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Sept. 10
at Notre Dame
SH E F IGH TING
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Bolcar
HEAD COACH: Lou Holtz, third
year (13-10 at Notre Dame, 129-75-5
overall)
1987 RECORD: 8-4
SERIES LEADER: Michigan, 13-6
LAST MEETING: Notre Dame 26,
Michigan 7 (Ann Arbor, 1987)
RETURNING LETTERMEN: 39
STARTERS RETURNING: 11
The Fighting Irish come off a
season that saw them earn their first
major bowl bid in seven years.
Converted tailback Ricky Wat-
ters replaces Heisman Trophy win-
ner Tim Brown at flanker.
Notre Dame possesses a potent
ground game with quarterback Tony
Rice, tailbacks Mark Green and
Tony Brooks and fullbacks An-
thony Johnson and Braxston
Banks. The latter two combined for
15 touchdowns last year. Green has
led the team in rushing the last two
seasons.
Rice took over at quarterback
midday through last year, starting
six of the Irish's last seven games.
Notre Dame lost four starters
along the offensive line.
1987 second-team All-America
linebacker Ned Bolcar spearheads
the defense. Notre Dame starts four
veterans in the secondary, including
safeties. George Streeter and
Corny Southall.
Sept. 17
Miami (Fla.)
Hawkins
HEAD COACH: Jimmy Johnson,
fifth year (41-8 at Miami, 71-33-2
overall)
1987 RECORD: 12-0 (national
champion)
SERIES LEADER: Michigan, 1-0
LAST MEETING: Michigan 22,
Miami 14 (Ann Arbor, 1984)
LE'TERMEN RETURNING: 40
STARTERS RETURNING: 9
Junior quarterback Steve Walsh
remains, but the Hurricanes lost
seven other offensive starters off
their national-championship team,
including the school's all-time lead-
ing receiver, Michael Irvin, and full-
back Melvin Bratton.
Halfback Leonard Conley and
fullback Cleveland Gary take

over in the backfield behind Walsh.
Randall Hill moves in at split
end.
Defensive ends Bill Hawkins
and and Georgia Tech transfer
Shane Curry and linebacker Rod
Carter rank among the country's
best at their respective positions.

Sept.

24

Wake Forest
_Elk i n S
HEAD COACH: Bill Dooley, sec-
ond year (7-4 at Wake Forest, 139-
95-3 overall)
1987 RECORD: 7-4
SERIES LEADER: Michigan, 1-0
LAST MEETING: Michigan 31,
Wake Forest 0 (Ann Arbor, 1976)
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 41
STARTERS RETURNING: 17
Wake Forest is no slouch, return-
ing all but five starters off a 7-4
team. The Demon Deacons opened
the '87 season with five consecutive
wins.
Senior quarterback Mike Elkins
directs the offense. Elkins passed for
seven touchdowns and for just under
2,000 yards last seascn, but he also
threw 19 interceptions. His favorite
target in '87 was junior wingback
Ricky Proehl (54 receptions).
The offense also includes tailback
Mark Young (795 yards rushing)
and 6-3, 287-pound guard Joe
Kenn. Young stepped in for an in-
jured Darryl McGill last year and
wound up earning All-ACC honors.
Oct. 1
at Wisconsin

Oct. 8
Michigan State
Rison
HEAD COACH: George Perles,
sixth year overall (32-24-2)
1987 RECORD: 9-2-1 overall, 7-0-1
Big Ten (first)
SERIES LEADER: Michigan, 52-
23-5
LAST MEETING: Michigan State
17, Michigan 11 (East Lansing,
1987)
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 47
STARTERS RETURNING: 15
Blake Ezor attempts to fill the
shoes of workhorse tailback Lorenzo
White. Ezor, a 5-10, 180-pound ju-
nior, rushed for 592 yards last year
as White's backup.
Outland Trophy candidate Tony
Mandarich combines size (6-6,
303) and speed at his offensive
tackle position. He will help protect
senior quarterback Bobby McAl-
lister.
With White gone, McAllister may
put the ball in the air more. Many of
his passes will go in the direction of
senior split end Andre Rison. Ri-
son averaged over 20 yards a catch
last season. Barring injuries, Rison
should become the Spartans' all-time
leader in receptions and receiving
yards.
Michigan State's defense will
again rank among the conference's
best with linebacker Percy Snow,
defensive tackle Travis Davis and
strong safety John Miller all
back.
Oct. 15
at Iowa

who missed the second half of last
season with a broken leg, and tight
end Mary Cook (49 receptions in
'87) are both back.
Tony Stewart and D a v i d
Hudson will handle most of the
backfield chores.
Noseguard Dave Haight, the Big
Ten's defensive lineman of the year
last season, defensive end Joe Mott
and linebacker Brad Quast head a
veteran defensive unit.
Oct. 22
Indiana

STARTERS RETURNING: 9
The Wildcats will have plenty of
of new faces in their starting lineup
this season as only nine starters re-
turn from last year.
Greg Bradshaw takes over at
quarterback for Mike Greenfield,
holder of 26 school passing records.
Most of the offensive punch will
come from tailback B y r o n
Sanders and wide receiver Darryl
McClellan.
Kevin Peterson, Andre
Walker and Darryl Ashmore all
return on the front line to lead an
otherwise unproven defense.

HEAD COACH:

Nov
Minn
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A. Thompson
Bill Mallory fifth

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year (18-28 at Indiana, 117-80-1
overall)
1987 RECORD: 8-4 overall, 6-2
Big Ten (tie second)
SERIES LEADER: Michigan, 35-9
LAST MEETING: Indiana 14,
Michigan 10 (Bloomington, 1987)
RETURNING LETI'ERMEN: 44
STARTERS RETURNING: 15
The Hoosiers lost two All-Ameri-
cans in wide receiver Ernie Jones (13
touchdowns in '87) and linebacker
Van Waiters, but still retain 15
starters off last year's team that fin-
ished second in the conference.
Last year marked the first time in
Indiana history that the Hoosiers de--
feated Michigan and Ohio State in
the same season.
Dave Schnell returns at quar-
terback after completing 58.5 percent
of his passes and throwing for 13
touchdowns in 1987. Junior tailback
Anthony Thompson, All-Big
Ten guard Don Shrader and tight
end Tim Jorden (31 catches in '87)
join Schnell on offense.
Defensively, all-conference candidate
Willie Bates, who led the team in
tackles last year with 117, and Joe
Huff make Indiana strong at
linebacker.
Oct. 29
at Northwestern

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HEAD COACH: John Gutekunst,
third year overall (13-11)
1987 RECORD: 6-5 overall, 3-5
Big Ten (tie sixth)
SERIES LEADER: Michigan, 51-
23-3
LAST MEETING: Michigan 30,
Minnesota 20 (Minneapolis, 1987)
RETURNING LETTERMEN: 35
STARTERS RETURNING: 15
The Gophers have two All-Amer-
ica candidates in tailback Darrell
Thompson and linebacker Jon
Leverenz.
Thompson has rushed for over
2,400 yards in his first two seasons.
Leverenz led the Gophers in tack-
les last year with 162 as well as
tackles for losses with 13.
Minnesota lost nine starters, in-
cluding its four-year starting quarter-
back Rickey Foggie. Alan Holt
will take over as the team's new
signal caller.
Nov. 12
Illinois
Cobb
HEAD COACH: John Mackovic,
first year (0-0 at Illinois, 14-20
overall)
1987 RECORD: 3-7-1 overall, 2-5-1
Big Ten (eighth)
SERIES LEADER: Michigan, 53-
19-1
LAST MEETING: Michigan 17,
Illinois 14 (Champaign, 1987)
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 34
STARTERS RETURNING: 9
Former NFL head coach John
Mackovic begins his tenor as head
man with the Fighting Illini.
Second-team All-Big Ten selec-
See OPPOSITION, Page 23

Rush Delivery
BY JEFF RUSH
Michigan Football
101 now in session
Bo.
There. That wasn't so hard. The first word in
Michigan football. Say it again.
Bo.
Easy enough for you new students? Good.
That's lesson one. You pass with flying colors.
Whether the Michigan quarterback will pass as
easily remains to be seen. No more seven inter-
ceptions in one game, huh guys?
But a few more lessons for new students who
haven't attended a Michigan football game:
Don't sell your ticket. Sure, selling a pair of
Ohio State tickets could pay for a nice date or
two, but what are you more likely to tell your
grandkids about?
Don't drive to games. Don't drive anywhere.
Don't even bring your car to Ann Arbor.
Pedestrians own the streets, and police officers
give parking tickets in all areas that looks re-
motely like parking spaces.
Do walk to games. Leave early and enjoy not
having to rush on a sunny autumn Saturday.
Don't bring toilet paper to throw on the field
after Michigan scores. It doesn't get replaced in
the residence halls until Monday morning,
making for uncomfortable residents all day
Sunday. And how many people actually walk
around Ann Arbor carrying a full roll of toilet
paper? It's just not good for the image.
Do bring a set of keys to shake on an
important play. No, the Wolverines having the
ball on their first possession on third down with
two yards to go for a first down is not a key
play.
Don't try to sneak into seats at mid-field.
Sure, when you're sitting in the end zone, those
seats may look better. But the alumni sit at
mid-field. Some of them spent money on those
maize and blue slacks that they can't wear any-
where except to a Michigan football game.
Fun? Maybe 20 years from now.
Do sit in the end zone with the rest of the
students. Students' clothes aren't as silly as
alumni ... uh, scratch that. But the student sec-
tion is more fun, anyway.
Don't do the wave while Michigan is on of-
fense. It's loud, it.makes it hard for the quarter-.
back to call the signals to the rest of the of-
fense, and Bo gets upset. Very upset. Bo has
had heart surgery. More than once. Get the
point?
Do the wave when Michigan is on defense.
It's loud, it makes it hard for the quarterback to
call the signals to the rest of the offense, and
suddenly the quarterback will find Mark Messner
on top of him, 10 yards behind the line of
scrimmage. That makes Bo's job easy.
Don't leave early. Michigan will be on na-
tional television enough this year that the rest
of the countrycould start to confuse Michigan
Wolverines fans with Los Angeles Dodgers
fans, who rarely make it through a full game.
I can think of only two things in Los Ange-
les that I wish were in Ann Arbor: Wayne
Gretzky and Magic Johnson. Gretzky is thebest
current hockey player, and Johnson is among
the best basketball players.
Michigan already has one of the best football
coaches. N

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By Pete Steinert

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Last year's Michigan football team fre-
quently fell victim to Murphy's law. In-
juries, an inexperienced quarterback and an
ailing coach helped pave the way to a not-
so-typical 8-4 Wolverines season. Michi-
gan needs more of Glenn E. "Bo" Schem-
bechler's law and less of Murphy's this
fall to return to the top of the Big Ten.
So far, Murphy is one up. Schembech-
ler started fall practice without last year's
starting quarterback, Demetrius Brown, for
academic reasons. Thus, the No. 1
quarterback spot rests on the shoulders of
senior Michael Taylor or one three
sophomores, Wilbur Odom, Ken Sollom
and Eric Bush.
"(Brown's) status academically (was)
precarious enough that I did not want him
in camp and then find out he can't play,"
said Schembechler, who begins his 20th
year at Michigan after undergoing
quadruple heart bypass surgery last
December and accepting the athletic
director job in April.
"I must say this is not a great shock to
us," Schembechler continued. "We pre-
pared for this from the beginning. In
spring practice we got other people ready
to play. I don't feel that this is a catastro-
phe because we prepared for it."
Of the four quarterback contenders, only
Taylor has any game experience. He
started two games last season and played
in seven others.
"I believe at quarterback if we can have a
performance that will not make a lot of
mistakes, I think we'll have an offense
that can move the football - not require
the quarterback to carry the entire load,"
Schembechler said.
This will mark the second straight year
that Michigan opens the season with a
new quarterback. Last season Brown
struggled through a choppy campaign that
hit rock bottom when he threw a Big-Ten
record seven interceptions in a 17-11 loss
to Michigan State in East Lansing. He
threw 16 interceptionssfor the season, a
conference high.
The Wolverines turned the ball over a
total of 31 times in '87 - 31 giveaways
too many for Schembechler. Michigan
lost six more turnovers than they gained.
Only Northwestern and Illinois compiled
lower ratios in the Big Ten.
Schembechler demands turnover-free
football, and he feels this year's offense
has the talent to hold on to the ball. Ju-
niors Allen Jefferson, Tony Boles and
Tracy Williams will split time at Jamie
Morris' vacated tailback position. Full-
backs Jarrod Bunch and Leroy Hoard add
size and strength to the backfield.
"I can have any two of those five kids in
there, and I'd feel quite comfortable,"
Schembechler said.
Up front, Michigan owns one of the
nation's top offensive lines. Seniors John

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Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler hopes
(from left to right) Bobby Abrams, Rick Hass<
cause for celebration in 1988.

Wings
HEAD COACH: Don Morton, sec-
ond year (3-8 at Wisconsin, 73-32
overall)
1987 RECORD: 3-8 overall, 1-7
Big Ten (10th)
SERIES LEADER: Michigan, 38-8-
1
LAST MEETING: Michigan 49,
Wisconsin 0 (Madison, 1987)
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 38
STARTERS RETURNING: 18
The Badgers return all 11 starters
on defense, including honorable-
mention All-Big Ten performers
David Wings and D a n
Kissling.
Wings, Wisconsin's defensive
most valuable player last season, is
the conference's No. 2 returning
tackler.

Haight
HEAD COACH: Hayden Fry, 10th
year (71-36-1 at Iowa, 161-125-5
overall)
1987 RECORD: 10-3 overall, 6-2
Big Ten (tie second)
SERIES LEADER: Michigan, 29-7-
3
LAST MEETING: Michigan 37,
Iowa 10 (Ann Arbor, 1987)
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 41
STARTERS RETURNING: 14
The Hawkeyes return a wealth of
talent, including arguably the
conference's best quarterback Chuck
Hartlieb. Hartlieb led the confer-
ence last season in passing effi-
ciency.
Offensive tackle Bob Kratch,

Sanders
HEAD COACH: Francis Peay, third
year overall (6-15-1)
1987 RECORD: 2-8-1 overall, 2-6
Big Ten (ninth)
SERIES LEADER: Michigan, 41-
11-2
LAST MEETING: Michigan 29,
Northwestern 6 (Ann Arbor, 1987)
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 38

Vitale, center, and Mike Husar, quick
tackle, are both All-America candidates.
Whoever starts at quarterback will have
the luxury of throwing to wideouts John
Kolesar, Greg McMurtry and Chris Cal-
loway.
But don't let all this talk about offense
fool you. "Our season depends on the de-
fense," Schembechler said. "If it improves
over last year, we will have a good ball-
club because we will move the football."
Any Big Ten coach will tell you that
defense wins the conference. Look no far-
ther than the 1987 Michigan State Spar-
tans as proof. The team that has led the
conference in scoring defense has won or
shared the Big Ten title 13 of the last 16

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