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Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 9A
Senior a bright spot
for M' secondary
By KEVIN WRIGHT
Daily Sports Editor
Fifth-year senior Brandent
Englemon doesn't want to get into
it. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
declined to elaborate.
Whatever happened behind the
scenes, Englemon's spot on the
team was up in the air heading into
"I can't really speak on it,"
The Covington, K.Y., native was
coming off a season in which he
made five starts, played in every
game and collected 29 tackles.
Throw in the departure of start-
ing free safety Willis Barringer,
and Englemon appeared to be right
in the mix for a starting spot his
last year on campus.
But something came up.
"We both had a choice," Carr
said. "There were some things I
expected of him, and he proved to
me that he was serious in what he
said he wanted to do, and I'm glad
he came back."
Englemon may have taken some
time during the offseason to assess
his situation, but he didn't take
long to make his presence felt on
the football field against Appala-
Sophomore Stevie Brown had
been named the starting free safe-
ty, but after one half, a change was
Defensive coordinator Ron Eng-
lish turned to Englemon, and the
quiet and experienced leader didn't
The 5-foot-11 safety tackled
Appalachian State running back
Kevin Richardson for a four-yard
loss on the Mountaineers' first pos-
session of the third quarter.
The Wolverine defense stymied
the Appalachian State attack for
the majority of the second half,
holding the Mountaineers to just
two field goals.
"I guess coach (Vance) Bedford
and coach English just wanted to
put me in and see what I could do,"
Englemon said. "You never know
week by week what's going to hap-
And from the spark he provided
on the first play of the second half,
Englemon has been one of the few
bright spots on a weak Michigan
He didn't let Brown's season-
opener start bother him because
the veteran knew the defense
would use more than two safeties
at some point.
Instead, he was ready to come
in and do what he could to help the
Wolverines succeed on the field,
whether it was dropping Richard-
son on a screen pass or trying to
solidify a questionable secondary.
The Michigandefensehas drawn
a lot of heat for the 0-2 start, and
Englemon's ready to take on a larg-
er leadership role.
"I just got be more of a leader in
the secondary and on the defense,"
Englemon said. "(I need to) getpeo-
ple to understand the importance
of the little things that's making a
big difference come game time."
Englemon kept pointing to
those "little things" as the reason
for the secondary's struggles, and
he knows it's up to him and fel-
low senior Jamar Adams to instill
that mindset in the young guys on
Carr thinks Englemon can fill
"He's been through some ups
and downs, and he's been through
some difficult times in his career
here," Carr said. "But he's really a
solid guy of strong character and a
guy that really takes his role seri-
ously. He's a team guy. I hope he
continues to play like he has."
Fifth-year senior Brandent Englemon has been a bright spat an a Michigan detense that has suttered tram numerous miscues.
Weekend tilt offers some intriguing matchups
By H. JOSE BOSCH
Around the Nation got off to a
roaring start last week, going a
miraculous 3-1. And if it hadn't
been for TCU crapping out in the
fourth quarter against Texas, I'd
have every right to pop my col-
What? My scores were way
off? Doesn't matter. Looking
ahead to this weekend, there
are three games featuring two
Top-25 teams. This can only
mean one thing - that I'm in for
a rough weekend. Remember,
all the games I predict are 100-
percent correct ... except for the
ones I get wrong. Now onto the
No. 9 Louisville at Ken-
tucky - 7:30 p.m., ESPN 360
or ESPN Classic
This may seem like a boring
matchup but look closer - this
game features two exciting
quarterbacks. Louisville signal
caller Brian Brohm has already
thrown for 776 yards and nine
touchdowns in two games and
is a sexy pick for the Haisman.
Andre Woodson, the best player
you haven't seen, is coming off
a monster junior year in which
he threw for 3,515 yards and 31
touchdowns. Last season, the
Cardinals bullrushed the Wild-
cats and jumped to a 31-0 lead
before anyone knew what hap-
pened.' The same won't happen
this year, but Louisville will still
come out on top.
No. 9 Louisville 52, Kentucky
No. 22 Tennessee at No. 5
Florida - 3:30 p.m., CBS
If you decided this weekend's
Michigan-Notre Dame pillow
fight isn't worth attending, stay
in and watch two real college
football teams play. The Tim
Tebow era has officially begun
at The Swamp, and Gator fans
couldn't be happier with his per-
formance so far. Tebow was the
team's leading passer and rush-
er against Troy last weekend,
probably giving the defenders
nightmares as they slept on the
bus back home. Oh yeah, and the
Gators play Tennessee, who's
ranked 85th in total defense.
Good luck in the Swamp, fellas.
No. 5 Florida 44, No. 22 Ten-
No.1 Southern Cal at No.14
Nebraska - 8 p.m., ABC
If you're like. me and a fan of
the Jim Rome show, you'll know
fans of both schools have been at
each other's throats since July.
The Trojans are the clear favor-
ites in this game because, as Jim
Harbaugh once said, they're the
best team in the history of the
world, or something like that.
On the other hand, Nebraska has
been struggling to stay relevant.
This year may be difficult for
the Trojans because the Corn-
huskers get to play in front of
the home crowd. Common sense
tells me to take Southern Cal in
this one, but I'm a sucker for the
upset and I just have to pick just
No. 14 Nebraska 27, No. 1
Southern Cal 24
Left: Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has helped the Gators run over their opposition so far this season. Right: Nebraska's Sam Keller will look to ruin Southern Cal's season.
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