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September 10, 1993 - Image 35

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Kickoff '93

Kickers, backs benef'it
from NCAA rules changes
Hashmarks, taunting rules among alterations in '93

1993 Rule


college rulebook
or college kickers, the NCAAa
NCAA's vendetta tions. F
against them may be basketh
over. At least to some it seems college
like a vendetta. players
Over the past few years, rules uniform
changes such as narrowing the blood mi
,goal posts and prohibiting use of their re
kicking tees on field goals has by med
made the kicking game all the was wri
more difficult. AIDS a
However, in a reversal of this disease
short trend, the NCAA has through
changed the placement of the
hashmarks on the field, moving
them six feet, eight ,inches fur-
ther in from the sideline. The
hashmarks, where play from "
scrimmage begins, now rest 60
feet in, resulting in abetter angle
forkickers attempting field goals.
This isbutone ofafew changes
presented to college programs in
1993. In addition tothehashmark
alterations, changes in kickoffs
and a stiffer taunting rule are in
store for teams as the NCAA sea-
son begins. Q
Another rule revision Which
will affect kickers is on onside
kickoffs. In past years, teams
lined up most of their players on
one side of the kicker in an at-
tempt to recover the squibbed .
kick. Now, teams are required to
have at least four players on ei-
ther side of the kicker.
Asidefrom actual changes, the

by Ryan Herrington

also made a few rule addi-
ollowing its lead set in
ball, the governing body of
athletics has ruled that
who are bleeding or whose
ms are saturated with
oust leave the game until
eturn has been approved
ical personnel. The rule
itten to reduce the risk of
and other blood-related
s from being transmitted
h contact.

A second rule adapted from
basketball to football will be en-
forced to reduce "trash talking"
between opposing teams. The
NCAA rule states that any de-
layed, prolonged act in which a
player attempts to focus atten-
tion upon himself will be ruled
unsportsmanlike conduct and a
15-yard penalty will be accessed.
However, Michigan cornerback
Alfie Burch says that "friendly"
conversation between opponents

will not end with this rule.
"Your going to see a littlejibber
jawing back there and you know
some bigger hits because in order
for you to talk it, you've got to
walk it," Burch said.
And as for some of the charac-
ters on his team, Michigan coach
Gary Moeller is not too concerned
with keeping them under con-
"I don't worry about that,"
Moeller said. "I think our guys



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The hashmarks have
been moved in 6'8"
this year, allowing for
easier field goals and
giving runners more room;

know this is a team thing and you
aren't going to go out there and
play as an individual. Basically,
you can't put up with it. I don't
think it will be a problem."
Another interesting change
was made when the NCAA
banned the use of the
fumblerooski, a play made fa-
mous in the 1983 Orange Bowl
by Nebraska. On the play, the
center never snaps the ball to the
quarterback, instead leaving the
ball on the ground. One of the
offensive linemen then picks up
the ball and runs with it, trying
to catch the defense off-guard.
The NCAA decided the play was
too difficult to rule on.
The change with the largest
ramifications, however, is the
movement ofthehashmarks. Not
only do kickers benefit, but run-
ning backs also will be afforded
more room to maneuver on the
short side of the field. Still wider
the college lines will open up play
on both sides of the field. Moeller
isn't sure how it will affect differ-
ent team's style of play immedi-
"We aren't going to know the
answer to that until maybe
midseason," Moeller said. "(The
new hashmark) will truly be
taken advantage of in a strategic
way in two years."
Continued from page 11
While only making 11 catches
last season, Moeller regards
Malveaux as his most improved
Lastly come Toomer and
Hayes. As true freshmen, both
played substantive roles a year
ago. Toomer, the tallest of the
Wolverine receivers at 6-foot-3,
averaged a team-high 14.9 yards
per reception in 1992. Last Sat-
urday against Washington State,
Toomer had three catches for 69
yards and a 24-yard TD.
Moeller also liked whathe saw
in the preseason from sophomore
Todd Richards and has a tal-
ented player in freshman Seth
Smith, who is recovering from a
separated shoulder.
While Alexander and Walter
Smith are technically the return-
ing starters, Moeller sees all five
getting equal playing time.
"In this case, the starter won't
necessarily have the most snaps
like you would expect," Moeller
said. "I'll use them all."
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Continued from page 11
This leaves redshirtfreshman
Jon Runyan, who will see ac-
tion at both leftguard and tackle.
Despite all the moving around,
Milia feels that the line is begin-
ning to gel.
"I think these guys realize they
have as much talent as the guys
before them, it's just a question

of realizing their potential and
getting it going real quick," Milia
However, last Saturday's
opening performance against
Washington State left something
tobe desired. Asidefrom aTyrone
Wheatley 59-yard run, the Wol-
verines gained only 148 yards on
the ground and on several occa-
sions, quarterback Todd Collins
narrowly escaped the Cougar
pass rush. After .the game.

Moeller was somewhat critical of
the line's performance.
"I still have a lot of questions
about the offensive line," Moeller
said. "I thought (Collins) was on
the ground a lot after he threw
the ball. Way too often. We had a
lot of mistakes. We have to be
more consistent (with our
However, Milia feels that
Michigan's critics will soon be

"I guess these guys just want
to find something wrong with the
offense and that's the first thing
to point the finger at, whether
it's true or not," Milia said.
"I'm personally tired of hear-
ing this or that. We have so much
talent at all the positions. Even
though this offensive line is a
question mark, I can guarantee
it won't be at the end of the sea-
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