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April 30, 1964 - Image 7

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by Bill Bullard

Big Ten

Teams Hold Final

Grid Scrimmag



Ell C 't Lose
In the Spring Game
Coach Bump Elliott is preparing his football team for a game,
that he can't possibly lose.
Saturday will be the only time during the year when Elliott will
be on the sidelines just observing his players and not coaching them.
In what is known as the annual spring game, the assistant coaches
will have charge of two squads of Wolverine gridders in the conclud-
ing scrimmage of spring practice.
This game is looked upon by Elliott and his staff as a contest in
which they can learn much about the personnel of the team. But it
is also a contest which has great appeal for Wolverine spectators. .
!The small group of fans who watched the first three scrimmages
of the season will likely be augmented by another group of regulars
who are interested in getting an advanced look at next fall's for-
tunes. Programs with the numbers of the players will be provided and
the clock and scoreboard may even be running.
An alumni group from Detroit will make the trip to see the
game as they have for the past several years. They will view the
scene from the unusually quiet and uncongested Stadium press
But aside from the spectator enjoyment, the game has a serious
purpose. "We don't put the game on necessarily for the fans,""Elliott
said yesterday. "We put it on for our own purposes. It's a continua-
tion of our spring practice sessions.
"We're splitting up the teams evenly. So I expect little scoring.
But we'll probably have more scoring than last year."
Elliott has been emphasizing offense in his scrimmages so far,
usually pitting his top three teams against the, rest of the squad. But
even with the attempt at making the two opposing teams evenly
mached, there should be more of an offensive show than last year's
Michigan rooters will be looking for signs of an offensive
.,punch that often stalled last season's team just short of victory.
The 1963 Wolverines held their nine opponents to an average of
about two touchdowns a game but could barely do better them-
selves in the scoring column.
Of course, the results of the game Saturday will not provide ob-
jective evidence about how the team will do next fall. But it will pro-
vide fans and alumni with plenty to talk and argue about over summer
months. Elliott and his coaches will also have plenty to discuss and
do in the aftermath of the game and spring practice.

At almost the exact moment
Eugene Ormandy will delicately
lift his baton to direct a Debus-
sy Nocturne Saturday afternoon,
hundreds of Big Ten football play-
ers will be taking turns knocking
each other around in final spring
The music of shrill whistles,
dull thuds, and sharp grunts will
filter through the air from Iowa
City to East Lansing. After the
games are over some coaches will
sing out the praises of their boys
while others will croon the blues.
Probably the coach with the
most to chirp about is Pete El-
liott of Illinois. With 24 returning
lettermen and little of value gone
except for quarterback Mike'Tali-

aferro, the Illini may well take
a top pre-season national rating
into competition next season.
Fullback Jim Grabowski will be
just a junior, as will halfback
Sam Price, and quarterback Fred
Custardo. All-American Dick But-
kus, Archie Sutton, and Dick Dell-
er will be back to cement the line.
Besides these stars, Illinois boasts
depth with two returning letter-
men at each of the 11 positions.
About all they lack is a place-
kicker and a punter.
Illinois may be loaded, but old
shirtsleeved Woody Hayes down
in Columbus is beating the drums
for his Buckeyes too. He thinks
he will have a better combo of
backs than he has had for quite

a few years to go with a typical
OSU line.
Quarterback Don Unverforth
will be back along with Bob Scott,
who was ineligible last season;
and Tom Barrington at the half-
back slots. Barrington may be
moved to fullback or quarterback.
OSU will get just nine men off of
a very thin freshman team.
NU Has 'Jazzy Backfield'
In Evanston, first year Coach
Alex Agase will have a jazzy'
backfield, but his line may not
swing. JackuCvercko, an oft-in-
jured guard, will be gone as will'
end Chuck Logan and 21 other
lettermen. Halfback Dick McCau-
ley could br'eak the' all-time NU
scoring record with six touch-

downs. Tom Meyers will be back
to throw the ball hoping to find
another Paul Flatley kind of re-
ceiver. Steve Murphy will anchor
the fullback spot.
Down in Hoosier country, Phil
Dickens will have a team that
will not exactly waltz through the
season, but may step on quite a
few teams' shoes. Indiana has
bundles of lettermen back (28 of
the first 33) including Big Ten
rushing leader of last season Tom
Nowatzke at fullback, arnd accur-
ate passer Rich Bader. The team
has concentrated on pass defense
during spring drills.
MSU Minus Speed
Duffy Daugherty is not doing
the jig about his Michigan State
team which is strangely devoid of
backfield speed. The pony back-
field has departed to greener pas-
tures. Lettermen are scarce except
at quarterback where Steve Juday,
Dave McCormack, and Dick Proeb-
stle will come back. Daugherty
looked like he did not have much
last season and almost won the
title. Might he do it again?
At Purdue Jack Mollenkoph will
have an unfinished symphony of
talent, with proven strength
everywhere except quarterback and
fullback. Ron DiGravio will be
gone after three outstanding sea-
sons as will his understudy Gary
Hogan. Fullback Gene Donaldson
has exhausted his eligibility, too.
Holcomb Leads Purdue
Chip Holcomb, son of Stu Hol-
comb, Northwestern athletic direc-
tor, is holding the position this
spring and will probably be the
starting quarterback in the fall.
He will probably aim at Bob Had-
rick, who was the second leading
pass receiver in the Big Ten last

season. Dick Kuzniewski, an ef-
fective halfback in '63, will be
switched to fullback.
Wisconsin, which dropped to
fifth place last season, may have
trouble making the first division
this year. Milt Bruhn lost his
linebackers, and quarterback re-
mains a question mark with no
proven virtuoso. Hal Brandt and
U.S. Gets
KIEV, U.S.S.R. (M)-The tour-
ing United States national bask-
etball team lost again last night
--its fifth defeat in six games in
the - Soviet Union-but showed
some improvement before yield-
ing 81-80 in a five-minute over-
time period to the Ukranian team.
The Americans w it h Jim
Barnes and Jerry Shipp setting a
strong early pace, led 38-25 at
half time and weren't overtaken
until the last two seconds.
Barnes, the 6-8 center from
Texas Western, dominated both
boards and teamed well with Shipp
on defense. Shipp scored 30 points
and Barnes 15.
The Ukranians began using a
pressing defense in the second
half and finally drew even at 71-
71 on a goal by Etremoukhov 10
seconds before the whistle. The
lead alternated several times dur-
ing the overtime period until two
free throws'by Kovyanov produced
the winning points.


-Daily-Frank wing
BARRY DEHLIN DRIVES through the White line in this spring's first scrimmage. The stocky Blue
fullback receives blocking from his teammates as Dennis Flanagan (62) is taken out of play be-
hind him. Dehlin's path is cleared as White linemen are pushed aside by the Blue forward wall.

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