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6B - The Michigan Daily - September 6, 2000 - SportsWednesday

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The Owls beat Houston 30-27 in overtime
in the city's annual rivalry.
THE QUESTIONS: Can Michigan play a
more disciplined brand of defense this
week? How will Bennie Joppru, the
replacement at tight end for Shawn
Thompson, step in?
THE CONCERNS: Complacency and
falling behind early

Askew on target;*
Fargas looking up


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Ohio State
Michigan State
Penn State

Big Ten
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MICHIGAN 42, Bowling Green 7
Toledo 24, PENN STATE 6
ILLINOIS 36, Middle Tennessee State 7
WiscoNsiN 19, Western Michigan 7
NORTHWESTERN 35, Northern Illinois 17
OHIO STATE 43, Fresno State 10
MINNESOTA 47, Louisiana-Monroe 10
PURDUE 48, Central Michigan 0
Rice at Michigan, 12:10 p.m.
Louisiana Tech at Penn State, noon
Marshall at Michigan State, noon
North Carolina State at Indiana, 12:10
Duke at Northwestern, 1
Ohio at Minnesota, 2:30
Oregon at Wisconsin, 3:30
Western Michigan at Iowa, 6
Illinois at San Diego State, 10
Ohio State at Arizona, 10:05
Kent at Purdue, TBA

Let's play favorites. My
favorite ice cream flavor is
mint chocolate chip. Your
favorite thing to do on a Saturday
may well
involve Michi-
gan Stadium.
And Lloyd
Carr's favorite'
play may well -.
involvs a play-
action fake,<
rollout to the
right and pass- DAViD
on-the-run to DEN HERDER
the tight end. Double
Heh? Things Down
turn into
favorites because virtually every
time you do them, something good
happens. Sometimes you can't
explain it - things just work out.
In 1997, that favorite play won
Michigan a game against Iowa, cap-
ping a 3 TD rally in the second
half. On New Year's Day, just such
a play won Michigan the Orange
Last Saturday, more good news.
But this time the pass - intended
for the tight end Bennie Joppru -
took a bizarre carom into the
heads-up hands of B.J. Askew.
He took the would-be incomple-
tion and turned it into a big gainer.
Michigan's favorite play worked
again, and on a more interesting
note, we found out Askew was a
He calls himself a tailback in a
fullback's position - crafty, but
still in there "doing some dirty
Saturday, Askew had the pres-
ence to make 87 yards out of only
three catches. Still, he claims to
"enjoy" popping the blocks. "If it
means sticking my nose in there
against somebody to win," says
Askew, "I'll do it."
Whether or not Askew will be
incorporated as much into the ball
movement during the Big Ten sea-

son of blitzes and heads-down
plowlines remains to be seen - but
B.J.'s ability to handle it certainly
does not.
Nevermind that Justin Fargas
fumbled his first handoff in the Big
House in two years.
The injury-redshirted sophomore
is looking up - literally.
In stark contrast to partner
Anthony Thomas, who tends to
lower his horns and charge for the
best on most snaps, Fargas is
always looking over defenders. Sat-
urday, he even jumped over one, on
his way to 70 yards rushing in eight
"Anthony Thomas is a great run-
ning back," he'll tell you - calling
Thomas' running style more
mature, "more patient" than his
And Thomas is suited well for
this dominant offensive line.
But what Fargas won't say is that
he may be a better pure running
back than the A-Train.
And while Thomas picked up 108
yards in 23 carries, freshman Chris
Perry had only five fewer yards -
in only 10 carries.
Yes, we've all run the stupid sce-
nario through our heads: Quarter-
back John Navarre plays very well
and consistently in his Tom Brady
style for three games, and then
Drew Henson comes back and
throws three interceptions against
Illinois, and bang we have a quar-
terback controversy.
Not going to happen.
But while everyone is busy yap-
ping it up about the QBs over
Coors Light and Brats, has anybody
stopped to consider that we may
have a running back controversy?
It's worth at least one beer's
worth of babble.
- David Den Herder can be
reached at dden@umich.edu







True freshman Chris Perry burst onto the offense scene with 103 yards on 10 carries against Bowling Green. He also scored
his first touchdown.
Thompson out for season
'M' loses two starters in Navarre's impressive debut

EPT. 16
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No.v 11
Nov. 18

at Illinois
at Northwestern
at Ohio State

By Stephanie Offen

Th e Xolverines gained nine
yards, but they lost something much
more valuable. After tight end
Shawn Thompson brought IMichigan
to its own 20 yard line, he took a
bad fall over the opponent -

injurving1 his knee.
Thompson will miss the remain-
der of the season.
"He will have surgerv sometime
next week." coach Lloyd Carr said.
"Thompson is a coach's dream. He
is a tremendous football player, as
good a blocking tight end at Michi-
gan since I have been here. He is a
great leader, a real tough guy that
brings a lot to the team."
Junior Bennie Joppru will start
next Saturday's game versus Rice in
place of Thompson.
The other backups, seniors Eric
Rosel and Bill Seymour, have
missed much of training camp with
Rosel was hampered with a
pulled hamstring and Seymour with
a groin injury.
Both have recovered from their
injuries but aren't ready to take over
the starting postition.
Carr said they will both se-e
ample amount of playing time this
season after they have some time to
rest. They should both see time this
veekcnd against Rice.
Joppru competed in nine games
last season and recorded four catch-
es for 51 yards.
ANOTHER BLOW: The Wolverines
also lost senior Jake Frysinger in
last weekend's game. Frysinger
reinjured a foot that he had surgery
on last season. Carr says he is out
inde finitely.
Dan Rumisek will replace
Frysinger at defensive end. but
many guyus will see time at that pos-
Sophomore Norman Boebert also
saw many snaps at that position and
will see more playing time with the
loss of Frysinger.
But none of the Wolverines saw
much time on the defensive side of
the ball against Bowling Green. So

the defensive line enters next week-
end with not as much experience as
Carr would like.
"The one thing I do not like a t
a week ago is we got a lot of A,
the opportunity to play but we did
not have a lot of snaps," Carr said.
"I think the most snaps anybody
had was 42.
"Rice is going to be very well
condidtion football team. We are
going to have to play a lot trnre
snaps this week, so we are going to
play more people."
John Navarre impressed his teaW-
mates and the nation with his per-
formance against Bowling Green.
His four touchdowns tied a school
record for most in a game.
But next weekend will be mope of
a test for the rookie. Rice is a much
quicker team with an experienced
The Owls will also defend
Navarre with eight or nine men on
the line of scrimmage. They also
blitz more, and the Wolverines *
eager to see how Navarre responds
to the pressure.
The Wolverines had trouble with
the run last season against Rice,
finishing the game with ten less
rushing yards than the Owls.
"It is going to be a much differ-
ent challenge (for Navarre)", Carr
said. "The good news is he can go
into this game confident in his p
formance last weekend."
Quarterback Drew Henson is still
participating in rehabilitation and
Carr has not confirmed when he
will return.
Carr did say that the wound is
healing nicely and Henson has been
making strides. But the expected
return date has not changed - fans
can still look to Illinois or Wiscon-
sin for his return.

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