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10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Freshman Olson earns first c

By Courtney Lewis
Daily Sports Writer
Look next to Reilly Olson's name on the stat
sheets for Michigan's games against Merrimack
last weekend, and you'll find a string of zeros. No
goals, no assists, not even a shot on net.
But the fact that his name appeared on the stat
sheets at all was enough to make it a huge weekend
for the redshirt freshman.
After watching last season HOCKEY
from the stands, unable to crack
the lineup, Olson finally earned Notebook
the Michigan coaching staff's
trust and played his first collegiate game Friday
night, filling in for an ill Andy Burnes.
Olson came to Michigan last year expecting to
compete for ice time with the rest of his highly-
touted class, but had trouble adjusting to college
hockey. Olson lost confidence and could never get
comfortable, but tried not to get too frustrated.
"Obviously it was pretty tough at times, waiting
so long, but I just had to keep believing in myself,"
he said. "I just came into this season with a new

game plan, I guess. I just decided to start all over,
and the coaches let me start all over, too."
With high-scoring freshman Danny Richmond
arriving on the blue line, it looked like Olson's new
start had come too late. The beginning of the 2002-
03 season found Olson in a familiar place - in the
stands, watching. So when Burnes came down with
mono, Olson was more than ready to step in.
Sophomore Eric Nystrom, who roomed with
Olson last year, was almost as happy as the young
blueliner.
"I was excited just sitting across the room and
looking at him put his jersey on," Nystrom said.
Olson said he was nervous before the game, and
he looked tentative on the. ice, but he played well
enough to earn a second start Saturday night.
Burnes is expected to miss at least two more
weeks, but coach Red Berenson hasn't decided
who the sixth defensman will be this weekend.
Olson will have to compete with David Wyz-
gowski to hang on to the open spot, and he
knows he has to concentrate on playing solidly in
his own zone.
"I have to make sure to keep the puck out of the

hance to play
net, not worry so much about offense," Olson said.
"If I do that, I'm sure offensively, some production
will come. My No. 1 goal is I just have to make
sure I'm always focused on defensive play."
ON THE MEND: Forward Jason Ryznar practiced
yesterday for the first time since separating his
shoulder October 12. Alternate captain John
Shouneyia, who has a fractured right wrist, isn't
ready to play yet, but Berenson said he is progress-
ing "really well." Shouneyia had the stitches
removed from his wrist yesterday afternoon.
HORSING AROUND: Ryznar had a new linemate
when he returned to practice. Freshman Andrev
Ebbett centered Ryznar and Jed Ortmeyer, replac-
ing Milan Gajic. Berenson said he is still searching
for the right line combinations and uses an eques-
trian metaphor to convey his objective to the
Wolverines.
"If one horse can pull 5,000 pounds, but twc
horses can pull 20,000 pounds, what's the best of
the two?" he said. "The message is, if the two work
together, they're much better than the sum of their
parts. I want to find the combinations that can be
more productive."

Reilly Olson saw his first action as a Wolverine last weekend.

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
at the University of Michigan presents
The Walter H. Annenberg Professorship in Education Policy
Inaugural Lecture
Resources, Instruction, and Research
by
David K. Cohen
Dr. Cohen, a nationally recognized expert on K-12 education reform, has been
named the first Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy at the
Ford School. He is also Professor of Education at the UM School of Education.
Tuesday
October 22, 2002
4:00 p.m.
Anderson Room in the Michigan Union
530 South State
Ann Arbor, MI
Reception following the lecture.
Additional information on the Ford School website:
http://www.fordschool.umich.edu or by calling 734-764-8593 or emailing
sppalum@umich.edu

Showdown at the Horseshoe

By Sharad Mattu
Daily Sports Writer

For Ohio State to keep pace with the
winner of the Michigan-Iowa game, it
will have to beat a balanced Penn State
offense. Meanwhile, the six Big Ten
teams with sub .500 records in confer-
ence games will battle it out in a race for
the Motor City Bowl berth.
No. 18 PENN STATE AT No. 4 OHIO
STATE, SATURDAY 3:30 P.M., ABC: Ohio
State has the Fiesta
Bowl in its sights;
and the schedule in AROUND
its favor. Ohio State TheB Ten
is looking ahead, but
Penn State is look-
ing back at overtime losses to Iowa and
Michigan and wonder "what if?"
Penn State's offense is loaded with
talent. Running back Larry Johnson is
rushing for 125 yards a game, and quar-
terback Zach Mills is averaging 240
passing yards per contest.
Ohio State's offense revolves around
freshman sensation Maurice Clarett. He
is averaging 140 rushing yards and is
creeping into Heisman contention.
When forced to pass the ball, the
Mills to Johnson connection is reliable.
Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel,
though very efficient so far, will not be
able to carry the offense, and Penn State
will pull off the upset.
Penn State 30, Ohio State 27.
WISCONSIN AT MICHIGAN STATE, SATuR-
DAY 7:05 P.M., ESPN2: Wisconsin
entered its Big Ten schedule 5-0 but
untested. Three consecutive losses later,
the Badgers need a win, and Michigan
State will give them an excellent chance.

The Spartans are coming off an embar-
rassing 28-7 home loss to Minnesota.
When the Spartans have the ball,
expect them to pass to standout wide
receiver Charles Rogers, who has been
kept out of the end zone two straight
games, and the Spartans need their star
to break out. Rogers ratio, perhaps?
Wisconsin running back Anthony
Davis was effective last week against
Ohio State with 144 yards on 25 carries,
and Wisconsin will rely on him again
this week. Wisconsin's ball control,
rushing attack and Spartan turnovers
will sway the game Wisconsin's way.
Wisconsin 30, Michigan State 17
PURDUE AT NORTHWESTERN, SATURDAY
Noow: Purdue will likely start freshman
Brandon Kirsch at quarterback after
Kyle Orton's poor showing off the bench
last week. Expect running back Joey
Harris to have a career day against the
Wildcats, who have allowed an average
of 350 yards rushing through four Big
Ten games. Purdue will score easily
against the cellar dwellers, who have
allowed 160 points in conference action.
Purdue 38, Northwestern 20
INDIANA AT IwNOIS, SATURDAY 2 P.M.:
Surprisingly, quarterback Gibran Ham-
dan of Indiana is leading the Big Ten in
passing yards. But his team is just 3-4
and he has 10 interceptions to go with
his eight touchdown passes.
Leading Illinois' offense will be
Dustin Ward, whom coach Ron Turner
chose over the more talented Jon Beut-
jer. Ward and running back Antoineo
Harris will lead a balanced attack, while
Indiana's reliance on the passing game
will cost them the game.
Illinois 27, Indiana 24

BCS Standings
Team Total
1. Oklahoma 3.92
2. Miami (Fla.) 6.41
3. Notre Dame 7.07
4. Virginia Tech 8.63
5. Georgia 8.69,
6. Ohio State 8.89
7. Washington State 19.44
8. Michigan 19.83
9. Louisiana State 20.71
10. Texas 21.37
11. North Carolina State 22.52
12. Florida State 26.79
13. Iowa 29.09
14. Southern Cal. 31.16
15. Oregon 35.02
PHILLIPS
Continued from Page 9
solid foundation for the Buckeyes
with a win over Michigan last sea-
son, and has followed it up with a
sterling season thus far.
Similarly, Notre Dame coach
Tyrone Willingham keeps winning
after squeezing by Michigan this
season, and all of it is done with the
same players that former coach Bob
Davie went 5-6 with last season.
Neither Notre Dame nor Ohio
State has the most talent in the
nation, but find themselves near the
top of the polls due to good coach-
ing. By the same token Michigan
State - which has arguably just as
much talent as Notre Dame and
Ohio State - finds itself at the bot-
tom of the Big Ten due to poor
coaching.
And when Michigan State Athlet-
ic Director Ron Mason finally real-
izes this, Williams may find himself
out of a job.
Jeff Phillips can be reached at
jpphilli@umich.edu.

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