O'Donnell named top Big Ten spiker
Michigan middle blocker Suzy O'Donnell was named Big Ten Player of
the Week yesterday. The senior co-captain tallied 37 kills behind a .500
hitting percentage in the Wolverines' three wins this week. O'Donnell
scored a team-high 18 kills against Northwestern Saturday and leads
the team in blocks with 30.
Wolverines back to work
Extra week allows players to recover from injuries
By Ryan White
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr
is applying that good ol' transitive rule
of college football to this weekend's
game against Miami (Ohio).
"(Miami) beat Cincinnati, who beat
Virginia Tech, who beat Miami (Fla.),"
Carr said. "So (the Redskins) should be
one of the top teams in the country."
Miami also beat Northwestern, who
had previously beaten then-No. 9 Notre
While no one is really thinking that
Miami, or Miami (Fla.) for that matter,
is a national championship contender
- Carr isn't sure what to expect from
his No. 8 Wolverines Saturday.
When Michigan (4-0) was last seen,
it was leaving Alumni Field after beat-
ing Boston College. But that was more
than a week ago and the Wolverines
spent last weekend watching everyone
"We'll know better after this Satur-
day how this layoff has affected us,"
Michigan took things easy at the be-
ginning of last week, but aside from
that it was business as usual - with one
"As I looked at the rest of the schedule
Idecided it was an ideal timetogivethem
a weekend off," said Carr, noting that the
freshmen had been in Ann Arbor since
Aug. 1. "We have some guys that are
homesick, and that's very natural."
One thing the layoff definitely hasn't
hurt is Michigan's injured players.
Tailback Tshimanga Biakabutuka,
who re-injured his right shoulder against
the Eagles, has practiced sparingly for
the past week, but will be ready to go
Safety Chuck Winters had almost a
full week off to recover from a leg
injury that had been bothering him since
before the Illinois game Sept. 2.
Defensive tackle Trent Zenkewicz is
also almost fully recovered from a leg
injury that he suffered against the
"There aren't a lot ofguys who would
have played on Trent's leg," Carr said.
"He was really bruised, but he's having
fun and he wanted to play."
Quarterback Scott Dreisbach also
returned to practice yesterday.
The redshirt freshman suffered a con-
cussion late in the Boston College con-
test and had been suffering headaches
up until last Wednesday.
Carr is hoping the added week to pre-
pare for Miami will lead to Dreisbach's
best game yet as a Wolverine.
With the Redskins' defense geared
toward stopping the run, Dreisbach may
be forced to put the ball in the air more
than any game since the season opener
against Virginia when he threw the ball
That would also mean getting
wideouts Amani Toomer and Mercury
Hayes the ball more often.
"We're always looking for ways to
get both of those guys the ball," Carr
said. "With both of those guys, it's like
having a tailback with the ball -that's
the kind of athletes they are."
Michigan is also hoping that its de-
fense will continue to make the plays
that it has through the first four games.
So far this year, the Wolverine de-
fenders have held opponents to 3.6
yards-per-play and amassed 44 tackles- y
for-loss, including 16 sacks.
Michigan only recorded 29 sacks all
of last season.
"We have a lot of guys who know
what they're doing and they're playing
with great effort," Carr said of the de-
Carr has been especially impressed
with the Wolverines' attack on the op-
posing team's quarterback.
"Every time you hit that quarterback
from the blind side- he doesn't forget
it," said Carr, who singled out safety
Clarence Thompson for making anum-
ber of similar hits. "Once you get a hit
on the quarterback or he sees on film
how hard another guy got hit, hope-
fully, it will phase him."
In spite of the Wolverines' best
start since 1986, Carr refuses to get
overly optimistic, and isn't all too
happy about some of the things he has
"I resent (that the media) has us 10-
0," said Carr about what Michigan's
potential record heading into the Nov.
18 game against Penn State. "Youthink,
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rightt end Jay Rilemersma and the Wolverines should be fully rested for their game against Miami (Ohio) Saturday.F
Junior college star Hughes chooses Michigan
B Michael Rosenberg
Da iy Editor in Chief
Steve Fisher has taken out his re-
cruiting wand again, and this time he
has pointed it toward the junior college
Brandon Hughes, a sophomore at
Barton County (Kan.) Junior College,
has-verbally committed to Fisher's
Michigan men's basketball team.
Hughes played high school basketball
at Manual H.S. in Peoria, Ill.
"It's done now," the 6-foot point
guard told the Peoria Journal Star. "I've
been a fan of Michigan all my life.
That's been like a dream to play for
them. And now I have a chance to fulfill
Hughes may have wanted Michigan
his whole life, but the Wolverines didn't
want him until last spring. Hughes was
recommended to Michigan assistant
coach Jay Smith last April, and the
school started recruiting him immedi-
ately, the Journal Star reported.
"Jay Smith told me that guy said I
was the missing piece to their team and
they gotta get me," Hughes said.
"(Michigan assistant Brian Dutcher)
flew out to Barton as soon as (Smith)
toldhim that. Coach Dutcher and Fisher
came down to Peoria several times dur-
ing the summer."
Hughes averaged 21.2 points and 5.8
assists as a freshman, both of which led
Barton County. Two of his teammates
from a year ago now play for DePauL
Hughes, the top-ranked junior college
guard in the nation, was a partial aca-
demic qualifier in high school.
over Fighting Iliii
The point guard also visited Illinois, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jack-
Michigan State and Missouri. The Illini son is widely regarded as the best ever.
were his second choice. Despite that success, Fisher's squad
He is the first player to commit to the will likely be a little thin in the backcourt
Wolverines this year. Fisher has reeled next season. Point guard Dugan Fife is
in the nation's top recruiting class three a senior this year, leaving Travis Conlan
of the past five years, including two in and Louis Bullock as the only true
a row. His 1991 "Fab Five" recruiting
class of Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, See HUGHES, page i0
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