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2B - The Michigan Daily - Kickoff 2004 - Thursday, September 9, 2004

Table of contents
Defense wins championships?
With the offense trying to replace major parts, Michigan will try
to lean on its talented defense
Courage under fire
Matt Gutierrez has always excelled under high pressure
Replacing a star
Chris Perry carried Michigan to a Rose Bowl berth. Now, David
Underwood has to try and fill his shoes.
6& 7
Coming back
Braylon Edwards and Marlin Jackson both shunned the NFL for
their senior years in Ann Arbor. Find out why.
Saturday Tradition
Daily Sports Editor Gennaro Filice waxes poetic about the best of
football Saturdays in Ann Arbor.
Simply the best
Can Jason White repeat as Heisman Trophy finalist? Will Southern
Cal. run the table? Get these answers and more.
Crystal ball
The Daily football writers (and a Playstation 2 simulation) take
their best shots at predicting the outcome of this season.
The new guy
Surprise! Chad Henne is Michigan's new quarterback. He's ready.
But are his parents?


2004 Michigan

The Michigan Daily - KIckoff 2004
Henne, parents thrilled with starta

Saturday, September 1 - at Notre Dame

Saturday, September 25 - Iowa
Saturday, October 9 - Minnesota



The 125th edition of Michi-
gan football is upon us, and all of
us here at The Michigan Daily
are pleased to welcome you back
for another season of fall magic.
Coming off a season in which the
Wolverines reached their first Rose
Bowl in six years, expectations are
high as usual, and throughout the
season we'll be providing extensive
coverage of the Wolverines.
In our season preview, we take an
in depth look at a pair of Wolverines
who chose to spend one more fall in
Ann Arbor, Braylon Edwards and
Marlin Jackson. Both dealt with
struggles throughout last year and
thought about entering the NFL,
but ultimately decided that their
career in Maize and Blue couldn't
end with a loss in Pasadena.
Michigan features a swarming

defense and devastating crop of
wide receivers, but its offense must
break in a new quarterback and
running back.
Michigan's starting quarterback
is still up in the air. Matt Gutierrez
was expected to start the opener
against Miami (Ohio), but suffered
a shoulder injury. True freshman
Chad Henne filled in, and may
never give the spot back.
After watching Chris Perry for
three years, David Underwood
finally has the starting job, and has
no intentions of giving it back.
Michigan fans should all be
looking forward to a promising sea-
son, and we'll be here to bring you
everything as it unfolds.
Chris Burke - Gennaro Filice
Bob Hunt " Sharad Mattui

All summer long, the debate raged.
Who would replace record-setting
quarterback John Navarre as the signal-
caller for Michigan's offense?
Would it be Matt Gutierrez, the expect-
ed replacement, who had spent two years
learning the Michigan system as a backup
to Navarre?
Or would it be Clayton Richard, the
lefty with a cannon for an arm?
Turns out the correct answer wasn't
either of them.
Instead, true freshman Chad Hennewas
handed the reigns to the Michigan wagon.
A shoulder injury sustained by Gutierrez
left the door open, and Henne's spectacu-
lar efforts in practice meant that he would
be the answer to Michigan's quarterback
And, according to him, he's ready.
"I'm still a true freshman," Henne said.
"But with all the preparation that I had -
just coming in the spring for a week and
being here all summer and just learning
from the quarterbacks - you can't name
me a true freshman.
"I've been through a lot and I studied
the other quarterbacks, so they helped me
out big time."
Henne seemed to show his maturity in
the Wolverines' 43-10 victory over Miami
(Ohio) to open the season last week. The
Pennsylvania native finished 14-for-24 for
142 yards and two touchdowns.
"Chad took it to a new level with

Kickoff 2004

By Chris Burke
Daily Sports Editor

his poise," said wide receiver Bray-
Ion Edwards, who was the recipient of
Henne's touchdown tosses.
That poise was something that Henne's
parents didn't nail down quite as well.
After the victory, it was easy to recog-
nize which set of parents were Henne's
- they were the two that couldn't stop
"It's exciting," said Sheldon Henne,
Chad's father. "We expected him to play
the second quarter, so when he called
(home) and said he was going to start, it
was a big surprise.
"It's not often that a freshman starts,
not at Michigan."
The Hennes' thrill level climbed once
again as Chad helped lead the Wolverines
onto the field. And for Sheldon, it was
almost overwhelming.
"That's what I told (Chad's) high school
coach - I said I'd probably cry," Sheldon
said. "You know, you try to fight (the
tears), but it's exciting."
It would be exciting for the Michigan
program if the move to implement Henne
in as starter is successful enough to
become a four-year deal.
And if that happens, then those fond of
Michigan football will have quarterbacks
coach Scot Loeffler to thank.
While the Wolverines were attempt-
ing to steal Henne - then a high school
phenom - from underneath Penn State's
nose, it was Loeffler who was instrumen-
tal in the recruiting effort.
When it came down to it, Loeffler, the
Michigan system and the potential to

Saturday, October 23 - at Purdue

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KicKOFF 2004

Saturday, November 13 - Northwestern

Chris Burke
Gennaro Filice
Bob Hunt
Sharad Mattu
Jordan Schrader
Gennaro Filice
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Jonathan Dobberstein
Tera Freeman
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Chad Henne became just the second-ever Michigan quarterback
to start as a true freshman. Rick Leach was the first in 1975.

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