Friday. September 10, 193
Miller, Coleman look to right State's sin
The Michigan State football
team is undefeated, but don't
expect it to last past Saturday.
The Spartans have not won a
season opener since 1987 and
have only had three winning Sep-
tembers during George Perles'
10-year reign as head coach.
Although Michigan State fin-
ished third at 5-3 in the Big Ten
last season, a
tember cost the
team any post-
of the last two seasons pulled the
plug on any chance of a quick
"For us to be successful, we
need to get out of the blocks well,"
quarterback Jim Miller said.
"We've been getting out slow.
We're sitting at home at Christ-
mas time watching teams. We
think we should be there instead
and it's frustrating."
While Perles may have been
disgusted then he's ready to at-
tack the new season.
"We're always positive here,"
Perles said. "I have reason to be
optimistic - I've got eight back
on offense and eight back on de-
fense. I'm not going to come and
make a soft landing in case things
don't go well."
Fifth-year senior Miller will
head the effort to keep Perles
from needing a soft landing. Over
the past two seasons he has
thrown for 2,768 yards on 409
attempts and stands second on
the career list for completion per-
centage at .614.
Miller has an outstanding
corps of targets to choose from.
Mill "The Thrill" Coleman has
become one of the Big Ten's pre-
mier performers, averaging 15.8
yards a catch over 37 receptions
last season. Speedster Napoleon
Outlaw will be beginning his first
season as full-time split end but
already has a 107-yard game.
Tailback Craig Thomas will
be replacing 1,000-yard rusher
Tico Duckett. After just 47 yards
in his first two years, Thomas
exploded for 887 yards last sea-
son. Thomas also has a deep sup-
porting cast beneath him includ-
ing Steve Holman, Hickey Th-
ompson and Duane Goulbourne.
The past few seasons have
seen the Spartans lose a number
of extremely gifted offensive
weapons. Perles will be looking
to "The Thrill" to fill that role this
"I think Mill is an excellent
choice to do something like that.
I think Mill is going to have an
excellent year," Perles said. "He
has got natural abilities -hands
speed, and quickness. He's go
"Mill lives up to his nickname
every weekend," Miller said. "He
can run, block. He can do it all.
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