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8- The Michigan Daily - Kickoff '95 - ThUrsday, September 7,1995
Dreisbach settles into starting quarterback position

Memphis adjusts to
a new state of affairs

By Darren Everson
There was a lot of uncertainty sur-
rounding the Wolverines coming into
the season. But at least there's no ques-
tion where the biggest question mark
was - the quarterback.
"The quarterback situation has been
talked about a lot," coach Lloyd Carr
said.
"I think that we have kids that will

emerge, and that position will be a
strength as the season goes on."
"Kids" is right. Neither Scott
Dreisbach nor Brian Griese, the top
two candidates to replace Todd
Collins, had ever taken a snap prior to
this season.
Back in the spring, it appeared that
Michigan might have a season-long
competition between Griese and

Dreisbach, and perhaps Jason Carr, for
the starting job.
"When you have a few (quarter-
backs) in the huddle at different times,
you've got different cadences, different
leadership styles; it's hard to really settle
on one," tight end Jay Riemersma said
after the spring game.
"(But) historically Michigan has al-
ways had a quarterback step up."

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That quarterback is the 6-foot-3, 180-
pound Dreisbach, who beat out the son
of ex-Miami Dolphins star Bob Griese
and Carr, the coach's son.
"I've always thought I could play
here," Dreisbach said.
There might be concerns about
Dreisbach's consistency (he threw two
interceptions against Virginia) and his
youth (he's a 19-year-old redshirt fresh-
man), but there's no doubt about how
confident he is.
Every third word out of his mouth is
about confidence - whether it be the
belief he has in his receivers or in his
own ability.
However, Dreisbach's head doesn't
appear to have swelled much after set-
ting school records for pass attempts(52)
and yardage (372) against Virginia. He
knows he wasn't perfect.
"At times I tried to do too much,"
said Dreisbach, admitting that he had a
tendency to lock in on one receiver and
not look in another direction. "Going in,
I didn't even know I was going to throw
that much. (But) I started to settle down
and... not force it."

Quarteibacks
Name Yr./Eli.
Scott Dresbach Sos/-r.
yBrian Griese Jr'/So.
Jason Carr Sr./Sr.
'Scot Loeffler Jr./So.
Dreisbach was fortunate to have had
the opportunity to settle down. It
wouldn't have been surprising to see
Carr pull Dreisbach after either of his in-
terceptions.
"I told him, 'Don't be looking over
your shoulder because there's no one
there,"' Carr said.
Dreisbach took his coach's advice;
after the game, he said he was never wor-
ried about getting yanked. And now that
that's over with, Dreisbach appears to
have solidified his spot as Michigan's
starter - not that there was ever any
doubt.
"We got through that and we won
that game," Dreisbach said. "That's all
that matters."

INTRAMURAL
SPORTS
PRO GRAM

By Darren Everson
Everything about Memphis - right
down to the school's name -is new.
The school - formerly known as
Memphis State- changed its name to the
University of Memphis in July 1994. This
year, the Tigers have joined an all-new
conference and hired a new head coach.
Former James Madison coach Rip
Scherer replaces Chuck Stobart. Under
Stobart, Memphis had gone 6-5 three
straight years.
Scherer is taking over a
club that has a dominating de-
fense-third nationally in to- FM n
tal defense last year-but one
that has trouble scoring (14.8
points per game in '94).
"We want to be an aggres-
sive, make-it-happen type of
offense that has an attack men- Se
tality," Scherer said. "I think Ann
it's important that we become 1994:E
very unpredictable."
The Tigers will work pri-
marily out of the I-formation, with fifth-
year senior Frank Fletcher (491 yards rush-
ing in '94) as the featured back. Scherer
plans on running the option as well.
"We want to ... force people to cover
the option to open the passing game,"
Scherer said.
The passing game is now the respon-
sibility of senior quarterback Joe Borich.
He didn't have the greatest stats in the
world last year -he only hit 35 percent
of his passes - but he led Memphis t6

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6-5

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I think it's important
that we become very
unpredictable."
- Rip Scherer
Memphis coach
its first-ever victory at Mississippi.
Many of the key players in that win
will still be around this year.
The Tigers didn't lose much
phiS to graduation, especially on
defense. Defensive tackle
Bryan Barnett, who led the
team with nine sacks, and
linebacker Jesse Allen,
Memphis' leading tackler
. 9 with 128, both return.
rbor The Tigers appear to be as
overall strong as anybody in their new
league, Conference USA. The
12-team league features
schools from 12 different states. Not all of
the teams are Division I football programs,
and the conference won't have a champi-
onship this season.
Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville,
Southern Mississippi and Tulane will
compete with Memphis for C-USA's
first football title next year. Memphis
plays all of them this year with the ex-
ception of Houston, which will compete
in the Southwest Conference for one fi-
nal year.

Miami (Ohio) coach Randy Walker has refined his offense; ft seas
Miami returns 71

By Scott Burton.
Way back in 1924, some courageous
young men from Miami (Ohio) decided to
play a little football game in Ann Arbor.

SPORT/ACTIVITY

ENTRY DEADLINE

SOCCER
SOFTBALL
ICE HOCKEY - Fall
TENNIS - Team
3-on-3 BASKETBALL
TRACK & FIELD
GOLF - Team Scramble
PRE-SEASON FOOTBAI
TENNIS - Sgis & Dbls
FLAG FOOTBALL
WALLEYBALL
CROSS COUNTRY RUN
WRESTLING
PRE-SEASON BROOME
PRE-SEASON BASKETI
ICE HOCKEY - Winter
BASKETBALL
RACQUETBALL - Team
PADDLEBALL - SgIs &1
SWIMMING & DIVING M
3-POINT SHOOTOUT
FREE THROW CONTES
PRE-SEASON VOLLEY
RELAYS MEET
VOLLEYBALL
MINI-SOCCER
BROOMBALL
RACQUETBALL - SgIs
TABLE TENNIS - Sgls 8
CROSS COUNTRY RUN
OFFICIATI
SPQRT CLINIC BEGINS
Soccer Mon 9/11
Softball Tues 9/12
Ice Hockey Thurs 9/14
Pre- Flag FB Mona
Flag Football Mon 10/9
Pre- Broomball Mon 11/20
Pre- Basketball Mon 11/27

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& Dbis
& Dbls
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Thursday
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Thursday I
Thursday I
Thursday I
Tuesday I
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Thursday 1
Monday I
Thursday I
Tuesday
Tuesday
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Friday
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Wednesday
Tuesday
Tuesday
Thursday
Thursday
Thursday

September 12
September 12
September 14
September 21
September 21
October 3
October 5
October 12
October 12
October 17
October 17
October 17
November 9
November 20
November 30
December 12
January 16 .
January 16
February 1
February 7
February 9
February 9
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February 27
February 28
March 12
March 12
March 21
March 28
April 11

Not a smart
move. Michigan
handed them a
55-0 shellacking,
which was
enough to con-
vince those
Redskins that just
maybe they
should never play
the Wolverines

Miami
Sept. 30
Ann Arbor
Last season: 5-5-1

Sept. 30 rematch is any mo
than the first clash. The Re
.500 record last year (5-5-1)
lettermen, but it would be ni
ment to say that their Mid-Ar
ference is one of the worst in
Of course, Michigan Sta
similar logic when it schedi
MAC-buddies Central Mich
suit was two embarrassing
(in 1991 and 1992) that reduc
Big Ten champs to ridicule
For the Wolverines to
fate, they'll have to keep the
Miami offense. The Reds
1000-yard rusher in Deland
a 60-percent pass compl
Dougherty and a number of q

again. And for the last 71 years they
haven't ... until this year.
It's somewhat debatable whether the

Eagles prepare for
tough Big Ten slate

By Scott Burton
Should the Big Ten ever consider ex-
panding, it may want to ship Boston Col-
lege its membership material.
After all, the Eagles' play three Big
Ten opponents this season, and have also
scheduled the conference's favorite whip-
ping boy, Notre Dame. All that remains to
be seen is whether Boston College is up

to the level of competition.
"We are looking at the
toughest schedule in the his-
tory of Boston College,"
coach Dan Henning said.
"So we'll have a lot of op-
portunities to prove that we
are capable, but we also

Bost

NG OPPORTUNITIES

SEOT
Ice Hockey
Basketball
Pre-Season VB
Volleyball
Mini-Soccer
Broomball

CLINIC BEGINS
Weds 1/10
Weds 1/10
Weds 2/21
Weds 2/21
Mon 3/11
Tues 3/12

have to be very careful not
to get over our heads to the
point where we get beaten Sept
down -either physically or AnnA
emotionally - where we Last seay
can't compete at that level."
An early audition
against Ohio State in the Kickoff Classic
was less than impressive; the Buckeyes
dominated every stage of the Aug. 27
game en route to a 38-6 victory. About
the only Eagle performance drawing fa-
vorable review was that of running back
Justice Smith, who gained 119 yards on
24 carries.
Does that mean that the Eagles rank
down there with the Indianas and
Minnesotas of the conference? Well, not

n.
Ark
sor

quite. As a preseason No. 22 ranking at-
tests to, Boston College is a talented
team certainly capable of giving the big
boys some trouble.
What should be of particular concern
to Michigan - who visit the Eagles
Sept. 16 - is that Boston College fea-
tures a well-rounded offensive attack
that will test every facet of the Wolverine
defense.
Junior quarterback Matt
Hartsell returns and is an effi-
on# cient, steady performer. He
threw for 338 yards in the
go Eagles' 34-26 loss to the
Wolverines last season.
TheEaglesalsohaveafine
running tandem - Smith and
short-yardage specialist Omari
16 Walker-that runs behind an
bor experienced offensive line fea-
n: 741 turing Outland Trophy candi-
date Pete Kendall.
However, the defense
clearly misses lineman Mike Mamula,
who was the Philadelphia Eagles' first-
round pick in this year's NFL draft. De-
spite the presence of three returning
starters on its line -Chris Sullivan, Tim
Morabito and Nick Gianacakos - the
Buckeyes racked-up 230 yards rushing
and 488 total yards on the Eagles.
"Tim Morabito and Chris Sullivan
are as good as they get," Henning said.
"They i11betugh toblock."

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Scott Dreisbach beat out Brian Griese and Jason Carr for the starting job.

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