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The Michigan Daily
Wednesday, September 16, 1987
Vitale seeking vengeance and victory
By DARREN JASEY
John Vitale was a fun-loving guy. He liked to go
out with his buddies, take in a movie, go on fishing
He was also a little on the wild side. Riding around
in a truck with the windows rolled down in the dead of
winter was his idea of fun.
But that was before last Saturday.
t VITALE does not like losing. In fact, he looks at
git as an attack against himself as well as his team.
.Considering the lopsided score of Michigan's loss to
;Notre Dame and Vitale's 6-1, 289 pound frame,
Washington State better be wary of the Michigan
tenter come this Saturday.
"When you lose, of course it's a shock," said the
senior center. "I don't like losing at all. I take losing
personally, and I'll do everything in my power to win.
"I came from a high school and a grade school that
dardly ever lost, and I'm at a program (now) where we
hardly ever lose."
The Warren DeLaSalle high school graduate played
an instrumental role in tailback Jamie Morris' 128-yard
"ushing day against Notre Dame last weekend. But that
Js no consolation to him in the wake of the 26-7 loss.
, "I wasn't pleased with the way I played," Vitale
.,aid. "I'm not where I want to be yet.
W "We, of course, have to give our quarterbacks better
protection. Give them more time to read the coverages.
,We just can't have those breakdowns."
TO ADD even more fuel to Vitale's fire, the
Volverines have lost three of their last four contests
after compiling an 18-1-1 record in Vitale's previous
starts. He has been starting on Michigan's offensive
line since Mike Husar went down with an injury two
games into the 1985 season.
"As you move up the ladder your responsibility
increases and losing hurts more," Vitale said.
Washington State noseguards will also have to deal
with Vitale's wreckless style of play - something that
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler has called a
detriment to Vitale's game.
"Frankly," Schembechler said, "he's a little bit too
aggressive in there. I've got to slow him down a little
bit. He's missing picks and things like that, but he'll
be all right."
The overzealous style of play is the only factor that
has slowed Vitale's development as a center. Before last
season, Schembechler moved Vitale from guard to
center to make room for the healthy Husar.
"At center you have to be under control," Vitale
said. "I play out of control at times. I've got to gear
down a little bit."
Prior to this season, Schembechler was willing to
compare Vitale with any center in the country and
called him a definite contender for All-Big Ten honors.
As usual, Michigan's offensive line is of high
caliber. Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz went so far as to
call it the nation's best. In addition to Vitale, four
other seniors started on the line against the Irish -
Dave Chester, John Elliott, Michael Dames, and
Vitale's buddies aren't to happy about losing either.
IF YOU ORDERED
LAST YEAR'S YEARBOOK,..
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420 Maynard, M-F, 8-5.
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must be claimed by
December 31, 1987,
for pickup at the
Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Center John Vitale mauls receiver Greg McMurtry after Michigan's lone touchdown in Saturday's 26-7 loss to Not
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