Tuesday, October 14, 1986
The Michigan Daily
B no loner
Reinhold with an ankle injury hurt loss of Mike Mallory,
the depth, but the Wolverines have Scarcelli, and Jeff Akers
finally repaired the holes in their graduation last year kept
linebacking crew. skeptics talking.
By BARB McQUADE
The less Bo Schembechler has to
complain about, the less he has to
At his weekly press luncheon,
the Michigan head coach could find
little fault with the Wolverines after
their 27-6 shelling of Michigan
"I'M A LOT more optimistic
now than I was two weeks ago," he
Then, Michigan was 3-0, but
untested in the Big Ten. After
defeating Wisconsin and the
Spartans soundly, Schembechler
heads into this week's game against
Iowa just where he wants to be.
Schembechler said he knew at
the beginning of the season that the
key to his team's success would be
these "middle three games,"
Wisconsin, Michigan State, and
"I FEEL better about my team
now than I did last week or two
weeks ago or three weeks ago or
four weeks ago," he said.
The reason for Schembechler's
new optimism is his defense. The
unit that had been criticized earlier
this year performed up to pre-season
expectations Saturday, yielding just
193 total yards to the Spartans and
recording six sacks. Just a day's
work for last year's Wolverine
defense, Saturday's performance
erased an important question mark.
"The key to our defense is the
play of our linebackers,"
Michigan's 18-year head coach said.
THE LINEBACKING corps
has seen a lot of changes since the
season began. John Willingham
and Dieter Heren have emerged at
outside linebacker, ousting Steve
Thibert and Tim Schulte from
starting positions. Carlitos Bostic
was injured before the home opener
and has not seen action since.
Inside, Andre McIntyre seems to
have gained the edge on Todd
Schulte and starts along with
defensive captain Andy Moeller.
The loss of fifth-year senior Mike
Heren, third on the team in
tackles with 26, seems to be the
most important patch.
"DIETER Heren has pretty
well established himself,"
Schembechler said, "and that's
helped a lot."
Moeller, the only returning
starter at linebacker from last year,
has been solid, as expected. The
senior leads the team with 41
tackles and 21 assists.
But the other three spots have
been questionable all along. The
Schembechler, confident and
pleased that his defense has come
together, is still wary of Iowa. He
remembers two straight years of
losing in Iowa City and knows that
the winner of Saturday's game may
be Rose Bowl-bound.
Schembechler said his team
suffered no psychological effects
from Hawkeye head coach Hayden
Fry's comment that Michigan State
would not lose another game. Fry'
made that statement before
Michigan's game with the
"He said it because he believed
it," Schembechler said. "He
believed he could run on our
Fry may be re-evaluating that
assessment after Michigan's victory
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Michigan linebacker Andy Moeller helps up teammate Dieter Heren as
they watch over Michigan State's Joseph Pugh during third-quarter ac-
tion in Michigan's 27-6 win Saturday. Coach Bo Schembechler credited
the improved play of the linebackers in leading the Wolverines' resurgent
- The '86 Michigan-Iowa clash
as almost the same meaning as
last year's contest. Although the
teams are not ranked No. 1 and No.
2 in the nation as they were in '85,
both teams are 5-0 and the winner
has the inside track to the Rose
- Michigan did not suffer any
clew serious injuries against
Michigan State last Saturday. "We
have our usual bumps and bruises,
but I don't expect anyone to miss
th.is week's game," Bo
Schembechler said yesterday.
" Although split end. Paul..
Jokisch and tailback Jamie Morris
both saw action last week after'
rUissing the Wisconsin game with
injuries, neither has cracked the
starting lineup for Saturday's clash
with Iowa. The two-deeps released
yesterday show Ken Higgins and
Thomas Wilcher as the starters at
It's the same story on defense as
Doug Mallory and Tony Gant
recover from their injuries. The
former starting safeties are listed as
second string for Iowa.
- The Iowa clash will be another
2:30 p.m. game. CBS will cover
the Wolveriens for the second
straight week. Temporary lights
will be on hand in case of early
- Nobody is sure who will be at
quarterback for the Hawkeyes. Three
signal callers have seen action for
Mark Vlasic, out with a deeply-
bruised throwing arm. Vlasic may
be ready for Michigan, but if not,
the best bet is Tom Poholsky.
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...head Heisman hpefuls
B ADAM SCHRAGER
Fame, fortune, g, ry, and a free trip to New York can be all
_ yours by doing one little thing - win the Heisman Trophy. If you
are not already on a collegiate football team, you will most probably
have to wait until next year to win the award given to college's best
football player of the year. Now that the season is almost half over,
there is a definite leader for the Heisman, but there are still others
who could end up winning the coveted prize.
The leader at this point must be Miami (Fla.) senior quarterback
Vinnie Testaverde. Testaverde is making Miami fans forget all about
the long-gone Jim Kelly, who took them to a national
championship. He has completed 64% of his passes for 14
touchdowns and almost 1400 yards to lead Miami to an undisputed
number-one ranking in the polls.
Testaverde's skill and poise led the Hurricanes to a
victory over then number-one Oklahoma to place them
where they are now in the standings. Testaverde's
statistics and the Hurricanes' 6-0 record place him at
the top of the list of Heisman candidates.
Michigan senior quarterback Jim Harbaugh has a firm hold on
second in the race for the Heisman. As the nation's second most
efficient passer, Harbaugh has led Michigan to a 5-0 record and most
recently a 27-6 drubbing of Michigan State in which he passed for
219 yards and two touchdowns. One week earlier, Harbaugh threw
for a school-record 310 yards in a convincing victory over
Wisconsin. On the year, Harbaugh has completed nearly 66% of his
passes and has solidified himself as a legitimate Heisman Trophy
Speaking of legitimate Heisman candidates, who would have ever
thought of Temple's blazing tailback Paul Palmer? Well, Palmer
became the third candidate for the Heisman with a whopping 349
yards rushing and three touchdowns this past weekend against East
Carolina. With the outstanding performance Saturday, Palmer upped
his rushing average to almost 166 yards a game. On the year, he has
rushed for 994 yards on 168 carries with 10 touchdowns to make
him the leading rusher in the NCAA.
In fourth place is Oklahoma junior linebacker Brian
Bosworth. Although it is unusual to nominate a
defensive player for college's most prestigious award,
Bosworth is definitely worthy. He leads the nation's
number-one defense in tackles by almost a two-to-one
margin. He helpedhis own cause by recording seven
aunassisted tackles in his team's 47-12 win over Texas
The present long-shots are led by Michigan State junior running
back Lorenzo White. The pre-season favorite has been hampered by a
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invites the general public to attend
THE SHANIK-FLEISCHER FORUM SERIES FALL EVENTS
an address by AMBASSADOR ABBA EBAN
"THE JEWISH PRESENCE IN CIVILIZATION:
A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW."
October 15, 8:00 p.m., Rackham Lecture Auditorium