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Men's and Women's Cross Country Football
at Notre Dame Invitational vs. Iowa
Today, 2 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m. (ABC-TV)
South Bend, Ind. Michigan Stadium

The Michigan Daily

Friday, October 2, 1992

Page 11

M'

begins Drive for

Five vs. Iowa

Blue should overpower Hawkeyes

by Jeni Durst
Daily Football Writer
QUARTERBACKS: STARTING quarter-
back Elvis Grbac is back after sitting
out two weeks with a sprained left
ankle. Grbac's previous game experi-
ence will more than make up for the
potential rust from the two-game lay-
off. And if Grbac's injury forces him
to come out, the offense will fall into
the hands of the leading passer in the
Big Ten, backup Todd Collins.
Iowa touts the second leading
passer in the conference, Jim
Hartlieb. Hartlieb posses a good
arm, good running ability, and good
genes.
Advantage: Michigan
RUNNING BACKS: Rickey Powers
again leads the way at tailback, backed
by Tyrone Wheatley, who broke a
Michigan record last week with a 99-
yard kickoff return. Burnie Legette
and Chi Foster provide strength at
fullback.
Marvin Lampkin is Iowa's great-
est threat in its running game. The
senior ranks ninth in the Big Ten in
rushing, averaging 4.3 yards percarry.
At fullback, third-year starters Lew
Montgomery and Paul Kujawa both
bring strength and experience.

Advantage: Michigan
RECEIVERS: Walter Smith and
Derrick Alexander lead the way,
but first-yearplayers AmaniToomer
and Mercury Hayes both experi-
enced their first collegiate grabs last
weekend, and it's doubtful that it
stops there. Tight end Tony McGee
is another threat.
Yet, Iowa owns one major weapon
in all-Big Ten selection Danan
Hughes, arguably the best receiver
in the conference. As of now, Hughes
is second in the league in receptions,
registering 377 yards on 24 catches.
Tight end Alan Cross, Montgom-
ery, and Lampkin are also targets.
Advantage: Michigan
OFFENSIVE LINE: This could have
been a difficult choice towards the
start of the season. Anchored by all-
Big Ten center Mike Devlin, Iowa
was touted one of the top lines in the
conference. Yet, the Hawkeyes gave
up ten sacks last weekend versus
Colorado, leaving the strength of the
line in question.
Michigan's top offensive line has

become a tradition and this year is no
exception. Though he doesn'treceive
as much hype as Devlin, Wolverine
center Steve Everitt fills his spot just
as well.
Advantage: Michigan
DEFENSIVE LINE: Michigan's ag-
gressive defensive style has proved
successful. The Wolverines man-
handled Houston's run-and-shoot last
weekend.
The Hawkeyes suffered many key
loses along the line, including tackle
Ron Greater. Though all-Big Ten
mention Mike Wells returns at tackle
as well as some other experienced
players, Iowa has continually been
exploited by speedier teams.
Advantage: Michigan
LINEBACKERS: Though, Michigan
backup outside linebacker Greg
McThomas broke his leg against the
Cougars and will miss up to six weeks
of action, sophomore Shawn Collins
should be a quality replacement.
Iowa's linebacking crew is young,
starting Mike Daily, a reserve from
last year, and freshman Bobby Diaco.

Advantage: Michigan
SECONDARY: Michigan's second-
ary was as deadly asitcouldbe against
Houston, executing the pass rush and
destroying the Cougars passing game.
Strong safety Shonte Peoples was
named Big Ten defensive player of
the week for his two sacks.
Three of the six defensive players
that Iowa lost from last year were
from the secondary. Only cornerback
Scott Plate returns, but seniors Carlos
James and Doug Buch have experi-
ence.
Advantage: Michigan
KICKERs: Pete Elezovic still gets
the nod at placekicking; he recorded
six PATs last weekend. Punter Chris
Stapleton came in for regular Eddie
Azcona, lofting one punt 51 yards
against the Cougars.
Iowa's kicking game has been sus-
pect the last two years, and this sea-
son isno different. Senior ScottFisher
will handle the punting while sopho-
more Andy Kreiger will kick off.
Advantage: EVEN

Todd Collins, who will be replaced by Elvis Grbac Saturday, takes the snap
from Steve Everitt. The Wolverines are 20-point favorites against Iowa.

IOWA
Continued from page 1
starters from a year ago, 28-12.
And now come the Michigan
Wolverines, who rumbled through
the Hawkeyes last season in Iowa
City in a game which, in effect, de-
cided the Big Ten title. Michigan
finished 8-0 in the conference, Iowa
was 7-1.
But two years ago, in Ann Arbor,
the Hawkeyes pulled a 24-23 upset
that catapulted them into the Rose
Bowl.
"It still lies in me as an embar-
rassment," Michigan coach Gary
0-0 Big Ten, 2nd place
Zvi 2-0-1 Overall
To orrow
p.m. (ABC)
Moeller said. "It is not embarrassing
that we got beat by Iowa; it's just the
fact that we lost here in a game that I
felt we should have won."
Michigan lost that game when
Iowa, down 23-17, drove 80 yards
down the field for a last-minute
' touchdown. The Hawkeyes then
cranked up an impromptu version of
the team's traditional "Hokey-
Pokey" dance.
"It seems like it was yesterday,"
senior strong safety Pat Maloney

said. "The year after that, in Iowa,
all they talked about was 'The
Drive.' They did the Hokey-Pokey
in our lockerroom. We'll never for-
get stuff like that."
Not that Michigan, ranked No. 4
in the nation, needs any added incen-
tive. It is the Big Ten opener, after
all.
"We keep getting fired up be-
cause we have that goal to win the
national championship," said Shonte
Peoples, who was named the Big
Ten's defensive player of the week
for his performance against
Houston. "If we go out there with
the attitude that our goal can be
stripped from us, we'll go out there
and play very aggressively every
Saturday."
That sort of aggressive play - a
style that has been the focal point for
Michigan's new defensive scheme
- has given Iowa trouble this year.
Hartlieb, who has decent quick-
ness and mobility in the pocket, has
been forced to scramble often as op-
posing teams have shown a speed
advantage in nearly every game.
"What do you do?" a bewildered
Hartlieb asked after the Colorado
debacle. "I don't know. That's the
test."
It's a test the Hawkeyes failed
miserably in the non-conference
slate.
And looking ahead to Saturday,
the advantages on both sides of the
ball seem to point to a repeat of last
year's final. A lopsided Michigan
victory. But the Wolverines insist
they are going to go about this Big
Ten Championship thing as they
should: one game at a time.

Griddes
At Yale, they say it is the last
man tapped for Skull and
Bones. At Harvard, it is the
editor of the Harvard Lampoon.
At Michigan, the consensus
leader of the future is the
weekly winner of Griddes.
Past winners of this vaunted
trophy include James Earl
Jones and Louise Ciccone.
Turn in your Griddes picks
by Friday at noon to the Stu-
dent Publications Building at
420 Maynard. If you win, you
receive a $15 gift certificate to
O'Sullivan's Eatery & Pub.
1. Iowa at Michigan
2. Indiana at Michigan St.
3. Illinois at Minnesota
4. Ohio St. at Wisconsin
5. Northwestern at Purdue
6. Penn St. at Rutgers
7. Stanford at Notre Dame
8. Florida St. at Miami
9. Southern Cal at Washington
10. Texas Tech at Texas A&M
11. South Carolina at Alabama
12. Tennessee at Louisiana St.
13. UCLA at Arizona
14. Iowa St. at Oklahoma
15. N. Carolina St. at Ga. Tech
16. Georgia at Arkansas
17. Kentucky at Mississippi
18. Vanderbilt at Auburn
19. Ball St. at Western Michigan
20. Columbia at Colgate
Tiebreaker - Total points:
Iowa at Michigan:
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"If one week we come out and
take a team lightly, we're gonna get
beat," Maloney said. "People knock
the Big Ten for not being strong, but
you can get beat on any given day."

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