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10 - Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

The losses hurt, but aren't
we still Michigan fans?

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T his past weekend was
another tough loss for
Michigan fans to swallow.
But despite the incompetence on
the field, the
true embar-
rassmentI
took place off
the field and
in the student
section.
From
where I sat r
in section 30, H. JOSE
I saw three B
separate inci- BOSCH
dents of stu-
dent violence.
No, not Michigan students beat-
ing up on Oregon students. While
I'd never condone that, I can at
least make sense of it.
No, Wolverine fans were fight-
ing other Wolverine fans.
A couple of the scuffles really
had nothing to do with the action
on the field. But the most embar-

rassing fight occurred when two
students went toe-to-toe over
how to react properly to the game.
One felt the need to boo, while the
other clearly disagreed.
Granted, I've seen much worse
at other places. Some may even
say those scuffles in the student
section were barely fights. But
they're proof that tensions have
been running a bit high the last
couple of weeks.
I know it's been tough to watch
the Wolverines this season. With
all the preseason hype, we all
expected a special year. Instead,
it's on its way to being "special"
for all the wrong reasons.
Yet whether you've cheered,
screamed and supported the team
till the last minute or booed when
Chad Henne threw the first of
many bad passes, we all have one
thing in common: We're Michi-
gan Wolverines.
There's no place better than
the Big House on football Satur-

day. The tailgating along State
Street, the marching band's pro-
cession from Revelli Hall to the
stadium, the 110,000-plus people
crammed into a single stadium
void of advertisements on the
field. Heck, all of that great stuff
happens even before the band
plays "The Victors" in its 'M' for-
mation and the team rushes out of
the tunnel. Michigan football is a
beautiful thing.
There aren't many college stu-
dents (dare I say none) who have
a college gameday experience
better than we have at Michigan.
Sure, we may not be the loud-
est fan base, and many are fair
weather. But that's OK, because
it all boils down the several Sat-
urdays in the fall when we all
have a chance to hang out with
our friends, families and fellow
students to watch a game at the
greatest college football stadium
in the country.
See BOSCH, Page 11

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Senior running back Mike Hartguaranteed Michigan would beat Notre Dame Saturday, no matter who is under center.
Players qick to lne
pbehind Hart

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By KEVIN WRIGHT
Daily Sports Editor
Brandent Englemon isn't in the
business of making guarantees, but
that doesn't mean he won't back
one up. N
So when the
fifth-year senior
safety heard a reporter ask wide
receiver Adrian Arrington about
Mike Hart guaranteeingvictory, he
didn't hesitate with his response.
"He's just trying to spark this
team," Englemon said. "Being the
captain, we have to rally behind
him.
"Even though we lost the first
two games, he still has the confi-
dence in us to come out and guar-
antee a victory. And as a team, we
have to rally behind him on this."
Arrington first heard Hart's
choice words yesterday, but he was
quick to support his captain.
"I actually didn't know he made
that comment," Arrington said.
"That's our captain. So, if that's
what he said, then I'm sure every-
one on this team is going to give it
their all to back him up."

Far from home: Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr turned in a polar oppo-
site performance from Saturday's
reflective post-game press confer-
ence.
When Carr addressed the media
yesterday, he was combative.
One reporter started to ask a
question when Carr interrupted
him and asked if he was trying to
dominate the press conference.
The reporter said no one else had
a question, and Carr grudgingly let
himproceed.
Later, another reporter asked if
Carr would take any disciplinary
action after seeing wide receiver
Greg Mathews kick an Oregon
defender in the crotch.
Here's the back-and-forth that
followed:
"I didn't say that," Carr said.
"That's why I'm asking the ques-
tion," the reporter said. "Will you
take disciplinary action?"
"Any more questions?" respond-
ed Carr, after a pause.
Bottom dwellers: The Wolver-
ines' record isn't the only indica-
tion of their woes this season. The
Big Ten statistical rankings also tell
a sad tale.

The supposedly potent Michi-
gan offense currently sits in 11th
place in the conference in scoring
offense, and the Wolverine scoring
defense is also last.
Michigan averages 19.5 points
per game, with five touchdowns, a
far cry from Purdue, which leads
the conference with an average of
52 points per game.
"Offensively, I would say that
we are moving the ball pretty well,
but we can't finish, or we will have
some penalties that slow down the
drive," Arrington said. "We just
haven't been finishing well."
But as bad as the offense has
looked in the red zone, the defense's
stats tell the grimmest story.
Ron English's unit ranks last in
the Big Ten in rushing defense, pass
defense efficiency and opponent's
third-down conversion rate.
The defense has already given up
491 rushing yards in two games. Its
2006 counterparts surrendered 564
rushing yards the entire season.
"We're disappointed because we
know we could be better," Engle-
monsaid. "It's just aplay or two here
or there that we're not finishing or
executing, and collectively, we just
have to keep getting better."

Standing tall: Draves breaks
out in her senior season

By DAN FELDMAN
Daily Sports Writer
When senior Sarah 'Draves
came to Michigan volleyball
games in fourth grade, she
stayed as far away from the court
as possible. She snuck off to the
top row of Cliff Keen Arena to do
her math homework.
"That's how much I hated
watching volleyball," Draves
said. "I brought my fractions
homework."
For her first three years with
the Wolverines, she wasn't all
that much more involved in the
matches, playing in just 51 of a
possible 339 games.
Draves entered Michigan
in 2004 as part of the nation's

sixth-ranked recruiting class.
Her four classmates all set fresh-
men program records - Katie
Bruzdzinski (kills), Lyndsay
Miller (blocks), Stesha Selsky
(digs) and Mara Martin (assists,
as a redshirt).
Even at 6 foot 5, which makes
her the tallest player in Michigan
history, Draves had been hidden
behind the rest of her talented
class, a Monday-through-Thurs-
day player as she describes it.
Her main contributions came in
practice, helping the team pre-
pare for its weekend matches.
"I've always been told my
potential is high because of (my
height)," Draves said. "I think I
probably took a lot of pressure
from that."

Originally listed a middle
blocker, then outside hitter,
Draves now plays right side.
Her current position allows her
to pick her spots to go for a kill
because opponents focus in on
Michigan's outside hitters and
middle blockers. It's the perfect
place for someone who has spent
most of her career out of the
spotlight.
"It's like a sneak attack,"
Draves said.
The Ypsilanti native has also
changed her approach this sea-
son. In the past, Draves's focus
has been on reaching her poten-
tial. Now her focus is on consis-
tency.
See VOLLEYBALL, Page 11

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