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Page 4-The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- December 10, 1990

Take the Michigan
football final exam
by Mike Gill
Daily Football Writer

Final exams are upon
everyone. Nothing like a little
tune up for the real stuff. Test
your knowledge on Michigan
football's past with a warmup for
the old scantron some overworked
TA will throw at you in a few
days. First-year students: In the
past, students scoring high on this
Daily quiz have been known to
have been allowed to substitute
this quiz for a 100-level final. Just
clip it and turn it in to your TA.
(No cheating - answers at the
bottom.) Good luck.
1. Michigan has had two three-
time All-Americans. Name them.
a. Fritz Crisler and Fielding
b.Bennie Oosterbaan and
Anthony Carter.
c. Tripp Welborne and Gordon
d. Ricky Leach and Anthony
2.. This person "fell upon"
Most Valuable Player honors
during the 1934 season as
Michigaji's starting center. He is:
a. Bennie Oosterbaan.
b. BobUfer.
c. Gerald Ford.
d. Tom Harmon.
3. What three brothers have had
their number retired at Michigan.
a. The Wisert Brothers.
b. The Mallory Brothers.
c. The Plate Brothers.
d. The Harmon Brothers
4. The school's fight song, The
Victors, was written by:
a. William Revelli.
b. Gary Lewis.
c. John Phillip Sousa.
d. Louis Elbel.
5..Some of Fielding H. Yost's
teams were known as:
a. Yost's Boasters.
b, Yielding Fielding's Boys.
c. Best Team Grades Could
d. Point-a-Minute.
6. The Little Brown Jug goes
a. The Michigan player who
can eat the most greasy pizza at
the Brown Jug.
b. The winner of the
Michigan-Minnesota game.
c. The winner of the
Michigan-Indiana game.
d. Whoever the coach damn
well pleases to give it to.
7. The last Wolverine to be
named an Academic All-American
a. J.D. Carlson.
b. Reggie Ho.
c. Ken Higgins.
d. Sean Higgins.
8. The famed winged helmet
came into existence because:
a. The Wolverines used to be
called the Wings.
b. Some drunk painted a
straight line a little crooked and
the idea stuck.
c. So quarterbacks could
distinguish downfield receivers.
d. Fritz Crisler used to coach
the L.A. Rams.
Oosterbaan (1925, 26, 27), Carter
(1980, 81, 82). 2. C - Ford. Ford

later stumbled upon the Presidency
of the United States. 3 A -- Num-
ber 11 has been retired in honor of
the three Wisert Brothers - Fran-
cis (1931-33), Albert (1940-42),
Alvin (1947-49). 4 D - Elbel, a
music student at the University
wrote the words and music in No-
vember of 1898 in celebration of a
last-minute 12-11 victory over
Chicago. 5 D Point-a-Minute (for
obvious reasons). 6 B - Since
1903, the Little Brown Jug has

Desmond Howard slips past two Buckeye defenders and into the endzone two weeks ago. Howard's big play ability will be a key against Mississippi.
Blue defies expectations

Some surprises and a few disap-
pointments surrounded Gary
Moeller's first season at the helm of
the Michigan football team.
The most obvious let down was
the Big Ten title - or lack there of
for the 1990 squad. Though the
Wolverines were able to grab a piece
of the championship, the results
were merely satisfying, and a far cry
from gratifying.
This year's Big Ten standings
will have a huge asterisk in the mar-
gins. With four teams tying for the
top spot for the first time in history,
it's hard to consider this year as
Michigan's third straight conference
Meanwhile, Hayden Fry's Iowa
Hawkeyes, who beat Michigan 24-
23 in October, took the high road to
the Rose Bowl, leaving Michigan to
settle for second fiddle - the Gator
Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.
, "You can't
take that away
Schreiber from us," Moeller
said of the Big
Ten Champion-
ship, "especially
the way we hung
in there. You
know there are a
lot of kids,
seniors particular-
ly, that could
have folded, but
"You learn to
play like a man and you know how
to face adversity."
And most teams' fans would be
thrilled with a Top 20 finish and an
8-3 regular season record. But not
here in Ann Arbor. All anyone really
wants to talk about is what could
have been. Were it not for a couple
two-point conversions or the lack of
overtime in the collegiate game, the
Wolverines might be challenging
Washington in the Granddaddy of
Them All, and just might be playing
for a national title.
Part of the Wolverines' problem
this season was the defense.
Although they played at a high cal-
iber, Michigan did not live up to
preseason expectations, especially


Offense rises to young heig9hts,
while defense falls below sights

running corps proved to be too full
to provide a large enough work load
for one tailback to continue such
dominance. Couple that with tie
slight ankle injury that kept
Vaughn's carries to a minimum in
the final six games, and talk of a
Heisman faded mighty quickly.
But, the shared work load saw thq
emergence of another future star and
the establishment of an old one. Not
only did Jarrod Bunch have a career
year at fullback for the Wolverines,|
but first-year tailback Ricky Powers
etched his name in stone as the up-
and-coming future of Michigan foot-,
During a four-game span late in
the season, Bunch averaged 6.67:
yards per carry, a huge amount for a;
burly, up-the-gut runner. Powers, in
the meantime, ran for 636 yards,;
breaking Jamie Morris' team record:
for rushing yardage for a "true"
The other major highlight on of-;
fense could have put together a high-
light show of his own. Sophomore
wideout Desmond Howard was the:
talk of the town with his high-fly-
ing, depth-defying catches. He snared
practically every pass within reach,
and even a few that weren't, and
when the season was said and done,
Howard had critics convinced that he
could be the top receiver in the na-
tion as early as next season.
And aside from his tremendous
receiving ability, Howard led the na-
tion in kickoff returns with 29.5
yard average, including a 95-yarder
for a touchdown against Michigan"
State. His explosiveness added a
whole new dimension to the
Wolverine offense, which was de-
lightfully unexpected by Moeller's
coaching staff.
The rest of the receiving corps
could have used the return of stick-
um more than anything else. The
Wolverines dropped so many of;
Elvis Grbac's passes that it became
too difficult to realistically evaluate
the performance of the' Michigan
quarterback. Ideally, both the re-
ceivers and Grbac had room to im-5
prove, but the youth involved here'
leaves thoughts of a Big Ten chal-:

Several Michigan defenders celebrate after sacking Notre Dame quarterback Rick Mirer, including sophomore
defensive tackle Chris Hutchinson. Hutchinson, along with linebacker John Milligan, went down with an injury
during the season, forcing the Wolverines' defensive front to suffer in experience and depth for a majority of the
'1990 campaign.

passes on the season.

the defense's experience, and the ef-

blocks this season with a 201-yard

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