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Men's Swimming and Diving
vs. Eastern Michigan
Tonight, 7 p.m.
Canham Natatorium

SPORTS

Football
vs. Minnesota
Tomorrow, 1 p.m.
Michigan Stadium

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The Michigan Daily

Friday, October 23, 1992

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'M' icers face
Ferris in first
CCHA series
by Tim Rardin
Daily Hockey Writer
This weekend's series in Big Rapids between
Michigan and Ferris State - the first league games for
both - features two teams that are similar in that their
strengths lie in their defenses. Both teams lost only one
contributing defenseman from last year, and both return
proven goaltending.
However, the similarity ends there.
The Wolverines are the No. 1 team in the nation for
a reason. One of their other strengths - by the way -
lies in their offense. While the Bulldogs will need to
rely on their defense, Michigan can look confidently to
its balanced and very potent scoring attack.
"Michigan is very explosive offensively," Ferris as-
sistant coach Mark Kaufman said. "They play a power
game, so we hope that our defense and goaltending will
keep us close."
Leading that defensive stance will be junior co-cap-
tain John Gruden, who finished third in scoring for the
Bulldogs last year, as well as seniors Daniel Chaput and
Daryl Filipek. In goal for Ferris are two equally experi-
en~ed net-minders. Juniors Craig Lisko and Pat Mazzoli
return, with Lisko likely to get the nod after posting a
3;19 goals-against average, and the second-best save
percentage in the CCHA at .896.
Despite the Wolverines' clear advantage up front,
Michigan coach Red Berenson said he still sees thepo-
tential for a defensive struggle.
"I see the game as being how far the two teams are
gping to bend before they break defensively," Berenson
said. "I think it's going to be a weekend where we can't
give them much, and we've got to make our chances
count."
Last year, the Bulldogs failed to make their chances
count, managing only one victory - a 6-5 upset at
Ewigleben Ice Arena - in four tries against the
Wolverines. But under new head coach Bob Daniels,
Ferris State is looking to turn things around, particularly
in regards to its offense, which averaged only 3.1 goals
per game last season.
"My philosophy is definitely built around a strong
defense," Daniels said. "But we're going to shift our
emphasis and allow the players to be creative offen-
sively."
While Michigan presents a multi-dimensional attack
with countless weapons, the Bulldogs do not have such
a luxury up front. Sophomore Tim Christian leads the
way, having chalked up 29 points to lead the team in
scoring his first year. The next two top returning scorers
after Christian are both defensemen.
Both teams are coming off decisive victories last
weekend. The Wolverines dismantled Notre Dame, 6-1,
while the Bulldogs exploded against Laurentian, 11-2.
Berenson said he expects his team to be ready
against what will certainly be a fired-up Ferris squad.
"We fully expect to have a good weekend,"
Berenson said. "We have to be just as ready or more
ready than we were against Notre Dame, and I think we
will be."

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On any given weekend, any Big;-
Ten team can come in and defeat'
any other Big Ten team. In the paste,
the thought expressed in this cliche;
made the Big Ten great and exciting,
The key here is the past. Now, x
given weekend leads to another;;
mediocre squad coming to Ann _
Arbor to lose big to the cream of the,
conference.
We're on the verge of another
weekend and, once again, Michigan
(3-0 in the Big Ten, 5-0-1 overall) is
an enormous point favorite (31) over
its opponent, this time the Minnesota
Golden Gophers (1-5, 1-2). Even
ABC-TV has given up on any
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Ed Davis eluded many Hoosier tacklers en route to 59 yards last weekend. Davis will look for similar results against Minnesota.

Battle for th
by John Niyo
Daily Football Writer
QUARTERBACK: There won't be any mis-
taking which quarterback is which Saturday
afternoon when Michigan hosts Minnesota.
In the backfield for Michigan is Elvis
Grbac, a fifth-year senior who rarely leaves
the pocket. In the backfield for Minnesota is
Marquel Fleetwood, a fifth-year senior who
would just as soon be a running back.
Both suit their respective offenses well.
Fleetwood is the league's leader in total
offense with 1834 yards from scrimmage
(312 rushing, 1522 passing), and is second in
passing yardage behind Iowa's Jim Hartlieb,
who separated his shoulder last week against
Illinois. He causes many problems for op-
posing defenses in the Gophers new wide-
open attack.
Grbac rebounded from poor showings
against Iowa and Michigan State with a solid
game against Indiana, throwing for two touch-
downs and no interceptions. And with the
running game as successful as it has been, the
pressure on Grbac has been minimal.
Advantage: Michigan
RUNNING BACKS: Michigan's Tyrone
Wheatley has blitzed Big Ten defenses this
season. He has racked up 608 yards on just 78

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carries this season, tops in the Big Ten and
ninth nationally.
The other three tailbacks in coach Gary
Moeller's stable - Ed Davis, Ricky Pow-
ers and Jesse Johnson - all see plenty of
action as well, and all have shown the ability
to rack up big numbers.
Powers is listed as probable this week-
end, after sitting out with an ankle sprain.
Fullback Burnie Legette is also expected to
play.
Minnesota's Antonio Carter, at6-foot-1
and 222 pounds, is a tough inside runner. The
junior is fourth among the conference's rush-
ing leaders with 415 yards on 93 carries.

mismatch
Freshman Amani Toomer and sopho-
more Felman Malveaux also turned in good
performances against Indiana.
Advantage: Michigan
OFFENSIVE LINE: Michigan's offensive line
has regained its traditional form after a slow
start this season.
Minnesota's line is big and experienced,
and is anchored by guard Ted Harrison, a
second-team all-Big Ten selection last year.
Advantage: Michigan
DEFENSIVE LINE: Michigan's defensive
line has been nearly unstoppable of late. The
switch of Chris Hutchinson to linebacker
seems to have sparked a ferocious pass rush.
The Wolverines had 9 sacks against Indiana.
Minnesota was last in the league in rush-
ing defense and total defense last season.
That, coupled with Michigan's dominating
line, does not bode well for the Gophers.
Advantage: Michigan
See MATCHUPS, Page 11

Advantage: Michigan
WIDE RECEIVER: Minnesota's new coach
Jim Wacker has installed a new pass-ori-
ented offensive scheme, and a major benefi-
ciary has been junior wide receiver Omar
Douglas. He leads the Big Ten with 40
catches already this season and averages
nearly 80 yards receiving per game. Senior
John Lewis is a speedster with good hands.
Michigan is led by redshirt junior Der-
rick Alexander. For the second week in a
row, Alexander returned a punt back for a
touchdown. He also caught one pass for a
touchdown and had another called back.

chance for some excitement; the
1 p.m. game is not televised.
Yet Wolverine coach Gary
Moeller is not one to buy into all the,"
point spreads and predictions.
"Over the long haul of the season
there is a down period," Moeller
said. "Coming out of the middle of:
the season when you can't yet seed;
the end there is a tendency to let up"
by both players and coaches.
"Academics and tests start com
ing in and the mental concentration
starts to let up and the hunger is not.
always what it should be. Every one
wants to beat Michigan. We have to
guard against that."
In addition, the Gophers motiva-
tion may be bolstered by a heart-
breaking defeat last weekend at the
hands of Michigan State. Minnesota
lost in the waning seconds on a3
touchdown set up by a bomb from;
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Stickers try
by Sharon Lundy
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan field hockey team
will be out to prove that it has what
it takes to win this weekend in
Columbus. The Wolverines face
Ohio State and Northwestern today
and tomorrow, respectively.
Earlier this season, Michigan de-
feated Ohio State, 2-1, but lost to
Northwestern, 4-0. Both teams are
very strong, but since the Wolver-

to regroup a
ines have already lost to the Wild-
cats, that game will- be tougher
emotionally.
"It is really a mental thing,"
Michigan defender Nancy Irvine
said. "If we play well we can beat
both teams."
Ohio State has several players at
sweeper and corner that may pose a
threat to Michigan.
"They have a good corner which
we will have to defend against," de-

it Ohio State.
fender Keely Libby said. "The de.
fense will have to work very hari
within the circle to do what they"
can do, and our attack has to do what
they were taught and keep at their
plays."
The Buckeyes recently lost to
Michigan State, a team which the
Wolverines defeated, 5-0, earlier-
this season.

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The Wolverines are looking:
forward to avenging their loss to'
Northwestern. Most of the probl
lems had to do with their confidence:
and concentration.
"For the whole 70 minutes of
the game we have to stay focused,"'
Libby said.
On paper, the game against the'
Wildcats was very even. Nordlh
western, however, converted more-
of its shots into goals and ended up
with the win.

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The Wolverines will try to stop"
the Wildcat attack and launch theif
own aggressive offense.
"We have to concentrate .on
short corners and scoring," Irvine
said. "We also have to play hard be-
tween the 25's."
From the last game against
Northwestern, Michigan knows,
where it went wrong and will try
to correct it for this weekend's
matchup.

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"We're really working on get
ting our shots in the goal, instead
a foot or two outside," Irvine saidr
"Last time we played Northwest-
ern they just had all the lucky
breaks, but we outplayed them and,
probably shot more than they did."'.

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