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6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - April 7, 2003

WATER POLO
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need to be and where we expect to be,"
he said.
The Wolverines opened the week-
end against No. 7 Loyola Marymount,
a team they lost to earlier this year in
February. In this case, history repeated
itself, and Michigan went down 11-2,
despite goalkeeper Betsey Arm-
strong's 13 saves.
The next two games went much
better for the Wolverines. Against the
Sun Devils, six different Michigan
players scored en route to a 7-5 win.
Jo Antonsen, in just her second game
back since she was injured in Febru-
ary, scored two goals.
"It was just fortunate for Jo, after
playing in just her second game back
after being out for a month, to get
her touch back," Anderson said.
"We're getting our players back, and
that's what we want to do. We have to
get healthy."
Senior Abbi Rowe also eased back
into play this weekend for the first
time in weeks.
"It feels great to be back," Rowe
said yesterday. "After just a couple
minutes in the water, I felt right at
home."
Although Antonsen and Rowe
made successful returns to competi-
tion this weekend, Michigan still was-
n't completely healthy. Sophomore
Erin Brown and junior Stephanie
Rupp both sat out because of a flu
bug that Anderson said has been
afflicting the coaching staff and the
team for the past week.
Still, the Wolverines held together
well enough to pick up the impres-
sive win yesterday. The last time
they faced San Jose State was in
January, when the Spartans claimed
an 8-3 victory at Canham Natatori-
um. This time Michigan came out on
top, 6-4, supported by strong play all
around.
Armstrong once again led the
defense, saving two crucial four-meter
shots and bringing her record on
penalty shots for the weekend to three

FOOTBALL
Continued from Page 1B
"What I like about Baas is he's better
today than he was nine practices ago,"
Carr said. "He's a great athlete when he
pulls. He's not just a guy who can
knock you off the ball in front of you.
He's so agile that he gets up into the
seams and finds a linebacker."
Carr's main concern with the line in
spring practice has been developing
more depth to back up his proven per-
formers. Senior Courtney Morgan, who
alternated with Stenavich at left tackle
last season, is currently working at
guard. Junior Andy Christophel and
redshirt freshman Mark Bihl are push-
ing for time at center. Senior Deme-
terius Solomon and redshirt freshman

Rueben Riley are also in the mix for a
backup role.
Is THE SAFETY ON?: While Michigan
fans have been anxiously waiting for
redshirt sophomore Ernest Shazor to
earn a starting spot at safety, Carr said
there is no guarantee that the waiting
will end when Michigan opens its sea-
son Aug. 30 against Central Michigan.
"Ernest is involved in a real battle at
that position," Carr said. "I think it's
very tight. We'll have to see how we
finish there."
Shazor, ranked as the No. I safety
coming out of high school by numerous
recruiting magazines, is competing
with senior Jon Shaw, sophomore Jacob
Stewart and redshirt freshman Willis
Barringer.
Barringer, who switched from cor-

nerback in the fall, has "made a move"
at safety thus far in spring practice:
"He's had a great spring for a young
freshman," Carr said. "I'm very pleased
with where he is."
Shazor and Shaw have the most
experience at safety, as both filled in
well last season during injuries to Julius
Curry and Cato June. Of course, the
Wolverines have two of the top safety
recruits in the country, Ryan Mundy
and Prescott Burgess, joining the group
in the fall. But will they make a push
for playing time with such limited
experience?
"I can't answer that," Carr said.
"Physically, there are a lot of guys who
are capable of competing. It comes
down to how quickly they can grasp
what we're doing. We'll find out."

SPRINGING FORWARD
The Michigan football team has just one more week of spring practice left before its annual spring game,
which will be played April 12 at 11:30 a.m. in the Big House. Here's the position-by-position breakdown
at this point in spring drills, except for offensive line and safety.
Quarterback: Michigan coach Lloyd Carr says John Navarre "has everythin it takes," and Navarre showed it last season in the
Wolverines' 38-30 win over Florida in the Outback Bowl. Senior transfer S ncer Brinton and redshirt freshman Matt Gutierrez are
in a duel for the spot at No. 2. If Carr follows past precedent, Gutierrez willbe the backup, as he will need snaps to prepare for the
2004 campaign as the probable starter.

SETH LOWER/Daily
Michigan's Sheetal Narsal steps it up as the competition gets tougher. She
helped the Wolverines steal two games in Arizona this weekend.

saved out of five shots taken. Earlier
in the weekend, Armstrong set a
Michigan record by notching her
500th career save against Loyola
Marymount.
"We expect a lot from Betsey and she
always backs it up," Rowe said, adding
that Sheetal Narsai's scoring and Julie
Nisbet's ability to draw three four-meter
penalties also impressed her.
Anderson also praised Armstrong
and Narsai.
"With Betsey, it feels like we have
the advantage on the-four-meter shot,"
he said. "And it seems like the tougher
opponent we play, the more goals
Sheetal scores."
Narsai scored three goals, all of them
on four-meter penalty shots. Sopho-
more Casey Kerney added a pair, and
Nisbet also scored to bring the final
tally to six. San Jose State couldn't cap-
italize on its two penalty shots.
"I think (this weekend) was a great

accomplishment," Rowe said. "We
played well together, and we really
proved that we can stick it out."
Anderson said that this tournament
was a great way to get ready for next
weekend's Southern Division Champi-
onships, in which the Wolverines will
be the top seed.
"I wanted them to bang heads with
three extremely tough teams so we
don't get blind-sided next weekend,"
he said. "We need to get refocused,
and in order to get where we want to
be, I felt we needed to play teams
that are arguably better than us to
show us that we have to wake up if
we want to defend our Eastern title."
The Wolverines head into the
Southern Division Championship
with a perfect conference record. The
top six finishers move on to the East-
ern Championship at the end of April,
where they will have a chance to get a
bid to the NCAA Final Four.

Backfield: Senior Chris Perry loves to make plays, and he should have plen of
o portunities to do that next season as the tone proven returnee in the backfield.
Ferry's 1000-yard effort last season showed that he has the stuff to handle the
bulk of the carries this season and stay healthy. David Underwood is the fron-
trunner at the No. 2 spot, as he has worked his way into Car's favor this spring.
Junior Tim Bracken and redshirt freshmen Pierte Rembert and Ali1 ah Bradley
are also in the running for No. 2. With sophomore fullback Sean Sanderson
out of spring practice due to academic reasons, redshirt freshman Brian
Thompson _-recruited as a linebacker -has made a move at fullback. Carr
is also excited about the improved blocking he has seen from junior full-
back Kevin Dudley.
Wide receiver/ight end: While junior Brayton Edwards has h
received the /. 1 jersey, Carr is so impressed by sophomore
Jason Avant that he won't even distinguish between the two r'
as the No.1 or No.2 receiver on the depth chart. Cart praised
the ability of redshirt freshman Carl Tabb, saying he has
caught "every ball" thrown his way this spring. Seniors Tyrece
Butler and Calvin Bell are having solid springs, and junior Jer-
maine Gonzales a former quarterback, is improving. Redshirt
freshman Steve reaston has been hobbled with a hamstring
injury for most of spring practice. Sophomore tight end Tim
Massaquoi has been recovering from a hernia surgery that kept
him out of winter conditioning. While Massaquoi is still the .~
projected starter, converted quarterback Andy Mignery has
earned Carr's praise for his hard work.
Defensive line: This is a unit that has the potential to shine
next season. At defensive end, the athleticism of seniors Alain
Kashama and LacStevens should prevail, but sophomore Alex
Ofili is waiting for his chance to make an impact. Carr has played
with the idea of moving tackle Pat Massey back to the outside. On
the inside, seniors Grant Bowman and Norman Heuer - who is sitting
out spring practice with an inju - have the experience to hold off
youngsters Larry Harrison and abe Watson, but expect the two
mammoth tackles to make their presence felt.
Linebackers: Without starters Zach Kaufman and Carl Diggs, both
out recovering from serious knee injuries linebacker has been a
paramount concern for Carr in spring bail. Roy Manning and
Lawrence Reid have come back strong from season-ending knee
injuries to put themselves in a position to play. Sophomore Joey
Sarantos and redshirt freshman David Harris are also pushing for
time, as Carr has been pleasantly su rised with Harris. Sophomore
Pierre Woods is the frontrunner to fill the shoes of the departed Victor Hob-
son at the SAM linebacker position.
Cornerbacks: The combination of Marlin Jackson, Jeremy LeSueur and Markus
Curry makes the Michigan secondary as dependable as it has been in years. Carr
said that he has been impressed with new defensive backs coach Ron English, but
English certainly has a lot to work with.

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Special teams: There was nothing special about Michigan's kicking game last season,
but the addition of recruit GarrettRivas the top place-kicker in the country, things
should be better next season. Dependable punter Adam Finley is back to handle the
unting duties and showed he could kick field goals if necessary. Because of the weather,
Carr has not been able to judge his returners as well as he would like.
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