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OBER 20, 1967




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Joe Dayto
Of the eleven me
an offensive foot
two touch the ball
plays the most glan
in football and th.
the most unknown
Michigan capta
plays the latter.
coach Tony Maso
function at cente
"Joe is the man w
play for us."
Center is nots

Attack A
provides too much noticeable ex-
citement. "I could never break
T BERRY loose for a long touchdown," re-
flects Dayton," but you get the
ball unit, only greatest thrill when the guys
ballunit, nly you've been playing with all get to-
every play.iOne gether and jell."
,e other is often Nevertheless, Dayton, who has
. oebeen starting offensive plays since
in Joe Dayton he was a sophomore at Detroit's
Offensive line outstanding center when he was
n stated Joe's Cooley High, was recognized as an
r quite simply, only a high school junior.
vho starts every By his own admission, Dayton is
not a great natural athlete. "I
a position that tried basketball and golf in high



Dayton -Brown


school, and I was terrible at both. Ihis masters. "The only way I'd play
Once in a while I go over to the pro ball is if they offered me a
University course and h a c k good sum of money."
around." At the moment however, Day-

Dayton's father was a graduate'
of Michigan State and until his
junior year in high school he ex-
pected to go there. "I was really
leaning towards State but one of
our assistant coaches was so anti-
State that after that season all
I knew was that I didn't want to
go there."
The big solid center is a busi-
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wants to go right on working for

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f ton's biggest worry is with the
team. He is dismayed, but by no
means discouraged, over the team's
lack of success this season. "After
last week's game I felt terrible.
I got up Sunday morning and I
just couldn't believe we had been
beaten so badly. It was the worst
loss I ever suffered."
Team Amazingly High
He continued on a more opti-
mistic note, "This week we're going'
to win. It's a must game and
there's absolutely no doubt that
we'll win. Despite our first fourl
games the team morale is amaz-
ingly high."
Dayton represents his team ex-
ceedingly well. While he is usual-
ly not a holler-guy type leader, he
makes a great effort to make sure
he is always giving 100 per cent
both in the games and on the
practice field to set an example
for the team.
"When it comes to just before
game time, I just like to sit quietly
around studying the game plan."
The thing that bothers Dayton
most about the dismal season is
the strong undercurrent of crit-
icism aimed at the coaching staff.
"There's not a member of this
team who wouldn't rather play
for Bump than any other coach in
the country and that includes Bear
Bryant or anybody else. It's too
bad the coaches have to take the
Dayton knows that the team has
played very erratic football. He is
confident that the team, and him-
self, can do far better. Coach Ma-
son says of Dayon, "He's real good
ballplayer and he's vastly under-
It's very seldom when the cap-
tain of a 1-3 team is slightly re-
morseful about not having the na-
tion's number 2 ranked team on
his schedule. But Joe Dayton is.
"If I had one game to play over
again it would be last year's Pur-
due game. I can't believe we've lost
to them the last two years."
Neither Dayton nor any of his
teammates have made the trip to
Pasadena and nobody is exactly
making plans to go this year. Right
now Dayton is just looking at one
game at a time and,-trying to get
the team to play the kind of foot-
ball he knows they're capable of.
"After we beat Indiana we'll be
on the right track."

Brown gave little credit to his
personal ability concering the out-
put of the team in the second half
of the State game. "The team
was up for the second half." he ex-
plained. "and Vid (Vidmer) might
have had the same success."
While Brown only saw about 13
minutes of varsity action last fall,
he has displayed a threat as a run-
ner as well as a passer. His run-
ning ability was evident in the
State game last weekend as he
piled up yardage on power sweeps
and options.
There is no question that run-
ning the ball is the biggest thrill
in football and I certainly enjoy
that aspect of the game the most,"
he said. "But I'm not quick enough
to play halfback and, frankly I
wouldn't want to play anywhere
but quarterback."
Brown's devotion to the team
and the team alone led him to
praise the abilities of Dick Vidmer
very highly. "He is a great quar-
terback. I wish that I had his
throwing ability. Vid throws a
firm pass that always spirals. My
passesetend to fishtail sometimes
because I try to throw the ball
too hard."
There is little doubt that Vid-
mer hasn't been nearly as accu-
rate this year at last. The absence
of All-American Jack clancy may
have something to do with that
but even so, Vidmer hasn't show
much of last year's polish. Brown
will be starting for that every rea-
"I know I can make the hand-
offs,' said Brown in a manner
which said that he could do much
more than that.
"No. 22" is majoring in physical
education and hopes to teach and
coach when he graduates in two
Naturally Brown is predicting a
victory this weekend over Indiana.
His only hope is that he does not
blow his opportunity as a starter.
"I have a job to do and I'll do
my best to do it."


-Daily-Robert Sheffield
CAPTAIN JOE DAYTON goes down on all fours to protect sophomore quarterback Dennis Brown from
Michigan State linemen. Brown came on for Dick Vidmer in the second half and ran for 33 yards

in 11 carries and completed 6 of
Dennis. Brown:
While walking back from last
Saturday's disaster in Michigan
Stadium, someone was overheard
discussing the ability of "that No.
22" to get the team moving in the
second half.
"What's his name now . . . er
Braun or . . , Bronson. Something
like that."
This week in the Homecoming
game against Indiana's unde-
feated Hoosiers, Mr. Spectator is
going to see that same "No. 22"
Big Ten Trivia
1. How much did the original
Little Brown Jug cost?
2. What cliche has been used
most frequently to describe a Big
Ten football game?
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17 passes for 48 yards. Brown is expected to start tomorrow against

trying to put some oil in Michi-
gan's sputtering offense.'
By the way, "No. 22" is a junior
from Lincoln Pork by the name of
Dennis Brown.
While quarterbacking for Lin-
coln Park High, Brown became
accustomed to the sweet sensation
of victory. Under his leadership,
the team set a Michigan state
record for most consecutive wins,
compiling 22 straight victories.
Sweet sensations have been a
rarity in Brown's college career
for two reasons: First, he has seen
only very limited action and sec-
ond, Michigan just hasn't been
winning of late.
The absence of victory hasn't
altered any of Brown's opinions
about Michigan, however.
"I picked Michigan because I
was very impressed with the
coaching staff," he said. "Coach
Elliott, Coach Fonde, and Coach
,Mason didn't try to make feel like
I was the only one being recruited.
They were honest and that's what
I liked."'
Brown, who is extremely modest
about his probable starting role
this coming Saturday, gives no

hint of having a lack of confidence
in his ability.
"I just want to do the job,"
Brown said. "Coach Foinde always
tells us that we should take care
of the little things and the big
things will fall into place."
Hopefully, the big things will
fall into place in time for a win
over Indiana with Brown starting
at the helm. Last week's game may
give some indication of the way
the offense could move, for with
Brown quarterbacking the team
was able to advance relatively easy
against MSU, despite the blatant
lack of numbers on the Michigan
side of the scoreboard.

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