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Men's Soccer
vs. Eastern Michigan
Today, 7 p.m.
Pioneer High School

S

'TS

Field Hockey
vs. Michigan State
Today, 7 p.m.
Oosterbaan Fieldhouse

Michigan State Banks on transfer quarterback Tony

By CHAD A. SAFRAN
Daily Football Writer
Another scrambling quarterback.
Another problem for the Michigan
defense.
After facing mobile signal callers
Ron Powlus and Kordell Stewart, the
Wolverines must now figure out a way
to contain Michigan State's Tony Banks.
Stewart ran the option with a great
deal of success against the Wolver-
*nes' defense, gaining 85 yards.
Powlus also showed that Michigan
sometimes does not have the outside
speed to catch a nimble quarterback.
In addition to his running prow-
ess, Banks, a transfer from Mesa Jun-
ior College in San Diego, possesses a
weapon that Michigan coach Gary
Moeller likens to a familiar foe.
"He has a strong arm," Moeller
aid. "Like the kid from Colorado,
his kid can throw ropes."
With his tall, lanky build (6 feet 6,
225 pounds) and number 12 on his
jersey, Banks looks a lot like Randall
Cunningham. The Spartan quarter-
back plays like Cunningham as well
-out of the pocket is when both are
the most dangerous.
Banks has been particularly po-
tent as of late. He earned Big Ten
ffensive Player of the Week honors
for his showing against Wisconsin. In
the Spartans' 29-10 upset of the Bad-
gers, Banks completed 10-of-13

passes for 161 yards. He also contrib-
uted 25 yards on the ground. Over the
past three games he has connected on
65 percent of his passes for 552 yards
and has not thrown an interception in
his last 60 attempts.
For the season, Banks has suc-
ceeded on 57 percent of his passes.
Yet he has thrown only two touch-
down passes, allowing the Spartans'
tailbacks to enjoy the scoring glory.
"Any quarterback wants to pass a
little more," Banks said. "I'm for what-
ever wins, so I haven't had any com-
plaints."
Originally, Banks planned to play
at Utah State following his senior
year at Hoover High School in San
Diego, where he led the team to only
its third state playoff berth in almost
30 years. However, Banks chose
hardball instead of hard hits.
A fine baseball player, Banks
signed a contract with the Minnesota
Twins. He played for their Class A
affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla. for two
seasons (1991 and 1992). After a ro-
tator cuff injury and subsequent sur-
gery, Banks was forced to rehabilitate
the shoulder for several weeks. Upon
his return, the weakness of his shoul-
der forced him into designated hitter
duty.
"I wasn't happy with what I was
doing," Banks said. "Baseball every
day wasn't for me. I'm a little too

energetic to be sitting on the bench."
Banks revived his football pur-
suits at Mesa Junior College and in
1993 he threw for over 2,100 yards
and 14 touchdowns. SuperPrep ranked
him as the No. 8 junior college quar-
terback in the nation.
For all his success on smaller play-
ing fields, Banks' big-game experi-
ence remains very little. He played
well against Notre Dame last month,
helping Michigan State to a 20-point
first half, before the Spartans lost, 21-
20.
Michigan State coach George
Perles knows the junior quarterback
is not well seasoned but sees him
maturing quickly.
"Playing at home here a couple of
games in front of a big crowd, travel-
ing, all this has helped his experi-
ence," Perles said. "Playing good
teams like Wisconsin and Notre Dame
has helped him in getting prepared."
Banks has never faced as tough a
team as the Wolverines on the road.
His only previous foray away from
Spartan Stadium as Michigan State's
quarterback was to Kansas last month,
where 48,100 fans showed up to see
the Jayhawks knock off the Spartans,
17-10.
Although Banks has never per-
sonally been a part of the intrastate
rivalry, his teammates have filled him
in on the details.

MOLLY STEVENS/Daily
Linebacker Steve Morrison and the rest of the Michigan defense will have their hands full when Michigan State
quarterback Tony Banks comes to town Saturday. Banks was last week's Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.

"1 just listen to mainly my line-
men," Banks said. "They just kept
reiterating that this is probably the
biggest game of the season, and that
was the talk in the lockerroom.
"They've grown to hate Michigan
after being here so long."

Kickers gear up for first Washtenaw Cup
eWolverine men face Eastern Michigan in "biggest game of the year"

1. Michigan State at Michigan
2. Indiana at Iowa
3. Illinois at Ohio State
4. Minnesota at Purdue
5. Wisconsin at Northwestern
6. Notre Dame at Boston College
7. Auburn at Mississippi State
8. UCLA at California
9. Florida State at Miami
10.Georgia at Clemson

11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.

Okla, vs. Texas (in Dallas)
Ga. Tech at North Carolina
Oklahoma St. at Nebrask~a
Louisiana State at Florida
Colorado State at Arizona
Colorado at Missouri
So. Miss. at Alabama
Oregon at Washington St.
Lehigh at Yale
Columbia at Fordham

By REBECCA MOATZ
Daily Sports Writer
It sounds like the classic football
rivalry between two crosstown high
schools. Both teams work up to it the
entire season and perform before their
biggest crowd.
The winner takes home bragging

rights that can be held on to until the
two teams collide the next year. Yet
this is not high school and the sport is
not American football.
Today when the Michigan men's
soccer team takes to the field it will
face Eastern Michigan University in
what both teams' captains call their

biggest game of the year.
Last year was the first time the
Wolverines had won in a few years.
The team won on an overtime goal by
Rich Berri who is returning for today's
contest.
However, this year's game will
differ from previous ones in that the
two teams are establishing this as the
First Annual Washtenaw Cup.
The Wolverines are coming off of
the Big Ten Club Soccer Tournament
title where they won all three games
this past weekend.
The team is not letting this go to
their heads though. It knows that it
will face tough competition when it
walks onto Pioneer High School field
at 7:00 tonight.
"They are all around strong,"
Michigan Captain Hershel Wanjcer
said. "They play more of a game in
the air... we play on the carpet through
the halfbacks."

To add to the rivalry, the Eagles'
program is varsity while Michigan
remains a club team. Though this usu-
ally means that the varsity team is
stronger, it is not the case here.
The Eagles may have an advan-
tage with their air play. The Pioneer
High School field is designed for foot-
ball, which means that it'is narrower
than the typical soccer field. This
means that keeping the ball in the air,
above the midfielders' heads, will
benefit the Eagles.
To prepare, Michigan has been
practicing on narrow fields and work-
ing with its halfbacks who usually
keep the ball on the ground.
If practice alone is not enough to
place Michigan above the Eagles, last
weekend's victory should help.
"We're at a point now where with
each game we do better because we
do better at different things each
game," Wanjcer said.

Tiebreaker -Michigan State at Michigan
Total Points,
Name:
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MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Today's Washtenaw Cup marks the beginning of a Michigan soccer tradition.

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