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The Michigan Daily
Friday, September 25, 1992
'M' prepares to stop run-and-shoot
by Josh Dubow
Daily Football Writer
Michigan coaches and players
continually talk about the impor-
tance of the Big Ten season and re-
turning to the Rose Bowl. They ap-
proach the non-conference games as
a tuneup for the road to Pasedena,
which begins in earnest next week.
However, before turning onto
that road, the No. 4 Wolverines (1-0-
1 overall) will take on Houston (2-0)
tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. at Michigan
Stadium. The Cougars' explosive
run-and-shoot offense brings an in-
teresting challenge to the
Another problem Houston's of-
fense will give Michigan is with its
rotating quarterbacks. Junior Donald
Douglas poses a running threat,
while sophomore Jimmy Klingler -
brother of former Cougar star David
- is more of a pocket passer.
However, both Klingler and Douglas
have completed over 60 percent of
their passes this season.
"The basic thing is we haven't
seen (the run-and-shoot) so it will
give us a number of problems,"
Moeller said. "Then with the two
different styles of quarterbacks it
presents you with a problem. It's an
offense that scares me because it has
F the potential of hitting the home run
on every play. They've got a chance
to go deep on every play. They
spread you out, use the entire field.
Obviously we don't want to let the
running game get started."
While Moeller is scared about
facing Houston's high-powered at-
tack, cornerback Alfie Burch is
looking forward to the challenge.
"You can look at playing the run-
and-shoot two ways," Burch said.
"Some people will look at it and say,
'Man, I'm gonna have to run all day.
They're gonna be throwing all day.'
Or you can look at it as an opportu-
nity to make some hits and make
some interceptions. That's how we
look at it. The run-and-shoot for a lot
of people poses big problems for the
secondary. But we're confident in
each other that we'll do a good job."
After struggling last year, the
Cougars have won their first two
games of the 1992 campaign and
have put 56 points on the board in
the process. Last week's win against
Illinois has inspired coach John
"When you have a big win like
we did last week, it's like a transfu-
sion," Jenkins said. "We have a
whole new attitude."
This attitude has shown up on the
defensive side of the ball. In the
past, the Cougars have been criti-
cized for having a soft defense, but
led by all-American candidate Ryan
McCoy at linebacker, Houston has
held its opponents to under 300 total
yards per game .
"I think we're seeing an awfully
good team with a lot of good
linebackers," Moeller said. "I think
they have a good front four and out-
standing linebackers. Their cover
people are good and they get a lot of
good run support. I worry about
blocking those linebackers because
they disengage very well. They're
very good against the run."
And the Wolverines have strug-
gled a bit against the run so far but
showed glimpses of their potential in
the second half of last Saturday's
game against Oklahoma State.
Tyrone Wheatley's return this week
should help the Wolverines.
The biggest question going into
this game is whether Elvis Grbac or
Todd Collins will start at quarter-
back for the Wolverines. Grbac
sprained his ankle against Notre
Dame and missed last week's game
against Oklahoma State, but might
"Elvis is better, but it is still day-
to-day," Moeller said. "He'll be a lot
better Saturday. He could go in there
and gut it out from a pain standpoint,
but we don't want to throw him in
there and have a serious problem
No matter who the starter is,
Jenkins is worried about stopping
the Michigan passing attack.
"I've been asked a number of
times about Elvis Grbac and how
does that change our plans if Todd is
in there instead of Elvis, or does it
matter to us," Jenkins said. "I an-
swer, 'Gosh, it looks pretty compa-
rable in terms of a production stand-
point in what Todd was able to do
just last week against Oklahoma
State.' I'm not sure it really mattts
Mercury Hayes, along with fellow rookie Amani Toomer, saw significant game action last week against Oklahoma
State. Both figure to contribute tomorrow when Michigan hosts Houston.
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