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SPORTS

.Page '104

The Michigan Daily,

Tuesday, September 19, 1989

Walker leads 'M'

against
'I'm not a rah-rah

by Adam Benson
Daily Football Writer
The only time you really see the
job that captain has to do is at the
beginning of the game: the coin
toss.
Michigan's Derrick Walker will
call his first flip this weekend
against UCLA. He seems a little
nervous about his new job.
"J.J. (Grant, the defensive
captain) and I will call it, we'll talk
about it," Walker said. "I'll let him
call it, one of these days I'll get a
shot at it. We'll probably stick with
one call all year."
Yet there is much more to the
captain's role than just what the fan
sees. Walker continues to learn what
demands the team has for him.
"I'm in a position where I have
to accept a lot of responsibility.
This week, I have to get the team up
and make sure our attitude is still
together. If I get down, and other see
me that way, then others will get
that way. I have accepted that."
TAYLOR
Continued from Page 1
Schembechler said that Grbac's
height - 6-foot-five - adds a new
dimension to the Wolverine offense
because he can see down the field
very well.
"He can stay in there longer, look
down the field longer. He stands tall
and does it," Schembechler said.
After Grbac's stunning aerial per-
formance, the campus is brewing
with notions that Michigan will
forget about the run and bomb like
mad. But don't forget who's the
coach.
"I don't think you can win in
football with passing alone. And no
matter how well we pass the ball,
that's not going to satisfy me until
we will be able to punch holes in
the defense and run," Schembechler.
said. "We're going to do that before
this season is over."

type of

player. I'm

Comebacks are nothing new for
Derrick Walker. He has found a way
to keep high spirits in the worst
situations.
Before his first season at
Michigan, Walker needed knee
surgery. His recovery would keep
him out of the 1985 campaign and
1986 spring practice. Many doubted
Now that everybody's brought
back down to the ground, including
the Michigan offense, here's another
mind blower. Due to Bunch's knee
injury, Schembechler said that he
plans to "cut down on the offense."
Bunch's normal replacement,
Chris Horn, is out for the season,
forcing Schembechler to play true
frosh fullback Burnie Leggette. Add
this player to an offense run by an
inexperienced quarterback, behind a
young offensive line, and you come
up with an apprehensive Schem-
bechler.
"We've got a new quarterback and
three of the interior line's all new so
we're going to cut back on what
we're doing and we intend to do it,"
Schembechler said.
The extent of Bunch's knee injury'
is not known, as it was drained
yesterday and will probably be
scoped in the future, Schembechler
said.

not one who is going
to run around and
whoop it all up. I like
to lead by example. If
people see me hustl-
ing, or working hard
in practice, they'll say
this guy works hard.'
-Michigan captain
Derrick Walker
that he would play football anymore.
He would play again though, and
he also improved - as an
individual.
"It has helped me deal with
adversity and the other side of life,"
Walker said. "When something is
bad, you always got to keen oin.
Thus, the backfield will consist of
Tony Boles starting at tailback, with
Leroy Hoard alongside at fullback.~
Leggette, who runs a 4.6 40-yard
dash at 210 pounds, will eventually
play fullback as a backup.
At quarterback, Ken Sollom and
Wilbur Odom will make the trip to
Pasadena as backups. As far as
Taylor is concerned, he can't move
and his availability will be a week-
to-week decision. But despite the
inspiring play from Grbac, Schem-
bechler still regards Taylor as his
No. 1 quarterback.
"He's a good quarterback and we're
counting on him. Don't even think
that Michael Taylor won't be a damn
good quarterback," Schembechler
said. "I want him in there - he's
five years experienced - but I want
him practicing, too."
Also not practicing and doubtful
for the UCLA game is offensive
lineman Dean Dingman, who is in

UCLA
to get it right. Bad things are going
to happen in life and just can't give
up. That helped me mature as a
person."
Offensive backfield coach Tirrel
Burton added: "He came back from
that his freshman year, which shows
:hat he wanted to play and was
willing to work hard to do it. I think
that's a good example to the kids on
the team."
Now, Derrick Walker,
Michigan's starting tight end, an all
Big Ten candidate, and team co-
captain needs to pass some of his
dedication to his teammates. After
the Notre Dame loss, Walker's
confident karma must be passed on
to other Wolverines in Los Angeles,
as Michigan faces the Bruins.
"He has always been somewhat
of a leader, but now its even more
important that he show leadership,"
Burton said. "After coming off a
tough loss like we have, I think that
he show the leadership ability."
Wide receiver Desmond Howard
concurs with Burton. "Derrick is a
SEE WALKER, PAGE 11
the hospital with a "severe" strep
throat condition. Schembechler said
that Dingman has lost 30 pounds in
recent weeks and regrets playing him
against the Irish.
"Now, I don't know when I'll get
(Dingman) back. I was disappointed
in the (offensive) tackle play."
Schembechler said. "I never guessed
we could play that badly. One was as
bad as the other."
Schembechler, who played both
Matt Elliott and Steve Everitt at
center against Notre Dame, said that
this position is still a toss-up.
With all these injuries and inex-
perienced players, what the Michigan
offense will look like against the
Bruins on Saturday is also a toss-up.

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
Donahue impressed with QB Grbac
By Richard Eisen
Daily Football Writer
-UCLA coach Terry Donahue, who spoke at yesterday's luncheon via
speakerphone, was very impressed with Grbac's performance against Notre..,
Dame.
"The performance that Grbac did Saturday was absolutely marvelous,".
Donahue said. "He looked so poised, and he adds a dimension to the
offense in terms of throwing."
-Michigan placekicker Gulam Khan broke his arm during one o
Raghib Ismail's kickoff returns Saturday, and impressed his coach in the.,
process.
"With Gulam, the guy hit him and broke his arm in two places. And
he got up and chased Ismail," Schembechler grinned. "Give the damn ki
credit."
-Schembechler continued to lament his team's poor kicking gamae
yesterday, saying that Michigan "had too much respect for (its own)
kickoff coverage and not enough respect for Notre Dame's return, and that
got us in trouble."
Schembechler added that three key special teams players, Dave Ritter,
Chris Bohn, and Martin Davis, were out with injuries, contributing to.
Michigan's poor kickoff coverage. All three will be out for UCLA,,-
including Rusty Fichtner, who injured his hamstring against Notre Dame.
As far as the punting game is concerned, Schembechler likened it to.;
his golf game. "You ever get your driver in trouble and never get. it
straightened out? That's what happened, and we'll take another look at
punting this week."

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