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April 19, 1959 - Image 6

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'ig Ten Season To Open Friday


Spring Practice Marked
By Full Scrimmage Session

Over 100 players took part in a
two and one half hour scrimmage
at Ferry Field yesterday as the
first week of spring football prac-
tice came to a conclusion.
"At times we looked pretty
ragged and at others we looked
tairly good," head coach Bump
Elliott commented at the end of
the drill.


Noskin, John Stamos, Paul Pal-
mer, Bill MacPherson and Don
Hannah worked at quarterback in
that order. Lacking pass protec-
tion none of them were too suc-
cessful in this department. Noskin
completed the highest percentage
among the group.
The first scoring play came
early in the scrimmage when Nos-
kin hit Johnson with a 20 yard
pass and the lumbering end car-
ried it the remaining 20 yards to
the end zone.
The second score came shortly
thereafter when Harper moved,
into pay dirt from three yards out.

CARRYING THE MAIL-Gary McNitt is shown here as he follows
a wave of blockers around left end in yesterday's full-speed
scrimmage. The blocker directly to McNitt's right is guard George
Genyk. Over 100 players dressed for yesterday's action.
Lund Settles on Lineup
For Conference Opener

Michigan's starting lineup for
this Friday's Big Ten opener
against Michigan State was an-
nounced by Head Coach Don Lund
The team that will face the
Spartans at 3:30 p.m. Friday, at
Ferry Field, will contain only three'
players who have played regularly
at the same position all spring, as
Lund has continuously experi-
mented in an attempt to get his
"best nine men" in the lineup.
Veteran first baseman Bill Ro-
man, shortstop Gene Struczewski
and sophomore outfielder John
Halstead are the only starters who
have escaped Lund's experimen-
Franklin in Left
Accompanying rightfielder Hal-
stead in the outer reaches of Ferry
Field will be sophomore Wilbur
Franklin, a catcher, who played
third base for a while, but will
start in left field and Jack Mogk
whose .300 plus batting average
has earned him the center field
Rounding out the infield will be
two junior lettermen: Dave Brown,
whose improved fielding and hot
bat will make him one of the best
third sackers in the Big Ten, and
second baseman Bob Kucher, who
appears ready to break out of his
spring batting slump.
At the backstop position, Lund

plans to alternate veteran Jim
Dickey and sophomore Dick Syr-
ing. Dickey, one of the two seniors
on the entire squad will also be
available for outfield duty.
. Lund also narrowed down the
number of pitchers he may use
to start against Michigan State
in the three-game series-a dou-;
bleheader at East Lansing Satur-
day will wind up the series.
And from all indications it looks
as if Koch, who tossed a three--
hitter against Eastern Michigan
Tuesday, will get the opening-day
nod with the two lefthanders hurl-
ing Saturday at Michigan State's
College Park where a short right
field fence has spelled disaster for
portsiders in the past.
Scrimmage Yesterday
Yesterday Lund got a good look
at all of his starting lineup and
several on his front line replace-
ments as his squad had partook
in an unofficial 14-inning scrim-
mage" contest with Eastern Michi-
Lund also got a chance to get a
look at pitchers Gordon Rinckey,
Jim Bradshaw, George Weemhoff
and Joe Brefeld for the first time
since returning from Florida.
The Wolverines final warmup
contest for the Conference season
will be Tuesday when they meet.
Wayne State at 3:30 p.m. at Ferry
'Two Coaches
Speak at UGL
Two eras of Michigan football
will be represented Tuesday eve-
ning in a talk at the Undergradu-
ate Library.
Former coach Bennie Oosterbaan
and first year mentor Bump Elliott
will appear in a Union-sponsored
event, speaking on "Football at
The two coaches will give pre-
pared speeches, and then will be
open for questions from the au-
dience. The informal affair will get
underway Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Mechanical Errors Y
"We made too many mechanicalr
errors. If a team made as manyt
fumbles as we did this afternoon
in a game, it would be no con-t
"However we did have some
good individual performances," he
The scrimmage matched the
first five units on offense against
the remaining reserves. The former
group remained on offense
throughout, while the latter tried
to contain the continuous attack.
The offense moved from one
end of the field to the other and
when they crossed the goal line
or were stopped near the goal
line they turned around and start-
ed the procedure all over again.
Too Little Time
The scrimmage was to prove
that five days of practice is not
enough time for a team to learn
a new offense and jell into a cohe-
sive unit.
Mechanical errors plagued the
Wolverines all afternoon. Timing
and ball handling was ragged re-
sulting in a total of 23 fumbles,
the passers suffered from lack of
adequate pass protection and the
blocking and tackling were erratic.
The Wolverines opened the
scrimmage with three returning
lettermen and one promising
freshman sidelined by injuries.
Guard Paul Poulos was suffering
from a bruised knee and right
halfbacks Fred Julian and Brad
Myers were sidelined with similar
maladies. Freshman right half-
back John Haley also watched
from the sidelines with his right
hand heavily taped as the result'
of a broken bone.
When the team left the field
yesterday no serious injuries ap-
peared to have occurred. Bill
Stine, starting the scrimmage at
tackle was shaken up, but later
came back from the training ropm
in street clothes and appeared
none the worse for wear. Tom Job- .
son, number one right tackle can-
didate bruised his left knee late
in the session and was forced to
First Team
Elliott started a first unit of
Bob Johnson and Jim Korowin,
ends, Tom Jobson and Bill Stine,
tackles, Al Callahan and George
Genyk, guards, Gerry Smith, cen-
ter, Stan Noskin, quarterback, Dar-
rell Harper and Gary McNitt, half-
backs and Dennis Fitzgerald,. full-
The open position at fullback
created by John Walker's knee in-
jury was thrown up for grabs and
after. yesterday's performances
three freshmen appear to have the
upper hand.
Bill Tunnicliff, Phil Wynn and
Ken Tureaud were all impressive
in their varsity debuts. Tunnicliff
started the afternoon on the third
unit behind Fitzgerald and Paul
Raeder, but ended the day work-
ing with the first unit. He broke
loose once for a-20 yard TD run
and later caught a 25 yard pass
from Paul Palmer for another
Wynn and Tureaud showed
themselves to be rugged competi-
tors for this position with their
hard rushing. Another freshman
Guy DeStefano also worked well
at fullback.


... frosh quarterback
At this time the second offensive
unit came in to face the replace-
ment defensive squad. MacRae and
Wynn moved the ball 50 yards on
the first-two carries, but then the
attack stalled and it was not until
19 more plays had been run off
that Tunnicliff took Palmer's pass
for a score.
Several times after this the
direction *of the attack was
changed before the offensive unit
had an opportunity to cross the
goal, with the result that no ac-
curate touchdown count can be
given. All in all the direction was
changed a total of 11 times.
Varsity Manager John Jabe
noted that there is a need for
more football managers and any-
one who is interested should either
contact him at practice or. call
NO 5-6201.
Turkey To Meet
Wines Field today will be the
scene of the second round of play
in the Ann Arbor Individual Soccer
Cup meet.
Two games will be played, with
the first starting at 2 p.m. The
top event of the day will be the
game between Turkey and Inter-
national, the only two teams com-
pletely composed of 'foreign stu-
dents. The other game will see
Ann Arbor Germania meet Flint.
In last week's first round play,
International topped Germania,
5-2, and Flint took Turkey, into
camp by the same score.
Leading scorers for the Inter-
national team were Gerry Van
Debouenkamp and Amilcar Vainna
with two goals apiece.

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