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Field Hockey Women's Volleyball
vs. Miami (Ohio) at Michigan St.
Tonight, 7 p.m. Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Oosterbaan Field House East Lansing.
The Michigan Daily Tuesday, September 29,1992 ___Page 8
Blue eyes revenge
'M' gridders remember '90 homecoming loss to Iowa
by Josh Dubow great year. Those two losses woke us up. bad."
Daily Football Writer You learn not to put too much emphasis on Moeller thinks the biggest positive from
Two years ago, the Michigan football what people think of you and what the polls Grbac's injury is the experience Collins
team lost a heartbreaker at Notre Dame and say." gained from these two games. Moeller
went on to win its next three games impres- This week, the Wolverines are not wor- hopes this will show next year when
sively to earn the No. 1 ranking in the ried about their No. 4 ranking and the fact Collins is the starting quarterback.
country. The Wolverines then proceeded to that No. 2 Miami (Fla.) plays third-ranked "The biggest thing I look at is that Todd ;i F
drop two one-point contests at Michigan Florida State Saturday. has gained confidence," Moeller said.
Stadium to Michigan State and Iowa, re- "We're starting to play well," Moeller "He's in a position now where he has the
spectively. Michigan finished out its season said. "But starting into the Big Ten season, confidence of the coaches. If something
with six straight victories, including a 35-3 we can't afford to have a letdown if we happens to Elvis he can come in and no one
Gato Bowl thrashing of Mississippi. want to get back to the Rose Bowl. We will worry about it. Now, he can see the fu-
Those two defeats are the only blem- learned that two years ago." ture when he will be the starter."
ishes on Gary Moeller's Big Ten coaching GRBAC'S RETURN: Michigan quarter- PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Michigan
record at Michigan. In fact, those are the back Elvis Grbac is expected to return strong safety Shonte Peoples was named
Wolverines' only conference losses since Saturday from the sprained ankle which Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Week for
1987. Michigan has played in three of the kept him out of the last two games. Grbac his performance against Houston last
last four Rose Bowls, with 1990 being the had a light day of practice yesterday, and Saturday. Peoples was credited with four
only exception. Moeller hopes he can begin full practice tackles and three assists. The junior also
It was those two losses which served as today. had two sacks, an interception and a fumble
Michigan's motivation last season when the "I'll assume Elvis is ready to go," recovery.
Wolverines went on to win the Big Ten ti- Moeller said. "I'll know for sure (today). Moeller has been pleased with the play
tle and return to the Rose Bowl. Michigan You never know with an ankle sprain, be- of the whole defensive backfield so far this
defeated Iowa, 43-24, to open the Big Ten cause they can be tricky sometimes. I season.
season and followed that with a 45-28 vic- thought he would be better last week, but "The defensive secondary, where it used
tory at East Lansing. However, last sea- he wasn't. (Pat) Maloney's ankle took a to be a major concern, is now a plus,"
son's victories have not placated Michigan. month to get better." Moeller said. "Hopefully it will continue to
"After the Iowa loss, that's the worst However, if Grbac can not play be a positive part of our team. Their play
I've ever felt since I've been here," senior Saturday, Moeller has gained confidence in has shown in points (allowed) and posses-
offensive lineman Joe Cocozzo said. "It his replacement - Todd Collins. Collins sion time of our team. Our secondary has
seemed to motivate us instead of destroy has completed 69.7 percent of his passes played much better than in the past two
the team. Everybody remembers that. You and thrown for 245 yards per game in his years.
don't want to go through that type of thing two starts. But Moeller does not want a "They're hitting better as a unit because
again. Coach Moeller reminds us of the last quarterback controversy to begin, they're more confident. They're able to at-
time they came to our stadium." "I don't think Elvis will have any prob- tack more instead of hesitating."
Michigan center Steve Everitt missed lems," Moeller said. "But if he has a bad INJURY UPDATE: Outside linebacker
the Iowa game in 1990 with a broken foot, play, I'm not gonna take him out. I don't Greg McThomas broke his leg last
but has equally painful memories of that want to put either one of them in that situa- Saturday. McThomas is expected to miss_ __ __ __ __ __ _
game. tion. six weeks of play. Freshman Shawn Collins FILE PHOTO/Dali)
"It was hard watching us lose that "I don't expect Todd to be on the side- moves into McThomas' spot as backup to Iowa DB Eddie Polly graduated last year, but Michigan still remembers when he led the
game," Everitt said. "We went on to have a line pouting because Elvis does something Matt Dyson. Hawks to an upset over the Wolverines in 1990. Michigan has not lost a Big Ten game since.

Stickers look to continue streak in home opener

by Brett Johnson
Villanova, Pa. New Brunswick,
N.J. Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Columbus,
What do all these cities have in
common? They all have had the
pleasure of seeing the Michigan field
hockey team in action. Tonight at 7
p.m. in Oosterbaan Field House, the
city of Ann Arbor will finally get its
first look at the Wolverines as they
play Miami of Ohio.
The team has bolted out to a 5-1
start and a 2-0 record in the Big Ten.
Michigan will be looking for its fifth
consecutive victory in this evening's
contest, after coming off a big week-
end series in Columbus, where they
swept arch-rivals Michigan State and
Ohio State.
"We played well this weekend,"
Michigan coach Patti Smith said. "I
was real happy with the MSU game.
We got a lot of shots against a Big
Ten team, which is a good boost for
Michigan won the opening game
Saturday against the Spartans, 4-0.
Sunday, the Wolverines pulled out a
close match over Ohio State, 2-1.
Senior defender Mary Beth Bird
and junior forward Kalli Hose were

pleased with the effort this weekend,
especially against the Buckeyes.
"We played together well," Bird
said. "There was a little pressure
(against Ohio State), but we re-
sponded and played well."
"We're improving each game,"
Hose said. "We haven't peaked yet,
which is good because we don't
want to peak early. I'm glad we were
successful and that we still can im-
In Miami, the Wolverines will
face a team with a losing record, but
one that has played some tough
competition. All four of the
Redskins' losses have been to top-20
teams, and three of those have been
by two goals or less. This past week-
end, Miami lost 2-1 to sixth-ranked
Ball State and, 2-1, in overtime, to
18th-ranked Syracuse. Its only lop-
sided loss came to No. 1 ranked Old
Dominion, 7-0.
The Wolverines will approach
this game just as they have done thus
far; they are looking for lots of shots
and good aggressive defense.
"We need to continue doing ev-
erything we have been doing," Smith
said. "Our vision can be better, and

our defense can be better. We won't
be satisfied unless we play the best
we can."


Hose commented that the non-
conference game will allow the team
to work on specifics and practice the
things it needs to do to win in the
Big Ten.
"We need to continue to work the
ball to the right side (on offense) and
to force their attack to our strong
side on defense," Hose said.
Miami is led by goalie Melissa

Senior captain Katie Thomas leads the Wolverines into their home opener
against Miami of Ohio with seven goals in the first six games of the season.


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D'Antonio, who has a 2.1 goals
against average. She has made 77
saves on 93 shots this year. The of-
fense is keyed by midfielder Patty
Gerah, who is tied for team lead in
goals and leads the team in assists.
Michigan will look towards Katie
Thomas and Hose to lead its offense.
Thomas is the team's leading scorer
with seven goals, and Hose is second
with four. She also leads the team
with four assists.
Defensively, both Michigan
goalies are having productive sea-
sons. Nicole Hoover and Rachael
Geisthardt have only allowed six
goals in six games and have pitched
three shutouts.
After such a big weekend, there
may be a chance for a letdown, but
Bird doesn't think this will happen.
"I think the opposite will hap-
pen," Bird says. "We've been on the
road for the whole season. I heard
there is supposed to be a good
crowd, so it will be nice to play at
Hose thinks the team learned a
valuable lesson when it lost to
William and Mary and believes the
Wolverines are ready for Miami.
Barry speaks
on Lions '0'
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Lions
coach Wayne Fontes is planning to
change the balance between his two
new offensive systems. But Barry
Sanders thinks that might not be go-
ing far enough. Sanders, whose 70-
yard average this season is 24 under
his career mark, thinks the Lions
might be trying to do too many dif-
ferent things.
"We might end up as ... how do
they say it? A jack of all trades and a
master of none," Sanders said. "I
think there are some players who
would like to know which way we
will be going."
The conflict is between the old
run-and-shoot system, and the new
tight-end offense. Although all of
Detroit's long touchdowns have
come with two tight ends in the
game, they have moved the ball con-
sistently with four wide receivers.
"When we've played four wide-
outs, we've had more success mov-
ing the ball," Fontes said. "So, I'd
look for us to use more of that
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