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Michigan 49 Stanford 0
Michigan 49 USC 0
Michigan 14 California 6
Michigan 34 Oregon St. 7
USC 10 Michigan 3
Stanford 13 Michigan 12
USC 14 Michigan 6
Washington 27 Michigan 20
USC 17 Michigan 10
Michigan 23 Washington 6
UCLA 24 Michigan 14
Arizona St. 22 Michigan 15
Michigan 22 USC 14
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BY STEVE BLONDER
Michigan generally has a good defense, and this year should be no
exception, largely because the Wolverines return many linebackers with
Injuries forced coach Bo Schembechler to play several youngsters last
season, all of whom return this season with game experience.
"The strength of our defense is our linebacking," Schembechler said.
"We have more depth and better linebackers than we've had in a long time."
On the outside the Wolverines return senior Bobby Abrams and
sophomore Alex Marshall. Marshall has been slowed by a bruised kidney,
but is expected to play in the opener against Notre Dame.
If Marshall is unable to go, junior Tim Williams, sophomore Brian
Townsend who can also play the
inside positions, or Neil Simpson
will take his place.
"On the outside, we are certainly
V well-manned," Schembechler
pronounced. "And we'll play all four
linebacker positions with good
On the inside, the Wolverines have more linebackers than positions.
Erick Anderson got valuable experience last season, and Schembechler
calls the sophomore "one of the top linebackers in the league.
"He can hit and really get around."
Senior co-captain J.J. Grant is listed as the other starter after coming
back from major knee surgery.
"If J.J. is at 100 percent and Erick Anderson is in there, we have two
linebackers who will make their presence felt," Schembechler said about
his defensive quarterbacks.
Anderson and Grant led the team last season with 77 tackles apiece.
Their numbers were good enough for Grant to be named second team All-
Big Ten, and Anderson to be named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten.
Further confusing the picture is the return of senicr John Milligan.
Milligan, one of the hardest workers on a team often pushed to the limit,
has come back after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery.
The fourth inside linebacker is junior Marc Spencer wLo came back to
camp in "really top shape."
"He is making it awful tough on these guys, he really pushes them,"
Fall practice resulted in some minor injuries to Anderson (turf toe),
Spencer (knee) and Grant (shoulder), but all are expected to play in the
McMurtry soars tohigh expec
BY ADAM BENSON talent and it is a shame that he is not
Number One. showcased more," said Iowa
Greg McMurtry is very familiar linebacker Brad Quast, who besides
with this position and the playing against McMurtry, knows
responsibility it brings. In 1986, he him from recruiting trips to Iowa,
became the top recruit in the Michigan and UCLA in which they
nation's number one group of were together. "He is a fine athlete
recruits, when he signed to play and a great person.
football at Michigan. While McMurtry's numbers after
He almost didn't come. He was three years (70 receptions, 1452
drafted, number one, by the Boston yards, 8 touchdown passes) by no
Red Sox that same year. He.passed means threaten Carter's career marks
on the offer because he wanted to (161, 3076, 37), fans should
catch footballs...and be a Wolverine. remember that Carter was
He came here, and what jersey do Michigan's only true threat during
you think he took? his Wolverine years. McMurtry has
After four years, in which he's shared time with Ken Higgins, Chris
played on two Big Ten champions Calloway, Paul Jokish and Kolesar.
and one Rose Bowl champ, Greg
McMurtry begins his senior year on He may never be Michigan's
the team ranked by many as number finest receiver, but McMurtry is the
one. The Brockton, Mass. native big play weapon in Michigan's
craves for the chance to prove those finest group of receivers. Even with
prognosticators correct. a speedburner like Kolesar next to
"It is a high goal and a realis.ic him, McMurtry has compiled a 20.7
goal," McMurtry said of the yards per reception average,Tetter .,
predictions. "We have the talent to than Carter's 19.1.
win the national championship. We McMurtry has never worried
need to be hungry, play mistake free about being the team star, and he
football on offense, defense, and recognizes his contribuons.
special teams and I think we'll haversi
good shot." "I knew coming in, before I set .
Some would say that the rest of foot on this campus, that Michigan
the Michigan team has finally was that type of program. They
measured up to the lofty status of don't go out and showcase one
their star receiver. person," McMurtry said.'G gMrr
But along with being number one Greg McMurtry is an all-
comes great expectations. Especially "The people who know football, around receiver. He can
when you step into the position and and know it well, know when wit th
jersey of a Michigan legend as somebody is doing a good job, even block, catch, run with the
McMurtry did when he became the when he is not getting all the ball afterwards. I'm sure
first player to wear the maize "1" publicity he should be. Those are the he can meet every ex-
since Anthony Carter. people that matter to me. The
McMurtry is unfazed by the average fan can say what he want." pectation they have for
mention of A.C.Mhim'
"I'm not uncomfortable with that McMurtry would love to hear
comparison. I knew when I took the chants of "number one" reverberate - Minnesota
number what Anthony had done and through the Michigan Stadium wide receiver
what people would expect. I except stands, but hopefully, those screams
that as a sort of challenge." will be for more than just one great Chris Gaiters
Chris Gaiters, the Minnesota wide wide receiver.
receiver who made third team All-
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