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14 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 9, 1994

Ritchie headed for Stanford
Sophomore leaves 'M' after disappointing season

By CHAD A. SAFRAN
Daily Football Writer
In a season already filled with
plenty of losses, the Michigan foot-
ball team suffered one more yester-
day when Jon Ritchie decided to trans-
fer from the Wolverines to Stanford.
The sophomore fullback will not play
in the Holiday Bowl Dec. 30 against
Colorado State. Once with the Cardi-
nal, Ritchie, who will begin classes at
Stanford Jan. 10, will have two sea-
sons of eligibility remaining.
Before deciding to play for the
Wolverines, Ritchie initially commit-
ted to Stanford but changed his mind.
The Mechanicsburg, Penn., native
told coach Gary Moeller of his decision
Sunday and spent much of yesterday
filling out forms to process his transfer.
"I guess he's been thinking about
this for a little while," said linebacker
Rob Swett, Ritchie's roommate and
one of his closest friends. "He's not
losing anything academically going
to Stanford."
Ritchie's playing time declined
greatly from a season ago. As a true

seeing action in 11 of the Wolverines'
12 games.
However, throughout 1994 he re-
mained behind junior Ch6 Foster on
the Wolverines' depth chart, and with
the exception of some minutes against
Purdue, watched from the sidelines.
Following Michigan's victory
over the Boilermakers, Ritchie ex-
pressed puzzlement as to why he was
not getting into games.
"The coaches didn't tell me,"
Ritchie said. "It troubled me some-
what, but I wasn't about to ask them.
I just tried to improve myself."
In the Wolverine offense, the full-
back is primarily the blocking back.
In one stretch of 1994, the fullbacks
did not carry the ball for five straight
games. Swett thinks this scheme may
have contributed to Ritchie's's move
to Stanford.
"Obviously playing time had
something to do with it," Swett said.
"The offensive program Michigan had
just didn't suit him."
Ritchie had carried the ball just
twice this season for only 25 yards.

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Ritchie
freshman he saw plenty of action, and
the Michigan coaching staff showed
no fears about his ability, inserting
Ritchie into key moments of 1993's
victory over Penn State. As a first-
year player, he gained 95 yards on 31
carries and scored two touchdowns,

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Penn State quarterback Kerry Collins won the Davey O'Brien Award as college football's top signal caller, yesterday. *
The 6-foot-5 senior leads the second-ranked and undefeated Nittany Lions into the Rose Bowl to face Oregon.
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From staff and wire reports
Penn State and Colorado are domi-
nating the postseason awards spot-
light. The two teams - both of whom
beat Michigan - are racking up all
sorts of honors for their offensive
prowess.
Penn State's Kerry Collins, who
led the nation's top scoring offense,
beat out Alabama's Jay Barker and
Georgia's Eric Zeier on Thursday
night for the Davey O'Brien Award
as college football's top quarterback.
The country's best college players
were honored on the 1994 College
Football Awards Show televised live
by ESPN from the Disney-MGM Stu-

dios at Florida's Walt Disney World.
Nine awards were to be presented.
Two other winners were Penn
State's Bobby Engram, Fred
Biletnikoff Award (receiver), and
Colorado's Chris Hudson, Jim Thorpe
Award (defensive back).
Collins, a 6-foot-5 senior, had a
total of 2,679 passing yards in leading
Penn State into the Rose Bowl. He led
the nation's top scoring offense with
a 47.8 point average per game.
Collins thanked his teammates,
saying his offensive line did an "out-
standing job. ... We put together a
pretty good team."
Engram, Penn State's top receiver
and an all-purpose player, won the

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Fred Biletnikoff Award as outstand-
ing receiver.
Engram, a senior, averaged a@
touchdown for every five catches in
his career and had a record 13 TD
catches in 1993. He had 52 receptions
for 1,049 yards and seven TDs this
season.
He thanked his quarterback,
Collins, and running back teammate
Ki-Jana Carter, a candidate for two
other awards.
Hudson, Colorado's all-time*
leader in interceptions and pass de-
flections, captured the Jim Thorpe
Award that goes to the nation's best
defensive back. Hudson, a senior, is
also a punt returner for the Buffaloes.
"I'm proud and honored - after
seeing Jim Thorpe on film - of get-
ting an award like that," said Hudson,
who allowed only five completions in
man-to-man coverage this year.
Last week, Colorado's Rashaan
Salaam won the Doak Walker Award
as the nation's top running back. Sa-
laam, ajunior, is only the fourth player
ever to rush for over 2,000 yards in a
single season. The other three -
Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders,
Nebraska's Mike Rozier and South-
ern California's Marcus Allen - all
won the Heisman Trophy. This year's
Heisman winner will be announced
tomorrow.
No. 1 Tar Heels
knock off pesky
No.24 Villanova

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Donald Williams, who has
struggled with his shooting since an
injury-plagued season last year, scored
14 of his 18 points in the second half
last night and No. 1 North Carolina
held off No. 24 Villanova, 75-66.
Williams, the MVP of the 1993
Final Four, was 2-for-8 in the first
half, but busted the Wildcats' zone
with four key baskets over a four-- r
minute span in the second half to keep
the Tar Heels (5-0) from becoming
the third top-ranked team to fall in as
many weeks.
North Carolina's Jerry Stackhouse
added 17 points to offset a poor show-
ing by Rasheed Wallace, who was
held to a season-low four points -16
below his average.
No. 3 Arkansas 78, Southern
Methodist 66
Corliss Williamson scored 21
points and Clint McDaniel and Darnell
Robinson had 15 points each as No. 3
Arkansas held off scrappy Southern
Methodist, 78-66, last night.
The defending national champi-
ons came in averaging 99 points per
game and built a big first-half lead but
couldn't shake the Mustangs, who hit
11 3-pointers.
Southern Methodist (1-4) was led
by Troy Matthews, who scored 16
points, while Jabari Hearn scored 10
points.
No.4 Kansas 69, No.6 Florida 63
Jerod Haase scored 22 points, Greg
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