The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 26, 1988-- Page 13
BY JEFF RUSH
Michigan sophomore Tripp
Welborne caught as many passes
Saturday against Wake Forest as he
caught during all of last season.
Only this time, the opposing
team's quarterback threw the passes,
and Welborne's catches went into the
statistics as interceptions. Welborne
intercepted two of Wake Forest
quarterback Mike Elkins' passes in
Michigan's 19-9 victory Saturday.
Welbone, who was recruited by
Michigan as a wide receiver,
switched over to defense last spring.
Michigan already had a handful of
capable wide receivers in Chris
Calloway, John Kolesar, and Greg
McMurtry, and head coach Bo
Schembechler felt the team was
weak in its defensive backfield.
Welborne about the possibility of a
switch. "Then I saw in the paper I
was moving over," Welbone said.
WELBORNE wasn't ready for
the sudden switch, which lined him
up next to the defenders. he
previously had tried to burn in intra-
"All of a sudden I'm over there
with the dogs. (Schembechler) threw
me to the dogs," Welborne said,
But he hasn't rolled over and
played dead, said Michigan defensive
coordinator Lloyd Carr.
"He's played very, very well,"
Carr said. "He's making the
mistakes that you expect a young
guy to make, but he gets better
every day, and he learns quickly."
THE DEFENSIVE position
isn't entirely new to Welborne. He
played both wide receiver and
defensive back at Page High School
in Greensboro, N.C., and was named
to the all-state team on offense and
But football teams at larger
colleges rarely use players on both
offense and defense, and Welborne
initially lined up only as a wide
receiver at Michigan. He played in
all 12 of Michigan's games lasti
year, but caught only two passes and
one two-point conversion.
Welborne said he still thinks
about playing wide receiver, hoping
that Schembechler might use him in
a third-down-and-long situation,
where Michigan typically inserts
three wide receivers into the lineup
instead of the usual two.
"One day I asked Bo (about
playing both offense and defense),
and he said: 'You want to go over to
Holy Cross? Go to Holy Cross,' "
Welborne said, imitating a growling
Schembechler was referring to-
Gordie Lockbaum, who played both
offense and defense for Holy Cross.
Lockbaum finished third in Heisman
Trophy votes last season.
For now, though, Welborne will
have to stick to trying to catch his
"First of all we have to win,"
Welborne said. "If two (passes) come
my way like they did (Saturday),
that's icing on the cake."
Mark Messner and T.J. Osman (94) converge on Wake Forest's Tony Rogers. Messner, a senior became Michigan's all-
time leading tackler for losses on Saturday, breaking Curtis
Greer's former record.
Boles rolls up
213 yards on
Welborne picks off two passes in win
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receptions between them this season.
Take heart, though, some good
things did happen Saturday. Tailback
Tony Boles continued his workhorse
play, carrying the ball 33 times for
213 yards. including 146 in the first
In Michigan's first scoring drive
(10 plays, 68 yards), Boles gained 64
yards on eight attempts. He capped
the drive with a 14-yard touchdown
run, his first score as a Wolverine.
Boles took the handoff from Taylor,
broke the play outside, and high-
stepped into the end zone.
Boles, who now has rushed for
425 yards in three games, scored
again minutes later on a 29-yard
scamper, giving the Wolverines a 14-
3 lead at the half.
"As you can see, he's a glider."
Schembechler said. "He's got
tremendous speed, very deceptive
speed. He kind of tippy-toes around
and, all of a sudden, away he goes."
Mike Husar, one of Michigan's
sizable offensive linemen, threw key
blocks on both of Boles' scores. The
6-foot-3, 287-pound senior played
right guard in place of Dave Chester.
Tom Dohring stepped in at quick
tackle, where Husar started the first
Defensively, strong safety Tripp
Welborne and linebacker Marc
Spencer made their first career
interceptions, halting two separate
Wake Forest scoring drives deep in
Michigan's end. Welborne's was his
first of two on the day.
"When you get the ball down
inside, you want to come away with
points, and I don't think there's any
question that it's frustrating when
you turn the ball over," said
Michigan defensive coordinator Lloyd
The Deacons were victims of poor
field position in the second half due
in large part to Gillette's punting (no
problems here). "In the second half
we had to go the long way," Wake
Forest coach Bill Dooley said.
Gillette twice pinned Wake Forest
deep in its own end in the third
quarter with punts that went out of
bounds at the four- and two-yard line,
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