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fear of burning him out.
HE HAS good reasons.
The Spartans have a more-than-
adequate quarterback in Dave
Yarema, who threw 10 touchdown
passes last year. His prime targets
will be flankers Bobby Morse and
Andre Rison.
Perles' main concern will be the
front line -- the entire right side
graduated including tough tight
end Butch Rolle.
The Spartan defense will need
some rebuilding, but the base is
there in 5-11, 217-pound linebacker
Shane Bullough. The Cincinnati,
Oh. native made 156 tackles last
year to lead the team.
On the line, only Mark Nichols
is back, but that's a big "only." The
junior led the team in tackles for
losses with 12. - NUSSEL
October 18
Iowa

COACH: Hayden Fry (Career
Record: 141-119-5; at Iowa: 52-30-1)
1985 RECORD:10-2
LAST MEETING VS. MICHIGAN:
Iowa 12, Michigan 10
SERIES LEADER: Michigan 27-7-3
OFFENSIVE STARTERS BACK: 6
DEFENSIVE STARTERS BACK: 7
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Dave
Croston (OT); Mark Vlasic (QB);
David Hudson (FB); Jeff Drost (DT);
Ken Simms (DB); Rob Houghtlin (PK).
The defending Big Ten champs
will have to perform miracles if
they want to make their second
straight trip to the Rose Bowl. After
losing name players like Chuck
Long, Ronny Harmon, Bill
Happel, and Larry Station, head
coach Hayden Fry will have his
work cut out for him.
Replacing Long at quarterback
will be Mark Vlasic, a senior. In a
substitution role last year, Vlasic
hit 16 of 31 passes for three
touchdowns. Kenny Harmon,
Ronny's brother, will be the new
tailback.
THE OFFENSIVE line
remained relatively intact with
three players back. Dave Croston,
at left tackle, is the anchor.
Four of the front five on defense
are back. '-- NUSSEL

October 25
at Indiana
COACH: Bill Mallory (Career
Record 4-18; 4-18 at Indiana).
1985 RECORD:4-7,1-7 in Big Ten
LAST YEAR VS. MICHIGAN:
Michigan 42, Indiana 15
SERIES LEADER: Michigan, 34-8
OFFENSIVE STARTERS BACK: 9
DEFENSIVE STARTERS BACK: 8
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Kenny
Allen (WR), Bob Riley (OT), Willie
Bates (LB), TomWeidenbenner (LB),
Leonard Bell (FS).
"They play football at IU?" One
wonders about the Indiana
Hoosiers, who have not seen the
likes of Pasadena since 1968.
Unfortunately for Hoosier fans,
basketball season doesn't start
until November.
Still, Indiana has players that
could make the Hoosiers an
exciting team, if not a contender.
Senior wide reciever Kenny Allen
set school records for catches and
yards in 1985, while flanker Stacey
Dawsey can motor 40 yards in
under 4.4 seconds.
-BOROWSKY
November 1
Illinois

OFFENSIVE STARTERS BACK: 3
DEFENSIVE STARTERS BACK: 2
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Ray
Wilson (TB), Stephen Pierce (WR),
Scott Davis (DT), Sam Ellsworth (LB),
Ray Hairston(LB).
What makes the Illini scary?
Anonymity. The last time Illinois
had the label "rebulding" was in
1983, and they proceeded to romp
undefeated through the Big Ten
season. Included was a 16-6
thrashing of Michigan.
But lack of names may be all
Illinois has going for it in 1986. It
is unlikely that a team with
Illinois reputation is going to
sneak up on any of its Big Ten
rivals, especially Michigan.
--BOROWSKY
November 8
at Purdue

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COACH: Mike White (Career
Record 75-56-3; 40-27-2 at Illinois)
1985 RECORD: 6-5-1, 5-3-1 in Big
Ten
LAST YEAR VS. MICHIGAN:
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1985 RECORD 56,3-5in Big Ten
LAST YEAR VS. MICHIGAN:
Michigan 47, Purdue 0
SERIES LEADER: Michigan, 27-10
OFFENSIVE STARTERS BACK: 2
DEFENSIVE STARTERS BACK: 3
PLAYERS TO WATCH: James
Medlock (TB), Tony Gant (FB), Jeff
George (QB), Rod Woodson (CB), Fred
Strickland (LB).
Purdue never loses a great
quarterback. It just replaces one
with another.
Heir apparent to Scott Campbell,
Mark Herrmann, and Jim Everett
is Indianapolis freshman Jeff
George, the high school player of the
year. Although junior Doug
Downing is the leading candidate
to start, George will probably have
the nod from head coach Leon'
Burtnett when Michigan rolls into
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COACH: Jphn Gutekunst (Career
Record: 1-0; at Minnesota: 1-0)
1985 RECORD: 6-5; 4-4 IN BIG TEN
LAST MEETING VS. MICHIGAN:
Michigan 48, Minnesota 7'
SERIES LEADER: Michigan 50-22-3
OFFENSIVE STARTERS BACK: 8
DEFENSIVE STARTERS BACK: 10
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Rickey
Foggie (QB); Mel Anderson (SE); Mark
Dusbabek (OLB); Bruce Holmes (ILB);
Larry Joyner (SS); David Williams
(SS).
If you assume Michigan will
win easily in their November 15
meeting with Minnesota, read on.
Don't assume Michigan will
dominate the Golden Gophers by 41
points. Don't assume Minnesota
will lie down and play sacrifical
Gopher, or even that the
Wolverines will win. With Rickey
Foggie at the controls, one can't
assume anything bad about
Minnesota, period.
THE JUNIOR quarterback has
started since his freshman year for
good reason. Foggie runs the
option so well that it's unlikely
the Gophers will see the likes of 1-10
( in1983) or the cellar of the Big
Ten. The Gophers' defense has ten
starters back, more than any other
team in the conference.
-BOROWSKY
November 22
at Ohio State
COACH: Earle Bruce (Career
RecordI111-53, at Ohio State 65-19)
1985 RECORD: 9-3,;5-3 in Big Ten
LAST MEETING VS. MICHIGAN:
Michigan 27, Ohio State 17
SERIES LEADER: Michigan45-32-5
OFFENSIVE STARTERS BACK: 8
DEFENSIVE STARTERS BACK: 8
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jim
Karsatos (QB), Cris Carter (SE), Bob
Maggs (C), Chris Spielman (ILB), Eric
Kumerow (OLB).
The past three seasons, the
winner of the Michigan-Ohio State
game has not automatically gone to
the Rose Bowl. Exciting games
they have been, but...
This year, however, the winner
of the November 22 showdown will,
in all likelihood, win the Big Ten.
OHIO STATE will have most of
its team intact from '85, when it
went 9-3. Included was a victory
over Brigham Young in the Citrus
Bowl. Head coach Earle Bruces'
team is a formidable, experienced
group, and will give Michigan its
toughest game this year.
Senior quarterback Jim
Karsatos set school records last
season in completing 61.2 percent
of his passes and 19 touchdowns.
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team won'
fall victim to
complacency
By MARK BOROWSKY
Living up to the standards of Bo
Schembechler can be demanding,
if not impossible.
Going 10-1-1, posting a Fiesta
Bowl victory over Nebraska, and
finishing ranked second in both
wire polls at the end of the season is
a career for some coaches.
THIS SEASON the Wolverines
are ranked number one in two pre-
season rankings (Playboy and
Sport Magazine) and second in
another (UPI). Every poll out yet so
far has Michigan in the Top Ten.
To Schembechler, calling last
season one of "great
accomplishments" is a misnomer
at best, a blasphemy at worst.
There is still unfinished business.
"Of all the accomplishments
last year, we really didn't
accomplish much," said
Schembechler, now entering his
18th season as the Wolverines'
head coach. "We didn't win
anything, other than the Fiesta
Bowl. We didn't win the title, we
didn't the Rose Bowl, we didn't win
the National Championship, we
didn't really win anything."
YET THERE IS one thing and
one thing only that will make 1986
a successful season for
Schembechler. That is a Big Ten
Championship and a trip to the Rose
Bowl. A win at Notre Dame in the
September 13 opener would be
meaningless if Michigan does not
contend for the Big Ten title.
Such is what makes
Schembechler tick, and anything
less is a failure.
With that criteria in mind,
Schembechler's recent teams have
not been his favorites. It has been
three seasons since Michigan has
been to the Rose Bowl, when it lost to
UCLA, 24-14.
SINCE,TIIE Wolverines have
twice finished in second, one game
away from the title in each. Does
this upset Bo? Well, one would hope
that he doesn't take out his
frustration on his family.
"We have not won the
championship here since 1982,"
Schembechler said, voice rising
with every syllable. "We did not
win it in '83, we did not win it in
'84, we did not win it in '85. It has
been three consecutive years since
we have won the championship
"That has never happened to us
since I've been at Michigan. So if
yra*-us-whether we have any

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Daily Photo by MATT PETRIE
Michigan's preseason All-American quarterback Jim Harbaugh runs
away from Michigan State defenders in the Wolverines 31-0 thrashing of
the Spartans last year in East Lansing.

Good press is I
... here's sor
Perhaps the most diplomatic t
guarded hopes.
Michigan will contend for, but
will once again be one game short.
Send such a message to Bo Scd
for it. The Michigan head footba
reports about his team like he want
many times in the past: the more
they'll pop.
"One of the problems is that whe
think you're pretty good," Schem
(the media) start writing good thin
real trouble."
Then the Michigan team is hea
team to beat in the Big Ten, a cot
one expects Michigan to lose more t
Except perhaps Schembechler,
season pans to help cook up a winn
believe they are good.
If things go right, Michigan u
Hampered by graduation, the defe
many years.
Going down the roster, it is har
wishes. Say bad things about a <
Andy Moeller? Billy Harris? Ga
lost three All-Americans, but
reduced it's nuclear arsenal by
firepower to annihilate opponents
Offensively, Michigan will be b
still has not adjusted to the fact it is
And how is one supposed to cr
players like Jim Harbaugh, Jamie
Jokisch? Although losing Eric KG
brings four starters back.
Like a car running out of gas, 1
on the highway of the Big Ten in 19
One can tell the truth and say
this season, or lie. Inflate their egos
on their football prowess is tantamc
Jamie Morris is too short and is
a good dresser but is too big and r4
Gumby t-shirts and has a crummy
Where can one start to throw s
game appears solid, the special tea
begin to criticise?
Everyone knows that Jim Harb
of a fun Friday night is shoppingjf
Messner continues to make ever
with his rendition that 1970's clas
Perhaps the right tack is comp:
opponents. The Wolveriines don'
White, they don't have Illinois' S(
State's Chris Speilman. That do
whole is greater than the sum of its
certain positions, but no system is
Michigan's crowds are about
What the band lacks in talent it t
The cheerleaders, meanwhile, are
There is really nothing else to
coaching staff. One might as we
consistentstock. This is a coaching
10-1-1 monster. Bo Schembechler
of .773 and will post career win nut
Bo, your mother wears army b
kids burn American flags, listen i
Mike White at Illinois.
What is there to criticise? Th
can lose to Notre Dame tomorrow a
will think of something.
Like a glowing pre-season medi

resolve, hell, yes, we've got
resolve."
ADD TO THAT resolve the
talent Michigan returns to its 1986
squad - nine on offense and seven
on defense - one gets the Big Ten
favorite and a contender for the
national title.
Only a fool would have given
Michigan a pre-season review in
1985, following a 6-6 season which
Schembechler termed a "disaster."
Stung by predictions of disaster
once again, the Wolverines
responded with an inspired season.
It might be helpful for
Schembechler to have more press
clippings to paste on the wall
predicting doom and gloom to
motivate his troops.
UNFORTUNATELY, the
Wolvei ines are too talented and
deep to prophesize a Gridiron
Armageddon, even if said disaster
means an 8-3 season.
Jin Harbaugh returns as the
nation's most efficient passer,
finishing the regular season with
41 out of 50 completions. He has
experienced targets in Paul
Jokisch and John Kolesar.
Tailback Jamie Morris, only a
junior, rushed for 1,054 yards in

Perryman, and Thomas Wilcher
are excellent running backs as
well.
THERE ARE four experienced
offensive linemen, and tight end is
the only skill position where
Schembechler has lost a major
contributor in Eric Kattus.
Defensively, the Wolverines
will be... well, suffice it to say that
Michigan never gets beat because
of a lack of defense. As usual, they
will lead the Michigan team.
An All-American candidate at
defensive tackle, Mark Messner
comes off an MVP performance in
the Fiesta Bowl. The loss of Mike
Hammerstein will hurt; how well
the All-American is replaced
looms large for the success of the
team.
ANDY MOELLER leads the
line-backing, and will have to lead
three other inexperienced players.
The secondary is tough,
experienced and deep. There is
seven years starting experience in
the defensive backfield between
seniors Tony Gant, Garland
Rivers, and Ivan Hicks.
With personnel like that, it's
hard to pick Michigan anywhere
but at the top. It is also unfortunate

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