Page 10 -The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 18, 1985
Blue opposition will get Hammer-ed
By BRAD MORGAN
Mike Hammerstein is known as
"The Hammer" to his teammates on
the Michigan football team, but after
Saturday's 20-12 victory over Notre
Dame, it's obvious the name is more
than just a play on the defensive stan-
The senior tackle accounted for 13
tackles against the Irish, including
four for 24 yards in losses and three
sacks of Notre Dame quarterback
Steve Beuerlein good for -22 yards. In
a prickly Michigan defensive effort,
Hammerstein was the biggest thorn in
the Irish's side.
"DOMINANT...,"said head coach
Bo Schembechler. "He was just like
you saw him, dominant."
With his strong performance again-
st Notre Dame, Hammerstein finally
stepped out of the imposing shadow of
Kevin Brooks. Brooks earned All-Big
Ten status at defensive tackle last
season, and Hammerstein's play
behind him was often lost in the shuf-
"A year ago, Brooks made all the
big plays," said Schembechler, "and
people forgot about Hammerstein.
But, he can be a big play lineman, he's
got that kind of ability. He's smart."
Throughout his career at Michigan,
the elder half of Michigan's Hammer-
stein duo (brother Mark is a starting
offensive guard) had been plagued by
weight problems - he didn't have
enough. Up to 264 this year, he has ap-
parently beaten that problem while
retaining the speed that makes a tackle
"We try to out-quick offensive
teams," Hammerstein noted. "That's
basically our defensive philosophy."
Hammerstein's own quickness
showed in his ability to consistently
beat the Notre Dame offensive line
and work into the Irish backfield. The
senior from Ohio constantly seemed
to be in Beuerlein's face. "Mike
played hard, as he always does, but
his productivity behind the line of
scrimmage was absolutely tremen-
dous," commented Schembechler.
"He dominated his side of the
defensive line in a manner we haven't
seen in quite some time."
Quickness helped on the rush, but
Hammerstein didn't underestimate
the value of a strong secondary in
aiding a defensive line's attack.
"We have a lot of confidence (on the
line) in our secondary," he said. "We
try to rush and get the sack and break
a quarterback out of his rhythm, and
a good secondary lets the line rush
Schembechler expects more out of
the man he calls "the most un-
derrated tackle in the league" than
good line play, though . He expects
leadership. As the only returning
lineman with any significant amount
of playing time, his experience is in-
"Being the only veteran on the line,
Mike's play (against Notre Dame) was
critical," said the head coach. "We
are looking for that kind of leadership
for the rest of the season."
If he gets it, Michigan's opponents
better watch for the Hammer to fall
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Daily Photo by MATT PETRIE
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Daily Photo by MATT PETRIE
Mike Hammerstein closes in on Notre Dame's Tim Brown during Michigan's 20-12 victory over the Irish on Saturday.
Also assisting on the tackle is senior defensive back Dieter Heren. Hammerstein accounted for 13 tackles and three
quarterback sacks in the contest.
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