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DiGRAVIO HEADS QB'S:
Purdue Looks Like 'M' Twin
By CHARLIE TOWLE
Looking at the Purdue team this
year one gets the same feeling he
does when watching summertime
TV, "I've seen this thing before."
A little more thought will reveal
where, at Michigan Stadium, and
in what form,dressed in blue and
maize uniforms, this haunting ap-
parition comes from. Yes!-Purdue
resembles the Michigan squad
enough to be blood kin.
Like Michigan, Purdue has a
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quarterback problem, too many
quarterbacks. Like Michigan, Pur-
due runs from a split T with the
additional refinement of split ends.
Like Michigan, Purdue was hurt
last week by lapses in the defensive
secondary when they lost to Wis-
Even Purdue's punter, Russ
Pfahler, got into the twin act
matching Joe O'Donnell's run from
deep punt position in the SMU
game, going on a fourth and five
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situation for a 25-yard pickup
against Wisconsin. Phaler, the
leading punter in the conference
last year with a 40.1 yards per
kick, has fallen off to a 33,5
average this year, but a lot of his
boots have gone into the end
Purdue's three quarterbacks are
Ron DiGravio, Gary Hogan and
Doug Holcomb. DiGravio, the man
who engineered Purdue's 37-0 rout
of Michigan last year, is the top
man at the spot right now. He
has attempted 49 passes, complet-
ed 26 for a .531 average.
quarterback, started the first
game against Miami (Fla.), but
hasn't seen much action since.
Doug Holcomb, the "most valuable
player" on last year's freshman
squad is the third man at the spot.
He shook loose in the Wisconsin
game for a 28 yard td run, and
according to. Michigan's freshman
coach, Dennis Fitzgerald who
scouted Purdue, "may see more
action in the Michigan game."
DiGravio, however, is still firmly
established as the number one
boy. "DiGravio is no Staubach
(Navy's Roger Staubach who this
week made the cover of Time
magazine) but he passes very well
and is Purdue's third leading
ground gainer," says Fitzgerald.
Kuzniewski Best on Ground
Purdue's leading ground gainer
is John Kuzniewski, a sophomore
right halfback. Kuzniewski has
carried the ball at a four yard per
carry clip, so far this year.
The second leading ground gain-
er on the team is fullback Gene
Donaldson. He has been slow com-
ing around this fall because of
early season injuries. Last year
Donaldson was the top runner for
the Boilermakers with a 5.4 yard
Purdue has their traditional
tough forward wall, which held
Miami to a field goal in a losing
effort, 3-0, and Notre Dame to
a touchdown in a winning job,
7-6. Don Brooks, Walt Florence,
Henry Dudgeon and Robert Lake
are all seniors. The only new-
comer on the first team line is
sophomore Bob Hopp.
Other than that Purdue has
gone with a lot of sophomores so
far this year with ten men on the
first two teams in their first year
of Big Ten action. The jnexper-
ience of the sophomores probably
was the reason for the high score
in the Wisconsin game according
CHICAGO -(A)Defending cham-
pion Wisconsin, after its 38-20
defeat of Purdue, ranks as the No.
1 offensive team in the Big Ten
Official conference statistics
Wednesday credited Wisconsin
with firsts in virtually every ball-
moving department- including
most yards by rushing, 175, and
by passing, 244.
In the still young league race,
Michigan State-despite its open-
ing 7-7 tie with Michigan-is
ranked tops defensively with a
total yield of 114 yards, including
36 by rushing and 78 by passing.
Iowa, meeting Wisconsin Satur-
day, is the No. 2 offensive club
after its 37-26 conquest of Indiana.
Second defensively,.off its dead-
lock with Michigan State, is Mich-
igan which yielded the Spartans
192 yards and only 64 by passing.
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TIE EXTRA POINT
by JIM BERGER
Lineman of the Week
How often does a sophomore beat out two lettermen in the spring?
How often does that sophomore maintain that same first string
position right through the fall until the starting game of the season?
How often do you see a 6', 192-pound center playing in the Big Ten?
And how often does this particular athlete get named the out-
standing mid-West Linemen of the Week by UPI in his third col-
His name is Tom Cecchini (pronounced chuh-KEE-nee) and
he's one of the reasons why there is a little spirit around the Ann
"Tom didn't play a good game today, he played a great
game," Michigan coach Bump Elliott said in the dressing room
after last Saturday's 7-7 tie with Michigan State.
The soft-spoken sophomore from Detroit's Pershing High School
has played three hard games for Michigan. He plays both offense
and defense, and centers one of the most improved lines in the
... Poise and Confidence
"Tom's got the poise and confidence that you get from an
experienced center," offensive line coach Jack Fouts said. "Usually
in sophomores you expect 'mistakes, but Tom's are few and far
"He shows a blocking efficiency of between 80 and 90 per cent,"
Fouts went on, "that means that almost every time he's supposed to
take a man out of a play, that man is taken out."
Defensively Cecchini is a veritible tiger. He has the uncanny
ability to immediately size up a situation and to know, where the
play is going. Against Michigan State, Cecchini always seemed to
be at the right place at the right time. If it was a pass, he would
drop back from his line-backer spot to defend. If it was an end
run, he'd be right on the play. And if it was a plunge up the
center, Cecchini would make sure there would be no hole,
"It isn't that I played that much better than anyone else,"
Cecchini said. "It's just that you probably saw me more often.
"The whole team played great," he continued. "(Bill) Yearby,
(Joe) O'Donnell, (Tom) Keating, and (Rich) Hahn all played great
games, and they're great guys to have playing with you."
How does Cecchini have this uncanny ability on defense?
"It's all a matter of studying the films and scouting reports,"
he said. "You're taught to look for those signs that give away the
play and you keep drilling on them."
"He's got great reflexes," Fouts said, getting back to Cecchini's
offensive ability. "He uses his size to his greatest advantage."
The fact that he's small doesn't really bother Cecchini. "I suppose
I could use a little more weight," he said. "On defense, I don't try
to go through the big men; I try to get around them."
Elliott also has words of praise for his sopromore. star. "Tont
has really shown development and improvement," the Michigan
mentor said. "He's a hard worker and stays in perfect condition.
"Sure he makes a few mistakes," Elliott continued, "but he
makes sure he doesn't make the same ones again."
"Probably the most important thing about Cecchini is his con-
fidence," Fouts said. "He knows what he's doing out there, and
he's aware of his ability. He knows what to do and does it."
It's an interesting coincidence that Cecchini comes from the
same high school as Jerry Smith, Michigan's center and captain of
three years ago. Smith was a little smaller than Cecchini, weighing
190, but they both play the same aggressive type game.
"Although I didn't play with Jerry, I know him pretty well,"
:.. Coach's Dream
Cecchini is a coaches dream in another way. He was more a
volunteer than a recruit. "Michigan was my first choice," he said.
"I always wanted to come here, and I was really thrilled when I got
Cecchini, an all-city and all-state center who captained Pershing's
league champion team, got many other offers. But "it was always
Michigan for me," he said.
As for his Lineman of the Week award, Cecchini said "I was
really grateful, but I think other guys on the line should get the
As.fo rthe future, Cecchini is quitely optimistic. "There's no
let-down on the team. We'll really be up for Purdue."
But Cecchini really isn'tworried. He's got the ability and knows
how to use it. How's Michigan going to do this year? "I really couldn't
say," he said. "After all we've still got six or seven more game to play."
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