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MICHIGAN DAILY

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1962 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1962

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Coruhuskers Boast Experienced Team

Revive Platoon System

WE HOPE:

By STAN KUKLA

Today an untried Wolverine
team faces a Nebraska team that
has one game under its belt-a
53-0 win over South Dakota.
The Cornhuskers would like
everyone (especially M i c h i g a n
rooters) to believe the tall corn
story that, they are really that
powerful. Unfortunately, it is al-
most true.
The starting eleven for the
Huskers has four seniors and sev-
en juniors and includes 10 letter-
men. Without exception each of
the 11 worked with the others last
season - a combination which
makes for teamwork.
And Something New
In fact, the only thing new
about this year's Nebraska team,
compared with last year's, is the
coaching staff, led by Head Coach
Bob Devaney. Devaney comes to
the corn territory from Wyoming.
He took his apprenticeship at
Michigan State coaching under
both Biggie Munn and Duffy

Daugherty. Before he left the state,
Devaney compiled a fine record as
a high school coach.
The regents of Nebraska hope
Devaney can improve on last
year's 3-6-1 record. His team needs
just 13 points to equal last sea-
son's offensive production in the
Missouri Valley Conference.
Thunder-struck
Missing from the starters is star
fullback Bill (Thunder) Thorn-
ton. Thornton, who suffered a
shoulder separation in early prac-
tice, has recovered enough to run
but still must keep his arm in a
sling. His loss will hurt the Ne-
braska team, since his replace-
ments are both lighter and lack
experience at fullback.
Warren Powers, a 6'1", 180-lb.
senior, was converted from left
half to fullback. Behind him are
Gene Young (6'2", 197) and Joe
McNulty (5'11", 195). Young is a
junior with a little experience and
McNulty is an untried sophomore.
Also among the ranks of the

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injured is starting right end Jim
Huge, a 6'1", 185-lb. senior. He was
injured in the South Dakota game
and will not start, though he may
see action. He will probably be re-
placed by Dick Callahan, a letter-
winning junior.
Two-Way Units
Devaney is using the conserva-
tive unit system. Each of his two
units is capable of going both
ways and probably will. Devaney
rates both units as well balanced
in strength and speed.
The only change in the units as
they change from offense to de-
fense will be in the quarterback
slot. Devaney believes in saving his
quarterbacks from the rough pun-
ishment of defensive work and
thus will send in replacements for
them when the Huskers lose the
ball.
Kent McCloughan, a 6'1", 190-
lb. sophomore from Broken Bow,

Neb., will probably spell the quar-
terbacks on defense. Devaney was
impressed with his defensive play
in last Saturday's rout.
Triple Double Threat
Under Devaney's two-unit sys-
tem, a quarterback who can both
run and pass is a necessity. Luck-
ily, he has three players who will
fill the bill.
Number One quarterback is
Dennis Claridge, . a 6'3", 210-lb.
junior from Robbinsdale, Minn.
Last year Claridge completed a
poor total of 38 out of 104 at-
tempts. Devaney also hopes to use
him as a punter. (He averaged 39.2
yds. per punt.)
Behind him is senior John Fai-
man, a senior with two years ex-
perience under his belt. Faiman's
only trouble is that he lacks the
consistency to keep a sustained
drive going. Faiman threw two
touchdown passes in thewSouth
Dakota game.
So They Say
Doug Tucker, a sophomore,
showed up well in spring practice
and in last Saturday's game.
Tucker has running ability and
his passing suffers only in that
he cannot toss the long ones.
All in all, the Wolverines can
expect the Cornhuskers to fill the
air waves.
What can the Maize and Blue
expect thenNebraskaeHuskers to
throw in front of them to try to
stop the Raimey runs and Glinka
aerials?
Last week's game could give no
one a clue, no matter how closely
he scrutinized the statistics.
Make Poor Passes
In 42 rushing attempts, the So-
daks gained a total of 89 yds. Their
passing game was much worse--
they only gained 14 yds. But then
they only attempted six passes
and had one of those intercepted.

In returning the punts of South
Dakota, the Cornhuskers did not
distinguish themselves. They only
managed to field three of the 11
punts and return them for a 15.3-
yd. average per return.
The Huskers have yet to return
a kick-off. They didn't get an op-
portunity last Saturday. Many
Michigan players think that they
will give the Nebraska contingent
many chances to improve its tech-
nique in this area.
SUMMARY: The Wolverines
will have to have a better-than-
usual Michigan pass defense if
they hope to stop the Cornhuskers.
The roll-out option will be Ne-
braska's oft-used offensive weap-
on. Boasting more speed than
power in the defensive line, the
Nebraska team may be plagued
by the through-the-line running of
Bill Dodd and Dave Raimey.

By JIM BERGER
A look of the past is the prom-
inent feature of the 1962 Michi-
gan football team.
Four years ago Bump Elliott
took over as head football coach
with some radical changes. He
junked the established multiple-T
and single-wing offenses for the
wing-T and copied LSU by initiat-
ing a three-platoon system.
Lost First Two
Elliott's 1959 squad lost its first
two games before the three-pla-
toon system was established. They
went 4-3 for the remainder of the
season, ending with a 23-14 up-
set over Ohio State.
Now, three years later Elliott has
again established a three platoon
system.
The best remembered unit of the
1959 team was the "Raiders," a
third-string team composed mostly
of sophomores. The "Raiders"
were the defensive specialists, like
LSU's Chinese Bandits.
Proved Worth
Time and time again in the 1959
these third stringers proved their
worth by brilliantly holding the

opposition. The Wolverines, losing
five games in '59, still managed to
defeat three out of four of their
traditional rivals, M i n n e s o t a
(14-6), Illinois (20-15) and Ohio
State. It was the last time Michi-
gan has defeated either Minnesota
or OSU.
Although the 1962 version of
the three-platoon system will have
three units there will not be three
separate teams - two and a half
teams better describes the situa-
tion. Elliott plans to use wild card
substitutions. In last Saturday's
scrimmage, linebacker Lou Pav-
loff and Dick Rindfuss were im-
mediately substituted in the first
unit when the starting team went
on defense.
Original Concept
The original concept of the
three platoon system has a start-
ing team capable of playing both
ways; an offensive specialists unit,
and a defensive specialists unit.
Alas, all the '59 "Raiders" have
graduated, save one. Last year,
quarterback John Stamos, fullback
Paul Raeder, end George Mans,
and center Todd Grant all gradu-

ated. They were the last of the
original team.
The remaining "Raider", Lou
Pavloff would have graduated but
was lost for the past two seasons
because of knee injuries. Pavloff
will again be a defensive special-
ist, according to Elliott.
Most Exciting Perhaps
The '59 team was Elliott's most
unsuccessful but perhaps it was
his most exciting. Every Michigan
victory was an upset. After drop-
ping the first two games, Michigan
topped Oregon State, 18-7. The
Wolverines used 38 players in that
contest, and the three-platoon
system was judged a success.
This year's team will be fea-
tured by a veteran offense headed
by two-year veteran quarterback
Dave Glinka and two-year veteran
halfback Dave Raimey.
In last week's intrasquad scrim-
mage, both Raimey and Glinka
appeared headed for their most
successful season. The starting
backfield is rounded out by full-
back Bill Dodd and halfback Har-
vey Chapman.
Jim Ward, Michigan's starting
right end is attempting his third
position in as many years. Ward
started out as a fullback and
played halfback last year.
Sophomore quarterback Bob
Timberlake, who will captain the
defensive unit, is expected to add
depth to the signal-calling post,
along with Bob Chandler, a strong
passer, who will head the offensive
unit.

By BOB ZWINCK

If statistics mean anything, this
should be a good year for Coach
Bump Elliott and his charges.
In 1959, Elliott's first year at
the helm, Michigan ended with a
4-5 season mark. In '60, the record
was 5-4. Last year it was 6-3. So
this year it should be 7-2???
19 Lettermen Back
Only 19 lettermen are returning
this year. Eight of them are in the
starting lineup, though Joe O'Don-
nell earned his letter two years
ago and was injured for most of
last season.
Since halfback Jim Ward was
converted to right end this season,
actually only seven positions are
filled by lettermen.
Among the 23 lettermen lost are
Bennie McRae, who led. the team
in rushing average, Bill Tunnicliff,
the big fullback who could always
pick four yards, and ends George
Mans and Scott Maentz.
Starting right half Dave Raimey
is back, however, as are quarter-
back Dave Glinka and end Bob
Brown, this year's captain.
Raimey Rolls
Raimey is again expected to be
a big factor in Michigan's ground
attack. Last year, he toted the
pigskin 99 times. He picked up 496
yds. for a 5.0 average, which
placed him second to McRae on

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No. Rushing Attempts 42
Yds. Gained Rushing 135
Yds. Lost Rushing 46
Net Yds. Gained Rush. 89
Passing Attempts 6
Completed 4
Intercepted 1
Net Yds. Gained Passing 14
No. Plays Rush. & Pass. .56
Total Offense Yardage 103
Punting Number 11
Average 27
Net Yds. Punts Ret. 0
No. Kickoffs Ret. 8
Net Yds. Kickoffs Ret. 126
Penalties 8
Yds. Penalized3U
Fumbles 2
Ball Lost 0

Nebraska Individual Statistics

First Downs
Rushing
Passing
Penalty

SD.
6
5
1
0

Daschall
Martin
McCloughan
Faiman
Young
McNulty
Ross
Powers
Vujevich
Claridge
Stuewe
Tucker
Johnson
Smith
Theisen
Sebastian
Totals
Claridge
Faiman
Tucker
McCloughan
Theisen

RUSHING
Att. G
5 53
3 7
4. 42
2 7
6 31
5 26
6 42
6 26
2 10
3 26
4 17
4 18
2 13
1 7
1 4
2 7

Neb.
27
18
8
1
56
336
23
313
17
17
0
142
73
455
1
46
46
0
0
7
65
4
3

Three Deep Lineups

L Net
3 50
0 7
0 42
10 -3
0 31
0 26
3- 39
0 26
0 10
2 24
0 17
5 13
0 13
0 7
0 4
0 7

TD Avg.
0 10.0
1 2.3
1 10.5
0 -1.5
0 5.2
*1 5.2
0 6.5
0 4.3
0 5.0
1 8.0
0 4.2
1 3.2
0 6.5
0 7.0
0 4.0
0 3.5

PASS RECEIVING
No. Yds. TD Avg.
1 14 0 14.0
1 7 0 7.0

Stuewe
Donovan
Tomlinson
Ross
McCloughan
Theisen
Callahan
Martin
Bryan
Vujevich
Totals

BILL (THUNDER) THORNTON
. . . out of action

1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1

20 1 20.0
3 0 3.0
23 0 11.2
6 . 0 6.0
12 0 12.0
14 0 14.0
29 0 29.0
14 1 14.0

Nebraska
LEFT END
87-Donovan (185)
83-Tomlinson (205)
82-Comstock (185)
LEFT TACKLE
70--Robertson (210)
77-Kiffin (225)
74-Jones (225)
LEFT GUARD
62-Carlson (200)
68-Kirby (205)
65-Dervin (185)
CENTER
54-Michka (205)
56-Baffico (268)
52-Sittler (293)
RIGHT GUARD
64-Brown (259)
67-Toogood (220)
63-McDermott (215)
RIGHT TACKLE
71-Voss (245)
76-Fischer (215)
79-Griesse (200)
RIGHT END
80-Callahan (180)
84-Eger (196)
85-Huge (200)
QUARTERBACK
14-Claridge (210)
15-Fainan (185)
12-Tucker (181)
LEFT HALF
23-Theisen (202)
21-Ross (195)
24-Vujevich (195)
RIGHT HALF
34-Stuewe (175)
31-Johnson (185)
32-McCloughan (190)
FULLBACK
20-Powers (180)
44-Young (197)
41-McNulty (195)
SPECIALISTS
Punters

Michigan
LEFT END
86-Brown (220)
82-Conley (197)
80-Farabee (202)
LEFT TACKLE
57-Houtman (229)
79-Keating (225)
94-Mader (228)
LEFT GUARD
62-Minko (220)
65-Hahn (265)
77-Butler (225)
CENTER
58-Muir (210)
55-Green (210)
59-Blanchard (235)
RIGHT GUARD
61-Marcum (205)
63-Kurtz (208)
60-Pavioff (210)
RIGHT TACKLE
69-O'Donnell (220)
70-Simkus (225)
73-Schram (230)
RIGHT END
54-Ward (195)
83-Laskey (200)
88-Kocan (200)
QUARTERBACK
24-Glinka (200)
28-Timberlake (202)
20-Chandler (210)
LEFT HALF
46-Chapman (175)
42-Strobel (175)
21-Pritchard (180)
RIGHT HALF
19-Raimey (195)
17-Rindfuss (188)
12-Hood (175)
FULLBACK
38-Dodd (203)
33-Sparkman (187)
36-Schmitt (195)
SPECIALISTS
Punters

JOHN HOUTMAN
. . . two-year veteran

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JOE O'DONNELL
. . . top punter

11 142 2 12.9

Claridge

PUNTING
No. Yds. Avg.
1 46 46.0
PUNT RETURNS
No. Yds. TD Avg.
1 14- 0 14.0
1 30 0 30.0
1 2 0 2.0

14-Claridge
56-Baffico
56--Baffico
31-Johnson
56-Baffico
31-Johnson

PAT
Kickoffs

69-O'Donnell
17-Rindfuss
28-Timberlake
38-Dodd
28-Timberlake
38-Dodd

PAT
Kickoffs

57 336 23 313
PASSING
Att. Co Int.
7 3 0

5

. Yds.
27

5.5
Avg.
9.0
13.7
15.3

Paschall
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5 4
3 3

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0 46

Totals

3 46 0 15.3

1 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 0 14 14.0
17 11 0 142 12.9

PASS INTERCEPTIONS
No. Yds. TD Avg.
1 27 1 27.0

Totals

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