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Thursday, September 9, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 25B
ND's Jackson injured after
26-22 loss to Wolverines
Notre Dame's starting quarterback is questionable for Purdue

By Brian Kessler
The Observer
SOUTH BEND, Ind, - The Irish
will have some injury problems to
deal with this week in practice as
they prepare for Saturday's game at
Purdue.
Quarterback Jarious Jackson
injured his toe in the fourth quarter
of last Saturday's Michigan game,
but didn't notify coaches until after
the game. He practiced lightly on
Monday despite barely being able to
walk on Sunday.
"I'm feeling a lot better now,"
Jackson said. "I'm able to walk, even
though I'm limping. It's not throb-
bing and the swelling has gone
down, so it feels better."
Backup quarterback Arnaz Battle
will step in if Jackson can't play
Saturday.
"Every week you have to go out
there and get ready because you
never know what is going to hap-
pen," he said.
"We run so many options and roll-
outs, and there are a lot of teams that
blitz. You never know what is going
to happen.
"Jarious is a strong guy," Battle
continued. "I don't think a toe will
keep Jarious out of the game. Right
now, I am looking at it like he will
not be back but I am pretty sure he
is. I am just trying to go out there
and prepare myself and the team in a
good week of practice."
Junior flanker Joey Getherall sep-
arated his right shoulder in the sec-
ond half of last Saturday's game and
isn't expected back until after the
Sept. 25 open date.
"I'm disappointed for Joey,
because Joey has really worked hard
and he is bigger and stronger than he

"Losing is hard but the most
important thing is how you bounce
back from that..."
- Bob Davie
Notre Dame football coach

has ever been," Davie said. "Joey is a
really good football player and he is
a valuable member of this team. (His
loss) takes away a chunk of our
explosiveness, but he'll bounce
back.'
With Getherall out, freshman
Julius Jones is expected to fill in on
special teams. The Irish returned to
practice Monday, switching its focus
from the Michigan loss to this week-
end's showdown.
The Irish reviewed tapes of the
Michigan game before taking to the
practice field.
"I have tremendous respect for the
Purdue football team, but we're
much more concerned with the Irish
right now than we are with the
Boilermakers," head coach Bob
Davie said.
"I think we all see the potential of
this football team, but we have to
eliminate our mistakes." Davie and
his staff repeatedly stressed mini-
mizing mistakes.
In Saturday's late-game debacle
the Irish were flagged for illegal cel-
ebration, a late hit personal foul and
they failed to make a first down on
the final play of the game.
"Our biggest problem is ourselves
right now," offensive coordinator
Kevin Rogers said.
Davie, however, was still upbeat

about Monday's practice and the
team remained positive.
"I like the attitude of our team,"
Davie said.
"Losing is hard, but the most
important thing is how you bounce
back from that and how you respond
to that and I think this team will
come back strong.
"(You usually feel good about)
Monday practice," Davie added.
"You don't practice that long; you
don't practice in full pads. So the
real test will be tomorrow."
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P uP sOTO
Notre Dame's 26.22 loss to Michigan Saturday was tough on the Fighting Irish physically. Quarterback Jarious Jackson (pic-
tured above) is nursing an injured toe and flanker Joey Getherall is out due to a separated right shoulder.
Obio State's Rambo playing
yaitig game, using patience

COLUMBUS (AP) - One game
into his career as a starting flanker,
Ken-Yon Rambo is waiting. He's wait-
ing to catch the ball, waiting for Ohio
State to throw it his way.
"It all comes down to patience," he
id. "I'm going to let things happen
ut there."
In the Buckeyes' 23-12 loss to
mi in the Kickoff Classic, Rambo
as invisible as Ohio State's passing
ame. His stats? One catch for one
ard gained. The Buckeyes threw to
im only twice.
"I think they schemed us pretty
ood," coach John Cooper said.
'Maybe we should have gotten him the
all more. But they did a nice job on
im."
"It seemed they were scared of our
d," Rambo said.
ambo spent most of his first two
ollege seasons on the sideline. Unable
o beat out incumbent Dee Miller, he
eturned 16 kickoffs for a 21.1-yard
verage and caught only 12 passes.
With Miller moving on to the NFL
ast spring, many thought Rambo
ould finally step in. Ohio State
eceivers coach Chuck Stobart is con-'
ident the speedy junior's time will
ome.
qen-Yon is just a guy waiting for
the opportunity. He's no different than
hat Terry Glenn was for a long time,
or Dee Miller was or Dimitrious
Stanley was," Stobart said, referring to
hree other late-blooming Buckeye
receivers in recent years. "All those
guys waited for their time to have the
ball thrown to them."
And there were breakdowns else-
where. The offensive line did not offer
h protection for quarterback
Austin Moherman, who was starting
his first game. As a result, Moherman
didn't have time to look for anyone
other than the primary receiver.
"It wasn't that he wasn't seeing me,"
Rambo said. "He didn't have a lot of
time back there. They had him shaken
up."
Moherman said it wasn't Rambo's
fault.
"Everybody's making a big deal out
d4en-Yon only having one catch,"
Moherman said. "But Ken-Yon did
what he was supposed to do."
Doing a good job blocking and run-
ning routes doesn't show up in the
stats, however. Fans are already howl-
ing that Rambo's speed is not being
used.
A year ago, Ohio State's starting
wide receivers averaged 12 catches
a 196 yards receiving a game, but

Michael Wiley and the Ohio State football team are hoping that junior wide receiv-
er Ken-Yon Rambo will break out,Saturday night against UCLA.

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that was with Big Ten player of the
year Joe Germaine throwing the ball.
Rambo and Germany totaled five
catches for 57 yards with a rookie
quarterback.
Cooper said the Buckeyes must get
the wideouts back in the game if they
want to beat No. 14 UCLA on
Saturday. Otherwise, Ohio State could
open 0-2 for the first time in 13 years.
UCLA stopped recruiting Rambo
three years ago when he didn't meet
freshman eligibility requirements.
When he finally did make the grade,
he narrowed his choices to Southern
California and Ohio State because
both continued to recruit him.
Now he thinks he has something to
show UCLA - and those who think
he has disappeared.
"We've got 12 more games to go,"
he said. "I'm still looking to catch a
lot of passes and keep contributing to
the team."

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