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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily -- Friday, September 12, 1986

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SECONDARY EXPERIENCED, DEEP:
Familiar names head defensive backfield

Staying healthy the key to line si

By MARK BOROWSKY
If the names Hicks, Rivers, and
Gant don't sound familiar, they
should. Michigan defensive backs
Ivan Hicks and Garland Rivers
are starting their third straight
year, Tony Gant his fourth. Such
experience makes Michigan's
defensive backfield strong and
steady in 1986.

Despite the loss of All-American
Brad Cochran (departed for the
likes of the Los Angeles Raiders),
the secondary will not be a favorite
of opposing quarterbacks.
"THAT (the secondary)
probably could be one of our strong
points," said defensive coordinator
Gary Moeller. "Except we're going
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"Now we don't expect
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Dave Arnold to come in and
replace him step for step but we
expect Gant to be better, Hicks and
(safety Doug) Mallory and Rivers
to be better.
"Now if they're better,-our
secondary will be stronger."
A STRONGER. Michigan
secondary is a scary prospect
indeed to the rest of the Big Ten.
Last season, they helped keep
quarterbacks such as Jim Everett,
Jack Trudeau, and Chuck Long
without a touchdown in the air or on
the ground.
This year, the backfield faces a
more running-oriented Big Ten,
but that doesn't make the task at
hand - the Big Ten Championship
- any easier.
A pre-season All-American,
Garland Rivers (6-1, 187 pounds)
returns for his senior season at
Michigan. He is experienced and
tough (69 tackles, 2 interceptions in
1985), and hits as hard as anybody
in the rcnferene.

LIKE ANY good cornerback,
Rivers does not lack confidence.
"To be a defensive back, you
have to be confident," the Canton,
Oh. native said. "You have to have
confidence, you have to be cocky.
Because if you respect the receivers,
they've already won."
Mirroring Rivers at the other
cornerback slot will be either
junior Erik Campbell or sophomore
David Arnold. An exceptional
athlete, Campbell has played both
corner and wide receiver, while
also averaging 9.2 yards returning+
punts. Arnold, who was the only
freshman last year to play every;
game on defense, will challenge
Campbell for the starting spot. Last
year Arnold was a demon on
special teams, blocking three
punts.
THE STARTING spots at the
safety positions are in concrete
with Hicks and Gant. After
suffering a broken leg in '84, Gant
returned to have an excellent
season in '85, accounting for 52
tackles from his free safety spot.
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game.
"I want to stay healthy, first of
all," Gant says with a smile. "I
just want to contribute so we can
win it all."
Hicks returns as the team leader
in interceptions in '85 with six.
The 6-2, 178-pound brother of
former Wolverine and now NFL
standout Dwight Hicks also.
recovered three fumbles last
season.
Backing up Hicks at strong
safety is Doug Mallory, who picked
off three passes of his own. One of
those interceptions cut short a Notre
Dame drive in the waning
moments of Michigan's 20-12 win
last year.
The names Hicks, Rivers,
Gant, Campbell and Mallory
aren't household names yet. But
for Michigan football fans, they are
names which will be heard often.
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By PHIL NUSSEL
They're mean, tough, and
obnoxious -- they're downright
offensive. They're the Michigan
offensive line. And nobody's going
to mess around with them, at least
not while they 're healthy.,
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Uzelac's line -- averaging a
notable 275 pounds -- is healthy and
ready for action, but may run into
trouble if any of the front five falls
into injury trouble like last year.
'WE'RE CONCERNED about
that because you just don't know
what is going to happen," Uzelac

said. "We're a little bit better off
than we were a year ago, but the
depth is really inexperienced.
Physically, they're good enough,
but they don't have enough
experience now. They need time."
Up front, Mark Hammerstein
(6-4, 285 pounds) returns at strong
guard after recovering from knee
surgery in '85. Before the injury,
he emerged as the top lineman.
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started three. Going into camp,
head coach Bo Schembechler said
that Husar had the better chance of
starting.
Junior Michael Dames, the
smallest of the front five (6-2, 258
pounds), will start at the other
guard spot. Injuries have plagued
him since he arrived at Michigan.
The Miami, Fla. native played in
six games last season.

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ByPHILNUSSEL "It's a great position to be in," John "Jumbo" Elliott (6-7, 300 since his junior year 'of high
Watch out! Here comes another Moons said. "I hope there is (a pounds) is at strong tackle after school, but nobody is worried about in,
unpredictable year of Michigan challenge from Gillette). You're missing just one start in '85. He the adjustment -- even Vitale. "I Off
kicking and yes, the entire foot only as good as your competition. If moved over from quick tackle to like the spot a lot," he said. "I've fir
crew is back from '85 including they push me hard, it'll only make take over Clay Miller's void, adapted to it quite well."
punter Monte Robbins and place mebte. JERRY QUAERNA (6-7, 282 "i'LsEecelnt"Uelcg
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Robbins now in his third bnch, butns clai he onthe other tackle spot. Husar started five learn), but John will be a better (6.
bench, but he claims he wont be ncenter than he was a guard and I (6-
season, set a Michigan record in supie hstm.gmsls erwieQarathink he will be one of the top pl.
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