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By Adam Schrager
A Mike Gillette blocked extra-
point attempt could result in more
than a one-point difference this year
with the introduction of one of the
NCAA's 34 rule changes for the
The rule allows the defense to
advance the ball on a failed extra-
point attempt or two-point conver-
sion. If the defense returns the ball
for what would be a touchdown un-
der normal circumstances, they re-
ceive two points.
If for some unknown reason the
offensive team recovers and runs into
its own end zone (which would nor-
mally be a safety), the defense re-
ceives ote point.
Michigan head coach Bo Schem-
bechler does not see any purpose in
the rule. "You've ever been to a
meeting, and it gets late in the, and
you say, 'What the hell, let's pass
something'?" Schembechler said.
"It will make things interesting,"
said Northwestern quarterback Greg
Bradshaw. "Who knows? It may just
change the outcome of a few games.
All it takes to be important is for it
to happen in an important game."
By Pete Steinert
Mike Gillette is Bo Schembech-
ler's place-kicker, and Michigan's
head coach wouldn't want it any
"I would not trade him for anyone
in the country," Schembechler said.
After spending time in Schem-
bechler's doghouse earlier in his ca-
reer, Gillette has emerged as ar-
guably the best kicker the Wolver-
ines have ever had.
"He's one of my favorite kids
right now," Schembechler said.
"He's a competitor, and he likes to
"The pressure doesn't bother me,"
said Gillette, probably best known
for his game-winning field goal
against Iowa in 1987. "I like pres-
sure. That's the only time I do good.
Otherwise, I don't concentrate as
Gillette, already Michigan's all-
time leading field-goal kicker, needs
35 points to pass Anthony Carter as
Michigan's all-time leading scorer.
Gillette made good on 12-of-15
field-goal tries last year, and he
missed just one extra point.
Michigan, like several other Big-
Ten teams, must replace an estab-
lished punter in Monte Robbins.
Last year Robbins averaged 43.5
vards a punt, which helped rank
higan second to Ohio State in
Lu. conference in net punting
Gillette - a gifted athlete who
catches for the Michigan baseball
team - has emerged as Robbins'
likely replacement ahead of freshman
"I'd say he's (Robbins) probably
the best punter in Michigan his-
tory," said Gillette, Robbins' backup
for three years. "That's why they're
going to be big shoes to fill.
"He's my buddy for three years,
and we hung around together a lot.
Now I'm taking his place punting,
so it's going to feel kind of weird."
Speedsters John Kolesar and
Allen Jefferson return after leading
Michigan in punt returns and kickoff
returns, respectively, a year ago.
David Arnold, one of Michigan's
starting cornerbacks, has blocked at
least one kick or punt in each of his
first three seasons for a total of five.
The Wolverines have not surren-
dered a kick return for a touchdown
since 1957. Bobby Morse of Michi-
gan State was the last opposing
player to run back a punt, back in
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Mike Gillette needs 35 more points to pass Anthony Carter as
Michigan's all-time leading scorer.
"This will provide for an unusual
football situation," said Illinois head
coach John Mackovic. "I don't know
what I'll do if the situation comes
up. I guess we'll just have to see
Another rule change concerns
where the ball will be marked when
a player goes out of bounds. If a
player crosses the sideline with the
ball, referees will now mark the ball
where it crossed the sideline rather
than the spot where the player's
body lands. This will influence
many determinations of first downs.
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