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Posted on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 : 6:25 p.m.

David Moosman will start at center and more Wednesday practice notes from Michigan football

By Dave Birkett

David Moosman is back practicing after missing last week's win over Eastern Michigan with a shoulder injury, and Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez said he'll start at center in Saturday's Big Ten opener.

“He had a good practice" Tuesday, Rodriguez said. "He’ll be ready to go."

John Ferrara started at Moosman's natural right guard spot against the Eagles, but Rodriguez said he hasn't decided who'll play there against Indiana (3-0).

Right tackle Mark Huyge took first-team practice reps at guard Wednesday, while Perry Dorrestein played tackle.

Starting center David Molk is out four to six weeks with a broken foot.

Safety Mike Williams was limited in practice Wednesday with a sprained ankle, and Rodriguez said running back Brandon Minor continues to be hobbled by his high-ankle sprain. Carlos Brown will start at running back again Saturday.

"We're really limiting what (Minor) can do during the week," Rodriguez said. "You got to be able to practice some to be able to play on Saturday, so we had him out (Tuesday) for the most part. Today, he'll do a little bit more. For him, it's going to be a game-time decision again, see how it feels in warm-ups."

• Though Indiana's pistol offense is based on some of the same principles as Michigan's spread option, Rodriguez said the running games are entirely different. The pistol, Rodrigez said, is more of a downhill running game, "like the I-formation yet using a shotgun."

"They seem to have taken to it pretty well," Rodriguez said. "They’ve got a big offensive line and physical running game. There’s some deception with it as well."

• With a 40-percent chance of rain Saturday according to, Rodriguez said he's hoping for some inclement weather to practice in this week.

"We had a little bit of that last week, and it was really wet," Rodriguez said. "I wouldn’t mind having one day this week where we get used to wet balls in case we have it Saturday."

• After linebacker Jonas Mouton was suspended last week for striking a Notre Dame player, Rodriguez said he hoped the Big Ten would hand out similar punishments for all non-football acts. He even pointed to a play at the end of the Purdue-Northern Illinois game, saying "a guy jumped on someone on the last play of the game and (gave him a forearm)." Apparently, the league was listening.

The Big Ten suspended Purdue's Zach Reckman one game for violating the conference's sportsmanship conduct agreement on Wednesday. Like Mouton, Reckman also was publicly reprimanded for his actions.

On Monday, Rodriguez backed down from his promise to monitor all Big Ten games and send non-football acts into the league office, but he encouraged fans to do so on their own.

"Everything’s so transparent, so everybody can be interactive and help out the cause," he said.

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Thu, Sep 24, 2009 : 3:43 p.m.

I dont think ohio state is righteous....never said fact if someone would go look at past posts on the subject you will see that i said its a witch hunt and that every college does it....The point i make is there are two posters on here that take cheap childish shots at every other college that rivals michigan and if you care to disagree with them they flag your comment and say you are being mean to them.....if you can criticize you should be a big enough of a man to be criticized.....Not everyone that lives and works in ann arbor likes the wolverines....some of us came to michigan for work cause we were transferred to the area or would have lost our jobs years ago.....


Thu, Sep 24, 2009 : 12:01 p.m.

The only reason why OSU defended Michigan is only to make sure of their own safety. If these allegations become worse after they are done investigating, OSU will be the next target. Don't think Tressel and the OSU company is so self righteous.


Thu, Sep 24, 2009 : 5:55 a.m.

wow.....the hating is on.......Funny how OSU comes out of some peoples mouths real quick on any story but when michigan is attacked and buckeye nation and its coach comes out and defend wolverine fans are still throwing their cheap shots in.....real classy.....I have come on this site defending richrod's action with mouton as well on espn and it seems i should give my respect to richrod but as far as the um fans guys on these posts are showing me why i really dont like this entitled whiny town


Wed, Sep 23, 2009 : 6:41 p.m.

Reckman's suspension is bad news for MSU and OSU; the cheap shot is usually their best play.