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12 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Varsity's cornerback
struggles nothing new
Foote nets Big Ten defensive award

JESSICA JOHNSON/Daily
Michigan's cornerbacks had no answer for Washington's Reggie Williams. For sever-
al years now, the cornerback position has been one of Michigan's biggest problems.
Young finds success at
Hawaiian big man camp

YOUNG
Continued from Page 10
"We're expecting a lot from Chris,"
Amaker said. "We expect leadership,
experience and we're going to rely on
him greatly in the front line. We're
going to need a high level of produc-
tion out of Chris Young."
Young said that a post presence is
one thing that Michigan has been
missing in previous seasons -
someone who commands double
teams down low and open up team-
mates for outside shots. And he
wants to be that that type of player.
"I expect to be facing down, scor-
ing every time," Young said.
But after watching some NBA
players perform at Pete Newell's
camp, Young still knows he still has
a lot to improve on.
"Watching =Antoine Jamison and
Shawn Bradley and seeing how tal-
ented they are - I know I have a
long way to go if I want to play at
next level."
Carlisle, who has spent 16 years in
the NBA as either a player or assis-
tant coach, agrees, but believes
Young has the tools.
"He needs to work on his strength
and endurance and keep improving

his skills," Carlisle said. "If you want
play in the NBA at 6-10, you've got
to be able to score from the inside and
outside, and shoot free throws well.
"And I think he's shown signs of
having those."
Moore a no-show: The largest
player on Michigan's team, sopho-
more Josh Moore, was expected to
participate in the Pete Newell Big
Man's Camp- as well, but didn't
make the trip.
"He was due to go, thinking bout
going, but then there was a change of
plans and he was unable to go,"
Amaker said.
Lopes said that it would be helpful
for a player of Moore's stature (7-2,
305 pounds) to work on his footwork
- in drills similar to those used at
the camp. This was especially evi-
dent last season, when Moore had the
pesky habit of getting in foul trouble.
"I'm anxious to see how (Moore's)
progressing," Amaker said. "He's
had somewhat of a difficult year last
year. But I'm anxious to see with a
year under his belt and more confi-
dence and more experience can
translate into more production.
"It's going to be important for us
to stay healthy and for (Young) and
Big Josh to stay out of foul trouble."

By Raphael Goodstein
Daily Sports Editor
Washington's freshman wide
receiver Reggie Williams caught
four passes for 134 yards Saturday.
Unfortunately for Michigan,
opposing receivers posting impres-
sive statistics is nothing new.
In each of Michigan's three loss-
es last year, the
opposing team's FOOTBALL
top receiver Notebook
posted impres-
sive statistics:
UCLA's Freddie Mitchell caught
10 passes for 137 yards, Purdue's
Vinny Sutherland caught 11 passes
for 127 yards and Northwestern's
Sam Simmons received 12 passes
for 124 yards.
As the top defensive back, senior
Todd Howard was - and still is -
often assigned the difficult task of
covering these receivers man-to-
man for large parts of the game.
When asked about Howard's
troubles, Carr said: "When you're
one-on-one coverage with Reggie
Williams, you're going to give up
some catches.
"Now, he didn't get beat on
(Williams' 74-yard reception).
(Howard) was on the outside.
Where was the ball caught? Inside.
So he defended him. What hap-
pened? Reggie Williams made a
great individual play.
'If you know anything about
secondary play, you'd know that he
made a great play. Look, give your
opponent some credit."
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior line-
backer Larry Foote was named Big
Ten Defensive Player of the Week.
After missing all but two plays of
the Miami (Ohio) game, he fin-
ished the Washington game with
12 tackles.
OPERATION TIME: The big play in
Saturday's loss was Washington's
blocked field goal which was
returned for a touchdown. The
block and return turned a potential
15-6 Michigan lead into a 13-12
Washington lead.
So the question is, why was the
kick blocked?
After the game, Washington's
Omare Lowe, who blocked the
kick, claimed that he got a finger
on a prior Michigan field goal and

that he was destined to block a
kick.
But Carr disagreed with Lowe's
outlook on the kick, saying that the
Wolverines' slow operation time
-- the time it takes for the ball to
get snapped to the point where it's
kicked - was the problem.
"Our operation time was a little
bit better on the first one," Carr
said. When asked what specifically
was to blame for the poor opera-
tion time, Carr refused to blame
any one player, but later said, "I
thought the snapping was very
good in this game."
WHAT'S NEXT?: Coming into the
season, Carr told the media that
running back B.J. Askew was more
impressive during the summer than
Chris Perry and would start the
season as tailback. Against Miami
(Ohio) Askew had a career-high 20
carries, compared to only 11 for
Perry.
But against Washington, Perry
carried the ball 24 times, compared
to only eight carries for Askew.
When asked about this and what
can be expected against Western
Michigan, Carr was his typical elu-
sive self, "The good news is we
have two outstanding backs and we
need more. It's a long season and
the position that they play, they
take a pounding.
"B.J. was outstanding in the
pass-protecting game and has had
an outstanding year. Chris played
extremely well, so I like them
both."
NOT LOOKING AHEAD: Nobody can
accuse Carr of looking too far
ahead in this season.
When asked if the realization
that Michigan's Rose Bowl hopes
have been dashed in the second
week of the season is weird, to
which Carr responded: "The last
thing on this Earth that I'm think-
ing about, or anybody on this
team's thinking about, or any per-
son who's got any sense is thinking
about is the end of the season.
They think about one thing and
that's Western Michigan."
BRACKINS COMING BACK?:
According to senior Jake
Frysinger, linebacker Eric Brackins
will return from an injury this
week after missing the first two
games.

Former All-America
dies at age of 82
The Michigan hockey family lost its
only three-year captain in the program's
history this past week when Connie Hill
passed away in his Newport, R.I. home.
Hill, a defenseman from 1946-49
who served as captain his first three
years, played an integral part of Michi-
gan's 1948 championship run and was
one of the first Wolverines to be select-
ed to the All-America team.
Hill joined teammates Wally Grant
and Wally Gacek on the 1948 team and
earned All-America honors again the
following year with four other Wolver-
ines. He was honored in 1962 and 1985
when he was inducted to the Dekers
Blue Line Club Hall of Fame and the
Michigan Hall of Honor, respectively.
During his years with Michigan, Hill
helped lead the team to 70-18-6 record.
With 32 goals and 87 points in his
career, he set school records for a
defenseman that lasted more than 27
years. His most memorable perfor-
mance came in the 1948 NCAA semifi-
nals against Boston College when he
recorded a hat-trick to give Michigan a
6-4 victory in overtime. That win sent
the Wolverines to the finals where they.

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he has to divest his ownership under
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Connie Hill FILE PHOTO
won their first national title over Dart-
mouth.
Even though he was known for his
accomplishments on the ice, Hill gradu-
ated in 1950 with a degree in journal-
ism. He later earned a Ph.D. in mass
communication from Iowa State before
serving as a professor at five major uni-
versities, including Rhode Island.
-By Kyle O'Neill

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CHICAGO (AP) - Michael Jordan
all but confirmed Monday he would
return to play in the NBA and said the
world will know for sure within 10
days.
In, a 30-minute conversation with
Associated Press columnist Jim Litke,
and reporters for the Chicago Sun-
Times and cnnsi.com, Jordan said the
news conference to announce his deci-
sion would be held in Washington,
D.C., by the middle of next week.
Asked whether he was definitely
coming back, Jordan smiled slyly. A
moment later, he looked up and said,
"I'm doing it for the love of the game.
Nothing else. For the love the game."
Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to
six championships, has worked out all
summer preparing for the expected
comeback with the Washington Wizards.
He is president of basketball operations

as Lions quarterback 6
PONTIAC (AP) - Ty Detmer will
replace Charlie Batch as starting
quarterback for the Detroit Lions,
who struggled offensively in an
oppning-game loss to Green Bay.
Detmer, obtained Sept. 2 from
Cleveland, will start Sunday when
the Lions play host to the Dallas
Cowboys. Batch was the starter for a
28-6 loss to the Packers in Green
Bay.
"I was unsatisfied with the level
that Charlie played at," coach Marty
Mornhinweg said yesterday.
Batch was 20-of-39 for 276 yards
and no touchdowns at Green Bay.
Darren Sharper intercepted two pass-
es, and Batch was sacked seven
times.

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