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Fall Saturdays in Ann Arbor are a special time
for Michigan Wolverines fans. On these rare
weekend mornings, as the colors slowly being to
change and leaves gradually accumulate on the
ground below, Michigan alumni, students, chil-
dren and local residents gather at Michigan Sta-
dium with one purpose in mind - to watch their
Wolverines participate in a battle and come out
victorious. This is Football Saturday-
We here atThe Michigan Daily have worked to
provide fans with a look at what's to come on this
glorious afternoon. Inside Football Saturday, you'll
find a taste of the extensive football coverage we
bring to Michigan fans throughout the season-
Enjoy the game.
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By Courtney Lewis
Daily Sports Editor
Spread offense, spread offense, Kyle Orton and oh yeah, the
That's what your likely to hear about Purdue - that the
Boilermakers have a potent offensive attack with multiple
threats at receiver and a strong-armed quarterback. The pass-
ing game has definitely stood out - Orton threw 55 passes
and 411 yards last weekend against Wisconsin. But the Boiler-
makers can play defense, too. Pretty well, in fact.
"All the way across the board you have some great players
at each position," Michigan center Dave Pearson said. "They
bring a lot of things at you. They have a real good defense this
year, and we are going to have to be ready to go against it"
Purdue is first in the Big Ten in total defense and ranks in
the top 10 nationally in three defensive categories. The
defense has given up 20 points or more just twice this season
(Michigan has surrendered at least 30 points in three games).
But the key number for this weekend might be 66, as in 66
rushing yards per game that the Boilermakers' opponents
manage to squeak out on average. Purdue's run defense is
third in the nation.
That could provide for an interesting matchup between
Purdue's run defense and Michigan's rushing offense, a.k.a.
Chris Perry. Michigan hasn't shown much depth at running
back this season, but Perry has kept defenses busy all on
Perry is one yard short of 1,000 and has scored 12 touch-
downs. His average of 124.9 yards per game is nearly twice
the number that Purdue gives up on average to entire teams.
"He's a guy you have to contain," safety Stuart Schweigert
said. "If you let him get going, it's going to be a long day for
the defense because he's a great athlete. But I think we're
going to have some things defensively to kind of help us with
that. We're playing good run defense right now, and we just
want to continue that"
With a strong front four and talented linebackers, the Boil-
ermakers have stuffed opponents' ground games and allowed
just three rushing touchdowns. Purdue hasn't faced a back of
Perry's caliber this season.
But Perry has tended to dazzle against weaker opponents,
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1 Braylon Edwards W R 6-3 205 Jr. So.
2 Shawn Crable LB 6-5 223 Fr. Fr.
2 Mark Spencer P 5-11211 So. So.
3 Marlin Jackson CB 6-1 189 Jr. Jr.
3 Ross Ryan P 6-0 203 So. So.
4 Darnell Hood RB 5-11188 So. So.
5 Dave Underwood R B 6-0 220 So. So.
6 Prescott BurgessS 6-2 215 Fr. Fr.
6 Alijah Bradley RB 5-6 152 So. So.
7 Spencer Brinton QB 6-5 224 5th Sr.
8 Jason Avant WR 6-1 206 So. So.
8 Matt Wilde QB 6-2 191 So. So.
9 Tyrece Butler W R 6-3 213 5th Sr.
9 Anton Campbell RB 5-11188 Fr. Fr.
10 Troy Nienberg PK 6-2 171 5th Sr.
10 Clayton Richard QB 6-4 220 Fr. Fr.
12 Brandon Williams CB 5-11186 Sr. Sr.
12 Matt Gutierrez QB 6-4 212 So. So.
13 Jeff Kastl QB 6-3 214 So. So.
13 Larry Stevens DL 6-3 261 Sr. Sr.
14 Andy Mignery TE/P6-3 250 5th Sr.
15 Jonathan Borden LB 6-1 222 Sr.. Sr.
15 Steve Breaston W R 6-1 169 So. So.
16 John Navarre QB 6-6 228 5th Sr.
17 Carl Tabb WR 6-2 171 So. So.
18 Jermaine Gonzales WR 6-2 210 Sr. Sr.
19 Willis Barringer DB 5-11193 So. So.
20 Mike Kaselitz QB 6-4 214 5th Sr.
20 Pierre Rembert RB 6-0 203 So. So.
21 Jeremy LeSueur CB 6-1 199 5th Sr.
22 Jon Shaw FS 6-0 202 5th Sr.
22 Ross Kesler WR 6-2 200 Sr. Jr.
23 Chris Perry RB 6-1 220 Sr. Sr.
24 Jerome Jackson RB 5-11197 Fr. Fr.
25 Ernest Shazor DB 6-4 218 Jr. So.
26 Mike Carl DB 6-0 195 So. So.
26 Ryan Mundy S 6-1 193 Fr. Fr.
27 Calvin Bell WR 6-1 197 Sr. Sr.
27 Quinton McCoy CB 5-9 160 Fr. Fr.
28 Jacob Stewart DB 6-0 204 Fr. Fr.
29 Leon Hall CB 6-1 170 Fr. Fr.
30 Markus Curry CB 5-11181 Jr. Jr.
31 Zia Combs CB 6-0 182 Sr. Jr.
32 Kevin Dudley FB 6-1 232 Sr. Jr.
33 Charles Young WR 5-11195 Sr. Jr.
34 Philip Brabbs PK 6-2 200 5th Sr.
35 Brian Thompson LB 6-2 212 So. So.
36 Brian Lafer WR 5-11190 Sr. Jr.
36 Scott McClintock LB 6-2 243 Jr. So.
37 Zach Kaufman ILB 6-1 234 Sr. Sr.
38 Garrett Rivas PK 5-10180 Fr. Fr.
39 Adam Finley P/K 6-4 206 Sr. Jr.
40 Obianna Oluigbo LB 6-0 224 So. So.
41 Tim Bracken R B 5-10207 Sr. Jr.
42 John Spytek OLB 6-4 240 5th Sr.
43 Carl Diggs ILB 6-1 247 5th Sr.
Phil Brackins TE+
Nick Upchurch WR
Brent Cummings CB!
Jeremy Van Alstyne LB+
Mike Kolodziej TE+
Ross Mann LS+
Kolby Wells LB+
Mark Bihl OL+
Andy Christopfel OL+
Jeremy Read LB+
LaMarr Woodley LB+
Dave Pearson OL+
Roy Manning OLB+
Joey Sarantos LB+
Grant Bowman DL+
Courtney Morgan OL+
Derek Bell OL+
Jeff Gaston OL+
Leo Henige OL
Andrew King LS+
Paul Sarantos LB
Matt Lentz OL
Patrick Sharrow OL
David Schoonover OL
Dan Simelis OL
Tom Berishaj OL
Rueben Riley OL
Demeteius Solomon OL
David Baas OL
Mike Kolodziej OL
Tony Pape OL
Gabriel Watson DL
Adam Stenavich OL
Chris Matsos WR
Brent Cummings WR
Mike Mandich TE
Adam Kraus TE
Kevin Murphy TE
Dave Spytek TE
Jim Fisher TE
Tim Massaquoi WR
Tyler Ecker TE
Norman Heuer DL
Purdue safety Stuart Schweigert has helped make Purdue's
defense one of the best In the nation.
and then struggle against tougher defensive teams. He blew up
for 232 yards in the season opener against Central Michigan,
but in Michigan's losses to Iowa and Oregon, he was held to
just 87 and 27 yards, respectively. The Wolverines' tight game
with Minnesota was the third time Perry ran for fewer than
100 yards this season.
But Schweigert pointed out that the Boilers won't be able to
focus on Perry alone.
"Michigan's just as good in the passing game as they are in
the running game, and they're pretty good in both of them. So
we have to be sound in our running game and our passing
game," Schweigert said.
Schweigert is Purdue's top man on defense. The senior
leads the team with three interceptions, and he has 40 tackles
and two sacks. He also has a Big Ten Defensive Player of the
Week Award on his 2003 resume.
"He's an exceptional open field tackler," Purdue coach Joe
Tiller said. "He's not necessarily a guy that's going to come up
and turn the ball carrier and knock him clear into tomorrow,
but he's a guy that's going to get you on the ground. Now that
he's older, he adds an element of leadership back there in the
secondary for (us), which is much needed."
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said "it's a combination of
things" that makes Purdue's defense so good, and he cited the
size up front and speedy cornerbacks as two of the factors.
"It makes for an outstanding defense," Carr added.
Even if doesn't stand out next to the spread offense.
Just days after knocking off Wisce
sin 26-23, Purdue quarterback Ky
Orton spoke to the media during t
weekly press conference. Orton h
been awarded the Big Ten Offensi
Player of the Week award on Mond
after passing for 411 yards and o
touchdown against the Badgers. But h
message to the media wasn't about h
performance, though, it was about Pi
"They have been playing great eve
single week," Orton said. "The offer
is just starting to click now"
If it keeps clicking, Michigan bet
This offensive explosion couldr
have come at a better time for Purdi
which will need to exploit Michiga
secondary if it wants to come into t
Big House and walk away with a win.
Purdue's offense, led by its emotion
leader, Orton, had been waiting for
spread offense to cut loose and have ti
one big game. The offense couldn't fu
its rhythm earlier this season, thoug
which is why the Boilermakers' defen
has been their biggest reason for si
cess up to this point.
But despite their struggles, t
offense is averaging 31 points per gar
and Orton has thrown for over 1,6
Purdue's spread offense thrives in
Big Ten because of the focus conferen
team's place on their own run defens
Michigan is a perfect example of this,
it has one of the top run defenses in
But slowing down the Purdue offen
is not about stuffing the run. The def
sive line will need to exert pressure
For this week's matchup, coach Kyle O'Neill led the Boilermakers and J. Brady McCollough took the helm for the Wolverines.
Michigan coach J. Brady McCollough:
To a man, I kicked Coach O'Neill's ass
today. In his defense, nobody could
have beaten me. I had a chip on my
shoulder, and after the last game I
played against O'Neill - he was up
35-0 when I quit the game - I had my
back against the wall.
I knew O'Neill would come out with
his patented no-huddle attack, and I
was ready for it with my "Cover MAX"
zone defense. When we won the toss,
I chose to kick the ball off to him
because I wanted to show him what
we were made of early, and we did.
DE No. 13 was outstanding, and the
secondary played a wonderful game.
It was S No. 3s 12th best game since
he's been at Michigan.
Last night in the team hotel, I was
making my rounds and I came upon
the room of FB No. 32. I said, FB No.
32, I had a dream about you-last
night, and you scored three touch-
downs in tomorrow's game.' FB No.
32 said, 'Coach, I'll do my best to
score three touchdowns, but you have
to give me the rock.' And sure
enough, I gave him the rock and he
scored three touchdowns.
I have a lot of dreams. Dreams about
football, running the football, some-
times with the fullback, sometimes
with the running back, sometimes on
a reverse ... what?
Purdue coach Kyle O'Neill: Well, we tied
in the second half. So there's that. Real-
ly, I did take a lot from this game. In all
seriousness, this was a valuable learn-
ing lesson going into the final three
games. I saw enough to make sure I fin-
ish the season 3-0. Questions?
What did I take from this game? What in
the hell kind of question is that? Appar-
ently ... well, by the stuff in my hands ...
I'm taking two programs and a Fruit-
What did I see? I'm pretty sure I saw
enough to get those boys in East Lans-
Yes, I was surprised that the game was
played at 10:00 at night. Who knew Ann
Arbor's street lights would work that well.
Ummm ... yeah, it was fun to watch Brady
get upset even when it was 21-0 ... I'm
just out here for the fun, the atmosphere
and the free pens we get to use to draw
funny pictures in our playbooks.
Well, I am going to put it this way, I didn't
get the breaks today. But we will live to
fight again ... well, not Purdue ... that
school is done. Without former quarter-
back QB No. 9, this team is really noth-
ing. He could have at least gotten 21 out
of my crappy coaching and team.