FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1,1965 THE MICHIGAN DAILY PA4~E NPJI1'
Clancy Masters One
Majoi' League Standings
By RICK STERN
It's no fun to sit in a hospital
bed and watch on TV as your
teammates play in the Rose Bowl
game 2000 miles away.
But Jack Clancy is a realist-.
"Sure, it was a disappointment,
but those things happen and you
have just got to face them. Now
SIt's all in the past and I'll just
try to forget it."
The "thing" that happened, was
that Jack Clancy, starting half-
back on the 1963 Michigan foot-
ball team sat out the 1964 season
with a slipped disc. Over Christ-
mas vacation, he was operated on.
tAnd Clancy is doing a good job
of forgetting, too. As a rookie
end, he is making Wolverine fans
forget John Henderson. In two
games this season, he has snared
ten passes for 129 yards, and
caught a crucial touchdown pass
two weeks ago against North
As a sophomore, Clancy had
started in nine of ten games, and
averaged 3.2 yards per carry. He I
was counted on to play a major
role on the 1964 squad. But over
the summer, disaster struck.
"I slipped the disc in June while
lifting weights. Apparently the
curvature of my spine was ab-.
normal in sopme way. When I lift-.
ed too much weight, the disc just
went. I actually expected to be
OK by the time the season started.
But then, during the first week
of practice, I did it again. This
time I ended up in the hospital
for ten days in traction."
When Clancy returned this fall,
he found that he had been switch-
ed to the split end position. "For
me, this was great. Catching
passes is very exciting, and I don't
like to block anyway. As a split
end, the only bodily contact oc-
curs on downfield blocking and
injury is pretty improbable. I was
also happy to be listed on- the
first team right away, even though
I had virtually no experience as
Jocko Nelson, Wolverine End I
Coach, explained why the decision we knew that Jack had the p0-
was made to make Clancy an end. tential."
"He's got good speed and hands- Nelson reacted favorably when
these are the tools of a split end. asked about Clancy's adjustment
In a one on one situation, a split- to the new position. "He's done a
end has got to be effective and real good job considering that he
WOLVERINE SPLIT END JACK CLANCY grabs Dick Vidmer's
third quarter pass after outstepping California defender Ken
Moulton (41) in last week's grid action. Clancy's quick maneuvers,
speed, and sure- hands have been good for ten receptions, 129
yards, and one touchdown in Michigan's two victories-,
had never played the position un-
til this fall." Added Head Coach
Chalmers Elliott, "Jack's just a
good all around football player."
Actually the switch from half-
back to end was the second major
change of Clancy's career. 'In
grade school and in high school,
I always played quarterback. And
as a Freshman here, under Don
Dufek, all I played was quarter-
Suddenly a Halfback
In the early weeks of his sopho-
more season, Clancy found himself
suddenly a halfback. "I was a
pretty bad quarterback. I couldn't
pass and I always called the wrong
plays. Also there were injuries to
several of the regular halfbacks.
The coaches considered all of this
and after a week, put me at half-
Clancy's first and only season as
a halfback went well, "Any tran-.
sition is easy if you play regularly.
I was just glad to be able to play
at all. There were five sophomores
in the lineup. In those days we
played defense, too. This made it
rougher. I didn't really carry the
ball that much. There weren't too
mayhalfbck plays. Most of the
thony (Mel) and Timberlake
In point of fact, "Jack of all
trades'' Clancy was a pretty good
quarterback. He earned All-
Catholic and All-State honors at
Redford St. Mary's high school,
and was scouted by ten teams be-
fore choosing Michigan. "I was
largely impressed by Michigan's
academic emphasis. There seemed
to be a lot of intelligent guys
around. I'm a history major and
I intend to go to law school.
Education was the main reason I
came here and I look upon foot-
ball merely as a means to an end."
The touchdown pass which
Clancy caught against North Car-
olina to ice the game for Michi-
gan was actually a deflection.
Clancy eplained the play. "Both
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post pattern, cutting across in
front of each other. I saw Steve
attempt to catch it, but appar-
ently his defensive man was hold-
ing his hand. The ball bounced
off his shoulder pad and I was
right there. I didn't have time to
think about it; If I had, I prob-
ably would have dropped it.'"
What's it like to be a stand-
out on a major college football
team? The candid Clancy keyed
his answer around the term "pres-
sure": "There's really not too
much 'athletic pressure' here. Two
years ago, the atmosphere was
very informal but that was be-
cause the team was not very good.
Yes, things have changed, but not
Clancy could not put his finger
on any particular goals which he
holds for the future, nor could he
think of a "career highltght."
"I've got two more years to play.
I hope by then to have a high-
Los Angeles 95 64 .597 -
San Francisco 93 66 .585 2
Cincinnati 88 71 .553 7
Pittsburgh 87 72 .547 8
Milwaukee 85 74 .535 10
Phlaelhia 82 76 .51 1"
4dhicago 72 81 .453 23
Houston 64 95 .403 31
YEwSTERDAY'S RESULTS4 5
San Francisco 5, CincInnati 3
St. Louis 19, Houston 8
Los Angeles 4, Milwaukee 0
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Philadelphia at New York (n)
Chicago at Pittsburgh (n)
Miwuee at Lo ngels (n)
Cincinnati at San Francisco (n)
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Baltimore 92 66
Chicago 92 67
Detroit 87 72
Cleveland 85 73
New York 75 85
Washington 69 90
Boston 62 98
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Detroit at Washington (n)
Baltimore at Cleveland (2, t-n)
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