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When Anthony Thompson
finished his career two seasons
ago, he took most of the Indiana
offense and its record book with
him. But Vaughn Dunbar
exploded onto the scene last year,
rushing for 1,224 yards.
Coach Bill Mallory expects
even bigger things from Dunbar
this year. And with 18 starters
returning, the 1991 Hoosiers
should improve on last season's 6-
5-1 overall record (3-4-1 in the Big

"We've got one of the top
running backs in the country in
Vaughn Dunbar," Mallory said.
"Vaughn really came on last year
and I know he's focused in to
have a great year this year.
There's no reason why there can't
be a fine running offense."
A solid offensive line provides
the key to any rushing attack,
and the Hoosiers' blockers should
give Dunbar plenty of holes..

Senior tackle Randy Schneider
anchors a line that averages over
280 lbs., and has all five linemen
Indiana's question mark
offensively will be its passing
game. Quarterback Trent Green
must prove his three-touchdown
performance in the Peach Bowl
was no fluke, but rather a sign of
good things to come.
"We're real pleased with the
way Trent Green performed in
the Bowl game against Auburn.
He took that same attitude and
improvement into spring,"

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Mallory said. "ht's real important
that we come on in the passing
department, to balance out."
While the offense returns its
best players, the defense will be
looking to replace its team MVP,
free safety Mike Dumas. That
task belongs to redshirt frosh
Lance Brown. But surrounding
Brown are a solid secondary and
an experienced front seven, led by
second team all-Big Ten
linebacker Mark Hagen.
"For us to be a really good
football team, our defense has to
jump to another plateau and I
think it's very capable," Mallory
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Iowa won't have the
advantage of sneaking up on the
Big Ten this year as in 1990. With
14 starters returning, everyone
knows the Hawkeyes are in good
position to make a repeat trip to
the Rose Bowl.
"I anticipate another good
defense and when we have a good
defense we normally have a team
that winds up in a bowl game,"
Iowa coach Hayden Fry said.
"We have good players back on
offense and should move the
The biggest advantage for
Iowa (6-2 in the Big Ten, 8-4
overall in 1990) might not be the
players, but rather the schedule.
Fry, the dean of Big Ten coaches,
needed to upset Michigan State,
Michigan and Illinois all on the
road last year. But this fall, the
Hawkeyes don't have to face
Michigan State. In addition,
Michigan and Illinois will travel
to Iowa City.
Then there is the pre-Big Ten
season, featuring games against
such cupcakes as Hawaii, Iowa
State and Northern Illinois.
Michigan is the Hawkeyes' first
Big Ten opponent, and the
Wolverines must play current
Even if Michigan State doesn't
settle on a quarterback, the
Spartans (6-2 in the Big Ten, 8-3-1
overall) will finish near the top of
the Big Ten.
To begin with, the Spartans'
roster contains two of the most
explosive offensive players in the
country, tailback Tico Duckett
and wide receiver Courtney
Hawkins. Both are prominent
candidates for the Heisman
Duckett is the nation's leading
returning rusher, after compiling
1,394 yards in 1990. Only a junior,
he runs the 40 yard dash in 4.29
"He's the type of guy that
you're never really going to get a
clean hit on him," Michigan
State defensive end Bill Johnson
said. "After you make contact


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Iowa's offensive firepower
against Michigan and the rest of
the Big Ten will depend heavily
on the arm of quarterback Matt
Rodgers. The senior will start for
the third straight year and will be
able to choose from a solid
receiving core of Dana Hughes,
Jon Filloon and Jeff Antilla.
The weakest part of the Iowa
offense will be at running back.
Nick Bell and Tony Stewart,
who combined for 1,853 yards in
1990, have departed.
"This is our most questionable
position," Fry said. "Can Mike
Saunders and Marvin Lampkin
run inside effectively? It's
important that we have another
strong running game to
complement our passing attack."
Iowa's defense will be
strongest at defensive end where
Leroy Smith and Moses Santos
will return. John Derby will lead
the linebackers. The defensive
backfield will sorely miss All-
American cornerback Merton
Hanks, but Eddie Polly;Scott
Plate and Carlos James should
prove more than adequate.
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to junior
Though not
nearly as big
a as Bunch, he
s a good
blocker and a
A: solid runner.
SHe gained
126 yards last
including 54
yards in the
Gator Bowl.
"I just
want to play
the role of my
Legette said.
"I think I'm
going to carry
the ball a
couple more
times than
Jarrod did.
And I think
I'll probably
be more of a
threat as a
But after
Powers and
Legette come
the question
marks. he
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backs com-
bined for 43
FILE PHOTO/Daily yards on 13
higan's rushing carries last
season. Thus,
if rookies seek
playing time, the backfield is the
place to look.
"I'm worried about who's going
to run with the football," Michi-
gan coach Gary Moeller said. "I
think you need more than one
back. You never know when a
guy's going to get banged up."
Tuesday, Moeller said true
frosh Tyrone Wheatley will see
substantial playing time by
backing up Powers. He also said
that the 6-foot-1, 215 pound
rookie is at the same level Powers
was at this time last year.
"They all have to play some-
time," Moeller said. "He catches
on pretty well for a freshman. He
hasn't fumbled the ball much and
I like that."
In addition to football,

Wheatley captured several
Michigan state high school track
titles this spring and sprints the
40-yard dash in 4.,3 seconds.
Redshirt frosh Jesse Johnson
should back up Wheatley. He runs
the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds
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"Wheatley's got the most
chance of playing as a freshman,"
Moeller said. "I'm comfortable
with either of them."
At 240 pounds, fellow new-
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with him, he's going to get a
couple more yards."
Hawkins also makes tacklers
squirm. Last season, his 474 yards
were a dropoff from 1989, when
he racked up 1,080 yards.
However, he still posts an average
of 17.1 yards per catch.
With the loss of Dan Enos, the
Spartans could be weak at
quarterback. Bret Johnson is the
number one candidate for the job,
but there will also be some
competition from Jim Miller,
Mill Coleman, and John
Gieselman. Michigan State coach
George Perles said he would not
announce the starter until
The strong defensive tradition
that Perles brought with him
from his days at the Pittsburgh
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Powers will carry the bulk of Mic
As in years past, new faces
should emerge at Michigan's
iunning back position. With Jon
Vaughn's and Jarrod Bunch's
departure to the NFL, this
season's backfield lacks experi-
Sophomore Ricky Powers is the
tailback. He gained 748 yards on
the ground last season as a true
frosh backing up Vaughn. Only
Rick Leach in 1975 and Jamie
Morris in 1984 have equaled
Powers' feat of rushing for more
than 500 yards in his first year.
"Ricky's got powerful legs,"
Michigan defensive tackle Mike
Evans said. "He's not easy to
bring down. What Ricky lacks in
speed, he makes up with power."
The fullback position belongs

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