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'Me Michigan Daily
Thursday, October 10, 1985
By JOE EWING
-A year ago, the Michigan State of-
fense did not need Lorenzo White to
help it humiliate Michigan, 19-7,
before a hometown crowd in Ann Ar-
-But that was a year ago.
THIS YEAR the sophomore
tailback is not only needed by the
Spartans' offense, but for the most
part, he is the Spartans' offense. In
4our games this season, White has
blossomed into one of the top run-
ningbacks in the country, rushing for
a Big Ten leading 664 yards (166 yards
per game) and five touchdowns.
Last weekend in State's 35-51 loss at
Jowa, White rambled for a career-
high 226-yards and two touchdowns
against the top-ranked Hawkeyes.
"I see him as one of the outstanding
backs in the nation already and he's
only a sophomore," said Michigan
State head coach George Perles.
"He's really something. I think he
could end up being one of the best
backs we've ever had here."
AND HE'S essential to the Spar-
"He adds a lot to our offense,"
Perles said. He adds the ability to run
the ball and control the game offen-
sively. That's an extra dimension for
"He's a gifted athlete," Perles ad-
ded. "He's quick and can hit the holes,
es in dim Spa
he can cut and has a great ability to
BUT THERE was a time a year ago
when White wasn't the most needed
part of the Michigan State offense. As
a freshman, he was still a little green
when the Spartans rolled into town for
the fifth game of the season against
the Blue. Although he had seen action
in the four previous contests, he spent
the entire afternoon on the bench at
"I didn't play at all," recalled the
soft-spoken Florida native. "I didn't
know the plays that we were running.
We went to a different offense for that
game and I didn't know what I was
supposed to do."
But shortly after the Michigan
game, White figured everything out.
Within a month he became the star-
ting tailback and in his very first start
he ran for a Michigan State freshman
record 170 yards against North-
western. Two weeks later he chalked
up another 100-yard game against
Wisconsin and started a string of six
straight 100-plus yards contests that
extends into this season.
AS WELL AS the 226-yard perfor-
mance against Iowa, this year he
racked up 174 yards against Arizona
State, 123 against Notre Dame and 141
against Western Michigan. His next
intended victim, of course, will be the
Wolverines this Saturday in East
Michigan, according to defensive
coordinator Gary Moeller, does not
have anything special in store for the
6-0, 205 pounder.
"WE'RE JUST going to try to
tackle him, that's all," said Moeller.
"He's an excellent back, he's got
great moves and quickness. We'll -
have to deal with that."
But the Wolverines defense, which
has allowed only 21 points and one
touchdown in four games, has already
dealt with a back like White. Wiscon-
sin's Larry Emery had averaged over -
120 yards per game before he ran into
the buzzsaw that is, the Michigan
defense, last week gaining just 56
White is aware of the task he faces
this weekend. "I got lots of respect for
them," he said. "Defense-wise,
they're solid. I think it is going to be
hard to move the ball on them.
"I'm not a person who can estimate
how many yards I'll get, all I want to
do is go out and play a good game. I
can't say how good I'm going to do
because I don't know. I just know I White
want to help my team. ''... ignites Spartans
And this year, the Spartans will
gladly accept his help.
1 New Spirit crew.. .
Progress has at last reached Michigan Stadium.
I'm not talking about innovative football strategies
or high-tech astroturf. The break from tradition to
which I refer is on the sidelines.
Michigan football's new co-ed cheerleading squad is
a refreshing change from the old pom-pom girls that
served as little more than decoration on the field.
The co-ed squad, which has performed at Michigan
basketball games since the 1968-69 season, aims to in-
volve the trowd in the competition on the field. As their
.name indicates the members' lead cheers, unlike their
predecessors who jiggled around to an occasional
"Let's Go Blue."
"Cheerleading, first and foremost, is com-
municating with the crowd and getting them to com-
municate back," said coach Pam St. John. "Other-
wise, it's just a performance. That's what the pom-pom
There are two ways to evaluate the crew of spirit
leaders--on their popularity with the fans and in com-
parison with squads from other schools. The Wolverine
pom-pom girls failed both tests.
"The mail response and feedback from fans was
largely negative," said St. John, a former Michigan
pom-pom girl who coached the squad for seven years.
The main complaint, she said, was that they just sat on
As far as comparing notes with other squads, not
many were in the same class.
Few schools still feature pom-pom squads. Most have'
progressed to co-ed groups like Michigan's. The good
ones that remain, however, like UCLA and USC, are
featured by the band and dance on the field.
That kind of participation was a rare occurance at
Michigan Stadium. The old group danced on the field
only twice in the last three years. "That's not fulfilling
what a pom-pom. squad should do," St. John said.
"They're supposed to be a dance squad, but they spent
most of their time on the sidelines."
b In the Big Ten, where cheerleading has been
. flips old traditions
traditionally strong, Michigan has been topped in com-
petition consistently by squads from Michigan State
and Ohio State. The crew from Columbus won the
Universal Cheerleading Association national cham-
pionship in 1981, and the Spartan squad took the title
two years later. Both schools have coed teams.
"After looking at other schools, I saw that it works
best with a co-ed squad where (members) are paired
St. John has heard some words of protest from fans
who "Just want to see pretty girls. That doesn't
necessarily change," she pointed out. In fact, three of
the squad's five women members are former Michigan
pom-pom girls. "These are pretty girls and good
The new format for football, using the same squad
that will cheer at basketball games, will also provide
continuity to the program. Instead of starting their
season with the opening tipoff at Crisler Arena, the
cheerleaders will already be sharp and have the bugs
worked out of their routines.
"We've always had to scramble to get it together,"
St. John said. "It doesn't jell until February, and by
that time they've already flubbed. Once you goof up
the crowd gets down on you.''
The new squad may be a break from the past, but it's
not trying to step on the toes of tradition. Members of
the co-ed group stick to the south end of the stadium,
away from the men's tumbling squad, a team unique to
Michigan. They make short visit to the student section,
but for the most part, keep to their own side.
"With cheerleaders at both ends, more of the crowd
can get involved in cheering," said co-captain Trissa
Rever. Stunts add to the visual effects, but getting
the crowd to cheer is our main objective."
So far, it seems to be working.
"People at the game come down and ask us to come
over to where they are," said co-captain Michael John-
son. "It's nice to be in demand."
And with their variety of pyramids, lifts, and audien-
ce participation cheers, they should stay in demand.
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,,TORONTO (AP) - Al Oliver slap-
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relief ace Dan Quisenberry that gave
the Toronto Blue Jays a 6-5 victory
yesterday and a commanding two-
game lead in the American League
Mioseby had been the center of con-
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Kansas City scored to take a 5-4 lead.
BUT THE quick turnaround in the
Blue Jays' fortunes sent the best-of-
,seven series to Kansas City for Game
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Dodgers 4, Cardinals I
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los
Angeles stole an offensive ploy from
St. Louis last night, and Fernando
Valenzuela pitched the Dodgers to a 4-
1 victory over John Tudor and the
Cardinals in the first game of the 1985
National League playoffs.
Bill Madlock, acquired by the
Dodgers five weeks ago in a trade
with Pittsburgh, was the offensive
catalyst in both innings in which the
Valenzuela worked 61/3 innings for
his first victory in nearly a month,
and the Dodgers scored their runs
with the help of an error, a stolen base
and a two-out squeeze bunt, offensive
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The opportunistic Cardinals,
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