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Women's Volleyball
vs. Miami (Ohio) at Conference Challenge
Friday, 6 p.m.
Lexington, Ky.

SPORTS

Football
vs. Oklahoma State
Saturday, 12:35 p.m. (ESPN)
Michigan Stadium
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The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, Septet";ber 15, 1992

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Year

Player

Injury

Status

Tie against Irish proves costly

QB Elvis Grbac
RB Tyrone Wheatley
FB Dennis
Washington

Senior
Sophomore
Junior

Sprained
left ankle
Pulled groin
Dislocated
knee

Questionable
Questionable
Out
remainder of
season

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by Josh Dubow
Daily Football Writer
The Michigan football team came
out of last Saturday's 17-17 tie
against Notre Dame banged up.
Running backs Dennis Washington
and Tyrone Wheatley and quarter-
back Elvis Grbac all suffered signif-
icant injuries. Many other players
had minor injuries, but will not miss
any time.
Washington's injury was the
most severe of the three. The senior
fullback dislocated his knee in the
third quarter Saturday and will miss
the entire season. Washington stayed
in South Bend, Ind., after the game
before flying back to Ann Arbor
Sunday.
"It's more of a loss than you
think," Michigan coach Gary
Moeller said. "He's a neat player.
He's a real gutsy guy."
Redshirt frosh Ch6 Foster will
replace Washington as the backup to
Burnie Legette at fullback.
Grbac and Wheatley are both
listed day-to-day and are question-
able for this weekend's game with
Oklahoma State. Grbac sprained his
left ankle in two places in the fourth
quarter, when he was sacked by Irish
defensive end Devon McDonald.
Grbac finished the game despite
the injury. The coaching staff was
not aware of the severity of the in-
jury until the team returned to Ann
Arbor where Grbac had a noticeable
limp. The training staff has put
Grbac on crutches to immobilize the
ankle.
"It's not just a slight sprain, it's
more of a significant sprain,"
Moeller said. "He kept playing and
seemed to do fine. He probably
played in a lot more pain than we
knew. But I'm not making excuses

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Sophomore tailback Tyrone Wheatley had his legs split apart like a wishbone in Saturday's game at Notre Dame.
Wheatley suffered muscle pulls up one leg and halfway down the other and is listed as day-to-day.

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for him. He wouldn't want me to. He
wanted to play because that's the
kind of player he is."
If Grbac cannot practice this
week but is healthy by Saturday,
Moeller will have a difficult decision
to make between starting Grbac and
redshirt sophomore Todd Collins.

"I don't like playing a guy who
missed all of practice at any posi-
tion," Moeller said. "But you have to
gauge every position differently.
Every decision you make as coach
has to be in the best interest of the
team. We have the 'don't practice,
don't play' rule to motivate guys to

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practice. Also, if you miss practice,
you won't be in sync. The guy be-
hind you will be in better position to
play."
If Grbac can not play, Moeller is
confident in Collins' ability to fill in
at quarterback.
"Collins is very similar in a lot of
respects to Elvis," Moeller said.
"He's not as tall - he's about an
inch smaller. They have a lot of the
same personality. They're not clones
or twins or anything, but it's not a
drastic change. He's got a good re-
lease. He can throw the ball. If he
can't run the team now, I've got to
kick him in the rear end."
The one positive for the
Wolverines is that Grbac's injury is
to his left ankle instead of his right.
A right-hander pushes off of his
right foot to throw, and an injury to
that ankle could keep Grbac out for
an extra week.
While Wheatley is also consid-
ered questionable for Saturday, his
injury is more serious. On the final
drive of the game, Wheatley ran the
ball 16 yards to set the Wolverines
up at the Irish 30. Irish free safety
Jeff Burrs dragged Wheatley down,
and Wheatley's legs were pulled
apart. Wheatley has a pull stretching
from his left ankle to his right knee.
"Wheatley is very doubtful at this
point," Moeller said. "He got spread
apart like a wishbone being broked.
You don't know how anyone will
feel, but Tyrone is more question-
able than Elvis."
Moeller held a brief scrimmage
last night with most of his reserves.
This scrimmage served two purposes
- to give the younger players play-
ing time and to find a third-string
tailback for Saturday.
"Everyone needs to play early in
the year," Moeller said. "You can't
have a guy have his first game in
two or three weeks. They need to get
playing time now."
Remy Hamilton and- Pat
Maloney, who both missed the Notre
Dame game, may be back for this
weekend. Hamilton, a freshman
kicker, pulled a muscle in fall prac-
tice and might be able to kick field
goals and extra points this weekend,
but will not kick off for a few more
weeks. However, Moeller was happy
with Peter Elezovic's placement
kicking in the opener.
"Elezovic did a good job,"
Moeller said. "He knocked that field
goal right down the center. The only
thing off a little was the second extra
point. The biggest problem came on
kickoffs. We gave up too much field
position. We've got to work on

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