Page 6-The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday - October 14, 1991
EAST LANSING - The state capitol is embroiled in a fight over bud-
get cuts. Gov. John Engler insists on eliminating dozens of social pro-
grams. He could start with the Michigan Marching Band. Sending the en-
tire band to Michigan State this Saturday was a waste of money. I have two
fiscal proposals for the Governer and the Michigan athletic department:
1. Video screen employment. The brain trust of the Michigan Marching
Band chose to repeat the Notre Dame show performed in Ann Arbor. Why?
The band had two weeks to prepare for this show since it last performed,
yet the directors introduced absolutely no new material.
So next time, band director Gary Lewis should take Michigan State a
video tape and a big-screen television. Lewis could set the screen on the 50-
yard line at halftime. At least then we would have the luxury of fast-for-
warding through boring songs and muting the volume.
2. Hire MSU band's reserves. How does the Spartan Band shine in com-
parison to its Ann Arbor counterpart? Oh, let me count the ways.
The MSU band plays toward its spirited student section through the en-
tire game. It strikes up five different catchy tunes in a constant stream of
music. The students know tunes and words to every song. The only pieces
we ever hear from Lewis' crew are The Victors and Let's Go Blue, which
are played sparingly at best.
Why not provide maize 'n blue uniforms for the MSU band's substi-
tutes? We could save bus fare and lunch money. Lewis could drive to East
Lansing with a notepad in hand. He could take notes on musical devices
which stir a football crowd. I will even volunteer to pay his gas money and
buy him a Big Mac.
(Due to the success of this column, it shall be reprinted in its entirety
each of the next three weeks.)
- by Matthew Dodge
Michigan inside linebacker Steve Morrison helps Chris Hutchinson make
a tackle in Saturday's game against Michigan State. Morrison fractured
his left fibula during the game .
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said. "I was a little disappointed in
our defense. We've got to get our
pass rush squared away."
He also complained about his
second string defense, which al-
lowed two fourth-quarter touch-
Look, Gary relax. Your team was
up, 45-14, when those touchdowns
came and Michigan State kept its
starters in until the very last play.
The final touchdown was set up
with an onsides kick.
Plus, you can't expect to com-
pletely shut down a team that is
hungry for any kind of offensive.
showing, especially considering the
talent of tailback Tico Duckett and
wide receiver Courtney Hawkins.
State is now 0-5, with little hope of
a bowl game. Saturday's game meant
everything to the Spartans and they
weren't about to be embarrassed by
Admittedly, the Michigan sec-
ondary still gives up too many
passes and the defensive line has an
inconsistent pass rush, but a victory
is a victory.
"We don't like to give up
points," Michigan linebacker Erick
Anderson said, "but as long as we
give up as few points as we need to
win, I'm satisfied. We knew we had
them controlled throughout the
And looking back on the game
plan before the Michigan State
game, defensive coordinator Lloyd
Carr wanted to force the Spartans to
"The thing we felt we had to do
to win the game was not allow
them to run the ball," Carr said. "In
the first half, they didn't run the
ball on us that much."
So, Gary, take a little advice
from Bobby Bowden who also has
an incredible offense, "Defense? We
don't count defense at Florida
Howard remains in
by Theodore Cox
and Matt Rennie
Daily Football Writers
EAST LANSING - There's a reason that Tom Harmon is the only
Heisman Trophy winner in Michigan history. The Wolverines' style of
play is simply not designed to showcase one player above the rest.
Nonetheless, wide receiver Desmond Howard remains one of the top.
candidates to have his name called at the Downtown Athletic Club in,
New York when the award is presented this December.
Howard's two touchdowns against Michigan State give him 12 on the.
season. He also returned two punts for 18 yards and two kickoffs for 15"
Despite the added attention he's been receiving on and off the field, the
Cleveland native doesn't feel any added pressure to perform.
"I don't think about it really," Howard said. "I realize that because"
of my position, I can't control how many times I'm going to get the bali
A guy like (Florida State quarterback) Casey Weldon can determine
when he'll throw or run."
Howard, who sat out most of the fourth quarter of the Wolverines'
45-28 victory, will also not be posting any inflated statistics this season,
because Michigan coach Gary Moeller doesn't intend to use him anyl
more than necessary.
"I'm not going to do that," Moeller replied when asked if he wanted
to make sure Howard had a chance to shine. "You just don't keep him in
there if you've got a comfortable lead. We can't afford to risk him get-
ting hurt just for the sake of publicity."
Howard has been creating enough publicity on his own with his amaz-"
"Desmond is a great athlete who does everything," Michigan State
coach George Perles said. "He catches the ball, he runs with the ball, and
he plays with great enthusiasm. He's something special."
Nobody has been more impressed with the way Howard has handled'
the hype than his teammates.
BO PAYS VISIT: As if the Wolverines needed any additional inspirari
tion to prepare for Michigan State, they received a lecture from one of,
the game's greatest motivators: former Michigan coach B o,
Schembechler. Schembechler dropped by practice Thursday to remind
the team just why this game is so important.
"He just talked to us a little about the rivalry," middle guard Tony.
Henderson said. "He had everybody fired up."
MORRISON OUT: Inside linebacker Steve Morrison fractured his
left leg late in the first half and will be out for two to three weeks.
"It will depend on how fast he heals and what complications set in,.
We're going to be missing a very fine football player for us. It's a sad day,
at Michigan," Moeller said. "He had a break in the fibula, which is a non,
weight bearing bone. So it's going to heal faster ... than obviously if it
had been a big bone, but it will be a medical decision."
Marcus Walker who replaced Morrison for most of Saturday's game
should start Saturday. Nate Holdren will be his replacement.
KEY SERIES: Part of the reason the Spartans are 0-5 is that they keep.
shooting themselves in the foot. Michigan had the ball first and ten on,
the Spartan 41 when Michigan quarterback Elvis Grbac threw a bad pass
into Michigan State cornerback Brian Winters' hands. Winters dropped
the ball. If he had made the catch he would have sailed into the endzone
Then on fourth down of that same series, Michigan State received a
roughing penalty on an Eddie Azcona punt, giving the Wolverines a
first down. Michigan went on to score a touchdown to go up, 21-0.
Michigan's defense swarms Spartan quarterback Jim Miller during Saturday's 45-28 victory over Michigan
State. The Wolverines had six tackles for losses and two interceptions on the day.
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