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Jones sacrifices for the defense

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
When Dhani Jones steps on the field
Saturday against Michigan State, he'll
know the importance of the game.
After all, his education about
Michigan State week began long before
last Sunday's film session about the
"I think having the University of
Michigan maize and blue blood in my
family kind of gave me under the

impression of what the rivalry meant,"
Jones said. "Throughout my life, my
parents have always read that, in my
body, there is this great rivalry between
Michigan and Michigan State."
But to Jones, who said "you need to
prepare 110 percent, 200 percent," the
game goes far beyond the basic
intrastate rivalry phase. He contends
that it's about the intensity on the field
and the additional level of concentra-
tion necessary throughout this week.

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Nothing his parents told him, though,
could have prepared him for his first
Michigan-Michigan State game two
years ago in Michigan Stadium.
"When I came here, I knew what
(the game) was going to be about," he
said. But "I didn't know how hard
they'd be hitting. I kind of found that
out the first play of the game."
Jones' spirituality and general glee
for life - last winter, he organized a
snowball fight outside of West Quad -
translates into his defensive philosophy.
Criticism - like that of ESPN analyst
Lee Corso who questioned Michigan's
toughness this week -just fuels Jones.
"I think you have to take what evgry-
body says and take it into your system,"
he said. "Our team is made up of great
athletes and we're coming of age as a
team. We're becoming a better team as
we progress. Each week, we constantly
set in our mind, we have to get better."
During Michigan's first two games,
improvement was less-than-obvious in
the defense's play. Much of that was due
to injuries sustained in the games and
practice, so Jones had to fill the grow-
ing void.
A Butkus Award candidate at inside
linebacker, Jones was forced to the out-
side when most of the linebacking crew

Michigan linebacker Dhani Jones grew up w
State rivalry in mind.
was decimated by injury. His fellow
starters - generally regarded as the top
group in the country before the season
- lost Clint Copenhaver, Sam Sword
and Ian Gold to various ailments over
the first three games.
So, as the unifying thread and most
experienced linebacker, he agreed to
move wherever coach Lloyd Carr
"There's some necessities and some
positions needed to be filled," he said.
"I don't care where I am on the field, I
just want to play. It's all up to you
whether you want to play and whether

ith the importance of the Michigan-Michigan
you want to sacrifice for the team. That
doesn't bother me at all. That's one
thing that's great about Michigan is that
everybody has an open heart."
Speaking about anatomy seems to
excite the pre-med student and his abil-
ity to tie in his studies, position play and
focus on this week's game is uncanny.
"One of the reasons you come to
Michigan is to beat Michigan State,"he
said. "No matter what the record is, it's
always going to be balls out."
Using slang to describe such an
intense rivalry is hardly unusual, but
Jones seems to take his effort and prac-
tice ability to an impossible level -
regardless of his position.'
"Inside or outside, that's one of the
great attitudes about our team is that
everybody goes where they're supposed
to, and they give 110 percent no matter
what," Jones said. "Week by week
they'll- tell me (where to play), but
regardless I'll give 110 percent."
His ability to give more than human-
ly possible (i.e. that extra 10 percent)
impresses his coaches who know his
unique thirst for knowledge.
"We moved Dhani because we felt he
was strong enough and smart enough to
play that position," Carr said. He was
moved "probably because we thought
he was the best guy."
Since his leadership role expanded as
youth surrounded him, Jones spoke
more as a defensive leader and not the
observant underclassman he was during
his first two seasons.
"I think with any defense, or any
team, when they give up a touchdown
or two touchdowns within a defensive
mind, they don't ever want to ever let
anybody score on them," he said.
"Unless they've ever shutout another
team they though they could do better."
"Each week is a fresh start. One good
thing about our defense is that we put
the past aside and we learn what hap-
pened in the last game."
This week, the Wolverines may have
to concentrate on the Spartans's anato-
my if they plan to come away with the
state champs title - and there's little
doubt who will be leading the charge.
"Dhani is an extremely bright guy,
but he has some things to learn," "He's
going to fight you. He's done a greatjob
at Michigan, he's great leader and one
of the toughest guys on our team.
"You know one thing, you're always
going to get 100 percent from Dhani
That must be a slow day for Jones.

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Sophomore running back Anthony Thomas and the Michigan running game found new life last Saturday against downstreet
rival Eastern Michigan. The Wolverines hope to run away with a victory over Michigan State today.
'M' gets off ground in first victory

Eagles grounded

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Editor
First, it was Anthony Thomas off
right tackle. Next, it was Thomas
over right guard. Then, it was
Thomas off right guard again. Then,
in a surprise move, it was Thomas off
right guard one more time.
It was the kind of creative play-
calling you'd expect from any
Michigan football team.
It was also a touchdown.
It was, in its entirety, the
Wolverines' first drive of the game
against Eastern Michigan. And more
importantly, it was a preview of
things to come for the Wolverines,
who rolled to a 59-20 victory in front
of I 10,438 at Michigan Stadium on
Michigan improved to 1-2 with
the victory, which halted the team's
first season-opening two-game los-
ing streak in a decade. The Eagles
fell to 1-2.
The Wolverines finally got their
running game in gear against Eastern
Michigan, thanks in large part to the
fact that they were playing Eastern
Michigan. But whomever the oppo-
nent, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
was no doubt happy to finally put a
notch in the win column. You would-
n't catch him saying it, though.
"We gave up too many big plays
and we didn't tackle well at times,"
he said. "We still have a lot of
improving to do."
And despite his team's lopsided

victory, Carr's concerns were legiti-
mate. Once again, Michigan's
defense struggled.
The Wolverines were aided by
Eastern quarterback Walt Church's
four interceptions, but Church
nonetheless gave Michigan's sec-
ondary fits. He completed 32 of his
45 pass attempts for 343 yards and a
pair of touchdowns - and, like
Jarious Jackson and Donovan
McN abb
MI~hW n b e f o r e
3zM~cigan 5 efr
h i m ,
Eastern 20 looked at
times like
a world-
beater against Michigan's defensive
"We competed better than I'd
thought we would," Eastern coach
Rick Rasnick said. "When you move
the ball 80 yards on Michigan's
defense, you must be doing some-
thing right. That's pretty good."
Tom Brady played the majority of
the game for the Wolverines at quar-
terback, going 14-for-19 for 128
yards and guiding the offense on five
separate scoring drives. Freshman
Drew Henson saw limited action
until the fourth quarter, but complet-
ed 3 of 6 passes, one of which was a
32-yard touchdown pass to another
freshman, wideout David Terrell.
Terrell had his best game as a
Wolverine, making four catches for a
total of 65 yards and two touch-
downs. Seven other players had

receptions as well.
For the first time this season,
Michigan was able to consistently
run the ball on offense. The 237
yards on the ground nearly doubled
Michigan's season total after two
games. Thomas, who had just 46
yards after the first two games,
called Saturday's performance "a
great confidence boost."
Two of Michigan's four intercep-
tions - by William Peterson, who
wasn't expected to play, and Anthony
Jordan - were returned for touch-
downs. The other two interceptions
were by Andre Weathers and
DeWayne Patmon. The only other
time Michigan returned two inter-
ceptions for touchdowns in the same
game was in 1975.
Although the four takeaways tilt-
ed the scales in Michigan's favor, the
secondary actually struggled quite a
bit - for the third week in a row.
Using short drops and his receivers'
quick routes to his advantage,
Church consistently picked on the
Wolverines' defensive backs.
Eight different Eagles caught
passes, led by Kenny Christian (10
catches for 60 yards) and Jermaine
Sheffield (five catches for 1 1
"We didn't cover very well when
we played man-to-man," Carr said.
"I think some that was the ability of
their receivers. I also thought Church
did a good job, and found his
receivers well."

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