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Basketball
vs. Iowa
Tomorrow, 8 p.m. (Ch. 20, WXON)
Crisler Arena

S

I.

Wrestling
vs. Michigan State
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
East Lansing

Law, Foster leave for NFL

Top cornerback
By CHAD A. SAFRAN
Daily Football Writer
It may not match the Israelites'
departure from Egypt but a trio of
Michigan football players is having
an exodus of its own. Ty Law and Ch6
Foster announced yesterday that they
would be forgoing their final years

and fullback join
with the Wolverines in order to make
themselves eligible for the NFL draft
in April. They join Trezelle Jenkins
as the second and third Michigan play-
ers to say that they will not return for
the 1995 season.
While the decision of Jenkins and
Foster may come as a shock, Law's
choice was much more easily foreseen.
The junior cornerback earned a spot on
the 1994 Walter Camp All-America
team despite intercepting only one pass
during the regular season and was among
the top five defensive backs in the na-
tion last season.
Law did not reach his decision over-
night. He began thinking about making
the move to the pros following a sopho-
more season in which he snatched six
interceptions, including two in the sea-
son finale against Ohio State -a game
Law regards as his finest performance
while with the Wolverines.
Although the upcoming draft re-
mains absentofdepth at defensive back,
that fact was not foremost in Law's

Jenkins in flight
decision to skip his senior season for a
shot at fulfilling a lifelong dream.
"The thing I have to do is what's
best for my family," Law said. "Our
financial status ... that was the main
reason why I made the decision. I
think it's time for me to take care of
my grandfather."
The elder Law, Raymond, practi-
cally raised Ty his whole life and gave
much financial support to his grandson.
In order to prepare for the draft,
Law plans on attending the Hula Bowl
on Jan. 22 in Honolulu. The game is
unsanctioned by the NCAA, meaning
underclassmen who have made them-
selves eligible for the NFL can play in
the contest. Jenkins will play in the
game as well, along with senior Todd
Collins.
A letter from the NFL junior advi-
sory committee projected Law to be
selected anywhere between the third
and seventh rounds. The Aliquippa,
Penn. native disagreed with that re-
See FOOTBALL, Page 12

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Michigan football player Ty Law announces his decision to forego his senior season yesterday at Schembechler Hall.
The football team has now lost three players to the pros in the past week. Law and fullback Che Foster join
Wolverine offensive lineman Trezelle Jenkins in declaring themselves eligible for the NFL draft.

Foster

Hockey continues to excel despite graduation losses, injuries

By THE DAILY HOCKEY STAFF
The graduation of last year's se-
niors left the Michigan hockey team
with some gaping holes, but at the
midpoint of the 1994-95 season those
gaps don't seem so large anymore.
New senior leadership, the matura-
tion of last year's freshmen and a
whole new core of talented recruits
have paced the Wolverines to a 14-4
record overall and a 9-2 mark within
the CCHA.
OFFENSE
Last year seniors Brian Wiseman,
David Oliver and Mike Stone ac-
counted for over 30 percent of
Michigan's point production. Their
departure seemed certain to give
goaltenders
throughout the
CCHA pleasant
dreams heading
into this season.
But those
dreams have
quickly turned to
Knuble nightmares as the
Wolverine of-
fense has not lost a step from last year
and has actually raised its scoring
output from a year ago. This season
Michigan is netting an average of
6.28 goals per game, as compared to
a 5.95 goals-per-game average at this
point last year.
Sophomore center Brendan
Morrison has continued the play that
garnered him CCHA Rookie of the
Year honors last year and has emerged
as one of the most dangerous offen-
sive weapons in the league. He cur-

rently is tops on the team with 34
points (13 goals, 21 assists) and is tied
for second in the nation behind Bowl-
ing Green's Brian Holzinger.
An early-season injury kept Mike
Knuble out of uniform for four games,
but the senior has recovered to lead
the team with 15 goals. Perhaps
Knuble's biggest contribution to the
team, however, comes through the
leadership that he provides to an of-
fensive unit that features seven fresh-
men and sophomores on the top three
lines. With Knuble in the lineup,
Michigan has been defeated only once
- a 4-3 loss to Minnesota at the
College Hockey Showcase. Without
him, the team has a record of 2-3.
Sophomore Jason Botterill and
junior Kevin Hilton have also helped
fill the void left by the departure of
last year's senior class. Botterill's im-
posing 6-foot-4 frame has wreaked
havoc on players around CCHA, and
he leads the team with 24 penalties.
Hilton, on the other hand, has become
the team's second most consistent
play-maker, trailing only Morrison in
total assists.
In late November, Michigan coach
Red Berenson altered the team's line
combinations. In the shakeup,
Botterill joined Morrison and Knuble
on the Wolverines' top line, while
Hilton became the center on the sec-
ond line between sophomores John
Madden and Warren Luhning. In the
first game after the realignment,
Michigan scored 11 goals against
Notre Dame, and should these new
lines stick, they hold promise for the

second half of the season.
Robb Gordon and Bill Muckalt
have each made large contributions
in their firstyear of collegiate hockey.
So far this season they are tied for
fifth on the team with 23 points each.
Muckalt's powerful shot could be the
strongest on the team, and Gordon
has proven himself as a consistent
point producer.
Seniors Rick Willis and Ron Sacka

are the mainstays on the Wolverines'
checking line. The duo has contrib-
uted timely goals and a physical pres-
ence on the ice, while providing this
young team with much-needed senior
leadership off the ice.
Grade: A
DEFENSE
Michigan's defensemen are in a
tough spot. Like all blueliners, they

don't have a whole lot of stats to set
them apart from lesser defenders.
On top of that, these guys have the
nation's No. 1 offense in front of them
and the CCHA'stop goalie behind them,
adding further to their anonymity. Still,
the play of a few has been one of the
main reasons why Michigan has been
so successful thus far.
This unit was regarded as the
team's weakest link last season. Per-
haps the biggest difference between
this year's defensive corps and the
1993-94 version is just that - one
year.
Even one of Michigan's closest
rivals, Michigan State, can see the
transformation of this corps and Spar-
tan coach Ron Mason has accredited
the Wolverines' success to this timely
improvement.

Junior Steven Halko and sopho-
mores Blake Sloan and Harold
Schock, with that extra season of ex-
perience under their belts, have pro-
vided near-error-
less play. Along
with senior Tim x
H o g a n ,
Michigan's top
four defensemen
have been the
very essence of
consistency.
Even more Willis
consistent than their play has been
their presence in the lineup. Besides
merely dressing for nearly every game,
the Halko-Sloan and Hogan-Schock
combinations have been dependable
See HOCKEY, Page 12

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TONYA BROAD/Daily
some with its 14-4 record.

The Michigan hockey team has surprised

'M' women tankers rout Bruins

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By JOHN LEROI
Daily Sports Writer
Round two: different place, same
result. The Michigan women's swim-
ming team won eight of 14 events
while coasting to a 156-106 victory
over seventh-ranked UCLA in
Westwood, Calif. Saturday. No. 4
Michigan outscored UCLA, 338-280,
at the Lady Mustang Classic in early
November.
The Wolverines again proveddomi-
nant in both the
100-yard and 200-
yard Backstrokes.
Alecia Humphrey
won the 100 in
57.60 seconds and
Beth Jackson fin-
ishedthirdat58.45.
Michigan took all Humphrey

three places in the 200 Backstroke.
Humphrey finished first at 2:02.60, Jack-
son took second at 2:04.93 and Melisa
Stone placed third, posting a time of
2:06.34.
The Wolverines also swept the
1,000-yard freestyle and the 200-yard
individualmedley. Freshman KerriHale
took first place in the 1,000 freestyle at
10:00.31 followed by Jodi Navta and
Anne Kampfe. Rachel Gustin's2:06.78
was good enough for the top-finish in
the 200 IM. Kim Johnson and Navta
finished off the Wolverines third sweep
of the meet.
At their previous meeting, UCLA
outtouched Michigan's 400-yard free
relay team by .01. Ready for a tough
match with the Bruins, Michigan's free
relay team of Talor Bendel, Jennifer
Almeida, Stone andJohnsonbeatUCLA

by almost a second with a time of
3:28.71.
Bendel also finished first in the
100-yard freestyle. Rachel Gustin
scored two top-finishes in the 100-
yard and 200-yard breaststrokes.
Michigan continued to pick up points
in second and third places. The Wol-
verines placed more than one swim-
mer in nine events.
Michigan is continuing its train-
ing throughout the week. Coach Jim
Richarson has continued his trend
of training up to and through every
meet. Additionally, the Wolverines
do not plan to shave and taper for
their action this weekend. The Wol-
verines will return to California to
face defending NCAA champion
Stanford Saturday and California
Sunday.

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