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the best rushing team in our league.
We've played against, back-to-back,
Illinois and Purdue, who really do
not rush the ball. It's not their
main method of moving it.
"But with Minnesota, they're
averaging somewhere around 235
yards a game rushing. You start to
overplay the option plays and the
run; they throw the ball over your
head... Minnesota has moved the
ball on everybody they've played."
Except perhaps against
Oklahoma, where the Gophers were
routed, 63-0. In fact, Minnesota's
fortunes have been feast or famine:
of its four losses, three have been
by 29 points or more (to Michigan
State, 52-23 and Ohio State, 33-0).
The other defeat came at the hands
of the Tigers of Univerisity of
Pacific, 24-20. Worse, Pacific (4-5)
is not exactally washing over its
opponents.
WHEN MINNESOTA does
move the ball, it's behind
surprising freshman running back
Darrell Thompson or quarterback
Rickey Foggie. Foggie, a junior, is
no mystery to the Big Ten. He has
run the Minnesota option since his
freshman year and is equally
dangerous passing as he is running.
As Schembechler indicated, the
problem is when opponents begin

to overplay the option, leaving
them vunerable to the long pass.
Foggie completed only five passes
against Wisconsin, but they were
for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
Thompson, however, has burst
on the scene. He averages 6.0 yards
a carry and 119.3 yards a game,
easily the best in the conference.
Just as impressive is his team-
leading 20 catches for 192 yards and
three touchdowns.
"RIGHT NOW he's the hottest
back in this league," Schembechler
said. "If he's not the best, at least
he's the hottest right now. We've
got our work cut our for us."
Freshmen running backs don't
run for more than 1,000 yards
(Thompson has 1,074) without
help. Although Minnesota's
offensive line is not outstanding,
center Ray Hitchcock is an
excellent blocker. How well
Hitchcock controls Michigan
noseguard- Billy Harris could
determine how well Minnesota runs
up the middle.
"Ray Hitchcock is a
tremendously strong and quick
football player," Gutekunst said of
the senior snapper. "He graded 100
percent (on pass blocking) for the
second week in a row. That's quite
an accomplishment for a center who
has not been in a passing offense."
MICHIGAN'S strong offense
will be bolstered by the the return
of linemen John Elliot and Mike
Husar. Elliot is battling a recurrent
neck injury while Husar should see
action after pulling ligaments in his
knee against Indiana. Defensive
back Garland Rivers, who missed
Purdue with a sore shoulder, is
expected to start.
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Michigan staff reason to worry. Michigan turnovers, Schembechler
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As the cold winter rolls in with
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The Wolverine men's and women's
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6 eason for one more week
tomorrow when they travel to
Normal, Ill., for the NCAA
Districts with a chance to qualify
for the NCAA Championships.
While it's almost certain that the
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women's titles, the Wolverines
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IN THE women's district, the
rinner of this weekend's meet will
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NCAAs and although second place
won't guarantee a similar trip,
there's a good chance that the
runner-up will get an at-large bid.
The Wolverine women have had
a tough season filled with injuries
and illnesses, but coach Sue Parks
thinks her team is finally ready to
peak. "Everybody is healthy and
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Gray is replacing Traci Babcock
who finished 44th in the Big Ten's.
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Wisconsin, Iowa, and
Northwestern. The Badgers have
won the national championship the
past two years and are heavy
favorites. But Parks, the Big Ten
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her team can compete with their
other conference rivals for second.
"I think we have the ability to
finish second. It's just going to
take a good day from everybody,"
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