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Volleyball
at Rice-Baden Showcase Tournament
Friday and Saturday
Houston
The MichiganDaily

SPORTS
Tuesday, September 10, 1991

Football
vs. Notre Dame
Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Michigan Stadium

Page 10

Moeller hopes warmup game will help Blue stop losing streak:
'M' counting on improvement

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by Matt Rennie
Daily Football Writer
Frustration, both past and pre-
sent, was the theme at yesterday's
Michigan football press luncheon.
It started with offensive guard
Matt Elliott talking about leaving
his home in Indiana to come to
Michigan and then losing to Notre
Dame for four straight years.
It continued with Lance Dottin
remembering playing on the kickoff
coverage team that allowed Raghib
Ismail consecutive touchdown re-
turns in the Wolverines' 24-19 loss
to the Fighting Irish.
Wolverine coach Gary Moeller
had to grope for excuses to crack a
smile.
"I only have two reasons to feel
good today," Moeller said. "No. 1:
I'm alive; No. 2: I'm 1-0. Other than
that, there's not much else.
--Obviously we didn't have the
kind of game I wanted on Saturday."
However, despite the Wolver-
ines' lackluster performance in their
3513 victory over Boston College,
they did have a chance to work out
some of the bugs before their annual
clash with Notre Dame this Satur-
day
"The greatest improvement in a
team is between the first and second
games of the season," Moeller said.
While the warm-up game with
Boston College may improve the
Wolverines' chances against the
Fighting Irish, the victory may have
been taken for granted by Michigan.
'You would think that game
would help," Elliott said, "but it
always made two-a-days go by a lot
quicker knowing Notre Dame was
there."
However, no one would like to
see a change in the result of the
Notre Dame game more than El-
liott. The fifth-year senior has suf-
fered through each loss on Michi-
gan's current four-game skid against

the Irish.
"I think the fifth-year seniors
feel this is our last shot," Elliott
said. "It's something we haven't
done yet. It's really frustrating."
More frustrating for Moeller
was watching his team struggle
against the same team that lost its
season opener to Rutgers. Boston
College quarterback Glenn Foley, 9
for 29 against Rutgers, picked apart
the Wolverines, throwing for 280
yards on 22 for 47 passing. While
the popular excuse for this porous
defense was Michigan's young sec-

ondary, Moeller felt that the prob-
lem was more widespread.
. "We have got to get pressure on
the passer," he said. "If you look at
their touchdown, (Foley) had a lot
of time to throw the ball."
The Eagles' only touchdown
came the play after Wolverine cor-
nerback Dottin had his interception
called back because Michigan was
offsides.
"That touchdown pass was in an
area I would have expected (Dottin)
to cover," Moeller said. "But after
that long return (on the intercep-

tion), he was probably worn out."
The Wolverines need to remedy
some problems on the other side of
the ball also. The highly-touted of-
fensive line failed to dominate the
Eagles as anticipated, particularly
early in the game when BC stopped
tailback Ricky Powers on consecu-
tive third and fourth down plays.
"We weren't communicating
with one another," Elliott said.
"On that first-down stand, I missed
my assignment because I couldn't
hear what was going on. We just
lost our concentration."
EXCLUSIVE COMPANY: Dot-
tin's interception return for a
touchdown capped the scoring for
the Wolverines and made Dottin
only the second player in Michigan
history to return two interceptions
for scores.
Howard's three touchdown out-
put was also a rare Wolverine feat.
Ron Kramer pulled it off first in
1955 against Missouri, and Greg
McMurtry did it again against
Minnesota in 1989.
INJURY UPDATE: Wide re-
ceiver Derrick Alexander under-
went further examination yesterday
for the knee injury he suffered in the
third quarter against Boston Col-
lege. Moeller said Alexander's sta-
tus is day-to-day.
Moeller said middle guard
Buster Stanley (ankle), tight end
Dave Diebolt (toe), and defensive
tackle Mike Evans (ankle) were all
bothered by nagging injuries
throughout the BC game.
PUNTING ROTATION: After
Moeller alternated the punting du-
ties between Eddie Azcona and
Chris Stapleton, Azcona appeared to
have the edge, with a 48.7 to 30.5
edge in yards per punt. However,
Moeller said he would continue
with the current rotating system. I

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Howard's return earns
him national attention

from staff reports
Desmond Howard, a junior wide,
receiver for the University of
Michigan, has been named as a win-
ner of Touchdown Illustrated's
AT&T Long Distance Award, a
weekly program that recognizes the
nation's best "long distance" play-
ers with up to $40,000 in scholar-
ship donations.
Howard registered a 93-yard
kickoff return, college football's
longest kick return this week, earn-
ing a scholarship donation in his
name to Michigan's general scholar-
ship fund.
This new award, introduced in
conjunction with Touchdown Illus-
trated, the official gameday maga-
zine for over 185 colleges and uni-
versities across the country, salutes
Division 1-A's best long distance
players in six key offensive cate-
gories. Each week, AT&T will rec-
ognize the college football players
that register the week's longest pass
play, longest run, longest punt re-
turn, longest kickoff return, longest
punts, and longest field goal. AT&T
contributes $400 in their name to

their school's general scholarship;
fund.
At the close of the season, the
players with best yards per game av-
erage in passing, receiving, and rush-,:
ing, as well as the statistical leaders
in punt returns, kickoff returns, and::
punting will be named the 1991i O
AT&T Long Distance Players of th*
Year. Each winner will be awarded ak
trophy, along with a $1,000 scholar-
ship donation by AT&T to their re- "
spective schools.
Howard, a native of Clevelandy,
returned the opening kickoff of thei
second half 93 yards for a touch,.
down as Michigan downed Boston
College, 35-13. An honorable men-'
tion all-America last season
Howard led Michigan with a
school-record 504 yards in kickoff'
returns. In honor of the Long Dis.
tance prowess, AT&T will make a.
$400 donation to Michigan's gen-
eral scholarship fund in Howard's,-
name. .
Tennessee figured prominently,
among other winners this week,
with wide receiver Carl Pickens
capturing two honors.

Cornerback Lance Dottin returns an interception for a touchdown
against Boston College. Dottin's TD return was the second of his career.

Field hockey takes two in East coast swing

by Ryan Herrington
Daily Sports Writer
-Michigan athletics had a busy
weekend in the New England area.
While the Wolverine football team
opened its season at Boston College,
the field hockey team commenced
its 1991 campaign at Springfield
College in Massachusetts with vic-
tories over BC and Springfield be-
fore being defeated by New Hamp-
shire.
In the season opener Saturday,
Michigan (12-7-2 last year) relied
on a trio of sophomores in its 3-0
shutout of the Eagles (4-15). Twin
sisters Kalli and Lelli Hose each
scored goals against an inexperi-
enced BC squad trying to improve
upon a disappointing 1990 season.
Forwar'd Shey Perry finished the
scoring with her first goal as a

Wolverine.

Michigan's winning ways con-
tinued when it posted a 3-1 victory
over host Springfield on Sunday.
The Maroons (16-5-2) entered the
game with a 13-game home unbeaten
streak. However, they were stymied
by Wolverine goalkeeper Nicole

Hoover. Hoover, a sophomore, re-
jected 11 of 12 Springfield shots.
Junior defender Keely Libby scored
twice for Michigan, including the
game winner.
Yesterday, Michigan's dreams of
a sweep vanished as they succumbed
to a strong New Hampshire team, 6-

Becca Provost lead the Wildcats,
who were ranked 15th in last year's
final NCAA coaches poll. She
scored three goals and added an
assist as New Hampshire scored
twice in a two-minute span in the
first half and pulled away with four
more unanswered goals in the
second.

Blue captures Big Ten players-of-week

from staff reports
Co-captain Erick Anderson and
wide receiver Desmond Howard
were named Big Ten football play-
ers-of-the-week for their perfor-
mances in Michigan's season-open-
ing 35-13 victory Saturday at
Boston College.
Howard was named offensive
player-of-the-week as he scored four
of Michigan's five touchdowns, in-

cluding a 93-yard kickoff return to
open the second half.
Howard tied a school record
with three touchdown receptions
and became the first Wolverine to
return two kickoffs for touchdowns
in a career. Howard has two of the
four longest TD-returns at Michi-
gan with his 95-yarder vs. Michigan
State in 1990 and Saturday's 93-
yarder. The record is 99 yards set by
Dennis Fitzgerald in 1960.
"Desmond is a kid who has to

have a great year for us and I think
he had that on Saturday," head coach
Gary Moeller said.
Anderson, who had a team-lead-
ing 15 tackles in the opener and a
third quarter interception to keep
BC out of the endzone, earned defen-
sive player-of-the-week honors.
Saturday, Anderson - who has
led the Wolverines in tackles in each
of the past three seasons - became
the 11th player in Michigan history
to record 300 tackles.

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