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Sophomores Key to

Hoosier Success

Indiana has always been known.
as a basketball state but this year
the two undefeated football
teams in the Big Ten are from
the Hoosier state.
It's not totally unexpected that
Purdue is' 4-0, but Indiana? The
last time the Hoosiers ended their
first four weeks unbeaten was
Not since 1958 has Indiana even,
finished in the first division and
the last time before that was
1948. The only time the Hoosiers
even won a conference crown
outright was 1945. And besides
that, Indiana is the only team in
the Big Ten that has not gone
to the Rose Bowl.
Below .500
To make matters worse, the
Hoosiers are the only school in
the "great" Intercollegiate Con-
ference that does not own a .500;
record for all its games to date.
Then how do you explain the
fact that Indiana has climbed
from the depths of a 1-8-1 season
last year to a 4-0 record through-
out the first four weeks of 1967?
According to Michigan defen-
sive line coach Denny Fitzgerald,
the difference can be summed up
in two words, "Harry Gonso."
Gonso is one of the eight to 10
sophomores who have started for
coach Johnny Pont's precocious
Hoosiers this season and he is'


good enough to list among the
top 20 players in total offense in
the country. The soph phenomen-
on has reeled off 163 plays for
683 yards and six touchdowns in
leading Indiana to its unbelieve-
able start.
Gonso Amazing
Gonso's passing and running
has been amazing all year. He
didn't throw his first pass inter-
ception until last week against
Iowa and in the opener against
Kentucky, he ripped off a 63 yard

run. No Indiana runner gained
more than 12 yards in one try
last season.
"He has outstanding quickness
as a runner and has unusual poise
as a sophomore," says Fitzger-
ald. The Michigan coach com-
pares Gonso to John Cartwright
of Navy who gave the Wolverines
fits in leading the Middies to a
26-21 victory over Michigan two
weeks ago.
Fitzgerald gives Gonso the
greatest compliment when he says
"While Indiana would be a good
football team without him, they
are undefeated with him. The
Hoosiers' greatest single threat is
the run-pass threat of Gonso "
Another sophomore who has
come into more than his own this
year is flanker Jade Butcher who
is Gonso's favorite target. He has
pulled down six touchdown passes
including two in Indiana's 21-17
win over Iowa. Butcher caught
the last one with just 53 seconds
left in the game.
Isenbarger Effective
John Isenbarger, who was beat
out by the upstart Gonso at quar-
terback, has been a mainstay foi
the Hoosiers in the halfback slot.
Isenbarger has averaged over
four yards a carry and "has good
speed and is a very effective run-
ner," Fitzgerald notes. "He also
punts and throws the halfback
To demonstrate how improved
Indiana is offensively, Fitzgerald
pointed out that "Mike. Krivoshia,
who was the second leading
ground gainer in the Big Ten last
season, was beaten out at the half-
back spot by Isenbarger."
The only returnee in the start-
ing backfield is senior Terry Cole
who has also carried the ball fcr
over a four-yard average. This
year, he rates as the most. im-
proved veteran on the Hoosie:
Along with the personnel, the
biggest change this year at In-
diana is strategy. The Hoosiers
have been running out of the I
ormation, an attack which has
been giving the Wolverines prob-
lems all year, according to Fitz-
Still, the biggest difference has
been the sophomores. This is
Pont's third year at Indiana and
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"Hello, American International College."
"Hello, this is the Michigan Daily from Ann Arbor calling. Could
you please tell me the name of your football captain and his phone
"Hey, Ellie, some newspaper wants to talk to Hoss.
"Hoss who?"
"Hoss Shortsleeve."
"What's his number?"
"What do I do, ask for ext. 83?"
"YUK-YUK. That's his jersey number."
"Well, isn't this the student locator service?"
"Well, I want Hoss Shortsleeve."
"We all want Hoss!"
"What's his telephone number?"
"The TKE house-739-8804."
"Hey, wait a minute." Tell him Jan sent you, ok?"
(We'll talk to Hoss tomorrow.)

the first year he's using players
from his first recruiting class.
With the players left over from
the Phil Dickens era, Pon, was
only able to muster a 3-16-1 rec-
ord over two seasons. Thi. year
for the first time, the players are
his own.
The offense is not the only
team where the first year men
have played a decisive role. "De-
fensively some of the key players
are also sophs. At end, Clarence
Price has made a difference along
with junior Cal Snowden. And
the one first year man in the sec-
ondary, Mike Baughman, is a
good centerfielder," Fitzgerald
"Another big addition on the
defense is pre-season All-Ameri-
can tackle Doug Crusan who has

been moved to the defense to bol-
ster their pass rush. Indiana also
has good season players in its
four linebackers."
All the Hoosiers wins have been
squeakers but Fitzgerald does not
consider this a sign of a lucky
team. Rather, he says, "It's the
.sign of a winner, like the Old
team which is getting everything
out of its ability and players."
Fitzgerald went on to point out
that "Michigan's first three games
were also squeakers and this
game gives us an excellent op-
portunity to redeem ourselves. In-
diana is a good football team, an
undefeated team. The game will
give us a great chance to get
back in the winning ways.
"It's the start of a new season
for us.'

Vandals and Broken Heads
(Continued from Page 8)
to the outskirts of the stadium. I guess they even put limits on
that Guy up there with the Voice.
So I never experienced my moment of glory. I only learned of it
through a friend, GH 22. He heard it and told me later. Then he went
out to get a coke and was never seen or heard from again. (Perhaps
a Big Hand descended from the sky and snatched him away.)
And so opened the case of the strange disappearance of GH 22.
My only witness. My only thread with the golden land of Oz.
Unfortunately, no one else ever corroborated the tale GH 22
related to me that kalledoscopically-shiny day in the Michigan
press box.
Perhaps there were no others among the 103,210 pay patrons
who had hearing ears and beating hearts. Perhaps.
But I guess I'll never know. The Big Voice is only a hazy memory
now; the jam-packed stadium a dreamy appartion. Both have been
long since covered over with layers of happy memory tissue.
And I never venture out through the winding streets any more
without glancing a wary eye skyward; ever watchful for a Big Hand
descending from the clouds ... .
Flights to Europe
1st flight-
2nd flight-
3rd flight-
N.Y.-LONDON May 12
PARIS-N.Y. Aug. 13
4th flight-
N.Y.-LONDON May 20
PARIS-N.Y. Aug. 12


1. Indiana at MICHIGAN
2. Michigan St. at Minnesota
3. Ohio St. at Northwestern
4. Notre Dame at Illinoois
5. Iowa at Wisconsin
6. Oregon St. at'Purdue
7. Tennesee at' Alabama
8. Texas at Arkansas
9. Auburn at Georgia Tech
10. California at Syracuse


Clemson at Duke
Colorado at Nebraska
Texas Tech at Florida St.
Harvard at Cornell.
Houston at Mississippi St.
Iowa St. at Missouri
Washington at Southern Calif.
UCLA at Stanford
Miami (Fla.) at Pitt
Bates at American Int.

Managers are needed for the
freshman basketball team. All
those interested should call
Head Manager Mike Highfield
at 761-6281 or Coach George
Pomey at the Michigan Athletic
Building, 663-2411.

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