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October 2009 Football ",

MICHIGAN DEPTH CHART
VS.
DELAWARE STATE

OFFENSE

QB

1. Forcier, Tate Freshman, No. 5
2. Robinson, Denard Freshman, No. 16

RB 1. Minor, Brandon Senior, No. 4
2. Brown, Carlos Senior, No. 23
FB 1.Moundros, Mark RS junior, No. 44
FB 2. Grady, Kevin Fifth-year senior, No. 24
W R 1. Stonum, Darryl Sophomore, No.22
2. Mathews, Greg Senior, No. 13
W R 1. Hemingway, Junior RS sophomore, No. 21
2. Savoy, LaTerryal Fifth-year senor, No. 82
SLO T 2.Odoms, Martavious Sophomore No. 7
Grady, Kelvin RSsophomore, No.19

CHANELVONsHABSBUeG-LoOHRINGEsNal
Freshman Denard Robinson will likely get more playing time
Saturday, and his speed will prove to be too much for the Hornets,.
Breakdown:'
will outplay DSU in
every facet of game

DEFENSE
S 1. Graham, Brandon Senior, No. 55
2. Heininger, Will R Ssophomore, No. 39
T i 1. Van Bergen, Ryan RS sophomore, No. 53
2 Banks, GregJunior, No. 92
T i1Martin, Mike Sophomore, No. 68
2. Campbell, William Freshman, No. 73
1. Roh, Craig Freshman, No. 88
2. Herron, Brandon RS sophomore, No. 58
M LB i. Ezeh, Obi S onior,No. 45
!'ALB 2. Fitzgerald, JB. Sophomore, No. 42
1. Mouton, Jonas RS junior, No. 8
2.Leach, KevinRS sophomore, No. 52
S 1. Brown; Stevie Senior, No. 3
B 2. Simmons, Floyd RS freshman, No. 23
LC 1. Warren, Donovan Junior, No. 6
L'. 2. Turner, J.T. Freshman
S 1.Kovacs, Jordan RS freshman, No. 32
2. Van Slyke, Jared RS sophomore
F 1. Williams, Mike RS sophomore, No. 40
2. Emilien, Vladimir RS freshman, No. S
RC i 1. Woolfolk, Try Junior, No. 29
R 2. Floyd, J.T. RS freshman, No.12

The Michigan football team's winged helmets have been a staple since the team's 1938 opening game and are now the most iconic symbol of Wolverine tradition.

MAX COLLINS/Daily

Hornets to face winged helmets
for the second time this season

TE

1. Koger, Kevin Sophomore, No. 86
2. Webb, Martell Junior, No. 80

LT i.Ortmann, Mark Fifth-year senior, No. 71
2. Dorrestein, Perry RS junior, No. 79

By RUTH LINCOLN
and ANDY REID
Daily Sports Editors
It's fall break. It's starting to
get cold. Oh, and the Wolver-
ines are playing a school you
hadn't heard of until the Athletic
Department scheduled the game
in February.
We get it - you're not exactly
excited about Saturday.
But, let's be honest, Michigan
football is still Michigan football.
Whether the Wolverines are play-
ing Ohio State or Delaware State,
you should be pumped to see the
maize-and-blue-clad players run-
ning under the "Go Blue" banner
before the game.
Obviously, the Hornets are
pretty overmatched here, but that
willgivesomeyoungWolverines a
chance to get some much-needed
experience. Players like running
back Vincent Smith, defensive
lineman William Campbell and
quarterback Denard Robinson
should be getting a lot of playing
time this week.

MICHIGAN RUSHING
OFFENSE VS. DELAWARE STATE
RUSHING DEFENSE
Want a glimpse into the future
of Michigan tailbacks? Pay atten-
tion on Saturday. The Hornets
have surrendered 202.8 rushing
yards per game so far this season.
With senior tailback Carlos Brown
questionable for Saturday with a
concussion and Brandon Minor
constantly battling a nagging high
ankle sprain, consider this a bye
week for the senior stars.
Watch for sophomore Michael
Shaw and true freshman Vincent
Smithtocuttheirteethagainstthe
Hornets. Shaw has already shown
flashes of his speed this season,
tallying a five-yard touchdown
run against Eastern Michigan.
And the 5-foot-6 Smith is more
physical than his size would sug-
gest. Whenever the Wolverines
practice the extremely intense
"M" drill, Smith is always the one
to speedily break the tackles.
Edge: Michigan
See BREAKDOWN, Page 7B

LG
C

1. Schilling, Steve RS junior, No. 52
2. Mealer, Elliott RS freshman, No. 57
1. Moosman, David Fifth-year senior, No. 60
2. Khoury, Rocko RS freshman, No. 63

RG 1.Huyge, Mark RS sophomore, No. 72
2. Barnum, Ricky RS freshman, No. 56
RT 1.Dorrestein, Perry RS junior, No. 79
2. Omameh,Patrick Sophomore, No. 65

DSU lost to
Delaware 27-17
earlier this season
By COURTNEY RATKOWIAK
Daily SportsEditor
There was something different
about those Wolverines.
On Oct. 1, 1938, Michigan beat
Michigan State 14-0 - and the
game was a sign of change.
"For Michigan, victory was as
sweet as nectar," The Michigan
Daily sportswriter Bud Benjamin
wrote. "For the first time in four
long years the sun began to peep
through the clouds. Michigan foot-
ball was on its way back -
"Why on its way back? What's
new and improved on this 1938
team?"
The lasting answer to that ques-
tion wasn't detailed in the Daily,
but we know now that what was
truly new about Michigan was
its winged helmets - now the
most lasting symbol of Wolverine

tradition.
When former Michigan player
David Nelson got the coaching job
at Delaware in 1951, he took the
helmets with him.
And this season, Delaware's in-
state "rival" Delaware State's two
biggest games of the season are
against teams that sport the tradi-
tion-rich headgear.
Delaware State's game against
Delaware, played on Sept. 19, and
the Hornets' game against Michi-
gan on Saturday were both ini-
tially intended to be just schedule
fillers. The game against Delaware
has turned into an attempt tobuild
tradition, but the game against
Michigan is a one-and-done affair.
Even though FCS (formerly
Division 1-AA) schools Delaware
and Delaware State are only locat-
ed an hour apart, they had never
scheduled a regular-season game
until one of Delaware's opponents
pulled out of its contract and the
Blue Hens needed to fill the open
date. Delaware State lost 27-17 last
month, but the two schools worked
out an agreement and will now play

each oth
But ti
Michiga
intended
Michiga
"It's
a
yo
Sati
Michiga
added th
ensure t
have eig
for 12 s
Rodrigu
"Yeah
guez sai
ment pr
- they

ier in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 12th game. But from a football
he Hornets' game against coach, heck yeah. Let's play five or
n tomorrow was always six, or four or five, and then have a
d to be just an easy way for bye week and go."
n to get to 12 games. The Rodriguez said it has been nice
to be able to schedule teams where
Michigan doesn't have to return
the favor of traveling to a game.
not the same Of course, some of those one-way
teams have been Toledo, which
tmosphere beat Michigan 13-10 last year,
and FCS team Appalachian State,
u have on a which shocked the Wolverines,
34-32.
rirnetin e Those games have predictably
come up in discussion this week.
urday night" "I knew I was gonna get that
question," cornerback Troy Wool-
folk said immediately when asked
if this week reminds him at all of
n Athletic Department the game against the Mountain-
he game on Feb. 7, 2009 to eers. The questions were bound to
hat the Wolverines would happen -- after all, Michigan is 0-1
;ht home games but play against FCS opponents all-time.
traight weeks, something But this opponent is nothing like
ez said he didn't prefer. Appalachian State, one of the most
. I'd play 11 games," Rodri- dominant FCS teams of all time.
id. "Our Athletic Depart- En route to a 1-3 record, Delaware
obably wouldn't like that State has yet to score a single point
want the revenue from a in the third quarter of games. It is

averaging 14.2 points per contest,
has made just one of six field goals
and lost 9-7 to previously winless
Bethune-Cookman last week after
giving up a field goal with a little
more than two minutes left in the
game.
Still, Rodriguez said Delaware
State and the Wolverines have
similar offenses, and he mentioned
the Hornets' speed - as well as the
Appalachian State factor of under-
estimating a FCS opponent- as
things to possibly watch out for on
Saturday.
"As a coach, you worry about
everything," he said. "You worry
about a team that has, you know,
21, 22-year-olds, which they do,
eight or nine seniors. They've got
a chip on their shoulder because
they want to prove they can play
against our guys who are 18 and
19-year-olds in some spots.
"It's not the same atmosphere
you have on a primetime Satur-
day night game we had last week.
... We'll get their Super Bowl - it's
their best shot. So our guys have to
understand that."

SPECIAL TEAMS
P

K

KR
1. Stonum, Darryl Sophomore, No. 22
2. Grady, Kelvin RS sophomore, No.19

1. Olesnavage, Jason RS senior, No. 92 1. Mesko, Zoltan RS senior, No. 41
2. Gibbons, Brendan Freshman, No. 34 2. Wright, Bryan RS junior, No. 43

Note: Depth chart as predicted by Daily football writers.

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