumatic leg break in the '84
Wisconsin game.
GANT WAS given the green light to
practice just before the team's
opening day August 22. The decision
came after months of speculation
over whether or not the nerves in the

Fremont, Oh. native's leg would be
regenerated enough.
"He's a great player," head coach
Bo Schembechler said. "The only
question now is if he can regain
enough of his strength and speed to be
the safety we thought he would be. I
can't tell you if he's going to start the
first game or not."
A week into practice, defensive
backfield coach Lloyd Carr could only
be pleased with Gant's progress.
"He's exceeded our expectations," he
said. "He's playing very well. He's
going to be in the thick of things (for a
starting position)."

GANT STARTED the first three
games last season and performed
well, especially in the Miami game
when he had ten tackles earning him
the Defensive Hustler Award for the
game. He became a starter in the '83
season after the fifth game and kept
the spot the rest of the year piling up 37
total tackles and two interceptions.
Even if Gant fails to make a total
recovery, the Wolverines still have
two exceDtional safeties to pick up the
slack - both were starters much of'
last season. Ivan Hicks, brother of
San Francisco 49er Dwight Hicks,
played in every game in '84 with three

starts. Doug Mallory, despite a bout
with injuries, still started seven con-
tests and finished the year with 41
tackles.
The corners promise to be as strong
as any in recent years with the return
of consensus preseason All-America
pick Brad Cochran, a third team All-
American last year. On the other side
is hard-hitting Garland Rivers. The
former Canton McKinley star was
third on the team with 70 tackles last
year.
"THE STRENGTH of that defense
is the cornerbacks," Schembechler
said. "Brad Cochran is one of the great
corners we've had here and I'm ex-
pecting him to have a tremendous
year. Right in there is Garland
Rivers. He is a typical Michigan short
corner - he can cover the pass and he
can knock your head off."
Michigan's defensive coordinator
and assistant head coach Gary
Moeller said, "Cochran and Rivers
have to play as well as any defensive
corners in the league. They have to
have that kind of year."
The only "loss" the secondary has
suffered is Erik Campbell. The
sophomore has been converted to a

wide receiver, although he was
originally recruited as one. Dieter
Heren stayed on defense, but is now
an outside linebacker.
ALLEN BISHOP and Greg Randall
stand to be next in line for playing
time at the corners. Randall, a senior,
saw action in every game last year
and Bishop, a junior, played in all but
one. Sophomore Ken Mouton had a
good spring and should see some ac-
tion at safety.
The secondary will have its work
cut out for it this year with the Big
Ten possessing some of the top
quarterbacks in the nation. But
Cochran still believes the defense's
main task will be to stop the run.
"Teams that pass a lot kill you with
the run," he said. "It's like when Jack
Trudeau (Illinois' record-setting
quarterback) starts handing off to
(Thomas) Rooks and they start to
control the ball."
Last season the backfield led the
league in fewest passing touchdowns
allowed with six. With stats like that
and with such high quality returnees
like Cochran, the Michigan secondary
could very well make the Michigan
defense as tough as it has ever been.

October 12 : at
COACH: George Perles, Michigan State
(1983-54) 16-12-1
LAST YEAR'S RECORD: 6-6,54 Big Ten
LAST YEAR VS MICHIGAN: Michigan
State 19, Michigan 7
SERIES LEADER: Michigan, 50-22-5
OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 9
1984 DEFENSIVE RANKING: 3rd
DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 6
1984 OFFENSIVE RANKING: 9th
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Dave Yarema
(QB). Bobby Morse (FB), Lorenzo White
(TB), Phil Parker (FS), Anthony Bell (OLB),
Kelly Quinn (DL).
With all the talk about Illinois,
Ohio State, and Iowa, a lot of
people have forgotten that
Michigan State returns nine

Michigan State
players on its offense. Of course
that offense ranked ninth in the
Big Ten, but with so many people
back, it can only get better.
Quarterback Dave Yarema, a
senior out of Birmingham Brother
Rice,. looks to be the offensive
leader after throwing for 1477 yar-
ds and 11 touchdowns last season.
He will be handing off to a quickly=-
improving tailback in Lorenzo
White.
FOUR MEATWAGONS return
on the offensive line along with
tight end Butch Rolle. Mark

Ingram, who caught 12 passes for
a whopping 500 yards, will be the
main receiver.
On defense, Kelly Quinn, Jim
Rinella and Joe Curran all return
to anchor the front line. Tony Bell
will be the team's top linebacker.
The secondary will need a little
rebuilding but will have the luxury
of having Phil Parker. The senior
free safety will be shooting for his
third straight All-Big Ten first
team selection.
Parker has led the Spartans in
interceptions the last two years.
He has been one of the top inter-
ception returners in the nation

averaging 29 yards a return in '83.
He was MSU's MVP in the
inaugural Cherry Bowl last year
against Army piling up nine
tackles and grabbing an intercep-
tion.
The MSU kicking game looks to
be the biggest problem after the
loss of record-breaking
placekicker and punter Ralf
Mojsiejenko. Coach George Perles
noted that Chris Caudell and Greg
Montgomery will be the
placekicker and punter respec-
tively.
The Spartans open against
Arizona State on Sept. 14.

Emery
... healthy again

Secondary depth chart

CORNERBACK
GARLAND RIVERS (Jr)
Allen Bishop (Jr)
FREE SAFETY
DOUG MALLORY (Sr)
Tony Gant Sr)-

CORNERBACK
BRAD COCHRAN (Sr)
Greg Randall (Sr)
STRONG SAFETY
IVAN HICKS (Sr)
Ken Mouton (So)

October 19: at Iowa

Gant
... back in action

CAPS indicate returning starters

DEPTH NO PROBLEM THIS SEASON:

COACH: Hayden Fry, Iowa (1979-84) 42-28-1
LAST YEAR'S RECORD: 8-4-1, 5-3-1 Big
Ten
LAST YEAR VS MICHIGAN: Iowa 26,
Michigan 0
SERIES LEADER: Michigan 27-6-3
OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 8
1984 OFFENSIVE RANKING: 4th
DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 4
1984 DEFENSIVE RANKING: 1st
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Chuck Long (QB),
Larry Station (LB), Ronnie Harmon (RB),
Bill Happel (SE).
No preseason college guide is
complete without naming the Iowa

Hawkeyes as a top-ten team and a
Big Ten title contender. Head
coach Hayden Fry believes that
the main reason for this was
because of his team's humiliating
defeat of Texas in the Freedom
Bowl, 55-17.
But there are other reasons.
One, for sure, is Chuck Long, con-
sidered by many to be the top
quarterback in the quarterback-
rich Big Ten. The senior was rated
as the top passer in the conference
last season throwing for 2871 yards

and 22 touchdowns. He relieved
Hawkeye fans when he decided to
return for a fifth season.
LONG'S TOP receiver is back in
Bill Happel, who grabbed 47
aerials for 632 yards.
The big question mark in the
Hawkeye offense is Ronnie Har-
mon. The tailback broke his leg
last season and has had a long
rehabilitation process. At the
summer luncheon, Fry did not
know if Harmon would return.
The injury was similar to the one
suffered by Michigan's Tony Gant.
Gant is now playing full strength,
so it could be likely that Harmon

Mallory returns to lead linebackers

Long
... maybe the best

By PHIL NUSSEL
When Michigan linebackers are
examined, the first subject has to be
senior Mike Mallory. With him back
this season, the Wolverine
linebackers could become the
strongest part of the defensive squad.
Mallory is a 1984 All-Big Ten selec-
tion and a consensus preseason All-
America. The 6-2, 223 senior has led
the Wolverines in tackling the last two
seasons. Last year he had 148 tackles
and three interceptions.

"HE'S A REAL competitor," head
coach Bo Schembechler said. "He's a
tough kid."
Gary Moeller, assistant head coach
and defense coordinator, said even
more is expected of the all-everything
linebacker. "The key thing is that he
improves just like everyone else. He's
got to get a little better and we expect
some good things from him."
With Mallory at inside linebacker
will most likely be Andy Moeller, a
senior who has backed up Mallory for

the last few years. However, if junior
Andree McIntyre (6-1, 137), reaches
the potential the coaches think he has,
the starting job could be up for
grabs. Todd Schulte should also figure
into the picture and add to the depth

of the position.
ON THE OUTSIDE, fifth-year
senior Jim Scarcelli and senior Jeff
Akers should be the main actors.
Scarcelli started every game last
season and piled up 54 tackles. Akers

Linebacker depth chart

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Todd Schulte (Jr)

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was moved from the inside last spring
and it should be a change for the bet-
ter, according to Moeller.
"He's going to be a little new there,
but we think he's going to be a good
player," Moeller said. Converted
defensive back Dieter Heren and the
other Schulte, Tim, also figure to play
a lot on the outside.
'We have a lot of experience there,
but not a ton of playing time,"
Moeller remarked. "We have a little
competition and a little depth and
that's a healthy situaton."
THE FUTURE of the linebacking
corps is looking even brighter,
especially on the outside. Both
Schembechler and linebacker coach
Milan Vooletich were high on some of
the new recruits. The freshmen, all
over 200 pounds, all figure to get
playing time within the next few
season, possibly this season.
"Let me put it this way," Vooletich
said. "Of the young kids I'm working
with, (Brent) White, (Keith) Cooper,
(Chris) Simmons, and (Joe) Holland,
they all possess good quality. They
have a shot at being factors to vie for
playing time, very definitely."
Even Schembechler, who never
comments on a player before pads
have been put on, said that "it's con-
ceivable" that these freshmen will
see some playing time.

October 26: Indiana

COACH: Bill Mallory, Indiana (1984-84) 0-11
LAST YEAR's RECORD: 0-11, 0-9 Big Ten
LAST YEAR VS MICH: Michigan 14, In-
diana 6
SERIES LEADER: Michigan 33-8
OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 7
1984 OFFENSIVE RANKING: 8th
DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 5
1984 DEFENSIVE RANKING: 8th
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Steve Bradley
(QB), Bobby Howard (TB), Leonard Bell
(FS), Ernie Jones (WR).
Every team likes to win their
homecoming game, and for
Michigan this year, that should be

no problem when they square off
against the Indiana Hoosiers with
the alumni looking on.
Never a powerhouse in recent
years, the Hoosiers slipped- even
further last year when they went
0-11 and plummeted to the Big Ten
cellar. This year will most cer-
tainly brighter for second-year
head coach Bill Mallory. but TTT
fans will probably still be left
saying, "When can we get basket-
ball tickets?" long before the
season's over.

INDIANA'S strength will be on
offense. Seven starters return, in-
cluding quarterback Steve
Bradley, who holds nearly all IU
season and career passing recor-
ds. Bradley threw for 2,544 yards
last year and is also an option
threat. Wide receiver Ernie Jones
and tight end Dave Lilja will be his
favorite targets.
After rushing for only 876 yards
last season, it's almost ridiculous
to say the Hoosiers will have their
top ground gainer back, but that's
the case with senior tailback Bob-

by Howard. Junior college tran-
sfers Damon Sweazy and Spud
Washington should help in the
backfield. The offensive line will
be young, returning only senior
tackle Bob Riley.
On defense, the improvement
breaks down. Three starters
return to the line, but it's a line
that finished dead last in the con-
ference against the run last
season. More importantly, last
season's two leading tacklers,
linebackers Joe Fitzgerald and
Mark Weiler are gone.

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COACH: Mike White, Illinois (19730-M5) 4-Z
LAST YEAR'S RECORD: 74,6-3 Big Ten
LAST YEAR VS MICH: Michigan 26, Illinois
18
SERIES LEADER: Michigan 51-19
OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 7
1984 OFFENSIVE RANKING: 2nd
DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 8
1984 DEFENSIVE RANKING: 3rd
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jack Trudeau (QB).
Thomas Rooks (FB), David Willians (SE),
Jim Juriga (LG), Cap Boso (TE).{
Last year, a 26-18 win over
Illinois was one of the highlights of
a generally bleak season. This
year, the road to victory over the

Fighting Illini will be much
rougher, mainly due to the return
of quarterback Jack Trudeau, split
end David Williams, and fullback
Thomas Rooks.
The senior trio gives coach Mike
White what is probably the most
explosive offense in the Big Ten.
Trudeau, a legitimate Heisman
candidate, completed over 60 per-
cent of his passes while racking up
more than 2700 yards passing last
season, over 1200 of that to All-
American Williams. The flashy
receiver out of Los Angeles caught

101 passes, second highest total in
major college history, and is in
position to break the all-time
career reception record.
MEANWHILE, while teams fall
all over themselves trying to stop
Trudeau and Williams, Rooks will
break runs deep from the back-
field. The 225-pounder rushed for
1,056 yards a year ago and keeps
defenses from keying on the pass.
All-America candidate Jim Juriga
moves from tackle to guard and
will anchor an offensive line short
on experience but long on talent.
"Obviously the story at Illinois is
offense," understated White.

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