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Still no answers at left guard,
where 5 players fight for spot

By MATT SLOVIN
ManagingEditor
The leftcguard position for the
Michigan football team might
as well be a revolving door.
That's because, instead of clar-
ity coming to NOTEBOOK
the offensive
line picture
at the season's midway point,
things are becoming increas-
ingly jumbled.
Redshirt freshman Erik
Magnuson, listed on the depth
chart as a backup tackle, is the
latest player to take reps at left
guard. He spent much of Satur-
day's loss at Penn State filling
in for injured fifth-year senior
left tackle Taylor Lewan. Mag-
nuson's versatility makes him
an ideal candidate to rotate
between the line positions.
"He hasn't done that a lot, but
he's a really athletic guy," said
Michigan coach Brady Hoke at
his Wednesday press confer-
ence. "He did some good things
the other night that warrant
trying to get the best five on the
field."
According to Hoke, no deci-
sion has been made as to who
will emerge from the logjam

at the position to start against
Indiana this week. He said five
different players have been
rotating at left guard in practice
- Magnuson, freshman Kyle
Bosch, redshirt freshman Kyle
Kalis, redshirt sophomore Chris
Bryant, who started against
the Nittany Lions, and redshirt
junior Joey Burzynski.
Hoke noted that Magnuson,
who is 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds,
had to get stronger to catch up
with his classmates. His high-
school career as a lacrosse play-
er meant he missed out on time
in the weight room.
"He's got a quickness to him,"
Hoke said. "He's got good feet.
That's why we recruited him at
left tackle - because of his ath-
leticisih."
SCHEDULES LEAKED: A few
hours before Michigan's 2018
and 2019 conference schedules
were slated to be released by the
Big Ten on Wednesday morning,
they appeared on mgoblue.com.
In both of those seasons,
the Wolverines will be tested
right off the bat in the Big Ten
against traditional powers. A
home game against Nebraska
will open the 2018 conference
schedule, while Michigan will

play at Wisconsin in its first Big
Ten game of 2019.
Starting next season, the
Wolverines will play against
their top two rivals, Michigan
State and Ohio State, at home
in the same seasons and on the
road in the same seasons. That
trend will continue, with both
of those games being played on
the road in 2018 and at the Big
House in 2019.
Michigan will play each team
in the newly formed East Divi-
sion, as well as three crossover
match-ups. In 2018, the cross-
overs are Nebraska, Northwest-
ern and Wisconsin. In 2019, they
will be against Wisconsin, Iowa
and Illinois.
The complete 2018 and 2019
Big Ten schedules can be found
here.
INJURY UPDATE: Lewan suf-
fered a couple different "boo
boos," as Hoke said, against
Penn State, causing him to miss
the second half.
According to Hoke, the ail-
ments won't keep him out of the
game against the Hoosiers.
Lewan appeared woozy as he
stumbled to the sidelines after
walking most of the way off the
field on his own accord.
When asked if Lewan under-
went tests for a concussion,
Hoke said that the tackle saw
the team's doctors but wouldn't
explicitly say what the injury
was.
A few plays after Lewan was
injured, he sprinted back onto
the field, much to Hoke's sur-
prise.
The coaching staff needed to
physically separate Lewan from
his helmet in order to prevent
him from trying to re-enter the
game in the second half.
"I didn't see it," Hoke said of
Lewan's sneaky return. "But he
didn't play after chat, did he?"
NOTES: Motivational speaker
Eric Thomas, a former Michi-
gan State consultant, addressed
the team Wednesday. Redshirt
junior quarterback Devin Gard-
ner said it helped the team to
"kill the noise" coming from
public criticism of the team fol-
lowing its first defeat. ... Hoke
said placing additional focus on
an increased offensive tempo to
simulate Indiana is unnecessary
because the team typically prac-
tices that way regardless.

UPON NEW TICKETING
POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT
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did not support general
admission
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S of those no enrolling at
Michigan for Fall 2014(srcr)

AFTER ATTENDING 4
HOME FOOTBALL GAMES

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which increased by 3% after
attending the first 4 games

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Survey shows widespread
opposition to ticket policy

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ADAM GLANZMAN/Daily
Redshirtljunior Joey Burzynski is one of five different players who have been
rotating at left guard in practice. He could start against Indiana Saturday.

Date
Sept.22
Sept.29
Oct,6
Oct.13
Oct.20
Oct,27
Nov.3
Nov.10
Nov. 17
Nov. 24
Dec.1

BIG TEN SCHEDULE
2018
Opponent Date
Nebraska Sept.21
at Northwestern Sept. 28
Maryland Oct.2
Wisconsin
Oct. 19
at Michigan State Oct.26
E Oct. 26
Bye Novt2
Penn State No,9
atiRutgers Nov.16
Indiana Nov. 23
atOhioState Nov.30
Big Ten Championship Game Dec.7

BIG TEN SCHEDULE
2019
Opponent
at Wisconsin
Bye
Iowa
attillinois
at Penn State
Rutgers
at Maryland
Bye
Michigan State
at Indiana
Ohio State
Big Ten Championship Game

By ZACH HELFAND
DailySportsEditor
After all the initial outrage
over the new Michigan football
student seating policy - followed
by full crowds, followed by grum-
bling about wait times, followedby
empty seats - a new survey shows
the general opinion about the seat-
ing policy has changed very little.
Initially, a large majority of stu-
dents opposed the policy. Midway
through the season, a large major-
ity of students still oppose the
policy.
In a survey conducted by the
Central Student Government
released Wednesday, 76 percent
of respondents indicated that they
opposed the policy, compared to
17 percent who said they were
supportive. Prior to the season, 73
percent opposed the policy, with
14 percent in support.
The number of responses
points to the high level of student
engagement with the issue. In
slightly more than 24 hours, 5,892
students responded. The survey
was sent in an email from CSG
President Michael Proppe on Oct.
8.
Overall, 77 percent of respon-
dents said the 2012 season was a
more enjoyable experience. Just
eight percent said 2013 was more
enjoyable.
CSG presented the findings
to the SACUA Student Relations
Advisory Committee meeting on
Oct. 11. On Oct. 15, Proppe pre-
sented analysis of the results to
the Athletic Department. Accord-
ing to a CSG press release, the Ath-
letic Department has expressed a
willingness to consult with stu-
dents and faculty before deter-
miningthe 2014 ticketpolicy.
"Though there wasn't much
student input leading up to the
switch to general admission, the
Athletic Department has been
very responsive to student con-
cerns since then," Proppe said in
the release. "This meeting was
another huge step forward."
Proppe added that "next year's
process will be an improvement
over this year's."
The survey also provided a
glimpse at why students support-
ed or opposed the policy. Inter-
estingly, both groups listed the
same reasons. For those who sup-

ADAM GLANZMAN/Daily
The student section was more enjoyable in 2012, said 77 percent of respondents.

ported the policy, 81 percent said
they liked the flexibility to choose
with whom they sit. That was the
most popular reason for support-
ing the policy. Among those who
opposed the policy, 85 percent
said they couldn't sit with friends
who didn't arrive atthe same time.
That was also the most popular
reason for opposingthe policy.
Forty-two percent of support-
ers said the policy creates a better
atmosphere in the student section.
Seventy-five percent of those who,
opposed said it hasn't improved
the environment. And then there
were the six percent of those who
support the policy - about 60
respondents - who said they were
in favor of the plan because they
enjoy standing in line.
"We reviewed the Central Stu-
dent Government's survey results,
and while some results were not
surprising based on our own
shared observations, there was
some feedback that will be very
helpful in making improvements
going forward," said Michigan
Athletics Chief Marketing Offi-
cer Hunter Lochmann in the CSG
press release. "We look forward to
working with the CSG to review
our ticketing policies in general as
we make decisions for future sea-
sons."
The Athletic Department has

declined the Daily's requests for
comment on the student ticket
policy.
The department announced the
policy change in an email on April
23. Students immediately resist-
ed the change, and within three
hours, a Facebook group opposing
the change garnered more than
1,500 'likes.' Within 24 hours, a
formal online petition through
CSG requesting a shift back to the
old procedure of assigned seats
had more than 2,600 signatures.
The policy announcement also 2
came with a price hike, to $295
for seven games in 2013, includ-
ing service fees, from $205 for six
games in 2012. That makes Michi-
gan the second-most expensive
student ticket out of the 129 FBS
or soon-to-be FBS schools in 2013.
The Daily conducted a Face- '
book poll on April 24, in which
77.2 percent of the 643 voters indi-
cated they hated the policy, but
the CSG survey was the first for- E
mal poll conducted of the student
population.
When the season began, the
student section was full for the
opener against Central Michigan
and the night game the following
week against Notre Dame. But by
the next two home games - Akron
and Minnesota - large swaths of
the student section were empty.

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