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Field Hockey
vs. Central Michigan
Sept. 28
Tartan Turf

SPORTS

Football
vs. Maryland
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Michigan Stadium

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, September 26, 1989

Page 9

Bo riles Elvis with 'old army stories'

by Adam Benson
Daily Football Writer
Bo Schembechler looked much
happier this Monday.
Last Monday, Bo faced the press
after a deflating loss to Notre Dame.
Yesterday, Bo spoke about the
UCLA game.
"Wasn't that great?" Bo asked
reporters during his weekly
luncheon. "It didn't look good there
for a while. That UCLA team came
to play, and they've got some talent.
Those guys have some good looking
athletes."
The same thing could be said
about the Fighting Irish, but against
the Bruins, Michigan came out with
a win.
The last second, come-from-
behind, 24-23 win came as a much
needed victory for the Wolverines.
The game marked the first victory
for quarterback Elvis Grbac. The red-
shirt freshman began the contest in
ugly fashion, sort of lobbing the
ball into the air on several attempts.
Schembechler knew what would help
his young leader.
"I gave him my old army stories.
I said, you know Elvis, when I was
in the army I was in the heavy
weapon outfit. I used to fire those 81
millimeter mortars. Feechoo..."
Schembechler said with his hand
drifting through the air. "We don't
throw a God damn football like that.
That one he throw down there on
that post route, I could not believe
that."
But for his resurgence, Grbac
received the coach's praise: "I think
this kid is going to do just fine. The
kid has a lot of presence about him,
as young as he is. He took some
hits in this game, let me tell you -
he get wrapped. Every time he
handed that ball and faked, somebody
was hitting him, but he stood right
in there. He'll stand right in there
and look at you, and throw the ball.
I like that
"lie's got some courage."
Grbac did not receive any team

honors this week though. The team
recognized tailback Tony Boles as
this week's offensive champion and
tight end Derrick Walker as the
offensive hustler.
On defense, lineman Mike Teeter
captured the champion title, while
safety Tripp Welborne got the
hustler honors.
"Teeter played well for us, he was
a force in there. Welborne is a great
player. He's big and he's tough arA
he's smart. He is going to be a great
player."
Although he didn't receive any
awards, Bo cited linebacker Bobby
Abrams for another good effort
against the Bruins.
"He's the kind of guy you like to
see do well."
Schembechler had similar kudos
for his special teams, which had
maybe the most dramatic
improvement from the previous
week. The coach felt comfortable
with the punting, but was less
certain about other areas.
"I'm going to continue to go with
(Chris) Stapleton. I don't know
about the kickoff yet.
The injury report seemed pretty
sound as well. The coach said that
besides a few minor injuries to Tony
Boles and Chris Calloway, no one
had any aches or pains that would
keep them from playing against
Maryland.
Bo also felt the guard Dean
Dingman would be "possible" for
some play against the Terrapins, but
quarterback Micheal Taylor and
fullback Jarrod Bunch remain
sidelined and will be out until
Michigan State at least.
Even with the strong showing
from Grbac, Taylor has not lost his
claim to the starting job.
"(We've) got to see how rusty he
his," Schembechler said of Taylor.
"If a guy is out four weeks, you just
don't automatically comeback to
where you were before you were
hurt. You got to practice. He'll be

our a quarterback when he gets back,
healthy."
Bo plans to prepare Grbac, and
others, for this weekend's match
with Maryland. The Terrapins 1-3
start may deceive some onlookers.
The three losses have come
against North Carolina State, West
Virginia, and Clemson - all top
twenty teams. In the 31-7 loss at
Clemson, the Terps lost star
quarterback Neil O'Donnell with a

bruised hand. He will be back to
play Michigan.
Schembechler looked forward to
the next game, and would not accept
the notion that Maryland would be a
light game for Michigan.
"Their defense is good. Very quick
and they play with a lot of
enthusiasm. They are a good
defensive team. We need a challenge
like that and they'll be hard to move
on."

DAVID LUBLINER/DAILY
Wolverine linebacker Bobby Abrams attempts to tackle UCLA tailback
Brian Brown in Saturday night's contest at the Rose Bowl.
FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
Grant poked in the eye
by Adam Benson
and Richard Eisen
Daily Football Writers
-Linebacker J.J Grant was poked in the eye twice in the UCLA game and
has to wear a patch until the eye improves. Grant wears a protective shield
$ over his face, but says the helmet slipped, allowing a finger to get through.
-Offensive guard Marc Ramirez blacked out in practice last Tuesday.
Ramirez had suffered from heat exhaustion during the spring practice. No
one is quite sure what is wrong with him now.
-Michigan's game with Maryland will be the first time since last year's
game with Northwestern that the Wolverines will not be televised.
-Greg McMurtry's nine game catching streak ended Saturday when
UCLA shut out the Wolverine receiver. Ironically, McMurtry passed up
UCLA, reportedly his second choice, to attend Michigan.
-UCLA was 3-3 on fourth-down conversions, with the biggest one
coming on a 19-yard pass from Bret Johnson to Randy Austin. On fourth
and one late in the game, Johnson faded back and threw a lob down the field.
Austin made a phenomenal one handed grab and kept the drive alive.
-With Saturday's win, Michigan now leads the all-time series over
UCLA, 6-2. The last time UCLA lost to a Big Ten team was when
Michigan beat the Bruins in the 1981 Bluebonnet Bowl, 33-14. The Bruins
had beaten five straight Big Ten opponents.
-Michigan coach Bo Schembechler now has a two game winning streak
in the Rose Bowl. Kevin Williams' apparent fumble on the goal line,
however, reminded Schembechler of bad Rose Bowl tidings - "The
Phantom Touchdown."
"Yeah, I wondered about old Charlie White in '79," Schembechler said of
White's 1979 Rose Bowl touchdown for USC in which he clearly fumbled
the ball before crossing the goal line. "We'll never know what happened
(Saturday) because there's no camera on the goal line.
"It was kinda reminiscent of Charlie White. But White's ball was back
nine yards," he said.

One to remember VII
Michigan first-year kicker J.D. Carlson kicks the winning field goal with
one second left in Saturday's 24-23 Michigan victory. Carlson was
named Sports Illustrated offensive Player of the Week after connecting.
on four field goals, from 46, 36, 43, and 24 yards, and setting up the
Wolverines' on-side kick recovery in the closing seconds.

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