The Wolverine

October 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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OCTOBER 2016 THE WOLVERINE 13   INSIDE MICHIGAN ATHLETICS "Heard about Ed Cunningham, got way out over his skis speculat- ing it was some kind of suspension. Jourdan Lewis is one of the finest guys we have on the team. Football character and off-the- field character, just total character. So there's few, if any, better than Jourdan Lewis." — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh addressing the ESPN analyst's speculation that senior All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis did not play against Hawai'i due to disciplinary reasons ( "I woke up that morning, and I said to myself, 'S---, I am retired.' I knew it right then. I didn't want to play anymore. That was the weirdest feeling I have ever had." — Former Michigan and NFL star and new ESPN analyst Charles Woodson on his decision to retire the morning of a 2015 game against the Lions ( "I like grapes, I like fruit … I really don't eat as much as people think I do. I don't eat a lot of junk food. Just whatever I feel like eat- ing. Sometimes I don't feel like eating a lot of food, so I'll just take a little snack." — 375-pound Michigan freshman lineman Michael Onwenu on what he eats to maintain his size ( "Look at him over there. He's already an unbelievable pass rusher. He's quick off the ball, learns the defense really well. He's a fast learner. You put all of those together with a freshman and it's some- thing special." — Fifth-year senior captain Chris Wormley on fellow defensive lineman freshman Rashan Gary ( — Leland Mitchinson THEY SAID IT Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on former Michigan and current New England quarterback Tom Brady (ABC News) "Tom's the greatest in the world, I mean that." PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL MICHIGAN'S TOP OLYMPIC SPORTS PERFORMERS Cross Country redshirt junior Aaron Baumgar- ten: The product of Williamston, Mich., was the Wolverines' top fin- isher in the season-opening Michi- gan Open, besting unattached se- nior and established U-M star Ben Flanagan by 1.6 seconds with a time of 15:09.2. Although he just missed setting a career-best time on a 5,000-meter course, it was a 15-second improvement over his fourth- place time at the same event in 2014. Cross country senior Erin Finn: The West Bloomfield, Mich., native has started the 2016 season strong, outpacing her competition in both of her races so far this year. Finn won the Michi- gan Open as an unattached athlete with a time of 16:44.5. She also put up a first-place time (17:04.2) for the Wolverines at Terre Haute, Ind., and in both her races so far this year she has finished ahead of her competition by at least 44 seconds. Soccer redshirt sophomore Sarah Jackson: The goalkeeper led her team to four shutouts through Sept. 23, bringing her career total to six. Through the first eight games of her 2016 season, Jackson allowed just three goals. In a 2-0 shutout of Ole Miss, Jackson set a career mark with nine saves, seven of which came in the second half when the Wolverines were outshot, 15-2. Volleyball sophomore Jenna Lerg: She earned Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors for her performance during the Panther Invitational Sept. 9-10. The Farmington Hills, Mich., native set a career record for digs with 39 in the team's final game of the tournament, a number that ties the third-best single-match dig total in Michigan history. Lerg put up two more double-digit dig performances on her way to being named to the all-tournament team. Field hockey junior Sam Swenson: The goal- keeper from Harrogate, England, was awarded Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors Aug. 30 and Sept. 6 following trips to North Carolina and California, respectively. After three weeks of the 2016 season, Swenson had contrib- uted to four shutouts while allowing just four goals and making 18 saves. Through Sept. 19, Swenson ranked first in the country with a 0.60 goals-against average and tied for fourth in save percentage at .818. — Leland Mitchinson

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