ass Gives "M" Backfield Top Rating
NAVY BOUYS UP DEFENSE:
Aim of Middie Rivc
By SCOTT BLECH
Michigan has "probably the best
backs in the league."
In a recent article, the Chicago
Daily News stated the above about
a backfield which compares fav-
orably with ,last season's despite
the loss of Jack Clancy.
"We've got quantity and good,
possibly great quality," said of-
fensive Coach Hank Fonde in
comparing the Wolverine back-
field to that which went into last
"If Clancy were playing, this
bac field would definitely be bet-
ter than last season's since we
would have everyone back."
The starting backfield in Sat-
urday's Air Force game will prob-
ably find Bob Timberlake at quar-
terback, Mel Anthony at fullback,
and Carl Ward at right half. It,
is questionable who will start at
John Rowser was expected to
start but he bruised a muscle in
his leg in Monday's practice.
Tuesday, Rowser had difficulty
walking and yesterday he was
running with a very noticeable'
limp. Although the injury is not
serious, it is not known how much
Rowser will be able to play Satur-
Jim Detwiler worked most of
yesterday's practice with the first
offensive backfield in place of,
Rowser. "Detwiler is a hard-driv-
ing halfback, a good blocker, ard
a fine football player," Fonde
added. Detwiler of course lacks the
experience which Rowser has.
"Rowser usually came in the
game for Clancy on the second
play of a series, last season,'
Fonde explained. "With Clancy
out, Rowser will possibly see more
offensive action this season."
Sgyar Might Start
This Saturday, if Rowser does
not start on defense, Rick Sgyar
will be called on to pair with Rick
Volk at halfback. Sygar, no longer
limping from last season's frac-
tured leg, continues to show im-
Bob Timberlake, presently run-
ning with the first offensive unit,
is followed at Blue quarterback by
Volk and Pete Hollis. Wally Gab-
ler and Frosty Evashevski were
working with the Gold team yes-
terday. The squad was divided in-
to Blue, Gold and White divisions.
All three groups contained more
than one team with the Blue pri-
marily consisting of the first of-
fensive and defensive units and
the Gold including the third team.
Ward Leads Pack
Ward, the Cincinnati sopho-
more, is followed by three closely
bunched runners. "Behind Ward
are (Mike) Bass, (Dick) Wells
and (Dick) Rindfuss, all three
ranking about the same," Fonde
stated, refusing to single out any
back as second string offense.
Sygar, Louis Lee and Dorie
Reid are behind Rowser and Det-
wiler at the other halfback spot.
Since the first defensive team is
generally the second offensive
unit, Sygar will probably be ahead
of Lee and Reid in Saturday's
- Anthony, last year's leading
Wolverine rusher, is backed by
veteran Barry Dehlin and sopho-
more Dave Fisher. Dehlin, how-
ever plays ahead of Anthony at
linebacker. Fisher, recovering from
a charley horse, is running strong-
er and is expected to be in pretty
good shape Saturday.
Rindfuss Plays Safety
The first defensive backfield
will have safety Dick Rindfuss be-
hind halfbacks Volk and Rowser.
Michigan Backfield--Minus One
Sygar and Wells are expected to
spell Rowser and Rindfuss on de-
fense. Elliott usually pairs Ward
and Detwiler at corner backs when
Anthony is at linebacker. With,
Fisher at linebacker, Lee and Bass
p 1 a y the defensive backfield
CLEVELAND (A') -- Cabe Paul
said yesterday the Cleveland In-
dians have turned down "an off'er
from an Oakland, Calif., group
that wanted to move the American
League club's franchise to Oak-
"We received an offer," Paul
said. "I'm not going to say how,
much it was, but I am going to say
we. turned it down."
The Oakland Tribune reported
that $6.5 million was offered for
the Indians. Paul, who owns a 20
per cent interest in the Indians,
has said previously he has no in-
tention of selling out, despite the
club's financial troubles.
Paul, the president and general
manager, took overtwo years ago.
as part of a 19-man syndicate
which reportedly paid $6 million
for the Indians.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (-) - Coach
Wayne Hardin said yesterday it's
obvious the rush will be on Navy
quarterback Roger Staubach this
year and the Middies will try to
capitalize on it in other ways.
"Penn State proved to us that
everybody will be out to stop Stau-
bach," Hardin said. "I hope we'll
be able to adapt and take ad-
vantage of their trying to put too
many people on him."
Staubach, All-America and win-
ner of the Heisman Trophy as the
college player of the y
was held to only 30 yi
fense in his 1984 debu
won the game 21-8, c
sparkling defensive pe
"They put two men c
and stopped Staubac:
but it created some o
we can go," Hardin s'a:
conference. He intin
Pat Donnelly and ha
Paskewich and Ed (
called on more to
Air Force's Toisam
Voted Top Lineman
for 1:00 p.m.-Saturday,
Sept. 26 at the Stadium.
This is immediately before Game tin
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By The Associated Press
Larry Tollstam, a fullback turn-
k ed linebacker for the Air Force
Academy, has been named Line-
man of the Week by the Asso-
ciated Press for his outstanding
play against Washington.
The Air Force upset the Huskies,
ranked seventh in the pre-season
rankings, 3-2, Saturday.
Tolls#4am, a 206-pound senior
from Lansing, Mich., made 18
tackles as the Falcon defense
stalled the Huskies' running
attack. He led the goal line stand
in the closing minutes that stop-
ped Washington's star fullback,
Junior Coffey, inches short of a
Tollstam volunteered to play
linebacker this season after losing
out at fullback, his position the
last two years. He was listed as a
starting linebacker only a week
ago by coach Ben Martin and
made 10 assists in addition to his
slo s takles.
"I like hitting," he said when
asked if he missed carrying the
In contention for the weekly'
honor in the voting by sports
writers and broadcasters wee end
Bill, Cronin of Boston College;
Dick Pratt, Kansas guard; tackle,
Glenn Sasser of North Carolina
State and tackle Stan Dzura of
Cronin snared the 45-yard pass
in the closing seconds for the
touchdown that gave the Eagles
a surprise 21-14 victory over Syra-.
cuse. Pratt, a hefty 254-pounder,
recovered a third down Texas
Christian fumble a foot from the
NEW YORK (P) - The Brown
'boys dominate the ground gainers
in the National Football League's
weekly statistics -but it is Minne-
sota's Bill, not Cleveland's 'Jim,
who is leading the parade.
Bill Brown of the Vikings is
showing the way with 180 yards
on 32 carries, a 5.6 yard average.
Jim Brown of Cleveland is third
with 168 on 44 runs. In between
the Browns, comes Jim Taylor of
Green Bay with 177 on 34 carries.
Bill Brown also ranks among
the top pass catchers with 10 re-
ceptions for 119 yards in a division
topped= by the Philadelphia vev-
eran, Pete Retzlaff, who has nab-
bed 14 for 260 yards.
As a sign of possible things to
come, the position of Minnesota's
Frank Tarkenton, a scrambling
quarterback may be the most im-
portant note of the second week of
the season. Tarkenton is tied with
Baltimo'e veteran Johnny Unitas
for first on a complicated system
that takes to account completion
ercentage, touchdown passesin-
terception' percentage and :aver-
age yardage per attempt. Y. A.
Tittle, the injured New York
Giants' star, is a surprising tenth.
Jim Bakken, the St. Louis Card-
inals' place-kicker, and Paul
Hornung, Green Bay halfback, are
tied for the scoring lead at 25
Kansas goal line with 12 seconds;
left to preserve Kansas' 7-3 con-
quest of TCGU.
Sasser's play was outstanding
in N.C. State's 14-13 upset of
North Carolina. The performance
of the 235-pound senior was called
"brilliant" by his coach, Earle
Little Boy; Blue, a junior in
political science, was the big loser
in last week's grid-pix contest.
Blue could not come up with a
winner among the 20 selections
and in establishing such a pre-
cedent was given a reception by
the Harold Stassen for President
When asked about how he had
gone about selecting winners, Blue
replied "I read 'Poor Richard's
Almanac'." He evaded further
questions until it was asked why
he had entered the contest. "I
like to go to the Michigan Theatre,
now playing Hamlet, and sit under
the seats." The contest winner gets
two free tickets and is eligible for
a grand prize at the end of the
Later, the sports staff walked
Blue back to his residence at 420
Maynard, the home of The Daily.
"My living quarters aren't elegant,
but the location faciliates my
picking up entry forms and meet-
ing the midnight Friday deadline'"
As for his other activities there,
Blue responded, "I also keep a
wary eye on the sensationalism of
Before falling asleep, Boy held
forth on his potilitcal views. 'I
think Nixon has a chance, but for
that matter so does Slippery
10. Notre Dame at Wisconsin'
11. Ohio U. at Purdue
12. Clemson at North Carolina St.
13. Kentucky at Mississippi
14. USC at Oklahoma
15. Lehigh at Pennsylvania
16. Utah at Missouri
17. Kansas at Syracuse
18. Rutgers at Princeton
19. LSU at Rice
20. Edinboro St. at Slippery Rock
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. QP) -
Ken Wharram, All-Star right wing
of the Chicago Black Hawks in the
National Hockey League, probably
will leave the hospital today after
treatment for a slight fracture of
his forehead, rather than the re-
ported skull fracture.
Dr. Edgar Black said Wharram
was in good condition following
surgery after the 31-year-old
player was struck in the face by
a puck during an exhibition game
against Toronto here Tuesday
night. Wharram was hit just above
the left eyebrow.
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