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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBZR 8,196!)

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

"Three
By BOB McFARLAND
Heralded by football magazines,
pre-season polls, and the wire
services as the answer to the Wol-
verines' quarterback problem, Dick
Vidmer was expected to assume
immediately the signal caller's role
left vacant by the graduation of
Bob Timberlake.
But with less than two weeks
left before Michigan's opening.
game against NorthgCarolina,nthe
quarterback slot still is open.
Vidmer has found himself in a'
three-man battle for the posi-
tion of field general, receiving
strong opposition from both sen-
ior Wally Gabler and junior Rick
Volk.
Speaking of the quarterback sit-
uation yesterday, offensive back-
field coach Hank Fonde said, "We
are pleased with the 'performane
of Vidmer, Gabler, and Volk. They
complement one another very well.
It is possible for any of the
three to be in the starting 'lineup
on opening day," Fonde added.
Tricky Runner
Fonde described Vidmer as "a.
darty runner," and he noted that
Gabler was the faster, more pow-.
erful runner of the two. Vidmer
has the best pass completion rec-
ord in the scrimmages, but 'onde

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reports that Gabler's throwing al-
so has been impressive. In addi-;
tion, he pointed out that the pass
statistics should be weighed, be-
cause Vidmer has been throwing
mainly against the second-string
defense, while Gabler has tossed
aerials'against the first team.
Surprise Addition
Volk is a surprise addition to
the list of quarterback candidates.
Starring last season at adefen-
sive halfback post, he saw little
opportunity- to display his offen-
sive skills, although he began last
season listed as a signal caller.
Last year Volk threw only one
pass, and it went for a 33-yard
touchdown against Northwestern.
Comparing Volk to the other' two
candidates, Fonde calls Volk "the
best runner of the group."
A factor which may have aided
Volk in practice has been a drill
in which the, defensive team takes
over offensive duties in order to
give them experience in going both
ways,. ,
The halfback situation is much
more stable, with powerful Jim
Detwiler and flashy Carl Ward
leading the way. Detwiler and
Ward both averaged better than
four-yards per carry as the reg-
ular halfbacks in their sophomore
year.
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Coach Fonde described Detwiler
as the most impressive member of
the backfield contingent from the
performance this fall. "Detwiler's
all-around play has been out-
standing," he said.
Good Blocker
Ward, also a junior, was trou-
bled by a weight loss earlier in
the season, but he has begun to
gain weight and is back in top
form. In the last two scrimmages,
Ward has been graded at 100 per
cent in blocking by the Wolverine
coaching staff, meaning that he
has successfully completed every
blocking assignment. The coaches
grade the players in the various
departments with the use of films.
Judo Club
The Judo Club will hold a
practice Thursday night in the
wrestling room at the IM Build-
ing. The starting time is 7:30.
New members are invited.
Sophomore backs who have
shown promise include Denny
Morgan, Ernie Sharpe, and Al Do-
ty. Morgan has been slowed by
injuries suffered in the early drills.
At fullback junior Dave Fisher
holds the edge. Fisher, playing be-
hind Mel Anthony last fall, ap-
peared in nine contests, gaining
175 yards in 43 attempts.
Backfield Depth
Regarding depth, Michigan is
in a good position this fall. Fonde
complimented John Rowser's play,
stating "he's doing a fgood job fort
us at halfback." Also backing up
the first team is Mike Bass, an-
other strong reserve halfback. If
needed, Dick Wells and Rick Sy-
gar, 'both defensivebacks, are
available for duty in the offensive
lineup.

I'm basically a tolerant person. My teaspoon of repressed anger
is hermetically sealed in a tiny abscess about two cubits from my gall
bladder where it can be reached by only the deepest thrusts.
I mean, if somebody denounces me as an illiterate babbler I can
shrug it off with a snicker and a wince. Or if a girl gives me the
I'm busy line after I've been dating her for a month, I take it with a
frown, not a breakdown.
However.
Occasionally the hurt is so severe, the agony so acute, that acid
anger gushes out of its hidden abscess and runs right onto the news-
print. One of those times has come, folks.
I love tennis. Except for about seven or eight people and a type-
writer, tennis balls are my best friends. To practice I've even started
using a windowless wall of the Architecture and Design Building for
a hit-board. I also employ a side of the Business Administration Build-
ing. At A&D people walk by and say things like "Wouldn't he look
great in Oak," while at Bus. Ad. I overhear "how do you account for
this kook."
Now you might ask why I'd be banging a ball against a wall when
I could be playing on a court. That is, you might ask that if you've
never played tennis Ann Arbor. The hideously ugly truth is that
knocking a ball off bricks is more enjoyable (make that less painful)
than enduring the misery of rallying on one of the 46 pseudotennis
courts on the campus.
The campus courts open to all students look like they're main-
tained by the Bureau of Roads, that is, if they're maintained at all.
Some of the courts next to Ferry Field are worthy of very large detour
signs. I wouldn't drive over them in a jeep.
Most of the pebbly asphalt Ferry Field courts possess huge yawn-
ing cracks. These gaping fissures look like souvenirs from an earth-
quake. Some of the crevasses could swallow a man up if there wasn't
such mangy foliage growing out of them. Several of the courts are
equipped with deep rough that looks like elephant grass. This would
not be objectionable if the tennis courts were a pheasant run. How-
ever, a few intrepid souls actually try to play tennis in this weed
preserve. How many ace serves have been gobbled up by the rampant
ragweed can only be estimated.
But tennis players are a hearty breed. They play in the thin air
of Mexico and Peru and on cow dung courts in India. If it was only
fissures and elephant grass the Ferry Field courts they wouldn't
complain. But these courts have other features which will live in
'infamy.
Worst of all they undulate. Switching sides on odd games a
player must adjust to the atmosphere, with the mountains and
valleys on each court. Some of the slopes are so bad that the player
on the low side may well have to hit up to get the ball to bounce.
(Figure that one out.) On the court named Kilamanjaro you need
Sherpa porters to get you from one side to another. Some people
swear that goats used to graze near the net, but this has never been
verified.;
The nets on the Ferry Field courts are tattered basketball net-
ting strung together by Goodwill Industries. They sag like hammocks
holding fat men and can't be adjusted.
There are 26 courts at Ferry Field and 20 at Palmer Field, near
the women's dorms. I must admit that the Palmer courts are slightly
more playable, however they are reserved until 5:10 each day for
women's Phys. Ed. courses. When I say that the Palmer courts are a
bit better I certainly don't wish to imply that they are anything but
substandard. Perhaps, to call them substandard is flattery.
That's a tennis player's lament. The Athletic Department can
spend thirty thousand buck to put fiberglas covers on the football
stadium seats, but nary a shilling or a sheckel to even mow the weeds
on the Ferry Field tennis courts (?) much less build a few good ones.
Even the unsporty University of Chicago with an enrollment one
quarter Michigan's, has many more and infinitely superior tennis
facilities. .
So how long must I use the A&D building wall for my tennis
tourt? The damn wall's been beating me, lately!l
SPORTS NIGHT EDITOR
RICK FEFERMAN

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