48 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, September 11, 1994
AMCHIGAN 24, MEMPHIS7
Player C-A Yds
Griese 0-1 0
Player Att Yds Avg Lg TD
B'batuka25 143 5.7 20 2
Davis 13 70 5.4 12
8 24 3.0 8 0
4 9 2.3 6 0
By Ryan White
Daily Sports Editor
The 1995 Michigan football media
guide lists Charles Woodson as both a
defensive back and running back.
Don't expect tc see him taking a
handoff from quarterback Scott
Through three games this season,
Woodson, a true freshman, has proven
himself more the.n ready to make an
immediate impact in the Wolverines'
Saturday againast Memphis, Woodson
made his first career interception.
In the middle of the first quarter,
with the Tigers facing a second-and-
19 on their own 25, quarterback Ber-
nard Oden tried to pass to receiver
Woodson caught the pass and was
tripped up at thle 20-yard line.
It appeared that Woodson had ripped
the ball straight;out of Carr's hands, but
Woodson thought otherwise.
"I had it all the way," he said. "I just
kind of bumped (Carr) out of the way."
Woodson came out of Ross High
School in Fremont, Ohio with almost
enough accolades to fill Michigan Sta-
SuperPrep listed him as the No. 3
overall prospect in the Midwest. He
was also on the BlueChip Illustrated's
Dream Team as the No. 2 defensive
With those; kind of credentials and the
losses of Ty Law to the NFL and Deion
Johnson to graduation, Michigan
coaches expected Woodson to play
But no one could have expected him
to start or play the way he has.
No one, that is, except Woodson.
"That's what I'm used to," he said.
Through three games, Woodson has
made 10 tackles (nine solo). He recov-
ered a fumble that set up a touchdown
against Illinois and his interception Sat-
urday setup the Wolverines' first touch-
Still, he was quick to spread the praise
around the entire defense.
"Coming in with (the veterans), they
were real hungry to play,"11e said. "Play-
ing with these guys has helped me a lot
and I thank them for bringing out the
best in me."
Regardless of where the praise is
placed, Woodson is part of a rejuve
nated secondary which bore an unfair
amount of the blame for what went
wrong last season.
Again, as if knowing where he stands
as a freshman on a veteran team,
Woodson is quick to credit the rest of
"You have to credit what we do to
those guys on the defensive line," be
said. "They're playing great football."
So is Woodson. Michigan fans are
already comparing him to Law, who
wasa first-roundpick in last June's NFL
And Michigan has to be excited be-
cause he should only continue to gel
better as he gains experience the rest of
The Wolverines should also forget
about having him run the ball.
Dreisbach 4(-)21(-)5.3 0
1 4 4.0 4 0
Howell 1 1 1.0 0 0
C. W'iamsl (-)2(-)2.0 0 0
Totals 57 228 4.0 20 3
Player No. Yds
Hayes 5 98,
Richards 3 21
Toomer 2 18
19.6 58 0
7.0 8 0
9.0 12 0
Bernard Oden is
sacked by a host
sacks on the
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B'field 1 10 10.0 10
8 8.0 8 0
PUI1N .0StrugglingMemphis opts for
Pr ING No. Yds Avg new offensive attack in 1995
2 74 37.0 42
By Scott Burton
Daily Sports Writer
When Memphis coach Rip Scherer
took over the Memphis football team
this year, he wasn't too thrilled about
the Tigers' offensive attack. There were
No. Yds Avg Lg TD
1 1 1.0 1 0
some quality skill
C. W'ms1 17
players around, but
overall, they just
didn't possess an
So Scherer made
to the Tigers' of-
fense, including the
an I-formation and
the use of the op-
He also made
trailer more than a few times.
Meanwhile, the two backs respon-
sible for making the I-Formation click
- Spaulding and fullback Darrius
Blevins - couldn't get anything going
on the ground.
Of course, even Scherer and most of
the Memphis football team were willing
to concede that the size and speed of
Michigan's defense had something to
do with Memphis' offensive struggles.
Not only did the Wolverines outsize the
Tigers in most of the man-on-man
matchups, but Michigan coach Lloyd
Carr often also stacked the Wolverines'
seven-man front with an additional safety.
"I think everybody in defensive foot-
ball is looking at ways of getting the
eighth man into the defense," Carr said.
"Against an option team, it does give
you an extra guy. I thought (defensive
coordinator) Greg (Mattison) mixed that
extremely well today."
"We had a very good plan I thought in
terms of the option - some things we
did at the line of scrimmage in certain
situations that I thought the kids were
extremely well prepared and executed
PENALTIES NOT GOOD: Penalties hadn't
been a scourge of the Wolverines in
their first two games. However, against
Memphis, Michigan committed six pen-
alties for 53 yards including several that
stalled offensive drives.
On the Wolverines opening drive,
Mercury Hayes took a reverse hand-
off from Tshimanga Biakabutuka and
streaked 67 yards for an apparent touch-
down. However, a holding penalty ne-
gated the play.
On a Michigan drive in the third quar-
ter, the Wolverines drove the ball to the
Memphis 10-yard line. However, an-
other holding penalty brought the ball
back to the 17. After quarterback Scott
Dreisbach was sacked for a 10-yard
loss, Remy Hamilton was unable to
boot a 45-yard field goal.
TOOMER INJURED: Amani Toomer
hasn't quite matched the numbers that
made him Michigan'smostheraldedwid
receiver going into the season. In 199
Toomer collected a Michigan single-sea-
son high 1,096 yards. This year, Toomer
has caught eight passes for 83 yards.
In Saturday's contest, Toomer
bruised his shoulder in the first half
and didn't dress for the second half.
Lloyd Carr wasn't sure whether
Toomer's injury would keep him out
of any further games.
MEN OF STEELE: Defensive end Glen
Steele, who last year was a defensive
tackle, sat out most of Saturday's contest
with the flu. Redshirt freshman and con-
vertedlinebackerRasheed Simmons took
his place in the lineup, and as far as Carr
could tell, did a decent job.
"Obviously, he must of done a good
job because we didn't miss much in
there," Carr said.
Simmons collected a career-high six
tackles, including two for losses.
some personnel changes, replacing pro-
jected starting quarterback Joe Borich
with the quicker Bernard Oden and
featuring tailback Quitman Spaulding
in the backfield in place of 1994 starter
Although the tinkering might improve
the Tigers in the long run (they averaged
14.8 points in 1994), it didn't help Mem-
phis much in Saturday's 24-7 loss to
Michigan. Not only didn't the offense
produce any points, but it managed a
measly 96 yards of total offense.
The option attack - which depends
on a coordination between the quarter-
back and the tailback - looked shaky,
as Oden collided with his lineman or
Saban' S debi
Just like last year, Lawrence
Phillips and Brook Berringer came to
Nebraska's rescue Saturday after
starting quarterback Tommie Frazier
The second-ranked Cornhuskers
were leading Michigan State by only
three points when Frazier left the game
with a bruised thigh early in the sec-
ond quarter. But Berringer came in to
direct the offense and Phillips put on
a sensational rushing display to lead
the Cornhuskers to a 50-10 victory.
Phillips ran for 206 yards and four
touchdowns, and Berringer provided
a steady hand at quarterback as the
defending national champions spoiled
Nick Saban's debut as Michigan State
"I'm a senior now, so I can't get
nervous," Berringer said. "There was
no problem going in. It's a tough
situation going in cold, but I just kept
my head in the game and knew what
was going on."
Lit ruined by
leg, said he thought he would be ready
for next week's game against Ari-
zona State. However, Nebraska coach
Tom Osborne was more cautious.
"This could be a two-week or three-
week thing, or it could be a two-day
or three-day thing," Osborne said.
"We'll have to wait to see about him."
Notre Dame 35, Purdue 28
Just seconds after Purdue tied the
game in the fourth -quarter, Notre
Dame tailback Randy Kinder rushed
52 yards for a touchdown and the
25th-ranked Irish escaped with a 35-
28 victory Saturday.
ing him the