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6B - The Michigan Daily - FOOTBALL SATURDAY - October 26, 2002

The Michigan Daily - FOOTBALL SA'ruR:

Navarre's decision making
has improved* over his_
Michigan career;,lie has --
thrown just four intercep-
tions so far this season.
The criticism of Navarre
was always h is inability to
check off his primary receiv-
er, but his second touchdown
pass to Braylon Edwards
against Penn State typifies
Navarre's growing awareness
of coverages and his
improved vision.
Earlier in his career, Navarre
had a tendency of oetrwn
receivers. Now, despite an
offense that aims for him only to
throw in short-yardage situa-
tions, Navarre has completed 23
passes for over 20 yards. All
those overthrows? Maybe j ust
an incredible arm screaming out
for attention. ~
Navarre has trimmed
d w si c l a t s a osh d i g 1 8 p u inth e o ff s e a s o n to a r r iv e a t
a playing weight of 228




Terry Malone's
new Michigan
offense plays to his
players' strengths.
Navarre has been
the biggest benefi-
ciary. lie is second
in the Big Ten in
passing yards with
Navarre -wh(
foot-6 has never
the most fleet c

John Na~varre
and Brad Bank%
are two veryj
different breed
of quacrter1,ack.
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r been
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has found his legs
this season. The pock-
et quarterback has
rushed for as long as
18 yards, and has
become more comfort-
able tucking the ball
and running himself.

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Michigan quarterback
John Navarre

Iowa quarterback
Brad Banks

Navarre's footwork
in the pocket has
resulted in just nine
sacks so far this sea-
son. He has eluded
the rush, and has
shown the ability to
throw on the run.

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