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Transfer Brinton shows
progress in the pocket


Tiger Woods rejoices after winning his
second consecutive Masters.
*repeats at
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Tiger
Woods' march toward Masters histo-
ry could not be stopped by the best
golfers in the world nor a tougher
Augusta National course.
Woods made short work of the
tournament's redesigned course yes-
terday, and had an even easier time
against a collection of
top-ranked players who s
scrambled for the side-
He became only the
third player to win back-
to-back Masters.
An early burst of birdies gave him
control, and Woods never let anyone
loser than two strokes the rest of
the way. He closed with a 2-under 70
to claim a three-stroke victory over
U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen.
Despite all the course changes, the
scene was familiar: Woods walking
up the 18th fairway in a victory
parade, tugging on his cap to
acknowledge the applause.
He finished at 276 and won a
green jacket for the'third time in
just five years. He became the first
player to repeat as Masters champi-
on since Nick Faldo did it in 1990.
Jack Nicklaus was the only other, in
1965-66, and Woods' victory put
him halfway to Nicklaus' mark of
See MASTERS, Page 813
The fight for second
Since Tiger Woods won the Mas-
ters (again), you probably didn't
pay attention to who finished sec-
ond, right? Never fear - here's
the leaderboard.
1. Tiger Woods -12y
2. Retief Goosen -9
3. Phil Mickelson -8
4. Jose Maria Olazabal -7
5. Ernie Els -6
Padraig Harrington
7. Vijay Singh -5
8. Sergio Garcia -4
9. Adam Scott -3
Angel Cabrera
Miguel Angel Jimenez

By J. Brady McCollough
Daily Sports Writer
When spring practice began just three weeks
ago, Michigan's quarterbacks had nowhere to go
but up.
The incumbent, junior John Navarre, struggled
at the end of last season, throwing nine intercep-
tions in his last five games. Meanwhile, sopho-
more Jermaine Gonzales is remembered mostly
for the snap that flew over his head in Michigan's
26-20 loss to Ohio State. And finally, when he was
inserted into the opener against Miami, junior
Spencer Brinton overthrew a screen pass - his
only attempt of the season.
"(The coaches) would say, 'You guys are horri-
ble right now,' " said Brinton of the beginning of
spring practice. "But we've gone from the ground
to a little bit of horrible. We just need to keep get-
ting better."
Brinton took the first step in that direction in
the annual spring game at Michigan Stadium on
Saturday. The junior transfer from San Diego
State, who was on a Mormon mission for two
years prior coming to Michigan, connected on 11-
of-18 passes for 126 yards and one touchdown
and got in a rhythm as the game progressed.
"You have 15 practices, and then it all comes
together, and the cobwebs start to get out," Brinton
said. "I'm starting to understand the offense and
what we're trying to do with the ball."
Round one
Given how inconsistent Michigan's quarter-
backing was last season, everyone in the
program had to be looking for signs of hope
from the spring game. The verdict? Mixed,
at best.

"He needed this winter and this spring to really
get his feet on the ground and learn the system,"
offensive coordinator Terry Malone said. "Two
years out of the country not touching a football -
that'll put some rust on you."
The highlight of Brinton's day came when he
dumped the ball to tailback B. J. Askew for a 31-
yard pickup - the longest gain of the day for a
sluggish Michigan offense. Later, after leading the
Wolverines into the red zone, he fired a pass to
tight end Bennie Joppru for the score.
"I'm starting to understand the mental part (of
being a quarterback)," Brinton said. "Before about
two months ago, I couldn't tell defenses from
defenses. I didn't have a clue what was going on.
I've been taught a lot from (new quarterbacks
coach Scot Loeffler about) understanding defens-
es and blitzes."
Loeffler was impressed with the lefthander, but
both he and Brinton. are not letting the quarter-
back's success Saturday overshadow the fact that
there is a lot he needs to improve upon before
Michigan opens the season against Washington.
"I made a lot of reads that I shouldn't have,"
Brinton said. "I broke a lot of progression rules. I
need to get those things out of my system."
Gonzales returned to quarterback after a stint at
wide receiver, played well in limited action Satur-
day. The sophomore hit on 8-of-10 tosses for 85
yards and two touchdowns. Gonzales said that
playing wide receiver helped him when he came
back to be a signal-caller.
"Knowing (how to run) routes and knowing
what to do in certain situations from the receivers
point of view really helped me out," Gonzales
While Brinton and Gonzales advanced to the
"little bit of horrible" stage of development,
Navarre stayed close to the "ground" for most of
Saturday's game. The junior was 6-of-18 for 63
yards on the day and was victimized by several
batted-down passes at the line of scrimmage.
"(The batted balls are) a combination of a lot of
things," Navarre said. "They're shorter routes, and

Michigan quarterback Spencer Brinton played well Saturday, completing 11-of-18 passes for 126
yards and one touchdown. The junior transfer is competing with John Navarre for the starting position.

the defensive line is tremendous."
Loeffler and Malone are planning to look at
tape to see if Navarre's low release point is what is
hampering him. But the bigger issue may be his
confidence after the bad ending to last season.
"(Navarre's) had a fresh start," Malone said.
"He's got a new coach and a new coordinator. He's
the incumbent. He needs to be confident, and we
need to make sure that he's confident."
Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr has deemed
his quarterback situation a "competition," not a

controversy. Brinton and Navarre are both trying
not to worry about anything except their own indi-
vidual performances.
"Before (my mission), I'd watch and see how
the other quarterbacks would play," Brinton said.
"(I would be like), 'Oh, he had a good pass' or 'he
did really bad,' and I'd let how (my competition)
played affect myself.
"(Getting the job) is going to depend on me -
how much time I put into it, taking what I learn in
the film room out to the field."

John Navarre
Jermaine Gonzales
Spencer Brinton

6-for-18, 63 yards
8-for-10, 85 yards
11-for-18, 126 yards

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Bellamy unsatisfied with last season, ready to take next spot in cycle'

By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Editor

Don't tell Ronald Bellamy that this year's
Michigan receiving corps lacks a go-to
guy. Unless you want to get burned.
"When an article in the student
newspaper claims that the receiving
core is weak just because Marquise
(Walker) is gone, that lights a
little fire inside you," Bellamy
The senior wideout, who's
coming off an admittedly dis-
appointing season, is primed
and ready to "take over" and
make up for Walker's grad-
"Last year was horrible
for me," said Bellamy, who
had just 14 catches for 252,
yards and two touchdowns last
season. "I couldn't get DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily,
healthy at all last year. Michigan receiver
"Now it's time for me Ron Beliamy

to step up, and I have to take
over. I'm going to do any-
thing to take over and help
Wthis team win."
Walker exploded last
season, racking up more
than is fair share of the
slack after David Ter-
rell went pro by
grabbing a career-
high 86 catches for
1,143 yards. Walker
also made the big
plays, whether it was
on offense or special
teams, and scored 11 of
Michigan's 19 receiving
This year, Bellamy says it's
his turn.
"It's a cycle," said Bellamy,
whose career numbers are 21
catches for 358 yards and four
touchdowns. "Marquise stepped
h up when Dave (Terrell) left, and

now I have to do it since Marquise is gone.
It's the cycle, and I'm ready for it."
Bellamy said he's bigger, stronger and
faster than he was last season, and ready to
flourish in a "receiver-friendly" offense
installed by new offensive coordinator Terry
Utilizing crossing routes - which are the
bread and butter of the new offensive
scheme - Bellamy led all Michigan receivers
Saturday at the spring game with four catches
for 54 yards.
"Ron Bellamy is going to be the leader of
our group because he's got the most experi-
ence," Michigan receivers coach Erik Camp-
bell said. "These guys have to do it by
committee, chip in together to carry the load."
Bellamy won't have to do it alone, since
Michigan's receiving group should have some
depth. This was evidenced by the performance
play of a few underclassmen.
Sophomore Braylon Edwards was quick,
elusive and hard to take down on Saturday,
catching two passes for 20 yards. Redshirt
freshman Tim Massaquoi used his 6-foot-4,

220 pound frame to add another dimension
to Michigan's offense on Saturday. He made
two catches, with his last one a 21-yard
touchdown pass from Jermaine Gonzales.
Massaquoi snagged a short pass over the
middle and then beat several members of the
Michigan secondary to the sideline and in
for the score.
"I was relieved to get (to the end zone),"
said a smiling Massaquoi. "It was my first
time being there, so I'll try and get back there
His redshirt year "helped me get stronger
and know the offense better, and just concen-
trate on catching the ball and getting adjusted
to the quarterbacks."
Along with other veterans such as Calvin
Bell - who was a not-so-close second to
Walker last season with 21 catches for 236
yards - and Tyrece Butler, the Wolverines
feel they have a solid and deep class.
"We got a good solid crew," Michigan quar-
terback John Navarre said. "We don't have a
superstar like we had in Marquise, but I think
they're all superstars in their own right."


Split decision: 'M' recovers
from offensive shutdowns

Blue unable to fend
off late Illinois charge

By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
For 11 innings yesterday, Michigan was won-
dering if it would ever start hitting Andrea Kirch-
berg. But then the combination of Melinda
Moulden and Lisa Mack came to the rescue.
The duo that drove in 12 runs total in two
games against Central Michigan on Wednesday
hit a pair of doubles in the fifth to start a rally
that would propel Michigan to a 4-0 win in the
nightcap of yesterday's doubleheader against
Wisconsin. The Wolverines fell 2-0 in the opener,
but swept Minnesota 11-1 and 5-3 on Friday and
Saturday, respectively, to go 3-1 on the weekend.
Michigan (8-2 Big Ten, 31-8 overall) went into
yesterday's doubleheader alone in first place in
the Big Ten after Iowa split a two-game series
with Ohio State. But after their split the Wolver-
ines stand tied for the conference lead with Iowa
- with Ohio State right behind them at 9-3.
"This was a big weekend," Michigan coach
Carol Hutchins said. "I told the kids we would
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With the nightcap scoreless, Moulden led off
the fifth with a double off the wall in center field
before Jessica Merchant bunted to move her to
third in hopes of justgetting Michigan on the
Mack hit a pop fly that. fell in the gap in right
center for a double to score Moulden. Then Mary
Conner, who came into the day batting .136,
bunted to Kirchberg, who threw the ball away
into right field, allowing Mack to score. The
Wolverines never looked back.
The rally in the fifth inning was the first time
Michigan had scored off Kirchberg after she had
thrown more than 150 pitches.
After Marissa Young (17-6) gave up a two-run
homer over the left-field fence to Kristin Zacher
in the third inning of the first game, the Wolver-
ines thought they would come back just like they
did against the Gophers on Saturday. But Kirch-
berg gave up just four hits and struck out five in
the opener. She had given up just two singles
through four innings in the nightcap before giv-
ing up the double to Moulden.
"T i 1i t them hit me" Virchherg gsaid "And

By Charles Paradis
Daily Sports Writer

Yogi Berra once said, "It ain't over
'til it's over."
Yesterday, the Michigan baseball
team learned how right the Hall of
Fame catcher was, when it fell to Illi-
nois 12-11. Just when it looked like
the Wolverines (6-6 Big Ten, 11-18
overall) were in control of the game,
everything came crashing down.
With a 10-5 lead over the Fighting
Illini (5-7, 18-9), Michigan gave up/
seven runs in the eighth inning. /
"We just didn't make some good
pitches, (we) put some guys on and
just didn't make the plays," interim
coach Chris Harrison said.
To start the bottom of the eighth,
Tim Leveque came in to relieve start-
ing pitcher Jeff Trzos. Leveque
walked the first batter he faced to
start the inning that would ultimately

After a bunt and then a successful
double play, Illinois had two outs and
a runner on third. The situation
looked grim for the trailing Illini, but
that's when the floodgates opened.
Illinois jumped all over Leveque. The
Illini tore him up to the tune of six
earned runs in a matter of minutes.
The five-run lead the Wolverines
enjoyed at the beginning of the inning
quickly changed into a one-run
This was enough for the Michigan
coaching staff, which sent in Chad
Garson to relieve the struggling Lev-
eque. Garson gave up one unearned
run before getting out of the inning.
But the damage was done, as the
Wolverines now trailed by two runs
heading into the top of the ninth.
With Brandon Jominy and Brock
Koman in scoring position and one
out in the top of the ninth, Mike
Sokol stepped in to pinch hit for right




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