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April 09, 1965 - Image 9

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5 X APRIL 1965




Gridders Stage Practice on Soggy Sod

Squoosh sploosh squoosh sploosh,
squoosh squoosh ..-.
Go . . . go .. go .. go .
go. - -
It's Ferry Field. It's cold and
it's wet. It's a typical day of spring3
football practice at Michigan.
The Wolverine tonnage pours,
out of Yost Field House, running
in groups and clusters of blue,
gold, white, green, and red. They'll
be practicing on the old, the orig-.
inal, Ferry Field. That's the one
in the middle of the varsity track.
They might have been playing
on their regular wide open range
next to the baseball field, but even
Michigan's coaching staff can't
get a lineman to walk on water.
They may throw a ball around
for a little while or make some
contact, loosening up a little on
their own.
1 tom Cecchini gets them to-
gether for those calesthenics with
the little known names
"One two three four. One two
three four."
"Go Blue!" somebody yells as
they run in place.
"Go home," answers another

pretending to talk to himself.
And they laugh some. The spirit
is there by the gallon . . . along
with a light drizzle.
They split up again. Everyone
is in motion now.
Tony Mason and Denny Fitz-
gerald work with some offensive
linemen on one end of the field.
They've got to clear paths for
runners and protect quarterbacks,
so they don't tackle, they "just"
hit the dummies and the sleds.
They just hit them and pound
them and growl at them and
swear at them and just about tear
them to shreds as a mortal enemy.
And they push them up and down
the field.
Mason hits the linemen.
Of course he's just pointing out
technique, but he wants steady
action. And the drills are there
so he can watch them and listen
to that pop of shoulder pads in
On the other side of the field
Hank Fonde has a part of the
squad running off some pass plays
set for the backfield.
End Coach Jocko Nelson drifts
back and forth bewteen that
bunch and the middle of the field
where Bob Hollway and Don Du-

fek are watching some of th
defensive personnel. Bob Timb
lake, playing in a sweat suit, qu
terbacks the offensive tea
which the mixed defending un
must stop.
The All-America senior wo
mostly on pass plays and ther
little contact.
Timberlake is running left.
fires a 10-yard bullet, and it
picked off by one of the li
The rest of the defenders co
to his aid for a short run-back
"Nice going Buz," says Du:
"Fire 'em up."

leir "Fire up." mubles Buz as he Everything stops.
er- gets back to the defensive huddle. In a flash 20 football players
ar- "Yeah," smiles Dufek. "Nice job are down on their knees, their
ins Buz." hands in the loose, wet, spike-
nits And they go back to chewing plowed turf. Some of them start
up the sod. bowing in reverence towards the
rks Bump Elliott, surveying the en- middle of the group of crawling
e is tire scene, suddenly blows his collegiates - the 1964 Rose Bowl
whistle and there is a massive Champions, fourth ranked in the
He shift of expensive beef all over nation. Is it a strange athletic
is the field. ritual? Is it a new exercise?
ne- The same set-up is established No . . . Somebody's lost his
with Timberlake still at the helm. contact lens.
)me And the defense is reformed with Seconds later lineman Bill
its new personnel and goes back Hardy comes Up with the prize to
fek. to work. the enthusiastic cheers of players
"Time!" somebody yells and coaches alike.
The three centers of practice
become two.
"Pretty hands," kids Mason as
.7 he sees Mike Bass haul in an easy
( pass. "If you'd missed that one

In any case, the Wolverines will
hold a light work out today in
final preparation for the game.
Elliott named Dick Vidmer and
Wally Gabler to handle the quar-
terbacking for the Blue squad.
Jim Detwiler and Mike Bass, who
appears have beat out freshman
Ernie Sharpe for a starting role,
will be at the halfback slots. Carl
Ward is still out for track where
he'll be running the 100.
But it is probable that Sharpe,
an important prospect, will see
plenty of action on Saturday.
Dave Fisher will be running-
and, hopefully, blocking-from the
fullback position. Steve Smith
and Craig Kirby will start at the
tight and split end positions re-
The light drizzle has stopped by
now. Elliott listens to Tom Mack
explaining about the fire at SAE
Wednesday night as they walk
back to Yost Field House. Ten
football players are members of
the fraternity.
Squoosh sploosh squoosh . .

For Gals and Guys.
all colors
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Ryan Gets Coaching Jfob

Michigan's Bob Eckert won the
Intercollegiate. Division of the
Tour of Ann Arbor Bicycle Race
held Sunday in Barton Hills.
The race, which was run over a
25 mile course, consisted of a col-
legiate and an open division.
Fifty-one riders started the race,
but the group was quickly broken
up by the fast pace and tough
hills on each lap of the 1.8 mile
Even though Eckert was com-
peting only against the collegians
teihnically, he managed to stay
with the 10 leaders through 22 of
the 25 miles when he crashed
with two laps remaining. He re-
mounted, however, and finished
well ahead of the second place col-
lege rider, Dean Patterson, from
Winona State College, Minnea-
Coming in first in the open di-
vision was Olaf Moetus, Indiana-
polis, Ind.
Prentice (Pin) Ryan has been
named the new backfield coach at
Iowa, it was announced Wednes-
day by Athletic Director Forest
Ryan is filling the position va-
cated by Andy MacDonald, who
resigned to become the head coach
at Arizona State College in Flag-

staff, Ariz.
Ryan graduated from Michigan
in 1950. In the fall of that year,
he became assistant coach at Uni-
versity High, Ann Arbor. Since
then he has been head coach at
various high schools in Michigan.
Ryan spent eight years as head
coach at Royal Oak Kimbal, where
he compiled a 48-16-6 record. He
will join the Iowa team before
spring practice, which starts
April 19.

you'd have gotten yourself kicked
right in the Adam's apple."
And so it goes.
Elliott calls a huddle of the
entire squad in the middle of the
It's the last real practice be-
fore Saturday's scrimmage. Elliott
makes it clear that the important
spring season finale will be Just
like the real thing. That includes
field goals, extra points, etc.
The game will match the first
offensive and defensive teams
against "everyone else." But
"everyone else" could turn out to
be fewer people than are on the
first two teams.

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2:86 in Michigan Stadium.

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