Arrington Hoping To Get On Track

Michigan wide receiver Adrian Arrington was one of many expecting big things for the Michigan offense in 2007. After struggling through the first two weeks of the season, Arrington, among others, is expecting to see the unit pick it up as rival Notre Dame comes to Ann Arbor this Saturday.

ANN ARBOR -- With such lofty expectations for the offense in 2007, the Wolverines weren't supposed to struggle when it comes to getting the ball into the end zone. Now, two games into the season, things have changed in regards to the Maize and Blue offense.

After struggling at critical times in the opener against Appalachian State, and putting just seven points on the board against Oregon the next week, pressure to punch the ball in has begun mounting for the Wolverines.

"Offensively I would say that we are moving the ball pretty well, but we can't finish," Michigan wide receiver Adrian Arrington said on Monday morning. "Or we will have some penalties that slow down the drive. We just haven't been finishing well."

With Notre Dame next on the schedule, emphasis on finishing will be stressed again by the Michigan offense. With quarterback Chad Henne expected to miss the game, Arrington, who scored the Wolverines lone touchdown last week, will be one of many under the winged helmet expected to ease the transition for freshman quarterback Ryan Mallett.

"As receivers, we just have to be in the right place at the right time. He hasn't had enough experience to fake on the move like we can with Chad, so we just have to be in the right place at the right time."

Over the past two weeks, being in the right place at the right time has been a problem. After completed over 60% of his passes during his junior season, quarterback Chad Henne struggled to break the 50% barrier before his game-ending injury in the second quarter of Saturday's game. As a result, the Michigan offense has struggled at the times that have mattered most.

"It is very disappointing," Arrington continued when discussing the offensive problems. "We have so many weapons on offense, so much talent there and we don't finish like we know we can finish. To not put up the points on the board that we know we can put up, is to me, very disappointing. It is just something we have to keep working hard in practice. We'll get better. I know we will."

When the Wolverines get back on the field to try and solve their offensive woes on Saturday, new quarterback Ryan Mallett will be the one searching for Arrington down field.

Taking snaps in his second Michigan football game, Mallett hopes to be the spark that ignites the offense.

"I think he's a bright guy. He comes from a football family. His dad is a high school football coach. He's been in great competition at Texarkana; comes from a great program. I went down and saw him on my visit, saw him play. I've been down there several times. I saw him play basketball, and so he's a competitive guy. He likes to compete," said U-M coach Lloyd Carr.

"He's got very, very good poise for a young kid. Now, this test, of course, will be different than any test he's had. So he's going to make some mistakes. He's going to learn some things.

"But I can guarantee you, he's not intimidated by anything. I think that's one of the things I like about him. He's got a lot of confidence. He's got a great arm, and yet he's got to go into this week and play within himself and within the context of the game plan, because it's really about winning. And it's not about Ryan Mallett. It's about doing the things that will help this team win."

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