The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 11, 1994-15
*Wolverines to dine
on Golden Gophers
Moss arrested for
possesion of cocaine
By BRETT FORREST
Daily Football Writer
This week's Minnesota press re-
lease gives specifics for a weekly
urich with Wacker," held Friday
with Golden Gopher coach Jim
Wacker before each home game. Con-
sidering tomorrow's game will not be
played at the Metrodome, it is safe to
say Michigan will be having lunch
with Wacker, with some fava beans
and a nice Chianti.
Here are the matchups:
Michigan running game against
innesota running defense.
Both teams rank sixth in the con-
ference in these respective catego-
ries. But expectMichigan to gain more
than its average of218 yards per game.
With Tyrone Wheatley, a healthy
Tshimanga Biakabutuka and a revi-
talized Ed Davis at tailback, the Wol-
verines are once again loaded.
After Jon Ritchie saw some time
It week behind Che Foster at Purdue,
Michigan may actually diversify
things at fullback. And hey, the full-
back might even touch the ball more
than three times.
Junior linebacker Craig Sauer is the
top stopper for the Gophers, with 74
tackles. Fellow linebacker, senior Ben
Langford, has stepped up his play after
nabbing the starting job against Pacific,
pt. 10. But these two have a thin
upporting cast up front.
With their offensive line jelling in
recent weeks, the Wolverines are cer-
tainly preparing to grind this one out
on the turf.
Michigan passing offense
ainst Minnesota passing defense:
4 If Wolverine coach Gary Moeller
can figure out that he has the best
receiver in the Big Ten - Amani
Toomer- this game could be a rout.
,ouarterback Todd Collins has shown
the ability to fire the ball to the lanky
and speedy Toomer when given the
opportunity. Mercury Hayes, despite
several key drops against Wisconsin,
remains a consistent threat for any
Tight end Jay Riemersma, 10th in
the conference in receptions, has an
uncanny ability to find open space.
But Toomer is tops in the Big Ten
with 40 catches andhe averages nearly
20 yards per grab.
Minnesota's secondary justdoes not
have the speed to keep up with Michi-
gan on the receiving end of the ball.
Senior Juan Hunter is tied for fifth in
conference interceptions, but in that
case, Collins can just throw to the other
side of the field. And with Toomer,
Hayes, Riemersma, Seth Smith and
Todd Richards sprinting off the line,
Collins could have a field day.
Minnesota running attack
against Michigan running defense:
It all begins with junior tailback
Chris Darkins. He is second in the Big
Ten and sixth in the nation in rushing
(129.1 yards per game) and 79 yards
shy of the school single-season record
with two games to go. Darkins scored
two touchdowns and gained 234 yards
on the ground against Purdue Oct. 8.
After Darkins, though, Minnesota has
little else. Even with him, the Go-
phers rank just ninth in conference
The Wolverines rank fourth in
rushing defense in the Big Ten, and
have shown the ability to stop teams
on the ground as of late. Inside line-
backer Steve Morrision, with nearly
11 tackles per contest, is third in the
Big Ten. Fellow linebacker, sopho-
more Jarrett Irons, averages 9.4 stops
each game and is only getting better.
Minnesota passing attack
against Michigan passing defense:
If there can be anything more frus-
trating than the Wolverines' recent
aversion to Pasadena, it is Michigan's
propensity for allowing opposing re-
ceivers enough space to gain first
downs -and then some. Even though
11th in Big Ten passing efficiency,
Minnesota will likely have enough
time to airitout. Senior receiver Chuck
Rios ranks sixth in conference receiv-
ing with 38 catches.
Michigan has been switching up
its defensive secondary lineup often
as of late and it still has not found the
Michigan 48, Minnesota 20.
MADISON (AP) - Wisconsin
tailback Brent Moss, a Rose Bowl
MVP on the verge of breaking the
school's career rushing mark, was
suspended from the team yesterday
following his arrest on a cocaine pos-
Moss was jailed early Thursday
morning after an anti-drug task force
pulled him over and reportedly found
two rocks of crack cocaine in one of
No formal charges were filed by the
Dane County District Attorney's Of-
fice, but officials said no bail would be
available to Moss before his initial court
appearance, tentatively set for Friday.
"I am shocked with Brent's appar-
ent involvement in this matter," said
Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez, who
suspended his star senior "pending a
"It's tragic whenever young people
get involved in drugs in any manner,"
Alvarez said in a university state-
ment."Our immediateconcern is with
Brent and his teammates' welfare.
The situation rests with our legal sys-
tem and we'll let it run its course
through those channels."
Because the Badgers havejust two
games remaining, Moss' brilliant but
now tarnished college career is appar-
ently over and his stock in next
spring's NFL draft now unsettled.
The 22-year-old Moss was known
for his visits to church groups and
classrooms to talk about the dangers
of drugs and how he had escaped the
streets, where two of his boyhood
friends had been shot to death.
He was one of the most honored
players in Badgers football history
and had been touted at the start of the
season as a Heisman Trophy hopeful.
Last season, he set a school record
by rushing for 1,637 yards and was
named the Big Ten's MVP after lead-
ing the Badgers to a 10-1-1 mark and
the first Rose Bowl victory in school
Police issued a statement Thurs-
day morning saying Moss and an-
other man were arrested after a traffic
stop by officers from the Blue Blan-
ket anti-drug task force.
Moss was in possession of four-
tenths of a gram of crack with a street
value of $50, police spokeswoman
Dorothy Doheny said. Moss also was
accused of speeding and failing to sig-
nal a turn.
Wisconsin's Brent Moss, who rushed for 106 yards against Michigan two
weeks ago, was arrested yesterday for possesion of cocaine.
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Penn State atIllinois
Ohio State at Indiana
P'urdue at Michigan State
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*This week's guest selector is Vice President for University Relations and faculty member of the English Department Walter Harrison. Sidney
Fine, American history professor, made the picks in last week's Daily, picking all 10 games correctly.
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