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1O MONDAY
AUGUST 11, 2003

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Jackson pleads not guilt,
still practicing with team T

By Gennaro A. Filice IV
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan defensive back Marlin
Jackson was arraigned Tuesday on
--charges of assault with a deadly
weapon and aggravated assault,
according to Washtenaw County
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Joseph
Burke. Jackson, who will be a junior
in the fall, appeared in front of 15th
District Court Magistrate Michael
Gatti and pleaded not guilty.
Along with a $2,000 fine, the
Sharon, Pa. native faces up to four
years in jail on the assault with a
deadly weapon charge and one year
of probation on the aggravated
assault charge.
Jackson stands accused of striking
a 26-year-old man over the head

with a glass bottle after leaving a
party in the early morning of June 1.
The victim suffered three cuts
around his left eye, including one
that necessitated 17 stitches.
A preliminary hearing has been
set for August 13.
At media day on Saturday, head
football coach Lloyd Carr supported
his star defensive back.
"Some of the leaks to the media
have been inaccurate, and in my
judgment, some of those leaks have
been unprofessional, maybe worse,"
Carr said. "What I do know, what
Marlin has told me, is that number
one, he did not initiate the con-
frontation. Number two, and in my
judgment the most critical issue, is
that he is adamant that he did not
use, or did not have possession of, a

bottle or any kind of object. I think
there's compelling evidence that
supports his position.
"He is practicing and I will con-
tinue to let this situation play its way
through the justice system and we'll
see how it resolves itself, and at that
time I will make some decisions on
his status on this team."
This past spring, Carr moved
Jackson from cornerback - the
position he played in his first two
seasons at Michigan - to free safe-
ty. Although the shift was experi-
mental at first, Carr recently
announced that Jackson would start
at the position in Michigan's season
opener against Central Michigan.
"(Moving Jackson to safety) gives
us the advantage of putting our 11
See JACKSON, Page 11

Junior Marlin Jackson, pictured here in the Sept. 14 contest against Notre Dame,
declared his Innocence on charges that he hit a man over the head with a bottle.

Carr expects big things from freshmen class

By Gennaro A. Filice IV
Daily Sports Editor
A mere glimpse at incoming freshman LaMarr
Woodley causes jaws to plummet at an Enron rate.
At 6-foot-2, 263 pounds, the 18-year-old speci-
men who boasts a 4.5 40-yard dash time has
turned many heads in his first week of practice
with Michigan, especially with a position change
to defensive end.
After practicing the first three days of training
camp at linebacker, the Saginaw native asked the
coaching staff if he could move to the defensive
line. On Saturday, Woodley completed his first
day in a three-point stance.
"In high school, (Woodley) played a position
where he was called a linebacker, but probably 95
percent of the time he rushed," coach Lloyd Carr
said. "You ask a young kid to come in as a true
freshman and to grasp all that is (asking) a lot, so
we're going to try to put him in a position where
he can do things that he's capable of doing at this

stage and we'll see how that goes the next couple
of weeks of training camp."
As one of 16 incoming freshman, Woodley isn't
the only newcomer who's garnered attention in
training camp. Michigan's recruiting class of 2003
was very highly regarded, making numerous
national top 10 lists.
"We have a number of (freshman) that will
factor in there at some point," Carr said. "Ryan
Mundy has impressed. He and Prescott Burgess
are our two young kids that we're trying to get
up to speed."
Mundy, a safety from Wilkins Township, Pa.,
earned USA Today High School All-America sec-
ond team honors as a senior. Hailing from War-
ren, Ohio, Burgess was named the No. 1 high
school safety in 2002 by Rivals100.com. It is
entirely possible that both players will see signifi-
cant game time as true freshmen, especially if
junior safety Marlin Jackson is convicted of felo-
nious assault.
Another freshman looking to make an impact in

the upcoming season is kicker Garrett Rivas. A
bluechip recruit from Tampa, Fla., Rivas was
named the No. 9 high school kicker in the nation
by TheInsiders.com. Rivas will compete with jun-
ior Adam Finley and senior Phillip Brabbs for
starting at placekicker duties.
"He's a confident guy," Carr said of Rivas. "I
think he's what we thought he would be, but
again, we're just in the beginning. He's kicked
the ball very, very well and there's no hesitation
in him. He's one of those guys that possess a
kind of poise and confidence you need in a posi-
tion like that."
Carr's job of acclimating the freshmen into the
Michigan program will be tougher this season
because the NCAA eliminated freshmen orienta-
tion - Carr says he used to meet with freshmen
a few days before the rest of the team and "orien-
tate them better academically and in terms of
football."
"I do think that was a mistake," Carr said. "I
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