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December 21, 1990 - Image 42

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1990

B

oulder, Colo. — This
year has been Ariel
Solomon's to enjoy.
A substitute at left offen-
sive tackle for the University
of Colorado Buffaloes last
season, Solomon became the
starter this season and will be
in that role when the na-
tionally top-ranked Buffs
meet No. 5 Notre Dame (9-2)
in the Orange Bowl for what

Gerald Mellman is sports
editor of the Denver
Intermountain Jewish News.
Richard Pearl of The Detroit
Jewish News contributed to
this story.

is billed as the nation's col-
legiate football champion-
ship.
The Buffs struggled at the
beginning of the season, star-
ting off with a win, a loss and
a tie before kicking it in gear
and winning their remaining
nine games for a 10-1-1
season record and their se-
cond consecutive Big Eight
Conference championship.
"It's as much as I could
dream for," said Solomon, a
New York native who grew up
in the Boulder area.
At his synagogue, Con-
gregation Har Hashem in
Boulder, Solomon was besieg-
ed by autograph-seeking
children last Rosh Hashanah.
Regarding his ascension to
the No. 1 left tackle spot, the

senior said, "Stepping in for
Bill Coleman, I knew I had a
big job to fill. Bill was a 4-year
starter here, so I knew I had
to fill that gap and that was
my goal.
"I knew I had to prove
myself and I think everybody
was watching that first game
to see how I'd step up and
play."
CU head coach Bill McCart-
ney, a former assistant foot-
ball coach at the University of
Michigan, praised Solomon,
whom he considers one of the
hardest workers in the lineup.
"Over the course of the
season, he's become a very
solid, dependable player," said
McCartney. "He's done a real
good job for us. We're real pro-
ud of Ariel."

•• He's Not

MIKE ROSENBAUM

Special to The Jewish News

A

lthough linebacker
Doug Cohen never
played in a football
game for the University of
Michigan and never will,
he's still a part of the team,
in spirit.
Last year, a week before
the start of his sophomore
season, the ex-North Farm-
ington High School stand-
out tore a knee ligament,
thus ending his playing
career — and any dreams
he had of following his
oldest - brother Jeff, a
former . U-M defensive
back, onto the gridiron at
Ann Arbor.
But football has stayed
with Cohen, who won his
berth on the U-M team as
a freshman walk-on in
1988 and now owns two
Rose Bowl rings.
During the week this
season, he assisted in the
team's weight room, work-
ing out while the team
practiced, then staying to
assist erstwhile team-
mates with their workouts.
And during games, Cohen
assisted Michigan's film
crew in the press box.
"I don't think I could've
done without it," he says of
his continued involvement,
which includes rooming
with two ex-teammates.
"I had to be around it.
After it's drilled into your

Doug Cohen:
Dream died hard.

head that you've got to be
down at the building for
practice every day, it
becomes part of your whole
routine," said Cohen, a
psychology major with a
3.1 grade-point average. "I
just still feel like I should
be on the team and like
I'm a part of the team. So
I'm staying involved as
much as I can."

Extensive rehabilitation
before this season failed to
resurrect his playing
career and the dream
ultimately died, although

it's still not easy for him to
discuss it.
"After talking with a lot
of people, I figured the best
thing to do would be
maybe" — here he pauses
— "to give it up, while I
was still in one piece."
Despite weighing only
200 pounds after high
school and receiving no
Big Ten tenders, Doug's
idolization of oldest
brother Jeff led him to pass
up scholarships from
several Mid-American
Conference and three Ivy
League schools for a tryout
at Michigan.
He doesn't regret his
decision. He proved to
himself he could play at
Michigan under Jeff's
mentor, then-head coach
Glenn "Bo" Schembechler.
"I love him," says Cohen
of the ex-Wolverine boss. "I
would do anything for that
guy; I have that much
respect for him. He was
always there. When I hurt
my knee and I was at my
lowest point, I went to him
and he picked me up."
Now a junior, Cohen
hopes to get to Jackson-
ville, Fla., with the
Wolverines for their
meeting New Year's Day
with Mississippi in the
Gator Bowl. He's not sure
whether he'll be able to
travel with the team, but
he plans to be there.
He's still a Wolverine at
heart.



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