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September 27, 1989 - Image 11

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by Adam Benson
Daily Football Writer
J.D. Carlson could have gone to
Yale. After getting his education
there, he may have become an award
winning scientist.
"My mom wanted me to go to
Yale," Carlson said. "She wanted me
to go an Ivy League school. I always
wanted to, but Michigan is just as
good as an Ivy League school."
But Michigan has not always
recruited kickers. Carlson, like most
before him is not on scholarship.
Yet Michigan coach Bo Schem-
bechler has found a way to ease the
financial obligations for Carlson.
"He's a good student, a biological
student," Schembechler said. "He
walked on here. I helped him out
some last year, and then I put him
mon a gran Not many grants and aid
goes to place kickers, so place kick-
ers check around."
So instead of being confined to a
lab in the Ivy League, he came to
Michigan to be a football player. He
may have to delay his future as a
scientist, so he will have to settle
for just being Sports Illustrated's
Offensive Player of the Week after
his four field goal performance
against UCLA.
Carlson can enjoy his fame, but
only briefly. He still has too much
work to do to get excited, or so he
"MAYBE FOR one game, but
it's only one game," Carlson said.
"It's just like the Notre Dame game,
I've got to put it behind me. I can't
let it go to my head. I can't say that
I'm a great kicker or that I'm a hero.
I think it's more important for me,
as a member of the team, to come
back and kick well again."


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way. As soon as I kicked it I knew
it was good, but then I stumbled to
the ball and kicked it."
Maybe even more dramatic was
Carlson's on-sides kick. The week
before, Carlson couldn't even boot
the ball the necessary ten yards for
the Wolverines to make a stab at
recovering it.
SO FEW people could feel con-
fident about this second chance. In
fact, even Carlson was feeling a bit
"I didn't feel very confident going
out there to kick it. I was kind of
second guessing how I was going to
kick it. Once it went right, it was
like a big huge brick lifted offof
It was one of the better on-side
kicks, but Bo could remember one
"That damn one Miami kicked (in
Michigan's 31-30 loss last year)," he
said. "When you get the right
bounce, it's tough to recover. The
kicking team has a great advantage,
but you seldom get the bounce."
But Michigan did. Once the kick
was recovered, Carlson waited an-
xiously, to finish off the Wol-
verines' fabulous final effort. His
feelings while on the sidelines could
not be described easily, but they
won't be forgotten anytime soon.
"It is hard to put it into words. It
is one of those things where I jump-
ed through the sky. When things
like that go right, the momentum
for the team, there was no stopping
us after that," he said. "We knew
we'd won. It is unbelievable when
things like that happen, it was just
like last week, they either crush you
or propel you."


Collect call to
ChicagoForgeti t
by Peter Zellen -
Daily Sports Writer

Now that the 1989 baseball season is in its final week with three of the
four division races all but officially decided, it's time to reflect with a season
recap and some premature predictions.
-Isn't it great how the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago Cubs have
proved once again that sportswriters don't necessarily know more than the,
average fan. Both teams were universally picked to finish at the bottom of
their divisions.
-Anybodystry to call Illinois lately? Due to the three-day telephone
lottery held for the 84,000 Cub playoff tickets available to the general pub
lie several of the phone switching stations were blown out.
-Waitaminnit, the Cubs are really going to the playoffs?
-AL MVP - While others have better overall stats, Toronto's Fred
McGriff leads the American League with 36 homers. The Blue Jays began
their ascent in the division when their first baseman really turned on the
-NL MVP - Not to take anything away from Kevin "Babe" Mitchell but
his teammate Will Clark will probably win a batting title, has driven in
almost as many runs as Mitchell with 20 fewer homers, and held the team
in first place with his clutch hitting while the Giants were nursing injuries.
-The Orioles were able to get to where they are by providing a relaxed
atmosphere around a team of very young talent. They came out of it with an
18-game winner in Jeff Ballard and closer and probable Rookie-of-the-Year
Gregg Olson (27 saves, 1.77 E.R.A.) Unfortunately this same young talent
will probably choke under pennant pressure. Although Toronto's one to talk
about having guts. Remember '85 and '87?
-Storm Davis could be a 20-game winner with a 4.50 E.R.A. There's a
lot to be said for offensive support.
-No really, the Cubs in post-season play?
-AL Cy Young - Dave Stewart will finish second for the third straight
year. This time to Bret Saberhagen. The Royal ace has been consistently
awesome all season and leads the American League in wins and E.R.A.
Plus, Saberhagen had a 14-1 string during the season.
-NL Cy Young - Has any pitcher been as consistent as Padres stopper.
Mark Davis? He leads the majors in saves with 42 and also in save per-
centage. What a curveball.
-I don't know about you but I would be honored to be one of Nolan
Ryan's 5,000 career strikeouts.
-I don't want to get all teary-eyed and sentimental but it really is a shame
what happened to Dave Dravecky. Bad things should happen to loudmouthed'
obnoxious people, like Pete Rose.
-If Sparky Anderson was a genius the last two years, what does that
make him now?
-If George Steinbrenner was a total moron then, what is he now?

Michigan placekicker J.D. Carlson runs onto the field before the UCLA-
Michigan game last Saturday. Carlson booted four field goals in the win.

His performance Saturday should
help him do exactly that.
"It's going to give me a lot of
confidence. Before the UCLA game,
I had never kicked a field goal in a
game. I'll have a lot of confidence
going into the next game."
After his horrible performance
against Notre Dame, Carlson needed
a good showing against UCLA. Not

just to keep his job, but to convince
himself that he could play. His first
field goal, a 43-yarder, provided him
with confidence.
"I was terrified lining up for (the
field goal). I had no idea that it was
going to go through," Carlson said.
"It was kind of on the right side (of
the field) and I kicked it right at the
uprights. It just curved the whole

Glasnost Gri*ddes
Russian foreign minister Eduard "Ed" Shevardnadze has obviously had a
little too much glasnost. And a little too much Griddes.
After arriving in the United States, Ed refused to meet -with President
Bush but instead demanded to see the Griddes list of games for the week.
Unfortunately, Ed, who's a sucker for Southeast Conference teams,
picked Mississippi over Arkansas. The Razorbacks won, sending
Shevardnadze to the local bar for a bottle of Vodka.
"Next time, I pick only Pac-10," Ed slurred.
Shevardnadze was edged by Dave Schiltz and A.J. Reigle, who picked
all 20 Griddes teams correctly last week. Schiltz won the tiebreaker,
however, picking the total number of points in last week's Michigan-
UCLA game closer than Reigle.
So, Schiltz gets the O'Sullivan's breakfast and Reigle wins a shot of
Popov with Ed.
Here are this week's games:
1. Maryland at Michigan
2. Notre Dame at Purdue
3. Miami (Fla.) at Michigan State
4. Oregon State vs. Nebraska
5. Auburn at Tennessee
6. Colorado at Washington
7. Clemson at Duke
8. Texas-El Paso at Arkansas
9. Pittsburgh at West Virginia
10. Indiana State at Minnesota
11. USC at Washington State
12. Alabama at Vanderbilt
13. Oklahoma at Kansas
14. Temple at Houston
15. Kent State at North Carolina State
16. Southern Mississippi at Texas A&M
17. Arizona at Oregon
18. California at UCLA
19. Boston College at Ohio State
20. Tulsa P owa

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