THE MICHIGAN DAILY
hind Closed Do Gophers,Hoosiers
Of a Typical Jock
The most trite phrase going on this campus or any other to ;
describe an athlete has got to be "a typical Jock."
And the user of the above slogan applies it with the same in-
tonation and sneering expression that he connects with "LBJ man"
or "CIA agent." It seems that Johnson supporters, the intelligence
establishment, and the letter winner all have in common the fact ;
that they make the wooly mastadon look like Albert Einstein. The i
simple question of "What's he like?" in reference to a tender holder
brings fortha deluge of intellectual snobbery that would:make a
Harvard man proud.
I waive the right to attack or defend the "LBJ man" or
"CIA agent" here, but I've got one gigantic sore spot about the
"typical jock" motiff. I don't propose to defend him by point-
ing out that 08 per cent of all Michigan athletes were National
Merit finalists, or that umpteen Rhodes Scholars came from
the Wolverine ranks in the past dozen years, although statistics
appear to bear out that Michigan "jocks" have won more than
their share of academic awards. Rather, I defend the hyper-
jock for what he is.
Out of my acquaintances of the last four years, the one who
best exemplifies this category is Rick Volk, a Wolverine All-America-
defensive back currently starring with the Baltimore Colts. I knew
Volk about as well as a Daily sportswriter can hope to know an
athlete in the multiversity. I sat through Speech 210 with him,
attended a few Athletic Board meetings with Volk, and wrote two
features on him. The impressions I came away with are somewhat
different than the stereotyped notions of the "typical jpck."j
Rick was no intellectual sequoia, and knew his limitations
and capabilities in the academic department, but his interests
included more things than the forward pass. When it came to
explaining a technique or clarfying a play, he could even get
through to yours truly, whose practical football experience was,
limited to contemplating a tryout ,for the eighth grade team.
He limited his speeches in Public Speaking to sports for the
most part. His opener was on knee injuries, and he gave an analysis
which might have come from an orthopedic surgeon. I'll never forget
Rick's persuasive speech, entitled "Mandatory Dress in High School
Gym Classes Should Be Abolished." After completing the address,
he underwent cross examination for fifteen minutes, never cracking
a smile. Believe me, you've got to be creative to support an argument
Having eleven players like Volk on the field at one time
would be a utopia for any coach. You could forget about his
assignment when he took over. It was as simple as that. Wol-
verine coach Bump Elliott doesn't have a penchant for super-
latives, but they always broke through when he talked about
Rick. Not that Volk considered the coaches infallible. He had his
own ideas about the best way to play defense, and would voice
them on occasion.
Rick was a team player; but he took pride in his own play, and
was ;rank enough to admit it. He wasn't immune to privately cri-
ticizing a teammate for costing him an interception either. Inter-
ceptions were sacred to Volk, and anyone or thing interfering with
his pass defense efforts was subject to a thorough inquisition. Rick
begrudged the fact that he didn't lead the conference in pass
steals in his senior year, failing to realize that opponents had long
before staked off his sector as "Off Limits" to their receivers.
Over-sensitive to criticism, he once took a coach's comment
that he might make an excellent pro flanker as a slam on his
defensive play, vowing to play even harder to prove his- point.
"He must not think I'm good enough to be a defensive back," heI
Fitting the "Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde" mold perfectly, the clean-
cut Volk resurrected his more primitive instincts by simply putting
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By ELLIOTT BERRY E
The Big Ten received another
jolt to its prestige Saturday when
Oregon State stunned number two
ranked Purdue 22-14. This leaves
the astonishing Indiana Hoosiers,
who moved into the number 10
spot in today's Associated Press
poll, as the Big Ten's only un-
A tenacious Oregon State de-
fense forced three Purdue fumbles
and picked off three of quarter-
back Mike Phipp's passes to lead
the Beaver conquest of Purdue.
Tackle Jess Lewis anchored the
Oregon State defense, recovering
two fumbles. Meanwhile quarter-
back Steve Preece and fullback
Bill Eyart slashed through the
vaulted Purdue running defense to
take care of the Oregon State;
The week's key Big Ten contest
saw a suddenly potent Minnesota
offense and a rugged Gopher de-
fense swamp Michigan State, 21-0.
Plagued by two crucial injuries
early in the game, to ace quarter-
back Jimy Raye and his primary
receiver Al Brenner, the Spartans
had their Big Ten winning streak
stopped at 16, one short of the
Ohio State record.
The star of the Gopher effort!
was quarterback Curtis Wilson,
who has had his one pass as a half-
back fall incomplete prior to" Sat-
urday's game. Wilson used his
newly acquired golden touch to
pick apart a completely crippled
Spartan secondary with 14 of 25
completions for 262 yards and all
three Gopher touchdowns.
The Gopher defense had little
difficulty rendering impotent the
suddenly injury-ridden Spartan
Raye is a very doubtful starter
for State's duel with Notre Dame,
and the decision on Brenner will
be made later in the week.
Weak-sister Iowa battled have-
not Wisconsin, to a 21-21 tie.
Hawkeye quarterback Ed Podolack
personally accounted for over 200
yards, with his running and pass-
ing. Halfback Cy McKenny led the
Iowa scoring with two touchdowns,
including a 32 yard TD. Quarter-
back John Smith paced the Bad-
ger attack with two touchdown
Ohio State nipped Northwestern,
6-2, in a rough defensive contest.
Sophomore cornerback Ted Pro-
vost starred for the Buckeyes, in-
tercepting t h r e e Northwestern,
passes, tying an Ohio State record.
The other non-conference con-
test saw Notre Dame slamming Il-
linois 47-7. To supplement quar-
terback Terry Hanratty's passing,
the defense hardened to stop the
Illinois running attack cold, as it
totalled four yards backwards.
Indiana Makes It:
The Top Ten, with first-place
votes in parentheses, season rec-
ords and total points on a 10-9-8-
1. Southern California 6-0 (37) 370
2. UCLA 6-0 303
3. Colorado 5-0 283
4. Tennessee 3-1 228
5. North Carolina State 6-0 222
6. Georgia 4-1 143
7. Purdue 4-1 110
8. wyoming 6-0 91
9. Houston 4-1 84
10. Indiana 5-0 79
*Others receiving votes, listed
State, Army, Auburn, Florida
State, Louisana State, Miami,
Fla., Michigan State,' Minnesota,
Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame,
Oklahoma, Oregon State, Penn
State, Rice, Stanford, Texas, Tul-
sa, Virginia Tech, Washington.
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