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Page 12

The Michigan Daily


Friday, October 31, 1986

poised to stymie offenseless IuinI

(Continued from Page 1)
he is aware of his offense's
"WE WERE just physically
overmatched," he said. "Our line
could not hold their lines.
Consequently we've had to revert to
throwing the ball."
Passing duties have been split
between senior Shane Lamb and

freshman Brian Menhausen. Lamb
has thrown more than the freshman
signal caller, but the two should see
equal time on the field Saturday.
"We plan to give them both an
opportunity to play." White said.
"It's helped us in a year when we
don't have an established
quarterback. It's helped us to at
least execute the offense."

LAMB, SIXTH in the Big
Ten in passing efficiency, has
collected most of his yards on short
passes, according to Michigan
assistant head coach and defensive
coordinator Gary Moeller. That
type of game plan has been fairly
successful against the Wolverines
this season.
"We'll try to take some of it
away," Moeller said of the short
passing game, "but we want to
prevent the long pass."
The aerial plays usually go in
wide receiver Stephen Pierce's
direction. The senior leads the Big
Ten with 5.1 catches per game.
BUT IT'S not the passes the

Illini catch so much as it is the
ones they don't that has determined
their fate. Moeller said dropped
passes and interceptions have been
Illinois' main problems. Besides
the team's 12 interceptions, Illinois
has committed 17 fumbles.
Defensively, however, Illinois
makes few gaffes. "Their defense is
strong," Schembechler said. "I
think they put a lot of pressure on
passers, they play very hard, they
pursue hard."
The Illini pass rush won't likely
ruffle Michigan quarterback Jim
Harbaugh. The senior from
Kalamazoo has scrambled more
successfully than an egg beater

while piling up the second-best
passing statistics in the nation.
Harbaugh is coming off his second
300-yard passing game, the only
Michigan signal caller to reach that
plateau, and according to
Schembechler, doesn't appear ready
to fall off soon.
"Our pass-run ratio is about the
same," the 18-year head coach said.
"It's just that we're much, much
more efficient, and we're mbre
efficient because we have a great
quarterback in Harbaugh."
But Harbaugh, who is averaging
226.6 passing yards a game, may
not receive the same protection he
usually enjoys.

Agase in hospital
From staff reports
Michigan special teams coach
Alex Agase is in St. Joseph
Mercy Hospital undergoing tests
on his heart. Agase is in stable
condition, according to a
hospital source.
Agase, in his fifth year on Bo
Schembechler's staff, was
admitted into the hospital
Wednesday after a checkup.
Assistant head coach Gary
Moeller visited Agase yesterday
morning and said the former
Northwestern and Purdue head
coach was in good spirits.


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