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Hockey
vs. Miami-Ohio
Friday and Saturday, 7:30
Yost Ice Arena
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS

Men's Soccer
vs. University of Detroit
Tomorrow, 4:00 p.m.
Mitchell Field

Tuesday, October 11, 1988

Page 9

PATRIOTS PLEASED WITH PERRYMAN

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BY ERIC LEMONT
Some plays in sports are
considered automatic. A Kareem
Abdul Jabbar skyhook. A Wayne
Gretzky breakaway. And a Michigan
quarterback handing off to fullback
Bob Perryman.
If you don't feel the former
Wolverine Perryman should be
mentioned in the same breath with a
Jabbar or a Gretzky, you're right.
While the Old One and the Great One
come through most of the time, only
the Big One, Perryman, delivered all
of the time. He was not stopped for a
loss his entire senior year.
Alumni Update
Now Perryman is delivering
positive results for the New England
Patriots.
Knowing Perryman is going to
get the ball and stopping him are two
entirely different things. In his four
years at Michigan, (1983-86),
Perryman rushed for 1,241 yards,
averaging 4.5 yards per carry.
WHILE NOT Heisman-like,
Perryman was invaluable in short
yardage situations.
"It would be third and one," he
recalled, "and everyone in the stadium
knew I was getting the ball. And

that's what they remember me for.
Bob Perryman over the top for a
touchdown."
It was this hard-nosed running
style and his ability to block that
originally convinced the New
England Patriots to draft him in the
third round of the 1987 National
Football League draft.
Perryman enjoys the "relaxed"
atmosphere of the NFL. "In the pros
you know your job and you do it.
You don't have guys screaming down
your back to motivate you," he said,
of his playing days at Michigan.
THIS IS not to say that
Perryman considers himself lazy. He
just operates best through self-
motivation, something he feels he
must do to remain competitive in the
talent-laden NFL.
"I'm way down the list talent-
wise," he explained, mentioning
teammates Irving Fryar, Stanley
Morgan and Doug Flutie as more
naturally gifted athletes. "I have a
hard time keeping up with those
guys."
New England running back coach
Bobby Grier, however, feels
Perryman has more than held his
own. "Bob works hard and picks
things up well," said Grier. "He's
been a steady, steady player for us.
He's probably one of the better
blocking fullbacks in the league."

Alum
Perryman has also impressed the
Patriots with his receiving skills.
The preparation he received under
Schembechler, whose "practices
touched on everything," is part of the
reason why Perryman can do more
with the ball than just run.
ANOTHER carry-over from
Michigan is his putting the team 's
success ahead of his own. "I don't set
any goals personally, I just want to
go to the Super Bowl and take it
from there," he said.
The second-year pro has started
every game for the Patriots this
season and is currently averaging 3.2
yards on 37 carries.
According to Grier, Perryman has
"pleasantly surprised" the Patriots
coaching staff with his knack for not
only running through defenders but
around them.
Perryman's speed was often seen
in college. As a senior, he exploded
for a 55-yard touchdown run against
Hawaii.-"They were chasing me but
they didn't catch me," he recalled.
"He's got excellent quickness and
reads holes well," Grier said. "For a
big guy he has good speed. We don't
restrict him running-wise. We let
him run inside or outside."
But for some people reputations
never die. Around Ann Arbor, the
bruising fullback will always be the
symbol of three yards and a cloud of
dust. Bob Perryman up the middle.

FilePhoto
Former Wolverine fullback Bob Perryman is making his mark with the NFL's New England
Patriots. Here, Perryman goes "up the middle" for a Patriot touchdown in a game against the
Cincinnati Bengals.

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'M' drop
BY JAY MOSES
The best offense, as the old saying
goes, is a good defense. The Mich-
igan field hockey team is learning
that the hard way.
The team returned from a two-
game Illinois road trip tired and
winless, but wiser for the experience.
Saturday, in Evanston, fourth-
ranked Northwestern shut out the
Wolverines, 3-0. Sunday, in Dekalb,
Michigan fell to No. 17 Northern
Illinois by a score of 4-3.
DEFENSE HAS been the
team's sore spot all season. It was
better last weekend than it has been
most of the year, but coach Karen
Collins conceded that the team still
has work to do.
"(The weekend) showed us that we
still have to work on defense and to
maintain poise on defense," she said.
There were some encouraging
signs, though. Michigan (3-6-2, 0-2
in the Big Ten), held Northwestern to
one goal in the first half of the game.
"I really felt our defense tightened
up," said Collins.
The offensive attack, on the other
hand, has cruised along smoothly all
season, and this road trip was no
exception. Senior forward Sara Clark,
junior forward Judy Burinskas, and
junior forward Margaret Kundtz
provided the fire power on Sunday.
CLARK AND Burinskas spear-
headed the offense, which had the
Wol-verines on the scoreboard just
35 seconds into the game.
"It really is an indication of the
scoring potential of this team," said
Collins.
But the quick start provided by the
offense wasn't enough to carry the
team to victory. The Wolverine
defense couldn't protect the lead as
Northern Illinois fought back.
DESPITE their sub-par record
and their defensive problems, the
Wolverines maintain a strong sense
of unity and a positive outlook on
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that she too is "optimistic about the
rest of the season."
Michigan's next game is Saturday
against Michigan State, and the
Wolverines are licking their chops.
The game will be here in Ann Arbor

on artificial turf. The first game this
season against MSU was on grass in
East Lansing; Michigan is a much
better team on the artificial surface.
Collins and her squad hope that
playing the Spartans on Wolverine
"turf" will get them on the winning
track.

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