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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 19,1991 -Page 11

Phil Green

Gridders'

success due

to Mo's new offense

Three yards and a cloud of dust, that was the
Schembechler way. Give the ball to the tailback,
run him behind the fullback, into the line, and
down the throat of the defense. No tricks, noth-
ing fancy - here we come, try to stop us.
It's been two years since Bo retired; Gary
Moeller runs the show now. While the running
game remains the focal point of the offense,
Moeller has unveiled much more than the old
conservative approach.
"He understands that we have to balance up
our offense," Michigan quarterback Elvis Grbac
said. "It can't be run-oriented all the time. I think
Gary Moeller understands that whatever the de-
fense gives us we'll take. The coaching staff is
working really hard. Every day there are new
things we can do with our offense. It's the type of
offense for the '90s."
When he replaced Bo, Moeller instituted some
major modifications into the Wolverine offense
- namely a more refined passing attack and the
no-huddle.
Michigan doesn't use the no-huddle as a hurry-
up offense in a perpetual two-minute drill. In-
stead, the Wolverines use it as a way to keep the
defense from making personnel changes, thus al-
lowing Michigan to get the best possible
matchups on a given play.
"We get the play call with about 20 seconds
left on the clock," Grbac explained. "It gives us a
chance to check over the defense and gets us right
into the right play, and that's an advantage for the

offense."
"The main thing is to keep a defense out of
synch," Wolverine offensive tackle Greg Skrepe-
nak added. "We control the tempo, and we force
the defense to get the defenses in quicker. We kind
of force the defense to play a defense we want
them to play.... For the most part, it wears a de-
fense down."
'Every day there are new
things we can do with our
offense. It's the type of
offense for the '90s'
- Elvis Grbac,
Michigan quarterback
The Moeller offense received its official initi-
ation into the national spotlight in Saturday's 24-
14 victory over Notre Dame. And while everyone
remembers Desmond Howard's fourth-down re-
ception which culminated the day's offensive
showing, the Michigan offense displayed its ca-
pabilities all day. The Wolverines gained 428
yards, converted 67 percent of their third down
opportunities, and most impressively controlled
the ball for two-thirds of the game.
No matter how innovative or daring Moeller
becomes, the key to the Wolverines' offensive
success is the players. And for the first time in
years, Michigan has all the tools to make a potent

offense click. There's the vaunted offensive line,
the tall, strong-armed quarterback, the darting,
powerful tailback and the all-purpose threat.
Michigan fans have seen all these things in Ann
Arbor before, but when have all the parts ever
been on the same team, performing with such ex-
cellent chemistry?
"Elvis is a great quarterback. The thing that
makes him good is that he makes the right checks
at the right time. He has great field awareness.... u
He fits our offensive scheme quite well. He sits
in the pocket well," Skrepenak said. "Ricky
(Powers) runs hard, he's a tough runner. He
makes the offensive linemen feel great.
"And Desmond Howard, words really can't K.
describe some of the things he's done for us. He's
a threat wherever he is on the field. He gives us an
extra dimension Michigan teams haven't had. He
can return kicks, punts, he's a deep threat and he *
can run the reverse."
The big play potential of both Howard and
Powers helps the offense work more effectively.
Defenders must play conservatively to avoid be-
ing beat for a big play. When the defense is less
aggressive, it plays into the hands of the Wolver-
ines. They will gladly march down the field in
time consuming drives, like those Notre Dame
witnessed.
Against an explosive Florida State team, these
time-consuming drives will be crucial in keeping
the Seminole offense off the field. Come crunch
time, Michigan's best defense could very well be
a good offense.

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Co-offensive Big Ten Player of the Week and Michigan quarterback Elvis
Grbac holds the reins for coach Gary Moeller's offense. Since his
elevation to head coach last season, Moeller has diversified the attack,
instituting a no-huddle offense and a more dynamic passing game.

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GRIDDES!
Former Beatle Paul McCartney is so excited another season of
Griddes has begun. Having been fairly successful with his choices last
year, McCartney and his wife, Linda, look forward to making their
selections for the upcoming week.
Bring your entry to the Daily in the Student Publications Building at
420 Maynard Street by Friday for your chance to win a $10 gift
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1. Houston at Illinois
2. Kentucky at Indiana
3. Michigan State at Notre Dame
4. Minnesota at Colorado
5. Northwestern at Rutgers
6. Washington State at Ohio State
7. Brigham Young at Penn State
8. Iowa State at Wisconsin
9. Akron at Central Michigan
10. Washington at Nebraska
Tiebreaker:
Michigan State
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11. Florida at Syracuse
12. Temple at Clemson
13. Utah State at Oklahoma
14. Georgia at Alabama
15. Missouri at Baylor
16. Mississippi State at Tennessee
17. Texas A&M at Tulsa
18. Virginia at Georgia Tech
19. Auburn at Texas
20. West Virginia at Maryland
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Women kickers win 7th straight
aily ports rington ing with a goal only 1:24 into the with a 2-1 advantage.

The Michigan women's soccer
team continued its impressive sea-
son opening play with a 3-1 victory
over the University of Windsor. The
triumph brought the Wolverines'
record to 7-0.
As has been the case throughout
this season, Michigan jumped to an
*arly lead, applying pressure on its
opponents right from the start. Lisa
Ashton started the Wolverine scor-

game.
"We have come ready to play
right from the start of every game,"
coach Phil Joyaux said. "We have
started fast and been able take some
pressure off ourselves."
Senior forward Heather Mar-
shall provided the Wolverines with
their second goal in the first half
off of a crisp pass from Karen Jones.
Michigan entered the intermission

Marshall then gave Michigan
goalie Chrisie Rice an insurance goal
with her second score of the game.
Ashton assisted on the final tally.
Windsor marked the fourth var-
sity team the Wolverines have de-
feated already this season and their
second home victory. Michigan
heads to Oakland University for a
match today and then travels to
Ohio State Sunday.

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Amazin' Blue
This is a co-ed a capella singing
ensemble at the U of M. They perform
music ranging In style from upbeat rock.
jazz, and blues to Michigan Favorites.
Comedy Company
This is a student-directed and written
comedy troupe. Comedy Company
performs once a term in the Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre and has taken its
show to other Big-10 schools.
Impact Dance
This Is for U of M's non-dance
majors who have extensive training in
all areas of dance. Auditions are in the
early fall, and the company performs in
the speng.
M-Flicks
This I the largest film group on
campus (formerly called Mediatrcs),
presenting films each week. M-Flicks
also sponsors film festivals-such as
Bugs Bunny-and sneak previews. All
members have a say in what is shown.
Soph Show
A fall musical, Soph Show restricts
Its cast to first-year students and
sophomores, often giving students their
first collegiate theatrical experience.
MUSKET
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musical theatre organization on U-M
campus. This year MUSKET is
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Laughtrack features student
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each Wednesday night in the U-Club.
Soundstage
Soundstage provides musical
entertainment throughout the year. This
will feature local, student, and some of
the finest up-and coming bands from
across the country.
Special Events
Special Promotions brings exciting
activities to the U of M. Past events have
Included: Rolling Stone -The Photo-
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Floyd's The Wal.
Starbound
A campus-wide talent competition.
Starbound provides students with the
opportunity to perform, win prizes, and
gain experience and recognition.
Tfaditions
Homecoming
As official University coordinators of
Homecoming, UAC plans the parade,
float contest, pep rally, and many other
campus-wide activities.
Michigras
Michigras Is a University of Michigan
tradition celebratingthe coming of
spring with a campus-wide fair.

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College Bowl
A competitive quiz-trivia contest,
College Bowl begins with an Intramural
tournament whose champions travel to
contests during the winter term.
Mini-Courses
Each term, Mini-Courses offers over
30 non-credit courses ranging from
aerobic dance to sign language.
Viewpoint
Viewpoint sponsors a variety of
lectures and forums for discussion,
Including Student Soapbox.
Su pport , Staff
Accountants
The accountants handle all disburse-
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units, and assist the committees with
budget management.
Advertising and Publicity
This is comprised of a staff of graphic
artists headed by the Publicity V.P. They
prepare all posters, flyers, programs,
and other forms of advertising for UAC's
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