The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 21, 1983 -Page 11
Michigan pass rush back on track
Brace yourselves, you're about to read
what once seemed like the most unlikely of
possibilities: Michigan actually has an ef-
fective pass rush this year.
Yes, it's true. N6 kidding. Your leg is not
Just a season ago, the defensive line put
about as much pressure on the quarter-
back as an introductory Communications
class puts on a student here at Michigan.
But that's all changed for the defensive
line this year.
"Our defensive line is playing better
than they did last year," said Gary
Moeller, Michigan's assistant head coach
and defensive coordinator. "They did so
because we only lost (starting defensive
tackle Winfred) Carraway. So we've got
good experience. The defensive line was
expected to get better, especially because
of what we lost at linebacker because of
close to a Curtis Greer (a former Michigan
and current St. Louis Cardinal defensive
tackle)," Moeller said. "But he has to do it.
Having the potential and doing it aren't
always the same. Greer was the last All-
American defensive tackle here and that's
one reason the comparison is made. Greer
had good movement and Kevin has good
movement. Kevin has shown spots of
being a great player, but he has to keep
coming along like everyone else. Both
Greer and Brooks came here as outside
linebackers and were switched to defen-
sive tackle so that's another reason the
comparison is made. Curtis was opposed
to the move. Kevin was too, but not as
"Kevin's weakness can be his height (6-
6)," Moller added. Often the low guy wins
because he stays lower and uses his legs.
Kevin just has to stay down. His height is
game because of a shoulder injury, prac-
ticed all week and will "definitely" play.
Backup inside linebacker Andy Moeller
(knee injury), Gary's son, is expected to
return to practice next week.
Iowa sophomore linebacker Larry
Station on the Michigan offensive line:
"After seeing film on them the other day, I
do believe they're the best in the Big Ten.
They're the best offensive line I've seen
since I've been up here. The only way to
counter their offensive surge is to play
good, hard-nosed football."
Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler
said that the Marcus Dupree saga, in
which the star running back recently quit
the Oklahoma football team, is "tragic."
"I know you guys will laugh, ha, habut
in my opinion a youngster ought to choose
a school to get a degree from that Univer-
sity," Schembechler said at his weekly
media luncheon. "I don't think you tran-
sfer or give up."
Schembechler said that Oklahoma head
coach Barry Switzer was put in a difficult
situation by a Sports Illustrated article by
Douglas Looney earlier this year whieh
reported that Dupree was unhappy at
Oklahoma and did not get along with Swit-
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What's he looking at? No one knows, but Michigan defensive lineman Kevin
Brooks, part of the Wolverine's resurgent pass rush this year, isn't distrac-
ted from zeroing in on Northwestern's quarterback Sandy Schwab.
graduation. (Robert Thompson and Paul
Girgash) and injury (Mike Boren hurt his
knee and is out for the year)."
The pass rush has also improved the
Smith-Barney way - "it's earrrned it."
Ever since the beginning of spring prac-
tice, tremendous effort has been exerted to
improve this aspect of the defense.
"We've overemphasized the pass rush,"
Moeller said. "We've doubled the em-
phasis on the pass rush since last spring.
That means drills on the pass rush. More
of our full team goes to pass, pass, pass.
It'll catch up to us, though. When you
spend so much time stopping the run and
then put the time somewhere else you take
a chance of not stopping the run as well.
But we had to do it. It hasn't hurt our per-
formance against the run so far."
Finally, Moeller said that the opposition,
if you can call it that the past two weeks,
has also played a role in the Wolverines'
newfound pass rush.
"We put pressure on the quarterback
against Michigan State and Northwestern
because they were handicapped by in-
juries," Moeller said. "So we overpowered
some young guys. But it's also that we've
The starters along the defensive line are
defensive tackles Keven Brooks and Vince
DeFelice, and middle guard Al Sincich.
All received lavish praise from Moeller.
"Brooks has the potential to be very
all in his legs which makes it tougher.
"Sincich is having a good year. Al's a
good, steady plugger. In 95 percent of his
games he'll face more physical players.
He's the opposite of Kevin in terms of size
(6-1)," Moeller said. It's funny, because
he's the one who's usually double teamed
because of our alignments.
"DeFelice has been very much of a sur-
prise. He's filled in very well for (Mike)
Hammerstein (who was injured earlier in
the year).He's filled in so well for Ham-
merstein, that Hammerstein is having a
hard time getting his job back now that
he's returned. DeFelice has done a
heckuva lot more than we expected.
Representatives of the following bowls
will be in attendance at tomorrow's
Michigan-Iowa game: Cotton, Fiesta,
Orange, Bluebonnet, Gator, Sun, Holiday,
Liberty and Citrus.
Injury update - starting outside
linebacker Tom Hassel, who pulled a
muscle in his leg last weekend against
Northwestern, is "iffy" according to
Moeller. First-string defensive back John
Lott, who suffered a bruised knee against
the Wildcats, practiced for the first time
this week on Wednesday and "should be
able to play," Moeller said. Moeller added
that starting inside linebacker Mike
Reinhold, who missed the Northwestern
Michigan IM scene a mess...
too many stupid rules
"Hey man, you win your IM game?" shouted Mr. 0.
"Are you kidding?" replied Mr. P. "Damn refs screwed us again. I thought
they might be better in football but they're as bad as ever. And they were the
pits in softball."..
"What do you mean?" inquired Mr. Optimist. "The. guy who umped when
I played for you in the B-level championship game was pretty good."
"Yeah, but he was the best they've got. He and the umpire that plays
against me both here and at EMU," said Mr. P.
"You played ball at Eastern?"
"For the last two years. You get a lot more games for your money over
there. I didn't pay a dime, but for 10 bills our team got to play 10 games plus
"the playoffs. Michigan only gives you two games for 15 bucks. It's not just
that you don't get enough games here, but the IM department determines
your playoff level from a two-game season. How can you pick the best teams
for the 'A' playoffs based on a pair of games?"
Mr. 0, never one to consider such trivia (he's into studying, I understand),
didn't have an answer. "I don't know. How do they do it at Eastern.?"
"They give you an eight- or 10-game regular season and only the league
winners and runners-up make the playoffs. That way all of the teams play a
lot of games and only the best compete for the championship."
"That makes sense. How come Michigan can't come up with a system like
"Because the IM Department likes screwed up rules," snapped P. "The
worst is the one where if a softball game is tied at the end of seven innings,
the team who last held a lead at the end of an inning wins. You can fall
behind, 2-0, in the first inning, the game in the second, play even the rest of
the way and still lose because the other team scored first. Baseball wasn't
meant to be a sudden death game. The timing of runs isn't important. The
amount is. The TM should let teams play extra innings."
"Do you have a chip on your shoulder or something?" You seem awfully
ticked off about a minor thing?"
"Well, not playing extra-innings isn't going to ruin my college career, but I
think it's a simple change that would improve softball considerably. The
thing that pisses me off is only being allowed to play on one team."
"What's that?" asked Mr. 0.
"Because I want to play more than three or four games in a year and I
have a lot ofsfriends that I want to play softball with. There are a couple of
dozen guys I'd like to have on my team but only 10 can play at once, so I'd
want to play on a second team, if I could. I do anyway."
"You play on two teams! Don't you ever get busted?"
"Once, but nothing came of it. The only way you can get burned is if a guy
on another team sees you playing for two teams and turns you in. It takes a
real jackass to tarn someone in, too. A team of Navy ROTCs busted me."
"Didn't you lose your eligibility?" said 0.
"No, they just told the umpire and he made me sit out the game. The ump
;happened to be a buddy of mine from freshman orientation. But that really
didn't matter. Most of the IM student-officials are OK guys, even if they
don't know the strike zone or the difference between fair and foul balls."
"So you think it's safe to play on more than one team?"
"Perfectly. You can do whatever you want. The chance of an IM official
turning you in - or even noticing that you play for two teams - is slim. Get
a team together with friends that don't even go to school here. Just don't
bring in any professional athletes."
"4 Why would I da that?"
"I don't know, but some guy at EMU convinced the Milwaukee Brewers'
Brian Clutterbuck to play IM softball and I'm sure whoever he played again-
st didn't have much fun.
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Friday, October 21 against Indiana at
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