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The 1992 schedule for the Michigan football team. Home games start at 1 p.m. Eastern time, and are
listed in CAPS. Starting times are subject to change.
12 Notre Dame 3 IOWA 7 Northwestern
26 HOUSTON 17 Indiana 21 Ohio State
24 MINNESOTA (Homecoming)
31 Purdue
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Who understands this
darn bowl alliance?

own posse


Amidst complaints about split champions in college football, a bowl
alliance was created to help guarantee a clear-cut national champion.
However, instead of an outright champ, these alliances will create
outright chaos.
Of the 18 bowls, only four have simple matchups. The Silver Bowl
matches the MAC champ with the Big West champ - the Big West
being the conference that now expands as far east as Louisiana. Fay
Vincent has already made out his application for Big West commis-
The Aloha Bowl will pit the third-place Big Eight team against the
second-place WAC team. The WAG champ squares off with the Big
Ten's third-place team in the Holiday Bowl, while the Rose Bowl
remains the same.
Now we'll skip to New Year's Day because you need to finish
reading this before the kickoff of the Poulan Weed Eater
Independance Bowl, which by the way has no tie-ins. Good to see the
folks at Poulan sticking with tradition.
The New Year's Day bowls - with the exception of the Hall of
Fame and Rose Bowls - are part of The Coalition. But you can't
group The Coalition into one. There are the Tier I Coalition bowls -
Orange, Cotton, Sugar and Fiesta. Tier 2 is the Gator, Blockbuster and
John Hancock Bowls, with the Citrus and Freedom thrown in for good
The Big Ten's second-place team goes to the Citrus to play the
loser of the SEC championship game. Sounds simple. But wait. If
another SEC team is rated five or more spots ahead of the champion-
ship game loser in the USA Today coaches poll, the Citrus Bowl gets
to decide which team it wants.
The Orange, Cotton and Sugar Bowls have their traditional tie-ins
with the Big Eight, Southwest and Southeast champs respectively.
The rest of the Tier 1 teams come from the Pool of Five - ACC
champ, Big East champ, Notre Dame and two at-large teams. It's kind
of like the heads of the five families in the Godfather with Lou Holtz
playing Vito Corleone.
Supposedly this system is going to eliminate early commitments to
teams before their seasons end. But Notre Dame is guaranteed a Tier
1 bowl and Penn State is already playing in the Blockbuster Bowl,
providing each team wins six games. It's better to have commitments
before the season starts than before it ends, I guess.

Last Jan. 21, this position may
have been the greatest source of
angst for the Michigan coaches.
That's when Heisman Trophy-
Desmond Howard announced the
inevitable, that he was giving up
his final season of eligibility. Yale
Van Dyne, the other starting
wideout, was graduating, leaving
Elvis Grbac the prospect of
spending his senior year throwing
to a bunch of question marks.
The situation remained fairly
bleak through spring ball, with a
walk-on operating as the No. 3
receiver. As the regular season sets
to kickoff, a lack of experience at
the position still poses a potential
problem, but hopes have been
raised considerably.
The progress of Derrick
Alexander is a big reason why.
The junior was poised for a big
season last year, but he suffered a
knee injury in the opener vs.
Boston College and was lost for
the season. His absence played a
big role in Howard's tremendous
season. Alexander, who caught 31
passes for 450 yards in 1990, did
not practice in March but is
reportedly at 100 percent. If that is
the case, Alexander's athletic
ability makes him as much of a
threat as Howard, and his 6-foot-2,
190-pound size gives him an extra

Felman Malveaux (No. 84) and Derrick Alexander (No. 1) will be two of
the receivers who try to fill the void created by Heisman Trophy winner
Desmond Howard's departure.

Redshirt sophomore Walter
Smith is listed as the starting
flanker. He was the third receiver
last year, picking up 15 catches for
107 yards. Smith is more of a
possession receiver, and his hard-
nosed play had coach Gary Moeller
buzzing this spring.
"Walter Smith is a tough son-of-
a-gun," Moeller said. "I don't want
to say this, but he plays too hard
sometimes; he plays so physical that
he's beating himself up. He's as
physical a player as we have on our
team - bar none."
The other receiver assured of
seeing action also has loads of talent
but is considerably more green. "I
think the best receivers in the Big
Ten are the ones we have at
Michigan -'Derrick Alexander,
Walter Smith and then Felman
Malveaux," says senior safety
Corwin Brown, who has seen his
.share of top wideouts. "Felman is
going to surprise a lot of people this

The speedy Malveaux is a
definite deep threat. The slender
Texan played sparingly last season,
catching only two passes, but was
impressive during the spring. He is
projected as a starter despite his
lack of game time.
Moller says these three will form
his principal receiving corps -
Michigan's own version of the
Posse. Playing Howard's Redskin
role as fourth receiver is true frosh
Amani Toomer. Toomer comes to
Ann Arbor with every possible prep
accolade and was the consensus top
wideout in the country. The
California native turned down
Notre Dame, UCLA and
Washington to come to Ann Arbor.
He supposedly has every trait you
look for in a receiver -size, speed
and good hands. As a senior,
Toomer caught 70 passes for 1,204
yards and 12 TDs.
Look for fellow recruit Mercury
Hayes to see time only if someone
else is injured.

No doubt wJ
Elvis Grbac is as firmly type
entrenched in this position as any has t
starter could possibly be. There
simply is no question wvho will dire(
direct the Michigan offense this posi
season. Grbac started four games as Gary
a redshirt frosh in 1989 and is the
entering his third year as the No. I
quarterback. Grbac led the nation in
passing efficiency last year and is on
the verge of establishing every
school passing record he has not
already put his name to.
With essentially a new set of
receivers to throw to, Grbac will
carry much of the burden of the
passing game on his ample
shoulders. At 6-foot-5 and 224
pounds, he is big and strong enough
to deliver the ball anywhere on the
field. But his size also means
limited mobility.
Coach Gary Moeller says the
team will take advantage of its
plethora of tailbacks and run a bit
more this season, .so that should
relieve some of the pressure. But
the expectations are still there - he
is projected as a mid-first round
pick in next year's NFL draft.
"Elvis is the best (quarterback
in the Big Ten); it's not a mystery," say
says Indiana signal-caller Trent quar
Green. "I'd be giving him a hard posi
time, 'What are you gonna do som
without Desmond? You could throw goin
darts into the endzone and he'd get and
them.' But he's gonna do fine.... I I
do not feel sorry for Michigan." Coll
Teammates say the quiet Grbac Grb
has been more assertive during limi
practice and may have finally mop
emerged, albeit reluctantly, into the



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The left guard is sophomore
Shawn Miller, the only non-senior
on this year's line. Miller, 6-4 and
275 pounds, played very little last
season but was impressive during
the spring and has developed
quickly. However, if he should
falter, Marc Milia is ready to step
in. The junior played nine games
last year, and probably would have
played all 12 if not for an injury.
Milia goes 6-3, 268 pounds and is
also the No. 1 backup to Everitt.
At left tackle is Doug Skene,
also the beneficiary of an Elliot
move to center because of an
Everitt injury. The 6-6, 294-pound
Skene started four games at guard
last year in place of the departed
Elliot and also saw extensive
action in the remaining eight
contests at both guard and tackle.
Pushing him for playing time will
be 6-7, 298-pound Trezelle
Jenkins. "Tree" enrolled at
Michigan early and advanced to
backup left tackle last year as a
true frosh, but did not have to play
and was redshirted.

Moving over to right tackle is
Rob Doherty, who faces the task of
replacing the 322-pound
Skrepenak. Doherty comes close in
size at 6-6, 298 pounds, and also

brings some expereience, having
started every game last year on the
left side.
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