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Men's Soccer
vs. Schoolcraft
Today, 5 p.m.
Mitchell Field

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Volleyball
vs. Illinois
Friday, 7 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena

Youthful Hawkeyes, next for 'M'
QB Driscoll and offense turnover-prone; Run defense lacking

By CHAD A. SAFRAN
Daily Football Writer
Ah, the innocence of youth - no
worries, no cares, just lots of energy to
enjoy life.
Coach Hayden Fry wished the Iowa
football team had a little bit less inex-
perience and more victories. After a 2-
0 start, the Hawkeyes fell back to
earth in their past two games, falling
to Penn State and Oregon by a com-
bined score of 10 1-39.
Iowa's trip to Penn State may have
been the most humiliating defeat in
Fry's 16 years with the Hawkeyes -
16 minutes into the game Iowa was
down, 42-0.
Much of the reason for Iowa's poor
performance the last two weeks rests
with the team's youth. Eighteen fresh-
men have seen action this season, in-
cluding seven true rookies. Nowhere is
the inexperience more evident than on
defense, where seven new starters are
in place for 1994.
"We changed our defensive
schemes and we haven't been playing
that well on defense," Fry said. "Fun-
damentally we haven't been very good.
We haven't been doing a real good job
of tackling."
Iowa allowed the Ducks to run for
197 yards and has given up an average
of 207.3 yards rushing per game. All
this should be good news for Michigan

as head coach Gary Moeller contin-
ues to search for some semblance of
a consistent running attack.
Not only has the Hawkeyes' young
defense caused problems, but their
offense, led by sophomore quarter-
back Ryan Driscoll, has let them down
often because of turnovers. Against
Penn State and Oregon, Iowa lost the
ball eight times and had one punt
blocked. Those errors resulted in five
touchdowns for the opposition.
In contrast, neither the Nittany Li-
ons nor the Ducks coughed up the
football once.
"The guys really making the mis-
takes are the people that havent
played, or a couple of instances on
defense, guys that have had to change
position or play in these positions for
the first time," Fry said.
Some of these problems stem from
the fact that Fry is in the process of
infusing his team with more speed on
both sides of the ball, particularly on
defense.
"You can't do it with those big
slow-footed linemen anymore because
you can't get apass rush, and you can't
do it with slow people in the second-
ary because you can't cover the re-
ceivers," Fry said. "You can't play
zone pass defense all the time- they
pick you apart."
Fry's reconstruction of the makeup

of his team has resulted in a mediocre
beginning to this season, following
back-to-back average seasons. In 1992,
the Hawkeyes finished 5-7, including 4
52-28 loss to Michigan. Iowa improved
a bit last season, reaching the .500
mark (6-6) before losing, 37-3, to Cali=
fornia in the Alamo Bowl.
However, the fans in Iowa remain
patient. All they need to do is dust off
their old game programs to see th4
Hawkeyes went 19 seasons without a
winning record (1962-1980) -- theffi-
nal pairof losing seasons came in Fry's
first two years in Iowa City.
Since those dark days, however4
Iowa has earned bowl bids in 1 1 of the
past 13 seasons. Fry remains optimistic
about the Hawkeyes' return to the post-
season.
"We're certainly just a mediocr
football team this year and should be
better next year. If we can do the aca-
demic work and stay healthy then the
following year, we should be a con--
tender."
ANOTHER AWARD: Michigan line-
backer Jarrett Irons earned Big Ten
defensive player of the week for his
performance against Colorado. Irons
registered 16 tackles, deflected a pair
of passes and sacked quarterbackO
Kordell Stewart once. He also forced
Stewart to -fumble just inches short of
scoring a touchdown.

Michigan looks to start the Big Ten season on the right foot as it tackles Iowa Saturday.

Rose to sign deal wit
Denver today, agent sy

U t1RA;94SPORTS DAI By ANTOINE PITTS
Daily Basketball Writer
S ® Former Michigan basketball
I player Jalen Rose will sign today with
the Denver Nuggets according to
Rose's agent, Norm Nixon.
No financial terms were released
but Nixon, a former NBA player him-
self, said Rose will receive a'six-year
deal.
Denver General Manager Bernie
Bickerstaff would not confirm the
deal but admitted the two sides were
close to reaching a deal. z
"e'll get something done,"
BOULUPRI11Bickerstaff said. "It won't be long."
Wihthe NBA training camps
1 t srikedeals to get their draft picks
int cap.One thing holding that
M ' A 1up is the fact that the league has yet
to set an official salary cap for the
' 1 'season.
. S uth lii~ rs~?7 7Denver's apparent signing of Rose
220 out Unvetsty b5'777 makes him one of a few first round
21 and over after gpm picks that have been signed to date.

"I think it's probably imminent,"
Bickerstaff said. "The negotiations
have been very cordial."
The Nuggets selected Rose
with the 13th pick in June's draft.
In his three-year career at Michi-
gan, Rose averaged 17.6 points,
4.6 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per
game. He became Michigan's all-
time leading freshman scorer with
597 points during the 1991-92
season.
In his final season with the
Wolverines, Rose lead the team
with a 20.6 scoring average. He
earned All-Big Ten honors and
was a second team All-America
selection.
Rose scored a career high 34
points at Iowa in Jan. 92. That game
marked the only time in his 99-
game career that he was not in the
starting lineup for the Wolverines.
Juwan Howard, the other Michi-
gan player selected in this year's
draft, has yet to come to terms with
the Washington Bullets. Howard
was the fifth overall selection.
Fourth overall pick Donyell
Marshall agreed to a multi-year con-
tract with the Minnesota
Timberwolves yesterday.

Move Ahead With Technolagq
Nd Prepare For Your Future.--,
V ii tTE[c HNWAIK

DOUGLAS KANTER/Dady
Ex-Michigan player Jalen Rose is about to ink a deal with the Nuggets.

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