FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1964
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By LLOYD GRAFF
"For those twenty minutes m
body is in turmoil. I feel I'm
in a state of total chaos. The onl
way I feel I can get through th
period is to pray."
This is how Bob Timberlak
describes his feelings in the twen
ty minutes before a game begins.
The senior quarterback sees hi
entire life in a religious context
Football and religion are inti
mately connected in his intens
mind. He is firmly committed t
becoming a Presbyterian minister.
"Football for me is strictlya
means to an end. It can and wil
enable me to help more people
For others it is a means to get an
education, an opportunity to se
up a business. For a few it is an
end in itself," says Timberlake.
Connects Collar, Pads
He connects the clerical colla
and football shoulder pads in an
organization called the Fellowship
for Christian Athletes. He was in
strumental in setting up a chap
ter on campus. The purpose of the
group is to discuss religious is
sues which affect the members as
athletes and to capitalize on the
y recognition which athletes receive
y in order to do greater service.
e Three other members of the foot-
e ball team are in the group-Dave
Butler, Brian Patchen, and Char-
e lie Kines. Bill Wade, Chicago Bear
- quarterback, is one of the most
active members in the national or-
t. Contact Ends Ordeal
- Timberlake's pregame ordeal)
e ends with the first contact. When
o the Michigan offensive hurricane'
begins to blow, it is "Timbo" in
a the storm's eye. He calls most of
11 Michigan's plays on offense. Coach
- Bump Elliott, however, will occas-
n ionally send in a play from the
t bench. Rich Sygar's touchdown
n pass against Michigan State was
such a play.
Timberlake has finally emerged
r as the running and passing threat
n that the coaches envisioned when
p they saw him as a prep quarter-
- back in Franklin, Ohio. Always
- regarded as a powerful runner,
e he was switched to halfback dur-
- ing part of his sophomore year
in hopes of capitalizing on his came back to throw 47 comple-
ground gaining ability. That year tions in 98 tries for 593 yards and
he rushed for 104 yards and com- rushed for a 2.36 yard per carry
pleted 16 of 34 passes for 179 average.
yards. Playing 325 minutes, he This season Timberlake has be-
had more time to his credit than come one of the keys to the Mich-
any other Michigan back. igan offense. Elliott is particu-
Arm Ailment larly pleased with the improve-
Last season he was hindered by ment in his passing.
an arm injury which limited his Timberlake admits that he felt
play in the first four games. He a little trepidation about throw-
ing in his sophomore year, but
that is over now. He has com-
pleted 32 for 64 thus far for 464
yards and two touchdowns.
His running is better than ever,
highlighted by a 54-yard jaunt
last Saturday against Purdue.
When asked how he felt after the
run he candidly answered, "tired."
Timberlake has hit for 349 yards
in four games so far, for a 4.8
yard average. He modestly thanks
"the tremendous offensive line"
for his increased running and
When Michigan faces Minneso-
ta Saturday he will have memor-
ies of Gopher teams of the past.
He calls Carl Eller, now playing
with the Minnesota Vikings, the
strongest man he ever played
against with Bobby Bell, another
former Minnesota lineman, not far
Timberlake is undecided about
whether he wants to play pro
football if he gets the chance.
Becoming a minister is in the
forefront of his mind. He leans
toward the seminary at Prince-
ton. He says that he shuns the
money of professional sports, but
realizes that the notoriety he
might receive would aid his work
as a clergyman.
In Bob Timberlake religious con-
viction and football ability are
synthesized in what Purdue Coach
Jack Mollenkopf called an "out-
standing football player."
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BOB TIMBERLAKE (28) gives a straight-arm to Navy linebacker Pat Donnelly (38) whose team-
mate Fred Marlin (64) joins in the pursuit. Timberlake had one of his finest days in the 21-0
white-washing of the Midshipmen, running for 51 yards in 6 carries and completing 7 of 11 passes
for 106 yards. The versatile Wolverine quarterback currently ranks eleventh in the country in total
offense with 726 yards.
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