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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Vol. 73, Number 1 (Oct. 1971)

Mott, Jim
The football season,   pp. 12-13


Page 13


junior Bob Braun (6-3, 224) is likely
to start ahead of sophomore Mike
Becker (6-2, 225) at left guard; and
at left tackle senior Mike Smolcich
(6-4, 232) has a good shot at dis-
placing two-year regular Elbert
Walker (6-4, 285).
   The Badger defense gave up 195
points in 1970, a tremendous im-
provement from the 349 points al-
   -1~ st.. - :- - Tr
  However, many of the key per-
formers from the defensive unit have
been lost by graduation. These in-
clude three-fourths of the front line
-ends Bill Gregory and Ted Jeffer-
son and tackle Ji.m DeLisle-line-
backers Chuck Winfrey and Gary
Buss, and cornerbacks Danny Crooks
and Nate Butler. Only four starters-
tackle Mike Mayer, linebacker Dave
Lokanc, and safeties Neovia Greyer
and Ron Buss-return.
   Sophomores showed great improve-
ment during spring practice and four
are likely to start. One of them, 6-3,
210 Angie Messina, appears to have
beaten Mayer, a 6-2, 255 junior, out
of the starting right tackle spot, and
another, 6-2, 215 Jim Schymanski,
will play left tackle.
   Next to Schymanski, at end, will
 probably be junior Bob Storck (6-5,
 235) who saw considerable action
 last year at tackle. Opposite Storck,
 at right end, will be Bill Poindexter
 (6-2, 215) the only senior who will
 see action along the defensive line.
   Lokanc, a 6-1, 220 junior, has
 been moved to the middle from right
 linebacker and should step into the
 shoes of Winfrey, last year's MVP.
 Flanking him will be two sopho-
 mores-John Hoffman (6-1, 210)
 on the right and Todd Nordwig (6-3,
 215) on the left.
  Also in the running for a line-
backer spot will be juniors Dave
Schrader (6-3, 194), a 1970 letter-
man and Mike Levenhagen (6-1,
206) and sophomore Brian Harney
(6-1, 215), with senior Ed Albright,
a 1969 starter who missed last sea-
son, hoping to make a comeback.
   Greyer, at weak safety will be the
only senior on the defensive squad
who started in 1970 and will be
looked for to provide leadership. He
had nine of the Badgers' 22 inter-
ceptions last year, ranking him third
in the nation, and has 13 for his ca-
reer. Both figures are school records
and G reyer will be out to extend
those marks and should be in the run-
ning for national honors in the proc-
ess.
Returning at strong safety will be
    Ron Buss, who ranked sixth on
the squad in tackles last year with
69, four more than Greyer. Buss also
had four interceptions, the same num-
ber that Greyer had in his rookie
campaign.
   There's a major problem with the
departure of both r e gul a r corner-
backs, Crooks and Butler. Both had
October, 1971
three interceptions in 1970; Butler
led the team in passes broken up
(10) and touchdown saves (3); while
Crooks was the leading punt and
kickoff returner, running back one of
each for a touchdown to become the
first Badger to accomplish such a feat
in a single season.
   Senior Greg 'Grape Juice' Johnson,
who had a frustrating year as a run-
ning back in 1969 and was ineligible
fense and is the likely candidate for
the starting right corner spot in 1971.
Johnson is still learning and will make
mistakes but has enough sheer speed
to recover from most miscues.
   At the other corner junior Milt
Habeck, n u m b e r two man behind
Crooks last year, appears to have the
edge. Pushing him for a job will be
sophomore Chris Davis while junior
Randy Freis will be waiting to step
in if Johnson does not accomplish
the task adequately.
   The Badger kicking game will
 again be strong in 1971, as Jaeger
 and Krugman return to placekicking
 and punting duties, respectively. In
 two years Jaeger has converted 34 of
 39 extra points and has made 12 of
 20 field goal attempts for a total of
 70 points. In 1969 he scored 46
 points by kicking, to set a school rec-
 ord and he also has a modern record
 48 yard field goal to his credit. Krug-
 man punted a school record 63 times
 last year for a 39.5 yard average and
 had a long of 55 yards.
   The 1971 University of Wisconsin
 football factbook published by the
 National "W" Club is available at
 $2.00 a copy plus 25 cents postage.
 Fans can order the 56-page factbook
 from the National "W" Club, 1440
 Monroe Street, Madison 53706  S
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      1971 SCHEDULE
Sept. 11 -Northern III. 31-0
Sept. 18-at Syracuse 20-20
Sept. 25-LSU 38-28
Oct. 2-at Northw'rn 11-24
Oct. 9-Indiana
Oct. 16-Mich. State
Oct. 23-at Ohio State
Oct. 30-at Iowa
Nov. 6-Purdue
Nov. 13-Illinois
Nov. 20-at Minnesota


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