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PRO
HOCKEY
MONTREAL 4,
Chicago 2
San Jose 2,
NY ISLANDERS 1
New Jersey 5.
PHILADELPHIA 0

PRO PRO
BASKETBALL FOOTBALL
EXHIBMON GAMES Green Bay at
NEW YORK 93, NEW ENGLAND, inc.

Dallas 74
New Jersey 127.
TORONTO 104
Phoenix at,
UTAH, inc.

Chicago at
MIAMI, inc.

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forward Ambher:
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doesn't hve
much to say,.,-
but her scorin
outpt speaks
for itself
rendowsky probably didn't write
as her favorite food, she's been gob-
tp all season l ong. The forward has
goals and 16 assists for 48 total
eason. She leads the Big Ten in. each
:gorier and is one of the top- 10 point
enation. .
is Berendowsky?
iyear, Berendowsky shattered the
ngle-season points record of 19 - a
as a freshman -- in just nine games.
ddle name is Star.
't sound like an accomplished ath-
>u talk to her. She doesn't lead youi to
one of the best women's soccer
ecountry.
sky is a very humble, reserved per-
,sn't pay much attention to the
is breaking. She didn't even realize
he mark for points in a season Wlien@'
a very quiet leader,' freshman Kacy
She's definitely one of the top lead-
am- even though she's less o'utspo;
)t of players."
See STAR, Page*12

By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Editor
Brian Griese had to be thinking about
taking out an additional insurance policy
:before the season. Who could blame
him? The five men whom the Michigan
;quarterback put his trust in to protect him
from opposing teams' maniacal pass
crushers had never played a down togeth-
er as a unit before this season.
Trips to the hospital had to be expect-
ed on a weekly basis.
Of those five, two of them -- redshirt
freshmen Steve Hutchinson and Jeff
Backus - had never seen game action
and sophomore Chris Ziemann's shoes
were still pretty new to the turf.
Yet seven games into the season, this
unit, considered by many to be the team's
weakest link, has perhaps overachieved
its, .expectations more than any other
component of this team.
It was pretty obvious that the question
inark was on the offensive line," left tack-
te Jeff Backus said, "because we lost
three guys."
The Michigan offensive line quintet-
left tackle Backus, left guard Hutchinson,
Oenter Zach Adami, right guard Chris
Ziemann and right tackle Jon Jansen,
with David Brandt serving as the sixth
man - has allowed only eight sacks in

The battle for the Jug
Who: No. 4 Michigan vs. Minnesota
Where: Michigan Stadium (102,501)
When: Saturday, 12:20 p.m.
TV: Channel 20
seven games this season, while allowing
Griese to ascend to the top 20 rated quar-
terbacks in the nation.
And as has been the case with many of
the team's other units - none has one
spectacular player other than Charles
Woodson in the secondary - team unity
has been of paramount concern. That
cohesiveness has been no more evident
than on the offensive line.
"Especially having two older guys and
three younger guys, I didn't think we'd be
as tight as we are," Backus said.
The unit's personal contact among
each other has also helped it perform at
the level it has. According to Backus, if
something affects one person on the line,
it affects the entire line.
"No offensive lineman wants to see his
quarterback get hit," Backus said. "Every
person on the offensive line takes it per-
sonally if his quarterback gets sacked."
Of course, all six have performed
exceptionally well all season, but if you

ask the younger players, most of the
credit for the success goes straight to the
veterans, Jansen and Adami, not just for
their individual abilities, but the leader-
ship and inspiration that they carry with
them on both the practice field and on
gameday.
"Zach and Jon told us that we needed
to step it up and that if this team was
going to go to the Rose Bowl it was
because of the offensive line," Backus
said.
Adami has proven to be a real inspira-
tion to his younger linemates a result of
his transition to center after three years at
right guard.
"The hardest thing about switching
was just having to snap" Adami said.
"Making calls and stuff like that wasn't
really hard for me."
Now that this unit has settled into their
respective roles and know each other's
quirks and nuances, they know enough
about each other to let the jokes fly.
"There's always comments about who's
the fattest," Adami said. "Usually, it's the
coach.
"And the biggest eater has to be (back-
up left tackle) Paul Tannous. I don't think
he ever stops eating"
As long as he stops on Saturdays,
Griese has no problems with that.

HOWARD TAKES TOP HONOR:
Michigan tailback Chris Howard's 110
yards rushing and three receptions helped
earn him Big Ten Offensive Player of the
Week honors. He is the first Wolverine to
receive that honor this season.
On Michigan's final drive of the first
half, an I1-play, 95-yard march culminat-
ing in a Brian Griese touchdown, Howard
gained 78 of the yards - 51 of them
coming on a single gallop, his longest
this season.
Early in the fourth quarter, Howard put
Michigan up 20-7 with a two-yard touch-
down run, his fourth of the season.
BLUE IN THE NFL: Former Michigan
wide receiver Mercury Hayes, who was
cut by the New Orleans Saints, the team
that initially drafted him earlier this sea-
son, was signed last night by the Atlanta
Falcons.
Former Michigan quarterback, Jim
Harbaugh - now with the Indianapolis
Colts - already out of Sunday's game
with a tender ankle, extended his stay on
the injured list by fracturing a bone in his
hand punching NBC commentator and
former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim
Kelly, who accused Harbaugh of "over-
dramatizing his injuries."
Harbaugh is now expected to miss
another four weeks of action.

SARA STILLMAN/Daily,
Chris Ziemann and Zach Adaml (68) are two reasons that Michigan's offensive
line has surpassed preseason expectations. .

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EAST LANSING - The hype
was bigger than the collective
weight of the offensive line;
the trash-talking louder than a
Charles Woodson-Robaire Smith
sound-off, and the hatred was um,....
let's just say that it's not the best
idea to invite these two to the same
press conference.
Anyone who calls himself a col-
lege football fan knows full well
about the vicious rivalry in the state
of Michigan that convenes every late
October in either Ann Arbor or East
Lansing. It's a battle that is as
intense and as storied as Army-Navy,
Harvard-Yale, even Michigan-
Michigan State.
As if an introduction this grand
need be, we're obviously talking
about the Michigan Daily-State
News rivalry. No, this has nothing to
do with word processors, good
quotes or breaking stories. This is
football. This is what they really
mean when they say pigskin classics.
Every year, The Daily and The
State News get together on a late
Friday afternoon at one of the two
home campuses to toss around the
football and occasionally each other.
The following day, there's always

offensive linemen). What it all came
down to this year was the Daily just
sucking it up.
Last year's victory was especially
heartbreaking for the Daily, as The
State News pulled a trick play by
hiding the ball under the shirt of a
player (already on the portly side)
who rumbled (and I mean rumbled)
downfield for
the winning
score on the
game's final
play.
But this
year's Daily
team
ALAN embarked on
GOLDENBACH the trek west-
The Bronx ward seeming-
Bomber ly unfazed by
its recent lack
of success.
Last year's graduating class was the
first in Daily history to graduate
without a victory over the State
News and the Daily was not about to
let two fine crops go winless in their
four years at 420 Maynard.
Led by captain John Leroi, who
grew up within a stone's throw of
Munn Field and knew the sweet

10-yard line, the scribes from Eas'
Lansing seemed rattled. Superb-pas
defense by the Daily's secondary of.
Sharat Raju, Josh Rich, Warren Ziii t
and Goldenbach showed that this
was clearly a different Daily team
than in past years - a team that was
not about to deny its seniors a i .
moment in the spotlight, a year of;
state pride..a
Who's your daddy? .
The Daily promptly took over'and
drove the length of the field cuh lt
nating in a touchdown pass from
quarterback John "Don't-You-Dare-
Call-Me-Elway" Friedberg to flanker
Chad Kujala. _.
After both teams traded touch-
downs, the Daily defense clamped,;
down, perhaps in response to the
television cameras (OK, just one
camera) roving the sidelines. ((.mJ
not kidding. Call WDIV-Chaniel if
you don't believe me.)
The first-time appearance of-an
Arts contingent, led by Rich and
offensive tackle Aaron Rennie.
intimidated The State News
receivers similar to the way suspend-
ed tight end Nick Cotsonika does to
drive-thru attendants at Arby's.
Interceptions by Leroi, Zinn and Jim

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