Wednesday, October 15, 1986
The Michigan Daily
to shoot down Hawks
By PHIL NUSSEL
The opening kickoff is more
than 100 hours away, but for
Michigan outside linebacker Dieter
Heren, Saturday's clash with Iowa
is the only thing to think about.
It's easy to see why.
FOR HEREN and 14 other
Wolverines in their last year of
eligibility, this game between the
two undefeated Big Ten powers
could make or break their college
football goal - a trip to Pasadena.
Most of them were redshirt
freshmen when Michigan made its
last trip there in 1983.
Heren, becoming an
inspirational leader on the resurgent
'86 Michigan defense, will have to
make big plays on the Hawkeyes as
he did last week against Michigan
State. The big hits are making
people compare this year's defense
to last year's.
"I don't think it's suddenly like
1985 again," said Heren.
"Personally, I think each week
we've been improving. I think it
takes time to gel a defense and
we're still not there yet."
THIS WEEK, though, 1985
has more significance for
Wolverines. Their last loss was
exactly one year ago - at Iowa on
a last-second Rob Houghtlin field
"Yeah, shoot, I remember that,"
Heren said. "We were playing for
No. 1. It was a battle to the very
end. The defense didn't give up a
touchdown, but they won with four
field goals. They got the points.
"That was a tough defeat. Any
time you get beat, it's tough around
here, especially last year when we
had such a good season."
HEREN WON the defensive
hustler honors in that game. He
was on the field for the game-
winning kick. "It hurt to watch the
ball go through the goalposts," the
Fort Wayne, Ind. native said. "I
tried (to block it), but they had me
blocked off. They had good
protection on that field goal and it
went right through."
Two games later, Heren finally
got his blocked field goal. He
deflected Illinois place kicker Chris
White's final field goal to save a 3-
3 tie in Champaign.
While his heroics last year were
on special teams, Heren's fame this
season is in the starting lineup.
Tim Schulte originally started at
the linebacking spot, but Heren
took it over in the third game
against Florida State. Now, three
weeks later, Heren is fourth on the
team in tackles with 30. He also
has two sacks and a fumble
ALL THIS has made head
coach Bo Schembechler a happy
man. "Dieter Heren has established
himself as a pretty good linebacker
now," the boss said. "He's made
some good plays for us."
Schembechler recruited Heren to
play safety, which he did for two
seasons. He saw action in 10 games
during the disastrous 6-6 '84
season. In the off season, Heren
kept growing to the point where the
coaches had to move him to outside
"The hardest part (in the move)
was learning the techniques," Heren
said. "They are totally different. It's
different in the way you take on
The coaches threw him right
into action in the first game against
Notre Dame, starting him in place
of the injured Jeff Akers. He played
backup the rest of the year until
missing Minnesota and Ohio State
with a knee injury. The recovery
was slow, but he did see a little
time in the Fiesta Bowl.
Now at 6-3, 219-pounds, Heren
likes his position.
"I just like playing football,"
Heren said. "I don't care where it is
on the field. (Outside linebacker) is
a fun position because it challenges
you more on the run, but not as
much on the pass.
"I'm glad things turned out the
way they did when I moved. I think
I've learned a lot more-about the
defense now after the switch. I
pretty much know now what goes
on at every position."
But Heren isn't thinking about
position changes anymore. He's
thinking about Iowa...and remem -
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As the Michigan-Iowa
showdown approaches once again,
probably determining the winner of
the Big Ten for the second year in a
row, it's time to reflect on the
behavior of every Michigan fan's
favorite coach - Hayden Fry.
Sources who wish to remain
anonymous have informed Griddes
$ that Fry isn't really the poor coach
he appears to be in every nationally
broadcasted game in which Iowa
plays - he's just concerned about
That explains why a year ago
Fry stood on the sidelines in
apparent shock as Michigan State
ran draw play after draw play for big
chunks of yardage, and why this
year State was able to blitz Iowa
with an incredible aerial attack -
Fry's not really a bad coach, he just
had the Spartans in Griddes.
But those Hawkeye players came
back to win on both occasions, and
Fry lost Griddes by a game each
Poor Hayden, he's got the
Wolverines this week. Won't you
please root for Michigan to smash
the Hawkeyes senseless?
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