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MAJOR LEAGUE
BASEBALL
BALTIMORE 6,
Cleveland 5, Gm. 1
Cleveland 4.
BALTIMORE 1, Gm. 2
N.Y. YANKEES 7
Boston 6
MILWAUKEE 11,
Chi Sox 10

Kansas City 11
TEXAS. 9
Minnesota at
ANAHEIM, inc
Detroit at
OAKLAND. inc.
Toronto at
SEATTLE, inc.
PHILADELPHIA 2
N.Y. Mets 1, Gm. 1

PHILADELPHIA 2,
N.Y. Mets 1. Gm. 2
Colorado 7,
FLORIDA 1
PITTSBURGH 5,
Montreal 4
ATLANTA 5
San Francisco 4
Cincinnati 4,
CHI CUBS 1

San Diego 4,
HOUSTON 3
Los Angeles at
ST. LOUIS, inc.
PRO
FOOTBALL
DALLAS 21,
Philadelphia 20

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Tuesday
September 16, 1997

10

Golfers
place 9th
in Twin
Cities
Carras pleased
with Vernick's play
By Kevin Rosenfield
and Rick Harpster
For the Daily
'After losing 60 percent of its team
to graduation, the Michigan men's
gOlf team entered its season-opening
tournament in Minneapolis faced
with many questions.
A young, inexperienced team
matched against a long, difficult
course and a top-notch field pro-
duced somewhat predictable results
t- the two-day ReliaStar Collegiate
hvitational.
Despite a strong final day of com-
,petition, the Wolverines failed to gain
,any ground on the 12-team field, yes-
terday, finishing the tournament in
ninth place, 34 strokes behind the
leader.
Tournament host Minnesota
emerged on the final day to win the
54-hole event with a team score of
855. Louisiana State, the 36-hole
leader, finished second, with an 863.
"With four top 20 teams, this is as
tough a field as we'll face all year,"
Michigan coach Jim Carras said.
"It's a respectable start for a team
with little experience. Coming into
the tournament, with the exception of
Mike Harris, our team was full of
question marks, and I think we
answered some of those questions
this weekend."
Junior Kevin Vernick was a bright
spot for the young Michigan squad,
posting a team low 218 (74-72-72) to
finish tied for 15th overall. Vernick's
performance was especially impor-
tant on a team desperate for someone,
besides veteran Mike Harris, to
emerge as a leader.
"Kevin has arrived," Carras said.
.He's been working hard and has
improved tremendously. He will be
someone we can count on as the sea-
son progresses."
Sophomore Mike Harris, the lone
returnee from last season, posted a
221 (73-73-75) to finish tied for
a28th Senior Keith Hinton finished
at 223 (76-74-73), while freshman
Scott Hayes posted a 229 (73-82-
74). Mike's younger brother, fresh-
'man Kevin Harris, rebounded from a
poor first day to finish at 237 (80-
84-73).
"It was a tough situation for a 17
year-old who just arrived on cam-
pus," Carras said. "Yet Kevin really
battled back and seemed to find his
own comfort level."
Michigan returns to action in two
weeks, competing in the Northern
Intercollegiate beginning Sept. 27 in
East Lansing.

Avoiding a letdown,-
Carr 's first concern
Coach pleased with freshmen's performance

By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan has been down this road before, even
this early in the season.
A big victory over a highly ranked opponent
shoots the Wolverines up in the polls only to make
them a larger target for the next opponent. That
leaves the door open for an underdog to hand
Michigan a surprising and resounding defeat,
bringing talk of letdowns and disappointments.
A No. 8 spot in the Associated Press poll after a
victory over its fifth-straight top-10 opponent has
the Wolverines primed for a fall.
And that is Michigan coach Lloyd Carr's biggest
concern heading into this weekend's affair with Big
12 cupcake Baylor. But Carr admits that he cannot
implant maturity in his players' heads.
"As a coach, you don't have any control over
what the players think," Carr said. "You do have an
influence and they have to be mature enough,
responsible enough and smart enough to under-
stand that when you look past someone, when you
think about all the good things being said about
you, when you're not in the present, when you're
not taking care of taking care of today, tomorrow
has a way of going south."
Last year, Michigan fell prey to a pair of let-
downs. After a 38-9 shellacking of UCLA ran
Michigan's record to 4-0, a 16-0 fourth-quarter lead
at Northwestern wasn't enough, and the Wolverines
fell apart in the final 15 minutes, losing 17-16.
Two months later, after racking up 45 points
against Michigan State, the offense drew blanks
against Purdue for the second year in a row, drop-
ping a brutally painful 9-3 decision in West
Lafayette.
"We have guys that learned that lesson a year
ago;" Carr said. "We came off a great win, and went
down to Purdue and were not ready to play."
Carr also addressed Michigan's high ranking in
the new polls. The Wolverines are ranked ninth in
the USA Today/ESPN poll released Sunday.
"We don't know how good Colorado was," Carr
said, "and because of that we certainly don't know
how good we are. When you look at polls, they
mean absolutely nothing.
"All you have to look at is the number of teams
in the top 15 who have already been beaten. Those
preseason polls serve one purpose: They are great

for the enthusiasm they create about college foo
ball. Until you get to the middle of the season, th
they mean a little bit. But none of them are fool-
proof and perfect in terms of who is the best team.'
HEY YOU, GET IN THERE: With the game in hand
by the middle of the third quarter, Carr was able to
afford a number of freshmen a rare opportunity -
significant playing time against a top-10 team in
their first collegiate game while on national televi-
sion.
"The great news is that we got to play a'lot of
people in a game that normally you're fighting
win right to the last minute of the game;' Car.said.
"We got (quarterback) Tom Brady in there fora few
snaps in a pressure situation where he is down near
his own goal line."
And players who were expected to see time any-
way, like tailback Anthony Thomas, saw even more
time on the field.
"Anthony Thomas got nine carries, and that's of
major significance because he should be better this
week;' Carr said. "He looked very good on two or
three cuts he made. I don't think by any stretch of
the imagination you saw what he's capable of. 13
he did get to play on national television in a big
game. So now he's been there, and next time he's
going to be more relaxed"
Carr also was pleased to get freshman corner-
backs DeWayne Patmon, William Petersoin and
James Whitley minutes as well. Patmon, in fact,
saw action on the first series of the game. I did
help, however, that Michigan was facing a primari-
ly passing offense and was without the services of
starting free safety Daydrion Taylor.
INJURY UPDATE: Taylor and starting centeZ
Adami, who both sat out against Colorado; should
be all ready to go this weekend.
Taylor has been nagged by an ankle injury since
the start of fall practice. But with the strong play of
the freshmen along with the excellent performance
turned in by sophomore Tommy Hendricks,
Taylor's absence wasn't as noticeable.
Adami, who is shifting to center from right.urd
this season, missed his first opportunity to play at his
new position. But Carr said resting Adami -should
prove to be a good decision come this Saturday
"It's a real plus that we didn't have to -play
Adami," Carr said. "He couldn't play and that will
help him this week."

Michigan running back Clarence Williams did not see as much playing time as usual against Colorado.
Anthony Thomas took over, giving Michigan coach Uoyd Carr a good look at the freshman sensation.

Griese, Steele honored as
Big Ten Players of Week

Vols' Fulmer: 'It's all or nothing'

CHICAGO (AP) - Big Ten
football went 10-1 over the week-
end, so it's no wonder that six
players were honored yesterday.
Player of the Week awards went
to two Michigan players - quar-
terback Brian Griese and defen-
sive end Glen Steele
lowa's Travian Banks, Purdue's
Billy Dicken Indiana's Jay
Rodgers and Minnesota's Tutu
Atwell join the pair of Wolverines
as conference award winners.
Griese was 21-of-28, passing
for 258 yards and two touchdowns
in Michigan's 27-3 victory over
Colorado, while Steele had six

tackles, four for losses, and two
quarterback sacks, including one
that caused a fumble.
Banks rushed for 314 yards and
scored four touchdowns in Iowa's
54-16 win over Tulsa on Saturday.
Dicken completed 26 of 38
passes for 352 yards in Purdue's
28-17 upset of Notre Dame.
Rodgers, a sophomore, com-
pleted 27 of 39 throws for 408
yards and five touchdowns in
Indiana's 33-6 whipping of Ball
State.
Atwell had kickoff returns of 89
and 93 yards for touchdowns as
Minnesota beat Iowa State, 53-29.

Independent Florida Alligator
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (U-WlRE)
- Since the Southeastern
Conference split into two divisions
prior to the 1992 season, the
Tennessee-Florida game virtually
has determined the Eastern Division
crown.
Every year except 1992, when the
Volunteers beat the Gators, 31-14, in
Knoxville, Tenn., the winner of the
early-season conference matchup has
gone on to win the East Division
title.
In '92, the Vols dropped three
league games in a row against
Arkansas, Alabama and South
Carolina, handing the Eastern
Division title to the Gators.
But not since then has Tennessee
beaten Florida, losing four straight

to the Gators and finishing as run-
ner-up in the division all four sea-
sons.
That is what makes the Florida-
Tennessee game so pivotal: The win-
ner essentially gets a two-game lead
in the divisional race, and nobody
knows how tough that is to overcome
more than Tennessee coach Phil
Fulmer.
"It makes it very, very difficult if
you lose," Fulmer said Sunday dur-
ing his weekly teleconference.
"We've proven that the last two
years, ending up in the top 10 but yet
aren't able to go to the SEC
Championship Game, so it's all or
nothing.
"Our kids understand the impor-
tance of this football game. You can't
hide that if you wanted to. From a

conference standpoint getting to th
SEC Championship Game that
what it is basically."
And that is what most likely will
happen this year. The winner gets a
shot at the SEC title, and the loser
most likely receives an invite to the
Citrus Bowl.
The Vols have made two consecu-
tive trips to Orlando. The Gators,
however, have won four straight SEC
Championships and played in the last
two national title games.
Saturday's showdown probably
will determine each team's plans for
December and January.
"We're ready to play now," Fulmer
said. "There's not a lot to be done.
It's just looking forward to the foot-
ball game now and being as good as
we can when that time comes."

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