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SEPTEMBER 26, 196S

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

SMU To Spring 'I' Formation

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Wolverines

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By GARY WINER
All of the football talk about
"I's" and "T's" with wings is
enough to get someone to apply to
Michigan State next semester,1
where they only need be concerned
with agriculture instead of the
alphabet.-
It seems as though every fallI
some new set of terminology isJ
formed, but one might wonder9
whatever happened to the good old
"straight-T" formation? What's
that one might ask? Well . . . it's
something that isn't used any-j
more; or at least not by anyone,
of consequence. This day and age;
calls for splendor and confusion.
Actually, very little has changed
in the playing of football accord-
ing to Michigan's freshman foot-
ball Coach Dennis Fitzgerald. "You
probably could pick up a 1912 Pop
Warner book on football and find

in there just about
used today."

every playl

Finer Points
This bit of advice, although in-
teresting, doesn't initiate the nov-
ice to the finer points of the for-
mations previously mentioned.
Anyone attending this Saturday's
football contest will see Southern
Methodist employing an "I" of-
fense, while Michigan will go with
its usual "wing-T."
When Bump Elliott became
mentor of the Wolverines, he in-
stituted the "wing-T" offense. Its
modern origins can be traced, how-
ever, to Forest Evashevski, now
athletic director at Iowa.
The offense lines up just as
though it were using a "straight-
T," with one exception. Either the
left halfback or the right half-
back, will line up closer to the
line of scrimmage and as a split
halfback (wingman). The wing-

back can station himself either to
the inside or outside of the end.
Meanwhile, the other halfback
usually splits slightly to the left.
Advantages
As the quarterback is calling
signals, the wingman, generally
speaking, will go in motion. As the
ball is snapped the wingback
should be just about behind the
Musial Voted
Cardinal VP
ST. LOUIS (P) - Stan Musial,
who will play his last major
league basceball game Sunday, was
voted a vice-president of the St.
Louis Cardinals yesterday.
August A. Busch Jr., Cardinal
president, said the board of direc-
tors'- decision would enable The
Man to attend a club organiza-
tional meeting at Busch Stadium
today.
Musial was with the Cardinals
in Chicago yesterday for their
final game of the season with the
Cubs. Chicago fans were giving a
"Stan Musial Day" for his last
Windy City appearance as a
player. ,

fullback and in this situation sev-
eral plays can progress.
The defense must guard against
a handoff to the man in motion
who then either will run around
the left end or cut into the line.
Another possibility is that the
quarterback can fake such a hand-
off and either give to his other
halfback or fullback. Or the sig-
nal caller can fake to all three
and drop back for a pass or run a
roll-out option pass play to the
right.
Thus, the whole secret is the
variety of plays that can be run
from this simple procedure. On
occasion, the wingback will not
go into motion at all. Thus he can
either run out for a pass or more
often act as a blocker against the
defensive end, enabling a Michi-
gan mane to sweep the end for a
long gain.
The defensive units has to play
loose in order to protect against
the pass or run.
Tricky Maneuver
One of the trickiest maneuvers
used by Michigan is the double
reverse. In this sequence, the
wingback retnains still while the
quarterback calls signals. The
handoff is to the left halfback,
who begins to run right as though
he will sweep the end. As he is
doing this, the wingback begins

running left, takes the reverse
handoff from his teammate, cuts
through the line, and is off for an-
other Wolverine score.
Southern California popularized
the "I" last year, although Notre
Dame tried the same offense sev-
eral years ago for a couple of sea-
sons. Coach Hayden Fry of South-
ern Methodist decided to go with
this offense this year.
The "I" is a little more compli-
cated than the "wing-T," hence it
has more combinations for plays.
In the "I," generally speaking, the
quarterback, the fullback, and one
of the halfbacks will line up di-
rectly back of the center. The oth-
er halfback is lined up either as a
wingback or a flanker back. Now,
as the quarterback calls signals
one or both of the other two men
in the "I" moves to a flanker po-
sition.
Honest Defense
Sound confusing? Well, that's
just exactly what it's supposed to
do. Lester Jordan, Mustang's ath-
letic publicity director, had this
to say. "From the I' they can go
to anything in the world. They
try to do anything at all which
will annoy the defensive team."
Fitzgerald remarked that the
"I" allows a team to line up at a
moment's notice into any number
of different formations, and this

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WOLVERINES' WING-T-Mel Anithony (37) cuts through the line from his fullback slot in last
Thursday's final scrimmage in preparation for the season's opener against Southern Methodist. An-
thony is pursued by end Craig Kirby (84) and guard Perry Ancona (60). The play is just one of the
many variations the Wolverines run off the Wing-T offense.
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In A Word:

Unexpected Move Puts
Froehling in Cup Match

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BOURNEMOUTE, England -
The Americans sprang a big sur=
prise and named bullet-serving
Frank Froehling III of Coral Ga-
bles, Fla., along with Wimbledon
champion Chuck McKinley for
opening singles matches against
Britain today in the Interzone
Davis Cup semifinals.-
McKinley, from St. Ann, Mo.,
and San Antonio, Tex., will meet
Britain's hard-hitting Mike Sang-
ster in the first match, to be fol-
lowed by a battle between 6-foot-4
Froehling and the left-handed
Billy Knight.
Froehling's selection for one of
the singles berths-and his desig-
nation as the No. 1 U.S. player-
came as a distinct shock since the
Americans were expected to use
Dennis Ralston, hero of the U.S.

victory over Mexico in the Ameri-
can Zone final.
Koufax Sets Mark
LOS ANGELES - Left-hander
Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles
Dodgers became only the fourth
major league pitcher since 1900 to
fan 300 or more batters in one
season when he struck out the
side in the first inning of a night
game against the New York Mets
last night.
Koufax extended his own Na-
tional League record. The major
league record is 348 by Bob Fel-
ler of Cleveland in 1946.
The only pitchers besides Kou-
fax and Feller to reach the 300-
level were southpaw Rube Wad-
dell of Philadelphia in 1903 and
1904 and right-hander Walter
Johnson of Washington in 1910
and 1912.

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