Offensive line strength
lies in players' unity
Returning starters in bold
20 Deollo Anderson 35 Chuck Winters
31 Earnest Sanders 17 Clarence Thompson
24 Brent Blackwell 21 Steve King
37 Jarrett Irons 36 Steve Morrison
44 Rob Swett 95 Bobby Powers
71 Jeff Springer 52 George Howell
91 Matt Dyson* 79 Tony Henderson 8 Trevor Pryce
59 Kerwin Waldroup 94 Jason Horn 53 Ben Huff
5 Mike Elston 96 Will Carr 89 Sean Parini
28 Deon Johnson , 94 Jason Horn 76 Trent Zenkewicz 22 Ty Law
,4 yoe ol 4Jean-Agnus
42 Tyrone Noble -9 Damon Denson 92 Steve Evans Charles'
25 Mike Hynes 81 Glen Steeley
19 Bryan Williams
69 Jon Runyan 52 Rod Payne 61 Mike Sullivan 18 Amani Toomer
72 John Partchenko 65 Eric Wendt 77 Trezetle Jenkins 86 Seth Smith
70 Mike Bolach.54 Joe Ries 83 Todd Richards
9 Mercury Hayes
43 Chad Petterson 16 Jay Riemersma
84 Rod Vanderleest
10 Todd Collins 88 Pierre Cooper
13 Jason Carr
15 Scott Loeffler
7T oinas Guynese73 Joe Marinaro*
56 Harold Goodwin 62 Ante Skorput
74 Josh Cockreli.C.st 68 Zach Adami
..w 40 Jon Ritchie
39 Jared Lancer
46 Kraig Baker g Tyrone Wheatley* 38 Erik Lovell
39 Nate Delong 26 Ed Davis 19 Remy Hamilton
21 Tim Biakabutuka * indicates injured player
When sophomore center Rod
Payne points out that the current start-
ing offensive line has the potential to
be together for the next two seasons,
he means business.
A lack of cohesiveness plagued
last year's line throughout the season
but against Boston College, Michi-
gan started three juniors (Trezelle
Jenkins, Jay Riemersma and Mike
Sullivan) and three sophomores
(Payne, Jon Runyan and Thomas
"Last year there were a few guys we
didn't feel close to (on the offensive
line)," Payne admits. "Now we feel
accountable. It's our team this year."
The line received invaluable expe-
rience late last season, as younger play-
ers were called upon in tight situations.
When All-Big Ten second team center
Marc Milia was forced from the lineup,
Payne had to perform. He should see
the majority of snaps this season.
Moeller has said that Payne gets
just a bit too excited at times. During
Saturday's games against Boston Col-
lege, the sophomore snapped the ball
quickly to quarterback Todd Collins.
Jenkins was caught flatfooted, held
his man and the resulting penalty gave
the Eagles a safety. Payne surely needs
Runyan (6'8", 299 lbs.), a second-
team All-Big Ten selection last year, is
a guargantuan run blocker at left guard.
Jenkins fills the all-important left
tackle spot, while Sullivan (tackle)
and Guynes (guard) occupy the right
Senior right guard Joe Marinaro,
last year's most solid line performer,
blew out his knee in spring practice and
is projected to return against Colorado.
The line may have missed
Marinaro more than thought as it
struggled in the early going against
Boston College before wearing the
smaller Eagles down.
Tight end Riemersma switched
over from quarterback in the spring.
He has solid hands and size (6-6,
252), but needs work on fulfilling his
Sophomore Pierre Cooper will
be counted on to give Riemersma a
"It's to the point now where you
can count on both of us to make some
plays," Riemersma says.
By the end of last year, the offen-
sive line was punishing the opposi-
tion. If it can carry over that together-
ness and intensity into this season, it
may be a long year for Big Ten defen-
"Being around guys the same age
helps," Runyan says. "You don't feel
inferior to anybody, and you don't feel
superior to anybody. It makes it a lot
more comfortable out there."
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