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Elliott Must Fill Two Big Holes in Line


(Continued from Page 1)
Center is another position which
seems to be in good shape. Jun-
ior Tom Cecchini and senior
Brian Patchen are the two re-
turnees at this position. Cecchini
had what Elliott calls "a good
start towards becoming an All-
American" before being knocked
out of the lineup for the rest of
the season with a leg injury in the
Wolverines' fourth game. The week
before against Michigan State
Cecchini had been named UPI
"Midwest Lineman-of-the-Week"
for his outstanding play.
End is the position with the most
depth-seven returning lettermen
and no losses from last season.
Elliott lists his three-deeps as
senior Bill Laskey, senior John
Henderson, and junior Craig Kir-
by at left end. At the right wing
slot, he puts Captain Jim Conley,
junior- Steve Smith, and senior
Ben Farabee.
Laskey and Conley are primar-
ily known for their defensive
skills, although they caught seven
and six passes, respectively, last
season including one each for a
touchdown. Elliott usually pla-
tooned Henderson and Kirby on

MICHIGAN'S BOB TIMBERLAKE eluded Minnesota end Bob Bruggers on a diving tackle attempt in
the first period of last October's game and competed a pass for a short gain. The Gophers beat the
Wolverines, 6-0. and retained the Little Brown Jug for another year.

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offense and Laskey and Conley on
defense last fall.
Henderson, the team's leading
scorer and pass receiver, snagged
27 passes for 330 yards and four
touchdowns last season.' He scored
another touchdown while on de-
fense when he intercepted a pass
and went all the way for six
points. This incident illustrates El-
liott's point that although you can
platoon at a position you must
coach a player on both offense
rnd defense since substitution
rules make it likely that every
player will sometime play in both
Second Best
Kirby was the second leading
pass receiver on the team with 13
receptions for 166 yards. He is
said to lack Henderson's speed but
not his sure-handedness.
To combine with this experi-
enced group of pass receivers is a
similarly tested quarterbacking
corps. Seniors Bob Timberlake and
Frosty Evashevski return while
only Bob Chandler has graduat-
ed. Timberlake completed 47 pass-
es in 98 attempts for 593 yards
and three touchdowns last sea-
son. Evashevski completed 12 out
of 23 attempts for 154 yards.
Elliott also has three impressive
sophomores to add to this list:
Rich Vidmer, a Pennsylvania high
school passing sensation, Rick Volk
from Ohio, and Wally Gabler from
Royal Oak. All three established
themselves during spring practice
and during the spring game as
players to watch.
According to Elliott, Timberlake
is on the first team, with Vidmer
on the second squad, and Volk
and Evashevski holding down the
third position. Elliott called the
quarterback situation a healthy
one. "Timberlake is still No. one
but he's going to have to be a
good one because he's going to be
pushed by the new men.,,
As for Michigan's passing attack
this season Elliott commented,
"We intend to open up and throw
the ball but to what extent it's
hard to say. We'll have to get into
the actual game situations to see
what we'll do."
At fullback, Elliott has two vet-
erans and a talented newcomer.
Senior Mel Anthony was the Wol-
verines' leading ground gainer and
had the best rushing average on
the team last season. He picked
up 394 yards for a 3.82 average.
Two Way
Junior Barry Dehlin spent most
of his time last fall on defense.
But he found time to carry the
ball 21 times for 79 yards and a
3.62 average.
The new man is Ohioan Dave
Fisher. He is expected to push
both Anthony and Dehlin for the
starting ball carrying job at full-
Last season's starting right and
left halfbacks, senior Dick Rind-

fuss and junior Jack Clancy, re-
turn this season with competition
from a pair of Ohio speedsters.
Elliott places Carl Ward behind
Rindfuss and Jim Detwiler behind
Clancy. On the third team at both
positions are juniors Dick Wells
and John Rowser.
Rindfuss gained 218 yards on
58 attempts for a 3.64 average last
season. Clancy's averagewas 3.21
on 131 yards in 34 rushes.
It is hoped that Ward will be
the breakaway back the Wolver-
ines have been looking for over the
past two seasons. Detwiler at 6'2"
and 210 pounds adds power to his
Sygar Doubtful
Elliott's plan conspicuously do
not include Rick Sygar. The Niles,
Ohio, halfback was supposed to be
the starting right halfback last
fall. But before the season began,
he broke his leg in practice and
missed the entire season. Then
before spring practice he broke
the same leg again in an accident.
Thus after missing spring prac-
tice, Sygar is out for the team
this fall. Elliott says that if Sygar
comes around enough to help the
team he looks on this as a "bonus."
The head coach doesn't want to
count on Sygar until he proves
that his leg is sound throughout
fall practice.
Timberlake again will be Mich-
igan's leading place kicker. Last
season he made 12 of 13 conver-
sion attempts. But punter O'Don-
nell has graduated and Elliott
must find a replacement for this
part of the kicking game. Junior
Frank Stagg, Volk, and sophomore
Stan Kemp are possible replace-
ments with Kemp the best bet
according to Elliott.
Likes Brother
Elliott says Illinois has to be
favored to take the Big Ten cham-
pionship again this season on the
basis of their returning veterans.
He says he has to rate Ohio State
next and that the Buckeyes
"could be a great team."
"The fact is that nobody we
play is not going to be improved,"
Elliott says. "But at least we don't
play Indiana, a team that many
people think may be the most im-
proved team in, the conference."
Elliott says that if any team
Michigan plays might possibly not
be improved it would be Iowa. But
he pointed out that the Hawkeyes
could be a better team when the
Wolverines play them near the
end of the season than they might
be at the start of the season.
As for Michigan State, Elliott
says they will be "tough." "I think
-they'll be a lot better than many
people are saying," he said.
The two teams tied 7-7 last
October at Michigan Stadium for
their first draw since the 1958
12-12 tie. The Wolverines have not
beaten the Spartans since 1955.
The game this season will be at
East Lansing on Oct. 10.




END JIM CONLEY leaps high into the air to snare a pass in last
fall's Big Ten football game against Northwestern. Michigan won
that one, 27-6. This fall Conley will captain the Wolverines as
they open the season against the Air Force Academy on Septem-
ber 26.


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