vs. Central Michigan
The Varsity Arena
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
The Michigan Daily
Fridlay, September 8, 1989
vs. Notre Dame for all the marbles
Sept. 16,3:30 p.m.
Taylor healthy for
By Adam Benson
Daily Sports Editor
Relax, Michael Taylor is okay.
He will probably be ready to play against
Notre Dame next Saturday.
But before you get ready to sit back on your
comfortable Michigan Stadium bleacher, con-
sider the rest of the Michigan injury list.
Starting linebackers Alex Marshall, Erick
Anderson, and backups Martin Davis and Marc
Spencer are doubtful due to injuries. With their
various problems, and J.J. Grant's slow
progress from his shoulder injury last season,
one of this season's strengths has suddenly
become a worry for coach Bo Schembechler.
SCHEMBECHLER may also have to
bench promising guard Joe Cocozzo. The 6-
foot, 5-inch, 300 pounder from Mechanicville,
N.Y. took the starting job from Marc Ramirez
in spring practice, but has been slowed down
recently by an illness.
"Joe is a big kid," Schembechler said. "He's
missed several days of practice. Ramirez, who
has more experience, is now running that po-
sition. That is kind of a give and take. It will
be one of those kids in at right guard."
The injury list at yesterday's M Club
luncheon had to dampen the spirits for the up-
coming No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown with Notre
But the news on Taylor came as a major
The fifth-year senior quarterback, who led
Michigan through their first ten games last
season before breaking his collarbone against
Minnesota, inherited the starting job this
season after Demitrius Brown was declared
academically ineligible. Taylor and Brown had
been battling for the job.
BROWN'S ABSENCE leaves Taylor as
Michigan's only experienced quarterback.
But when he pulled a muscle in his right
arm early in spring practice, Taylor could not
throw. He returned to the scrimmages yesterday
for his first time. Taylor's play convinced the
coach that he could play by next weekend.
"(Taylor) is rusty and he needs a lot of
work. It was a little worrisome, because I
didn't know if it was a torn rotator cuff or what
it was. If it was something serious and he
couldn't throw, we would have been in a little
trouble at this position."
If Taylor has trouble in the Notre Dame
game, Elvis Grbac gets to run the offense.
Schembechler beams when discussing the 6-6,
strong-armed junior, but he doesn't want to put
him into the starting spot with an entire
country watching him, as they will be when
the Irish arrive.
"He is the biggest quarterback we've ever
had," Schembechler said of Grbac. "He's going
to be a wonderful player someday. I'm just a
little hesitant about opening against Notre
Dame with him."
Schembechler did not clue the audience or
the press as to who will start at tailback, where
Tony Boles and Leroy Hoard battle for playing
Michigan quarterback Michael Taylor, here shown dodging aTMiami
defender last season, had to dodge competition and injury to secure the
starting job against Notre Dame. Wolverine coach Bo Schem-bechler
announced yesterday that Taylor's shoulder will not prevent him from
taking the first snap next Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
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THE COACH did rave about fullback
Jarrod Bunch. The fullback's spring showing
seems to have quieted those crying out for au
The starter at center remains an uncertainty
as well. Steve Everitt and Matt Elliott remain
at a stand-still. Fans may not know the starter.
there until the team takes the field.
The placekicker duties could go to J.D.'
Carlson or Gulam Khan, but Schembechler has
grown more comfortable with both would-be
replacements for Mike Gillette. During the
summer, Schembechler had been more con-'
cerned about the kicking position than any,
The grueling fall practices are close to an
end now, and these potential starters have few
chances left to impress. But no one hopes to
go through the ordeal of two-a-days again.
"We don't put shorts on and we don't go
through assignment drills and we don't take it
easy," Schembechler said. "We hit in both
practices and scrimmage in one of them. We
come out of there banged up. It is tough
physically, and that is the purpose of it. Not
only do we have to get the football across but
this is where we do our hitting.
"It's been a good fall. We'll start to taper
off Wednesday for probably the biggest opener
we've ever had in Michigan state. This game
has gotten quite a bit of notoriety and rightly
so, it's going to be a hell of a game."
s the one re- just consider how many people the
Fighting Irish would put on the line
n't really been if they knew Michigan's healthy.
60-70 yards in quarterbacks had thrown a grand total
of eight passes (completing five) in
I wonder if Bo game situations.
ave to change Elvis Grbac has taken the most
ome opener. snaps with the first-team offense so
it. far this fall, but the thought of a 6-6
is that Taylor quarterback named Elvis known for
his dropback passing does not have a
s of matching national championship ring to it.
ngs are signif- At least not on the gridiron.
aylor stepping Schembechler describes Taylor ad
"a student of the game," for good
rs thought the reason.
rs played close Coaches tell stories of Taylor
age last year, coming off the field having seen
xFVthings those on the sideline missed:
Taylor is able to read the field sb
well that he can predict an opposing
player's moves, sometimes before
the defender even realizes which way
Taylor's mobility, ability to run
. the option, and passing are all
pluses. But the biggest things Taylor
.... . brings to the Wolverine offense are#*
ages I his smarts and his leadership.
The thought of Taylor re-injuring
rk himself must give nightmares to the
Maize and Blue faithful.
I While the back-ups may have tbe
skills, they lack the intangibles net.
cessary to lead Michigan to a na
eeds tional championship.
Schembechler said earlier in the
week that "this team can play@
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fter listening to all of the Dame, Taylor told u
rts, I kind of expected Michael maining problem.
or to walk in sporting a plaster Namely that he has:
on his shoulder and his arm in a able to throw the ballE
, if not already amputated. the air yet.
mong the assembled reporters, With that in mind,]
)nly uncertainty was who would Schembechler will ha
he fateful question. his game plan for the h
aylor might as well have typed Somehow, I doubt:
status report including diagrams But the key thing
is oft-discussed right shoulder, will be able to play.
gone about the business of Michigan's chance
ling football games. it's off-the-field rankir
I'm doing pretty good," Taylor icantly higher with Ta
ed. "I'm not in as much pain." under center.
after pointing at the sore muscle, If Wolverine playe
providing assurances that he in- Notre Dame linebacker
planned to start against Notre to the line of scrimm
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