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TUESDAY
SEPTEMBER 26, 2000

11

michigandaily.com/sports

Fargs moves to
defensive backfield
Carr to decide kicker at practice

CARR ON FOOTE
Saturday, Michigan linebacker Larry
Foote made this signal to the crowd
that cost him 15 yards, and
nullified a critical third-down stop by
the defense. Coach Lloyd Carr was
livid at the officials who made the call.
But after seeing the tape Carr told the
media yesterday at his Monday luncheon that
he agrees with the ruling.
"The madder you get, the more wrong your
are," Carr said. "The celebration call was a
good call."
As to whether Foote learned his lesson from
the penalty, Carr said: "I guarantee you, he
better have."

CHRIS
DUPREY

By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Editor

No, your eyes won't be fooling you
on Saturday -- Justin Fargas is now
playing defense.
Fargas, a redshirt sophomore run-
ning back, told coach Lloyd Carr the
day after the UCLA game that he
intended to move to the defensive
backfield. He will play at free safety
behind DeWayne Patmon this
Saturday against Wisconsin.
Fargas played both ways in high
school, using his speed and intensity
to become a star at both positions. But
with several of his friends and local
California rivals - like UCLA's
DeShaun Foster headed to college
with hopes of becoming Heisman-cal-
iber running backs, Carr said it was
tough for Fargas to let go of that
dream.
"It was hard to give up. I tried to
dissuade him to wait until the end of
the season," Carr said. "But he gave it
a lot of thought and he wants to
move.~
Fargas talked it over with his family
and again with Carr this past Monday

and Tuesday before making the final
decision.
"He sees it as a great opportunity,"
Carr said. "I wanted to make sure he
was sure. It's what he really wants to
do."
Carr quoted Hall of Fame broad-
caster Keith Jackson about his confi-
dence in Fargas in the defensive back-
field.
"When we were out recruiting him
Keith Jackson said, He'll be an All-
American as a defensive back,"' Carr
said. "I didn't tell (Fargas) that until
Sunday."
Fargas has provided excellent cov-
erage on special teams. He's tackled
hard, while showing a passion that
caused a fumble against UCLA and
earned him the honor of serving as
special teams captain against Illinois.
"You've gotten a glimpse of what
he's done on special teams," Carr said.
"Honestly, it's not a simple change, vet
based on what I saw last week, he's
going to be ready quickly"
Cornerback James Whitley, who
Carr inserted in a four wide-receiver
set the past two weeks, has a much
easier job moving to the offensive side

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of the ball. Whitley only has to learn a
few sets, while providing a pass
defense is a whole new encyclopedia.
"He'll definitcly play," Whitley
said. "The transition is hard. It's
tougher learning the defensive plays.
(But) he's practiced all week. le hits
hard; he's fast."
Offensive coordinator Stan Parrish
said after the Illinois game that it was
increasingly difficult to find the
speedy Fargas carries with the success
of Thomas and freshman Chris Perry.
"Our power running game is doing
well now," Parrish said.
MKiN' rt: Carr told the media yes-
terday that he will use this week's
practices to decide which kicker he'll
use on field goals this Saturday.
"I'm going to watch what happens
at practice" Carr said. Hayden Epstein
"is pressing a little bit. Any time you
press, there's a time where mentally
you have to step back and do what you

were doing before. It's going back to
fundamentals.",
Epstein has missed four out of five
field goals thus far. Carr replaced him
with senior Jeff Del Verne for extra
points against Illinois.
Epstein proved himself worthy from
long-range last season, while Del
Verne is usually solid from inside 40
yards, etching I3-of-15 last season.
FuMBLING .AROUND: After watching
the tape repeatedly, Carr gave his final
thoughts on the questionable fumbles
in the Illinois game.
"Anthony (Thomas) fumbled the
football," said Carr, referring to a 17-
yard run by the tailback which ended
with the ball coming loose.
The officials ruled Thomas down,
despite replays showing the ball pop-
ping out beforehand. Thomas scored
on a three-yard run the verv next play.
"But he did (fumble) after his face
See CARR, Page 12

teve Burns describes himself as
"a marketing coach." So in
observing a need for a competi-
tive Division I soccer program with
top-25 academics in the state of'
Michigan, he created one.
Well, all right, it was a little more
complicated than that. After spending
seven years heading up Michigan's
club program - this season is the
team's first with varsity status --
Burns finally realized a lontime
dream of becoming the Wolverines'
first coach.
Once that dream was accomplished,
it was time to move on to another.
Burns and his 23-man roster have set
their sights on advancing the program
to the prestige of Michigan's Bi3 Ten
brethren.
Indiana is a role model that immedi-
ately comes to mind - the Hoosiers
have won five national championships
in 26 seasons.
More importantly, the Indiana pro-
gram was built in much the same way
Burns plans to build his. "Hard-work-
ing, blue-collar players," Burns said.
He details his vision for the program
as if he's conducting a search for
buried treasure, eyes aglow at what the
future holds. "This year our goal is to
learn how to play college soccer. The
goal for our second year is to play at
the national level.
"In Year Three we expect to make
some noise."
Burns' Wolverines are on snhedule
for their first year, if not ahead.
Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to No. 2
Penn State was proof that Michigan
won't be embarrassed by any oppo-
nent, even in its inaugural year.
The score was cosmetically pleasing
-- more so than 3-0, anyway but
Burns is hesitant to lionize his team
just yet. The driving rain ripped up the
Elbel Field playing surface and

reduced any skill advantage the
Nittany Lions might have held, and
Michigan, rain warnor so far this sea-
son, was able to cope better than the
opposition
"Had we been playing at Penn State
or at Michigan Soccer Field, Penn
State would have had more room to
carve us apart," Burns said.
That's Burns' way of keeping expec-
tations on his young team in check.
There was no denying the excitement
in his voice as Penn State coach Barry
Gorman gave the Wolverines immedi-
ate respect in his postmatch comments.
But there will be no deviation from
the plan. Even though Michigan has sur-
prised everyone but itself with a compet-
itive 3-3 record, this season is for learn-
ing, without intense pressure to win.
That pressure will come in the
future, a future for which Burns has
planned extensively. Michigan is one
of the premier states for producing
collegiate soccer talent, as are neigh-
boring Ohio and Illinois.
Tapping that reservoir is Burns' next-
task. "The Midwestern player is built
for the college game," he points out.
Prior to this season, there wasn't an
area school that combined a first-class
soccer program with quality acade-
mics. High-school players fled
Michigan for such programs as
Stanford, Duke and Indiana.
"That leak is going to stop -
quick," Burns said. "Now'there's a
school for the high-level student and
athlete"
Time is on Burns' side. As this sea-
son turns into next, his program will
continue to rise in prominence.
As patient as Burns is, winning is
still important, because "recruits are
watching us," Burns said.
Soon, so will everybody else.
- - Chris Duprev can be reached at
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D IFFEREN T
STROKES
By DAVID ROTH 0 DAILY SPORTs WRITER

Not everyone who carries a big
stick is intimidating. Teddy
Roosevelt held a big stick, and
not too many people were afraid of him.
At first glance, Jessica Rose and Molly
Powers look like amiable people.
But-if you happen to be in their vicini-
particularly during a field hockey
game, -you don't need to be a
Westinehouse finalist to realize that Rose
and Powers aren't exactly powder puffs.
Rather;the duo has kept Advil in busi-
ness by showing defenses and goalies
that a mild demeanor doesn't mean
they'll-take it easy on them.
Their pasts are blazing contrasts. Their
futures-Ipk to be no different - Rose is
a physicalJeducation major, while Powers
is an estImed tree-hugger in the School
&atfl tResources.
he btffcrent roads Rose and Powers
have take io Ann Arbor have merged -
to I-761 st-- the road to Norfolk, Va.,
home af'Oic NCAA Final Four.
Lasyi a, Rose and Powers exploded
onto ftic national scene, leading
Michigiinan NCAA runner-up finish ,
but faili ito become the first women's
athletic-ieain at Michigan to win a title.
They don't expect the same this year.
A TALE OF TWO CITIES
It had the best of fields, it had the
worst of fields. It had field hockey avail-
able to second-graders, it had programs
only available to high schoolers. It had
abundant varsity competition, it had
meager varsity competition. It was over-
flowing with talent, it was low on talent.
Oak Park, Ill., is 700 miles west of
Lititz, Penn. The trip eastward brings
ethan just the Appalachian Trail - it
gs a community where field hockey
is as important to growing up as Gerber's
and Tinker Toys.
"In Pennsylvania, they're rabid hockey
fans," Michigan coach Marcia Pankratz
said. "Their mothers, grandmothers and

great-grandmothers all played the sport,
so there's a lot of tradition."
At age five, Rose had a brief stint with
baton twirling. But once she saw the
skimpy uniforms, she was out. Instead,
Rose caught field-hockey fever.
"You can push people, you can whack
this thing. This is the greatest sport ever!"
Rose said. "I can hurt people, that's awe-
some.
Unlike Rose, who began playing field
hockey at age seven, Powers had to start
from the ground floor at age 14.
"I didn't really know what field hockey
was until I was in eighth grade," Powers
said. "It was confusing. You can't touch
the ball with the other side of the stick?
What kind of asinine rule is that?"
HIGH STIcKIN'
"Even since she was little, Jessica was
always the first one on the field and the
last one off," said Bob Durr, Rose's coach
at Warwick High School. "Sometimes
she wouldn't leave, and we'd have to say,
Jessica, it's time to go home."'
In high school, Rose got to play with
best against the best, as half her team-
mates were recruited by Division-I
schools.
Her high school had a field that was
one of the state's finest, and teams from
all across the state would come to take on
Rose's team.
"They have a ton of leagues and it's a
popular and intense sport in that area,"
Pankratz said. "Right now most of the
best players come out of that region."
Field hockey didn't catch the same
way in Illinois. Soccer ruled, while stick-
ing was just an autumn pastime.
Oak Park and River Forest High
School, where Powers played, was home
to one of the worst field hockey fields in
Illinois. The team would often have to
travel far distances to find strong oppo-
nents and accommodating facilities.
See STROKES, Page 13

Shocking the word
Expected to have a difficult season, the inaugural
men's varsity soccer team, under the direction of Steve
Burns, has been impressive so far. The team's 3-3
record includes an overtime loss to No. 2 Penn State
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Sept. 1 DePaul W, 1-0
Sept. 5 at Cleveland State W, 3-2 (OT)
Sept. 8 at Loyola-Chicago L, 3-2
Sept. 14 Illinois-Chicago L, 2-0
Sept. ,7 Detroit W, 1-0 Burns
Sept. 23 No. 2 Penn State L, 2-1 (OT)

ALEX WOLK/Daly
Sophomores Jessica Rose (left) and Molly Powers only know about going to the
final four. This year, they hope to avenge their championship game loss.

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