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Michigan senior Jarrett Irons is in the running for the 1995 Butkus
Award, presented annually to the nation's outstanding collegiate
linebacker. This year, Dick Butkus will present the award at Walt
Disney World. Irons joins fellow Big Ten candidates Greg Bellisari of
Ohio State, and Kevin Hardy and Simeon Rice of Illinois.
Michigan wanders to Indiana

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October 20,

Bench may
prove key in
Bloomington
By Antoine Pitts
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan and Indiana meet for the
first time in three years tomorrow in
Bloomington. There will be key play-
ers, especially on the Hoosiers' side,
that won't be on the field.
Several injurieswill definitely change
the shape of this game. Indiana's start-
ing quarterback and running back will
not play.
The Wolverines may have to use
backup quarterback Jason Carr if Brian
Griese is unable to go. Regular starter
Scott Dreisbach isn't expectedback for
another two weeks.
They're expecting the largest crowd
of the year at Memorial Stadium. The
teams are No. 1 and 2 in the Big Ten in
total defense, but are far apart offen-
sively.
Here are the matchups:
Michigan rushing offense vs. Indi-
ana rushing defense:
Tailback Tshimanga Biakabutuka is
coming off his best game asa Wolver-
inc -0205 yard performance against
Northwestemn.
That gapte included Biakabutuka's
largest gain of the year, a 47-yarder.
There could be more of the same this
week. ,
The Hoosiers have the second-best
total defense mark in the conference,
giving up 276.8 yards a game. How-
ever, Indiana has allowed touchdown
runs of 60, 58 and 56 yards this season.
The Hoosiers have also given up two
touchdown runs of 42 yards.
Defensive end Nathan Davis leads
the Hoosier defense with 12 tackles for
loss. Matt Surface has seven tackles for
loss.
Behind Biakabutuka are freshman
Clarence Williams and sophomore
Chris Howard. Michigan has run the
ball well in the last two games and
should continue tomorrow.
Advantage: Michigan
Indiana rushing offense vs. Michi-
gan rushing defense:
The Hoosiers lost star running back
Alex Smith three weeks ago to a rib
injury. Hisbackup, Michael Batts, went
down in practice a week ago, leaving
the tailback chores to Sean Glover. Last
week against Iowa, Glover ran for 199
yards on 48 carries.
This week he'll be going against the
best rushing defense in the conference
in Michigan.The Wolverineshavegiven
upjust90.3 yards agame on the ground.
See MATCHUPS, page 14

Injury-plagued Wolverines
to face crippled Hoosiers

By Ryan White
Dsily Sports Editor
Picture a dormitory bathroom on a
Sunday morning.
Now picture tomorrow's Michigan-
Indiana football game.
The former is a pretty ugly scene, the
latter has the potential to be another.
The No. 10 Wolverines (1-1 Big Ten,
5-1 overall) head to Bloomington with
their starting quarterback Scott
Dreisbach still out with an injured
thumb.
And, to add injury to injury, the sta-
tus of Brian Griese, Dreisbach's back-
up, is still up in the air for this weekend
due to a bruised shoulder.
Things could be worse for Michigan,
however. It could have the Hoosiers'
personnel problems.
Indiana (0-3, 2-4) will definitely be
without starting quarterback Chris
Dittoe, running back Alex Smith and
tailback Michael Batts. Senior wide
receiver Eric Matthews is questionable
for tomorrow's 12:20 p.m. contest at
Memorial Stadium.
"We've had alot of injury problems
and I think we've just kind of run into a
rut," Indiana coach Bill Mallory said.
"When you have to go to your depth, it
gets tough.
"It has hurt our continuity and our
ability to keep people in the game and
keep their confidence up."
As for the Wolverines, they have had
two weeks to think about their 19-13
loss to Northwestern.

the Wildcatsin Michigan Stadiumsi
1959.
"Coming off the loss to Northw(
em we were ready to play," Michi;
coach Lloyd Carr said. "But (the
week) has given us the opportunity
fix some problems."
The bye week may, however, h
been a blessing in disguise.
Griese bruised his right shoul
against the Wildcats and began prac
ing earlier this week.
"It does not appear to be anytl
serious," Carr said of Griese's injt
"Depending on how well he practi
we'll decide if he'll play."
If Griese can't go, the starting:
would go to Jason Carr. Carr's bac
would be true freshman Tom Brad
"I expect both will do a good jo
called upon," Carr said.
The Hoosiers are coming off of a
13 loss at Iowa last week, but Mall
was pleased with the way his to
played.
"We won everything but the src
but that's what's most important,'
said. "We had control of the game
didn't come out victorious.
Indiana has had to compete with
both its top quarterback and runt
back.
Smith has missed the Hoosiers'
three games with a ribinjury. Befor
went down he had already amassed
yards on the ground and was averas
5.4 yards per carry.
See HOOSIERS. page

The injured Wolverines will attempt to tackle indiana when they travel to Bloomington tomorrow.
Hckey open s CCHAslate
wvihWesternMcia

By Danielle Rumore
Daily Sports Writer
The official hockey season has ar-
rivedandtwoMichiganteamswillbattle
in a home-and-home series this week-
end to kick off CCHA conference play.
Michigan (1-0) faces off against
Western Michigan (2-0) tonight at 7
p.m. at Yost Ice Arenaand tomorrow at
7 p.m. at Lawson Ice Arena in
Kalamazoo. The Wolverines lead the
series with the Broncos 30-20-5 and are
7-1-2 in their last 10 games against
Western.
The Wolverines enterplayasthetop-
ranked team in the conference. They
just recently edged out Boston Univer-
sity for the top spot in the nation after
their 8-0 dismantling of Guelph last
Friday.
Western's two early wins were also
over Canadian teams. The Broncos de-
feated Brock, 11-2, last Friday and

Western Ontario, 9-2, last Sunday.
"We set out to achievea lot of goals
against (Brock and Western Ontario)
which we did," Broncos coach Bill
Wilkinson said.
The Broncos have started this season
where they left off. Western finished
the 1994-95 season with a sixth-place
tie in the CCHA and a 17-18-5 overall
and a 9-14-4 conference record.
This season, the Broncos held the
preseason No. 6 spot in the media's
conference poll, but they have the po-
tential to be one of the most dangerous
teams in the CCHA.
"I think (Western) will be one of the
top teams in our league," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said. "Their pro-
gram should be about ready to peak
right now in terms of their upperclass-
men."
The Broncos showcase seven seniors
in their lineup, including an experi-
enced crop of offensive players. Last
season, center Jeremy Browncompiled
25 goals and 17 points. He has two
goals and four assists this season.
He is joined by center/right wing
Jamal Mayers, who had 13 goals and33
assists, and left wings Derek Innanen
and Chris Brooks. Last season, Innanen
had nine goals and 14 assists while
Brooks finished with 7 goals and 39
assists. Brooks is looking for his fourth
40-point season.
"They have some strong returning

forwards," Berenson said. "I think they
have some strong offensive and experi-
enced players."
Western returns a nearly intact de-
fense led by Steve Duke and Darren
Maloney. The Broncos only weakness
on defense appears to be in goal.
Western will have to deal with the
loss of goalie Brian Renfrew, who
owned a 3.54 goals against average last
season. Western has settled on Marc
Magliarditi, one of two freshmen goal-
ies on its roster, to replace Renfrew
between the pipes. Magliarditi has
stopped 54 shots and has allowed 4
goals over two games.
"They have an experienced defense,
(which) I think gained a lot of experi-
ence last year," Berenson said.
Michigan returned most of its roster
from last season's team which finished
first in the CCHA with a 30-8-1 overall
record.Thehighlytoutedfreshmenclass
adds depth to the roster.
Twelve Wolverines had points last
week against Guelph, led by freshman
Greg Crozier,whonotchedtwogoalsand
an assist. Berenson has shuffled the line-
up this season and will probably continue
to do so. Most of the shuffling will prob-
ably be done on the defensive end.
"I think we're ready to have a good
game against a good team," Berenson
said. "(We're) not sure about your spe-
cial teams. We need more power-play
time and penalty killing time and that
comes with playing."

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The Michigan hockey team will play a home-and-home series against Western
Michigan this weekend.
'M simershope to
avenge NCAA defeat
By Chris Murphy weekend ranked No. I while the Can
Daily Sports Writer nal is at their heels at No. 2.
A National Championship rematch. Michigan started the season byd
Indeed, no sooner has the season be- feating Michigan State last weekend
gun than the Michigan women's swim- East Lansing. The team hopes its st
ming team is facing off against last cess can carry over to a meet agains
year'sNational Champion, Stanford, in team that is simply no competit
a rematch of their title meet from last compared to the Spartans.
spring. Stanford will represent the first r
It is not often that a team gets to challenge ina long process of buildi
avengea loss ina National Champion- and development as the team prepa
ship meet so early in the season, but the for its ultimate competitions, the B
Wolverines will try to do just that to- Ten and NCAA tourhaments.
morrow at Canham Natatorium. And these meets are still four mont
Notonly doesthemeetpit twooflast away.
year's top contenders, but Michigan "It's more important to think lo
and Stanford will likely vie for the top term,'coachJim Richardsonsaid."T
spot in the nation this year. See STANFORD, Page
In fart tSee STANFORD, Ppr tl f

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