October 24, 2002
PO R T Sirhign tilS
Potential not the
problem for Avant
By J. Brady McCollough
Daily Sports Writer
Jason Avant is just patiently waiting
for his turn.
The true freshman wide receiver has
logged significant playing time on spe-
cial teams this season, but when it
comes to making
big plays and FOOTBALL
catching the foot-
ball - something Notebook .
he did with regular-
ity at Chicago's Carver Military Acade-
my - things haven't gone his way.
Despite lining up a few times each
game with the first-string offense, Avant
has fewer receptions than kicker Philip
"He's got a great attitude, and he
understands that he's playing behind a.
senior (Ron Bellamy)," said Willie
Simpson, Avant's coach at Carver.
There's no question that Avant,
who runs a 4.4 40-yard dash and has
a 39-inch vertical leap, has the poten-
tial to make a quick impact for the
"He's a potential Heisman Trophy
winner," said Simpson, who still talks to
Avant often. "Wait till he and (sopho-
more Braylon) Edwards get together
next year. Oh my goodness. It's just a
matter of when they're going to him. He
makes everything look easy."
The thing that the 6-foot-1, 206-
pounder has done easily at Michigan is
put defenders on their backs. He has
been compared to former Dallas Cow-
boys' wide receiver Michael Irvin for
his blocking ability and toughness.
The Michigan coaches are using
Avant in run-blocking situations with
the first unit, and against Purdue, an
Avant block on the corner spurred Chris
Perry for an eight-yard gain.
"Avant is as tough and competitive of
a kid as we have," offensive coordinator
Terry Malone said. "As a true freshman,
it's amazing what he does."
"I've never seen a receiver as strong
as he is, blocking down field like him,"
Simpson said. "I haven't seen freshmen
around the country block like that."
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said that
Avant has been "a little banged up" the
past two weeks. The former high
school basketball star "made one of the
great catches you will ever see on a
day when we were not in full pads (at
practice)," Carr said. Avant extended
himself for the catch, but when he
Michigan fullback B.J. Askew has taken over the backup tailback role for the
Wolverines, allowing freshman Sean Sanderson to see more time at fullback.
came down, he landed awkwardly.
"It wasn't enough to keep him out,"
Carr said. "I can see him playing more
as we get into this. He has a great
"When they give him a chance, he's
going to show what he can do," Simpson
said. "Sometimes, you just have to do
what the coaches tell you."
SOFT SAND: While Perry has been bat-
tling an ankle injury the past few weeks,
it's been starting fullback B. J. Askew
that has taken over at running back. Carr
said that one reason for Askew's emer-
gence as the backup tailback is that he
wasn't able to give Tim Bracken and
David Underwood enough carries in
The other reason? Carr's desire to get
fullback Sean Sanderson on the field.
"He has soft hands," Carr said of
the redshirt freshman. "If you look at
the film on him in the first game and
you look at him today, he looks like a
different guy. We will get him the ball
Nystrom to sport 'A' despite practice fisticuffs
'M' needs to find killer
instinct in the trenches
E ver since the Wolverines' embar- due to undisciplined play and a lack of
rassing Citrus Bowl loss to Ten- weapons, they couldn't muster a come-
nessee last January, "finishing" back. Don't expect the same to happen
has been a recurrent mantra in the against the Hawkeyes or Buckeyes.
Michigan locker room. Fast forward to last Saturday at Pur-
Several Michigan players have due. The Wolverines once again made a
referred to "finishing" as the big picture game look much closer than it actually
of the season, referencing the fact the should have been on the field. Besides
Wolverines lost three of their final five the ineptitude on short-yardage situa-
games last year after a 6-1 start. tions late in the game, Michigan failed
But before Michigan worries about to run out the clock on three separate
"finishing the season," it has to finish occasions because it couldn't get that
each game off- one yard at a time. elusive first down.
This means finishing on short- Purdue threw two interceptions, but
yardage situations, like the consecutive after being given a third straight oppor-
3rd-and-1 and 4th-and-1 plays the tunity with great field position inside
Wolverines couldn't convert last Satur- Michigan territory, the Boilermakers
day at Purdue. Such poor execution kills took advantage - scoring a touchdown
drives and momentum, while giving with eight seconds left to cut the Michi-
opponents new life. gan lead to 23-21.
"It's real frustrating," Michigan The Boilers simply ran out of time.
receiver Tyrece Butler said. "We're But the Michigan offense is running out
Michigan, we're supposed to be able to of excuses.
push you one yard." Whether the Wolverines made "men-
Said fellow wideout Ron Bellamy: tal mistakes," the lineman "just couldn't
"One yard - that's the difference get the push" or Purdue "threw in a new
between championships won or lost." wrinkle," something has to change.
For Michigan it's no different. One Yes, as captain Bennie Joppru said,
yard could mean the difference between the defense usually has the advantage
smelling the roses in Pasadena for the late in the game, since it knows a run is
first time in five years and sniffimg the most likely coming to take time off the
familiar scent of "freshly squeezed" clock. But the offense is the one that
orange juice at the now-Capital One knows the play, it knows the snap count,
Bowl yet another year. and it knows what it has to do.
With two of Michigan's biggest tests "It's all about leverage, getting under
of the year coming up - Iowa and Ohio your defender," said Michigan offensive
State - the Wolverines must find their tackle Tony Pape. "If you can set your
"killer instinct" and not let opponents guy back a yard then your running back
hang on like they have numerous times should be able to get that yard. That's
this year. how it works, it comes down to the line."
Against Utah on Sept. 21, an ugly and Whether Michigan finishes the sea-
sluggish game nearly turned heartbreak- son as Big Ten champs and Rose Bowl
ing when the Wolverines failed to finish. bound may come down to one yard.
Up 10-7, Michigan ran the clock down And who wants it more.
under two minutes, but saw its final
drive fall short and culminate in a
missed 42-yard field goal attempt. Joe Smith can be reached at
The Utes had a chance to win, but email@example.com.
Men's tennis watching
individual performance s
By Kyle O'Neill
Daily Sports Writer
As quickly as they were at each other's
throats, they were back to being team-
mates patting each other on the back.
Yesterday in practice, Michigan soph-
omore forward Eric Nystrom and senior
defenseman Mike Roemensky dropped
the gloves and laid into each other for
about 30 seconds following a drill.
They matched each other blow for
blow and neither held the advantage
when captain Jed Ortmeyer and sopho-
more Jason Ryznar stepped in to break
But as soon as the two fighters
released their grips, everything was back
"It's an intense time of the year;" Nys-
trom said. "Season's starting up and
practices are intense. Things like that
happen, but it's over. The minute it was
over we were joking about it."
With the bout so evenly matched, no
one could declare a winner.
"There was no winner, because it's
not whether you win or lose, it's if you
show up," Nystrom said.
Although Michigan coach Red
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Berenson said he doesn't encourage
fighting amongst his players, he still
likes the intensity and would rather see
disputes settled with fists then by hitting
each other with sticks.
For Nystrom, it is this type of inten-
sity that has earned him so much
respect from the coaches and players.
Add that to his leadership abilities and
there is little doubt as to why Berenson
gave him the honor of being alternate
captain in John Shouneyia and Andy
"I don't think the 'A' is going to
change Eric Nystrom," Berenson said.
"It might make him feel like he's a little
more responsible for the rest of the
team, but he's a team player anyway."
When Burnes and Shouneyia get
back, it is likely that Nystrom will lose
the "A" from his jersey, but the time
with it as a sophomore is something
that Nystrom will carry. with him for
years to come.
"There's no question it's a good expe-
rience and it's a tribute when your coach
tells you he thinks you can be a captain,"
With Alaska-Fairbanks (1-2-1) com-
ing to town this weekend, Nystrom
knows his leadership will be tested as he
remembers last year's homestand against
the Nanooks all too well - the Wolver-
ines won the first game 7-0, but lost the
Saturday game 3-1.
"Alaska-Fairbanks is going to be a
good team - they're legit to win the
league;" Nystrom said. "They're going
to come in here and try to run us out of
the building. And we just have to play
smart and keep it simple."
And should Nystrom get into any
physical disputes with the Nanooks?
"I'll punch as fast as I can and hope I
don't get hit."
By Paul Feinstein
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As the Michigan men's tennis team
travels to Madison this weekend, there
will be no free watches or hotel stays to
be won. In fact, there won't even be any
team competition. The Wolverines will
use the Omni Hotels Regional Champi-
onship on October 24-27, (formerly
known as the Rolex Regional Champi-
onship), to continue their preparation for
the upcoming winter season.
The team's main goals for the fall sea-
son are practice and development, both
of which the Wolverines have been
focusing on as of late.
" . °
"The fall is the time to find out who
we are," Michigan coach Mark Mees
said. "The competition also helps us to
get our feet back from the many layoffs
during the summer and early fall."
Of this year's team, not a whole lot is
known. On a team featuring only two
returning seniors, Chris Rolf and Chris
Shaya, there are obviously a lot of ques-
tion marks. The only thing that is for sure
is the top two singles players. Sophomore
No. 1 Michael Rubin and junior No. 2
Anthony Jackson hold those spots.
"The only thing clear is our leaders
this year are Jackson and Rubin," said
Mees, "but I've been really happy with
the work ethic I've seen from everyone."
Jackson and Rubin will be placed into
the main draw of the tournament, while
four other players, who are yet to be
determined, will be entered into the qual-
"It'll be nice to go and play some other
people, to get a sense of where we stand,"
At this point in the season, though, the
emphasize is more on hard work than
"I wouldn't single anyone out at this
point," said Mees. "All nine guys have
worked really hard and made some good
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David Bell hit a tiebreaking single off
rookie sensation Francisco Rodriguez in
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past the Anaheim Angels 4-3 last night,
tying the World 2002
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