September 22, 2004
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By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan football players rarely publicly reminisce on
past losses, and that didn't change significantly this week
despite the fact that the Wolverines have dropped two
Hope Nuly, 'Navarre
treatment' in the past
consecutive losses to Iowa. The Wol-
verines haven't talked about the special
drills they have been doing in prepara-
tion for revenge - something Notre
Dame did en route to beating Michigan
earlier this season.
But the Wolverines still remember.
"It's hard not to," senior defensive end Pat Massey said.
"Because those (memories) really stick out."
Both of the past two years, Michigan entered the Iowa
week with a top-10 ranking. And both years, Michigan
left Iowa week with its second loss of the season.
"We're obviously aware of it," senior cornerback Marlin
Jackson said. "But we have to get ready for this team."
The first of those two losses was a 34-9 drubbing by the
Hawkeyes, the worst home loss for the Wolverines since
1967. Michigan was down just 10-9 in the third quarter
before consecutive Iowa touchdowns put the game out of
reach, causing many in attendance to head for the exits
well before the final gun.
"I remember the stadium emptying out," Bass said. "I
remember the empty feeling inside me and the rest of my
During the game, the Wolverines amassed just 22
yards on the ground and 171 yards overall. The Hawkeyes
went onto the Orange Bowl; the Wolverines went to the
"It hurts a little bit," senior guard Matt Lentz said.
"They came in and pretty much embarrassed us."
Although both teams came into the 2002 matchup
undefeated in Big Ten play, Iowa entered last season's not
nearly as highly touted because it had lost its offensive
skill nucleus of quarterback Brad Banks and running
back Fred Russell.
But the Wolverines were nearly taken out of the confer-
ence race once again after their fourth-quarter comeback
attempt came up short and then lost 30-27.
So the Wolverines remember.
"Basically (I remember) a bitter taste being in our
mouth, not getting it done," Bass said. "Especially two
years in a row, and they're going to try and make it
BUMPED oUr: When Michigan released its new depth
chart on Monday, there was a surprising omission from
Running back Chris Perry gets tackled by a pair of Hawkeyes. Michigan has lost to Iowa the past two years.
the probable starting lineup. After starting 16 straight
games, senior cornerback Markus Curry was listed
behind sophomore Leon Hall to start opposite Jackson in
the defensive backfield. Curry has been thrown at signifi-
cantly in the young season, leaving Jackson with few balls
coming his way.
But the positions of other players on the depth chart
diminish its validity. Freshman running back Mike Hart,
who ran for 121 yards on Saturday against San Diego
State, was ranked as the No. 5 running back.
"The thing about those depth charts is that they are
issued on Monday," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said.
"They're as much as we know at that time. They can
change based on practice, based on injuries, based on a
lot of things."
WHERE'S GUTz?: No one seems to be satisfied with
the lack of information available about the status of Matt
Gutierrez. But Car isn't giving out any more, and he's
tired of talking about it.
"Look, I have no idea what the prognosis is," Carr said.
"All I can do is go on a day-by-day basis. Last Saturday,
he threw the ball, but he did not throw the ball particu-
larly well compared to where he was before he began to
be bothered by the soreness."
A CORPS OF ONE?: While it's well documented that the
Michigan receiving corps is one of the best in college
football, quarterback Chad Henne has done little thus far
to use all of his resources to his disposal. Currently, Bray-
Ion Edwards ranks fourth in the nation in receptions per
game, but none of his cohorts have 100 yards of receiving
for the entire season.
"That's something that we're working on everyday,"
NOTES: Michigan's game next week at Indiana has been
scheduled for 3:30 p.m. The game will be the Big Ten
regional game on ABC for that week ... Carr said that
senior running back David Underwood would likely be
able to play on Saturday.
m not the kind of guy who boos
I(usually, I seethe quietly or whine to
riends). But if I were, over my first
three years here in Ann Arbor, the vast
majority of my heckling would have been
directed towards John Navarre.
From the first game in the 2001 season
until Michigan beat Ohio State last year
(I have to give him some credit), I never
stopped complaining. I used pretty much
every criticism you could possibly have
for a quarterback other than "he's got a
He's slow. He's inaccurate. He locks
into receivers. For a 6-foot-6 guy, way too
many passes get deflected.
And, of course, he can't win close
games. Last year, a housemate and I
argued for hours over who was a better
quarterback - Navarre or Ohio State's
Craig Krenzel. Let's just say I used the
term "clutchness" a lot.
And I wasn't alone. Navarre took so
much heat the last three years, he appar-
ently had to change his cell phone number
more than once and couldn't check his
Just a week ago, backup quarterback
Spencer Brinton recalled what Navarre
went through and shook his head in dis-
"I didn't really know what it was like
for quarterbacks when I came here," he
said. "If I had known, I probably wouldn't
He quickly said he was joking, but it
was easy to see it was at least a half-truth.
Yet, through it all, Navarre steadily
improved. It also didn't hurt that he
never really had to look over his shoulder
(though I'm probably one of many to
wonder what would have happened if
Jermaine Gonzales had been able to lead
the Wolverines back at home against Ohio
State in 2001).
And somehow, Navarre now holds just
about every Michigan passing record.
My mind turned to Navarre after last
Saturday's game against San Diego State
when I saw Michigan's latest quarterback,
Chad Henne, outside the Big House sign-
ing autograph after autograph.
When I see Henne right now, I see a
quarterback who has all the tools. Some-
day soon, I think he'll be a quarterback
that fans in Michigan Stadium can trust
when Michigan has the ball and is down
late in the game.
But right now, Henne looks a lot like
Navarre. Henne's getting sacked, making
the occasional wild throw and forget-
ting that most plays have more than one
But I learned from the Navarre years.
This time around, I'm keeping my mouth
shut. I'm pretty much expecting a shaky,
up-and-down passing offense this year
and hoping the defense can win enough
close games like last weekend against the
And if Henne develops slowly the way
Navarre did, hopefully everyone learned a
lesson and won't repeat the "Navarre treat-
ment," because it definitely didn't make
things any easier for him.
Now, there are definitely differences
between Henne and Navarre. As a true
freshman, Henne is adjusting to college
football and learning Michigan's offense,
while Navarre had spent an entire year in
Ann Arbor when he filled in for an injured
Drew Henson in 2000.
Also, Navarre wasn't quite the high-
profile recruit Henne was. It seems like a
long time ago, but Henne obviously played
well enough during training camp to war-
rant a look in the first game of the season
against Miami (Ohio).
And just because fans aren't putting
a ridiculous amount of heat on Henne
doesn't mean he won't be feeling pres-
sure. While Navarre's starting job was
never in jeopardy, Michigan's quarterback
- whether it's Henne, Matt Gutierrez or
Clayton Richard - will be facing com-
petition in practice this year and in years
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr believes
Michigan fans may have learned from the
"I think the people who are passionate
about Michigan football understand the
difficulty of the challenge Chad has," Carr
said. "They want him to succeed, and they
understand that he can't control everything
that happens out there.
"There's a lot of people that seem to
empathize with Chad's position, and
there's no question that John just did not
Let's hope Carr's right and everyone
won't treat future Michigan quarterbacks
the way they did with Navarre.
By the way, I know watching Arizona
Cardinals exhibition games wasn't high
on your list of priorities, but Navarre had
a quarterback rating of 114.0 and threw
the team's only passing touchdown of the
And luckily for him, fans won't be
harassing him anymore. Though that's
because the Cardinals don't have fans.
Two people Sharad will never stop
criticizing are New York Mets shortstop
(second baseman) Kaz Matsui and New
Jeyl/Broln /New Jersey Nets
owner Bruce Ratner. And he still can't
decide on a column name. Send sugges-
tions to him at email@example.com.
M FIELD HOCKEY
Plenty of challenges for stickers in Big Ten
By James V. Dowd
Daily Sports Writer
In a sport traditionally dominated
by East Coast private schools, the
emergence of .he Big Ten as one of
the premier field hockey conferences
in the nation is a bit of an anomaly.
Against all odds, excellent coach-
ing and recruiting created the Big
Ten conference's seven deep and tal-
ented teams, bringing the league to
the national forefront. Each program
has developed a polished product
this season, producing a previously
unseen level of parity at the top, and
setting the stage for an epic race for
the Big Ten title.
As always, No. 7 Michigan will
be a contender. And after playing a
grueling nonconference schedule,
the Wolverines will be primed for
war. Only two weeks ago Michigan
coach Marcia Pankratz was alarmed
when her team allowed three unan-
swered goals in a loss to Old Domin-
ion after tiring late in the game. But
after a solid fortnight of practices
and a complete performance against
Northeastern on Sunday, Pankratz is
ready to see the payoff during con-
"I think we're getting better," Pan-
kratz said. "I think the Northeast-
ern game was a big breakthrough
- we played hard for the entire 70
minutes. I hope (the Old Dominion
game) was a stepping stone to us get-
On paper, the preseason favorite
for the Big Ten championship is No.
4 Michigan State, which started the
year atop the National Coaches' Poll.
The Spartans return seven of their
11 starters, including former Big Ten
scoring champion Annebet Beer-
man. Michigan State's new regulars
are far from unproven commodities
- sophomore Jennifer Beeuwkes
was inches away from sending last
year's NCAA regional final matchup
against Michigan into overtime, and
senior Veerle Goudswaard scored
Michigan State's lone goal in that 2-
In that regional final game, the
Spartans were well-matched with
the Wolverines, and Michigan State
coach Michele Madison claimed that
both of Michigan's goals should have
been disallowed. Senior Adrienne
Hortillosa scored from the edge of
the circle, and senior Jessica Blake
was close to violating high-stick
rules with her tip-in goal. Like every
other sport, the field hockey rivalry
between the Wolverines and Spar-
tans is intense, and the Wolverines'
controversial goals in that game
might have added fuel to the Spar-
"I think Michigan State is out to
get Michigan in any sport," Pankratz
said. "That's just the beauty of the
Before worrying about the Spar-
tans, the Wolverines will open con-
ference play on Friday at Indiana.
The Hoosiers' field hockey program
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John Navarre faced constant criticism
during his tenure at quarterback.
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