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DEFENSIVE LINE'
Line adopts aggressive stance

The strength of Michigan's
defense should be the defensive
line. Senior defensive tackle Chris
Hutchinson will lead the troops for
new line coach Jerry Mattison.
Mattison has tinkered with the
rush patterns for the Wolverines,
hoping to accentuate the speed of
the outside rushers.
"Coach Mattison changed a lot
of our stunts," Hutchinson said.
"We've been doing some things to
take a guy and put him in a one-
on-one situation with the tackle. I
think we've got a lot of speed and
a lot of quickness up front."
Hutchinson was an all-Big Ten
selection last season, collecting 44
tackles, including seven for losses,
in nine games. Last week
Hutchinson was voted one of the
Wolverines' tri-captains.
"Everyone looks to me," he
said. "In the past I was playing for
other guys. This year I'm playing
for Corwin (Brown), Pat Maloney
and Dwayne Ware. This year I'm
trying to assume a leadership role

for the younger guys."
The players Hutchinson will be
leading are redshirt sophomore
middle guard Tony Henderson
and redshirt senior defensive
tackle Buster Stanley. Both
Stanley and Henderson started
much of last season and will
provide experience up front.
Henderson recorded 37 tackles
last season in his first season of
eligibility. His best game came
against Notre Dame when he
made nine tackles.
Stanley saw his most extensive
action last season, finishing with
three sacks and 45 tackles. Against
Indiana, he had 11 tackles,
including four for losses.
Backing up Stanley is Ninef
Aghakhan, who started the final
four games last season. He
recorded a career high eight
tackles in the Rose Bowl against
Washington, -
The backups at tackle will be
Steve Rekowski, Gannon Dudlar
and Trent Zenkewicz. Rekowski

Indiana
Indiana has built a home in the
middle of the Big Ten. The
Hoosiers have played in five bowl
games over the last six years, but
have never threatened for the Big
Ten title. They have always been
an upset or two away from either
the top or bottom of the league,
but those upsets have not come.
Last season the Hoosiers won
every conference game in which
they were favored while losing
every time they were underdogs.
Coach Bill Mallory wants to knock
off one of the top teams this year.
"When you talk about last year,
we had a good team, but were
close to being a fine football
team," Mallory said. "We're close
to knocking on the door, but we're
not quite there. That's the
challenge for this season. Our goal
is to shoot for the title."
Indiana will have to meet that
challenge without a marquee
running back this season. The
Hoosiers have had the luxury for
the past six years of either
Anthony Thompson or Vaughn
Dunbar and their 1,500-yard
seasons.
But the cupboard is not bare in
Bloomington. Mallory has a trio of
young backs poised to replace
Dunbar, Sophomore Brett Law,
redshirt freshman Emmett Pride
and true freshman Kenyetta
Williams are the leading
candidates for that job.
However the bulk of the
offensive responsibility will fall in
the lap of senior quarterback

Trent Green. Green threw for l
2,462 yards last season, completing
passes at almost a 60-percent clip.
"We're going to throw on first1
down," Green said. "Last year, we
just didn't do it. We're going to
bootleg, throw the short pass and
just mix it up a lot. Against
Michigan last year, we got all our
first downs on passes. It depends
on how the defense plays us."
Green's No. 1 target will be
junior Thomas Lewis, who pulled
down 39 receptions and six
touchdowns last season.
Defensively, the Hoosiers are
Minnesohe
New Minnesota coach Jim
Wacker is hoping to energize the
Twin Cities with the run-and-
shoot. The Gophers went 2-9 and
averaged a 14-year low 36,370 fans
per game. Wacker hopes the new
offense will play dividends on the
field and in the stands.
"When we get this offense.
going, we'll light up the
Metrodome like a pinball
machine," Wacker said. "A dome
is great for the run-and-shoot
because it's always 70 degrees
with no wind."
Wacker comes to Minnesota
from Texas Christian, where he
was frequently on the receiving
end of Houston Cougar offensive
attacks. The Gophers can hardly
do worse than last year when they
were last in the nation in scoring

Mattison
and Dudlar have both seen
playing time the previous two
seasons. Zenkewicz was one of the
most sought after linemen in the
nation before coming to Michigan
last season. However, he did not
see any game action.
- Josh Dubow

led by junior lineman Charles
Beauchamp. Beauchamp was a
second-team all-Big Ten selection
last season. The biggest problem
will be replacing linebackers Mark
Hagen and Paul Williams, who
combined for 195 tackles last
season.
"I'd like to think we can be a
championship defense," Mallory
said. "We've got to win the
matchup up front, which will be
harder with our young linebackers.
But we have to be able to handle
the run to play pass defense."
- Josh Dubow
with 9.5 points per game.
The leader of this offense once
again will be senior quarterback
Marquel Fleetwood. Fleetwood
has a strong arm and exceptional
mobility - two essentials for a
run-and-shoot quarterback.
"Fleetwood is a talented
quarterback who has started for
two years," Wacker said. "He is
quick as a hiccup. The key is
surrounding him with top
players."
Wacker will have a problem
surrounding Fleetwood with any
experienced players. Projected
starting running back Chuck Rios
was lost for the season when he
suffered a major knee injury in
spring ball. He will be replaced by
Antonio Carter, who ran for 660
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may also see some action at
quarterback, where he put up the
best numbers in Michigan high
school history.
The defense is also still very
young. Only two seniors are listed
on the top defensive unit, but
seven members are returning
starters. Linebacker Rob
Fredrickson was an honorable
mention all-conference pick last
season and hopes to add to his
credentials. Cornerback Myron
Bell leads a secondary that lost
only safety Alan Haller.
- Albert Lin

KRISTOFFER GILLETTE/Daily
Senior defensive tackle Chris Hutchinson spearheads the Wolverine
defense.

Brown anchors old but u

Senior free safety Corwin
Brown anchors a defensive
backfield full of veteran talent,
but lacking in starting experience.
Brown, the team's leading
returning tackler, was a second-
team all-Big Ten selection last
season after starting all 12 games.
Considered one of the hardest
hitters in the league and one of
the most vocal, Brown was tabbed
as one of the Wolverines' tri-
captains last week.
"I let Corwin do the talking,"
said Chris Hutchinson, Brown's
defensive co-captain. "He's a real

emotional guy, he gets really
jacked up before games."
One of the biggest battles in
preseason drills this fall was for
the strong safety spot.
Junior Shonte Peoples, at 6-
foot-1, 227 pounds, apparently has
won the starting job for now, by
default. Senior Pat Maloney, 6-2,
194, injured his ankle and missed
two weeks of fall practice.
Peoples played in 11 games last
season, grabbing his first careeer
interception in the game against
Minnesota. Maloney, who stars for
the Michigan baseball team in the

ntested defensive
spring, has seen plenty of action Burch playe
the past two seasons. last season ands
Senior Coleman Wallace, 6-0, time increase co
193, wrestled the starting short the last half of t
cornerback job away from 1991 Law, 6-0, 185, f
starter Dwayne Ware. has been the me
Last season, Wallace had five the five freshma
tackles in each of Michigan's last - Law, Deollo
two games, against Ohio State and Little, Steve Ki
against Washington in the Rose Charles -in fa
Bowl. Ware, 5-11, 193, was "We call the
seventh on the team in tackles. Guns," Brown s
Junior Alfie Burch, 6-2, 192, "They can all h
will man the other cornerback slot, pretty good spe
but he is being pressured by true he'll cover you1
freshman Ty Law.

backs
d in all 12 games
saw his playing
onsiderably over
he season. But
rom Aliquippa, Pa.,
ost impressive of
an defensive backs
Anderson, Earl
ng and Jean-Agnus
ll drills.
m the Young
aid of the recruits.
it. They've all got
ed. And Ty Law,
like a blanket."
- Jo/n Niyo

The top 25 college football
teams, as ranked by the
Associated Press:

Indiana quarterback Trent Green will hav
Vaughn Dunbar, last year's leading rush

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Miami
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Notre Dame
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Florida State
Michigan
Texas A & M
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Colorado
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Michigan State coach George
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Perles out as athletic director, and
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