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Iowa, OSU, MSU to contend for title

25TH YEAR AS HEAD COACH AND COUNTING...
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(Continued from Page 6)
The conference quarterback
situation is still foggy for most
teams. Northwestern's Mike
Greenfield and Minnesota's Rickey
Foggie are the only returning
quarterbacks who consistently started
last season. Foggie has never proved
to be a good passer, and Greenfield
only ranked 13th in conference
passing efficiency last season.
THE CONFERENCE'S top
contenders Ohio State, Iowa,

Michigan, and Michigan State each
had or still have a combined ten
quarterbacks competing for starting
jobs and the Buckeyes' Tom Tupa is
the only safe bet to start the whole
year.
The following is a rundown of
the topchallengers for Michigah's
Big Ten title:
Despite the loss of Cris Carter
Ohio State should take t h e
conference title. Linebackers Chris
Spielman and Eric Kumerow, and

defensive backs Greg Rogan and
William White are the nucleus of
perhaps the nation's strongest
defense.'.
On the other side of the ball
fullback George Cooper (Sr., 6-2,
246), and tailbacks Vince Workman
(Jr., 5-11, 194) and Jim Bryant (So.,
6-0,214) should provide plenty of
power. The trio combined for 2,153
yards last season.
According to head coach Earle
Bruce, punter Tom Tupa should do
fine as a quarterback. "Tom Tupa has
as much talent or more talent than
any of the previous quarterbacks that
I had - Art Schlichter, Mike
Tomczak, and Jim Karsatos," he
says. "He has the ability to take a
broken play, to scramble and make it
a big play."
Bruce also says he'd be crazy if he
didn't use Tupa's dual role on the
team to.his advantage.
The loss of 14 starters has Iowa
head coach Hayden Fry uncertain
about this year's squad. A few things
he can be sure of are: acrobatic
catches from wide receiver Quinn
Early; solid play from Bob Kratch
on the offensive line and Dave
Haight on the defensive line; and the
place kicking of Rob Houghtlin to
win a game or two.
Another question for Fry will be
which quarterback to start and which
running backs to play. He has three
excellent quarterback prospects in 6-
8 Dan McGwire, Chuck Hartlieb,
and Tom Poholsky. And he has the
deep backfield of Kevin Harmon,
Rick Bayless, David Hudson, and
Richard Bass.
McGwire will see plenty of
action because he can throw about as
long as his brother Mark of the
Oakland Athletics can hit.
Bayless gained over 1,000 yards
rushing last season filling in for the
injured Harmon, but if Harmon is as
good as his brother Ronnie, then
Bayless will be watching from the
sideline. And Fry can't stop raving
about his starting fullback Hudson.
"He could be the best fullback in
the college football," says Fry.
"He's a 240 pound fullback. He can
run over people, around people, and
outrun people."
Michigan State plays USC,
Notre Dame, Florida State, Iowa,
and Michigan in its first five games.

Most people figure the Spartanswill
be worn down by the time they mcet
Northwestern on October 17. Not
head coach George Perles.
"(My players) don't care if they
play home, away, night, or day." the
fifth-year coach says. "They don't
care if we play Monday, Friday, or
Saturday. Our team knew that we
were going to play this kind of
schedule and worked a little harder
and had their best spring (practices)
because of it."
Junior Bobby McAllister gets the
starting nod at QB for the Spartans
but freshman Dan Enos is right on
his tail. Receiver Andre Rison
averaged 18 yards per catch and
caught 54 last season.
All-American punter Greg
Montgomery (47.9 yds/kick) is back
as are nine starters on defense.
Linebacker Tim Moore (101
tackles), and lineman Mark Nichols
return to plug the holes up front.
Todd Krumm and John Miller have
been moved to safety to solidify the
defensive backfield.
Lorenzo White returns after an
injury plagued year. He's a happy
man because five of six front-liners
return on offense, including tight end
Mike Sargent, tackle Tony
Mandarich, and center Pat Shurmur.

'86 Big Ten
Standings

By DARREN JASEY
Ann Arbor has its share of celebrities -
none more celebrated than Bo Schembechler.
Michigan graduates must always be prepared
to explain why they didn't meet the man, or
just see him up close, during their college
days.
Schembechler's popularity continues to
grow as he enters his 19th year at Michigan,
where he stands alone as the all-time
winningest coach in the school's fabled
football history.
Another Ann Arbor celebrity, Don Canham
retires next year after 20 years as Michigan's
Athletic Director. Many speculate that
Schembechler will be his replacement.
THOUGH THE job is probably his if he
wants it, the Michigan coach may refuse it.
For now, he enjoys coaching and doesn't want
to discuss the matter.
"There's a number of questions we have at
Michigan," Schembechler said, "new
president, new athletic director, a lot of things
going on. But I'm putting all of that out of
my mind. I'm going to coach football and
that's it. So really there is no story."
"When this season is over," he adds, "we'll
have press conference on top of press
conference. There will be all kinds of news
going all over the place."
News of Schembechler's retirement has
also been spreading far and wide for the past
few years, but the 58-year-old coach hasn't
been one of the messengers.
"RETIRE?" Schembechler said. "Why
would I retire? I'm a young man. I'm not
ready to retire. I've said that publicly and I'll
say it again. I am not ready to retire. If guys
want to use it against me in recruiting, go
ahead but that's not the truth."

Schembechler enters the 1987 season with
a total of 207 career coaching victories - 167
at Michigan and 40 at Miami (OH). Only four
others have achieved more wins. He has
coached 11 Big Ten championship and two
Mid-American Conference championship
teams.
Of Schembechler's 40 losses at Michigan,
11 of them have come in postseason bowl

Watching every dot

games and five came during the 1984 regular
season.
After finishing 6-6 in 1984 Schembechler
bounced back with 10-1-1 and 11-2 records,
his best two year victory total since 1972.
IN COMPARISON, Michigan State
also went 6-6 in '84 and beat the Wolverines
19-7. But, for the past two seasons George
Perles' Spartans could only manage 7-5 and 6-

5 seasons.
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MICHIGAN 7 1 .875
Ohio State 7 1 .875
Iowa 5 3 .625
Minnesota 5 3 .625
Mich. St. 4 4 .500
Indiana 3 5 .375
Illinois 3 5 .375
N'western 2 6 .250
Purdue 2 6 .250
Wisconsin 2 6 .250

Linebacker Chris Spielman is Ohio State's defensive ace.

Gillete
Bobbins
return
(Continued from Page 15)
the game winning field goal from 34
yards out on the game's last play.
In 1985 he broke Bergeron's
single season field goal record of 15
by making good on 16 of 23
attempts. Gillette has also hit on his
last 46 extra points.
Despite his lofty status in the
Michigan record books and a string
of 135 punts without a block,
Robbins hasn't always been a fan
favorite. Up until last year he was
trying to shake the 'roll' rap he
acquired as a freshman. Robbins has
been noted for getting the lucky
bounces.
"I didn't get a lot of rolls last
year," Robbins said in his defense.
"My freshman year I got the rolls.
That's just a stroke of luck. If you
kick the ball and it rolls that's just
the way it is."
The Michigan kickers can also
boast that they are good athletes.
Gillette has started 57 games over
the past two years as a catcher for
the Wolverines' baseball team and
played quarterback in high school.
Robbins captained his high school
football and basketball squads as a
senior.

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