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1, .

Minnesota's Mason looking for a little luck

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Editor
In one sense, Glen Mason was faced with a daunt-
ing task when he agreed to take over as Minnesota's
football coach before last season.
The previous coach, Jim Wacker, was a media dar-
ling whose firing was met with much criticism.
And furthermore, what are the chances that a
Minnesota football coach will actually be successful?
But, on the other hand, Mason's job didn't look to
be the toughest in the world. After all, Wacker's per-
formance wasn't exactly one that was impossible to
improve upon. His teams were a combined 16-39 in
five seasons, and never finished better than eighth in
the Big Ten.
But in less than two years, Mason has restored - or
rather, instilled - some semblance of excitement into
the Gophers' football program.
And after last week's rousing, come-from-behind
win over Michigan State, enthusiasm is as high as it's
ever been. Consider the chain of events that produced
the unlikely victory: The Gophers trailed the Spartans,
18-10, before storming back to win. A last-minute

touchdown was followed by a failed, last-minute two-
point conversion try, which in turn was followed by a
last-minute onside-kick recovery, which was, fateful-
ly, followed by a last-half-minute field goal to take the
lead and win the game.
And it was all because of a
lucky ticket stub.
That's right. In the week lead-
ing up to the game, Mason was '
visited by some old friends - .
friends of the Kansas football}
program, where Mason coached
before leaving for Minnesota.
They brought him a ticket stub
from a 1992 game in which,
Mason's Jayhawks trailed, 47-21, Mason
but eventually came back to win,
50-47.
One of Mason's friends gave him the ticket, saying,
"It will bring you good luck."
After practice one day, he showed the ticket stub to
his Minnesota team.
"We just kind of talked about it for no reason,"

Mason said.
But when last week's game was in its final moments
- when Minnesota kicker Adam Bailey was lining up
to try to win the game from 37 yards - Mason
remembered the ticket.
"I told Bailey that he'd make it," Mason said. "I
said, 'To guarantee it, here's my ticket.'
"And I made everybody rub the ticket. It took the
pressure off, because everybody laughed. They were
laughing while running out onto the field."
And lo and behold, Bailey made the kick, the
Gophers won and Mason was immediately anointed a
motivational genius.
But now, Mason and his team have to play
Michigan. And Mason doesn't have any more ticket
stubs lying around.
And he knows that Michigan is no Michigan State.
Even if the rankings place both teams well out of the
nation's top 10.
"I guarantee you there are a whole lot of teams list-
ed ahead of them I'd rather play than the Wolverines,"
Mason said. "There are a whole lot of people I'd rather
be facing."

WARREN ZINN/Daity
WIchigan offensive tackle Jon Jansen celebrates last year's victory over Minnesota
wy hoisting the Little Brown Jug.

luntzicker
Inting for
st score
Daily Sports Writer
Sophomore Dave Huntzicker has
accomplished a lot for the Michigan,
ey team thus far in his career.
e was one of four players who
played in all 46 games last season and
had the third highest plus/minus rating
On the team, a plus-17. He even earned
CCHA defensive player of the week
honors.
.But there's one thing he hasn't done
in the 51 games he's played in so far -
make the little red light flare up.
"Some of the guys let me know by
rubbing it in, but it's not a big deal,"
HUicker said. "Every class has their
player and I'm the guy in our class."
But there's hope for the young
defenseman, because junior Sean Peach
lit up his first light in the third game of
his sophomore season against Toronto.
Could Huntzicker's chance come
soon?
in five games, Huntzicker has cer-
taily raised his offensive game to a
n level, taking several shots, espe-
ci in the weekend series against
Niagara.
It's ironic for a player everyone
thought was a 'defensive defenseman.'
"Last year my main focus was on
defense, and you saw that a lot with me
passing up a lot of opportunities,"
Huntzicker said. "This year I'm not
lodking for them, I am just seeing
thMis a lot better."
Iuntzicker has performed well
ei h to receive a nod from Michigan
co Red Berenson.
>N think he's maturing as a player.
H* always been a defensive defense-
map, but he has some good attributes in
terns of offense. He sees the ice pretty
w) and he's pretty patient with the
Pak."
_Berenson's comments reflect his
runt decision to move Huntzicker up

Streets no stranger to big catches

Michigan's most threatening weapon primed for

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By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
For Tai Streets, this is just another
week.
Another week after he caught two
touchdowns.
Another week after he made a high-
light-film catch in the end zone.
Another week after his connection
with Tom Brady provided the most
effective offense for the Wolverines.
Still, days later, the repercussions of
his snag in the far corner of the end
zone linger as the dominant play from
Michigan's victory over Indiana.
When discussing a catch that only
he can make, Streets explains it as if
anyone who wants a jump ball bad
enough can snag it.
"Basically, go up and try to make a
play," Streets said. "If the ball is in the
air, I've got to go up and get it. You
know, use my size."
Streets' 6-foot-4 frame enables him
f to tower over opposing cornerbacks,
s' little men trying to defend him in an
end zone corner. His wily veteran
ir skills have created the perfect combi-
d nation of technique and smarts, know-
ing when to break and when to bolt.
°f "I think you've got to do a little bit
m of both," he said. "Don't rush getting
l off the line because you'll get jammed,
Il and then you have to go up an try to
' make a play once you get off that jam.
Both are important when trying to get
a jump ball."
hn But the skill required to catch the

ball, stay in bounds and hold onto it
are traits that are bred, not born.
"As a freshman, I thought I could
always make that play," Streets said. "I
think strength has a lot to do with it,
getting stronger over the years. And I
guess the confidence to go get it. I can
make those plays on a consistent basis
now."
The stories about Streets are well-
documented - at least in the greater
Chicago area. As a star athlete at
Thorton High School, Streets played
football, ran track and played a little
basketball. Now it comes together,
doesn't it? Jump ball, in the paint, box-
ing out - all elements that can cross
the boundaries for a wide receiver try-
ing to make a game-winning play.
"I think it's like trying to get a
rebound," Streets said. "That's what
(wide receivers coach Erik) Campbell
always says. I think about that once the
ball's in the air, it's mine and I have to
get it."
But to restrict Streets' receiving
ability to a single play he may not
make again this year fails to do justice
to his extraordinary talents. Against
Indiana he caught eight passes for 114
yards, some for corner catches, some
for possession counts and one, well,
one was just the bomb.
Michigan quarterback Tom Brady
hit Streets in stride for a 51-yard
touchdown - -a connection that is
becoming routine. Lloyd Carr said it
all stems from familiarity.

Metrodome's fast turf
"Of course (Brady) and Tai Streets
came in together as freshmen," Carr
said. "So they've been doing that for a
long time.
"When the opportunity presents
itself, we try to make a play down the
field," Streets said. "If they're playing
deep back down the field, and the
opportunity presents itself we'll try to
go for it.
"Tom made a great throw and I
made a play. You've got to give credit
to Tom and the offensive line."
This week, however, may be the
coming-out party for Streets and his
fellow receivers. The Metrodome, with
its perfect indoor conditions, fast turf
field and occupants who love to stack
against the run, should provide open
lanes for the Michigan receivers.
"From what we saw, it's a lot of
man-to-man blitzing," Streets said. "I
think there will be a lot of one-on-one
battles. Receivers have to come
through when it's one-on-one battles.
The corner(back) is the receiver mos&
of the time - you've got to go up and
make a play when your number is
called.
"If they're trying to stack up against
the run, the receivers have to come up
big."
Knowing his personnel as he does,
Carr suggested that maybe the
Metrodome advantage can help Streets;
and the Wolverines.
"Some guys just get out there and:
feel fast," he said.

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Michigan defenseman Dave Huntzicker has received enough grief from his team-
mates for not scoring a goal in his career with the Wolverines. Has his time come?

to the first line on the power play, with
fellow sophomore Mike Van Ryn.
The decision is particularly irregu-
lar, because many teams put five for-
wards on the power play.
"Our defensemen have been getting
the most opportunities on the power
play now since I've been here,"
Berenson said.
Because of his new position,
Huntzicker should get enough chances
to score a goal, but even if he doesn't,
he's not worried.
"It's always in the back of your mind
a little bit," Huntzicker said. "If I get
that goal it's great, if I don't I don't try
to let it consume me."
And based on his play so far, it has-
n't. Huntzicker's performance and team
leading plus/minus rating of plus-5 has
helped the Wolverines to lead the
CCHA in defense.
ALASKAN FUN? Michigan traveled
to Fairbanks, Alaska, this past weekend,
meaning an 11-hour flight with 4-hour
layovers in Seattle, plus random
wildlife along the roads.
"We didn't see any moose," Van
Ryn said.

Even if there was a lack of wildlif
sights and sounds for the Wolverine
they still had to deal with the fatigue.
"It's a long trip and it started to wea
us down, as you could see in the secon
game," Huntzicker said.
Still, the team likes to take care c
its annual Alaska trip early, rather tha
in January.
"We've always tried to go up earl
and I think we have more energy now
Berenson said. "There's more dayligf
now than if you go in December."
The temperature was also muc
warmer than it was last season, makin
it a little cozier for the Wolverines.
"Last year it was like minus-I
degrees and this year it was 40. It wa
nice walking into the rink that way
Van Ryn said.
As for Alaska's nightlife, th
Wolverines liked it so much that the
stayed in the hotel.
"We pretty much sat around (in th
hotel) and played video games an
cards,' Van Ryn said. "And it was kin
of weird waking up at 8:00 in the morn
ing and seeing the (Michigan) footba
game."

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