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NOVEMBE 10~I, U1961

Hall Bolsters 'M' Defense

IN PLAYOFFS:
PEK Beats Psi Omega,

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Lee Hall could very well be the
most versatile lineman on the
Michigan football team.
The 6', 210 pound senior guard
from Charlotte is probably known
best by Michigan's football fans
for-his uncanny knack of recover-
ing' fumbles. 'I.owever, Hall has
done a lot more for Michigan this
year than pounce on loose foot-
balls.
Changed Position
At the beginning of the year
Hall was slated to play as Michi-
gan's starting left guard. But then
the injuries to starting right guard
Joe O'Donnell and his replacement;
Lou Pavloff necessitated a change.
Hall was called on to make the
change to right guard with John
Minko playing left guard. "It was
kind of different at the beginning,"
said Hall, "I had played left guard
for a long time, and when I made
the change I was doing everything
backwards."
Awkward at First
"Instead of hitting with my left
shoulder, I had to hit with my
right, and it took a little while to
get used to. Also I had to make
changes in by blocking assign-
ments."
Michigan Coach Bump Elliott r
considers Hall an underrated line-
man. "Lee is a solid lineman. He's
out there working all the time.
"With our injuries at guard, we:
needed Lee to change over and
he's been doing a really fine job.
He's a good blocker and tackler."
Earns Praise
Elliott also praised Hall as good
on the pull out end run plays and
described him as a "good down-
field blocker."
Hall has made another transfor-
mation this year, when he was

moved to defensive linebacker.
"This was also quite a change for
me," smiled Hall, "as a linebacker-
I have to be watching for the pass
as well as the run."
Also Placekicker
The senior guard's versatility
doesn't end. with playing offensive
guard and defensive linebacker,
Hall is also a placekickers. In high
school Hall kicked 19 out of 25
conversions.
"Naturally with such a good
placekicker as Doug Bickle we
don't have any occasion to use
Lee," said Elliott, "but if the occa-
sion ever arose when we'd need

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anothe rkicker Lee would probably 1 i
be the first guy we'd call on." P H St
Lee used to practice his kicking
every day, but has recently discon- Numb fingers and a slate of
tinued it. "With a guy like Bickle evenly - matched contests kept
on the team, I can see now that I scoring action to a minimum dur-
won't see any action as a kicker." ing the lower-bracket finals of
Former All Stater professional fraternity touch foot-
ball last night at Wines Field.
At Charlotte High School, Hall Second-place finals found seven
was an outstanding guard. He was Psi Omega gridders plus seven
both Associated Press and United Phi Epsilon Kappa athletes with a
Press All State Class B. few additional frozen spectators in
In his senior year at Charlotte an explosive combination of tem-
he was the team's co-captain. At pers, threats, and flying fists. In
Michigan, Hall has lettered for between rounds, Phi Epsilon Kappa
two years. In his sophomore year won, 10-0.
he played 75 minutes and last sea- PEK Moves Ahead
son he saw 183 minutes of action. Settling down to a somewhat
As far as professional football is more serene second half, the PEK
concerned'Hall is not too optimis- offensive machine began to roll.
tic. "I suppose I'd like to play, but Quarterback Butch Nielsen con-
I don't think I have much of a nected to Gary McNitt on an aerial
chance. from the 12 for the clinching
Not Big Enough touchdown. McNitt tallied the ex-
"I don't think I have the size tra point on a second pass from
to play pro ball, and I really don't Nielsen, and Wes Maki nailed Psi
plan on it. What I want to do is Omega's Nel Sherbourne in Psi.
coach and teach math in high O's end zone for an additional two
school." points.

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Sma Victor
In the game that sent Phi Epsi-
lon Kappa to the finals, PEK
downed Alpha Omega 20-0. McNitt
scored twice, and Benny Abramson
accounted for the third six pointer
for the winners.
Phi Rho Sigma Wins
Barry Zindel's touchdown toss
to Carl Borders nipped Delta Sig-
ma Delta 8-0, as Phi Rho Sigma
took the third place title.
In the fourth place playoffs Al-
pha Chi Sigma invaded twenty
yards into the land of the aggrega-
tion' of Beta Rho Betas and Eta
Kappa Nus to win in overtime 1-0.
In other overtime action, Tau
Epsilon Rho took the fifth-place
finals with a Joe McDade-Sy Cole-
man aerial TD combo to end up on
the top of a 6-1 score. Delta Sigma
Phi picked up the lone point by
virtue of possession of the pigskin
in enemy territory at the end of
overtime play.

Hall is in education school and
graduates in June. He is majoring
in mathematics.
"I'l probably try to get a position
in a smaller high school where I'll
be coaching football and baseball."
Recently, Hall has not been
playing to full capacity because of
illness. "I feel much better now
and I'll be playing at my best this
weekend. I hope we can come home
a winner."
Practice Notes
The team went through a light
workout yesterday in preparation
for tomorrow's game at Illinois.
The team will leave this after-
noon from Willow Run Airport at
2:30 pm. and arrive at Champaign
at approximately 4 Central Time.

FROM THE FOE:
Ilin Starters Healthy,
Shotgun Boosts Offense

(EDITOR'S NOTE: the following
article was written especially for
The Daily by Taylor Bell, Daily Ii-
lini sports Editor.)
By TAYLOR BELL
Daily Ilini Sports Editor
.CHAMPAIGN-Illinois has nev-
er faced the proposition of an all-
losing football season.
Yet, with Michigan, Wisconsin
and Michigan State left to play,

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No more injuries have been re- the possibility of the first winless
ported other than those of de- campaign in Illini gridiron history
fensive back Ken Tureaud and Jon is closer to reality than most ob-
Shopf. Neither will make today's servers here care to admit.
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and Michigan State tied for the
Big Ten championship, the Illini
plunged into the conference cel-
lar, failing to post a victory in
six league encounters. But the 11-
lini whipped Syracuse in their
fifth outing of the season, 34-6,
for their first-and only--win of
the year.
Caroline Romps
The previous season, J. C. Caro-
line, an unheralded sophomore
from the Carolina hills, raced over
1,200 yds. on the ground behind a
veteran line and earned unani-
mous All-American honors. The
next year, the line was gone and
with it went Caroline's effective-
ness.
Charges that the current squad
is the worst ever fielded here has
been drowned out by the replies of
"what could have been" and the
oft-used and oft-proven axiom
that inexperience is costly in the
Big Ten.
Certainly, both reasons have
played their part this season,
Junior halfback Ethan Blacka-
by, the team's top outside threat,
signed a major league baseball
contract in the spring. Quarter-
back Mel Meyers, the team's best
passer, was dropped from the
squad for disciplinary reasons.
Losses Hurt
But the biggest blow of all came
during the summer when starting
halfback Norm Willis and soph
speedster Jim Warren were also
dropped from the squad for par-
ticipating in a spring waterfight.
In effect, the entire backfield
with the exception of fullback Bill
Brown (named to the conference
second team), was wiped out.
In' an effort to inject some
punch into the "most inexperienc-
ed team since the war," Coach
Pete Elliott utilized the two-pla-
toon system in order to get the
most from his few veterans, while
attempting to battle-toughen his
sophomores.
Platoon Fails
The platoon system failed and
after the 33-0 homecoming loss to
Minnesota, Elliott junked it in fa-
vor of the conventional one-pla-
toon system, but taking advantage
of the "wild card"rule. The heart-
breaking loss, 14-10, to Southern
California demonstrated that it
could work.
That game also saw the intro-
duction of the shotgun offense
with Mel Romani engineering the
Illini attack, but last week against
Purdue he was less effective.

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Weak Pass Defense
The major defensive weakness
rests in the pass defense. Minne-
sota's Sandy Stephens and Par-
due's Ron DiGravio have both
riddled the Illini secondary with
aerial heaves.
This week the Illini will gear
their defense to stopping the end
sweeps of speedy halfbacks Dave
Raimey and Bennie McRae. They
expect less trouble from quarter-
back Dave Glinka, a Wolverine
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