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The next Wangler: Jared's path to Michigan

Daily Sports Writer
ROYAL OAK, Mich. - Snow
falls on the house, the one with
two cars in the driveway and
another in the street, the one
where a former Michigan great
stores his memories and his son
waits for the chance to make his.
There's a great deal of tradi-
tion packed into that house, but
the first thing you see when you
walk up to that snowy home off
Woodward Avenue is John Wan-
gler. Not John Wangler in the
Rose Bowl, not John Wangler to
Anthony Carter, not that John
Wangler. They're the same per-
son, but this John Wangler stands
on his sidewalk, shovelingsnow.
"Hi, I'm John," he says, as if
you don't already know who he is.
For this John Wangler, there is
life after football, and for his kids,
that's all he can ask. Of his five
children, daughter Halle plays
basketball for Michigan, son Jack
is a freshman wide receiver and
son Jared is committed to play
linebacker there next year.
John played for Michigan
from 1976-1980, winning four Big
Ten championships and leading
the team to the 1981 Rose Bowl

early, talked ofvisiting elsewhere.
Wangler said he loved Penn
State when he visited, and his
high school coach felt the same
way. But something still didn't
seem quite right.
"Yougounderneaththe Christ-
mas tree, and you get a new truck
when you're a little kid, and you
go, 'Wow, that's really cool,' but
all along you wanted that bike,
your first bike," said Paul Verska,
Jared's coach at Warren (Mich.)
De La Salle. "You didn't think
you got it, and then the next day
you went underneath the Christ-
mas tree, and you go, 'Oh my God,
Santa brought me that bike."'
Wangler committed to
the Nittany Lions to .play for
former coach Bill O'Brien and
former linebackers coach Ron
He said only the Wolverines
could have lured him away once
he committed.
Once the Wolverines started
recruiting him, things proceeded
quickly, and Jared fell in love
with Michigan all over again. He
walked through the facilities and
saw his dad's name in Rose Bowl
team pictures.
"When I did, it was too hard to
say no," Jared said.
He sat down with defensive
coordinator Greg Mattison to look
at the depth chart. Originally, the
Wolverines planned on landing
three linebackers - inside line-
backer Michael Ferns, inside line-
backer Noah Furbush and outside
linebacker Chase Winovich.
When they decided to recruit
four linebackers, they recruited
Wangler as another strong-side
linebacker to compete with
Winovich once redshirt junior
starter Jake Ryan graduates.
Being from this Michigan
house is not about continuine

John's legacy,
next great Wan
blue, or being h
100 years of P
have been pla
Jack and Jared
threw passes
told them abou
But mostly,
how to be a M
taught them th
you are, you sh
on snowy Sund,

or becoming the end zone. ... Look at the crowd!
gler in maize and You cannot believe it! Michigan
eard until another throws a 45-yard touchdown
Michigan football pass! Johnny Wangler toAnthony
yed. John taught Carter will be heard until another
d football, and he 100 years of Michigan football is
to them, and he played!"
t his five years at So goes Bob Ufer's legendary
call of Wangler's game-winning
he taught them touchdown pass to Anthony
Michigan man. He Carter to beat Indiana in 1979.
at no matter who Jared doesn't want to overhype
ovel the driveway comparisons between him and
ay afternoons. his father. Next August, he'll put
on a jersey with his father's name
*** on it. But then, he'll step into
shoes that are his own, not his

When Jared suits up for the
first game of his career Aug. 30
at Michigan Stadium, he will put
on a blue jersey with seven letters
on the back, seven letters steeped
deep in Michigan lore. These
seven letters link the Wolverines'
past with their present.
Jared wore the same num-
ber at De La Salle that his father
did at Michigan. He doesn't feel
pressure to live up to his father's
legacy, but he understands the
standard of playing for Michigan.
He's grown up in the Wangler
house long enough to know.
"(Character is) everything
to me," John said. "When you
have a son or daughter and you
send them away as 18-year-olds,
you want them to be around a
program and a guy who has the
right character and morals and
care of itself. I want all of my kids
to be around good people who
will teach them those morals."
Like many players who
emerged from Schembechler's
years at Michigan, Johnis famous
for a moment, a game call, that
will ring throughout Wolverine
"Oh my God - Carter's in the

When John gets up from the
dining room table, he pulls the
corner of the tablecloth to smooth
it out. Then the room is perfectly
neat again, the hallmark of a
player who played for 13-time Big
Ten champion Schembechler.
An hour later, the snow is
still coming down, harder than
before. It's relentless, inch after
inch coating the driveways and
stopping the cars in the streets,
just like the Wolverines' hard-
ships this season. First a near-loss
to Akron, then a four-overtime
loss to Penn State, then a humili-
ating loss at Michigan State.
A home loss to Nebraska, the
first in Hoke's tenure. A one point
loss to Ohio State. The sight of
Michigan State and Ohio State in
the Big Ten Championship.
There are people who don't
believe the snow will stop. An
hour later, it still hasn't. So John
sets out to shovel again.
Hours later, the snowstorm
ends. It's not clear when Michi-
gan's will, but Jared will be out
there shovelineanyway.

Jared Wangler committed to Michigan after he originally chose Penn State.

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Michigan, the
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helped make. I
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didn't want to,l
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know the snow
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that this how
house is a b
sticker on the D
in the street.
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years has cloud
but the logo is s
no Michigan f
there Rose B
visible inside.
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the dining rc
wearing a Mic
usually does. A
John returne
where he watci
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this season, wE
sputter to a 7-i
still wears his P
and his father1
Theytalk ab

gler kids have Michigan football team's losses
hole lives around this season were by a touchdown
longtime football or less. They talk about how
hat their father Brady Hoke is still playing with
But it's not what it former coach Rich Rodriguez's
recruits. They talk about being
icy is cemented. patient as Hoke's staff overhauls
o start this fall. the program.
have gone to Penn Above all, they repeatthe same
or Indiana. But he expectations that Hoke does
because inside this every year.
ile who believe the "There's an expectation at
ning around, who Michigan to play for the Big
'will stop. Ten championship every year,"
John Wangler said. "There's an
*** expectation that you beat your
rivals more often than they beat
n from the outside you. We haven't done that in the
se is a Michigan last few years."
lock 'M' bumper The Michigan John knows
odge Nitro parked is the Michigan Jared knows
because these expectations carry
t snowstorm in over. Hoke has not won a Big Ten
led part of the 'M,' Championship in his three years,
till visible. There's but Jared Wangler is confident he
lag waving, nor is will, no matter what.
owl memorabilia Amid all the disappointment,
all the boos and the tickets given
John sit down at away and -the cries for coaching
oom table, Jared changes, people like the Wanglers
chigan shirt as he still relish those fall Saturdays.
A few days earlier, On the Tuesday of game weeks
d from Arizona, in the fall, Jared's grandparents
hed his alma mater begin preparing their tailgate for
ansas State in the that Saturday's game. They don't
iings Bowl. have many other hobbies, John
red were also at said. They live for fall Saturdays
ium for two losses in Ann Arbor.
atching their team Jared remembers going to
6 finish. But Jared Michigan games every year
Michigan shirt. He growing up. He remembers going
have faith. on the field at the Big House for
out how four of the the anniversary of his father's

.famous throw against Indiana.
He remembers hearing his dad
recount memories of playing
at Michigan Stadium and for
Schembechler and in the Rose
Jared Wangler committed
to Michigan because he knew
it so well, because he grew up
with these traditions. He hears
his father's name as a Michigan
great. He wants the same for his
Jared Wangler's commitment
to Michigan was not so simple.
He didn't receive an offer from
Michigan until last summer. He
originally committed to Penn
State, where he could still get a
good education, wear blue every
Saturday and play in front of more
than 100,000 fans.
But his family, memories and
childhood were in Ann Arbor.
When Hoke came calling, he
received an offer he couldn't
Those offers aren't as
irrefutable for some recruits
now as they have been in the
past. Da'Shawn Hand, the No. 1
defensive end in the 2014. class,
picked Alabama after experts
thought he'd pick Michigan.
George Campbell, the No. 2
wide receiver in the 2015 class,
decommitted from Michigan in
December. Even Jabrill Peppers,
the No. 2 defensive back in the
2014 class, who committed so

Linebacker Jared Wangler competed in the Under Armour All-American game this month with Herm Edwards coaching.

Three questions for Michigan in the bye week

Daily Sports Writer
The No. 13 Michigan hockey
team taught us plenty more than
five things in the first half of the
Among other things, we
learned that when one goalie goes
down, there is another to do the
job just as well, if not better, than
the starter. That an 11-freshman
class can contribute from the
get-go. That sophomore forward
Andrew Copp has settled into his
role as a top scorer and is a Hobey
Baker Award fan-vote finalist.
But a long December and two
games in Madison against then-
No. 13 Wisconsin revealed that
there might be more questions
than answers.
With 16 games remaining
before the Big Ten tournament,
here are three questions fac-
ing the Wolverines as they head
toward the thick of their confer-
ence slate.
1. Do old habits die hard?
It is much, much too early to
say this team has derailed from a
track bound for success and down
the same path it did last year. Or
is it?
The Wolverines have lost their
last four games and haven't won
a contest since Dec. 2, nearly six
weeks ago. At this point, com-
parisons to last season are hard

to ignore.
In two games against No. 9
Wisconsin, Michigan faced simi-
lar offensive misfortunes as it did
last season: a lack of presence in
front of the net and an inability to
bury rare chances to score. The
Wolverines were plaguedby simi-
lar streakiness up until March of
last year.
And these struggles are only
magnified when we consider the
Wolverines have one thing going
for them that wasn't last year:
goaltending. But in front of an
error-prone defense, freshman
goalie Zach Nagelvoort cannot be
the difference between a win and
a loss, especially this weekend.
Still, the rhetoric from the
Michigan locker room suggests
that this series of unfortunate
losses won't keep the Wolverines
down as it would have in the past.
2. Is time a factor?
Michigan competed five times
in December, and came out with
nothing more than a win over
Ohio State, a tie with Ferris State,
an exhibition loss and two defeats
at the Great Lakes Invitational.
It wasn't until two weeks later
that the Wolverines were able
to play in front of a crowd. And
Michigan won't play its next con-
test until Jan. 23, when it faces
off against Michigan State at Joe
Louis Arena.
Over that time, Michigan has

Saturday, Friday, Sat
"When we plays
six weeks, as a player
3. If not Copp, w
to be?
Despite his absen
GLI, Copp has bee
the only offensive t
ice for Michigan ove
weeks. Though hisc
date back to the beg
season, Copp wasn't
producing when the
were winning.
In fact, when the
at its best, Michige
comprised junior f
Guptill, fresh-
man JT Com-
pher and senior
Derek DeBlois
- not Copp.
After a 2-2 tie
to then-No. 4
Ferris State,
the trio led all
line combinations w
Admittedly a str
Guptill's potential t
constant threat. ItA
cidence that when G
three goals and two
games, the Wolveri
straight games and
November with only
But much like h
junior has failed to1
of late.

urday. "He's waiting to score, he's
six games in hoping to score, but he's got to
r, that kind of work harder to score," said Mich-
igan coach Red Berenson. "In the
meantime, when you're not scor-
ho's it going ing, you've to got work harder
without the puck. Our whole
ice from the team needs to play harder with-
n just about out the puck, including Guptill."
hreat on the Compher, who hit his stride
r the past six after scoring his first goal against
contributions Nebraska-Omaha, rode a six-
inning of the game point streak into the GLI
the only one but also hasn't had success in the
e Wolverines last six weeks.
Arguably the fastest skater on
offense was the roster, sophomore forward
an's top line Boo Nieves has hardly coasted
orward Alex into his role as an offensive threat.
The cen-
ter has tallied
only one goal
Do old habits this season -
one of seven
die hard? Michigan goals
against Roch-
ester Institute

Sophomore forward Andrew Copp has been an offensive spark but needs help.
allowed 13 goals and scored just So if the Wolverines first-
five. What's worse, an offense period woes mean losses, is the
that outscored opponents 17-6 in spread-out schedule to blame for
the first period through Novem- the slump?
ber has been shut out in the first "It's an excuse I'd like to not
frame over its four-game losing use," said senior defenseman Mac
streak. Bennett on Tuesday. "But at the
It's a bad streak, but one that's same time, I think it'll definitely
comprisedseveral isolated events. help once we get back to Friday,

ith 34 points.
eaky player,
to score is a
was no coin-
3uptill tallied
assists in four
nes won five
came out of
one loss.
is team, the
bury chances

of Technology
in early October. The sophomore
is without a point since Dec. 2,
when he recorded one of his seven
A player that, like Guptill and
Compher, has the talent to score
night in and night out, Nieves
will need to harness his speed if
Michigan hopes to alleviate any
of the pressure put on Copp to
score against the Big Ten's finest
in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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