October 5, 2004

Henne again named National Freshman of the Week

For the second straight week, Michigan quarterback Chad Henne has been named National Freshman of the Week by Rivals.com.

The true freshman from West Lawn, Pa., completed 17 of 21 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Wolverines to a 35-14 victory at Indiana last Saturday.

For the season, Henne has passed for 1,096 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions and is completing 61.5 percent of his attempts.

Henne connected with wide receiver Jermaine Gonzales for a 40-yard touchdown pass on Michigan's first possession, setting the tone for a day in which Henne burned the Indiana defense for big plays.

In the third quarter, Henne hooked up with standout receiver Braylon Edwards for touchdown strikes of 38 and 69 yards.

"Once you've got the line protecting and the receivers are busting their butts to get open, good things are going to happen," Henne said. "I had a couple mental mistakes on a couple checks we did, but it was a great performance (for the offense). Everyone did well and we played well together.

"When you have guys like Braylon who run extremely fast and just blow by the corners, it's easy to put it up there for him and make the play. Once they were playing man-to-man, they're not going to stop Braylon Edwards deep. There's no way. I mean, their corners were good players, but they just didn't have speed like Braylon."

Edwards returned the praise to Henne.

"He's always been calm; that was one thing that surprised a lot of people, his huddle poise and the way he attacks the game," Edwards said. "Now he's letting everything flow to him. He's relaxed and letting it flow to him, and by doing that he's starting to take over the huddle."

Henne also helped the Michigan offense convert 10 of 15 third-down plays.

Other freshmen of note
  • Virginia Tech redshirt freshman linebacker Vince Hall posted four tackles, including one for a loss of yardage, as the Hokies knocked off No. 6 West Virginia, 19-13. The Mountaineers were limited to only 247 yards of total offense.
  • Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson continues to sparkle, rushing for 146 yards and a touchdown in last week's 28-13 victory over Texas Tech. The true freshmen ranks fourth in the Big 12 in rushing with 546 yards, is averaging 6.3 yards per carry and has scored six touchdowns.
  • Miami true freshman wide receiver Lance Leggett caught a team-high four passes for 80 yards and a touchdown in the Hurricanes' 27-3 win at Georgia Tech.
  • Georgia true freshman tailback Danny Ware rushed for 109 yards to help lead the Bulldogs to a 45-16 whipping of LSU. No Goergia running back topped the 100-yard mark in any game last season, but Ware has now done it twice in 2004.
  • Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm, a true freshmen, completed 12 of 16 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' 59-7 win at East Carolina. Brohm, who is sharing playing time with senior Stefan LaFors, has completed 75 percent of his passes for 351 yards this season.
  • Arizona State true freshman tight end Zach Miller continues to flourish in ASU's two-tight end offense, catching two passes for 38 yards in a 28-13 victory at Oregon. Miller has 14 catches for 151 yards and three touchdowns for the 5-0 Sun Devils.

    2004 National Freshman of the Week winners
    Chad Henne
    Erik Ainge
    Darius Walker




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