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Breaking do
By Gabe Edelson
Daily Sports Writer
It happened just four days ago, but it's arguably the most-
talked-about play of Michigan's season.
Coach Lloyd Carr had just burned the Wolverines' third and
final timeout with 1:27 left on the clock, and Michigan had Min-
nesota pinned back at its own 26-yard line on Saturday. The
score was 20-20, and the Gophers - who were trying to run
out the clock to force overtime - faced a third-and-10 situation.
Michigan settled into a 4-3 defensive alignment, and the ball
was snapped.
Minnesota quarterback Tony Mortensen, playing in
place of the injured Bryan Cupito, handed the ball off to
Gophers backup running back Gary Russell, who head-
ed toward the right sideline. Wolverines defensive end
Alan Branch was knocked off-balance, but he reached
for Russell's legs as he fell. Russell narrowly avoided the
defensive lineman and cut even farther to the outside.
Minnesota wide receiver Jared Ellerson forced Michigan
cornerback Grant Mason out of bounds, and outside line-
backer Prescott Burgess was sealed off from the play by
tight end Matt Spaeth.
Russell had room to move, and he took full advantage of it,
tip-toeing down the white boundary for 61 yards and sapping
the energy and enthusiasm out of Michigan players and fans
with every hash mark he left in the dust.
Three plays later, Minnesota kicker Jason Giannini nailed a
30-yard field goal to clinch the Gophers' victory.
"I think (Burgess) got caught looking into the backfield
instead of at the tight end, and he was just unable to turn the ball
back inside," Carr said. "He was looking in the backfield, (so)
that part of his technique broke down and the ball got outside."
Carr also found fault with backup safety Brandon Harrison's


'the run'

pursuit angle to get to Russell. Harrison and Jamar Adams were
in the game in place of starting safeties Willis Barringer and
Brandent Englemon, both of whom left earlier with injuries.
"Our safety (Harrison) took a bad angle, and, when he did,
now he had to turn (and lose more time)," Carr said.
Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of the play's outcome was
the fact that everybody in Maize and Blue expected a run on the
down. The Wolverines' failure to stop Russell's forward prog-
ress highlighted a serious problem that has plagued Michigan's
performances all season: an inability to stop running plays to
the perimeters of the gridiron.
"I'm not exactly sure why it's so hard (to contain the outside),"
defensive tackle Gabe Watson said. "We watch film, and we try
to correct the mistakes for the following week, but we have to do
it. We can't just talk about it."
Russell's run gave rush end LaMarr Woodley flashbacks to
Michigan's 23-20 loss at Wisconsin on Sept. 24. Badgers run-
ning back Brian Calhoun tore up the Wolverines' defense for
214 all-purpose yards, including 39 on seven touches during
Wisconsin's final fourth-quarter, game-winning drive. Calhoun
used a flurry of runs to the outside and screen-pass receptions
to beat Michigan.
"I'm pretty sure that Minnesota looked at tapes from Wis-
consin or something," Woodley said. "They decided to run (the
ball), and they executed it pretty good."
Carr also indicated the absences of injured defensive
ends Rondell Biggs and Jeremy Van Alstyne, along with
the loss of half of Michigan's secondary, as factors con-
tributing to Russell's success on the now-infamous snap.
Because of the depleted depth on the defensive line,
Branch was moved from his natural tackle position to
end, a spot he isn't as familiar with. Carr also cited his
defenders' fatigue - they were on the field for nearly 18
minutes in the second half - as another possible reason

Safety Jalnar Adams tackles Minnesota's Laurence Maroney. Michigan has struggled to contain outside runs all year.
for the Wolverines' collapse. Michigan's difficulty in turning talented runners to the mid-
But such breakdowns on defense have been all too common dIe of the field is something the Wolverines know they must
for Michigan this year. In the season opener, Northern Illinois eliminate.
running back Garrett Wolfe broke a 76-yard touchdown run "You're going to face running teams, and they're going to get
down the left sideline. The very next week, Notre Dame's Dari- their yards," rush linebacker Pierre Woods said. "But you have
us Walker used repeated runs around the tackles to accumulate to hope to contain them."
104 rushing yards and control the clock. So far this season, the Wolverines haven't.

Illness 'bump in the road' for Morris

By Colt Rosensweig
Daily Sports Writer
When senior forward Katie Morris was diag-
nosed with diabetes, it never crossed her mind
to give up sports.
"The doctor came in and said, 'Katie, you
have Type I diabetes, and you need to go to the
hospital,' " Morris said. And I thought, 'But I
have lacrosse practice!"'
Because of the disease, Morris's body does
not produce the insulin necessary to absorb
nutrients from food.
"I was losing a bunch of weight (despite) eat-
ing all the time," Morris said. "I just thought I
had this great metabolism."
After first feeling overwhelmed by the sheer
volume of new information, Morris saw her dia-
betes as something she would need to adjust to.
"You have to learn to count carbohydrates
in food, and you have to learn how to manage
exercise and diet," Morris said. "So it was a big
learning process for me."
Part of dealing with diabetes is monitoring
her blood sugar levels during competition. Mor-
ris has to come out of games halfway through
the first half, at halftime and halfway through

the second half to prick her finger for a read- ment and insulin and really paying attention to

Gatorade and insulin injections are always on
hand to help her maintain a proper balance. The
team's athletic trainer has a special section in her
medical bag specifically for Morris's equipment.
"Since sophomore year (of high school), I've
taken over 10,000 injections (of insulin)," Mor-
ris said. "But it just becomes a part of your
In an arena like sports, where it is often a
badge of honor to play through pain, Morris
often faces the difficult decision of whether to
pull herself out of practice or games.
"That's the toughest (thing) - pulling myself
out, making sure I'm really in tune with my
body, admitting when it's not right for me to
be playing," Morris said. "Hopefully, (my team-
mates) know that if I could be in there, I would
Morris has had to keep even tighter control
over her diabetes since she came to Michigan.
"In high school, if you're not feeling your
best, you can probably get through practice,"
Morris said. "Here, you want to compete and be
the best player you can be out on the field. That
means being more disciplined with the treat-

pregame meals."
Morris's disciplined management of her dia-
betes has not gone unnoticed by her coach and
teammates, who have provided constant sup-
port, encouragement and understanding.
"That's great leadership," Michigan coach
Nancy Cox said. "(She) has a chronic diagno-
sis, and she has managed it beautifully. What
an incredible testimony to (her) senior leader-
Morris is not only an inspiration to her team-
mates but to other young athletes dealing with
"I always encourage young diabetics to keep
playing, keep doing things," Morris said. "Dia-
betes can't stop you - it's just something you
need to accommodate."
The disease certainly hasn't prevented Mor-
ris from being successful. She was named team
tri-captain and has started every game for the
Wolverines this season, scoring eight goals
and notching three assists for a team-high 19
"I took (diabetes) on as a battle I.was going to
deal with," Morris said. "Getting diabetes was a
bump in the road, but it didn't stop me."


Type I Diabetes hasn't slowed down senior Kalte Morris.

Dunlap rekindles cross-town rivalry

By Daniel Levy
Daily Sports Writer
After two years of playing hockey at Boston
University, then-sophomore Adam Dunlap decid-
ed it was time for a change. He spent most of
his two years on the bench and was not getting
what he had hoped to from Boston University,
so he started looking elsewhere. Dunlap decided
to transfer from Boston University to Michigan
before the 2004-05 season.
"I didn't think the atmosphere in the East is
the same as the Midwest," said Dunlap, who is
now a senior. "Michigan has a lot more social
activities, a better academic environment and I
like the support of the students for the athletic
While this is the defenseman's second season as
a Wolverine, he has yet to see ice time. Last year,
Dunlap was forced to sit out the entire season due to

NCAA rules regarding transfers. This year, Mich-
igan's talented class of freshmen - which includes
two defensemen - has forced him to watch from the
bench. Despite this, Dunlap is still having fun, and
the thought of leaving Ann Arbor has never crossed
the senior's mind.
"It's frustrating, but I'm having a great time,"
Dunlap said. "I'm enjoying myself, and I couldn't
imagine being anywhere else."
Two games have gone by with Dunlap being
left out of the lineup in both, listed as a healthy
scratch. But he still keeps himself motivated and
working hard in practice, knowing hockey is a
rough sport and, at any time, a player could go
down to injury. If that player happened to be a
defenseman, Dunlap would be called upon to
step up and perform.
"I know that, in case someone gets hurt, I
would have to go in and play," Dunlap said. "I
would have to fill their spot while they're out and

help the team."
Dunlap's presence on the team adds some
intrigue to this Friday's matchup against No.
5 Boston College. As a former Boston Terrier,
Dunlap got to experience the intense Boston Uni-
versity-Boston College rivalry first hand, and
he would love for Michigan to beat his former
Dunlap gave some indications that he might
say something special to try to fire up the team
before the game, but he was non-committal.
"They're the ones who have to go out and play
the game," he said.
But, when asked if he still contained feelings of
hatred toward the Eagles, Dunlap was much more firm
with his answer, simply saying: "I do."
The Wolverines will look to take care of busi-
ness for Dunlap, as well as notch a big early
season victory, when they host Boston College
Friday night at Yost Ice Arena.

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