Gillette gives UM plenty to kick about

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Gillette gives U-M U-M U-M plenty to kick about By TOMMY GEORGE Free Press Sports Writer ANN ARBOR It was his first field goal attempt a 47-yarder 47-yarder 47-yarder in Michigan's season opener against Notre Dame before more than 105,000 fans and a national TV audience. Freshman Mike Gillette was fidgety, but confident. This kick was a gimmee compared to some in his huge front yard on long summer afternoons. Back then, Gillette booted them from mailbox to mailbox off a tee made from half a Campbell's soup can. Even then he was good. Real good. But this time Gillette hit the ball low, and it sank a foot short of the goalpost. "I thought I might have lost my job," he said Monday before scurrying to practice. "It was a bad time to miss in a big game like Notre Dame." Gillette would not miss again on his next six attempts. Through three games he is six-of-eight six-of-eight six-of-eight six-of-eight six-of-eight in field goal attempts and eight-of-eight eight-of-eight eight-of-eight eight-of-eight eight-of-eight in extra-point extra-point extra-point conversions, and leads Michigan scorers with 26 points. GIVEN THE WAY Michigan's defense has dominated allowing no scores in its last six quarters and no touchdowns three victories Gillette's kicking and the defense have nearly been enough to win. "This kid thinks he can do anything," said Michigan coach Bo Schembechler. "He was as competitive at the high school level. If it hadn't been for his strong mental attitude, would not be in there." Gillette won the job in fall scrimmages over senior Pat Moons, sophomore Rick Sutkiewicz and freshman Gulam Kham. "He was eight-of-eight eight-of-eight eight-of-eight eight-of-eight eight-of-eight in those and hit the ball consistently consistently strong," said U-M U-M U-M kicking coach Alex Agase. "He's pressure situations in every game and he's come through. No question, he flat-out flat-out flat-out won the job and that's why See MIKE GILLETTE, Page 5D

Clipped from Detroit Free Press01 Oct 1985, TuestatePage 39

Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan)01 Oct 1985, TuestatePage 39
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