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By Pete Steinert
When Notre Dame lines up de-
fensively against Michigan on Sat-
urday night, it won't recognize any
of the Wolverines' offensive back-
field starters from last year's game.
Michigan will go with a com-
pletely revamped backfield as a result
v> . of Michigan head coach Bo Schem-
bechler's decision to open fall prac-
tice without last year's starting
quarterback, Demetrius Brown, for
academic reasons. Tailback Jamie
Morris, the Wolverines' all-time
leading rusher, and fullback Phil
Webb both graduated.
The quarterback position will be-
long to senior Michael Taylor or one
of three sophomores: Wilbur Odom,
Ken Sollom and Eric Bush.
"(The competition) helps to make
us more of a solidified position,"
Taylor said. "If one person goes
John Kolesar (left) and Greg McMurtry provide Michugan with two big-play receivers. The two both averaged over 20 yards a reception last season and accounted
for nine of the Wolverines' 12 touchdown catches.
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last season. He will share time at fullback this season
By Pete Steinert
This is one deep receiving corps.
How deep is it? It's so deep that
the pre-season depth chart lists the
Wolverines' top returning pass
catcher, Greg McMurtry, as second
string behind Chris Calloway.
And it's deep enough that Michi-
gan head coach Bo Schembechler felt
comfortable enough to move
sophomore Tripp Welborne - a
Parade All-America wide receiver in
high school - from wide receiver to
defensive back last spring.
McMurtry lost his starting status
temporarily in the spring when he
was playing center field for Michi-
gan baseball coach Bud Middaugh.
Meanwhile, Calloway enjoyed the
best spring among Wolverine re-
ceivers, according to Schembechler.
McMurtry caught 21 passes and
scored five touchdowns last season.
He hooked up with quarterback
Demetrius Brown for the team's
longest pass play of the season, a
62-yard touchdown against Min-
nesota. McMurtry averaged over 22
yards a reception on the season.
In his first two seasons the
Brockton, Mass. native has caught
passes of 53, 50, 62, 42, 46, 47 and
Junior Jarrod Bunch rushed for 4
with sophomore Leroy Hoard.
"McMurtry is back into football,"
Schembechler said. "He loves foot-
ball. He misses football when he's
not in it. He showed signs the few
times he was out in the spring that
he was ready to come on and play
like we anticipated."
of his career, Schembechler said.
Kolesar managed to collect 16
catches and score four touchdowns in
1987 despite missing three games.
Similar in dramatics to his 77-
yard touchdown reception against
Ohio State as a freshman, Kolesar
grabbed the game-winning touch-
down pass from Brown in the
Wolverines' 28-24 Hall-of-Fame-
Bowl victory over Alabama.
In addition to his pass-catching
skills, Kolesar is a threat to run the
ball on reverses.
Calloway gives Michigan a third
venerable receiver. "I feel confident
this year in my ability and every-
thing," Calloway said. "I think
they'll look to me more this year."
The 5-10, 176-pound junior split
Michigan's fleetest wideout re-
mains senior flanker John Kolesar.
Plagued by injuries the last two sea-
sons, the Westlake, Ohio, native
enters this season in the best shape
end caught seven passes last season.
No need for Schembechler to
worry about his tight ends either.
Jeff Brown (6-4, 248) begins his
third season as the Wolverines'
starter. He made nine receptions for
116 yards last year. Senior Derrick
Walker (6-2, 246), a clone of Jeff
Brown, backs him up.
"We could not go anywhere and
come up with two better blockers
than these two guys," Schembechler
said. "They've improved their route
running and their ability to catch.
Our tight end situation is solid."
Other receivers vying for playing
time include wideout Dan Jokisch,
brother of Paul, who played at
Michigan from 1984-86, and tight
ends Keith Mitchell and Dave
Diebolt. Jokisch and Diebolt did not
play last year.
Schembechler's talented receivers
gives him the opportunity to show a
good mix of passing and running.
Schembechler said he wants to run
as diverse an offense as possible.
"If we have a stable quarterback
who can get the ball downfield, we'll
have a more balanced attack - not
so many interceptions this year,"
"We've got a lot of experience in
the receiving corps," Kolesar said. I
think, hopefully, we'll throw the
ball a little more this year."
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