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Page 10-The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 7, 1987
MSU means more to Morris than most

The circumstances surrounding
Saturday's Michigan-Michigan State
game are strikingly similar to those
of the 1984 contest. Detroit Tiger
pennant fever again sweeps the state.
Michigan is again 3-1 with a new
quarterback at the helm.
Can those same circumstances
lead to another Spartan triumph? Not
if Wolverine tailback Jamie Morris
has his way.
"If I could will it, Michigan State
would never be allowed to beat
Michigan," said Morris earlier this
week.
FORGET THAT Morris hails
from the East coast. The Michigan-
Michigan State rivalry means as
much to Morris as it does to any
Michigan native.
Memories of the 1984 loss to the
Spartans continue to haunt the
senior. Morris personally accepts the
blame for the 19-7 score that day.
He fumbled in the third quarter. A
faux pas like that normally won't
endear a first-year player to his
teammates. But Morris' mistake
proved much more costly than just a
fumble. Quarterback Jim Harbaugh
dove to cover the ball and broke his
left arm in the process. Without
Harbaugh, Michigan finished that
season 6-6.
"Nobody would say it, but I took
it upon myself to say it was my
fault," said Morris.
The 5-7, 183-pounder became de-
pressed and thought of returning
home to Ayer, Mass. His family
helped change his mind. And as the
old cliche says, the rest is history.
MORRIS FINISHED the
1984 season with a team high 574
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continue to grow. Currently, Morris
is the Wolverines' third all-time
leading rusher behind Rob Lytle
(3,317 yards) and Butch Woolfolk
(3,861). He needs only 48 yards to
pass Lytle and 593 yards to pass
Woolfolk.
His statistics are even more
remarkable considering he was
recruited as a punt and kickoff
returner. Recruiters shied away from
the 159-pound high school tailback
and cornerback. He came to
Michigan to face the best competi-
tion. He will leave Michigan as the

B TMiller Time
pBY SCOTFF G. MILLER

the trophy doesn't matter. The
Michigan philosophy is to
emphasize the team rather than the
individual.
"I'm honored to be mentioned in
the same breath with the other guys
who are up for the Heisman," said
Morris.
WHILE SOME look at this
week's game as a personal battle
between Morris and Spartan
Heisman trophy candidate Lorenzo
White, Morris downplays the hype.
He feels the rivalry between himself

best.
Morris characterizes himself as a
patient runner who waits for things
to happen - but not too long. As
an opportunist, he gets the most out
of situations. Energetic but not

crazy.
That energy has made Morris a
strong candidate for the Heisman
Trophy. He already has rushed for
583 yards this season and has a 7.3
average per carry. Whether he wins

and White is a friendly one. The key
is the game itself.
Despite all his success, Morris
still cannot forget the game three
years ago. It lingers in his mind like
a bad nightmare.
"If I could change time, that game
would be the number-one thing I
would try to change," he said.
As a team captain, Morris will
try to raise his teammates level of
intensity for this week's contest. It
is a role he relishes.
"It's going to be an intense week
of practice," he said. "There will be
no smiling and no joking around.
This game is a key game for us. We
don't want to play around with it."
Blue Banter
- "The Projects," a corner of the
Michigan locker room composed of
speedsters Allen Jefferson, Anthony
Mitchell, David Arnold, Allen
Bishop, and placekicker Mike
Gillette, considered dropping Morris
from their ranks after he was caught
from behind by a Wisconsin tackler
last week.
- Michigan head coach Bo
Schembechler expects a usual Morris
performance against the Spartans.
"Jamie is playing extremely well.
He's ready for a slam-bam game
where his yards mean something,"
said Schembechler.
- A philosophical Schembechler
analyzed why Michigan and
Michigan State both lost to the
Fighting Irish. "It was like Notre
Dame was in a candy store getting
something for nothing," he said.
- Schembechler holds a 15-3
career mark against the Spartans.
The only time he lost in East
Lansing was his first year as
Michigan head coach. In 1969,
Michigan State beat Michigan, 23-
13.
- Michigan has shut out the
Spartans in its last two trips to East
Lansing by scores of 31-0 in 1985
and 42-0 in 1983.
- The Wolverines have posted 49-
0 shutouts in their last two games.
They were the first back-to-back
shutouts since 1983 when Michigan
blanked Michigan State and
Northwestern.

Tailback Jamie Morris hopes to twist and turn through the State line this Saturday at East Lansing. Morris desperately wants to take advantage
of his last chance to beat the Spartans.
NFL STRIKE: DAY 15:

Union and management resume talks

NEW YORK (AP) - NFL strike
negotiations resumed yesterday after
the union softened its stance on free
agency, leading some players to
predict regulars would be back on the
field this weekend.

There is an important election coming up
for your Libraries Tuesday, Nov. 3rd. The
Grosse Pointe Library System has been
experiencing a "no growth" situation for
many years. Two recent studies outline
the needs of our libraries. You need to
vote twice to maintain the quality libraries
our community deserves. One is for an
$8,000,000 bond issue that will allow us to
double the size of the present system to keep
up with modern library practices; and the
second is a 1. mill increase in the millage-
$1,200,000- for operating purposes.
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The talks, the first in 11 days,
involved only the chief
negotiators- management's Jack
Donlan and the union's Gene
Upshaw. The two were believed to
be meeting in the Washington area.
The two sides returned to the
bargaining table following an eight-
hour meeting in Chicago of the
union's 28 player representatives.
The new talks also followed a
weekend in which both sides seemed
to lose- owners, because stadiums
were filled to just 25 percent
capacity rather than the usual 90
percent; players, because of nearly
90 defections and reports that many
more, including entire teams, might
cross picket lines this week.
"I think the pressures are
beginning to build on both sides,"
Commissioner Pete Rozelle said in
Washington where he was testifying
before a Senate Judiciary
subcommittee on the NFL's TV
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package.
Owners, meanwhile, put more
pressure on players by moving up
the reporting deadline from Friday to
Wednesday. That means a player
who wants to get paid for this
weekend's games must report to his
team by Wednesday, two days earlier
than last week.
Long, Pikewl cross line
All-Pro defensive end Howie
Long and starting defensive tackle
Bill Pickel reported to the Los
Angeles Raiders' practice facility
yesterday, a club employee said.

The replacement Raiders weren't
scheduled to practice yesterday, but
Long and Pickel appeared at the
practice facility around 11 a.m.
PDT, said the club employee, who
ask not to be identified.
Long and Pickel are the first
starters to report to the NFL club
since the strike began two weeks
ago.
Previously, backup quarterback
Marc Wilson, running backs Ethan
Horton and Rob Harrison, offensive
guard Bruce Wilkerson and
linebacker Joe Cormier had reported
along with three offensive linemen

on injured reserve - Mickey
Marvin, Chris Riehm and Curt
Marsh.
Long and Pickel crossed picket
lines to report last Friday, but
walked out again a little while later,
apparently at the suggestion of Al
Davis, the Raiders' managing
general partner.
Long spoke briefly with reporters
afterward, saying, among other
things, that he and Pickel had
reported out of loyalty to their
families and the Raider organization
but after decided to leave after talking
to Davis.

Griddes: Mocking the Spartans

It's that time once again folks.
It's time for celebration, school
spirit, and of course MOO U jokes.
This weekend our beloved
Wolverines head for East Lansing to
humiliate the Spartans.
Michigan State is in the midst of
preparing for the big game. The
festivities began Monday with the
annual cornfield carnival, featuring
the cow-milking contest. T h e
Spartan drama club had to cancel its

planned skit Snow White and the
Seven Spartans because the only part
they were able to cast was Dopey.
Friday is field renovation day.
Students will pitch in by plowing
the field, driving out the grazing
cows, and repairing the newly
installed lights. How m a n y
Michigan State students does it take
to screw in one of those light bulbs?
Well, it only takes one, but that
student receives four credits for it.

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While the Spartans may b e
disappointed after this weekend, they
can always look back to the good old
days, the days when they were ranked
in the Top-20 by AP, UPI, and
USDA.
Please join us in our endeavor to
poke fun at the Spartans by bringing
in your Gridde picks to the second
floor of the Daily Building, and
while you are here, let us here some
of your favorite MOO U insults.
1) MICHIGAN at Michigan
State (pick total points)
2) Indiana at Ohio St.
3) Minnesota at Northwestern
4) Iowa at Wisconsin
5) Illinois at Purdue
6) Oklahoma vs. Texas
7) Notre Dame at Pitt
8) Maryland at Miami, Fla.
9) LSU at Georgia
10) Arizona St. at Wash'ton A

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