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Page 14--The Michigan Daily-Friday, September 25, 1987

'M'feels good vibrations for

'The Game'

By SCOTT G. MILLER
At first glance, it appears to be a
misprint. On the second look, it
appears to be a bad joke. And by the
third time one reads the name of
Michigan's opponent for tomorrow's
game, reality sets in.
Yes, the Wolverines (1-1) are
actually playing Long Beach State at
Michigan Stadium. Kickoff is at 1
p.m. Although the game, on paper,
appears to be a mismatch of epic
proportions, the 49ers (2-1) remain
optimistic.
"I think any time you go into a
football game, you have a chance to
win," said Long Beach State head
coach Larry Reisbig. "I think m y
kids believe it. I think anybody that
plays football believes it."
THE 49ERS have reason to
believe in lost causes. Last season
their athletic department almost went

bankrupt. Had it not been for a fund
raising drive that would have made
any television evangelist proud,
tomorrow's game might never have
come about.
Long Beach State is guaranteed
$300, 000 for the game, the same
amount it had to raise to keep the
program alive last December.
Originally, Michigan scheduled
Southern Methodist University as
this week's opponent. But
Wolverine athletic director Don
Canham decided to cancel that
contest after the NCAA placed the
Mustangs on probation.
Canham then scheduled the
University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Talk started that the Rebels would
drop their football program, and they
asked to be released from their
commitment. Canham agreed if
UNLV could find a replacement. So

the blame rests with the Rebels for
Long Beach State's presence on the
schedule.
Besides the enormous payoff, the
49ers first-ever game against
Michigan will provide the largest
audience (If fans decide to use their
tickets) to watch a Long Beach State
football game. Only 16,634 people
have attended Long Beach State
games this season. The largest
audience the team ever played for
was 48,104 in the Rose Bowl last
season in a 41-23 loss to UCLA.
"I think our team will be excited
..~THE GAME
Long Beach State
at Mice gg
playing in front of so many people,"
said Reisbig. "The tradition and the
aura is so great. You don't get to do
that all the time."
REISBIG, in his first year as
49er coach, is trying to change a
Long Beach State tradition - a
pass-oriented offense. "We're trying
to get a little more balance in our
offense," said Reisbig. "I don't think
we're going to change just because
it's Michigan."
The Wolverines think old habits
die hard. "It stand to reason that this
team will not come to Ann Arbor
and figure to beat us with the
running game," said Michigan head
coach Bo Schembechler.
The focal point of the 49er
offense may not play against the
Wolverines. Quarterback Jeff
Graham, who has completed 68

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Lead. And develop the
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Call Captain O'Rourke
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percent of his passes this season,
pulled a calf muscle and missed
practice all week. A decision will be
made this morning whether Graham
will make the trip to Ann Arbor.
If Graham cannot play, redshirt
sophomore Paul Oates will takeover
at quarterback. Oates, a second-round
draft choice of the St. Louis
Cardinals, spent three years as a
minor league pitcher before joining
the 49ers. The 6-0, 195 pounder lost
22 pounds since last season. Oates
has played in two games this season,
completing four passes in 15
attempts.
THE MAIN targets for either
quarterback are wide receivers Derek
Washington and Tyronne
McCullough. Both possess good
speed. Washington is averaging 19
yards per catch.
Tailback Michael Roberts, a
slashing type of runner, leads the
49er rushing attack. The junior is
averaging 6.7 yards per carry this
season, rushing for 183 yards on 27,
attempts. Up front, center Mike
Hollingshaus (6-2, 250 pounds) and
guard Derrick Jinks (6-1, 255)
anchor the offensive line.
Defensively, Long Beach State
resembles Washington State,
Michigan's last opponent. The 49ers
will try to jam the line of
scrimmage with 10 or 11 men on it.
Defensive lineman Al Aikins,
linebacker Philip Morrison, and
cornerback Stacey Alexander lead the
defense. "Alexander is one of the
better corners you'll find around,"
said Reisbig.
Blue Banter
- After much reshuffling the past
two weekends, the defensive.
secondary will remain intact. David;

Arnold and Erik Campbell will be at
cornerback with Doug Mallory and
Anthony Mitchell at safety.
- Outside linebacker Steve Thibert
and backup nose tackle Mike Teeter
both underwent arthroscopic knee
surgery earlier this week. Both are
expected back before the end of the
season and could return as early as
the Michigan State game on October

10.
- Junior John Willingham will
start in place. of Thibert against
Long Beach State.
- Offensive guard Michael Dames
is expected to play this weekend
despite a sore shoulder. If he doesn't
play, look for Mike Husar to move*
to guard and sophomore Tom
Dohring to take Husar's tackle spot.

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ARMY RESERVE (FFICERS' TRAINING

CORPS

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Erik Campbell (5) attempts
ground. Campbell has been
secondaary this season.

Doily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
to bring Notre Dame's Tim Brown to the
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