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The Wolverines are now 1-0 in their "second season," but last
Saturday's gamecamewith plentyofmistakes. Thedefense
looked stronger but frequently found itself in sudden-change
situations during the first half after offensive turnovers.
But Michigan showed its heart, guts and ability to come back.
Against Illinois, the Wolverines will likely need all three.
They've showed they can win against one of the best in the Big
Ten - but Saturday, they'll need to show they can be consistent.
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2008 Michigan Schedule
Utah, L 23-25: Michigan was expected to have growing pains. And after a failed comeback
8/30 attempt, the Wolverines were on the wrong end of an opening game for the second year in a row.
9/6 Miami (Ohio), W 16-6: At least this game isn't against Oregon. Michigan should be able to win
against the average Mid-American Conference team or the Wolverines might really be in trouble.
/13 at Notre Dame,L17-35: Withsix turnovers, it looked like this could be one of.
the sloppiest games the Wolverines wquld play. It was - for a week.
I27 Wisconsin, W 27-25: The first half was terrible. The second half was inspiring. And though Threet
9 continues to improve, the Wolverines had no rhythm.until their backs were against the wall.
0/4 Illinois: After facing Juice Williams and company the week after squaring off against the
/ Badgers, the Wolverines will know if they're really cut out for Big Ten contention this year.
10/11 Toledo: Enter token cupcake game here. That's what Michigan thought last year in its
October game against Eastern Michigan, anyway, before the Eagles kept it close.
1/1 at Penn State: Penn State is returning to its spread offense, and it hopes it will be better than
ever. "Spread HD," as the Nittany Lions call it, should test Michigan's experienced defense.
1 r~i'~ Michigan State: We've heard it every year - Michigan State will be good this year, seriously.
10/25~ But with superstar Spartan running back Javon Ringer, it could actually happen.
11 at Purdue: Senior.quarterback Curtis Painter may give Michigan's secondary
1 trouble, but that's about all the Wolverines need to worry about.
11/8 at Minnesota: Watch out - Minnesota has already quadrupled its win total from last year.
11/15 .Northwestern: It's always good to have a game against a doormat before facing Ohio State,
1 15~ right? As long as Michigan doesn't underestimate the-Wildcats, it should be an easy game.
/ at Ohio State: Michigan has lost four straight against the Buckeyes, and Ohio
State will be shooting for a prime BCS bowl bid. This could be ugly.
Wolverines respond to
newest asset in Barwis
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team's strength and conditioning
He decided to pursue a career in
strength and conditioning because
he felt he could influence kids' lives
the most in that field.
BEING ABLE TO REACH KIDS
There are about 100 players on
the Michigan football team. With-
in a few months of his arrival, each
one of them had bought into Bar-
wis's conditioning system.
For some, committing to the
program occurred the first time
they met, They saw his -intensity
and how much he cared.
For others,like Taylor,itrequired
a more personal approach.
But he found a way to connect
with every player.
"He's a great motivator," Greg
said. "That's an absolute gift. He
could get you to do things that you
yourself didn't believe that you
were able of accomplishing."
For Mike, the key is building a
When he worked at West Vir-
ginia, Judy coached high school
field hockey. She didn't like what
she was seeing out of her team, so
she called the best motivator she
knew - her son.
Mike told her to continue to
build up her team's self-esteem
to the situation would only make it
'A lot of the high school and
junior high coaches need a course
in sports psychology,' " Judy
recalled Mike saying. "We always
tried to build our boys' self-esteem
and not humiliate and embarrass
Through Barwis' positive
approach, players see his genuine
desire for them to achieve their
potential. If they sense he's being
unauthentic with them, they'll
have trouble connecting.
"You can fool an adult, but you
can never fool a kid in terms of
how you feel about them," Judy
said. "It's a given that you can take
a child and put them in a situation
and they can tell who's faking and
who really cares."
Between his genuine attitude
and his ability to read what works
for each player, Mike is able to get
them to buy into his system.
Actually, Greg can only think of
one person who hasn't been fully
motivated by Barwis's condition-
ing program - himself.
"I'm probably his only-failure in
life that he hasn't gotten his father
in the same shape he has gotten
his athletes in," Greg said. "I'm 60
years old,.and I'm sure, given a lit-
tle time, he could probably whoop
me into shape."
Pay the Price to run faster
Pay the price to get stronger
Pay the price to jump higher
Pay the price to stay the same.
This message is on a sign above
the door from the Michigan weight
room to the practice fields in Oost-
His parents have paid this price.
His father worked 16-hour shifts
in construction - often through
the night. His mother would stay at
school five hours after it closed..
Early on, Mike learned the
importance of putting in the nec-
"No matter what he was
engaged in, he gave 110 percent,"
Greg said. "He was raised that
way, that you only got out what
you put in."
In academics, .he graduated
summa cum laude from West
Over the summer in high
school and college, he either
worked construction with his
father to earn some money or
During college, he would work
on the weekends or take jobs
that required him to wake up at
At Michigan, Mike regularly
works 15-hour days. But if a play-
er needs help with anything, he
won't hesitate to stay even lon-
Whether it be in the training
room, movement science home-
work or assisting with their per-
sonal life, he doesn't hesitate to
lend a helping hand.
"The kids see that, and so they
are willing to give everything
they have because he sacrificed
for them," Autumn said.
At the end of the day, Mike
comes home from work and
spends time with his 16-month-
old son, Ray.
"I'm not going to be the guy
who goes home at night and looks
in the mirror and says I let any-
body down," Barwis said. "That's
not going to happen."
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will continue being in bad spots.
Jason Gingell took-over on kick-
offs for K.C. Lopata against Wiscon-
sin. He was impressive, especially
on a booming kick into the endzone
after Michigan cut the deficit to five
points in the fourth quarter.
Last year, the Illini blew an
11-point lead to the Wolverines on a
nationally televised Saturday night
game. They're also coming off a
tough road loss at Penn State last
week. Illinois already has two loss-
es, and a third will send this highly
hyped team on the road to a disap-
The Wolverines are coming off
the first big win of the Rich Rodri-
guez era. The question will be
whether they can ride the momen-
tum from the second-half comeback
or come out deflated.
JEREMY CHO/Daily Edge: Push
Redshirt freshman quarterback Steven Threet will be tested by the
Illinois secondary Saturday. Prediction: Michigan wins 27-24
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