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LOOKING FOR THE "BREATHER" in Michigan's football schedule
this fall is like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack-
it may be there, but it sure doesn't appear that way.
Bump Elliott is presently scanning the schedule with more than
a fan's casual interest and the goodies which Fritz Crisler has lined
up for this fall are even enough to frighten a coach with ten times
Elliott's experience. After taking over the reins two years ago from
Bennie Oosterbaan,. the youthful, blond Elliott finally brought Michi-
gan back into the winning column last season. This year, with a host
of experienced players and talented sophs, Michigan seemed headed
for a great season.
But look at that schedule. Besides playing every top team in the
Big Ten (cellar dwellers Northwestern and Indiana were conveniently
omitted) the Maize and Blue will meet the best from the West, East
and South. And that's no exaggeration.
As if the Western Conference weren't competition enough, the M
squad will open the year against the battling Bruins of UCLA-ex-
pected to rank among the top five teams in the nation. The Uclans
have lost all-American Bill Kilmer, but the rest of the team is stocked
with veterans along with some highly-touted sophomores. Bob Smith
should replace Kilmer in the running department. The line is solid
with lettermen, anchored by potential all-American center Ron Hull,
and looks like one of the best for the Bruins in years. Don Vena and
Tom Gutman are two gluey-fingered ends expected to aid the cause.
The Black Knights of the Hudson invade Wolverine-land next
and, although Army has not had the powerful teams of old recently,
the Cadets should provide a tough match. Boasting a 6-3-1 last season,
the Army eleven will be led by quarterback Dick Eckert. A big first
line will bolster the Cadets, along with the return of last season's top
runners and pass receivers, including George Kirschenbauer. Lack of
depth may hurt, however.
Big Ten Play .. .
Then conference play begins and the fight for the roses is on. The
traditional game with Michigan State will not provide any let-up as
both teams will go all-out to claim the Paul Bunyan trophy. With
plenty of holdovers from last year, Duffy Daugherty should be fighting
for the top rung of the league. The Purdue eleven comes here Home-
coming weekend. On the basis of graduate standouts, the Boilermakers
appear unimpressive'but they are two-deep in veterans at every spot
except quarterback and have a knack for the unpredictable (witness
their 23-14 defeat of number one-ranked Minnesota last year).
Then 1960 conference co-titlist Minnesota will entertain the
Wolverines in the skirmish for the Little Brown Jug. Graduation hit
the Gophers hard but they can't be scoffed at, as 22 Rose Bowl squad
members will return.
Cotton Bowl winner Duke should be out for revenge after last
year's trouncing by the Wolverines. Filling the shoes of slick-passing
Don Altman and his all-American receiver Tee Moorman will be a
task for the Blue Devils but they have 26 lettermen to choose from
and some capable reserves.
The "Battle of the Brothers" is next on the card when Elliott
takes his squad to Champaign to play Pete Elliott's Illini. The close
8-7 etge which the Michigan team gained in last season's contest
should provide additional incentive for a fierce battle and rugged play.
The next two weeks should hold more than a few headaches for
the Michigan mentor and the toughest finish any team could ask for.
The Iowa contest is followed by the tradition-filled finale with Ohio
State. Both teams are expected to battle for the top of the conference
as well as the number one ranking in the country.
Two Toughies .. .
The Hawkeyes have a new coach, Jerry Burns, to replace Forrest
Evashevski. And they have an outstanding backfield of Wilburn Hollis,
Larry Ferguson and Joe Williams-all first-rate ground gainers. If
their passing attack jells (Iowa had a 39 per cent completion record
last season) the boys from the tall corn country could harvest a
bouquet of roses.
Ohio State is loaded. All-American Tom Matte has gone, but all-
American Bob Ferguson will return at fullback and should run wild.
Paul Warfield a sophomore, and Bob Klein should provide power at
the halfback slots for the offense. Stocky Mike Ingram leads a heavy
defensive team at the guard slot.
That's the schedule, none too reassuring for those envisioning a
great record for Bump Elliott's charges. The Michigan team will be
rough and should push any opponent to the fullest. The potential is
there and the Maize and Blue should prove to be a first division
contender. And seven of the contests will be played in Michigan's own
football pasture, which should be of some added advantage.
But the Wolverines will be hard-pressed to prove they truly are
"champion of the West"; the schedule calls for no letup through the
pressure-filled nine-game season. The championship schedule looks
like a bumpy road for Bump and his players, but then competition
brings out the best in any team.

Veterans I






Backfiel d
TMichigan Schedules'
Rugged Opponents
Graduation Hurts Forward Wall;
Ends, Backs Appear Plentiful
Associate Sports Editor
Michigan's gridiron warriors run head on into "the tough-
est schedule in history" this fall, but they'll be ready-if the
interior line holds up.
Gone are such stalwarts as captain Jerry Smith, Dick
Syring, Tom Jobson, Paul Paulos, and Bill Stine, and of the
20 lettermen returning to the squad only eight belong to the
center of the line category, three each at guard and tackle
and two at center.
It's a pretty slim group with which to embark on a power
packed campaign that includes such intersectional jugger-
nauts as UCLA, Army, and Duke to go along with six Big Ten
opponents. However, the eight coming back may well jell into

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TWO FOR TEAM-Quarterback Dave Glinka (24) hands off to fullback Bill Tunnicliff (36) and fakes to halfback Bennie McRae (43),
as the Wolverines go for the extra two points after touchdown. These three, plus scatback Dave Raimey and hard-driving Ken Tureaud
will return this year to give the Maize and Blue one of the finest backfields in the Big Ten.

M' Squads Gain Laurels
IFive Championships

It was a championship year for
the "champions of the West" as
five Big Ten titles fell to Wol-
verine athletic teams and one
NCAA crown, as well.
Combined with points accumu-
lated by the other Maize and Blue
!squads, the league victories gave
Michigan the unofficial Big Ten
title in over-all athletic competi-
tion. The Wolverine sports teams
had two seconds, a fifth, a sev-
enth and a ten place finishes.
The thinclads of Don Canham
once again demonstrated their su-
periority in capturing both the
indoor and outdoor conference
track meets to account for two
of the titles.
Michigan swimmers, after los-
ing to Indiana in the league meet
by less than five' points, went aft-
er the NCAA championship while
the ineligible Hoosiers watched
from the sidelines. Overcoming a
powerful Southern California
squad, Gus Stager's Wolverines
carted home the first-place hard-

Newt Loken achieved a life-long
ambition as the Michigan gym-
nasts won their first Big Ten
crown, knocking off favored per-
ennial titlist Illinois. The triumph
capped a successful dual meet
season for the squad.
The spring proved extremely
fruitful for M athletes, as three of
four teams won conference titles.
The baseball nine started off with
a bang and went all the way as
Don Lund's charges racked up a
10-2 record to win the laurels in
a close race that was only decid-
ed on the last day of league play.
The Michigan tennis squad, un-
der Bill Murphy's tutelage, join-
ed the baseball and track teams
in the championship column. The
netters easily won their sixth
championship in seven years
The hockey team competed in
the Western Collegiate Hockey
Association and, although finish-
ing third, held successful records
over the other two Big Ten en-
tries, Michigan State and Minne-

In One Eary
by Brian MacClowry
ONE OF THE most puzzling problems confronting Michigan football
coach Bump Elliott as he moves into his third year at the helm
is how to break fleet halfback Bennie McRae loose from the line ofS
McRae's riddle is perplexing to say the least. There's no doubt in
anyone's mind that he has the speed to go all the way anytime he
carries the ball. The 165-lb. senior has been the Big Ten indoor low
hurdle champ for the past two years, tying the conference mark of
07:8 for the event as a sophomore.
His apparent ability to shake off tacklers as well as he
does is another point in his favor. But being able to shake,
rattle and roll, as might be said in the deep crevices of the
MUG, has still not allowed McRae to score on a run of longer
than 10 yards in his two years of college football. And his
longest dash from scrimmage during this period was only 24
yards, against Minnesota last year.
McRae's plight becomes even more confusing when you look at
the instantaneous success of his running mate, junior' halfback Dave
Raimey in being where they ain't for a long distance.
Last fall in his first collegiate football game, Raimey sped 25
yards for a touchdown the first time he carried the ball against
Two weeks later-against nationally ranked Duke - Raimey
played elusive footsy with about seven black and Blue Devils before,
being brought down after a 47-yd. scamper. The Wolverines unranked
Duke, 31-6.
No conspiracy afoot.. .
BUMP ELLIOTT assures me there's no conspiracy involved, and it's
clear in this case that the butler didn't do it. Who's to blame
Certainly not quarterback Dave Glinka, who has never
been shy about handing the ball to the left halfback. In fact
there have been games-last year with Minnesota for example
-where Glinka would've been ecstatic if he could have given
the ball to McRae more than he did. Especially every time he
went back to pass and found 750-lbs. worth of human
Gophers acting like they hadn't been fed in three days.
It couldn't be that Michigan has been outmanned. Elliott has
been able. to put eleven men on the field in every game since he became
head coach.
And sometimes we've even been able to improve on this-that is
if the guinea pig that ran across the field two years ago and the
drunk that eluded the police on a 30-yd. breakaway last year were on
our side.
It couldn't be the lack of support fan wise. The tradition
soaked all male cheerleaders still do backward flips offi the
trampoline every time a man in blue sets sail on a long.
Added experience helpful?.. .
BUT THEN I'm still concerned with what's in store for McRae. He'll
have an extra year of experience in working with Glinka and
Raimey in the backfield if that'll help any. When he turns on the
speed in an attempt to turn the corner he'll have some veteran ends
to aid him, including Captain George Mans, Jeff Smith, Bob Brown
and Jim Korowin, among others.
If he tries to find some running room in the interior line he can
fall in step behind all-America tackle candidate Jon Schopf, center
Todd Grant, or guards Lee Hall and Joe O'Donnell.

the most rugged forward wall
in the Conference.
At least the Wolverines will have
size, something that has been sore-
ly lacking of late on the Michigan
Stadium turf. All-America candi-
date Jon Schopf tips the scales at
X28, and along with Joe O'Donnell
(215), Todd Grant (230), Lee Hall
(220), and John Houtman (243)
average out to a hefty 227.
Schopf and Houtman are ex-
pected to hold down the tackle
positions backed up by returnee
Guy Curtis (205) and sophomores1
Phil Garrison (230), Tom Keating
(220), and John Wiley (220).
The guard position, however,
isn't quite too deep. O'Donnell and
Hall should get first crack at the,
starting position with John Minko
(21) ready to step in should either
of them falter. Behind them the
picture is pretty foggy with RonI
Herrula, Lou Pavloff and John
Marcun given the best chances to
break into the lineup.
At center Grant and Johnr
Walker will scramble for the start-
ing slot with Grant having the in-
side track by virtue of his experi-
ence and size. Walker (200) is a
converted fullback.
Elsewhere the Wolverines should
be able to match the best. The en-
tire starting backfield from last
year returns along with a wealth
of strong halfbacks in reserve. The
end corps headed by captain
George Mans should be the equal
of any in the country in spite of
the loss of Bob Johnson, John Hal-
stead, and Keith Cowan from last
fall's top six to graduation and
junior Bill Freehan to the Detroit
Besides Mans, Coach Bump El-
liott can expect standout perform-
ances from lettermen Scott Maentz
and Jim Zubkus. Jim Korowin and
Bob Brown also return and along
with sophomore Doug Bickle
should give the Wolverines the
best corps of flankers in the Con-
In the backfield the Wolverines
are likewise well stocked. Dave
Glinka, a year's experience under
his belt, gives Michigan one of
three experienced quarterbacks in,
the Conference. Only Wisconsin's
Ron Miller and Minnesota's Sandy
Stephens return from last fall's
crop of Big Ten signal callers.
Supporting Glinka will be sopho-
more Frosty Evashevski, son of
famed Wolverine star and Iowa
Athletic Director Forest Evashev-
Bob Chandler, who injured his
knee in the Michigan State game
last fall, still remains a question
mark, but should his leg be solid
enough to play, the Wolverines
will have quarterbacks three deep.
However, in spite of the strength
at quarterback, the most feared
Wolverines will run from the half-
back slots. Speedsters Bennie Mc-
Rae and Dave Raimey return to
their familiar positions and give
Elliott the fastest duo in the Big
TeAnd from Raimey's showing in
the spring game-he was named
most improved player-he looks
like he's in for a banner year. Mc-
Rae was setting records as a hur-
dler for Michigan's Big Ten cham-
pion track team.
Backing them up will be juniors
Jack "six-yard" Strobel and Jim
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Sept. 30. ............... UCLA.
Oct. 7 ...... . ......... ARMY
Oct. 14 ........MICH. STATE
Oct. 21............PURDUE
Oct. 28......... at Minnesota
Nov 4 ................ DUKE
Nov. 11............ at Illinois
Nov. 18 ................IOWA
Nov. 25 ........ OHIO STATE
Weir Advises
Early ,Pickup
On Tickets
Ticket manager Don Weir has
announced that football tickets
will be distributed beginning Wed-
nesday, Sept. 13 at noon in the
I-M building, on Hoover St.
All pre-registered freshmen
should come early for tickets and
avoid the last-minute rush. Weir
urges all students to pick up tick-
ets before Friday to help the
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