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Varsity Softball Tryouts
Today, 5 p.m.
Varsity Softball Diamond
For Information, 763-2159

Wednesday, September 17, 1986

The Michigan Daily

Men's Cross Country
Michigan Inter-Collegiate
At Eastern Michigan
Page 9

Caveman o Iesai

ets poi
Irony often lies in an athlete's nickname.
John Kolesar - otherwise known as The Caveman
- is no exception.
JIM SCARCELLI, Michigan's former outside
linebacker, deemed Kolesar "Caveman" for the
pearly white teeth that so often fill Kolesar's smile.
Cavemen display their teeth whenever they get the
chance, no doubt because they shun dentistry.
The nickname fits Michigan's sophomore starting
flanker. But cavemen by modern standards are
unintelligible brutes. There's the irony.
Kolesar communicates better than many students
at this prestigious University, and at 6-0, 188 pounds,
he's no behemoth.
"YOU CAN be the smartest person in the
world,"Kolesar said, " but if you can't express
yourself with people in social situations, your smarts
are nothing."
The Caveman expresses himself easily. In fact,
when he is through catching passes for Bo
Schembechler, he hopes to explore a career in business
and communications. Such a life leaves little room
for grunts.
As a Wolverine, however, grunts, huffs, and puffs,
along with a few blocks, catches, and runs, are all
part of Kolesar's job.
AMAZINGLY, that job would not exist had Kolesar
remained at tailback, the position at which he first
donned the maize and blue as a freshman.
Things changed quickly in the fall of 1985, though,
and soon Kolesar was the Wolverines third-team
flanker on his way to a starting spot.
"The day before the veterans came in (last year), Bo
says to me 'I'm gonna put you at flanker'," Kolesar
explained, "and then later he goes, I'm looking at you
WHETHER THE Westlake, Oh., native wanted to
play tailback made no difference; he was behind
several running backs including Jamie Morris,
Gerald White, Phil Webb, and Thomas Wilcher.
A shortage of receivers allowed Kolesar to practice
with the starters, and a few injuries later he was a
starter himself.
"I was happy," he recalled. "I knew I wouldn't be as
sore as Jamie because at flanker you don't get hit as
"AND IT'S still a glamour position, and I kind of
like getting in the limelight."

Still, stardom for Kolesar did not involve the
football, per se.
"What impressed the coaches last year was John's
ability to block," said Michigan's receivers coach Bill
Harris. "He was aggressive at blocking and that's
why he got to play."
BUT BLOCKING didn't satisfy Kolesar during his
first few games last season. He felt estranged from
the offense.
This year, with a Fiesta Bowl victory and some
serious offense behind him, Kolesar takes pride in
blocking for a run-oriented offense.
"I get a lot of pleasure out of it because if I throw a
good block, and get Jamie a few more yards, Bo
praises it and makes you feel good," he said.
WHAT REALLY makes Kolesar happy is an
important reception like his 77-yarder against Ohio
State last year. He described his 38-yard, fourth-
quarter catch in last Saturday's victory over Notre
Dame as a religious experience.
Last season, Kolesar caught 12 passes for 336
yards, a 28-yard average. The big play is Kolesar's
benefactor because of his 4.3 speed. When defensive
backs creep toward the line of scrimmage the way the
Irish's Mary Spence did Saturday, Kolesar can break
past his defender with ease.
The key is the double-team that split end Paul
Jokisch usually sees. With defenses fearing Jokisch,
Kolesar gets single coverage, leaving him free to run,
and run, and run.
"I DIDN'T start looking to John until the Illinois
game when we saw he was getting man-to-man
coverage and he was open," said Wolverine
quarterback Jim Harbaugh. "Then toward the end of
the season, Jokisch was getting doubled, so we started
to use that and go to John."
According to Harris, Kolesar's biggest asset is his
speed, particularly because it's a double-edged sword.
He's shown he can fly by the cornerback, and once
you show 'speed off the line," said Harris, "the
defensive backs might stay back, opening things up
underneath for shorter stuff."
And until Kolesar's statistics approach Jokisch's
(37 rec. for 681 yards in 1985), Michigan's flanker
will generally be an open target.
For a lifetime Michigan fan like Kolesar, that's
good.news because it means he'll be busy catching
passes during the game, and grinning later when he
talks about his performance.

Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Flanker John Kolesar proved that last year's late-season heroics were no fluke in the season opener at Notre
Dame. The sophomore pulled in four passes for 93 yards in the 24-23 victory.
BRuggers li'keclbsau
By CHRIS GORDILLO The club now elects officers who take care of
Any club sport team would jump at the offer to scheduling matches with other clubs and handling
becone a varsity team, right? Wrong. financial matters, including organizing
One successful club sport, men's rugby, has fundraisers and an alumni network. A captain
decided to forgo an opportunity that other clubs and vice-captain are also elected as team leaders.
~nt badly. The team is self-coached, with the older members
WHEN THE ATHLETIC department discusses helping out the newer ones.
the possibility of promoting a club team to varsity,
the rugby club lets it be known that they prefer to THE THREAT OF the players losing
remain a club sport. perspective as student-athletes also exists at the
"We feel it's an honor to be able to pay for our varsity level.
:;wn sport," said six-year member Ian Chapman. "We take 'de hnor own sort and
he team, ranked No. 1 among all universities in prie in aving u p
tlie Midwest, also said that varsity status would doing well in school and being athletes on the side.
force them to follow the trend of other successful We don't want to lose that," said Chapman. In
i gby squads across the country in limiting becoming a varsity team, the players would have to
*kembership to undergraduates only. "worry a lot more about attitudes," said Lisy.
This would be detrimental to the 28-year-old As a club sport, men's rugby is able to open its
-:fub, whose success has been centered around the membership to anybody who wishes to join.
n~ore xprnedgraduate students, faculty, staff, iebrhpt nbdywowse oji.
e experienced ra uas. "uentthscutygstaff .We're always open for new members at any time
alayers comprise about 10 percent of the team, in the season (fall and spring). All you need is a
THESE MEMBERS HAVE played a major role good attitude and commitment," said veteran
iji elevating Michigan's rugby team above others member, Mark Matossian. No experience is
win theregion. The team must schedule matches needed and players teach new members the
.against more experienced city clubs from the state necessary techniques. The club's roster now lists
110 get the level of competition they desire. more than sixty ruggers.
Club president Mike Lisy said rugby is "a So the men's rugby team will continue to hold its
player's game, and (we) want to keep it that way." anualhbacrubynaer atlestifalltandpay
The club doesn't want to sacrifice its present al ubfndier thFsillpandopay
autonomy, Chapman said, for the beaurocratic club dues. Meanwhile, the club will play other
;structure it would face as a varsity sport under the universities' varsity teams and, according to
:athletic department. Chapman, "beat up on them pretty badly."

* Injured starting safety Doug
Mallory may not be ready for
Saturday's game with Oregon
State. Secondary coach Lloyd
Carr yesterday said the senior's
status is a "day by day" situation.
Earlier in the week, head coach

Blue Banter
Bo Schembechler thought Mallory
would have a good shot at playing.
Mallory has a bruised left thigh,
which has swollen into his knee.
" Carlitos Bostic and Tim Schulte
will start at outside linebacker
Saturday, however the

Wolverines will continue to use
five different players at those two
spots, according to linebacker
coach Tom Reed. Dieter Heren,
Steve Thibert, and sophomore
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from the Tarheels, even though
only eight of the winning team's
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The team of graduates, faculty,
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to double as the second baseman.

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