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14 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 16, 1995

Continued from Page 1
"If it wasn't for him I don't think we
would have gotten a basket (in the first
half)," DePaul coach Joey Meyer said.
Michigan's biggest advanatge was
clearly in its ability to rebound, pulling
down 54 compared to DePaul's 33. The
Wolverines consistently created second
and third chances for themselves.
"We learned that we're going to have
to grow bigger or find out another way to
get a rebound," Meyer said. "This was an
opportunity for DePaul to upset Michi-
gan, but we just didn't take advantage of
The Wolverines' victory givestheteam
a home game against Weber State on
:Friday night. The winner of that contest
will head to Madison Square Garden for
the semifinals of the NIT Wednesday.
" fThis was an
oppotunity j for
DPael to upset

- Joey
DePaul basketball


Currie 23
Cooper 12 00 001
Bowden 35
watts 34
Patton 32 00 112
Gelatt 20
Gay 22
Singer 20
Sattterwhite 2




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1 3 11
0 3 30
0 4 0
4 2 5
0 1 3
0 0 2
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Michigan's Willie Mitchell battles for a rebound during last night's game.

F8%: .333. FT%: .630. Three-point goals: 6-29,
.207 (Watts 5-11, Patton 1-6, Cooper 0-1,
Singer 0-3, Gay 0-8). Blocks: 2 (Bowden,
Singer). Turnovers: 15 (Patton 4, Watts 4,
Bowden 2, Singer 2, Cooper, Gay, Gelatt).
Steals: 11 (Bowden 3, Patton 3, Gelatt 2, Watts
2, Cooper). Technical Fouls: none.


Baston 25 4-5 1-2 2-11 0 3 9
White 16 4-8 0-2 2-4 2 0 9
Taylor 30 7-11 2-4 4-7 1 2 16
Conlan 26 02 1-2 0-4 5 3 1
Fife 19 3-6 0-0 1-2 0 3 9
Traylor 22 3-5 2-6 2-5 0 4 8
Bullock 20 3-7 1-3 0-5 1 2 7
Ward 21 2-10 2-6 3-7 1 1 6
Mitchell 20 2-7 4-6 3-7 2 2 8
Oliver 1 0-0 0.0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 2861 13-3119-54 1220 73
FG%: .459. FT%: .419. Three-point goals: 4-17,
.235 (Fife 3-5, White 1-2, Conlan 0-2, Mitchell
0-2, Bullock 0-3, Ward 0-3).Blocks: 2 (Fife,
Taylor) .Tumovers:19 (Traylor 5, White 4, Taylor
3, Conlan 2, Mitchell 2, Ward 2, Fife). Steals: 6
(Bullock 2, Conlan 2, Fife, Traylor). Technical
Fouls: Baston, Traylor.
DePaul.............36 29- 65
Michigan-............39 34- 73
At:: Crisler Arena; A:13,139.

Continued from Page 12
With five minutes gone, Bullock drove
the lane for a cute pull-up among the
trees; he grabbed two more points the
next possession after stealing the ball
and going full-court with it.
If White's debut was brash and
Bullock's was gutsy, Robert Traylor's
could only be described as inconsis-
tent. The 6-8, 300-pound man-moun-
tain didn't fail to get his share of big
blocks and dunks - but the high-
lights were offset by numerous poor
The freshman center's first collegiate
statistic was a technical foul for hang-
ing on the rim, awarded to him less than
two minutes after he entered the game
- an inauspicious introduction made
more so by his being stripped of the ball
before he could dunk.
Traylor also lost the ball four other
times, was caught tying his shoe during
a DePaul fast break, bumped every pos-
sible Blue Demon, and looked clueless

at the free throw line - prompting
Fisher to threaten to take Traylor's
grandmother's advice and "get out the
hickory switch."
But I'm too harsh: Traylor also
muscled 250-pound Bryant Bowden
out of the way for his first points as a
Wolverine, executed a nifty spin in
the lane for his first Michigan jam -
this guy's stunningly quick for his
size - and sealed the game at the
1:43 mark when he grabbed a rebound,
outletted and got the ball back on the
break and slid home a beautiful
double-pump layup that put Michi-
gan up eight.
White and Bullock, a pair of blue-
chip recruits by anyone's measure, were
a little lost in Traylor's monstrous
shadow during the preseason. Last night,
however, the pair served notice that
they would not be forgotten.
Who thought White would start and
play so solidly? Who thought Bullock
was this tough - maybe the Wolver-
ines' best guard? I didn't.
But I won't doubt them next time.

Continued from Page 12
Somehow the ball always found Bobby
Engram's hands. Andthen the otherplay-
ers would hone in and crack him one.
Want to cry, Bobby? Too bad. You can't.
"If I did, (Darrell) would just beat me
up more," Engram says. "I learned that
crying wasn't the best solution."
He would become atalent inboth sports
by the time he reached Camden High
School. Hewas anAll-Statecenter-fielder
as a freshman. And he was one of the key
ingredients of the 1991 AAA state foot-
ball champion football team coached by
Ammons. He caught 51 passes for 999
yard that season, scoringu1touchdowns
in the process. What Ammons saw every
day made him realize just how good
Engram was.
"He would make some catches in prac-
tice," Ammons says, "that ... Gol-ly."
Colleges were lining up to find out just
what Ammons meant by gl-ly.
Michigan wanted him. The Atlantic
Coast Conference coaches would have
given their firstborn to see him line up for
them. Florida Sate wanted him to play
baseball. But Penn State? All he knew
about the Blue and White was that one of
his best friends was a Nittany Lion fan.
But he gave Coach Joe Paterno's pro-
gram a shot. He came to a football camp
at Penn State before his junior year of
high school and liked the place then. So
he came up again - this time with his
father - for one of his official visits.
"Itjust seemed like the place I would fit
and spend the next four or five years of
my life," Engram says.
But going to Penn State meant leaving
his family 10 hours behind.
"That was the roughest part of the
decision," he says, "the distance, getting
over that."
It was about to become a lot rougher.
He was in Bi-Sci 004 when the news
reached the State College. It was one of
those cramped classes in Schwab Audito-
rium, but Don Ferrell found Engram shoe-
horned into one of the seats.
Ferrell took him to Paterno's office,
whereO.J. McDuffieandTerry Smith-
two of the veteran receivers on that team
- waited for Engram to arrive. Paterno
brokethenews. Hisfatherwas deadat43.
Engram flew home the day of the acci-
dent- Aug.23--to comfort his mother.
It was rough, on the whole family, but the
kids all held firm in support of their
distraught mother.
Paterno spoke at the funeral a few days
later. Five hundred people attended as the
community mourned the loss of some-
body who was, as Ammons says, its "cen-
tral figure."
Engram never let on how upset he was.
"Bobby didn't really show that much
emotion," his older sister Devona says. "I
guess he was trying to be strong."
That's not to say Engram didn't have
the heartache everybody else did.
"Having to go back to school less than
a week after his father's passing, it was
tough on him," Dorothy says. "I just told
him to think of what his father would
want him to do."
Football was Engram's release. The
only time the tragedy didn't eat at him
was when he was in pads.
But Engram admits that his mind-his
concentration - was never totally there
for that freshman season. He caught a few
passes and returned a few punts in a few
games, an inconspicuous part of a tal-
ented team.

But Engram wodd soon get his share
of headlines, for the wrong reasons.
His family was shocked. They said it
was so unlike him to do what he did. But
they offered no excuses for Engram. They
told him he had to deal with a situation
that he created, which s exactly what he
The stereo equipmet was reportedly
found in the trunk of his car, so how could
he say it was anyone's failt but his own?
People said he stole the sereos from the
Lexington House Apartments because he
was struggling to handle his ather's death,
which had occurred almost exactly one
year before he was arrested. But Engram
knew that wasn't true.
"After he got in the jam and I sat him
down ... he walked in, sat down in my
office, no excuses, didn't want .o blame
anybody else," Paterno said recently.
Engram doesn't really like totatk about
what happened. It's buried deep in his
past, but he knows what an effect it has
had on who he now is.
"That's the point I knew it was time to
do something with my life," he says.
That meant finally living fully by the
virtues in which his father so inherently
believed, and realizing that everything in
his recent past had happened for a reason.
"I don't think two times in my life have
I ever seen Bobby Engram down," says
Penn State offensive coordinator Fran
Since returning to the team in 1993, he
has gone on to break five school receiving
records, with three more - career yard-
age, receptions and touchdown recep-
tions - well within reach.
But he is never satisfied. Ganter calls
Engram one of the best practice players
he's ever worked with. Engram believes
that the only way you can play well on
Saturday is if you play well Monday
through Thursday.'
He's a perfectionist on the practice
field, running routes until he has worked
them to the finest science. It is a trait he

says he owes to his upbringing.
"(My dad) had to work for everything
that we had and I respected him for that,"
Engram says. "He was in the postal ser-
vice for 27 years before he worked his
way up to being postmaster. I realize that
to get to the top you have to work,"
Engram has also grasped his father's
concept of unselfishness. He appreciates
the fact that if every pass were thrown his
way, his team would have less ofa chance
to win the game. He puts the team - his
immediate community -above his own
And Engram enjoys children, getting
no greater satisfaction than telling a kid at
a football camp how to do something,
then seeing that kid flawlessly perform
what he has learned.
But Engram's father crops up most in
Bobby when he talks about his ultinate
goal. NFL stardom is on the horizon,:but
there's more important things than going
to a Pro Bowl orgettinga fat sneaker deal.
Those are nice, but there is something
He could have gone on to theNFL after
last year, when he became the first Penn
State receiver in history to catch passes
for over 1,000 yards in a season But he
stayed, wanting to accomplish one thing
more than anything else - one thing his
father would be proud to hear from the
son he once threatened to kick off a high
school team for getting a 'C.'
'The reason I came back is to gradu-
ate," says Engram, an exercise and sports
science major. "Not many people in my
family have gone to college and gradu-
ated. And here I am in the prime position
... to walk across that stage and get a
SimonEngram won't be thereto shake
his son's hand this January when that day
comes, bu} will he see it happen?
"I know he's watching me andlhe's
looking down on me," Engram says.
Maybe, then, Simon Engram has had
the chance.

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