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The Michigan Daily - Monday, August 9, 2004 - 15

like Mike Komisarek). And that's
the question, how they play at the
next level." 11 e1
This past weekend, Burnes put
business on hold for a few days as
he spent time with some of his for-
mer teammates in the Summer
Hockey Showcase at Yost Ice Arena.
Mike Cammalleri (Los Angeles),
Andy Hilbert (Boston) and Josh
Langfeld (Ottawa) joined Burnes on ic fl
the White team taking on Jeff Jilli-
son (San Jose) and Mark Mink By Sharad Mattu
(Kalamazoo - UHL) on blue during DailySports Editor
Friday's under-35 game.
"(We're) just having fun in the CHICAGO -
summer time," Burnes said. "It's all terback and runnin
about coming together and sharing never changes is p
stories of your days at Michigan." After reaching
At Michigan, Burnes served as an since their 1997
alternate captain his junior year Wolverines are the
before donning the 'C' during his this year. Ohio Sta
final season in a Wolverine uniform. second and third, r
He made three trips to the Frozen Purdue, with tI
Four to go with 24 career points from the Year in quarte
the blue-line. with the running
Burnes is optimistic heading into and Laurence Ma
Albany's camp this year, but knows conference crown
he has a challenge ahead of him. Though the Wo
"I'll find someplace to play, and in the backfield, th
I'll give it a shot this year," Burnes surrounding them.
said. "After next season, I'll reassess six starters from I
my situation and see what the next secondary appear
year's going to be like." defensive line is a
At the very least, Burnes has With practices
recent history on his side. The man until Michigan's
who preceded him as Michigan cap- here are some ling
tain, Jed Ortmeyer, left Michigan at last week's Big
undrafted before signing with the
Rangers to play for their AHL affili- WHO WILL I
ate. Ortmeyer wasted no time and STANDING CR
quickly joined the Rangers for 58 Ask head coach
games. Andy Burnes begins his quest position and he'll
to recreate history this fall. Matt Gutierrez. H

pite big
's, Blue
Michigan may have a different quar-
ng back this year, but one thing that
reseason expectations.
the Rose Bowl for the first time
national championship season, the
e media's pick to return to Pasadena
te and Iowa were predicted to finish
he pre-season Offensive Player of
rback Kyle Orton, and Minnesota,
back tandem of Marion Barber
roney, could also threaten for the
lverines will have two new starters
ey will have seven returning starters
On defense, Michigan brings back
last year. While its linebackers and
to be as strong as ever, depth at
already underway and just 26 days
first game against Miami (Ohio),
ering questions that were addressed
Ten Kickoff Luncheon:
h Lloyd Carr about the quarterback
immediately heap praise on junior
e may not even mention sophomore
rnd incoming freshman Chad Henne.
cal conclusion that Gutierrez is the
ill smile, stop you in your tracks and
e starter has not yet been named.
may be the case, something truly
ave to happen for Gutierrez not to
rr and Braylon Edwards, who was
week, both pointed out Gutierrez's
aid that he is ready to step in for
iedia that during Gutierrez's senior
ol, he eschewed the usual tropical
ring break for Ann Arbor. He also
after his graduation and has hardly
next table, Edwards said that Gutier-
g up as early as 6 a.m. this summer
Id look a little different with Gutier-
mainly because of his legs. While

Senior David Underwood is projected to be Michigan's starting running back. At last week's Big Ten K
Luncheon Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr praised Underwood and said he was in the best shape of his

Navarre rarely left the pocket, Gutierrez has the ability
to run, opening up new possibilities. But for the most
part he'll simply get the ball in the hands of the
weapons around him and let them do the work.
Senior David Underwood was the favorite at the.end
of spring practice, and over the summer he's only
solidified his position. Carr said Underwood has lost
eight or nine pounds and is in the best shape of life.
Despite having a prolific passing attack last year, in
tight games the Wolverines would almost exclusively
rely on the running game (think Michigan State and
Perry's 51 carries). It remains to be seen if Carr will
rely on Underwood down after down as he did with
Perry last year, but the dedication Underwood has.
shown this summer is a promising sign.
Because Underwood will be the starter for just
one year, Carr said would like to give some carries
to his underclassmen. Sophomore Jerome Jackson
impressed Carr his freshman year, while incoming
freshmen Max Martin and Mike Hart could also get
time in the backfield.
Junior Pierre Rembert and senior Tim Bracken do
not appear to be in the mix.
Though last year will be remembered as the year
Michigan returned to Pasadena after six seasons, Jack-
son would much rather forget it ever happened.
Jackson simply never got comfortable at safety.
He was suspended for the first game and sat out
another three because of an injury. He never got
accustomed to the physical nature of safety, where
he had to battle tight ends and running backs rather
than wide receivers.
After the Rose Bowl, Jackson quickly made his

decision to return and, in the process, put his junior
year behind him.
It took Jackson most of spring practice, but he says
he feels like he never left the position. He lost the 10
pounds or so he put on to play safety and says he is as
fast as ever and in the best shape of his life.
Jackson believes that he can exceed his perform-
ance from his sophomore year, when he was among
the best cornerbacks in the nation. And, he joked, even
if he was still a little rusty, going up against Braylon
Edwards, Jason Avant and Steve Breaston in practice
everyday should make Michigan's opponents seem
like Division I-AA teams. With Markus Curry at the
other corner and Ernest Shazor at safety, Michigan
should have among the top secondaries in the nation.
Michigan had a strong defensive unit last year, but
if there was one weakness, it was the defensive line.
Though they were solid against the run for the most
part, the Wolverines struggled to put pressure on the
This year, Michigan will have talented starters, but
depth is a concern. It has already lost Jeremy Van
Alstyne for the season, and last week Carr said that it
was important that his linemen stay healthy and fresh-
men contribute.
Michigan's defensive ends will likely be LaMarr
Woodley and Pat Massey. Woodley has freakish size
and speed and should be a difference-maker. He
could also move around from end to outside line-
backer to create mismatches. Highly touted incom-
ing freshman Tim Jamison may be among those
expected to contribute in reserve.
Tackle is Michigan's biggest concern. Gabe Wat-
son and Larry Harrison are likely Michigan's
starters, with Alex Ofili and Will Paul also part of
the Wolverines' rotation.

Continued from Page 14
for hockey. I think it's going to hurt the
game a lot. I don't think there's anything
good about it."
The effects of a long stoppage on the
game was the other common sentiment
expressed among all players this week-
end. Although Michigan head coach
Red Berenson feels that the lockout
would probably not affect the college
game, most believe the lockout could be
disastrous for the NHL.
"I think it could have a big impact on
the game," Morrison said. "A lot of
markets in the U.S. probably won't be
able to sustain themselves. People will
find there are other avenues to spend
their money. The game will always
come back in Canada, it's a religion up
there, but it still would suffer. You look
what happened to baseball a few years
ago and I don't even know if they are
back to where they were pre-strike, so
there is a lot at stake."
Despite the impending labor prob-
lems, all of the alumni were happy to
return to Ann Arbor for a chance to
play and catch up with their friends
and teammates.
"It was great. It's great to see every-
body playing with their class and their
guys and having a good time," Langfeld
said. "It's good camaraderie for the
whole University, for the whole pro-
gram. You can definitely see the guys
who built the program into what it is -
something special - it was fun."

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