Open tryouts for students
Tomorrow, 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.
-Thursday, September 14, 1989-
vs. Notre Dame for all the marbles
Sept. 16,3:30 p.m.
The Michigan Daily
WHAT THE WOLVERINES ARE SAYING ABOUT
'The difference defensing them versus
other people is the extra dimension
they have at quarterback. Rice's speed
makes a lot of difference. That's the
difficult thing about Notre Dame -
-Michigan Head Coach
'Tony Rice. He's the man who makes
them click. If Tony Rice does not have
a good day that takes a lot of their of-
fense away. I watched him play
against Virginia and it seemed like he
has improved on his passing.'
-Michigan free safety Vada Murray
'The key to winning is our ability to
contain Rice. For them to win, they
have to keep us from containing Rice.
He's that much of a factor in this
game. The biggest part about Rice is
that he makes a play out of nothing.'
-Michigan Assistant Head Coach
Notre Dame's Tony Rice has earned a sparkling reputation as an option quarterback who can also shine as a passer. He will test the Wolverine
defense this Saturday in Ann Arbor.
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belong at Notre Dame because I
didn't score very high on the SAT.
The way I see it, I chose a hard road,
sat out my freshman year, and I'm
happy where I am now. I hope
people accept that no matter what it
is, he (myself) is trying to do his
best and he is happy at it."
Tony Rice's best on the gridiron
has made the football team that he
heads the No.1 team in the nation.
Notre Dame fans can accept that.
It is hard also not to accept Tony
Rice. The affable senior makes quick
friends among teammates,
dormmates and classmates. His easy-
going personality and charm show
no hint of a guy who has been
featured on the cover of Sports
Illustrated three times in the last
but I know a lot of faces."
THAT EASY-GOING attitude
translates to success on the field, as
"I smile a lot in the huddle," said
Rice, with a trace of that very smile.
"I'm the guy who talks in the huddle
and I try to keep my players up,
telling them 'we're ok, we can do
it.' When they get fired up, I get
Rice fired off 70 completions in
138 attempts for 1,176 yards last
season, with eight touchdowns and 7
interceptions. One of Rice's favorite
targets is speedy sophomore Raghib
"Rocket" Ismail, who hauled in a
55-yard bomb from Rice at Southern
"I like to throw long to Rocket
and Ricky Watters," said Rice. "You
know when you put it up there that
they're going to make things
Ismail shares the admiration for
Rice's talents, especially the
"HE IS always smiling, always
cheerful," said Ismail. "Even in the
huddle, he smiles. He takes away a
lot of the pressure that way. If there
is a bomb play to me, he'll look
over and give me this little wink,
and even if I drop it, he'll say,
'We'll get it' and still be smiling."
Rice's bread and butter, however,
has been the option running attack,
which he has directed with precision.
The Irish averaged 258 yards on the
ground last season, with three
players picking up more than 600
yards each for the season. Rice led
all rushers with 700 yards. Tailback
Tony Brooks, who, was not
readmitted to Notre Dame after
disciplinary actions last spring, and
Mark Green, now with the Chicago
Bears, followed with 667 and 646
Those 700 rushing yards by Rice
broke the Notre Dame record for
rushing yards by a quarterback in a
season, nearly doubling Joe
Theismann's 358 yards back in
Just as Rice has faced the critics,
so too has his team.
MASS MEETING TONIGHT
Sept. 14, 7:30 pm
Building on Nearly A
Century And A Half of
"It all goes back to the way I was
brought up," said Rice. "I remember
my grandmother telling me that your
attitude will take you far in this life.
I'm down to earth, I'm not a big
superstar. I owe a lot to my friends
here who keep me in line. I like to
talk to people. I don't know names,
"A lot of people still do not
believe in Notre Dame," said Rice.
"That doesn't matter to me, thoughy
We control our own destiny. I know
we are capable of winning all ours
games. That's our goal. If we win
all our games, we win the nationat
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