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The Michigan Daily - Kickoff 2003

TABLE Of CONTENTS
3
The heartbreak hotel
J. Brady McCollough takes some time to discuss the Michigan football
team and its relationship with fans in a whole new context.
4
Perry on the run
Chris Perry is poised and ready to become that explosive force in the
backfield the Wolverines have sorely missed.
5
The trident
Michigan hasn't had a dominant three-man offensive attack since 2000.
Can Navarre, Perry and Edwards become a go-to trio?
6&7
Unlocking a championship
What are the keys to winning a national championship this season? A
look at what it will take for Michigan to finish on top.
8
A Michigan line
Michigan's offensive line is powerful, experienced and dangerous. Is it
ready to protect Navarre?
9
Mature LeSueur
When people think Jeremy LeSueur, they think pass interference and a
loss to Michigan State. LeSueur is out to change that.
10
Big Ten Preview
Who will be tops in the Big Ten this year? Who will be standing at the
end of the season? Find out in our conference analysis.
11
Picks and stuff
How much do we really know about college football? Check out our
preseason picks and national outlook.

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Kickoff 2003

Michigan football is back, and all of us here
at The Michigan Daily are pleased to welcome
you all back for another season of fall magic. As
always, this will be a season of high expectations
for the Wolverines. With talent and experience,
they are poised for a run at the Sugar Bowl.
Join us on Saturdays when Football Saturday
highlights the week that was and the day that
will be. And enjoy our comprehensive day-to-
day coverage, which promises to keep you up to
date with the goings on of the Wolverines.

In this Kickoff 2003, we take an in depth look
at the many weapons this team possesses, and
what each player will have to do in order for the
team to have a successful season.
For the first time since 2000, the Wolverines
boast a notable quarterback-running back-wide
receiver combination in John Navarre, Chris
Perry and Braylon Edwards. The offensive line
has developed into a cohesive unit over the past
few years and is a force up front.
On defense, several key players have returned

from injury and are eager to hit some people.
The secondary, led by newly-appointed safety
and the preseason Big Ten Defensive Player of
the Year, Marlin Jackson, is quick and athletic.
Michigan fans should all be looking forward
to a promising season, and we're here to bring
you all the trials, tribulations and triumphs as
they unfold.
Naweed Sikora J. Brady McColloughE
Courtney Lewis Kyle O'Neill

2003

Michigan roster

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2003 MICHIGAN SCHEDULE

Date
Aug. 30
Sept. 6
Sept. 13
Sept. 20
Sept. 27
Oct. 4
Oct. 11
Oct. 18
Oct. 25
Nov. 1
Nov. 15
Nov. 22

Opponent
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Houston
Notre Dame
at Oregon
Indiana
at Iowa
at Minnesota
Illinois
Purdue
at Michigan State
at Northwestern
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Darnell Hood RB 5-11188
Dave Underwood R B 6-0 220
Prescott BurgessS 6-2 215
Alijah Bradley RB 5-6 152
Spencer Brinton QB 6-5 224
Jason Avant WR 6-1 206
Matt Wilde QB 6-2 191
Tyrece Butler W R 6-3 213
Anton Campbell RB 5-11188
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Clayton Richard QB 6-4 220
Brandon Williams CB 5-11186
Matt Gutierrez QB 6-4 212
Jeff Kastl QB 6-3 214
Larry Stevens DL 6-3 261
Andy Mignery TE/P6-3 250
Jonathan Borden LB 6-1 222
Steve Breaston W R 6-1 169
John Navarre QB 6-6 228
Carl Tabb W R 6-2 171
Jermaine Gonzales W R 6-2 210
Willis Barringer DB 5-11193
Mike Kaselitz QB 6-4 214
Pierre Rembert RB 6-0 203
Jeremy LeSueur CB 6-1 199
Jon Shaw FS 6-0 202
Ross Kesler WR 6-2 200
Chris Perry RB 6-1 220
Jerome Jackson RB 5-11197
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Ryan Mundy S 6-1 193
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Obianna Oluigbo LB 6-0 224
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Carl Diggs ILB 6-1 247
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Nick Upchurch WR 5-7 180
Brent Cummings CB 5-11190
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Mike Kolodziej TE 6-7 300
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Kolby Wells LB 6-2 229
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Andy Christopfel OL 6-3 295
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Roy Williams, WR, Texas
2002 Stats: 64 Catches, 1,142
yards (95.1 per game), 12
touchdowns
Williams has a good chance of being
the No. 1 pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.
Add that in with the fact that he is a star
on a top-10 team, and you have a legiti-
mate Heisman contender. Williams
could have left after last season for the
NFL and could have been a top-15
pick, but he decided on coming back to
get another shot at the national title and
the Heisman. A hamstring injury kept
Williams at less than 100 percent in six
of the Longhorns' games last season,
but he was nearly unstoppable when he
was healthy. Since the Heisman has
been given to successful teams in the
past, if Texas can finally beat Okla-
homa and get to the Sugar Bowl, you
can bet on Williams being invited to the
Yale Athletic Club.
Philip Rivers, QB, N.C. State
2002 Stats:216-of-418 passing
(52.8 percent), 3,353 yards, 20
touchdowns, 10 interceptions
The four-year starter and family man
- he already has a wife and kid -
Rivers has had the N.C. State athletic
department run his Heisman campaign
since 2002. Quarterbacks have won
the last three years, and Rivers could
be the fourth as he and his Wolfpack
are among the favorites to win to the
last ACC Championship not involving
Miami or Virginia Tech. His stats and
all-around game will bring in media
hype for the award. His maturity will
help him not get overcome by it.
Cody Pickett, QB, Washington
2002 Stats: 365-of-612 passing
(59.6 percent), 4,458 yards, 28
TDs, 14 INTs
Pickett's chances didn't get off to the
best start in Columbus last Saturday as
the Huskies got thrashed by the Buck-
eyes. Pickett still threw for 255 yards,
but it was against a very strong run
defense forcing the pass. Another thing
Pickett has going for him is one of the
best receivers in the nation in Reggie
Williams. Williams is a darkhorse can-
didate himself, but the attention should
gravitate toward the senior if Washing-
ton can improve upon its 7-6 record.
That, however, may be a tough task if
the Huskies can't put the Rick Neuhis-
el-gambling mess behind them.
EM Roberson, QB, Kaias State
2002 Stats: 91-of-175 passing
(52.0 percent), 1,580 yards, 7
TDs, 4 INTs, 202 carries, 1,032
yards, (86.9 yds./game), 16 TDs
Roberson has emerged as one of
the best running quarterbacks in the
nation. His team has also emerged
as a contender in the national cham-
pionship race. Playing in the easier
division of the Big 12, Kansas State
looks like a clear favorite in the Big
12 North. If the Wildcats can move
beyond the conference title game
and into the Sugar Bowl, Roberson
will play be a crucial figure in
Heisman voting.

STAFF PICKS
Preseason
selections
Michigan final record
Michigan final AP ranking
Big Ten champion
Big Ten second place
Big Ten third place
Surprise Big Ten team
Surprise Michigan loss
Michigan MVP
Heisman winner
National Champion
National Runner-up
ACC champion
Big 12 champion
Big East champion
Pac-10 champion
SEC champion
Mid-major threat
Most overrated

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Courtney
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Michigan
Ohio State
Iowa
Minnesota
Minnesota
Chris Perry

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(tie) Mich., OSU (7-1)
Wisconsin
Purdue
Minnesota
Minnesota
John Navarre

Auburn

WATIOWAL 0OLITL(

Michigan fans have the
hope that the Wolverines
will somehow run the
table and make the
national championship
game in New Orleans. If
that happens, Michigan
would likely match-up
with one of these teams
in the Sugar Bowl.
Oklahoma
The Sooners are the consensus No.
1 team in the nation going into the
season. With a defense returning
nine starters from a squad that
gave up just 15.4 ppg last season
and two newstarters that are
arguably better than the old ones,
it is safe to assume that Oklahoma
will be vying for the national
championship. Their offense is
seen as a weakness, but the Soon-
ers were second in the Big 12 in
scoring last season. If the Sooners
can beat Texas during the regular
season and can avoid a third
straight upset loss to Oklahoma

State, look for the Sooners to get
to the Big 12 Championship game
and be high in the Bowl Champi-
onship Series rankings.
Southern Cal.
ESPN the Magazine featured two
Auburn linebackers on the cover of its
college football preview. Maybe it
should have featured its opening
opponent, the Trojans. Not only did
Southern Cal. win at Auburn, it held
the Tigers scoreless at home for the
first time since 1998. No Pac-10 team
has gone to the national champi-
onship game since the Bowl Champi-
onship Series, but early indications
show that Southern Cal. has it this
year. Redshirt sophomore Matt
Leinart beat out four candidates for
the job as Carson Palmer's replace-
ment and threw for 192 yards against
Auburn. But it will be Southern Cal.'s
defense that will let its national title
hopes sink or swim.
Kansas State
When the Wildcats travel to Austin to
take on the Longhorns on Oct. 4, it
will be the first time they have played

a team from a BCS conference since
their season opener against Califor-
nia. If Kansas State can get past that,
it has a great chance of running the
table. With nine retuning starters from
the nation's second-best scoring
offense, the feeling in Manhattan is
that this team has a shot.
Miami
There is no question that Coral
Gables is a factory of first-round draft
picks. But after losing four first-

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KICKOFF 2003
PRODUCTION CREW

Kyle O'Neill
J. Brady McCollough
Courtney Lewis
Naweed Sikora
Louie Meizlish
J. Brady McCollough
Tony Ding
Tony Ding
Jeff Valuck
Julie Lee
Adrienne Barclay

Football Writers
Editor In Chief
Managing Editor
Photo Editor
Cover Photos
Business Manager
Display Sales Manager
Ad Design Manager

Display Sales Account Executives:
Jeffrey Braun, Lynne Chaimowitz, Tera Free-
man, Sarah Hoopfer, Ahrim Hwang, Erin Ott.
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