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Michigan football
vs. Iowa
Saturday, 12:15 p.m.
Michigan Stadium

SPORTS
Wednesday, October 14, 1987

Women's field hockey
vs. Alumni
Saturday, 10 a.m.
Tartan Turf

The Michigan Daily

Page 8

'M' KICKER REGAINED JOB WITH GAME-WIANING BOOT VS. IOWA

Gillette gels after close shave

By SCOTT G. MILLER
By nature, placekickers experience
numerous emotional highs and lows. No
one haF r-.mind Michigan placekicker
Mike Gillette. The junior has had more
than his share of emotional high and low
moments.
This Saturday's game against Iowa
marks an anniversary of sorts for
Gillette. In last season's 20-17 Michigan
victory, he not only booted the game-
winning field goal as time expired but
also regained his starting job.
"The kick (against Iowa) last year will
never leave my mind," said the St.
Joseph, Mich. native. "It is the highlight
of my career here as of now. I hope
there's more."
GILL ETTE ALMOST never had
the chance to better the accomplishments
of his first year. He was an immediate
success and starter that season, kicking
16 of 23 field goals. The future seemed
unlimited. But Gillette made a mistake.
Before the Ohio State game, he
violated training rules. Michigan head
coach Bo Schembechler said no good.
Schembechler suspended Gillette for that
game and removed him as a starter.
"I was in Bo's doghouse last year. But
after the incident he said,'Let bygones be
bygones,"' said Gillette. "And slowly I

was working my way back in and getting
the job back. Somehow, I felt I was
going to get that opportunity."
AGAINST IOWA he got his
opportunity. The 6-1, 185-pounder had
been splitting the kicking duties with
senior Pat Moons. In the first quarter,
Gillette set a new Michigan record with a
53-yard field goal. Moons botched his
kicks, including an attempt late in the
fourth quarter.
Coach Alex Agase told Gillette he
would kick if the Wolverines had another
chance. Gillette ran to the practice net
and kicked 20 balls in a two-minute
span. Then he received the call.
"I was so pumped up that I didn't
know who was around me. I knew
(Hayden) Fry was going to call timeout,"
said Gillette. "When I kicked the ball, it
wasn't my normal way of kicking. I
sideswiped the ball. It looked like I was
dancing out there or something. I came
way across my body and the ball started
off left.
"It went toward the left upright and
curved to the middle. Once in a while my
kicks go outside-in like a golf swing. I
thought it was going to miss. Then all
the fans started jumping, and I got
mobbed."
GILLETTE VIEWS this
Saturday's game as a battle between

himself and Iowa kicker Rob Houghtlin.
Facing another great kicker, Gillette feels
he is at his best. He loves the
competition. Houghtlin won the 1985
Michigan-Iowa game with a last-second
field goal of his own.
While Gillette hopes Michigan wins
this year's contest by a large margin, he
will be ready if called on. His field goal
last weekend against Michigan State gave
him a total of 31 in his career, tying him
with Ali Haji-Sheikh as the Wolverines
all-time leading kicker.
"I'm feeling really good. I'm in a
groove," said Gillette of his performance
this season. "Monte (Robbins) is a great
holder, Borosko (Andy Borowski) does a
great job hiking the ball, and our line has
done an excellent job protecting me. I
couldn't ask for anything better right
now. I'm in an excellent situation."
Gillette's situation with the team will
expand next season when he becomes the
punter as well. Gillette also plays catcher
on the Wolverine baseball team.
He relishes the opportunity to control
a game whether on the gridiron or
diamond. "I would rather have the
pressure on my shoulders rather than
anybody elses," said Gillette.
After all his pressure filled
experiences, the Wolverines trust those
shoulders to carry them to victory.

Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Michigan kicker Mike Gillette will surpass Ali Haji-Sheikh as the Wolverines all-time
leading kicker with his next field goal.

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