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Page 12

Saturday, July 18, 1981

The Michigan Daily


QBWangler doubted again
By RON POLLACK Ever since the 1979 Gator Bowl where went unchosen in the college draft. The under fire, which makes me think he
Daily sports writer he sustained a knee injury, John Dallas Cowboys signed the Michigan can be an NFL quarterback."
Third in asix-partseries Wangler has spent much of his time quarterback as a free agent, thus ALSO ENHANCING Wangler's chan-
This is the third in a series of six trying to prove wrong those who would giving him the opportunity to again try ces of making it in the NFL is the fact
s doubt him. After the knee injury, to rise above the doubts of others.hAnd it that his knee no longer seems to be a.
7ticles examining the attempts of idoubtne tahim.lertAftere anhtheanekneeloksinjury," ai
ecently-graduated Michigan Wangler was not given much of a chan- a chanta Wang e can hindrance. "He looks fine now," said
ce of regaining his starting quarterback Landry. "He passed our physical and
ball players to make an NFL team, spot. But this is precisely what he did, "I THINK I rate pretty well," said seems to be moving fine. I can't see any
heir thoughts about the endeavor, as he played an instrumental role in the Wangler. "That's why I came down handicap in his mobility."
nd their new pro coach's analysis Wolverines' 10-2 season that here. I knew the competition, and I Should Wangler make the team, Lan-
f their abilities and future in the culminated in a Rose Bowl victory over thought I could do well against them." dry says that the most important thing
Washington. The "competition" that is of par- for him, would simply be to allow him-
port. The series was written by But apparently, pro scouts were not ticular interest to Wangleris the player self to gain the experience that can only
Daily sports writer Ron Pollack. overly impressed as Wangler's name he hopes to beat out for the third string be achieved through time.
quarterback spot; Gary Hogeboom, "He'll be in a learning role," said
t who returns for his second season in the Landry. "It takes about three years un-



"I feel good about it," said Wangler.
"He's a good player, but I feel I can
compete with him. I just have to do well
in the scrimmages."
AS THE COWBOYS begin training
camp, Dallas Head Coach Tom Landry
feels Hogeboom has an edge over
Wangler. "He (Wangler) doesn't stack
up against him (Hogeboom) right
now," said Landry. "When a guy comes
back for his second year, he looks so
much better than he did the previous
year. But it's really difficult to compare
the two."
Although Wangler believes that he
can make the Cowboys' team, he also
realizes that since he was not drafted,
he is forced to prove himself to the
Dallas coaches in the early stages of
training camp.
"All rookies have to perform well,"
said Wangler. "But late choices and
free agents have to perform right away,
because they don't get as long a look as
do veterans and high draft choices."
SUCH A time limitation will make it
even more difficult for Wangler to learn
how to run the Dallas offense, one of the
more complicated systems in the
"It's quite complex," said Wangler.
"But they've been trying to take it slow
with us. It would take more than a year
to learn it. You can't learn everything
right away."
Even though Wangler was not draf-
ted, he nonetheless possesses positive
attributes according to Landry. "I
think his strength is that he throws the
ball well, and when you lead a team of
the calibre of Michigan, you've been


... knee in good condition
til you're in a position to be comfortable
with pro football as a quarterback
because they have so much respon-
sibility. Some can do it, but it can be
detrimental and they'll take a beating
at first. The smarter a quarterback
becomes, the less beating he takes."
Apparently, Wangler is quite aware
of the limited role of a rookie quarter-
back. "Traditionally, I think a new
quarterback doesn't play much," he
said. "If I make the team, I'll just play
on the scout teams until I'm ready to
play in games. I can't expect to play
much right away."


Daily Photo
FORMER MICHIGAN QUARTERBACK John Wangler fires a pass as an
enemy defender closes in. Wangler was not chosen in the annual college
draft, but was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent.

Base ball
talks to

WASHINGTON (AP)-Labor Secretary Raymond
Donovan said yesterday that both sides in the baseball strike
have agreed "in principle" to move the stalled negotiations
to the nation's capital in a continuing quest for a settlement.
Emerging from lengthy meetings with Marvin Miller, head
of the Players Association, and Ray Grebey, chief bargainer
for the owners, Donovan said the two "are convinced, as I
am, that the collective bargaining system will eventually
DONOVAN SAID HE has asked federal mediator Kenneth
E. Moffett to invite representatives of labor and
management to resume negotiations here Monday under the
auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service,
of which Moffett is acting head.
Asked whether Miller and Grebey indicated a willingness
to move the talks from New York to Washington, Donovan
replied, "in principle, yes.".
Donovan did not indicate whether a news blackout would
be imposed on the talks, although the labor secretary did say
earlier in the day he felt negotiations should be taken out of
the news media.
THE LABOR SECRETARY delivered his assessment after
both Miller and Grebey had departed for their flights back to

New York. It was believed both planned to consult with their
negotiating teams last night.
"I read in both gentlemen the seriousness of the task before
them," Donovan said. He said his aim is to use his office "as
a vehicle to get the voice of the American people," into the
Asked whether President Reagan has been expressing
concern about the strike, Donovan said, "No, he has not," but
added that the White House has been informed of each
"THE AMERICAN people want baseball and they want a
World Series," Donovan said in a statement at midday as he
awaited talks with Marvin Miller, executive director of the
Major League Players Association, and Ray Grebey, head of
the owners' bargaining agent, the Player Relations Commit-
In the toughest statement yet from the Reagan ad-
ministration, Donovan called the meetings "a last-ditch ef-
fort" to settle the strike, now in its 36th day.
"If this strike is to be settled, it will have to be settled by
the parties involved," said Donovan, "and unless there is a
change in attitude on both the players and owners' part, then
I don't think we'll see any more baseball this year. -



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