CAMPBELL IS SOLE '86 STARTER BACK
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By GREG MOLZON
Strong defense is the trademark of
most Bo Schembechler coached
teams and with six starters returning
from last year's squad, the Michigan
defense should be strong again in
'87. However, Schembechler and
others still see one glaring question
mark with the defensive unit - the
"The key to winning the Big Ten
championship is defense,"
Schembechler said. "And our major
concern there is the secondary."
THE CONCERN is because
Schembechler must replace three
starters who have departed from the
'86 Wolverines. Gone are two-year
starting safeties Ivan Hicks and Tony
Gant, and All-American cornerback
Garland Rivers, who was drafted by
the Detroit Lions.
With those three players seeing
so much action, it has left the
defense without a whole lot of
experience among the returning
players. Only three of the returnees
have seen much game action in the
"We have some veterans back in
David Arnold, Doug Mallory, and
Erik Campbell, but this is still our
area of major concern,"
Schembechler said. "We will do
anything we can to improve our
secondary - we will not be
vulnerable back there."
ANYTHING included thoughts
of moving receiver John Kolesar to
the defense. Schembechler mulled
that idea over for a while before
finally deciding to keep the speedy
flanker eluding defensive backs,
instead of joining them.
So the coaching staff has decided
to go with who they already have
and although they may be
inexperienced, there are some
qualified and talented backs waiting
to prove themselves.
Here is the crew:
-ERIK CAMPBELL - The
free safety is the only returning full-
time starter in the backfield. The
senior led all returnees with 4 1
tackles last year, and also had three
Campbell is a speedster who
started his Michigan career as a
receiver and has been a valuable kick
returner. He missed spring practice
with a sore left shoulder, but is
healthy and ready to go.
-DOUG MALLORY-- The
fifth-year senior leads the Wolverines
with five career interceptions. The
son of Indiana head coach Bill
Mallory, he missed three games last
season due to a knee injury.
Mallory had two starts at strong
safety last year, including the Rose
Bowl where he had five tackles.
Mallory suffered a broken hand
during practice this year, but is back
practicing and is still expected to
. -DAVID ARNOLD - The 6-
3 junior may be the most talented
Wolverine defensive back and could
become a big play defender at
cornerback. He started two games
last season, contributing 24 tackles
and a big interception in the end
zone against Notre Dame. Arnold
has been a star performer on special
teams with four blocked punts in
The other cornerback position is
up for grabs between Allen Bishop
and David Key: Bishop, a 5-10
senior, has the inside track to replace
Rivers. He started one game last year
for the injured Rivers and is one of
the fastest Wolverines, running 100
yards in 9.8 seconds.
Other defenders who could see
some action are highly touted
sophomore Vada Murray, Anthony
Mitchell, Rick Hassel, and Sean
While lacking in experience, the
defensive backs don't understand
what all the fuss is about, and are
confident they won't be a weakness.
"I'm not too worried about it,"
Mallory said. "I think we'll have a
In Big Ten history a pass had
never been intercepted and returned
100 yards for a touchdown until it
was done twice last season.
pretty good defense and a good
Bishop agreed, "We have the guys
who can go out there and do it. It's
just a matter of getting it all
If they can get it all together,
Schembechler will have the answer
to what has been his biggest
auestion of the off-season.
By GREG MOLZON
As the rain began to fall on
Michigan's annual Picture Day, a
large group of fans and reporters
remained huddled in the corner of the
end zone, oblivious to such a small
distraction as raindrops.
Their attention was obviously
focused on someone special, but no
player or coach could be seen
towering above the spectators.
However, closer inspection revealed
that there was a maize and blue
uniform hidden in the middle - it
was number 23.
The rain continued and forced
many fans and players to find
shelter, but this group wasn't about
to move until they had heard what
the Wolverines' preseason All-
American and Heisman Trophy
candidate had to say.
YES, WITH the departure of
quarterback Jim Harbaugh, Jamie
Morris - all 5-7, 190 pounds of
him - has become the center of
attention for Michigan football
And Morris seems to be enjoying
the spotlight. "I give the people
what they want," Morris said. "It
may seem like I'm cocky or
something, but I'm just going with
the team, helping people out."
The senior running back has a
number of interesting ingredients
which make his story so appealing
to the fans. Besides his small frame,
he is as charismatic and enthusiastic
as any Michigan player in recent
memory. He also has an older
brother, Joe, who happens to be one
of the better runners in the NFL and
plays for the Super Bowl champion
New York Giants.
BUT M O S T importantly,
Morris has the statistics and past
performances which more than
qualify him for all the attention he is
The Ayer, Mass. native has led
the Wolverines in rushing for each
of his three years and has a career
total of 2,690 yards. He also has
rushed for over 1,000 yards for the
past two seasons and has the chance
to become the first Michigan runner
ever to have three 1,000-yard
seasons. Morris needs only 1,172
yards this season to surpass Butch
Woolfolk as the leading ground
gainer in Michigan's history.
Head coach Bo Schembechler is
quick to point out that his best
runner can do more than carry the
football. "Jamie Morris is an
exceptional back," he said. "The
thing I like about him is the way he
plays without the football. He's a
great blocker, he'll pick up the blitz,
he catches the ball out of the
backfield, he's tough as nails, and a
joy to coach."
CATCHING PASSES is
another ability that makes Morris
such a dangerous all-around threat.
He is the Wolverines top returning
pass catcher from last year (33
receptions) and his 80 career
receptions place him sixth on the
Michigan all-time list. He is also
the second leading all-time Michigan
kickoff returner, behind Anthony
Before Morris became the first
freshman to lead Michigan in
rushing since 1945, not even
Schembechler realized the type of
player he had landed. "When Jamie
came in three years ago, I had
planned on him being strictly a kick
returner," Schembechler said.
"Frankly, I doubted he was
physically capable to play tailback
effectively in the Big Ten."
Morris has put all those doubts to
rest, and is now a key figure in
Michigan's quest for a second
straight trip to the Rose Bowl. As
the only returning starter in the
offensive backfield, the 22-year old
knows it's his turn to be a team
"It's very important to have
senior leadership and I've seen it here
for three years. I feel like I have to
contribute now," said Morris. "It's
tiring, but it's a job. Bo's got to do
his job and you gotta do yours."
MORE THAN his leadership,
-Has 80 career receptions for 634 yards and
a 7.9 average.
leader in each of his first
-Longest Play was a 68-yard run vs.
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By GREG MOLZON
With the departure of Jim Harbaugh, Jamie Morris
has been cast in the role of Michigan's star attraction.
And while Morris and the battle to replace Harbaugh
has grabbed most of the headlines, some other guys
have hidden in the shadows.
Those other guys are the ones who will be joining
Morris and the new quarterback in the offensive
Although the other running backs were all highly
touted high school backs, they are young,
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