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APRIL 11, 2002


Carr keeping quiet on new gameplan

By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Editor
The annual Michigan spring football game is just
two days away, and fans are anxious to see what new
offensive coordinator Terry Malone has in store for the
upcoming season.
With his team plagued by inop-
portune turnovers at the end of last FOOTBALL
season, Michigan coach Lloyd Notebook
Carr made clear what he is look-
ing forin this season's offense.
"We want an offense where the people getting the
football take care of it. And I want to score points -
that is up to Malone," Carr said. "What gets you beat
is when you get people the ball who can't do anything
with it or don't take care of it."
Last season, Michigan lost 11 fumbles and threw 14
interceptions as a team. Turnovers (two interceptions,
one fumble) played a key role in the Wolverines' 45-
17 blowout loss to Tennessee in the 2002 Citrus Bowl.
Malone, last season's offensive line coach, was
named the successor to former offensive coordinator
Stan Parrish, who resigned on Feb. 7 due to personal
Garson' s rellef
sparks Blue'S
comeback wi
By Dan Rosen
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan left-hander Chad Garson couldn't have
imagined a worse situation
coming out of the bullpen:
Down 3-0, no outs and the C. MICHIGAN 7
bases loaded with Chippe- MICHIGAN 9
was. But this was the situ-_
ation that the sophomore
had to face in the top of the third inning of the
Wolverines' 9-7 victory over Central Michigan yes-
terday. Michigan pitching coach Steve Merrimen was
waiting on the mound to greet Garson when he got
"He gave me the ball, and he said 'It's your job,
here we go. We've got no outs, bases loaded. Get out
of this,' " Garson said.
The left-hander responded. He gave up a walk to
the first hitter he faced to score a run but forced the
next three hitters to make outs. The Wolverines
returned to the dugout down 5-0, but catcher Alex
Coleman knew that without Garson's effort, the score
could have been a lot worse.
"He did a real good job in there throwing strikes
and getting people out," Coleman said. "It was a
tough situation for him to come into. He just did a
fabulous job."
Michigan interim coach Chris Harrison used the
momentum from Garson's relief appearance to get
the team back in the game.
"We brought the guys in after that inning and just
said, 'We've got to start playing ball the way we can,

reasons. Malone has coached Michigan's offensive line
since 1997 - the year in which the Wolverines won
the national title - and will continue his offensive line
position in addition to being offensive coordinator.
Carr is putting his trust in Malone and his assistants
and is quite confident that they will get the job done.
"They have the ability to call the plays and run the
offense;' Carr said. Malone "is installing his offense
the things he believes in. I hired him because I
think he is an extremely bright-guy. I think he's a great
football coach. Just (as) in all leadership roles, the
proof will be in what happens."
But fans shouldn't expect to see anything too inno-
vative or spectacular from the Michigan offense this
"We are going to cut down on what we do because
we don't want to show everything that we worked on,"
Carr said.
In addition to not showing the full extent of the
offense, as an extra precaution, Carr will not allow the
spring game to be videotaped.
"If you are installing a new offense, the last thing
you want to do.is talk about or show all of the things
that you are doing," Carr said. "You have a game to

play. It's not that you don't want anybody to know any-
thing, but it is a competitive arena out there."
WELCOME TO THE SPOTLIGHT: This season's spring
game will feature numerous debuts from the highly-
touted 2001 recruiting class. Among the most antici-
pated first appearances are from running back Kelly
Baraka and safety Ernest Shazor.
Both players were redshirted last season, like much
of their recruiting class. CornerbackeMarlin Jackson
was the only true freshman to see significant playing
time for the Wolverines in 2001.
Baraka twisted his ankle at the beginning of the
spring practice session and has not participated in
many contact drills.
Baraka "is going to get a lot of opportunities these
last two days," Carr said. "He gives us a dimension
from a speed standpoint that should help us."
The 6-foot-4 Shazor has seen time at wide receiver
during spring practices and is a big target for the two-
minute offense. With Jermaine Gonzales' return to
quarterback from wide receiver, Shazor may see some
time catching passes during the season. But Shazor
will remain primarily a defensive player who will not
see extended time on offense.


Gotfredson should be
remembered for class

Mike Gotfredson is not flashy.
He's far from human-high-
light reel material when it
comes to his play on the basketball
court. And he's not coming back for his
"third" senior season for the Wolver-
ines - no matter how much coach
Tommy Amaker may want him to.
Fans could remember Gotfredson for
his incessant slapping of the floor on
defense to pump his team up, his insis-
tent yelling of "ball, ball, ball" when
guarding an opponent and for shooting
just one shot from two-point range.
He's also known for winning three
straight Steve Grote Hustle Awards,
participating in two senior nights, and
giving two fairwell speeches at season-
ending banquets.
But Gotfredson should also be
remembered for being one of the hard-
est working and most mature athletes
on Michigan's storied athletic campus. '
And while Chris Young will be
remembered as the MVP, some of the
other unheralded seniors such as Herb
Gibson and Ron Garber will be missed
- while Rotolu Adebeyi will be wel-
comed back. And for good reason.
Apart from Young, these seniors will
not necessarily be missed for their play
on the floor, but for being class acts in
a program that needs all the positive
stories it can find.
While Michigan quarterback John
Navarre gets criticized for playing
poorly, Gotfredson gets criticized for
just playing. The Calvin College trans-
fer, turned Michigan's practice squad

member, turned starting point guard,
started 20 of 29 games in one of the
most scrutinized positions at Michigan.
No matter how much criticism he
took from the media for his lack of tal-
ent, and no matter how many jeers that
came his way, Gotfredson gave his
usual unassuming, warm smile and
laughed it off. He still keeps an
unyielding positive attitude when
speaking about his tumultuous years at
As one of the lone guys from Grosse
Point with a blue-collar mentality, he's
very appreciative of what has been
given to him.
And he knows how bad life can be.
He remembers vividly a summer
when he played guard for Athletes in
Action and savior for disease-ridded
people in Cote d'Ivoire. Along with
other athletes, he visited an AIDS-rav-
aged city, and his experiences there
humbled him even more. Citizens of
Cote d'Ivoire don't have the basic
necessities of life and are suffering
through an incurable illness. Many
don't have enough clothes to cover
That's where Gotfredson came in,
volunteering everything that he had.
He's the polite, give-his shirt-off-his-
back type of guy that will shake your
hand after reading the negative article
you wrote the day before. And when
you ask him why he insists on swinging
the ball to a less-open teammate instead
of shooting it, he gives a straight up
See SMITH, Page 13A

Michigan southpaw Chad Garson entered yesterday's game with his team down 3-0 and the bases juiced with
nobody out. But he responded, getting Michigan out of the inning down just 5-0 - still within striking distance.

and we can turn this game around,"' Harrison said.
Harrison knew his team had a chance to make a
run, but he did not expect the turnaround to happen
as quickly as it did.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Wolverines
rallied from five runs down to tie the game at 5-5.
The first four Michigan batters got hits, and after a
Brock Koman double to deep center field and an
RBI ground-out by right fielder Gino Lollio, the
Wolverines had cut the lead to just one run at 5-4.
Even when there were two outs, the Wolverines
refused to give up on the inning. First baseman Nate
Wright doubled to the gap in left-center field to put the
tying run in scoring position. Michigan catcher Alex
Coleman, who admitted he had been struggling at the
plate before yesterday, immediately followed Wright

with a clutch two-out RBI single to tie the game.
"I just got a pitch up, and it was a good one to hit
- right down the middle," Coleman said. "I was for-
tunate to get in there and get after it."
The Michigan bats remained hot in the bottom of
the fourth inning. The Wolverines tallied two more
runs to establish a 7-5 lead that they never relin-
Harrison always maintained confidence in his
team's ability to come back, and that attitude seemed
contagious on the Wolverines bench.
"The thing I've noticed this year is that nobody
really loses touch," Garson said. "After the first
three innings or so, we're still in the game. If we're
down five runs, guys are up cheering - nobody's
sitting down."

Pitching duo slams the door on Chippewas


Mack and Moulden each just one RBI short of tying school record

By Kyle O'Neill
Daily Sports Writer
time Michigan pitcher Nicole Motycka
gave up three runs in one inning she
was pulled in favor of Marissa Young.
against Cen-
tral Michi- MICHIGAN 8
gan, Motycka C. MICHIGAN 0
allowed three
runs in the
bottom of the MICHIGAN 7
fourth inning, _ C. MICHIGAN 3
but this time -
she stayed in
the game and held the Chippewas (7-1
Mid American Conference, 19-13
overall) scoreless for the rest of the
game to give the No. 12 Wolverines (5-
1 Big Ten, 29-7) a two-game sweep

over their MAC foe - 8-0, 7-3.
Motycka took a three-run lead into
the fourth inning, but after four singles
- including one that was misplayed by
right fielder Michelle Teschler - and
two errors the Chippewas tied the
game at three. Instead of getting upset,
the infielders and catcher Lisa Mack
gathered around Motycka at the
mound. Everyone left the impromptu
meeting with a smile and Central
Michigan couldn't put another run on
the board for the rest of the game.
"Nicole (was) pitching well, and a
couple of errors there just kind of
broke her back," Michigan coach Carol
Hutchins said. "She's doing her part,
and that's all I ever ask of her. We have
to do our part, the team has to score
runs. So we gave up some that we
probably shouldn't have with bad
defense, but we came back with our

offense. The key is that Nicole's ready
to go."
After Motycka retired the final bat-
ter of the fourth inning, Michigan
responded. The Wolverines put three of
their first four batters of the fifth
inning on base for junior Melinda
Moulden, who cleared them with a
240-foot grand slam to center field.
In the final three innings, Motycka
(13-2) allowed just two hits and struck
out five batters to get the win.
The first game had a dominant
Michigan pitching performance as
well, with Young going the full seven
innings and giving up just one hit while
mowing down 14 batters in the
Seven Wolverines reached base in
the first inning of yesterday's opener
- four scored - and the Maize and
Blue never looked back. Young even

of seven in one game e E MONTH!
helped her own cause with two RBIs in
that first inning. Only Mack had more
RBIs in the game than young. She fin-PH FY U
ished with six, thanks to a grand slamY U
in the seventh inning and a two-runL ES R 3WG
double in the first.
"Any time you can score runs, get Cro Street N
'em;' Hutchins said. "That's the key - W±E
to be ahead at the end of the game. So / ] Pe.ASteet__
we take them regardless of what inning d
we get them. First inning, last inning I
we need to get runs." .Mene

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