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With just two departures, defense
should again be among nation's best


Terrell, Dave
Kornblue, Brandon
Walker. Marquise

By Mark Snyder
Since the glory days of Bo
Schembechler, the concept of the
"Michigan defense" has remained cru-
cial to any success the Wolverines enjoy.
Last season, under new defensive
coordinator Jim Herrmann, Michigan
led the nation in numerous statistical
categories. Opponent point totals dipped
dangerously low, finishing below 10 for
the season average. Rushing yards?
Nowhere to be found. Curtis Enis was
the only back to dent Michigan's
defense for a 100-yard game - and
most of his yards came in the fourth
quarter after the outcome was secure.
After a 36-point trouncing against
Notre Dame, the defense must regroup,
but with the talent returning, it shouldn't
take much time to round into form.
Sure, skeptics will abound as Glen
Steele and Charles Woodson have
advanced to the NFL. But that's it.
Nine other starters return on the
defensive side of the ball and with
another summer of conditioning and
growth, there's no reason they shouldn't
be better, as coach Lloyd Carr said.
"Bill Walsh said, 'Not all of your
players will play as well as last year,"
Carr said. "But I'm asking them, if
they're not better, why not?"
With their noses to the grindstone,
here is the breakdown of Michigan's
personnel -on the defensive side of the
On last season's defense, the sec-

ondary - led by Woodson - provided
a safety net for the rest of the defense.
This year, the strength is a few feet for-

However you look at them, they get
the job done. Sword and Jones were the
team leaders in tackles last year, and
both received all-conference considera-
Adding to the depth at the position are
freshmen Victor Hobson and Larry
Foote - highly touted recruits expected
to make an immediate impact.
"We're loaded," Sword said. "Besides
Dhani, Clint and myself, we also have a
lot of other great linebackers people
haven't seen. We expect great things
from those guys"
Applying the pass rush was one of
Herrmann's mantras last season, and
that can't happen unless the front four
applies the pressure. This may be where

Junior Josh Williams returns to a defensive line that should be solid, but instead
could suffer after losing Glen Steele to graduation.

ward, finding its roots in the All-
America corps of linebackers.
What's that you say? All-Americans
are individuals, not groups? Well, in
this case, there is a trio of worthy candi-
dates, all of whom combine to swarm
opposing quarterbacks. Since 1991, just
Jarrett Irons and Erick Anderson have
garnered such recognition - but that
could all change this season.
Seniors Clint Copenhaver and Sam
Sword, along with junior Dhani Jones,
are already receiving award considera-
tions - all are preseason Butkus Award
The unity among the group - the trio
is joined by Ian Gold in the starting rota-
tion - comes from familiarity with
each other, along with their fearless
"My position coach (Herrmann) is
more like a father figure away from
home and Coach Carr is like a grandfa-
ther," said philosopher Jones. "That's
how it is for everybody. You kind of take
on a family at Michigan. All the line-
backers, they're all brothers - coach
Herrmann is our father."


on College Ringel

Michigan will feel its biggest loss. Glen
Steele, currently in a three-point stance
for .the Cincinnati Bengals, provided
relentless pressure in the opponent's
backfield lut just as is the Michigan
way, there player prepared to fill the
Juaquin Feazell, a fifth-year senior
who had yet to find a secure position on
the line, has finally found a home in
Steele's defensive end spot.
Despite starting in only three games,
Feazell's was respected enough by his
teammates to have been selected as one
of the team's three captains.
"Juaquin Feazell is, in my judgment,
one of the finest people I've been able to
coach," Carr said. "He was kind of an
unsung guy on this team a year ago and
I know he's going to provide great lead-
James Hall returns at his rush
linebacker position, with Rob Renes
and Josh Williams as the tackles.
The trio contributed 15 sacks last
season as Herrmann employed his
See DEFENSE, Page 9B

4 Downs, David
5 Whitley, James
6 Hobson. Victor
6 Edwards, Manus
7 Henson. Drew
8 Cross, Walter
8 Parini. Ryan
9 Johnson. DiAllo
10 Brady, Tom
12 Dresbach, Scott
13 Kapsner, Jason
14 Williams, Dan
15 Patmon. Dwayne
16 Smith. Rudy
17 Foote. Larry
17 Sargent. Cory
18 Brown. LeAundre
18 Bergin. Mark
19 Van Pelt. Tad
20 Gold. Ian
22 Bryant. Kevmr
23 Peterson. William
24 McCall. Patrick
25 Epstein. Hayden
25 Manning. Michael
26 Curry. Julius
27 Smith, Demitrius
28 Jordan. Anthony
28 Panique, Scott
29 Ray. Marcus
29 Richards, Aaron
30 Weathers Andre
31 Jackson. Kenneth
32 Thomas. Anthony
33 Williams. Clarence
34 Fargas Justin
35 Jackson, Ray
36 Shea, Aaron
36 Frauman. Bob
37 Anderson, Kurt
38 Vinson. Jason
38 Mosely.Dwight
39 Coleman. Evan
40 Rose. Eric
41 Hendricks. Tommy
42 Schanski. Tate
42 Chandler. Jared
43 Copenhaver Clint
44 Armstrong. Dave
45 Petterson. Darren
46 Baker. Kraig
46 Sechler. Andy
49 Feely. Jay
49 Johnson. Matt
50 Carpenter, Chad
51 Brackins, Eric
52 Ziemann. Chris
53 Moundros, Kirk
54 Williams. Maurice
55 Jones, Dharm
56 Hall. James
57 Singletary, Chris
58 enes. Rob
59 Brooks. Grady
60 Miller. Nate
61 Young. Cyle
62 Killian, Brodie
62 Malacos, Jake
63 Warner. Eric
63 Cwayna. P.J.
64 Frazier, Steve
65 Baker, Dennis
66 Froelich. Kyle
67 Brandt. David
68 Wood. John
69 Mossa. Todd
70 Miller. Jeremy
71 Potts, Jeff
72 Mast Ben
73 Denay. Joe
74 Brooks, Jason
75 Adkins, Adam
76 Hutchinson, Steve
77 Jansen.Jon
78 Parker, Noah
79 Backus, Jeff
80 Tuman, Jerame
81 Seymour, Bill
83 Joppru. Bennie
84 Thompson. Shawn
85 Knight. Marcus
86 Streets, Tai
88 Campbell, Mark
89 Dubuc Deitan
89 Rose, Gary
90 Feazel, Juaquin
91 Williams. Josh
92 Rumishek, Dan
93 Sword. Sam
93 Roth. Chris
94 Wilson. Eric
95 Kratus Patrick
95 Del Verne. Jeff
96 Petruziello Dave
97 Lazarus, Shawn
99 Frysnger. Jake
99 Smokevitch Jeff

Pos. Ht.
WR &3
CB 61
PK 5.10
CB 5.10
WR 6&3
CB 56
CB 5-11
TB 58
QB &4
RB 511
FS 62
WR 6-3
QB 6.5
QB 6&4
QB -6.
CB 6.0
FS 6.0
WR 63
ILB &1
P 5.3
CB 5-10
QB &2
RB 5-10
W R 60
GB &0
RB 5-10
PK 6.2
CB &2
SS &0
FB &2
LB 60
FB 6.0
SS 6.0
WR 58
CB 61
5S 610
RB &2
RB 59
RE 5
RB 6-1
RB 6.2
T &42
LB 63
DT 64
P 62
LB 61
CB 6.0
FK &1
OB 63
FS &2
CE 511
PK &1
01B 64
DE 63
WR 510
PK &1
OLB &1
PK 510
SS 510
OL 64
LB &2
OL 67
FB 6.2
OL 65
LB &2
RLB 63
RLE 62
NT 6>1
RLB 62
NT 6-3
OLB 63
DE 63
OL 65
ILB 5-11
OL 64
OL &5
OL 6-4
OL 64
OL 6.4
OL &3
OL 60
OL &7
OL &44
OL &7
OG 63
OL &3
OL &5
OL &7
OL &4
OL 6-6
TE &5
TE 63
TE &4
TE 64
WR 61
WR 64
TE &6.
TE 64
DT 64
DE 64
DT &3
OLB 63
LB 62
FB 511
NT 6.4
DE 6&3
PK 511
DE &4
DE 6&3
DE 64
ILB 60:

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Illinois.............................................Michigan, Minnesota
Indiana.....................................Northwestern, Penn State
Iowa......................................Michigan State, Penn State
Michigan...................................................Illinois, Purdue
Michigan State........................................Wisconsin, Iowa
Minnesota.......................................Illinois, Northwestern
Northwestern.....................................Minnesota, Indiana
Ohio State...........................................Purdue, Wisconsin
Penn State..................................................Indiana, Iowa
Purdue.............................................Michigan, Ohio State
Wisconsin...............................Michigan State, Ohio State
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