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Ice Hockey
Blue-White Game
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
The Michilgan Daily

SPORTS

Football
vs. Indiana
Tomorrow, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Michigan Stadium

Fridav, October 18, 1991

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12:30 ESPN
INDIANA
Continued from page 1
averaging 464 yards per game.
Leading the attack is quarterback
Trent Green, who took last week's
"Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-
Week honor.
"I've really been pleased with
Trent," Indiana coach Bill Mallory
said. "We felt the potential was
there; it was just a matter of him
pulling his game together. He just
has a lot more confidence. He's
given us excellent leadership ... I
can go on and on about him."
Playing behind Green is the
Hoosiers' most lethal weapon, se-
nior tailback Vaughn Dunbar.
Dunbar has rushed for 810 yards this
season.
"He's as tine a back as we'll face
all year," Moeller said. "He's not
only a strong, tough kid, but he's
got the speed, what I refer to as hit-
ting the home run."
Michigan will also have to pre-
pare for the different defensive

Elliott in line with 'M ' tradition'

by Jeff Sheran
Daily Football Writer
At first glance, Matt Elliott
looks big. But the 270-pound senior
plays left guard for Michigan,
alongside 320-pound tackle Greg
Skrepenak. That makes him look
small.
It's an irony Elliott has dealt
with since his first start in 1989,
but one that hasn't hindered his
play. His "diminutive" size makes
him the offensive line's smallest
player, but also the quickest.
"He always makes jokes about
it," said his brother Marc, the
Wolverines' first-year long snap-
per. "When he draws Xs and Os,
he'll draw a little 0 right next to a
real big one and say the little one
is me, the big one is Greg."
Elliott has managed to cope
with his unique size situation well
enough that tomorrow's game
against Indiana will be his 29th
consecutive start. As far as the
Carmel, Ind., native is concerned, it
will be his most important game
yet.
"I'll be looking for a little bit
of respect," Elliott said wryly. "A
lot of guys get up for Ohio State or
Michigan State. This is my
Michigan State."
Because both his parents gradu-
ated from Indiana, Elliott had wel-

Dtiminutive 'guard prepares for
personal rivalry with Ho osiens

comed the idea of playing for the
Hoosiers. However, they never re-
cruited him heavily, a move Indiana
coach Bill Mallory regrets.
"I saw him at a Rose Bowl din-
ner once," Elliott explained. "I
went up to him and said I never
got a chance to meet you.' He shook
my hand and said something like,
'Obviously, not recruiting you was.
one of the biggest mistakes I made
back home.' It was the highest
compliment he could have paid,
me."
One coach who did recruit the
standout high school tackle was Bo
Schembechler, a man who left a
strong impression on Elliott.
"When you're recruited by him,
he tends to be a father figure,"A
Elliott said of Schembechler. "He
takes a sincere interest in you - he
always knows about your family;,..
he knew exactly what you were do-
ing in school ... He felt if you were
gonna play for him, he'd do these,
things for you and get to know you
inside and out."
Schembechler retired after the.'
1989 season, leaving Elliott
"dumbfounded." But he soon real-
ized that even Schembechler was
not bigger than the heritage of"
Michigan football.
See ELLIOTIT, Page 14.

r..N~tIl- MLL E1/Daily
Michigan senior offensive guard Matt Elliott anchors the line in an earlier game against Iowa. Elliott, an Indiana
native, looks to lead the Wolverines to a victory against the Hoosiers.

Offense gives Michigan edge in '
homecoming mnatchup vs.IU

Mallory.
scheme Mallory has begun this sea-
son. It concentrates on quick pene-
tration up front by. setting up with
four down lineman and three
;lineixickers.
Indiana will need. a strong de-
fense to change the history of the se-
ries, in which the Wolverines have a
38-9 advantage. Last year, Michigan
routed Indiana, 45-19, in
Bloomington.
"We have literally stunk,"
Mallory said.
This year's contest will be sig-
nificant for reasons other than the
0*on-field action. It's homecoming,
''tand will be the 100th straight
Michigan Stadium crowd of more
than 100,000. In celebration, an hon-
orary 10 millionth fan will be se-
lected and given four seats in the
Michigan press box. The game ball
will arrive via parachute and be pre-
sented to Don Dufek and Kirk
Lewis, captains of the 1975 squad
*that began the streak.
* The game also has special signifi-
cance for two Michigan inside
linebackers, Curt Mallory and Erick
Anderson. Mallory is the son of
Indiana coach Bill Mallory. The
redshirt junior has suffered from a
pinched nerve in his neck this year.
Though team doctors have autho-
rized him to play, he remains listed
as questionable.
"It'd be fun to have him in this
one, because I'd know he'd really by
flying around the field," Moeller
said.
When Anderson takes the field
tomorrow, it will be against his
brother, Lars, a tight end for
Indiana. Lars is 15 months younger
than Erick.

by Theodore Cox.
Daily Football Writer
QUARTERBACKS: Indiana's Trent
Green is improving every week. He
has passed for 1094 yards thus far and
can run the option. The junior had
trouble four games into last year's
season, losing his starting job, but he
has rebounded effectively..
Michigan's Elvis Grbac has put
together two impressive passing games
against the tough defenses of Iowa and
Michigan State. His 66 percent
completion rate ranks sixth in. the
country.
Advantage: Michigan
RUNNING BACKS: Vaughn Dunbar
is making Hoosier fans quickly forget
tailback Anthony Thompson, who
rushed for 5,299 yards while at Indi-
ana. Dunbar has been averaging 5.5
yards per carry. But Michigan has
three backs (Ricky Powers, Jesse
Johnson, and Tyrone Wheatley) who,
combined, have compiled 1097 yards
against Dunbar's 810.
Powers is still the starter and will
run most of the time, but as the season
progresses, Moeller is more likely to
rotate more frequently.
Fullback Burnie Legette has done
everything he's been asked to do this
year, blocking well and carrying the
ball for 197 yards.
Advantage: Michigan
RECEIVERS: Michigan has
Desmond Howard and his 12 touch-
downs. zI
Advantage: Michigan

OFFENSIVE LINE: The Hoosiers'
line is much better this season after an
injury-plagued 1990 campaign, but it
still doesn't compare to Michigan's
professional level of play. The Wol-
verines' power continues to wear op-
ponents down. Michigan offensive
tackle Greg Skrepenak is already
getting high marks from NFL scouts,
a first-round draft prospect.
Advantage: Michigan

DEFENSIVE LINE: Anchoring the
defense for Indiana will be' Larry
McDaniel and Paul Williams. This
pair will put pressure on Grbac. But
Michigan still is better against the
run, even if the pass rush has been
lethargic as of late. Expect defensive
ends Mike Evans and Chris
Hutchinson to get in the backfield
more after last week's poor showing.
Advantage: Michigan
LINEBACKERS: Hoosier Mark
Hagen is one of the best in the coun-
try, but Michigan's Erick Anderson
is better. The Wolverines will miss
inside linebacker Steve Morrison,
who suffered a broken left leg against
Michigan State last week. Redshirt
frosh Marcus Walker will start in his
place.
Advantage: Michigan
SECONDARY: Both teams have in-
experienced backfields, but Michi-
gan continues to be exploited with the
inside passing attack.
Advantage: Indiana
KICKERS: Michigan's punting
game improved slightly last week,
but it still needs work. Indiana's Jim
Diguilio has been averaging 40 yards
per kick. The field goal kickers, J.D.
Carlson and Scott Bonnell, are equal.
Advantage: Indian a

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