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September 24, 2002




Baby Askew
is inspiration
for fullback
By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Editor
Last winter, a selfish B.J. Askew dreaded returning
to fullback. But the senior said one tiny person in par-
ticular helped him become more selfless and accept the
new position gracefully.
Askew's 1-year old son, B.J. Askew, Jr., gives the
Cincinnati native all the motivation he could ever ask
for. Askew said spending time
with the "apple of his eye" after FOOTBALL
football practices made him real- Notebook
ize that he wants to give "Junior"
a better childhood than he had.
"It changed my life," Askew said. "It makes you
more responsible and I just want to give him even more
opportunities than I've had in my life - so he won't
have to worry about what kind of car he drives or
house he lives in"
Askew remembers his father tirelessly working long
hours and weekends at General Motors to make sure
his three brothers and one sister could live somewhat
comfortably during their childhood. Askew knew that
moving to fullback was the best chance for him to
make it in the NFL, and create the desired type of
lifestyle for his son. After all, former Wolverine Leroy
Hoard did it, and by making himself more versatile,;
Askew feels he can catch NFL scouts' eyes.
"I'm not just playing for myself or my team now,"
Askew said. "I'm playing for my son, and that drives
me every day."
And every day, Askew goes from practice to take
care of his son while Junior's mother takes night class-
es. It may be a hectic lifestyle, but that's nothing new to
Askew - who rarely gets breaks on the football field.
Askew led the team in rushing with 932 yards on the
ground as Michigan's primary tailback last season.
And Askew ranks second among the Wolverines in
rushing yards (112) and receptions (16) this season.
Askew also often finds himself trash talking with line-


'Gulo gulo'granted to

Michigan senior fullback B.J. Askew made the transition from tailback this summer. He put on 12 pounds and
hopes to impress NFL scouts. Last season Askew was Michigan's leading rusher with 932 yards.

backers while lead blocking for starting tailback Chris
Perry and pass-protecting for quarterback John
Navarre. And he said he's never lost a battle yet.
"Until I do, whoever I block will hear about it,"
Askew said.
But Askew knew he had to bulk up this past offsea-
son to adjust to fullback. He hit the weightroom. and
made plenty of visits to Subway to help gain about 12
pounds to raise his game weight to 238.
"For those people who do the 'Subway Diet' and
lose weight, I don't know how they do it," Askew said.
If Askew's eating habits don't make him stick out,
his light blue jumpsuits do. Askew sported an afro
most of last season, and said he gets razzed sometimes
by teammates for his "unique" outfits.
Offensive lineman "Dave Petruziello came up to me
the other day and asked if he could borrow my blue
pants - because he said he wanted to go to a 'pimp

and ho store,"' Askew said.
MUM'S THE WORD: Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said
he doesn't expect that defensive lineman Shantee Orr
will play Saturday. Orr suffered an undisclosed injury
to his right knee in the first half of last Saturday's win
over Utah, and Carr said after the game that Orr may
be out for "a while." Orr has been seen on campus
using crutches to walk around.
"We expect him back at some point," Carr said.
As for cornerback Markus Curry, the other Wolver-
ine missing in action for most of Saturday's game, Carr
didn't discuss his benching, other than to say, "Compe-
tition is wonderful."
CURRY HONORED: Markus' brother, Julius, earned Big
Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his
impressive performance on Saturday. Curry, a fifth-
year senior, tied a school record with eight punt returns
for 105 yards, while also grabbing two interceptions.

ou may or may not know that
the University of Michigan
does not enjoy sole ownership
of the Wolverine nickname. We share
it with Morris Brown College in
Atlanta, Grove City College in Grove
City, Penn., Utah Valley State College
in Oren, Utah and Wesley College in
Dover, Del. It troubles me that a
school as unique as ours, with a histo-
ry of trend-setting (especially in ath-
letics) would allow itself to be
duplicated by various imposters, each
of which we would absolutely demol-
ish in field hockey.
The wolverine, as many Michigan
sports fans know, doesn't so much live
in Michigan as in Alaska. According the
Michigan State Geography Department,
the last known sighting of the animal
was shortly after the Civil War. It's rep-
utation is that of a gluttonous and fero-
cious animal, with little redeeming
qualities about it - it is not without
irony that Chris Webber is among the
most famous of all Wolverines. The
native Americans who lived in Michi-
gan attached the nickname to the white
men who took their land because it was
the worst thing they could think to call
Another hypothesis put forth by the
Geography Department is that the nick-
name was attached to Michiganders by
the Buckeyes of Ohio during the Toledo
War of 1835, when Michigan - violent
and bloodthirsty - lay claim to the
Toledo Strip, a disputed territory on the
Michigan-Ohio boarder.


rove City
Regardless of the connotations asso-
ciated with the scientificly named Gulo
gulo (gulo is Latin for glutton), the last
wolverine in Michigan (stuffed, of
course, since the 1860s) apparently
resides in Traverse City with dentist
Gary Kaberle. Dr. Kaberle was unavail-
able for comment, and his receptionist
was not at all helpful. Dentists - who
needs them? Just sadists with newer
With such a rich and treasured histo-
ry as the wolverine has in the state of
Michigan, it is small wonder why the
school would want to adopt this nasty
creature as its nickname. But Morris
Brown? Grove City? What are they
thinking? As little sense as it makes for
Michigan to be the Wolverines, it
makes less sense for these other
schools. Beyond that, though, their
logos put ours to shame. Indeed, the
Michigan logo does not even display
anything remotely wolverinish, whereas
the other schools have made great
strides in Wolverine logoing.
Those logos are displayed below. My
personal favorite, as I imagine yours
will be, is Utah Valley State. Notice the
stout nose, teeth, fur and scowl. Very
wolverinish. Grove City, despite the
headline's alliteration, comes in second.
The blood and the GCC beanie earn it
major points. Michigan- home of the
original gluttons - comes in dead last.


Wdcats give Spartans chance to rebound

David Horn can be reached at

By Brad Johnson
For the Daily
After three weeks of way too many
lopsided nonconference drubbings, it's
time to let the real
battle begin. AROUND THE
1:05 P.M.:
Between getting dismantled at home by
California two weeks ago and losing
Saturday to Notre Dame, the Spartans
have to be angry. The Irish squeaked by
them last week, 21-17, on the strength
of backup quarterback Pat Dillingham's
late fourth-quarter touchdown pass to
wide receiver Arnaz Battle.
This Saturday the Spartans will have
a golden opportunity to get back on the
winning track when the Wildcats travel
to East Lansing. The Wildcats of yester-
year are long gone, with former talents
like running back Damien Anderson
and quarterback Zac Kustok quickly

becoming distant memories in
Evanston. They have been replaced by a
team that barely got by Duke and Navy
earlier in the season and tends to wander
aimlessly around the field each Saturday
looking confused as to why it is wearing
purple. The Spartans will use this
opportunity to take out some of their
aggression from the past two weeks, and
will make the Wildcats look just plain
silly. Fortunately, this game is not on tel-
evision, because it's going to be uglier
than a Philip Brabbs field goal attempt.
Michigan State 41, Northwestern 3
ESPN-Pius: Last week, the Buckeyes
barely got past inferior Cincinnati by a
23-19 score. Of course, this close call
came without the aid of Ohio State's star
running back Maurice Clarett, who was
on the sidelines recovering from arthro-
scopic knee surgery. If Clarett had
played Saturday, the Buckeyes would
have put up 23 points in the first

quarter. Clarett should return this week
for the Buckeyes' Big Ten opener
against Indiana. The Hoosiers will come
to Columbus with little optimism under
new coach Gerry DiNardo, since their
two wins have come against the vaunted
football powerhouses of William &
Mary and Central Michigan. Clarett will
run wild in his return, and will lead the
Buckeyes to victory on Saturday.
Ohio State 34, Indiana 7
IowA AT No. 12 PENN STATE, 12:05
P.M., ESPN: After Ohio State's struggle
with Cincinnati last week, Penn State is
starting to look like one of the dominant
teams in the conference this year. The
Nittany Lions picked apart then-No. 8
Nebraska two weeks ago and got an
easy win over Louisiana Tech last week.
Iowa comes into this game at 3-1 with
its only loss coming against a decent
Iowa State squad. But Penn State is not
Iowa State. The Hawkeyes will have a
tough time getting past the solid Nittany

Lion defense. Look for Penn State to get
off the blocks in the Big Ten with a rela-
tively easy win against Iowa.
Penn State 28, Iowa 14
(ESPN2): Out of all the games in the
Big Ten this week, this contest has the
potential to be the closest. Minnesota
rolls into West Lafayette with a perfect
4-0 record after taking care of perennial
MAC doormat Buffalo last week. Pur-
due is stumbling into this game after a
bizarre home loss to Wake Forest on
Saturday. For the record, Winston-
Salem, N.C. (where Wake is located) is
home to Krispy Kreme donuts, not to
schools that have any business beating
Big Ten teams at home. Dangerous and
much-improved Minnesota quarterback
Asad Abdul-Khaliq will lead the Golden
Gophers to victory in their first big chal-
lenge of the year, spoiling Purdue's
homecoming festivities as a result.
Minnesota 21, Purdue 17
Ex-rowers win gold
with U.S. national team
Three former members of the
Michigan rowing team powered the
U.S. national- team's top boat to the
FISA World Rowing Championhip
Sunday in Seville, Spain. Kate John-
son, Kate MacKenzie and Bernadette
Marten were members of the United
States' eight, which clocked 6:04.25
and beat out Australia by .85 seconds
for the gold medal.
The American team's last medal in
this event was a silver in 1999, and
the U.S. hadn't taken gold since 1995.
-From StaffReports

The imposters?
The following schools present some stiff competition to Michigan for the title of "best
Wolverine logo in college sports." Congrats to champion Utah Valley State.
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