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Who was the last major
league baseball player to
win both the World Series
and regular season MVP's in
the same year?
(For the answer,
turn to'the bottom of page 10)

Inside Sp+rts Monday
'M' Sports Calendar 10
TopTen List 10
Michigan Athlete of the Week 10
Gill Again 11
Field Hockey 12
Women's Golf 12
Football Coverage 13-14
AP Top 25 15
Griddes 15
Page 9


Monday, October 1, 1990


The Michigan Daily


Maryland gift-wraps win for



*Vaughn prophecy
almost comes true
By looking at the score of Michigan's 45-17 trounc-
ing of Maryland, one would assume Jon Vaughn again
ran wild - up and down, with twist and turns and cuts
and thrashes and finding all the seams on the big green
rug until finally crossing the goal line.
That's what would appear to be true from the score.
*Headlines would again read: "Run, Jon, Run" or maybe,
"Vaughn's Song: Born To Run Wild." The Downtown
Athletic Club would notify voters that today was the
deadline for Heisman Trophy ballots and that Ty Detmer
is not a potential candidate.
Then again, by the score, it could be assumed that
the Wolverines played well. They didn't. So let's not
assume anything.
Instead, we sit here, Monday morning quarterback-
ing, and ask, "What happened to Jon Vaughn?" Re-
inember? The man who squashed Notre Dame and
WUCLA like midgets in a grape juice factory.
One can site numerous reasons for his less-than-
spectacular performance.
1. It was cloudy outside; thus, there was no shadow
to chase.
2. It was Yom Kippur. Maybe Vaughn was fasting
and lacking in vital strength.
3. Vaughn just said, "Hell, give these guys a break."
4. The offensive line wanted to prove Vaughn was
not the reason for his outlandish rushing numbers.
5. Or, how about a simple response like: Maryland's
defense is good.
Listen to the answer Jon Vaughn gave after his in-
credible day under the blue skies of Ann Arbor against
UCLA: "I really won't start thinking about what I did
this season until after the season," Vaughn said. "Next
thing you know, you get three yards the next game. But
if we win and I get three yards, that's enough for me. I
just want to win."
Three yards? Mighty Jon Vaughn? The Master of the
* Universe, only able to come through with three yard-
See GILL, Page 15

'M' beats
by Eric Lemont
Daily Football Writer
After the Wolverines had just
blown Maryland out of Michigan
Stadium Saturday, the Ukrainian
'uv' brothers - Woulduv, Coulduv
and Shoulduv - made a cameo ap-
pearance in the Michigan
Coach Gary Moeller said he
Shoulduv thrown more to counter
Maryland's dogged effort to stop
Michigan's running game.
Offensive lineman Greg Skrepe-
nak felt the line Coulduv played
more together as a group.
And practically every player,
coach and equipment manager knew
that Michigan's 45-17 victory
Woulduv been even more lopsided if
the Wolverines had not entered into
the Terrapins' turnover-happy style
of play.
Maryland entered the game hav-
ing lost 12 more fumbles and inter-
ceptions than they had taken away.
By the end of the game, their
turnover margin had been extended to
14 with Michigan scoring 17 points
on three of the Terps' six turnovers.
"You turn the ball over against a
team like Michigan, sooner or later
they're going to make it," Maryland
coach Joe Kriviac said.
The Terrapins continually applied
the brakes to their drives down the

Michigan split end sensation Desmond Howard snatches an Elvis Grbac feed in the endzone for a second-quarter touchdown.

See MARYLAND, Page 14

See GILL, Page 15

by Phil Green
Daily Sports Writer
As the ball cascaded down into
the waiting arms of the Philadelphia
Eagles' returner, so too did Bobby
Abrams. Immediately after the ball
hit the receiver's arms, Abrams
pummelled him to the ground. The
New York Giants' rookie free-agent
outside linebacker exploded to his
feet pumping his arms to the sky.
In the first game of his first
season, Abrams had punctuated what'
had taken him months to achieve -
a life in the NFL.
"It was pretty dramatic for me,
being on national TV, and it was
against the Eagles, our rivals," the
former Michigan star said about the
Third-year offensive lineman
John "Jumbo" Elliott, a former
teammate of Abrams in Ann Arbor,
was among several impressed
"It was great," Elliot said. "Right
after he made the hit he was so
excited he was making this waving
motion with his hands. Watching-
the films, guys were saying he was
an energizer, like a transformer."
With many former Big Ten
players on the Giants' roster,
Abrams has fit in well, receiving
tutorial guidance from the conference
"I think that (former Michigan
State outside linebacker) Carl Banks
has been very helpful to him,"
Giants defensive coordinator Bill
Bellichek said. "He's been giving
him a lot of tips."
But the NFL was not one of
Abrams' favorite topics of
conversation last April. He sat
watching the NFL draft, waiting for
his name to be called.
The call never came.
"T was watchino- most of my



Ignored by scouts,
former Michigan
linebacker works
hard to earn spot

on Giants'


year - even after recording a career-
best 73 tackles during his senior
season and being named to the AP
All-Big Ten 2nd team.
At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, size did
not hurt Abrams as it had with
former Wolverines, such as defensive
lineman Mark Messner. Attitude
wasn't a problem either.
"He made himself a player
because of his tremendous
competitiveness, his never-say-die
attitude," Michigan defensive
coordinator Lloyd Carr said. "He's a
tremendous example not only in
football, but as a leader."
Neither Abrams, Carr, nor
Bellichek could explain why Abrams
was not invited or drafted.
"I was surprised he wasn't drafted.
We got down to the end of the-draft
and just didn't have enough picks,"
Bellichek said. "He should have been
drafted. We drafted players that were
worse than he was."
The NFL scouting machine had
managed to pass over another talent.
"Isn't it interesting," Carr mused;
"that in the NFL they have all this
sophisticated scouting, and here's a
kid who slips through the cracks,
goes undrafted and makes one of the
best teams in the NFL?"
After going undrafted, Abrams
was ready to pursue a teaching career
in Michigan. However, just two
days following the draft, Abrams
was sitting in Bellichek's office
discussing a possible career with the
Giants. Teaching would have to wait
for the time being.
The Giants had been interested in
Abrams for over a year. During the
spring after Abrams' junior year,
two of Bellichek's friends, Carr and
Wolverine linebacker coach Bobby
Morrison, visited the Giants to talk
about defensive football.
"They mentioned him (Abrams)
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JOSE JUPAflr.'.J iy
Michigan sophomore Hayley Lorenzen initiates the Wolverine volleyball
attack in a difficult loss to Indiana Friday evening at Varsity Arena.
Hnot so sweet as
spikers drop two more
by Matthew Dodge
and Albert Lin
Daily Sports Writers

As the Michigan volleyball team runs down the road to respectability,
it continues to stumble over superior Big Ten teams. The latest, and
etpp act c kA hmn - Tnrin endO fhin State - trinned the Wolver-

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