27, 1965 .
THE MICHIGAN DAILY"
27. 965TIN MIHIGA DALY AGEONa
Academic Schedule Forces Early Football Pry
*Bass, Michael ]
Sharpe, Ernest ]
*Sygar, Richard I
Vidmer, Richard #
*Wells, Richard l
*Detwiler, James 1
*;Volk, Richard #
Palos Hts., Ill.
Willow Grove, Pa.
Park Ridge, Ill.
By CHUCK VETZNER '+
Posing for pictures, filling out
registrationares, and plenty of
blocking and tackling were on the
agenda as the defending Big Ten
and Rose Bowl champion Mich-
i gan Wolverines opened fall prac-
tice sessions this week.
They are the first conference
squad to get under way as the
other teams won't swing into ac-
tion until Sept. 1. Michigan had
permission for the special start-
ing time because school begins so
early in the now infamous tri-,
Other teahs will have at least
two weeks to hold twice-a-day
drills before their semester starts,
but the Wolverines are limited to
the six days prior to Aug. 30.
Once classes start, workouts will
be held only once-a-day, six days
Practice' started Monday with a
light workout and heavy smiling
as photographers and newsmen1
converged on Ferry Field for pressI
day. The turnout was considered
to be the heaviest in many years
due to the predictions that the
Wolverines will be one of the best
football teams in the country this
Almost every pre-season poll
puts Michigan somewhere in the
Much has been made out of the
fact that Big Ten champs seldom
repeat because they lack the in-
centive and that a high national
rating sometimes makes a team
Head coach Bump Elliott scoffs
at incentive problems and adds,
that "a high rating will fire-up
our opponents, but won't act as a
detriment unless the players think
they merely have to go out on the
field to win the game."
Elliott says he is satisfied with
the progress being made in prac-
tice, but thinks that play will im-
prove after all registration prob-
lems are squared away. "Right
now," he explains, "the boys' con-
centration is not quite what it
should be. Once these things are
cleared up, they'll be able to give
full attention to getting in shape."
The team went through Water-
man Gymnasium as a unit on
Wednesday afternoon, and it must
have done the befuddled freshmen
some good to see that even an
All-American has to fill out a
drop-and-add card or is subject
for sentencing at Window A.
Later that day the first scrim-
mage of the fall was held and
some 300 members of the Detroit
alumni club were on hand to see
The excursion is an annual
event for the group and is fol-
lowed by dinner with the team.
Thus far, the only injury re-
ported is sophomore quarterback
John Thomas who twisted his
knee. It will be a few days before
the extent of the injury is deter-
Another problem is the strange
case of Carl Ward. The junior
halfback star is mysteriously los-
ing weight even though he claims
to be eating just as much.
He is undergoing tests in the
University Hospital and once the
cause is found, he might be able
to put Metrical out of business.
If the cause isn't found, he could
do the same thing to Wolverine
On the other side of the ledger,
three players who missed all last
season with injuries appear to be
in top shape. The trio of John
Rowser, Dick Vidmer, and Jack
Clancy all figure to play major
roles in this season's plans.
Vidmer is the likely choice for
the starting quarterback job con-
sidering that he was second string
behind Bob Timberlake until
breaking his leg a year ago.
Although he has no varsity ex-
perience and is still a sophomore
by virtue of an extra year of elig-
ibility, he has been tabbed as a
potential star by the experts. At
press day, he was one of the
busiest players as reporters tried
to find out everything from his
high school to his nationality.
The second man in line, Wally
Gabler, also got his share of at-
tention. Currently Elliott says the
two are just about even.
Rowser also claims to be in
good condition after a leg opera-
tion. He was a regular two years
ago as a defensive back and looms
as a definite starting possibility
The versatile Clancy is working
out at both offensive split end and
defensive end even though he was
a -starting offensive halfback two
The switch is understandable
when Elliott claims that end and
a defensive tackle spot are the
main trouble areas.
Junior Clayt Wilhite and senior
Jeff Hoyne are holding down the
defensive end spots while burly
senior Chuck Ruzicka has the
tackle opposite All-American Bill
One of the major battles seemsi
HALFBACK CARL WARD cuts toward midfield and sprints to a 43-yard touchdown in the 34-7
Wolverine victory over Oregon State in the Rose Bowl. Rushing over to provide blocking for
Ward is Jim Detwiler, another halfback. The pair, both juniors, are slated to fill the starting half-
back slots for Michigan's football squad this fall.
to be a 3-D fight for center where
sophs Joe Dayton and Paul
D'Eramo and converted junior
tackle Jerry Danhof are the par-
Other bright new sophomore
faces include Rocky Rosema who
plays both offensive and defensive
end and defensive guard Paul
One major change Elliott made I
from last spring's alignment was
A freshman football organi-
zational meeting for all candi-
dates will be held at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 31, in the base-
ment of the Athletic Adminis-
tratfon Building at State and
Hoover Streets. It is important
that all those interested attend.
move Barry Dehlin from line-
backer to guard.
A starter last year until he was
injured, Dehlin brings added ex-
tion is in the capable hands of
Frank Nunley who teams with
captain and All-America candi-
date Tom Cecchini to give the
Wolverines a truly outstanding
pair of linebackers.
The first full scale scrimmage
of the fall will be held Saturday
in Michigan Stadium.
By RICK FEFFERMAN
The nation's football prognos-
ticators are trying to avoid re-
peating a mistake made last sea-
son, when an unheralded team
went on to capture the Big Ten
title, the Rose Bowl, and hold
fourth place in the national rank-
This year, Coach Bump Elliott's
Wolverines will have no opportun-
ity to repeat their "Cinderella"
performance of 1964. They are
amply represented in the pre-
season polls, a distinct change
from 1964, when only Look men-
tioned Michigan as a "dark horse"
The Bible of American males,
Playboy Magazine, names Michi-
gan as the top college eleven in
its poll, predicting a 9-1 record.
Defensive tackle Bill Yearby and
Tam Cecchini, a linebacker, are
both rated Playboy All-Americas
before the season's first tackler
is smothered, and speedy junior
halfback Carl Ward is afforded
recognition as a possible Playboy
Moving up from last year's se-
lection as fourth, the Wolverines
are placed second in the country
by Look. However, it is predicted
that Michigan will have to share
the conference championship with
Ohio State and Purdue. Once
again Bill Yearby appears as a
pre-season All-America pick.
Two football specials, Inside
Football (published by Sport) and
Street and Smith's Football see
sixth place as Michigan's destina-
tion in the national ratings. In
addition, both publications go out
on a limb in choosing the Wolver-
ines to repeat as champions of the
1965 Football, claiming that it is
"traditionally tough for the cham-
pion to repeat in -this league,"
selects Michigan's gridders to tie
Iowa and Ohio State for second
in the conference with a 5-2 slate,
behind Purdue's Boilermakers and
their 6-1 log.
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JUNIOR HAI4FBACK JIM DETWILER struggles for extra yard-
age in action against Navy last year. The burly Wolverine became
a star in his first varsity action; picking up 72 yards in 11
carries against the Air Force, and finished the season by scoring
the decisive touchdown against Ohio State.
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