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Page 12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 22, 1989

BRUINS
Continued from Page 1
Like Michigan, the Bruins have
had a rocky beginning to their sea-
son. Decimated by graduation, hav-
ing lost top players such as All-
American quarterback Troy Aikman,
cornerback Darryl Henley, and out-
side linebacker Carnell Lake, the
Bruins dropped their season opener
to Tennessee, 24-6.
Last weekend, UCLA squeaked
by San Diego State, showing signs
of a team in the midst of a turbulent
flux. In other words, the Bruins,
who sport a .762 (79-23-5) winning
percentage in the 80s, are not play-
ing up to the level of play that coach
Terry Donahue has come to expect.
"We're not a good football team
for many reasons," Donahue said.
"We've got a young quarterback and
I'm hopeful he'll mature quickly and
that he'll bring our offensive team
along.
"But we're just not a good foot-
ball team at this point in the sea-
son."
DONA H UE was talking via
speaker phone at Michigan coach Bo
Schembechler's Monday press lunch-
eon. Donahue continued to lament
about his team's trials and trib-ula-.
tions as Schembechler knifed
through his salad.
"This year's football team is not
a good defensive team. We gave up
250 yards rushing against Tenn-
essee," the speakerphone crackled.
"The intensity level is not very good
and we lack speed in the field."
Schembechler's body went limp

and his eyes rolled it
his eyebrows skyroc
Either the fifth winn
NCAA football hist
rotten pimento or 1
buying what Donah
elling.
ForthedBruins
spectable defensive
headed by senior tack
A pre-season candidat
ican honors, Lodish v
season's Southern
Lineman of the Year.
from the Cotton Bow
defense are safeties I
Matt Darby.
"I think they're fi
Their best player
Schembechler said.
down player, a very
tackle. They've got
guys but they've g
secondary and they'r
defensive team."
OBVIOUSLY,
pimento.
While UCLA lost
defense, it lost only ti
leaving most of the
attack intact. Remai
year's squad is seni
Cornish, a Lombard
Trophy candidate froi
same magazine t
Michigan with the N
ranking, The Sporti
did the same for
Sporting News name
center and in addition
to the All-America t
and Lindy magazines.
"They've got thei

Adam
Benson

/Sports Informotion:
UCLA junior tailback Brian Brown , shown here in the Bruins' 24-6 loss to Tennessee, will have to
compensate for the loss of startiing running back Shawn Wills and the presence of a new quarterback .
Illnesses keep Wolverine starting guards in Ann Arbor

All-American candidate Dean
Dingman, Michigan's starting guard,
did not make the trip to Los Angeles
as he is recovering from a severe
case of strep throat. The illness
hospitalized Dingman earlier this

week and casueed him to lose 30
pounds.
Michigan's other starting guard,.
Marc Ramirez, was also left behind
in Ann Arbor due to an unspecified
illness.

Redshirt frosh Joe Coccozzo will
start at one guard while Matt Elliott
will move from center to play the
other guard position. Steve Everitt
will start at center.

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LOS ANGELES- It's strange, but somehow this in
years Michigan-UCLA clash lacks the pizzazz, the glitz, t
the hoopla that one would imagine. The 0-1 Wolverines g
travel west with a shaky offensive line, depleted
backfield and a redshirt frosh at quarterback.
UCLA starts an inexperienced field general as well. i
But the Bruins' 1-1 start can be attributed to a weak t
defense that has given up 24 points to Tennessee and 25 t
to San Diego State. The lackluster showings have Bruin r
coach Terry Donahue saying publicly that his teamm
needs to play harder if they are to compete this season.
Donahue is not immune to criticism himself. UCLA cl
supporters have charged the 13-year head coach with 9
being too conservative on offense. Many fans feel he did de
not use former Bruin quarterback Tr6y Aikman to his b
fullest. His detractors also feel that UCLA's offensive
schemes are behind the rest of the football world.
Haven't we heard that criticism about some other n
football coach? M
Ever since the summer suspensions of the five
UCLA football players, the powder blue football
uniforms have not shone as they once did. The Bruins bt
are suffering. They always have to compete for attention de
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n his sockets as back intact," Schembechler said.
keted upwards. "And they have a great center in
ingest coach in Cornish. They got great running
Dry had eaten a backs and their quarterback is a gifted
he just wasn't kid, good arm and quickness. He's
hue was shov- just inexperienced like our guy."
do field a re- UCLA fields a solid running
squad ear- game with junior Brian Brown and
le MikeLo sophomore Shawn Wills, but the
te for All-Amer- Bruins will have to do without Wills
vas selected last against the Wolverines because of a
n Californian sprained ankle. Also injured offen-
Also returning sively is senior tight end Charles
Shamp Arbuckle who suffered a pre-season
Eric Turner and ankle injury and has since missed 2
1/2 weeks of practice.
ne defensively. "His play Saturday was miser-
is Lodich," able. He's hurt," Donahue said of
"He's the best Arbuckle. "Charles is a very gifted
fine defensive player and at this point he's not
t a lot of new playing very well because he's play-
)t speed in the ing with an injury. I hope he plays
e a pretty solid better against Michigan."
it wasn't the Quarterback Bret Johnson will b
taking the snaps for UCLA while
feeling the pressure of filling
t six starters on Aikman's shoes. He will be throw-
hree on offense, ing to a veteran receiving corps
Bruins' potent which includes Birmingham native
ning from last Mike Farr and junior Reggie Moore
r center Frank
i and Outland Unlike Michigan, UCLA's kick-
m Chicago. The ing game has no kinks. Place kicker
hat endowed Alfredo Velasco earned the respect of
[o. 1 preseason Schembedhler as well as the
ng News, also magazines when he converted 17-of-
Cornish. The 19 field goals and all 43 of his
d him its No. 1 PAT's last year.
R he was chosen
teams by Sport "Farr is a fine receiver and thei
kicking game is great too,'
r offensive line Schembechler said.
,uster of 'M'- UCLA
ontest is diminished
n Los Angeles with the Trojans of USC, but this yer
hey are struggling with the negative press they are
etting.
Meanwhile, Michigan's problems seem less
mmediate. The Wolverines were surprisingly upbeat at
he beginning of the week. Most players realized that
hey were two plays away from the country's tp
anking, and that there is still time to atone for pas
istakes.
But the "can't win the big one" rap hangs over this
lub. The Notre Dame loss was a missed opportunity, 4
ame that should have been a win. Notre Dame provedp
eserving number one team. Michigan did not seem fr
ehind.
A national championship seems very distant right
ow, but many things could change by January... If
4ichigan could make the return trip to the West Coast.
Right now, this game may not seem like a big win,
ut there is no question that this could be a devastating
efeat for the Michigan-UCLA loser.
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