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Goalies work on splitting
time in front of the net.

Megan Bowman and Lyndsay Miller team
up to master the middle block.




September 7, 2005


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Prep or
* Hall and crew
need to solidify
By Matt Venegoni
Daily Sports Editor
Having to replace two starters in the defensive backfield: not fun.
Having to replace two All-Americans in the secondary: damn near
That's the task at hand for the Michigan defense right now as it pre-
pares for Notre Dame, who gained 502 yards of total offense against
Pittsburgh last Saturday. The Wolverines must fill the spots vacated by
departed cornerback Marlin Jackson and safety Ernest Shazor. The two
were the anchor of the defense last year, with Jackson basically sealing off
half the field while Shazor provided staunch run defense and an impos-
ing presence over the middle. No one will forget the hit he laid on Purdue
wide receiver Bryant Dorian at the end of last season's 16-14 win in West
"I looked up to them," junior Leon Hall said. "Those are big holes to
fill, but we have the personnel to do it."
Hall is now the leader of the secondary, but, even with his experience
and ability, the results from the first game without Jackson and Shazor
were mixed. The fact that returning starting safety Ryan Mundy missed
about three weeks of practice with a left shoulder injury didn't help much
either. Without the junior in the mix, the Wolverines used three new start-
ers playing together for the first time.
"We've just got to learn on the fly and get comfortable," Mundy said
of the new starters. "It's just one of those things that time will tell."
It was evident throughout parts of Saturday's game against Northern
Illinois that the secondary was still trying to gel. No play made that more
apparent than the 76-yard touchdown scamper by Huskies running back
Garrett Wolfe. It appeared that fifth-year senior cornerback Grant Mason
had containment on the outside of the play, but he let Wolfe get to the side-
line instead of funneling him back toward the middle of the field. That
was all the space Wolfe needed as he headed toward the endzone.
"They ran the ball my way, and I was supposed to dig the wing, and
I think I left a little too much space between me and the wing," Mason
said. "That gave my safety a little indecision of where he was supposed
to be at."
That safety was Mundy, who only played sparingly due.to his injury.
But he thinks that the unit did not suffer with senior Willis Barringer
starting in his place.{
"Everyone forgets this, but Willis staired two years ago so he's not
a new guy out there," Mundy said.
Michigan's secondary used the whole depth chart, playing everyone
See SECONDARY, page 21A

Irish Begins

Big House:
Pump up
the volume
M ichigan students, why so quiet?
Are you scared of a little sore
throat? Do you think the cute
sorority girl in the next row will be
impressed by your stone-cold silence as the
Wolverines' defense takes the field?
I'm sick of the excuses and the rationaliza-
tions. There's no rea-
son that 110,000-plus
fans - including tens
of thousands of inebri-
ated students - can't r'
suck it up, swallow
their pride and make
Michigan Stadium an
intimidating place to
play for EVERY visit-
ing team.
I know the poten- MATT
tial this student body SINGER
has. I know girls Spitting Fire
who can list every
player on the Michigan depth chart. I know
guys who, without looking at the roster,
can say who shares Steve Breaston's No. 15
(linebacker Chip Cartwright). I know how
unbelievably difficult it is to get college stu-
dents out of bed at 8 a.m., and I'm constantly
amazed at how many are able to do it each
and every Football Saturday. You love this
team, and you know your football. But for
whatever reason, during most non-rivalry
games, the Big House barely makes a blip on
the decibel meter.
This is about more than pride - in foot-
ball, more than any other sport, the crowd
can impact a game. False start penalties;
wasted timeouts and miscommunications
at the line of scrimmage can all result
from rabid fans making their voices heard.
But Northern Illinois didn't make a single
crowd-induced mistake during Michigan's
home opener.
Being an active football fan isn't just
about cheering big plays and booing the
oppos'ition. It's about strategically using
crowd noise to give the home team an advan-
tage. It doesn't matter if you're a freshman or
senior, a sorority girl or an engineering guy.
Each and every one of us has arole to play
in helping Michigan Stadium become not
just the biggest, but the loudest stadium in
college football. I've included a few helpful
guidelines to help make this goal a reality:
Don't be afraid to be heard: I under-
stand that it may feel a little weird scream-
ing your lungs out when the rest of your
section is watching in silence. But for any
significant noise level to emerge, some-
.one has to be a leader and start things off.
From my own experience, if one or two
See SINGER, page 21A

Notre Dame looked downright scary on Saturday, shocking the foot-
ball nation Saturday in its season opener. The Irish took it to No.
23 Pittsburgh, 42-21. The most impressive numbers came on the
offensive side of the ball, where the Irish put up over 500 yards of
total offense. New Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis - formerly an
offensive coordinator for the Super Bowl champion Patriots - has
been quoted as saying that college defensive coordinators won't be able
to stop his pro-style offense. After one week, it looks like he might be
right. As the Michigan defense prepares for Notre Dame, we give you
a look at the numbers that Notre Dame was able to put up last week
at No. 23 Pittsburgh:
" 502 - Total yards of offense put up by the Irish. They
rolled up 275 yards on the groundand added 227 more through
the air.41
" 154.33- Passer rating for quarterback Brady
Quinn. The junior complete 18 of 27 passes for 227 yards
and two touchdowns. His longest throw was a 51-yard
hookup with running back Darius Walker.
. 40 -The lucky number for Notre Dame
running backs. Three players other than Quinn
rushed for more than 40 yards each on Saturday. Walker led
all rushers with 100 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown.
Walker also caught three passes for 52 yards and another TD
* 7 - Number of Irish players who caught passes. Quinn
spread the ball around like a pro: No one caught more than
four passes, and three players had more than 40 receiving yards.
Tight end Anthony Fasano led all receivers with four grabs. .4Q.

Junior safety Ryan Mundy has battled injuries and missed most of Saturday's 33-17 victory over Northern Illinois. Mundy's absence
depleted an already thin Wolverine secondary, which will look to slow down the Irish this weekend.

Thoughts of hurricane remain with Kraus

By Ian Herbert
Daily Sports Editor
Last week was quite a week for junior
center Adam Kraus. In a moment that
he called "bittersweet," Kraus got the
starting nod in Saturday's victory over
Northern Illinois just days after Hurri-
cane Katrina devastated his hometown.
Kraus is from New Orleans, and his
house is just three blocks from the water.
He now knows that his immediate family
is safe - they evacuated to a small town

outside of Jackson, Miss., last Sunday
- but he still hasn't heard about the con-
ditions of his house and some extended
"We're not really sure, but we're stay-
ing optimistic," Kraus said about his
lakeside home.
His sister, Elizabeth, went to Tulane,
and she is now enrolled at Michigan.
On Saturday, the family went to the Big
House to watch Michigan defeat North-
ern Illinois. They had been to plenty of
Michigan football games before, but this

time Kraus was the starting center.
At the beginning of the season, Kraus
wasn't sure if he was going to be starting
for the Wolverines. He came to Michigan
as a tight end, but, as he said, "I was a big
tight end, and I knew coming in that (a
move to offensive line) could have hap-
He caught 38 receptions for 492 yards
and two touchdowns in two years of
playing tight end at Brother Martin High
School. And he was rated as the No. 10
tight end prospect by rivals.com. When

he got to Michigan he talked to coaches
about making the switch to offensive
line, but playing at center never crossed
his mind.
Kraus, who is now 6-foot-6, 311
pounds, is certainly built like a lineman.
But even when he made the change to
the line after last year and switched his
number from No. 83 to No. 57, he still
was not guaranteed a starting job. Last
year's center David Baas had made the
transition to the NFL, but Michigan
See KRAUS, page 21A

Size not an issue for Stacy

By Jamie Josephson
and Anne Uible
Daily Sports Writers
Big things are expected this sea-
son from 5-foot-6 Jake Stacy of the
Michigan men's soccer team.
The freshman hailing from Grand
Rapids is one of the smallest mem-
bers of the squad and hopes to assist
in the development of the Wolver-
ines' new offense.
"Jake is a guy that can and will do
a lot for us once he finds his way and
coal-scoring form," Michigan coach

championship, was placed on sev-
eral All-State teams and was named
Michigan's 2004 Mr. Soccer for his
work on the field.
"I think playing soccer in college
is more intense than high school ball,
especially in the Big Ten," Stacy
said. "It's harder, it's faster, and it's
stronger. It's a big change."
Starting at forward in Michigan's
disappointing 3-1 loss to Massachu-
setts on Monday, Stacy found several
open looks at the net within the first
five minutes of the game but came up
just short of converting each time.

it's much more physical."
With his small stature, oftentimes
players think they can push him
around on the field. But Stacy is
able to effectively capitalize on his
assumed disadvantage. Stacy uses
his size to maneuver around larger
players, finding holes in many teams'
formations. As a forward, he is a key
playmaker for finishing goals.
"Obviously, most players are big-
ger and stronger than I am, but I think
that sometimes they won't expect me
to be as fast as I am," he said.
Burns likened some aspects of

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