Solid 'M' attack boosts defense'
The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 30, 1985 - Page 9
Frieder inks high
By JOE EWING
In college football, like many other
sports, the best offense is a good den-
se. At Michigan, one of the keys to
having a good defense this year is
having a great offense.
Throughout three games this
season, the Wolverines have given up
just 15 points and have not allowed a
touchdown by an opponent. That's 12
quarters of football against the likes
of Notre Dame, South Carolina and
highpowered Maryland on Saturday
without letting a foe see, let alone
penetrate, the Michigan endzone.
ACCORDING TO Michigan head
coach Bo Schembechler the reason for
the success has been a type of
cooperation between the Wolverine
defensive and offensive units.
"I think its a combination of things
when you talk about defense," said
Schembechler. "I think they (the
defense squad) played well and I
think the offense enabled them to.
We've maintained ball control, which
we weren't able to do a year ago. The
offense moving the ball takes a lot of
the pressure off of the defense. That
combination is what has kept our op-
ponents without a touchdown."
The defense goes out and gets the
ball, and then the offense plays
keepaway. It's basic, simple football.
But it works.
IN THREE contests, Michigan has
held the ball for nearly 107 minutes,
while teams on the other side of the
field have kept possession 73 minutes.
That's a difference of more than 30
minutes, or about half an entire game.
That extra time off the field allows
the defense to rest and plot strategy,
which is vital when it is outsized by
the opponent's offense, as was the
case in the first three games.
Nonetheless, the offense controlling
the ball and keeping the defense from
getting worn down is not the only fac-
tor to Michigan's success in shutting
down the opposition. There are also
the defensive players and the spirit
they exude on the field.
"OVERALL there's a different at-
titude on the team," said outside
linebacker Jeff Akers, a fifth-year
senior who is among the team leaders
in tackles and has two quarterback
sacks to his credit. "All during pre-
season people put us down, saying
that we finished sixth in the Big Ten
and that we had nobody - that got
everybody jacked up.
"We figure the only way to win the
Big Ten title is through defense,'
Akers continued. "And the only way
to play defense is to hit hard, to in-
timidate. We don't talk, because talk
Simply put, the defense is fired up
and inspired. They were inspired
enough Saturday to record their first
shutout of the season against
Maryland, despite allowing the
Terrapins 335 yards, the most given
up by the Wolverines this season.
"I THINK the defense played pretty
well," noted Schembechler. "When
they had to stiffen, they stiffened."
No one particular defender stood
out as a hero. Garland Rivers led the
team with nine tackles and had a sack
while blitzing from his cornerback
position. Mike Hammerstein had
three tackles and a key fumble
recovery. Linebackers Andy Moeller
and Andree McIntyre had seven stops
apiece. Tony Gant, Ivan Hicks, Mike
Reinhold and Doug Mallory each had
an interception. It was Mallory's in-
terception late in the third quarter
that stopped the Terps after they had
the ball first-and-goal on the Michigan
nine, and it helped preserve the streak
of not allowing a touchdown. Of cour-
se, the ball was tipped several times
before Mallory got it.
"That interception by Doug
Mallory," said Hammerstein, "I
think that took the gas out of them."
IT WAS similar goal line stands by
the defense in both the South Carolina
and Notre Damegames that kept the
Gamecocks and Fighting Irish out of
the endzone, and started what is
quickly becoming an obsession for the
"We don't want to give up a touch-
down," said Hammerstein. "I think
we thought that (Maryland) would
score on us, but we didn't want to give
them a touchdown.'
"That's a goal," said Akers. "When
we started off we just wanted to stop
teams, but now its turned into a goal
of ours every week to not let anybody
score - not let anybody in our en-
By BARB McQUADE
Michigan head basketball coach
Bill Frieder received a verbal
commitment from a high school
recruit last night to join the
Wolverine program in 1986.
Jack Kramer, a 6-2, 185-pound
guard, from Quincy, Ill., is tabbed
as a great shooter, said Quincy
High School coach Jerry Leggett.
The left-hander made All-State last
year, averaging 17.5 points, eight
rebounds and five assists a game.
PART OF the same program
that put out Illinois guard Bruce
Douglas and Iowa forwardMichael
Payne, Kramer is the first player
in the Quincy's history to start all
four years. "He's physically and
mentally strong," Leggett said.
'He's a smart player.
With Michigan's strength at
guard, Kramer doesn't expect to
walk in and be handed a starting
position. "Going in with all the
talent there, freshman year could
be a good learning experience," he
said. "I hope to develop into the
Leggett thinks his protege will fit
in well. "After his first year they
won't be able to keep him out of the
Kramer plays in a strong high
school program, Leggett said.
Quincy was ranked first in the
nation in 1981, he states, and con-
tinues to play tough schedules.
"His experience in this program
will help him."
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Michigan defensive tackle Mark Messner sacks Terrapin quarterback Stan Gelbaugh for a 17-yard loss in the
first quarter Saturday. The Wolverines defense dominated Maryland all day, registering its first shutout.
By CHRIS PARKER
Special to the Daily
Rookie Rob Woodward, called up
from the minors just two weeks ago,
won his first major league start,
beating the Tigers 8-4. Woodward
went eight innings allowing six hits
and four runs while racking up eight
strikeouts en route to his first win.
Tim Lollar came on in the ninth and
struck out the side, to preserve the
victory. Jaun Berenguer, now 5-6,
took the loss for the Tigers, going only
two innings while giving up five hits
and five runs, including two on Mike
Easler's 16th homerun of the year.
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