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Field Hockey
vs. Ohio State
Sunday, 11 a.m.
Oosterbaan Field House

SPORTS

Ice hockey
vs. Western Michigan
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

The Michigan Daily Friday, November 1, 1991 Page 10

BOILERMAKERS FEATURE IMPROVED RUNNING ATTACK
'M' hopes to steamroll Purdue

by Jeff Sheran
Daily Football Writer
Now that the mid-autumn dol-
drums are sweeping through the
Michigan football schedule,
Wolverine coach Gary Moeller
hopes they won't affect his team's
play.
Emerging from the first, and ar-
guably tougher, half of its confer-
ence season unscathed, Michigan (4-
0 in the Big Ten, 6-1 overall) hosts
Purdue tomorrow (12:30 p.m.,
Michigan Stadium). After watching
Illinois tumble to severe-underdog
Northwestern last week,. Moeller
recognizes that the first-place
Wolverines are in position for a let-
down against an inferior Boiler-
maker team.
"I'm not saddened by the
(Wildcat victory)," Moeller
quipped. "But it shows that when
you hit the stretch, you have to,
number one, win, no matter how you
do it, and, number two, make im-
provement."
Likewise, Purdue (2-2, 3-4) has
sought improvement all season.
First-year coach Jim Colletto has
implemented a new system that
concentrates on conservative rush-

ing and strong defense. While it
seems to have set in on occasion, the
transition has struggled thus far.
"Offensively, our coaching staff
has screwed up the offense trying to
overcome personnel inadequacies,"
Colletto said. "We don't execute
very well. We have tried to piece-
meal it and now we don't function
very well on offense."
However, the Boilermakers have
developed their running game to
some extent. After ranking last in
the NCAA last year with 56 yards
per game, the Purdue backfield has
compiled a current mark of 177.
Leading rusher Jeff Hill has av-
eraged 6.2 yards per carry, while
Corey Rogers and Arlee Conners
have also bolstered the Boilermaker
offense.
"We just have to continue to
stop the running game," Moeller
said. "They've been rushing the ball
a lot better; they've done pretty
good, ahead of schedule to some ex-
tent."
However, the most serious of-
fensive threat comes from junior
quarterback Eric Hunter. Though
often criticized by Colletto for
forcing offensive plays, Hunter has

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a dangerous scrambling ability and a
strong arm. In his starting debut
two years ago in Michigan Stadium,
Hunter passed for 344 yards and
four touchdowns in the 42-27
Wolverine victory, and eventually
earned Big Ten Freshman-of-the-
Year honors.
"He just is a guy that can be a
complete opposite," Moeller said.
"Two years ago he threw them up
like you wouldn't believe, and hit
them. He's a very fine athlete with a,
great arm - if he has a hot day, we
could be in trouble."
One benefit of Michigan's last
two victories is the familiarity it
has developed in facing option quar-

terbacks. Though Indiana's combina4
tion of Trent Green and Vaughan
Dunbar, Minnesota's Marquel
Fleetwood, and Hunter all vary in0
their styles, the Wolverine defense
has been able to concentrate for the
past three weeks on pursuing an un-
conventionally mobile backfield.
"We have a scramble drill that
the defensive coaches have worked
out," Moeller said. "It's very eleA
mentary, but it puts the emphasis off
something. But while you worry
about him rushing for positive
yards, he can scramble and get some-s
one out of position downfield."
"It's gonna carry over froni
week to week," defensive tackle
Chris Hutchinson said. "You learn.
to adjust, to come in at right angles,
to not overpursue." t.
But while Michigan hopes de-
fense will key its victory, Colletct
has a different aim. "Our goal is to
go up to Michigan, not be intimidat-
ed, and play competitively," he saidb
Nevertheless, Moeller expects a
tough matchup: "If you're going to
be great at the end of the season and
you're going to attempt to win it
all, you have to approach every game
as a big game."

Tailback Ricky Powers will lead Michigan's running attack against
Purdue tomorrow. The game is a main feature of Parents' Weekend.

Panel will help athletes adjust

by Matt Rennie
Daily Sports Editor
Wolverine athletes will now
have an alternative to professional
agents when contemplating their
professional careers.
Michigan athletic director Jack
Weidenbach announced the creation
of a Career Counseling Panel at
yesterday's meeting of the Uni-
versity Board in Control of
Intercollegiate Athletics.
Weidenbach said the department
created the panel to offer an alterna-
"tive to student-athletes' premature
dealings with professional agents, a
violation of NCAA rules. The panel
will deal with athletes' questions
about whether to enter the profes-
sional arena. This advice can include
reading and advising on professional
contracts.

This panel is intended to provide
a middle ground between the stu-
dent-athletes and the professional
agents who attempt to sign poten-
tial pro stars while they are still in
college.
The three-member panel will
consist of two faculty representa-
tives and one member of the athletic
administration. David Brophy, an as-
sociate professor of finance in the
School of Business Administration,
and Doug Kahn, a law professor and
former faculty representative on the
Board of Control are the two fac-
ulty members. The representative
from the athletic department is
George Hoey.
Brophy stressed that the panel
will provide a deposit of informa-
tion regarding career plans for ath-

letes. He stressed that this panel has
not been implemented exclusively
for students entering professional
athletics.
"Let's suppose you're a volley-
ball player and what you're going to
do with your life is be a coach.
We'll have information on entering
the coaching job market," Brophy
said. "I think it's not just the super-
star who has a use for this kind of
information."
Weidenbach also announced that
the creation of a $12,000 Needy Stu-
dent Fund. This money is to be used
to assist needy students in emer-
gency situations. Weidenbach listed
medical costs and travel expenses
for family emergencies as possible
situations in which the fund would
be used.

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Michigan's Mark Ouimet fights for the puck against Western Michigan during action last season. The
Wolverines look for their first victory of the season when they take on the Broncos in a weekend series.
leers look for first victory
Berenson's boys try to bounce back and bully the Broncos
by Josh Dubow
Daily Hockey Writer strength was penalty killing." have who can skate with Felsner'is

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Nov. 5 5:00 pm
Rackham
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This event is the first in
a series of lectures from the
world's top sports figures--
yet another way Viewpoint
Lectures reaches out to more
of the many groups that com-
prise the diverse community
at the University of Michigan.

Early season blues. If the Michi-
gan hockey team does not reverse the
trend it started last weekend against
Michigan State, that is what the
Wolverines will be singing after
this weekend.
Michigan (0-1-1 in the Central
Collegiate Hockey Association, 0-1-
1 overall) faces conference rival
Western Michigan (2-0, 2-0) in a
home-and-home series Friday in Ann
Arbor and Saturday at Kalamazoo.
The Wolverines have taken 11
straight games from the Broncos
dating back to the 1988-89 season.
Michigan coach Red Berenson has
said that the Wolverines must im-
prove their work ethic to be worthy
of their preseason No. 2 ranking.
Berenson has seen that change this
week in practice.
"We've learned something from
last weekend," Berenson said.
"We're going to have to work
harder than we did. To be a good
team you have to do the little
things. We know we have to play
better in our zone, defensively and
special teams - especially the
power play. It all starts with check-
ing, working, and keeping the puck
out of our net."
The power play will be espe-
cially important this weekend. Both
teams excelled at penalty killing,
but struggled with the man-advan-

Western killed all 22 power- Pat Ferschweiler."

play chances against Illinois-
Chicago last weekend while Michi-
gan State only managed two goals in
18 chances against Michigan. Michi-
gan matched the Spartans' power-
play performance last weekend
while the Broncos managed three
goals in their 18 chances.
Berenson has acknowledged that
the power play usually takes time
before it gets in sync. Wilkinson
expects both squads' power plays to
improve this weekend, and feels the
games will be decided by which
team plays smarter hockey.
"Michigan has got a lot of po-
tent offensive weapons," Wilkinson
said. "We need to try to give them
as few (scoring) opportunities as

Berenson has made even more
changes in Michigan's lineup for
this weekend, including puttig
Felsner and Wiseman on the same
line. In last Saturday's game, 1l7-
sner swapped assignments wtih
Cam Stewart, lining up with Wise-
man and David Oliver, while Stew-
art centered Mike Helber and Mge
Knuble. Berenson will make lme
changes throughout the season, espe-
cially in the beginning of the season.
Forward Dan Stiver, who was in-*
jured last Friday, is expected to re-
turn this weekend and will rejoin
Roberts and Ouimet. Rookie winger
Rick Willis had his first full pra -
tice Monday and is available for this
weekend's action.

'We've learned something from last weekend:
We're going to have to work harder than we
did. To be a good team you have to do the {
little things'
- Red Berensdn
Michigan hockey coach

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possible. Whoever plays disciplined
hockey and does not take a lot of
penalties will win."
Michigan's arsenal includes
Denny Felsner, David Roberts,
Mark Ouimet and Brian Wiseman.
Wilkinson knows it will be impos-

Berenson had not decided on a
goaltender for this weekend, and
said he might again use both Chtis
Gordon and Steve Shields. Shields
liked the use of the rotating system
last weekend.
"It's kind of a good situatipn

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