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Blue sizes up well
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BY STEVE BLONDER
Describing the Wolverine
offensive line as huge is an
understatement. Mammoth would
probably be a more appropriate term.
The collective weight of the five
starters is nearly 1500 pounds,
which averages out to three hundred
pounds per position.
"We've got quite a few big guys
on this team," Michigan coach Bo
Schembechler said.
Leading the pack is sophomore
tackle Greg Skrepanek, who checked
into practice at what he termed "a
svelte 343 pounds."
Skrepanek had to be weighed at
the moving and storage company
because Michigan did not have a
large enough scale._
"I've always been big, I'm used
to big body parts," Skrepanek said.
"If 'the Fridge' is that, I guess I'd be
'the Kitchen."'
Schembechler would like to see
"his dominantphysical specimen"
get down to 320 pounds.
Lining up at the other tackle is
290-pound Tom Dohring, who is
looking to return from off-season
shoulder surgery.
At left tackle, the Wolverines
return Dean Dingman (295 pounds).
Dingman, who started all twelve
games last year, is seen as possibly
Michigan's best offensive lineman.
"Dean Dingman is our best'
lineman inside," Schembechler said.
"I would guess he'll be the nextsAll-
American interior lineman at
Michigan."
The remaining two line positions
remain up for grabs.
The center position has boiled
down to a battle between redshirt
frosh Steve Everitt (275 pounds) and
sophomore Matt Elliott.
Schembechler said in July that
Everitt "probably shouldn't be the
starter," but he is currently listed
first on the Wolverine depth chart.
"He is a tremendous prospect, and
he has excellent feet," Schembechler
said. "I like this kid a lot."
At right guard, redshirt frosh Joe
Cocozzo (294 pounds), known for

BY STEVE BLONDER
Defensive backs are usually
noticed only when a pass goes over
their heads, or when a runner breaks
free for a touchdown.
But this season's Michigan

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I've always been big, I'm
used to big body parts. If
'the Fridge' is that, I guess
I'd be 'the Kitchen."
- Michigan tackle
Greg Skrepanek
OFENSIVE LINE

secondary should call attention to
themselves for their accom-
plishments as well as for any
unexpected breakdowns.
Leading the troops is junior Tripp
Welborne, who led the team with
five interceptions last season. Since
switching to strong safety, Welborne
has more catches than he did during
his season as a wide receiver.
"Welborne is the key guy,"
Michigan coachsBo Schembechler
said. "And he should be even better
back there this year. Before he leaves
here, he should be one of the best
backs in the country."
Starting at the other safety is
junior Vada Murray. Murray totalled
56 tackles and four interceptions last
year, his first as a starter.
"He is a real big kid now, "
Schembechler said of his safety. [He
used to be frail and thin, but not any
more. He's much bigger and better."

The third returning starter is
junior cornerback David Key.
Starting in all twelve games, Key
was the fifth leading tackler with 60
tackles to go with his interception
against Notre Dame.
At the other corner position,
Lance Dottin earned the task of
replacing David Arnold after his fine
performance this spring.
"Dottin is certainly going to get a
long look based on his performance
this spring," Schembechler said.
"The only problem is that he hasn't
been in a lot of games. But he gets
better every time I see him."
Dave Ritter was expected to see
considerable action as well, but a
broken right hand suffered in practice
will sideline him indefinitely.
"He has to learn to play with that
thing (cast on his hand)," Schem-
bechler said. "Eventually he'll play."
Doctors put a pin in the hand to
speed up the healing process.
Junior Todd Plate, who missed
spring practice with a knee injury,
has returned to give the Wolverines
some depth in the secondary.
"He's made himself a pretty good
player," Schembechler said.
Redshirt frosh Dwayne Ware and
Corwin Brown, along with sopho-
more Otis Williams will also see
action.

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his footwork, has moved ahead of
Marc Ramirez.
"This is the best group of redshirt
freshmen linemen in some time,"
Schembechler said of the group
which also includes tackles Doug
Skene, Rob Doherty and Bill
Schaffer.
"It's just a matter of them
learning and developing as linemen.
All of our young guys up front have
potential, and we've got two
outstanding players in Dingman and
Skrepanek."

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