THE MICHIGAN DAILY
SECOND LEADING BALLCARRIER:
Tunnicliff Becomes Michigan's Old Reliable
EXH I BITIONS
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By JIM BERGER
It's Tunnicliff at left guard for
14; Tunnicliff at right guard for
seven; Tunnicliff over center for
So went ithe afternoon of Oc-
tober 21, 1961 at Michigan Sta-
dium as the Wolverines won per-
haps their most important game of
the season. According to Bill Tun-
nicliff, "it was my best game."
Gains 90 Yards
That afternoon in a 16-14 vic-
tory over Purdue the 230-pound
senior fullback netted 90 yards,
in 19 carries and played a major
part in revitalizing a team that
was crushed by its arch-rival a
Tunnicliff is, from Ferndale
where he played fullback for St.
James High School. "We weren't
a very good team," he said, "only
had a -5 record."
"I came to Michigan because of
Don Lund (Michigan baseball
coach). He refereed one of our
football ganes, and saw me play.
Incidentally, we lost the game
Playing for a Class C high school
with a losing record, he didn't
have much chance of recognition. I've played more and more." In all
However he was all suburban he carried 36 times for 110 yards
Catholic, all South Oakland Coun- last year.
ty, and all Oakland County. This year Tunnicliff took over
At Michigan Tunnicliff lettered the job of offensive fullback, and
his sophomore year, playing 56 the question in everyone's mind
niinutes and carrying the ball 13 was how did he do it. After all,
times for a 2.5 average. Last year Tureaud had carried 60 times last
he started the season as the sec- season for 244 yards and a respect-
ond team fullback behind Ken able 3.9 average.
Tureaud. According to Michigan Coach
"I started carrying the ball in Bump Elliott, "both Ken and Bill
the Illinois game and since then are top flight fullbacks, but Ken
is a considerably better defensive
player so we're using him on de-
Tunnicliff credits his advance-
ment to improved blocking. "I
think my blocking has been bet-
ter, and I'm running harder.
However, no one can deny that
he has played outstanding ball
this year. In the first five games
the line - busting fullback has
picked up 256 yards on 62 carries
for a 4.1 average. He has also
scored three touchdowns.
Tunnicliff is the "old reliable"
for Michigan this' year and he
likes it fine. "I like to carry the
ball as much as I can."
Elliott rates Tunnicliff as one
of the best fullbacks he has ever
coached at Michigan. "I've coached
several good ones: Herrnstein, Rio,
Byers, and I'd say that Bill is as
good as any of these boys."
Tunnicliff considers his rough-
est day the Michigan State game
this year. "I'd have to say that
this was my worst day when I
couldn't pick up three yards in
three straight plays."
In spite of the MSU game, Tun-
nicliff was named to the Coachs'
three week All-America. "I was
kind of lucky to be named," he
Unfortunately for Michigan,
Tunnicliff sustained an injured
ankle in last week's game at Min-
nesota. "I ran on it today in prac-
tice and it was stronger, but I
couldn't go at full steam."
It is still uncertain if he can
play against Duke this Saturday.
According to Tunnicliff, his big-
gest weakness is faking a counter-
play. "When the play is going to
the right and I get a fake from
the quarterback to go left, I seem
to have trouble running like I
have the ball."
Upon being asked about his fu-
ture plans, Tunnicliff expressed a
strong desire to play pro football.
"I'd really like to get a chance to
play pro ball."
The Ferndale senior has gained
more yardage in his first five
games than in his last two years
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The availability of three of
Michigan's regulars for Saturday's
game with Duke is uncertain.
Lee Hall, Ken Tureaud and Bill
Tunnicliff are nursing various all-
ments. Hall, who was shaken up
in the Minnesota game last week-
end, has not been feeling well,
according to Coach Bump Elliott.
"He came out today for a little
while but'went in early."
Tureaud is still recovering from
a pulled leg muscle, which pre-
vented him from playing last Sat-
urday. Tunnicliff is recovering
from an ankle' injury.
The team held a long practice,
with the reserves wearing white
shirts with the numerals of the
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TUNNICLIFF FOR 14-Bill Tunnicliff, Michigan's pile-driving
fullback, bursts through a gaping hole in Purdue's line to chalk
up another sizeable gain. Tunnicliff considers the Purdue game
his finest performance as he ripped off 90 yards, to help the Wol-
verines to a 16-14 victory.
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THIS WEEK'S GAMES
SZyowny Key to Iowa's Attack
ay JOE APPELT
When Iowa an4 Ohio State
clash this weekend, in what
amounts to a make or break af-
, fair for the Hawkeyes, the brunt
of the Hawk's attack rests on
the shoulders of Matt Szykowny.
Szykowny, a junior, started the
season as a third string quarter-
back but moved into the starting
role when All-American candi-
date Wilburn Hollis broke his
wrist in the second game of the
year. Hollis led Iowa in scoring
last year with eleven touchdowns
and was seconds in rushing. When
he was injured he had already
gained 207 yards. Thus 'it can be'
seen that he was a significant loss
to the team.
Leading Passer '
In his first two starting assign-
ments, Szykowny became the lead-
ing- passer in the Big Ten. Even
though he didn't fare too well
against the Boilermakers last Sat-
urday, on a muddy field, he still
leads the conference in passing
with 35 completions in 56 at-
tempts for a 63 per cent comple-
Szykowny's passing makes the
Iowa attack more feared this year
as passing contributed little' to the
top offense in the Big Ten last
year. The Hawkeyes threw only
98 passes, their smallest number
since 1946, and hit on only 39 per'
cent, their lowest percentage since
Ohio State has allowed an aver-
age of only 111.3 yards per game
to its opponents. This clearly,
means that to beat Ohio, a team
is going to have to strike through
the air. Last week Ron Miller
proved that a potent air attack
can penetrate the Buckeye pass
defense as he completed 13 passes
in 23 attempts for 219 yards and
three touchdowns. Four other
teams had been able to amass only
ten points against the stubborn"
With the loss of All-American
.halfback Larry Ferguson it only
makes the Hawkeye attack niore
dependent on Szykowny's arm
since Ferguson led the Big Ten
with a 6.7 rushing average. When
he was injured in the second
game, he had an 11.6 yard rush-
With the Buckeye's stubborn de-
fense it is going, to take an open
attack to penetrate it. It might
also be noted that the Buck's have
averaged 28 points a game. Thus
the game could develop into an
offensive show as Iowa has aver-
aged 24.7 points a game.
"If we can make our opponents
respect our passing game, they
will have to. open up their de-
fense. If our passing game goes,
so will the running. attack,"
IOWA CITY ('--Halfback Larry
Ferguson joined the Iowa Hawk-
eyes in an offensive'workout yes-
terday for the first time since he
was injured in the California game
Coach Jerry Burns, however, de-
clined comment on the possibility
that Ferguson may, be available
for Saturday's game with Ohio
The Hawkeyes practiced in a
light drizzle which made the field
quite muddy. The forecast indi-
cates there may be rain in Ohio
Szykowny has said. His theory was
proved two weeks ago in Iowa's
45-17 win over Wisconsin. The.
Hawk's gained 441 yards of which
219 were made on the ground and
222 via the airways.
Now the question is-can Iowa
bounce back from the Purdue de-
feat with Szykowny at the helm?
Last year the Hawkeyes bounced
back to beat Ohio, 35-12, after
losing to Minnesota the Saturday
before and went on to tie for first
place with the Gophers. Szykowny
completed six of ten passes that
day to help the offense move for
a tremendous 487 yards. The sit-
uation is the same. Will the re-
sults be too?
Duke at MICHIGAN (score)
California at UCLA
Columbia at Cornell
Florida at Georgia Tech
Indiana at Northwestern
Iowa at Ohio Satte
Michigan State at Minnesota
Mississippi at Louisiana State
Missouri at Colorado
Navy at Notre Dame
11. Oklahoma at Kansas State
12. Oregon at Stanford
13. Penn State at Mar-land
14. Pittsburgh at Syracuse
15. Purdue at Illinois
16. Rice at Texas Tech
17. Southern California at Wash-
18. Tennessee at North Carolina
19. Texas A & M at Arkansas
20. Texas Christian at Baylor
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