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10 -The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 29, 1999_ _

The Matchups
For second straight week, 'M' should cruise

By Andy Latack
Daily Sports Edator
Don't let Indiana's 3-2 record in the
Big Ten fool you. With conference wins
over Illinois (imagine that),
Northwestern and Iowa, the Hoosiers
have beaten the doormats of the Big Ten
with relative ease. Conversely, Indiana
has had little luck with the conference's
heavyweights, losing to Penn State and
Wisconsin by a combined score of 104-
Yes, this season, the Hoosiers have
been strong subscribers to the'beat-all-
the-teams-you-should-beat, lose-to-all-
the-teams-you-should-lose-to' theory.
Maybe Michigan should take notes.
The Wolverines travel to
Bloomington on the heels of a stunning
loss to Illinois last Saturday. Currently
facing a two-game losing streak with its
New Year's Day bowl hopes hanging in
the balance, Michigan desperately needs
a win against the middle-of-the-pack
Hoosiers to get itself back on track.
For the Hoosiers, the honeymoon is
over. After tomorrow, Indiana closes its
season by playing at Minnesota and
hosting Purdue. Somehow, the Hoosiers
need to squeeze two wins out of those
last three games to get the six wins
needed for bowl eligibility. Winning
Saturday against Michigan would be a
great start.
Thomas shook some of the cobwebs off
of the Michigan rushing game last week
against the Illini, rushing for 128 yards
in just over two quarters. The A-Train's
limited duty was the result of a jammed
little finger he suffered in the third quar-
ter that forced him to miss the rest of the
If the injury - which is on Thomas'
left hand - affects his play tomorrow,
the Wolverines will need another back
to shoulder the load. Freshmen Charles
Drake and B.J. Askew, along with
sophomore Walter Cross, took over
rushing duties in Thomas' absence last
Indiana's front seven suffered a huge
loss two weeks ago when defensive end
Adewale Ogunleye went down with a
season-ending knee injury against
Northwestern. Ogunleye was a presea-
son All-Big Ten honoree and, despite the
injury, is still on the list for the Bronko
Nagurski Award for the nation's top
defensive player.
Although he specialized as a pass
rusher, Ogunleye also shored up the
Hoosier defensive line and will be sore-
ly missed. Indiana gave up four rushing
touchdowns to Iowa and were also out-
rushed by the lowly Hawkeyes in the
Hoosiers'-38-31 victory last week.
A bum pinky on one hand shouldn't

If quarterback Tom Brady - here being sacked by Illinois last week - has time to
work, he should be able to pick apart the Indiana secondary.

hinder Thomas too much, and he should
have a relatively easy time against
Indiana's handicapped defensive line.
quarterback rotation might be turning
into a one-horse race. After rotating
senior Tom Brady and sophomore Drew
Henson for Michigan's first six games,
Brady saw the lion's share of the duty
last week, with Henson attempting just
three passes and playing only part of the
second quarter.
Brady has been consistent this sea-
son, and is third in the Big Ten with a
141.5 pass efficiency rating. The fine
seasons of wide receivers David Terrell,
Marcus Knight and Marquise Walker
make Michigan's passing game a legiti-
mate threat.
The loss of Ogunleye will hurt the
Hoosiers here as well. A poor pass rush
coupled with an inexperienced sec-
ondary combine to make the Indiana
pass defense about as tough as cottage
cheese. Last week, Iowa's precision aer-
ial attack hung 426 yards on the

If the offensive line gives him time,
Brady should be able to pick apart the
porous Indiana secondary.
year's meeting, quarterback Antwaan
Randle El made Michigan defenders
dizzy as they chased the slippery quar-
terback all around the field. When the
game was over, Randle El had racked up
110 yards on the ground, more than
Thomas, Cross, Justin Fargas, Marcus
Knight and Tom Brady combined.
This season, Randle El has run for
645 yards, an average of 80.6 yards per
game. Pretty impressive when you fac-
tor in the yards lost on the I11 sacks
Indiana has allowed this season.
Randle El is even more dangerous
this season because he doesn't have to
do it all himself. Sophomore Levron
Williams has gained almost as many
yards this season (606) as Randle El.
Michigan's defensive line will put
plenty of pressure on Randle El when he
drops back to pass. Unfortunately, this
means the sophomore will tuck the ball

and run whenever he feels the
Wolverines breathing down his neck,
and that is when he is at his most dan-
gerous. Between Randle El and
Williams, the Hoosiers should put up
the 200-plus yards they have been aver-
aging on the ground this season.
Michigan's front seven is smart, they
might hold off a little on putting pres-
sure on Randle El. As dangerous as he is
on the ground, Randle El is still trying to
make his arm as deadly as his legs.
So it might be best for the Wolverines
to give Randle El plenty of time to throw
so he isn't tempted to run. Although he
has thrown for 12 touchdowns this year,
Randle El is completing just 54 percent
of his passes. If Michigan's secondary
can rebound from last week's debacle,
they should be able to silence the
Hoosiers' lame-duck air attack.
kick return unit has been unspectacular.
Indiana's hasn't been much better, with
the exception of a 90-yard kickoff return
for a touchdown by Derin Graham earli-
er in the season. The punting units are
equally average.
Since the advantage had to be given
to one of the teams, we'll pull out the
Obscure Special Teams Fact of the
Week: Michigan has had three field
goals blocked this season. Indiana has
had none. Enough said.
This will be a statement game for
Michigan. If the Wolverines go to
Bloomington and handle the Hoosiers
as they should, they are back in the thick
of the race for runner-up to Penn State in
the Big Ten.
If they suffer another collapse and
lose to Indiana, the Wolverines will be
faced with their first three-game losing
streak since 1979. Only the fifth-year
seniors on this team know what it's like
to spend New Year's Day at home, hav-
ing played in the Alamo Bowl on Dec.
28, 1995. If the Wolverines lose this
one, the seniors might be passing that
dubious torch on to the rest of the team.
But after a quick check of the Big Ten
standings, the Wolverines will Orealize
that they haven't been mathematically
eliminated from the Big Ten race yet.
For that matter, they haven't been math-
ematically eliminated from the Sugar
Bowl either.

his coach and teammates supporting
him and his mother in town to cook
meals, Michigan State basketball star
Mateen Cleaves said yesterday he's
hoping his broken foot heals soon.
"I want to get out there on one leg
and play," he said.
After a bone graft Monday evening,
doctors said Cleaves' foot should heal
in six to ten weeks. Cleaves expects to
miss several opening games but
hopes to be playing by the start of the
Big Ten season on Jan. 5.
Cleaves said his foot had been hurt-
ing for a day or two when he went for
an X-ray Monday. He expected doc-
tors to say it was only a bruise, but
they told him he would need surgery
Cleaves said he still doesn't know
what caused the fracture, but believes
it could be repeated stress.
"I guess what got me into trouble
this time was my tolerance for pain,"
he said. "I have a high tolerance."
Cleaves said telling coach Tom
Izzo about the injury was difficult,
especially since Izzo had consulted
him and told the teams he thought
Cleaves would be ready to play this
fall. But he said Izzo has been very
"The first thing he told me was, 'I
love you, man, and I'm going to-get

"I want to get out there on one leg and play," joked Michigan State point guard
Mateen Cleaves, who should return from his foot injury In early January.
Izzo consoles teareyed
Cleaves about foot Inju

you through this,' and before he could
get all the way through it I busted out
crying," Cleaves said. "I know he
cares so much about me."
In four to six weeks, doctors plan
to remove Cleaves' cast and replace it
with a rubber cast so he can start
working out in a pool He expects to
be able to ride an exercise bike by
next week. Cleaves' medical costs are
covered by NCAA players' insur-
In the meantime, Cleaves is hob-
bling to practice to cheer on his
teammates, urging them not to be
demoralized by rankings that have
placed the team lower since Cleaves'
"We're not a one-man team. We've
never been," he said.
When the team does well this sea-
son, Cleaves said, "I'm just going to
sit back there like a psychic, saying I
knew it all the time."
Cleaves also said he- had special
words for Dave Thomas, a junior who'
redshirted last season and is filling in
for Cleaves.
"I just told Dave, 'Now you're the
leader and you can do it,"' he said.
Cleaves led the Spartans to a 33-5
record and their first Final Four finish
in 20 years last season. The Spartans'
season ended with a loss to Duke in
the Final Four;

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Legal woes continue for
top-ranked Florida State
Cornerback Cody suspended on drug charges


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Cody, a junior cornerback, was suspend-
ed Wednesday by Florida State coach
Bobby Bowden following his arrest for
possession of marijuana.
Bowden said Cody, who was arrested
Tuesday, would miss Saturday's game
against Virginia.
"I'm suspending him for the next
game and maybe more, until the facts
are in," Bowden said Wednesday.
Cody, of Blakely, Ga., was taken into
custody near Colquitt, Ga., by troopers
from the Georgia Department of Public
Safety after a routine traffic stop led
police to discover four bags of marijua-
na in the car he was driving, department
spokesman Gordy Wright said.
Troopers noted the car Cody was dri-
ving along U.S. Highway 27 was not
registered in the player's name. After
stopping Cody, the troopers saw a small

bag of marijuana on the drivers' side
floorboard, Wright said.
Troopers arrested Cody, and while
searching him, discovered three more
bags of marijuana. Wright said the
amount of found was less than an ounce,
a misdemeanor in Georgia.
Cody, a third-year starter for the top-
ranked Seminoles, has two interceptions
this season and six for his career.
He sealed Florida State's 17-14 victo-
ry over Clemson last Saturday when he
partially blocked a field goal attempt
with less than two minutes left.
Wide receiver Peter Warrick was rein-
stated in time for the Clemson game
after missing two games while facing
felony grand theft, which was eventually
reduced to a misdemeanor. Warrick and
teammate Laveranues Coles were arrest-
ed for paying only $21.40 for more than
$400 worth of designer clothes.

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