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'M' to hold scrimmage
Aug.16 at Big House
" Devin Funchess officially moved from tight end to receiver in the offseason and now brings much-needed experience.
guides receiving corps
By JAKE LOURIM
Managing Sports Editor
The Michigan football team's
Oct. 11 game against Penn State
won't be the only football played
under the lights at Michigan Sta-
dium this year.
Head coach NOTEBOOK
announced Wednesday that the
Wolverines will also hold a scrim-
mage Aug. 16 at the Big House, open
to the public.
Hoke hopes that playing at
Michigan Stadium and at 8 p.m.
will get his team into a game-ready
mindset and prepare them for night
games this year, including Penn
State, at Notre Dame on Sept. 6 and
at Rutgers on Oct. 4.
The fact that the public will be
able to experience the scrimmage
for free also
ing in practice. ACL tears last year
against Minnesota, Indiana and
Central Michigan, respectively,
ended their seasons prematurely.
Hoke said sophomore tight end
Jake Butt is progressing well after
an ACL tear in the spring. The only
recent injury is sophomore defen-
sive back Delano Hill, who broke
his jaw in a collision in practice this
Michigan hopes to have him
back for the season opener against
Appalachian State on Aug. 30, but
it's too soon to tell whether Hill
could return. He's doing alternate
conditioning, including running
and weight lifting, but is not par-
ticipating in contact drills.
"We're just not going to put him
in there where he's got a chance of
having a contact or collision," Hoke
INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP
Faces in the Crowd: A
handful of 109, 318 at
after May surgery,
will wear No. 2
By JAKE LOURIM
Junior Devin Funchess has
always been near the top of the
depth chart, and he has always
been a target, whether at tight
end or wide receiver.
This year, something is differ-
ent: He's finally one of the more
receiver Jeremy Gallon drafted
into the NFL, Funchess - now
officially a wide receiver after
coming into the program as a
tight end - fills Gallon's role as
a top receiver and go-to target
for fifth-year senior quarterback
So Funchess will be counted
on to provide more than just
leadership, but he's taking the
responsibility of being a second-
year starter seriously.
"I came in, and we only had
Mike Kwiatkowski and Brandon
Moore," Funchess said. "They
got hurt, so I looked to one per-
son. Now you have Jehu and me
and (fifth-year senior) Anthony
Capatina to look to in our room.
I just embrace it. I just want to
help people be the best they can
be on the field."
For the soft-spoken Funchess,
that includes leading by example
on the field with his work ethic,
which he said has improved since
last season. But it also includes
mentoring some of the young
receivers on the team, including
incoming freshmen Drake Har-
ris and Freddy Canteen.
"Coming into college, every-
thing is brand new," Funchess
said. "They ask questions and
questions and questions like a
kid in a candy store. I just try to
answer all the questions I can as
best as possible."
Funchess will have to fig-
ure out the answers to his own
questions as he learns the new
offense put in place by first-
year offensive coordinator Doug
"My football IQ is off the
charts," Funchess said. "I knew
all the positions, made sure I
knew all the formations and just
got everybody set when we were
doing summer 7-on-7s."
AGAIN: Redshirt junior Blake
Countess has the hype. He has
been mentioned on two award
watch lists this summer - the
Bronco Nagurski Trophy and the
Jim Thorpe Award - and was
selected to wear the famous No.
2 jersey this fall.
Now, he says he has the health
he'll need to back it up.
Countess, who missed the final
12 games of the 2012 season with
a torn ACL, had surgery in late
May to repair an abdominal inju-
ry that bothered him throughout
last season. The abdominal pain
limited his mobility, and though
he never missed a start, he men-
tioned it to coaches and trainers
as the year went on.
"I played all last year banged
up a little bit," he said. "I recov-
ered fine, and I'm going into
camp at 100 percent."
Still, Countess was realistic
about his improvement heading
into this season.
"I don't know if I feel super-
human, but I definitely feel bet-
ter," he said with a smile. "I feel
healthy. Going into camp, I feel
just where I felt last year."
That could mean a big season
for a player who was recently
given the former jersey num-
ber of Heisman winner Charles
Woodson. He always wanted to
wear the jersey after growing
up admiring players like Wood-
son and Deion Sanders, and after
conversations with head coach
Brady Hoke, he will be given the
honor this season.
Hoke said his
decision isn't a
reflection of the
openers - he
noted that last
year's opener, a
59-9 rout of Cen-
was one of the
Wolverines' best p
"Really, they w
front of people, so
play in front of peoj
ahead of next we
mage, Hoke said
appears to have
"We took advant
we could spend w
summer, which is n
"It was good for u
older guys - if you'
play, you're old en
done a nice job of
ing. There's a nice
won't start practi
pads until Friday, I
Wolverines are rela
sive lineman Joey
Drake Johnson are
"Our older guys sophomore wide
they've done a York is suspend-
nice job of being for an unspeci-
fied violation of
demanding." team rules.
ARY: Hill's inju-
erformances of ry has provided the opportunity
for some other players to get a few
'ant to play in extra reps in the secondary, where
let's have them the distribution of playing time is
ple," he said. still undecided.
days of camp, True freshman Brandon Wat-
eekend's scrim- son, an early enrollee last spring,
the team also has gotten a number of reps at
undergone a safety. Junior Jarrod Wilson, who
from summer started eight games at safety last
season, has also contributed.
tage of the time Hoke also mentioned sophomore
ith them in the Dymonte Thomas, redshirt sopho-
ew," Hoke said. more Jeremy Clark and finally
s that way. Our sophomore walk-on AJ Pearson as
re old enough to contributors.
ough - they've Despite Hill's injury, top recruit
being demand- Jabrill Peppers is still focusing on
bond with this strictly nickel.
"He's got good recovery skills,
kTE: Michigan so he may take a step the wrong
cing with full way but he's got make-up speed,"
but for now, the Hoke said. "He's physical, and he's
tively healthy. instinctive. Those things all help,
e tackle ,Ondre but that position - if you're in a
r senior offen- slot, or you're blitzing him, or it's
Burzynski and just man coverage, or are you going
e running back to tweak cover-six a little bit -
fully participat- there's a lot that's on his plate."
Mayoral candidate Christopher Taylor receives applause from his supporters at a watch party at the Black Pearl Tuesday.
Taylor celeb rates landslide
Ann Arbor draws
thousands from all
over the world
By MAX BULTMAN and
Daily Sports Writer and
The Michigan Athletic Depart-
ment said they would come, and
they did, in full force. They sport-
ed Cristiano Ronaldo jerseys and
scarves, and they kicked soccer
balls in the parking lot. The fra-
ternities looked dormant, but the
party went on anyway, with tail-
gates filling the lawns on State
Street and the stadium parking
lots alive as ever.
Even before Ronaldo unex-
pectedly entered Saturday's game
between Real Madrid and Man-
chester United, Michigan Sta-
dium's soccer experiment was a
Real Madrid manager Carlo
Ancelotti had previously main-
tained that the megastar would
not play in the record-breaking
meeting at the Big House, taking
away some of the excitement of
the game. But in the 74th min-
field features four city
By EMMA KERR and
Daily News Editor and
Amid a crowded field in the Ann
Arbor Democratic mayoral pri-
mary, city council member Chris-
topher Taylor has won the position,
carrying 7,070 of 16,591 votes cast
for a total of 47.57 percent. He will
face Bryan Kelly, an independent
challenger, in the race for city
mayor Nov. 4.
"This has been truly incredible,"
Taylor, who declared success at
about 10 p.m Tuesday night, said
in a victory speech. "Politics is in
thing to get involved in. I am so
delighted that, this night, the form
of humbling that I am receiving is
one of confidence and trust. For all
of you here and the voters of Ann
Arbor, I want to thank you. This is
incredibly meaningful and I will
never forget it."
Fellow Councilmembers Stephen
Kunselman (D - Ward 3), Sabra
Briere (D- Ward 1) and Sally Hart
Petersen (D-Ward 2) also ran in the
Democratic primary. Total voter
turnout was atl16.67 percent.
In an interview Tuesday night,
Taylor said he sees multiple priori-
ties to address for the city.
"The city's needs are multivari-
able, and our charge is to find the
right balance amongthem," he said.
"There are big projects that we
have: transportation, storm water
See MAYOR, Page 2
ute, Ronaldo came onto the pitch
and solidified a once-in-a-lifetime
experience for all who came to see
Ann Arbor had the look and feel
of a football Saturday, only instead
of a sea of maize taking over the
town, it was swarms of red and
Perhaps the biggest difference
in atmosphere from a Michigan
football game to Saturday's match
was the diversity of the people
inside the stadium. Everyone
wanted to be a part of history -
and they were, as the game drew
the largest crowd in U.S. soccer
history at.109,318 - but they each
descended on Ann Arbor by dif-
ferent means and with their own
story to tell.
As far as summer internships
go, Matty Berman effectively hit
A rising senior communications
major at Marist College in Pough-
keepsie, New York, Berman was
chosen as an intern with Relevent
Sports, the company organizing
the International Champions Cup.
As a college soccer player and
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