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CARR
Continued from Page 1E
That goes for all the fans that
have e-mailed me this year ranting
about how Carr should be fired. It
goes for the fan that sent me a let-
ter about all the reasons Martin
should fire Carr with the message
"please forward to athletic direc-
tor" attached to it.
Yeah, I'll be sure and get that
right to Martin's secretary, pronto!
As much as the Michigan play-
ers, particularly the seniors,
deserve credit for turning their sea-
son around, Carr is the captain of
the ship. If he and his coaching
staff did not have the mentality of
being on for the last six games
(Michigan is 6-0 since losing at
Iowa), there's no way the team
could have done the same.
For the first time in four years,
when Michigan players threw out
the cliche "we're just taking it one
game at a time," I actually believed
them. As lame as it sounds, that
renewed focus each week is what it
takes to win a major conference. If
you relax for one week of practice,
you lose.
Motivating players is one of
Carr's main duties as head coach.
He has defensive coordinator Jim
Herrmann and offensive coordina-
tor Terry Malone, as well as all the
position coaches, to help him with
Xs and Os. He's been criticized for
not being a players' coach.
"I definitely disagree," fifth-year
center Dave Pearson said. "He's a
great players' coach. He keeps us
motivated, and he's a fun guy to be
around. You want to play well for

him. Because of all he puts into it,
you want to win for him."
Yeah, I know - no Michigan
player in his right mind would crit-
icize Carr with a recorder in his
face. But they also wouldn't sign
away three to five years of their
lives to him if they didn't believe
in him.
"He's just a special guy," sopho-
more Tim Massaquoi said. "I see
him every day when I come to
practice and he looks at me, and
I'm glad I came here.
"The first day I met him, I knew
he was somebody I could trust."
In two years covering this team,
I've seen Michigan win 20 games.
I've begun to trust, above all else,
that Carr will never let this pro-
gram take a nosedive like other
major programs have taken the past
decade. He'll never allow his teams
to be off every other Saturday.
I'm in! I'm on! is the right men-
tality for every game, not just big
games like Saturday's against the
Buckeyes. Is that an unreasonable
thing to expect? It shouldn't be at
Michigan.
Michigan junior linebacker Scott
McClintock said I'm in! I'm on!
meant "everybody on the team is
doing everything they can to beat
Ohio State - basically meaning
you're on for the ride."
As a graduating senior, I have no
idea where I'm going after April.
But when it comes to following
Michigan football under Carr, I'm
on for the ride, too.
. Brady McCollough can be reached
at bradymcc@ umich. edu.

Edwards announces intentions to stay

October 15, 2003
By Nawoed Sikora
Daily Staff Writer
After weeks of keeping quiet and
dodging reporters, Michigan wide
receiver Braylon Edwards decided it was
time to speak out about his early-season
disciplinary struggles with Lloyd Carr,
his future with Michigan football, the
Michigan offense and the way he wants
Michigan fans to perceive him - and
his message was loud and clear.
"I'm a good guy, and I just want peo-
ple to know that," Edwards said. "I
respect Lloyd Carr to the fullest, and I
would never do anything to disrespect
this program. I'm not an arrogant or self-
ish individual, and I don't want to be
perceived that way."
Edwards's biggest statement dealt
with his future with Michigan. The jun-
ior said he has no plans to leave the pro-
gram after the end of this season. His
decision to come back for his senior sea-
son was based on several factors.
"I want to win the national champi-
onship, and that's not going to happen
this year," he said. "If I have to stay six
years to win the championship, I'll stay.
Secondly, I love Michigan football, and
I'm not ready to leave yet. I love the col-
lege atmosphere. It's fun, and I have to
get my degree in time"
Carr's displeasure over Edwards
became public earlier this season,
when he stated that the two were "not
on the same page." After the loss to
Oregon, Carr said his major problem
with Edwards was that he had trouble
being on time. Then, Edwards sat
almost the entire first half during the
win over Indiana.
Edwards said that during two-a-days
in August, he was late for a meeting that
hbegn at :30 in the morning.

"Some things are opinions, like when
people say that I don't deserve the No. 1
jersey, and I can't worry about that," he
said. "But when speculations come out
based on assumptions about what Coach
Carr said, his words get misconstrued.
Then they say things like, 'He's a disrup-
tion to the team' or 'He's no good for the
program,' and that bothers me.
"I feel like people are attacking my
integrity."
Edwards says he fully understands
that the public holds him to a higher
standard, especially since he asked to
be switched to No. 1, and he is will-
ing to accept the increased responsi-
bility that comes with it. He has not
doubted his decision to switch for
one second.
"I knew it would be hard," Edwards
said. "Coach Carr warned me about it,
but I told him that I love pressure, so I
was ready."
Edwards has also been criticized for
dropping the ball, a problem that has
plagued him ever since he came to
Michigan. Still, he says that although he
has dropped passes this year, he does not
feel like he has dropped too many.
Carr says Edwards has played brilliant
football the last two weeks, especially
without the ball. When asked if the two
were currently on the same page, Carr
had just one word to say: "Absolutely."
Carr said the reason he took his issues
with Edwards public was because he
thought it was the only way his 20-year-
old receiver would get the message. He
also said that Edwards might have been
distracted going into season with the
hype surrounding the No. 1 jersey.
"I tried to give him the message pri-
vately, and he wasn't getting it," Carr
said. "But I was never critical of him.
"Braylon is a highly motivated guy,
and I think eoing into a season like this.

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