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2- The ichigan Daly - FodbAtbui a y - November 7, 194P



ember 7,:1998 -


Feely divine as Michigan's focused j

Flattening victory
Riding a five-game winning
streak, Michigan went into the
Metrodome last week planning to
refine its game before facing
Penn State. But, the Wolverines
left the Minnesota game on tenu-
ous ground after an uninspired
15-10 victory
The Matchups
Will Marcus Ray's return affect
the improving Michigan defense?
How much will he play?
Does the defense need to adjust
it game plan for Ray's All-
America skills?
Daily football writer Mark
Snyder breaks down the game,
position by position, pointing out
which spots are crucial to each
team's game plan.

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G'Day mate
The Michigan basketball team
opened its season with a 80-48
exhibition victory over the North
Melbourne (Australia) Giants.
Guards Robbie Reid (16 points)
and Louis Bullock (27) led the
way for the Wolverines shooting
from beyond the 3-point arc.
Michigan plays next Monday
against Athletes in Action.
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Quick info
Everything you ever wanted to
know about the game and where
Michigan stands so far this sea-
son. There are staff picks, stats
and starters for both the Nittany
Lions and the Wolverines.

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The Rosters
Player by player, all the vitals of
everyone on both teams. Listed
are the players who play and
Ling legend
After 33 years as the Penn State
coach, Joe Paterno recorded his
300th victory earlier this fall.
Records are nothing new for the
man who has won two national
Michigan placekicker Jay Feely
gives credit for his success to a
higher power.


By sbarat R
Daily Sports FAitor
It takes a lot to be a placekicker. Consistency.
Form. Leg strength.
How about Divine Intervention?
It might just work for Michigan senior kicker
Jay Feely. Before attempting field goals he asks for
a little help.
"'I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me,' is the prayer I say," Feely said.
Feely has been playing like he's been heaven-
sent this season. Since assuming the full-time kick-
er role, he has drilled 9 of 13 through the uprights,
including a 51-yarder against Michigan State.
Just this past Saturday, with the Michigan run-
ning game severely struggling, Feely proved to be
the Wolverines' savior. He made both of his field
goals, including a late-game 18-yarder that gave the
Wolverines a five-point lead.
The kick forced the Gophers into a position
where they needed a touchdown to win, not just a
field goal.
Feely's efforts have managed to salvage victory
from the clutches of defeat on ocassion, but he has-
n't been able to resurrect the Wolverines by himself.
"I don't think we're a frustrated team, I don't
think that at all," Feely said. "It's just frustrating to
know we can be better."
Just as the Wolverines have struggled through-
out to find the right people in the right places - for
example, tailback, quarterback, punt returner -
Feely wasn't Michigan's first choice for kicker.
Kraig Baker, who handled the kicking chores
last season, began this year and played against Notre
Dame. After a few misses early in the game, he was
yanked in favor of Feely.

Since then, Feely hasn't relinquished the posi-
tion. Along with consistent field-goal kicking, the
Odessa, Fla., native has made 21 of 21 extra-point
But his success hasn't overshadowed the prob-
lems surround the special teams unit as a whole.
"I think we've underachieved in special teams;'
Feely said. "We've had a good game plan going into

each game. It just happens to be one part of it each
week - whether it's the kickers or returners fum-
bling the ball, things like that. It' been a different
part each week. We can't do that and we know that
and we keep improving."
Besides Feely field-goal kicking and Hayden
Epstien's out-of-the-end-zone kickoffs, the
Wolverines have been trying to achieve consistency

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Sam Sword canted the ittle Brown Jug of the fel ast week after the Michigan
defense held tough, not alowing a score afer the first quarteL

Before he attempts a field goa including this one against Northwestern,
Jay Feely says 'I can do all things through Chist who strengthens me,' the
Michigan kicker said.

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