MICHIGAN GLAD PUNTER FIBBED.
Byline: Kevin Acee and Eric Noland / Daily News Staff Writers
As has been widely chronicled, five Washington State regulars stumbled onto the team without the benefit of scholarships - highly unusual for a major program.
Michigan can't match the numbers, but neither is it exempt from the concept.
Jason Vinson, who will punt for the Wolverines Thursday in the Rose Bowl, was a walk-on nearly three years ago. He had spent his freshman year at Michigan sitting in the stands and boasting to friends that he could punt better than any of those stiffs out on the field. Then he talked his way into a tryout by neglecting to reveal an important piece of information: Vinson punted in high school in Troy, Mich., but he was second string.
Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr Lloyd H. Carr (born July 30, 1945) has served as head coach of the University of Michigan football team since 1995. To date, Carr has a record of 119-38. Under Carr, the Wolverines have won or shared five Big Ten titles (in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, and 2004), and his 1997 squad was admits that if he had known that fact, he would never have agreed to a tryout. Which would have been Michigan's loss - Vinson averaged 38.9 yards in 52 punts this season, had none blocked, and was named second team All-Big Ten by the conference's coaches.
In 1995, Vinson was just another in a mob of kids seeking annually to kick for Michigan.
``At first, they try to scare away to drive away by frightening.
See also: Scare guys who might not work hard,'' he said. ``That way, the guys who stay will work.''
Still, wasn't it a bit daunting daunt
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To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.
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See also: Hook with a prominent program that has 85 athletes under scholarship? ``They didn't say I would never play, but they said it would be very, very hard,'' Vinson said. ``I'm kind of hard-headed, so it gave me some incentive.''
Another walk-on, Eric Mayes, started at inside linebacker before injuring a knee early in the season.
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Little big man: If you're familiar with his stats, your first thought when you see Washington State linebacker Steve Gleason Steve Gleason (born March 19, 1977 in Spokane, Washington) is an American football safety who currently plays for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. He attended Gonzaga Preparatory School, where he earned consecutive Greater Spokane League (GSL) Defensive MVP awards, and also is, ``No way.''
He is listed (generously) as 5-foot-11 and 214 pounds. And the sophomore was the fifth-leading tackler in the Pacific-10 Conference The Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I. Membership
Full members this season with 91 total stops.
``You've got to be really confident,'' Gleason, who hit .286 for the Washington State baseball team last season, said of being a diminutive linebacker. ``Just like any other sport, this game is more mental than physical. It's not how big you are when you hit, it's how hard you bring it.''
Getting acclimated: Michigan's players, having been in Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, for a little more than a week, say they are starting to feel comfortable in these strange surroundings.
Said offensive tackle Jon Jansen Jonathan Ward Jansen (born January 28, 1976 in Clawson, Michigan) is an American football player who currently plays offensive tackle for the Washington Redskins in the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Michigan. , one of the captains: ``We've had time out here now to get used to the time difference, get used to the weather, get used to the light.''
Light? Why, of course. During late autumn and winter in the upper Midwest, the sun tends to be little more than a rumor.
Cool guys: Some Washington State players complained (with smiles on their faces) that the near-60 degree temperature at the Coliseum Saturday was too hot. And after practice, coach Mike Price jokingly complained about how when Washington State brings recruits to Pullman, Wash., in January, it is usually snowing.
The low in Pullman Saturday was in the teens and the high was around 30. But Price said that report must have been an error.
``It's nice in Pullman right now,'' he said with a coy smile. ``The weather reports are always screwed up. It's 80 degrees and sunny there this time of year.''
Playing it up: Price loves the questions that portray Michigan as the powerhouse and his Washington State team as the poor school from nowhere.
``They've got all the money, the tradition, the facilities,'' Price said. ``We don't have everything. . . . They are Goliath, we are definitely the David. We're just a bunch of country guys who drove down here in a pick-up truck.''
Price figures ``everyone outside of the state of Michigan'' can identify with his team and will be rooting for the Cougars.
``We've just got to turn the underdog into a wonder dog,'' he said.