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Michigan Hall of Fame Dinner
Friday, October 2, 7:00 p.m.
Crisler Arena
$30 per person
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS

Women's Volleyball
vs. Bowling Green State
Today, 7:30 p.m.
IM Building

Tuesday, September 22, 1987 Page 9

Life's a Beach for Bo's injured defense

By SCOTT G. MILLER
Start the countdown.
Only four more days until The
Game. The first ever matchup be-
tween Michigan and Long Beach
State.
A big game. Really huge. Just
p how enormous?
"Just to win this game is not
good enough," said Michigan head
coach Bo Schembechler yesterday at
his weekly press luncheon.
While the only competition on
Saturday will be over which school
throws better parties, Schembechler
still has concerns - especially on
defense. Starting linebacker Steve
Thibert and backup nose tackle Mike
Teeter both will undergo arthroscop-
ic knee surgery and will be out three
to eight weeks.
Thibert, a fifth-year senior, had
played his best football as a
Wolverine this season. Teeter, who
uruns a 4.7 40-yard dash, is an integ-
ral part of Michigan's special teams.
"They don't come down the pike
like that every day," said Schem-
bechler of the 250-pound sopho-
more.
Thibert and Teeter add to the al-
ready long list of Michigan defensive
casualties. Potential defensive
starters Brent White, Marc Spencer,
and Curtis Feaster have been injured
since the start of the year and proba-
bly will not play this season.
"We can only absorb so many
injuries. It's really going to hurt our
n defense," said Schembechler.
Senior Carlitos Bostic will return
to linebacker to replace Thibert.
Bostic had switched to defensive
tackle this fall. Sophomore T.J.
Osman will replace Teeter at backup
nose tackle. Schembechler will de-
cide later in the week whether to

redshirt Teeter. He prefers not to.
The 19th year head coach is run-
ning out of defensive players. "We
have 14 guys on the injured list
from defense, eight of which are real
good. Add the 25 freshmen you
know aren't going to play, and 40 of
the 90 scholarship players are elimi-
nated from playing," said Schem-
bechler. "Out of the 50 remaining
guys, how many guys that you re-
cruit turn out to be what you want?"
While the defensive backs have
remained healthy, changes are being
considered in the wake of Washing-
L.ong Beach State
ton State's 334 yards passing last
week. Long Beach State also is a 50-
pass per game team.
Jack-of-all-trades Erik Campbell
could return to free safety after play-
ing cornerback against the Cougars.
Campbell will join Doug Mallory
and David Arnold as the starters. .
Schembechler expects Arnold to
rebound from a subpar performance
last week. The junior missed last
Thursday and Friday's practices due
to a death in the family. Scrimmages
between the young defensive backs
early this week will determine the
fourth starter.
Despite the defensive woes, the
big question this week remains -
why is Michigan playing Long
Beach State? The 49ers of the PCAA
lost to Cal State Fullerton, 31-12,
last week for their first defeat of the

season. Long Beach State had beaten
Division I-AA schools Montana
State and Weber State to start the
year.
"I don't really need this (playing a
passing team)," said Schembechler.
"I'm not going to say we're playing
another Notre Dame. But they're on
the schedule. The officials are
hired...."
Blue Banter
- The Wolverines appear to have
found a capable backup tailback.
Sophomore Allen Jefferson gained
118 yards rushing against Washing-
ton State. Jefferson still needs some
work on his kickoff returns. He al-
most fumbled a kickoff into a safety.
"Fortunately, he went down on one
knee and downed the ball," said
Schembechler. "Then he got up and
started walking to town. Maybe he
was going to the store or some-
thing."
- Starting offensive guard Michael
Dames status is uncertain for this
week's game. The senior hurt his
shoulder against Washington State.
Sophomore tackle Tom Dohring
should see more action this week in
practice as insurance if Dames can-
not play against the 49ers.
- Schembechler predicted that the
NFL players would not strike. "The
pros aren't that dumb," mused
Schembechler. "But maybe they
are."
- After hearing that Arkansas of-
fensive line averaged 300 pounds per
player, Schembechler said, "Give me
five kids like that freshman (Greg)
Skrepenak, and I'll show you the
widest line ever." The 6-8, 305-
pound Skrepenak was one of Michi-
gan's top recruits last year.

Daily Photo by scof TLITUCHY
Michigan running back Allen Jefferson ran for 118 yards on nine carries against Washington State last
Saturday. He scored his first career touchdown on a 70-yard run in the fourth quarter of the Wolverines'
44-18 victory.

SPORTS OF THE DAIL Y:
Harriers race to third place

An Information Desk will be staffed
in the North Lobby of the
Graduate Library for the
first five days of classes
(Sept. 10-11, 14-16)
from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tours of the Library will extend from
September 14-25 at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.,
and 3:00 p.m. each weekday.
Sign-up for all tours will be at the
Circulation Desk in the North Lobby

By MARC ADELMAN
Despite only one week of pre-
paration and the absence of two of
the team's top five runners, the
Michigan men's cross-country team
opened the 1987 season in strong
fashion by placing third among six
schools at the Michigan Invitational
held this past weekend at Mount
Pleasant, Mich.
John Scherer, the 1986 All-
American, was in mid-season form
as he cruised to finish first overall
with a time of 24:53:08, more than
ten seconds ahead of his nearest
competitor. The senior from Mary-
land placed 22nd overall in the
nationals a year ago, and coach Ron
Warhurst expects much of the same
success this year.
"Obviously, John is going to be
our leader this year," said Warhurst.
"He is one of the top cross country
runners in the Midwest and I would
love to see him repeat his perfor-
mance of last year."
While Scherer ran away from the
field, sophomore Brad Barquist also

ran a strong race, placing sixth
overall. Joe Schmidt, Jeff Barnett,
and Tim Fraly all finished in the top
twenty at the meet to help Michigan
to its third-place finish behind
Eastern Michigan and Central Mich-
igan.
"We were very surprised to finish
only 15 points behind first place,"
said Warhurst, "If we could have run
our fourth and fifth runners (transfers
John McKay and Ryan Robinson),
we might have finished higher. But
considering this was our first com-
petition and we did not have a whole
lot of preparation, we performed
well."
The forecast looks promising for
Wolverine men's cross-country in
1987. The team will undergo two
weeks of rigorous workouts in pre-
paration for its next meet on October
3 at the Notre Dame Invitational.
The much needed practice time and
the addition of McKay and Robinson
along with first-year hopeful Joe
McKown have Warhurst excited
about the rest of the season.

"We are healthy and we have a
good attitude," Warhurst said. "If we
run up to our potential, we feel a
realistic goal would be to finish in
the top four at the Big Ten
Championships next month and
possibly qualify for the NCAA
Districts."
Spilers face BGSU
The Michigan volleyball team is
hoping to end its non-conference
portion of the season on a high note
when it faces Bowling Green State
tonight. The Wolverines are off to
their best start ever, 10-2.
The non-conference games played
outside of the Big Ten have been
important according to coach Joyce
Davis, because "they're giving the
team a lot of work which is allow-
ing us to get better before the start
of the tough Big Ten schedule."
Although Davis acknowledges
that the team's present record is
impressive, there still is a lot of
room for improvement. "We've been
able to take control of matches lately
but we haven't been dominating,"
the coach said. "We're winning
games by close scores like 15-12 or
15-13. We can be 'a much better
team and we have been improving
with every match."
The team as a whole has played

very well, especially over the last
few matches. Michigan has been
getting good play out of sophomore
Karen Marshall and senior Lisa
Vahi. Also contributing with fine
performances have been seniors
Heather Olsen and Marie-Ann
Davidson.
The combination of t h e
experienced seniors and the improved
play of newer players like
sophomores Kim Clover and Wendy
Raber should provide Michigan with
a very competitive team against their
Big Ten opponents.
One of the many pleasant
surprises this season has been the
emergence of a strong bench. Last
Saturday against Miami of Ohio,
sophomore Laura Melvin came off
the bench to serve seven aces.
As for Michigan's opponents, the
Bowling Green team should provide
a tough match. "They're going to
put a lot of balls back in our court,"
said Davis. "They've got one of the
best setters in the country in (Battle
Creek native) Linda Popovich."
A victory tonight could give
Michigan the momentum they need
to take them to the top of the Big
,Ten. The match will be played at
7:30 p.m. in the Intramural
Building.
-PETER ZELLEN

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