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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1965

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

'PAGE SEVEN

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Rigor o Training Routine Belies Bed of Roses

EIGHT DIE:
Football Fatalities Rise
A's Season Approaches

By RICK STERN
A football player at Michigan-
king of the campus, surrounded by
seductive coeds, hundreds of re-
porters, and wreaths of roses."
Perhaps this is the illusion whch
the unknowing fan receives when
he contemplates the fortunes of
those lucky enough to be 6'4" and
220 pounds.
It's far from true though. B&-
hind the success of the Wolverine
football squad lies hard work,
hours of it, put in each week by
the players and coaches.
Each prospective gridder is re-
iquired to carry out a rigorous
conditioning program over the
summer, designed by the coaching
staff to @mphasize weight con-
trol. For linemen and others who
are expected to benefit from it,
a "bulk" program, a' scientific
method of gaining weight, is su-
pervised.

including isometric exercises, are
used to lose unwanted pounds. In
addition, running and calisthenics
are required.
Offensive line coach Tony Ma-
son estimates that the average
player spent "from two hours
every day, to one hour every two
days" conditioning over the sum-
mer.
During the actual training sea-
son, which began ten days ago,
the players spend approximately'
13 hours each week on the field
or in the locker room.

Players who require treatment
from the trainer report to the
locker room by 3:00. "Specialists,"
a term which includes kickers,
centers, and holders are required
to report by 3:15 for work in their
area. Punters, passers and receiv-
ers come at 3:30.
Seven of Eleven
Coach Elliott has divided the
1965 Wolverines into seven groups
for practice purposes. The "Blue"
offense and defense is made up
of first string players. The "Gold"
and "White" squads are composed

of second unit players, who will
probably see considerable action
during the season. The "green"
group and the two "red" groups
make up the remainder of the
squad and vary in composition
from day to day.
The actual practice session be-
gins at 3:55 when five minutes of
calisthenics are lead by Captain
Tom Cecchini. From 4 until 4:20,
the players work on offensive and
defensive "agility" drills, ten min-
utes on each. "Actually these drills
merely involve a repetition of spe-
cific maneuvers which are design-
ed to guarantee 'quickness," ex-
plained Mason.
New Direction
The practice then shifts and
becomes directed toward individual
positions. The defensive and of-
fensive groups spend 25 minutes,
working as, a unit on specialized
techniques such as offensive plays,
blocking, and trapping. Then there
is a fifteen minute switch where
the offense works in the defensive
area and vice versa.
The final portion of a day of
practice is known as "team." Ma-
son described this as the heart of
the session. In "team," the of-
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fense and defense units work to-
gether on some phase of game
strategy. The passing game may
be stressed on offense, while the
defense may concentrate on goal
line problems.
Same Start
On a day of practice such as
yesterday, where a scrimmage is
held, the first two stages of the
practice are exactly the same as
on a normal da*. Then, while two
teams are scrimmaging, the re-
mainder of the squad undergoes
normal "group" drills. The "team"
phase is eliminated. Yesterday's
practice concluded with 20 min-
utes of punting work.
Movies were taken of yesterday's
scrimmage, and the coaching staff
will spend most of today going
over the films and assigning to
each individual player, a "grade"
based on his performance during
the scrimmage.
Golden Rules
Mason does not consider the
general training rules set up for
the squad as especially strict. "We
feel that these boys are athletes
of a Big Ten calibre and therefore
should be able to take care of
themselves.

"We try to work them hard
enough at practice so that they
will be tired at night, but we have
no 'bed time' requirements. We
meet and have dinner together
after each practice. The foods are
regulated to provide a balanced
diet."
The team eats at the golf course
clubhouse on South State Street.
Dinner is over by 6:55 and oc-
casionally practice movies will be
shown after dinner.
Teamwork
The evening before a football
game, the team eats and sleeps in
the clubhouse. "We have a movie
after dinner then, too," said Ma-
son, adding that "this one does
not deal with football, but is de-
signed to relax the players and'
ease the pregame tension."
Mason summarized the shape
that this year's football program
is taking. "We feel that most if
not all our boys are 100 per-
centers. They are good workers
and enjoy their work. As far as
training is concerned, there is a
big difference between a champ
and a chump, and we hope that
all of our boys are champs."

By The Associated Press
Eight players have died in the
wave of tragedy sweeping football
practice fields-all in the past six
days.
The latest three fatalities were
reported Tuesday-sophomore end
Bob Priester of the University of
Mississippi, Bill Allen, a freshman
at Central Missouri State College,
and James Hyde, a freshman at
Howard College of Birmingham,
Ala.
In addition an autopsy yester-
day showed Art Willis, a 17-year-
old back at Las Cruces, N.M., high
school died of an acute bronchial

asthma attack last Friday during
a scrimmage.
Last year, there were 27 deaths
directly attributed to football and
18 more indirectly caused by the
sport, according to the annual
survey taken for the American
Football Coaches Association.
Both the 27 direct deaths and
the total of 45 were the third
highest since the survey started
in 1931-31 and 49-and the sec-
ond highest in 1935-28 and 47.
From 1931 through 1964, ex-
ciuding 1942 when no report was
made, there were 582 deaths di-
rectly due to football and 280
indirectly.

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Major League
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AMERICAN LEAGUE
W L Pet. GB
Minnesota 85 50 .630 -
Chicago 76 57 '.571 8
Baltimore 72 57 .558 10
Cleveland 73 59 .553 10%
Detroit 73 60 .549 11
x-New York 66 -67 .496 is
xLos Angeles 61. 72 .459 23
Washington 59 75 .440 25A
Boston 51 84 .375 34
Kansas City 48 83 .366 35
x-Late game not included.
YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
Minnesota 5, Detroit 2
Cleveland 1, Kansas City 0
Washington 8, Boston 7"
Chicago at Baltimore (ppd)
New York at Los Angeles (mc)
TODAY'S GAMES
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New York at Los Angeles
Cleveland at Kansas City'
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Boston at Washington (n)
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St. Louis 9, Chicago 0
New York 4-5, Houston 1-9
Cincinnati 7-2, Milwaukee 6-0
Pittsburgh 3-2, Los Angeles 2-1 (1st
game 11iinn)
San, Francisco at Philadelphia (rain)
TODAY'S GAMES
Houston at New York
San Francisco at Philadelphia
St. Louis at Chicago
Milwaukee at Cincinnati
Los Angeles at Pittsburgh ()
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