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August 12, 2002 - Image 12

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12 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, August 12, 2002
Navarre, Brinton begin competition for starting role
Edwards impressing his coaches and teammates; Jackson, Curry and Bracken cleared to practice after injuries

By J. Brady McCollough
Daily Sports Editor
John Navarre and Spencer Brinton
may be "best buddies" off the field,
but when fall practice began Satur-
day, the junior quarterbacks com-
menced a three-week battle for
Michigan coach FOOTBALL
Lloyd Carr said
that he has made Notebook
no decision as to
who will be the starter when the
Wolverines take the field Aug. 31
against Washington and added that he
hopes to make a decision by the mid-
dle of the second week of practice.
He will try to give each quarterback
an equal amount of snaps until he has
named his starter.
"I'm going to go in there and take
advantage of every opportunity that I
get," said Brinton, the transfer from
San Diego State. "The person that
performs well is going to get to play.

That is what Coach Carr has said and
that's what we believe in."
Said Navarre: "I'm going to be a
leader, and I want to take care of
business, and I'm going to focus on
what I'm doing, not how I'm doing
it, but what I'm doing. I'm going to
run the offense, follow the rules of
the play. If I take care of that, every-
thing else will fall into place. If
Spencer does that better, maybe he
deserves to play."
Navarre's experience may be too
much for Brinton to overcome. He
has started 16 games - 16 more than
Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady had
entering his junior season - and
says his experience, while character-
ized by inconsistency, has prepared
him to lead the offense.
"I think I'll be better because I
have a season under my belt, and I
know what the full season feels like,"
said Navarre, who has lost 18 pounds
and has become much more mobile.
"I had a chance to watch the flow of

the whole season - ups and downs
- and especially in November when
the games get tougher."
Many fans are wondering if fresh-
man Matt Gutierrez will get his shot
to win the job, but while he is unlike-
ly to win the starting role in three
weeks, Carr said he will receive more
repetitions than a true freshman
would normally get. He has not
decided whether or not Gutierrez will
receive a redshirt season.
SoFT MIDDLE?: If there is a ques-
tion about the Michigan defense,
which returns eight starters from a
unit that finished first in the Big Ten
in total and rushing defense, it comes
from the inside, where Larry Foote
and Eric Brackins no longer roam.
Carr expects juniors Zach Kauf-
man and Carl Diggs to fill the void.
"All of the guys are going to be
real good," senior Victor Hobson
said. "I'm not worried about any
dropoff without Larry. We always
have high expectations about the

position, so I know these guys will
come in here and do the job well."
offensive coordinator Terry Malone
heard that Carr compared sophomore
receiver Braylon Edwards to former
standout David Terrell, he expressed
some disbelief.
"My Lloyd Carr said that?" Mal-
one joked. "He is a physical speci-
men - a big, fast guy in the mold of
Terrell. Braylon has it all ahead of
him. He'll get a chance to go out and
make a difference."
Edwards, who caught just three
balls last season for 38 yards, said he
accepts the comparison "with open
arms." Cornerback Marlin Jackson
also got in on the action, calling
Edwards the best receiver on the
team. When asked what senior
Ronald Bellamy would say, he said
"that is just my opinion."
been cleared to practice after sitting
out spring ball with a wrist injury.

Markus Curry, who still has a bullet
lodged in his back, has been cleared
to play and will join Jackson as
projected starter in the secondar
Also, sophomore Tim Bracken, who
was projected to start last season
before injuring his knee, will com-
pete with Chris Perry and David
Underwood for playing time.
NOTES: Tight end Bennie Joppru
and cornerback Jeremy LeSueur have
been reinstated and will practice ...
Senior lineman Dave Petruziello hurt
his back in spring ball and will be
watched closely ... Former defensive
lineman Dave Pearson is expected to
start at center this season ... Redshirt
freshman Tim Massaquoi has moved
to tight end from wide receiver ...
Sophomore Adam Finley will handle
the punting duties, while junior Phil
Brabbs is expected to kick off and
handle longer field goal opportuni-
ties. Junior Troy Nienberg will com-
pete for the chance to kick shorter

The University of Michigan WHAT'S
REC Department of Recreational Sports
To all the Students, Faculty and Staff who participated in
the Intramural Sports Program during the
2002 Spring and Summer Terms -
Enjoy the remainder of the summer.
The IM Staff looks forward to seeing you in the Fall.
Start planning for the
2002 Fall Term activities offered by the
Soccer 3-on-3 Basketball Broomball Track & Field
Roller Hockey Softball Tennis- Sgls & Dbls
Team Tennis Golf (Two-Person Team Scramble) Flag Football
Cross Country Run Pre-Season Flag Football Ultimate Frisbee
Wallyball Ice Hockey Wrestling Pre-Season Basketball
Officials will be needed throughout the Fall and Winter Terms.
If you are interested in sports and would like to earn some extra
spending money, attend the clinics and become an IM Official.
Soccer Broomball Roller Hockey Softball
Flag Football Ice Hockey Pre-Season Basketball
For Additional Information Contact: Intramural Sports Progran, IMSB, 606 E. Hoover,
AnnArbor, MI 48109-3717, (734)763-3562 http://ww recsports.umich.edu

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