The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 1, 1990 - Page 13
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teams have carried small
developmental squads in addition to
their regular rosters. Those squads
are gone now, leaving former
* Wolverine stars Messner and Jamie
Morris among the casualties.
"I expected to have a spot on the
team," Abrams said. "I wouldn't
*have been here for six or seven'
weeks if I felt I couldn't make the ,
But not everybody was so
"I thought he had a chance (of
making the team) but he was in a
difficult situation," New York Times
Giants' beat reporter Frank Litsky
said. "They had signed a Plan B free-
agent, Randy Thornton. They had
the money investment in Thornton."
Upon starting training camp in~
Madison, N. J., Abrams received a «ie lsigwe eena l
mxe blessig whe prena All
Pro linebacker Lawrence Taylor held
out for a contract extension and moreFIEPT°a
money. Abrams had looked forward Former Wolverine linebacker Bobby Abrams drags down a Wisconsin Badger ballcarrier during his junior year.
to learning from Taylor, but he was
happy to get the extra playing "He's been contributing since the "That was more intense than the else loomed on his agenda.
opportunities in Taylor's absence. first day," Bellichek said. "He's draft," Abrams said. "The draft was Abrams attends classes at N
As the preseason progressed, performed well when he's gotten the all fun and games. This was the Jersey's Farleigh Dickinso
Abrams earned plaudits for his play opportunity. The thing about Bobby difference between making $100,000 University, in hopes of earning h
at linebacker and special teams. And is his steady progress and continual playing football or going back to masters degree in Education
with the Giants planning to keep improvement. He never makes the Michigan and teaching for $25,000." Administration. He is also pursui
seven linebackers, it became same mistake again." As the end of August rolled an internship in New Jersey for t
apparent that Abrams possessed a Said Litsky: "He had to make the around, the Giants trimmed their offseason.
realistic shot at making the team. team on special teams. He couldn't roster to 45 players. Abrams was on "I want to play football," he sa
* The fact that the scouts did not make it on linebacking alone." it. "I don't need to play football. I ne
consider him one of the top 350 While the draft had been nerve- He held on as one of six rookies to teach.
college players turning pro last year racking, the final cut was infinitely to crack the squad, prompting "I know (the Detroit area schoo
held less and less significance. worse, deserved celebration. But something have a need for young Black r
Maryland keeps Blue
defense on their toes
by Eric Lemont
Daily Football Writer
Michigan might have come up with the big plays when it needed them
Saturday, but there was a lot of bendin' and breakin' in between.
Explaining Maryland's success moving the football, Wolverine defen-
sive tackle Chris Hutchinson said, "I think a lot of it was that they were
catching us off guard and we just weren't ready for it." Hutchinson said
the Terrapins would often use a quick count and snap the ball before
Michigan could set its defense.
"It's a hard thing to practice against," Hutchinson said.
EVERITT INJURED: Yet another Michigan player suffered an injury
to his foot when sophomore center Steve Everitt injured his toes Satur-
day. Everitt had his toes at an angle to the turf when a Maryland player
fell across them. It is not known for how long Everitt will be sidelined..
Linebacker John Milligan broke a metatarsal in his foot against UCLA
last week and punter Chris Stapleton broke his left foot in practice several
LOOK FAMILIAR?: In case you were wondering, yes, Desmond
Howard's 37-yard touchdown in the center of the end zone was the same
play that produced his 44-yard touchdown reception against Notre Dame
two weeks ago. "Yes, you could say I like that play," Howard said.
Howard successfully hauled in the pass Saturday when the Maryland
free safety, who floated to the area to help, never looked up.
"His (Mike Thomas') only problem was that he played the ball and
didn't play me," Howard said. "So I just reached up and grabbed it."
RETURN RECORD: Sophomore Derrick Alexander returned four
kickoffs Saturday for a total of 129 yards, breaking Gil Chapman's all-
time Michigan single-game kickoff return yard mark of 125 yards, set
Oct. 21, 1972 against Illinois. Alexander's four kickoff returns marks the
11th time a Michigan player has returned four or more in a single game.
Allen Jefferson was the last, on Oct. 10, 1987 against Michigan State.
INTERCEPTIONALLY SPEAKING: Sophomore outside linebacker
Martin Davis' 27-yard interception for a touchdown on the game's second
play was the figst Michigan interception returned for a touchdown since
October 7, 1989, when Lance Dottin returned a an errant Wisconsin pass
22 yards for a score.
Senior strong safety Vada Murray moved into a seventh place tie on
the all-time Michigan interception list with ten. Murray is now tied with
Evan Cooper, Keith Bostic, Mike Jolly and Charlie Lentz. Murray is one
behind Rich Volk and Thom Darden for fifth place.
BO SIGHTING: Bo Schembechler attended his first Michigan football
game since retiring from his head coaching position last season. Schem-
bechler watched the game from a private section of the press box.
models like myself, but I didn't get a"
lot of responses from them. Most of
my responses came from out East.
"But I would like to come back
to Michigan and pursue my number
one career - education."
After all, pursuit is what Abrams
Vaughn's production dropped considerably, as he failed to gain 100
yards after consecutive games over the 200-yard mark. He did manage to add
two touchdowns to his team-leading total of five.
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Abrams, now of the New York Giants, rushes the passer during last season's Maryland game in Ann Arbor.
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