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The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 6, 990 - Pagg 7

CHANGING

OF

THE

GUARD

by Steven Cohen
Daily Football Writer
A coach with integrity who can provide 194 wins in
21 years of service is not easy to replace. Neither is one
who can produce thirteen Big Ten Championships and
fifteen straight bowl game appearances.
But Bo is gone and Mo will now be the one
storming the sidelines of South Bend, Madison, West
Jafayette, and last and perhaps least, Columbus and
Lansing (take your pick).
Gary Moeller, who had been at Michigan for 18
years as an assistant, was promoted to the head coaching
position last December when the 61-year old
Schembechler decided to hang up his headset.
;The 48-year old Moeller had been named the
pffensive coordinator in 1986 and previously had been
the defensive coordinator for five seasons.
Moeller played under Schembechler at Ohio State,
where he was the team's captain, and later served as an
assistant under Schembechler at Miami of Ohio. Aside
from a head coaching stint at Illinois from 1977-79 in
which he endured three losing seasons before being
fired, he has always been at Schembechler's side.
In 1988, while Schembechler was at home
*recovering from heart surgery, Moeller coached the
Wolverines to a 28-24 victory over Alabama in the Hall
bf Fame Bowl.
Quite clearly, Moeller has a great deal in commoih
with Schembechler outside of their status as former
offensive lineman.
"I want a man here who thinks like I do, and who
believes in the Michigan system," Schembechler said as
he resigned. "A man who has great integrity and great
character.... So I'm naming Gary Moeller as my
successor.".
"This is not going to in any way change Michigan
football," Schembechler said. "It will go on and it will
be successful, I can guarantee you that."
Though Michigan lost the appeal Schembechler
brings to potential players, the Wolverines choraled
lvhat recruiting experts consider to be one of the top
five classes in the nation. Moeller had anticipated such
success.
"I think I'll be able to sell Michigan," Moeller said.
'As I said before, I'm going to have a Gary Moeller
*program with a lot of Bo Schembechler in it."
Recruiting coordinator Bob Chmiel and Moeller did

It's Mo not Bo, but the
outlook remains very rosy

scholastic player. Jesse Johnson and Juan Kemp are
thought to have star potential as well.
"We got some kids who I think can carry the ball,"
Moeller said. "We got what I would consider a good
class of linebackers, both inside and out. The other
thing we had to do was help ourselves at the quarterback
position andI feel like we accomplished that as well;"
Powers will fight for time with the incumbents, led
by Allen Jefferson, last season's third-leading rusher,
who has averaged around six yards per carry during his
career. Jon Vaughn ran wild in the spring contest,
rushing for 165 yards, 108 more than he ran all season.
Sophomore Burnie Legette and senior Jarrod Bunch
are two more reasons why the Wolverine backfield could
remain rock-solid.
Todd Collins and Nate Holdren are the two top guns
Michigan inked, but they will likely have to wait their
turn as several returnees-Elvis Grbac, redshirt frosh
Doug Musgrave, Wilbur Odom, and Ken Sollom -
will battle for the starting quarterback assignment.
Grbac, thought to have the inside track on the head
job, had a lackluster performance in the annual spring
game, completing 13 of 24 passes for 179 yards with
two interceptions.
What softened the concern over Grbac's performance
in the spring game was the identity of the interceptors
- All-American Tripp Welborne and second-team Big
Ten selection Vada Murray.
The duo, along with cornerbacks Lance Dottin and
David Key, will compose one of the nation's most
formidable secondaries and should cause most signal-
callers distress.
The offensive line, spearheaded by the humongous
Greg Skrepenak (6-foot-six, 320-pounds) remains intact.
Like the defensive backfield, the unit, which comprises
tackles Tom Dohring and Skrepenak, guards Dean
Dingman and Matt Elliot, and center Steve Everitt, is
among the nation's best.
The defensive line loses Brent White and Mike
Teeter but should not be slowed down as returnees Chris
Hutchinson, T.J. Osman, and Mike Evans provide a
menacing front three.
With talent like this returning, it is no wonder that
the Michigan football program has sported a rosy
outlook in anticipating the upcoming season.
It can almost make one forget about old
Whatshisname.

UDAVID LUtSLIINR/Daiy
Mr. Jackson isn't the only Bo who knows football and baseball. After 21 years as head football coach Bo
Schembechler retired last December to become president of the Tiger's baseball club. Here Bo chats with his
hand-picked successor Gary Moeller before his final game, the 1990 Rose Bowl.

such an effective job recruiting that the experts make
Michigan the odds on favorite to win the conference.
They would become the first Big Ten team to go to
three consecutive Rose Bowls since the Wolverines'
squads in 1976-78 accomplished the feat.
Michigan returns a great number of players from last
season's 10-2 squad, while also filling gaps in other
areas. Two areas which appear unstable are running
back, where a knee injury to Tony Boles and the loss of
Leroy Hoard to the NFL deprive Michigan of its leading

two rushers, and linebacker - where Michigan lost
starters Bobby Abrams, and J.J. Grant.
Six heralded linebackers should help soften the blow
- although it remains to be seen how second-team all-
Big Ten inside linebacker Erick Anderson recovers from
an off-season knee surgery.
At running back, the recruits are even more
ballyhooed than the linebacking contingent. Ohio-native
Ricky Powers was hailed by many, including Parade
Magazine and the USA Today as the nation's top

Hoard
proves
.himself
iy Steven Cohen
Daily Football Writer
Former Michigan running back
Leroy Hoard was prepared to endure
all the "I told you sos."
"I told you you should have
stayed in school."
"I told you you shouldn't have
gone out for the draft."
"I told you the value of a
*Michigan education."
As one of 36 juniors who
declared himself available for the
41990 NFL Draft, Hoard left himself
susceptible to the second-guessing of
his critics. If Hoard, the 1989 Rose
;Bowl MVP, were to have been
drafted particularly late, Hoard's
,detractors likely would have come
out of the woodwork.
,1. Instead, Hoard was the first
Michigan player selected among the
five Wolverines who were drafted.
The Cleveland Browns used their
second round selection, the 45th
overall, to pick Hoard.
"I'm happy now, now I just have
,to show them that I am capable of
performing," Hoard said after the
draft. "I got worried after only one
running back was taken in the first
fifteen picks. I'm ready to show
:them that they made the right
choice."
It remains to be seen whether or
not the New Orleans native made the
correct decision to forego his final
season of eligibility, but Hoard is
determined to make things work for
dim. Hoard had been only six credits
away from graduating, but the rigors
of NFL tryouts and tests have set
him back somewhat. Hoard does
elan to earn his degree.
t"That's definitely one of my
riorities," Hoard said. "I think even
f I never use it - just to show that
,Look, I said I was going to come
back and get it and I did."'
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