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October 20, 2010 - 3B
The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom October 20, 2010 - 3B
Campbell could change to
offensive line for next game,
M I C H I G A N
Att Yds Avg
8 38 4.8
3 6 2.0
No. Yds Avg Lg
3 151 50.3 63
3 151 50.3 63
No. Yds Avg Lg TD
6 118 19.7 27 0
6 118 19.7 27 0
No. Yds Avg Lg TD
1 0 W A
Robinson will be
100 percent for
By NICOLE AUERBACH
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan coach Rich Rodri-
guez has said
it's difficult to NOTEBOOK
in-season adjustments. But that
doesn't mean he's not looking
for chances to do just that.
On Tuesday's weekly Big Ten
teleconference, Rodriguez said
he's considering moving 6-foot-
5, 333-pound sophomore defen-
sive tackle Will Campbell to the
offensive side of the ball.
"He may be better suited to
play guard," Rodriguez said.
"He's not playing much on
defense. He's got a couple pret-
ty good guys in front of him.
I don't know if it's possible to
switch and learn a position from
one side of the ball to the other
(for this year); that's hard to do.
But we'll probably talk about
Campbell, a consensus five-
star defensive lineman from
Detroit Cass Tech, has seen the
field mostly on special teams,
and some time for goal-line
"Part of it is because (starting
defensive tackles) Mike Martin
and Adam Patterson are pretty
good, stronger, and they're pret-
ty active guys," Rodriguez said.
"Will is working harder, getting
himself in shape. He's got to
get better technique-wise, get-
ting off blocks and those kind of
"We're going to talk about it.
He's got a great attitude, and
he's working and doing every-
thing to help the team."
Rodriguez said any position
switches will likely occur soon
and that he would talk to his
HELLO, BYE WEEK: One thing
was clear after Saturday's loss
to Iowa, a game that left the
Wolverines bewildered and
bruised: The bye week couldn't
have come at a better time.
Not only will the extra week
off provide players with an
opportunity to heal minor inju-
ries and study for midterms, but
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"(Akron) is good at exploit-
ing gaps," Burns said. "We
pushed up a little too high and
left too much space behind us
with our defense. They were
able to do a really good job of
finding that gap in behind our
right defense, that's where the
first two goals came from. (Sar-
kodie) is a player that was able
Michigan freshman forward
Soony Saad silenced the Akron
crowd with his 12th goal of the
season, off a free kick in the
32nd minute - the goal was the
first for any road team playing
in Akron's home stadium this
But Saad's goal sparked a
flame under the Zips, as they
responded with an aggres-
sive press. The sudden upstart
attack led to a third Akron goal
in the 35th minute.
As the teams headed into half
time, the Wolverines trailed 3-1
and the momentum was fully in
it will also give the coaching
staff a chance to make midsea-
Rodriguez has said that some
of the defense's problems, like
tackling, can be fixed on a week-
Other problems are beyond
coaching, he said.
"Vince Lombardi could come
in and not fix some of the prob-
lems on defense," Rodriguez
said at his weekly news confer-
ence on Monday.
Rodriguez's zinger came
during a discussion about the
team's youth. Seven true fresh-
men have seen significant play-
ing time on defense so far.
"The only way to get expe-
rience is to get experience,"
Rodriguez said. "How can we
limit those dangerous freshman
INJURY UPDATES: Rodri-
guez said Tuesday that sopho-
more quarterback Denard
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but sophomore running back Vin-
cent Smith fumbled the ball away.
It seemed that no matter who
was playing quarterback, the
Michigan offense fell victim to
momentum-swinging turnovers all
day. Robinson threw a devastating
interception in the beginning of
the second quarter and on Forci-
er's second drive of the game, the
sophomore threw a pick just as the
Wolverines were moving into Iowa
"I thought he made some good
throws, made some good deci-
sions," Rodriguez said. "There's a
few he'd like to have back."
After the interception, Forcier
played well. On the next drive,
Forcier completed six of his eight
passes on his way to leading the
Wolverines to their first touchdown
since the first quarter, a two-yard
run by freshman running back Ste-
After a Hawkeye touchdown,
Forcier unleashed a 45-yard touch-
down bomb to redshirt junior wide
receiver Junior Hemingway. The
throw probably shouldn't have
been made - Hemingway was on
Robinson should be near 100
percent healthy for Michi-
gan's game against Penn State
on Oct. 30. Robinson has been
dealing with a nagging shoul-
der injury, and he left Satur-
day's game in the third quarter.
He didn't return.
Rodriguez said Monday he
expects defensive tackle Mike
Martin and center David Molk
to return from ankle injuries in
time for the Penn State game,
too. Running back Michael
Shaw, who tweaked his knee
and played sparingly against
the Hawkeyes, is also expected
to be healthy by Oct. 30.
Rodriguez said slot receiver
Martavious Odoms's surgery
to repair a broken foot suffered
against Michigan State went
well. He doesn't know how long
the rehabilitation and recovery
will take, though it doesn't seem
likely that Odoms will return by
the end of the season.
Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez leaks oT against Inwa last Saturday.
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eight minutes into the first period,
in the waning seconds of Michi-
gan's first power play, when junior
forward Luke Glendening shoveled
a pass from behind the net to senior
forward Scooter Vaughan at the bot-
tom of the right circle, who flicked
a one-time wrist shot past Wildcat
goaltender Matt DiGirolamo.
New Hampshire scored early in
the second period, but Michigan
cashed in on its next power play
six minutes later, when sophomore
forward Chris Brown set up in front
of the net and powered a wrist shot
between DiGirolamo's pads to give
the Wolverines a 2-1llead.
After going the first 25 minutes
without receiving a penalty, Michi-
gan players started a parade to the
penalty box, sending four men in a
span of six minutes - creating two
separate five-on-three opportuni-
ties for New Hampshire (1-1-1).
The Wildcats came on strong,
peppering Hunwick with shot after
shot, but he stood up tall against the
onslaught, maintaining the one-goal
lead heading into the second inter-
mission and finishing with 45 saves.
The teams traded goals early in
the third period, with Michigan's
tally coming from junior defense-
man Brandon Burlon on the third
power play chance of the evening.
But at 15:07 in the third stanza,
with the sides already skating four-
the opposite side of the field and
Forcier was throwingacross his
body - but it ended up being one
of those big pass plays Forcier has
been known to make.
"I saw him, he had him beat,"
Forcier said after the game. "He
stacked the corner, so I thought I
had him. After I saw what Junior
did for Denard against Indiana, I
trusted him, so I just threw it up
there and he went and got it."
After an Iowa punt, Forcier led
Michigan down the field yet again,
this time eventually running into
the end zone from three yards out
for the score.
Forcier orchestrated a furious
comeback by the Wolverines, who
scored three times in the fourth
quarter of a game that seemed out
of reach to bring the deficit to a
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said
his defensive scheme didn't change
with the new quarterback, but that
Robinson and Forcier present two
different styles of play.
"You'd never know it but we
were trying not to give up any-
thing easy or big plays," Ferentz
said. "With number five back there
it's a little bit more of a throw-
ing game ... either guy is tough to
on-four, senior defenseman Chad
Langlais picked up a holding pen-
alty, giving the Wildcats a golden
opportunity to tiethe game again.
"Four-on-three (power plays) are
huge, just about better than a five-
on-three - it just works that way,"
Berenson said. "That was a huge
penalty to call. When you're four-
on-four, you just about don't want to
touch anybody, because you know
they're going to call something, and
that could really change the game.
And it did."
Just 20 seconds into the Wild-
cat man advantage, forward Paul
Thompson drilled a shot from the
slot that beat Hunwick to tie the
game at three - the fourth power
play goal ofthe game.
New Hampshire carried its
momentum into overtime, but Hun-
wick stymied a final Wildcat attack
by stonewalling Thompson on a
Hagelin, who had two assists on
the night, attributed the success of
both power plays to their patience,
but he also mentioned that the
larger, Olympic-sized rink in New
Hampshire helped to spread out the
penalty killing unit.
"You get a lot more time with
the puck, and if you are able to beat
your guy to the net, you have a lot of
time in front," Hagelin said. "I felt
like both teams were patient with
the puck on the power play, and on
the penalty kill they weren't patient
enough and were running around,
so it was easy to create chances."
C-A Yds TD Int
17-24 248 3 0
17-24 248 3 0
ss's favor. lackluster offensive attack led
second half didn't turn to a 2-1 loss.
ay better for the Wol- After falling behind 2-0,
s and junior goaltender Saad was the only Michigan
Blais, who surrendered player able to break into the
r four goals in the last 45 scoring column in the second
es. half, and his effort was too lit-
higan struggled to keep tie, too late for the Wolverines.
ps out of its defensive Sunday's loss snapped
Michigan's four-game win-
ning streak and marked its
second conference loss of the
No Yds Aag L
5 231 46.2 56
No. Yds Avg Lg
2 62 31 40
2 62 31 40
"Our players will season.
Heading into a Wednesday-
respond, just like night matchup against Bowling
Green in a week, Burns expects
good teams do ... his team to rebound from a
we'll be ready." "Our players will respond,
just like good teams do and
we will be ready for Bowling
Green," Burns said.
zone, and the offensive was "We are a very strong team
unable to find its legs. and we are looking to finish
Two Wolverines were given the season with 11 wins, which
red cards during the match - we are totally capable of doing.
junior midfielder Adam Shaw Now it's just a matter of getting
and freshman forward Mal- refocused."
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replaced him. Five hundred yards
of offense doesn't matter if you lose.
After the game, Michigan coach
Rich Rodriguez was visibly upset
with the mistakes his team made.
Iowa had something to do with
those mistakes and Michigan State
was partially responsible for those
miscues two weeks ago.
These turnovers weren't an
issue when the Wolverines walked
up and down the field the first five
weeks. Robinson, who was con-
sidered the Heisman front-runner,
was picking and choosing where
to throw the ball back then. The
Hawkeyes contained everything
- the field didn't look as open.
Big plays don't even look possible.
And Robinson looked stressed
back in the pocket instead of cool,
calm and collected.
That same tension was present
against the Spartans. Robinson
wasn't making it look easy any-
more, because Iowa and Michigan
State both have proven defenses. .
On Saturday, Robinson's lon-
gest pass play was a 20-yard
screen pass and his longest rush
was for 12 yards. And he averaged
five yards per pass attempt and six
yards per carry - his lowest and
second-lowest averages on the
Meanwhile, Iowa exploited the
trend of consistent poor play by
the Michigan defense.
A few quality stops are
sprinkled in each game and the
Wolverines force a couple of
three-and-outs. But when the
Hawkeyes got a full head of steam,
they scored 21 unanswered points
on three consecutive drives to end
the first half. Michigan wasn't the
one racing up and down the field
anymore, it was Iowa.
The Wolverines' eight penalties
for 66 yards against the Hawkeyes
certainly hurt too. I know it's a
clich, but it's true: good football
teams don't turn the ball over and
they don't shoot themselves in the
foot. That's what Michigan has
done the past two weeks.
Seven games into the season,
Michigan has had two true tests
of whether it is a true Big Ten
contender - the Wolverines have
On Sunday, Michigan visited
Big Ten foe Indiana (2-0-1, 7-4-
1), but defensive lapses and a
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Multiple Michigan players dis-
cussed the turnovers following
the game, and they had a com-
mon perspective: The offense
had little trouble moving the ball
against Iowa's vaunted defense,
but it kept shooting itself in the
foot with a bad read, bad throw or
"Turnovers were just ridicu-
lous," Rodriguez said. "We were
so good early inthe year at taking
care of the ball. ... We were our
own worst enemy in the first half
with the silly penalties. That's
just ridiculous and we've got to
get that cleaned up."
Clean-up dutyincludes a lot.
According to junior wide
receiver Darryl Stonum, it's mak-
ing the right reads and being in
the right place at the right time.
Schilling said it's important the
team rallies together after two
straight conference losses.
se statements are accurate, be disappointed," Rodriguez said.
hat's not even taking the Michigan will have a bye next
e into consideration. weekend, and its nextopponentis
istically, it was the Penn State on Oct. 30. During the
e's third-best performance next two weeks, the Wolverines
unit gave up 383 total yards, look to heal their bodies (Robin-
son has had a nagging shoulder
injury, and center David Molk
ye were our and nose tackle Mike Martin
have been banged up) and fix the
little mistakes they've been mak-
nerny in the Despite the loss and the com-
parisons to last season's hot start
irst half..." and fizzling finish, the players
remained optimistic after Satur-
"You see my two offsides?
from Michigan State's 536 a That's fixable. I can fix that," said
before. redshirt freshman offensive tack-
the same issues remain le Taylor Lewan, who accounted
t side of the ball, the same for three drive-killing penalties
ms that have plagued the on Saturday. "The personal foul I
defense all season. Poor got? That's fixable. I can fix that.
ng, missed assignments and That could have been a turn-
ng third-down conversions around in this game. There are
was 7-of-13) are all still little things I can change, little
ns. things everybody can change. If
sure after watching the we can do that, we're going to be a
ar defensive staff is going to very special team."
Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson left in the third quarterof Saturday's game.