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26A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 7, 2000


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By Peter Lund "I'm loving it here" Ta
For the Daily being a member of
"Emerging Eight." In additio
CLEVELAND - It's not exactly the as a defensive stopper, Taylo
f'ab Five, but the inaugural Michigan recipient of many set pl
soccer team has yet to lose a game - Michigan offense. He us(
and a lot of credit belongs to the fresh- frame and his vertical leap
men. ball in his area towards the
Of the team's 22 players, eight suited "Wherever the ball is, I'm
up for the first two games before they ing to get my head on it," h
ever took a college class. Four of the II Of course, the team cert
starters are true freshmen, while two oth- not be undefeated in its c
ers are redshirt freshmen. without its veterans. Goalk4
Michigan's youth has been especially Geldres has made some key
strong on offense. All four of the team's Wolverines, especially h
combined goals in their first two games shutout in the season openet
were scored by freshmen - two by for- Senior captains Will Pur
ward Tom Gritter in Tuesday's overtime Stead have also been impor
victory at Cleveland State. for the Wolverines. Junior
Grinter also drew the foul that led to J.J. Kern added an assist on C
freshman defenseman Kevin Taylor's goal against the Vikings, v
goal on a penalty shot. And after scoring Steve Huber has also prov
the program's first goal on its first shot leadership for his young cou
against DePaul Friday night, freshman "The freshmen add a crea
Ian Hirschfield was the spark plug of the us, and the upperclassmen
pffense on Tuesday night, chasing balls sense of leadership," Mic
all over the field and assisting on two Steve Burns said. "If you b
goals, including the game-winner. two off, you get the makin
On the other side of the field, Taylor thing that kind of works."
has been a key member of a defense that Burns is the first to ad
repeatedly shut the door on DePaul and, squad is not exactly favore
despite a few key mistakes that led to even contend for the Big
goals and close calls, stopped the 2000. But with the talent
Vikings on Tuesday when it mattered the Class of 2004's Emergit
most. the ability to attract grea
classes in the future, the p
experience a quick growth s
women's soccer team's rising
T HUMAN to national power during the
"This bodes well for
Burns said. "Right now we'r
with all those (national) p
PI Indiana, Duke, Maryland. T
0 Tbig boys - we're talking w
kids as them," Burns said.
tainlv in contention for a Bi
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add a great
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Wildcats' offense is loaded,,
Hawkeyes' just the opposite

Continued from Page 23A
The backfield has been a problem for the
Illini. The other backup, Qunicy Washington,
was already dismissed from the team. Fullback
Jameel Cook also might be running a little slow-
er after he sprained an ankle last weekend. So
Rocky Harvey will have to control the running
game on his own.
NoRTHwEsrn.RN: The basketball program
might have to start over with a new coach and
build from the ground up.
But the football team went through that last
season. This is their chance to climb back into
the mix.
It was all offense for Randy Walker and his
Wildcats last Saturday. The Wildcats attacked
Northern Illinois with four wide receivers and
racked up 35 points which is as many as they
scored in the first three games last season.
IOwA: Coach Kirk Ferentz says the Hawkeyes

aren't giving up. The offense only produced 15(
yards against Kansas State and the team's cad
ing rusher, Ladell Betts only managed 50 yards
"We aren't putting up the white flag," Ferent;
said. "If we are going to beat a good footh"
team, we are going to have to get the runn
game going."
Center Eric Steinbach and tackle Sam Aiells
will be able to help that offense when they
return from injury this Saturday as the team
takes on Western Michigan.
MINNEsoTA: Thankfully for the Gophers
their leader will return.
Quarterback Asad Abdul-Khaliq will returs
for Saturday's game after suffering a concussios
last weekend in the victory over Louisiana
Freshman running back Thomas lapeh, wO
has been out with a foot injury, is 'expected tc
play this weekend. He may take over for sopho
more Tellis Redmon, who has been playing it
place of Tapeh. But Redmon looked impressiv<
last weekend with 101 yards on 27 carries.

Justin Fargas doesn't have the luxury of facing Iowa or Penn
State this weekend. He'll have to "play 'em as they schedule
'em" and take on Rice instead.

Cleaves signs at last

Mateen Cleaves rolled up his sleeves,
flashed a smile and put pen to paper. He
fulfilled a lifelong dream yesterday by
joining the Detroit Pistons.
The first-round draft pick, who led
Michigan State to the NCAA title last
spring, announced that he had signed a
three-year, S4.1 million contract during
an afternoon news conference.
"This makes it official. I'm a Piston.
It's a dream come true," Cleaves said.
Detroit selected the Flint native with
the 14th pick in the draft this past June.
Cleaves said that since he was 6 or 7
years old, he wanted to play in the NFL
or the NBA. When he became player of
the year in the Big Ten, he thought he
had a good shot to play in the NBA.
"When I grew up watching the Bad
Boys, I wanted to play like that - the
passion they played with," he said.
Pistons general manager Joe Dumars
said, "It's been a pleasure to deal with
him so far. Everything with him since
you saw him smiling at the draft has
been a pleasure."
Among the first things Cleaves said
he will do with his money is buy his
mother, Frances, a house.
"I saw my mother and father go into
work everyday.... Now it's payback. It
makes me feel good inside" he said.
Detroit is counting on Cleaves to
boost ticket sales in a sagging NBA

Piston pri"e
Mateen Cleaves is officially a
Piston. He appears to be the one
to lead the charge to lose fewer
than 60 games this year.
At least he'll have $4.1 million to
keep him happy.
Here are a few things Cleaves
could buy with his new contract:
. 3,178,295 Large Slurpees at
his local 7-11
A lovely new Ford Focus
Four years of out-of-state
A United States senator
The Pistons lost their best player,
Grant Hill, to the Orlando Magic in a
sign-and-trade exchange for Ben
Wallace and point guard Chucky
Atkins. Many predict the Pistons to be
a lottery team this season.
Cleaves said it would not be compe-
tition between him and Atkins.
"Whatever it takes for our team to
win, that's what we'll do," Cleaves said.
The guard holds the assists record for
Michigan State and the Big Ten at 816.
Ie had a school-record 195 steals.

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$4.1 million is plenty of reason for former Michigan State guard Mateen Cleam
to smile. Cleaves signed with the Pistons yesterday afternoon. General manager
Joe Dumars says Cleaves has been "a pleasure" to deal with.

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