Page 12 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 17, 1988
For Pete's Sake
BY PETE STEINERT
IOWA CITY - Midterm time has arrived on the
Michigan campus, so it's only appropriate that the
Wolverine football team receives its first-half grades. The
Wolverines reached the midway mark of their season
Saturday against Iowa. Their "first semester" report card
Offensive line: Michigan's highly acclaimed line has
dominated at times, but has yet to hit full stride. The
Wolverines have blocked well for Tony Boles and Co.,
but their pass blocking has left room for improvement.
The Hawkeyes pressured quarterback Michael Taylor all
day Saturday, sacking him four times. The switch of
Mike Husar to guard and the insertion of Tom Dohring
into the starting lineup appears permanent. Grade: B-
Quarterback: Michigan coach Bo Schembechler said at
the start of the season that he wanted a quarterback who
could avoid mistakes. Taylor has done that - nothing
more, nothing less. The Lincoln Heights, Ohio, native
has thrown two interceptions this season and has
fumbled once. Schembechler calls him the smartest
quarterback he's ever coached. Taylor's only question
mark lies in his ability to move the offense down the
field for a needed quick score. Grade: B+
Running backs: Boles, a third-year sophomore, has
put Jamie Morris to rest in the annals of Michigan
football. Boles has rushed for over 100 yards in five of
the Wolverines' first six games, including 148 Saturday
against a tough Iowa defense. Just as impressively, Boles
has not fumbled the ball in 146 attempts, and his
blocking has improved from week to week. Junior Leroy
Hoard has settled into the starting fullback position and
has played well. Hoard must prove that he can hold onto
the football. Grade: A-
Receivers: The trio of John Kolesar, Greg McMurtry
and Chris Calloway has performed well when called
upon, which at times has been minimal. McMurtry
enjoyed the best day of any Michigan receiver this season
Saturday with six receptions for 91 yards, many of them
in key situations. He leads the team in receiving with 15
catches. The tight end has resurfaced as an important part
of the Wolverines' passing attack. Derrick Walker and
Jeff Brown have combined for 16 receptions. Grade: A-
First half ends;
report cards in
Defensive line: Injuries to defensive tackles Warde
Manuel and John Herrmann and middle guard Mike
Teeter have hurt the effectiveness of the front line.
Schembechler has gone almost exclusively with the
threesome of Brent White, T.J. Osman and Mark
Messner, although Teeter saw his first extensive action
of the season against Iowa. With the exception of the
Michigan State game, the defensive front has had trouble
getting to the quarterback. Linebacker Bobby Abrams
was the only Michigan defender to sack Hawkeye
quarterback Chuck Hartlieb. Grade: C+
Linebackers: After all the injuries the Wolverines
suffered at this position a year ago, it's nice to see the
same four linebackers on the field game after game. J.J.
Grant leads the team in tackles, and Abrams, John
Milligan and Alex Marshall have played well in
supporting roles. Marshall, just a sophomore with three
years of eligibility left, took over one outside linebacker
spot after the Miami (Fla.) game. Marshall leads all
linebackers with four tackles for losses. Grade: B
Secondary: Michigan's last line of defense has held up
well, considering that David Arnold came back this
season as the Wolverines lone returning starter. First-
year starters David Key, Vada Murray and Tripp
Welborne have made their share of mistakes, but they
have succeeded in eliminating the long pass. Welborne
and Murray have both intercepted three passes. Welbone
has looked very impressive after making the transition
from wide receiver to strong safety. Welbone had a hand
in 13 tackles against the Hawkeyes, 10 of them
unassisted. Grade: B
Special teams: A bit of a disappointment. Mike
Gillette has found his field-goal kicking toe again, but
now his punting average has dropped. Gillette averaged
37.6 yards on five punts against Iowa. The punt-return
coverage team has rebounded since allowing Ricky
Watters' return for a touchdown in the season opener
against Notre Dame. Kolesar has not shown the same
aggressiveness in fielding punts that he did last season.
He has returned only five punts in six games, and his
longest return has been 11 yards. Grade: C+
Iowa defender Jeff Koeppel rejoices after the Hawkeyes thwarted Michigan's attempt at
a first down. Michigan was then forced to punt.
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BY ANDREW GOTTESMAN
Spirited Wolverine field hockey players, angry after
four straight losses, put maize and blue war paint in their
hair and avenged a loss to Michigan State, Saturday, by
demolishing the Spartans, 7-0.
"They finally got over the edge," said Wolverine
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overall, 1-2 in the Big Ten), when sophomore midfielder
Josee Charvet was awarded a free penalty shot, and lofted
the ball into the upper left corner of the goal, giving the
Wolverines an early 1-0 lead.
AFTER TWO more Wolverine scores, by co-
captain Robin Ives and the team's leading scorer Judy
Burinskas, Charvet recorded her second tally of the day
when the MSU goalkeeper was caught away from the
net. Charvet's shot closed the first half scoring with
Michigan ahead, 4-0.
"We knew if we could control the game, we'd win,"
Collins said. "We did that in the first half."
The Spartans (4-9-2 overall, 1-2-1 in the Big Ten) had
a chance to get back into the game in the opening
minutes of the second half when senior forward Carey
Grealy received a free penalty shot. The shot missed
wide, though, and the shutout continued.
Wolverine forwards Kristin Shaiper and Diane
Pentaleri followed with their first goals of the season and
"WE GOT the contribution off the bench," said
Collins. "It's something that didn't happen before this."
Ives then took a pass from Sharon Cantor, who now
leads the team in assists with 10, and notched Michigan's
seventh and final goal of the game.
The shutout was the first this season for senior
goalkeeper Gillian Pieper.
"There was a lot of pride involved, and that made a
big difference," Collins said. "This is a big confidence-
Michigan is going to need all the confidence it can
get, as the Wolverines take on highly-ranked Iowa next
weekend in Iowa City.
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