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Daily Football Writert
The word is actually only a
few years old. Pat Riley inventedi
it after his Los Angeles LakersI
won their second consecutiveI
NBA title over the Pistons in
1988.
Three-peat.:
But despite the youthful years
of a word probably unheard of in
most other English speakingl
countries, the entire Wolverine
football team can give you a
definition of the word and explain
its significance.
The answer won't mention
the Detroit Pistons' chances at a
three-peat.
Only Michigan's.
No team has ever three-peated
in the Big Ten as outright
conference champions. No one.
Now, Michigan sits with two
outright titles under their belt,
and licking their chops for a third
under new coach Gary Moeller.
"It really means a lot,"
explained tailback Jon Vaughn.
"One, this is Michigan and
Michigan will do it first.
"It's also exciting. Everyone
likes to win. That's the pedestal
the country has put us on: to win
three Big Ten championships.
"It's also a quest. But it's also
an obligation to ourselves to reach
that plateau that no one else has
done. Just to be a part of it is so
overwhelming. We were talking
about it all summer."
Since the Wolverines went to
the Rose Bowl last year, they
must win the title outright again.
And to return to Pasadena,
they must do it with a new
coach, a new quarterback, a new
running back, new wide
receivers, and a new tight end.
With the exception of fullback
Jarrod Bunch, no Michigan
player who touches the ball will
have starting experience under his
belt.
"Our biggest challenge is that
Bunch is the only guy coming
back who will handle the ball,"
Moeller said. We can't make that
crucial mistake - whether it's
dropping the ball or not blocking
for the quarterback that leads to a
negative or a turnover for our
team.
However, Moeller is confident
that Elvis will be able to do the
job. Grbac led the Wolverines last
year in the early part of the season
to four wins after senior Michael
Taylor was forced out with an
arm injury midway through the
Notre Dame game. Grbac offers
Michigan a stronger arm than
Taylor possessed but does not
present the option and running
threat that made Taylor a
success.
"The one thing I like about

Elvis is that he'll sit in there until
the last second to throw the ball
and take one in the face if he has
to. I think he's that type of a
player," Moeller said. However,
Moeller is concerned about
Grbac's ability to throw after
moving out of the pocket in a
scramble.
Grbac emulates the style
Moeller envisions for the future of
Michigan football, while Taylor
may have been the prototype Bo
Schembechler quarterback.
Moeller does not want to rely on
the "bang the ball down the other
team's throats" philosophy that
Schembechler employed during
his years at Michigan. With the
change of style, some have
nicknamed the new coach "Air
Mo."
"I would rather throw the ball
than run a lot of option,
personally, but I think you have
to go with what the ability of
your quarterback can do,"
Moeller said. "I like to throw the
ball. Look at the Michigan
program - go back ten years and
you have a Johnny Wrangler-
type quarterback, go back five
years and you have a Jimmy
Harbaugh-type quarterback.
That's what I see."
The Wolverines have lost two
of Grbac's backups. Wilbur
Odom was an academic casualty
and Doug Musgrave left the
school after a few days of fall
practice. Ken Sollom, who fought
with Odom for the backup role,
will be Grbac's substitute.
Running back remains a
major concern. Michigan has lost
its big play threat with the loss of
Tony-Boles. The loss is even more
decimating with the early entry
into the professional ranks of
Leroy Hoard. Boles will not
return this year because of slow
rehabilitation on his injured knee
and did not register for spring or
summer classes, which were
needed for him to retain his
eligibility.
"We were thinking: someone is
going to have to make the big
play at Notre Dame," said
Vaughn, one of the candidates to
fill Boles' position. "We really do
miss Tony because he was a big
play back, but now we have five
or six people who once given the
chance like Allen, Dennis
(Washington), me, Derrick
Alexander, Desmond Howard,
Bunch (can do the job). I think
Bunch can go 60 or more on a
good day, you never know. I
think Tony's experience is what
we're going to miss, but the big
play isn't going to be missed."
The tailback position will be
filled with two veterans, who
have not seen much game action.

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Elvis Grbac will have to answer the Wolverines question at quaterback this season.

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