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Injured Gophers Try
To Keep Brown Jug

by Mike Block

Minnesota Daily Staff Writer
. Special To The Daily
MINNEAPOLIS - Tomorrow's
battlefor thebLittle Brown Jug,
collegiate football's most publi-
cized trophy, will involve two of
the more thirsty teams in the Big
Presently the Little Brown Jug
sits in the bottom of a Cooke Hall
trophy case and most likely not
one in 100 Gopher fans could tell
exactly where it is or what it looks
Even though this is the case,
and in light of the fact that the
jug is devoid of liquid refresh-
ment, the Gophers would like to
keep it in its dirty trophy case for
the fourth straight year.-
A quick glance at the standings
show that for the first time in
many years the battle for the jug
is also the battle to see which
team will escape the Big Ten
Injuries and mistakes have been
a deciding factor in keeping the
Gophers down. It is commonly
heard around the Twin Cities that
the Gophers have lost once each
to NebraskatNorthwestern and
Illinois, and three times to them-
Tomorrow's contest will be
Minnesota's fifth of the season
and will be played before a Home-
coming crowd of approximately
60,000 spectators.
Murray Warmath's tentative
starting lineup will be the fifth
different starting eleven of the
season. In an effort to find a win-
ning combination, only f o u r
Gophers have started every game.
These four, Carl Eller, Milt
Sunde, Larry Hartse and Frank
Marchlewski, are all linemen. The
Gopher backfield has seen more
weekly shuffling than a "Maver-
ick" episode.
As was predicted at the begin-
Ining of the season, Minnesota's
biggest trouble has been in find-
ing a quarterback who could move
the team consistently.
Larry Peterson, the probable
starter against Michigan, is a fine
runner with the passing potential
of most intramural quarterbacks.
To date his bullet shots' have met
with a receiver on only one of six
Bob Sadek, Minnesota'sdalter-
nate quarterback, is a definite
passing threat (31 of 66 for 315
yards) but is often left behind by
his blockers when exercising the
option play.


Fred Farthing has moved bac
into the starting backfield at righ
half replacing fumble-prone soph
omore speedster Al Harris. Dim.
inutive Jerry Pelletier, the mos
consistent of the Gopher, backs
switches to starting left half.
As has been" the case all sea-
son, Minnesota will enter the game
with a distinct weight deficit. The
game is rated as a toss-up with
the home-field and homecoming
advantage making the Gophers a
very slight favorite.



The Quarterback Sneak

To accomplish this immense task, Ernie has a staff of
10 collectors. He supervises their training and sets up pro-
cedures for them to follow to best accomplish the collections.

Ernie Nipper, like many young men, is impatient to
make things happen for his company and himself. There
are few places where such restlessness is more welcomed
or rewarded than in the fast-growing telephone business.

Sorority Wins
Swim Meet
Gamma Phi Beta sorority won
first place in a swimming meet
held last night in the Women's
pool in which sororities, dormi-
tories and apartments participat-
Second place was taken by
Kappa Alpha Theta sorority,
which scored 33 points, only one
short of the winner's total. Stock-
well finished third with 28 points.
But a surprise in the meet was
the entry of four girls froman
apartment as a unit which took
fourth place. One of the four, Sue
Rogers, was a national swimming
champion, while Nancy Weiger is
a member of the Ann Arbor
Swimming Club. A third member
of the apartment team did some
swimming in high school, but the
fourth had never been in any
previous swimming competition.
Another sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha,
came in fifth in the meet.
Two standouts-in the meet were
both double winners. Cynthia Os-
good, from Stockwell, won the
25-yard butterfly with a time of
:13.4 and the 50-yard free style
in :28.0 seconds. Sue Rogers best-
ed all others in the backstroke, in
which she turned in a :15.0 timing,
and the breaststroke, with a clock-
ing of :17.1.
A total of 75 girls from 10 dif-
ferent houses entered the com-

... rough Gopher
Dodgers Win
In Overtim~e
John Tully caught a 12-yard
touchdown pass from Jack Mogt
in overtime, propelling the Draft
Dodgers to a 6-0 victory over Nu
Sigma Nu last night, in the semi-
final championship round of Pro-
fessional Fraternity football at
Wines Field.
Phi Rho Sigma, a 6-0 winner
over Delta Sigma Delta, will face
the Dodgers in the title contest
next week. Quarterback Rick Wil-
cox scored Phi Rho's only six-
pointer on a 15-yard run.
The Draft Dodger-Nu Sigma
Nu clash was a hard-fought bat-
tle, as each squad fought off the
other's touchdown bids in regula-
tion play. Mogt and Dick Honig,
freshman baseball coach, managed
to complete 11 of 23 passes, while
Mike Ratterman, Nu Sig quarter-
back, connected on only eight of
19 against a ravaging defense.
The Dodgers' defensive line of
Bill Huth, left end; Paul Groffsky,
middle line-backer, and Jim Hof-
fa, right'end, held the Nu Sigs to
only three first downs during the
game. Jim Shaw, Todd Grant, and
John Edwards were almost as ef-
fective for Nu Sig, holding the
Dodgers to six.
Each team picked off one inter-
ception, both stopping scoring at-
tempts. Dodger Ron Olson nabbed
a Nu Sig aerial on his own 15-
yard line in the first half. With
less than 30 seconds left in the
game, Nu Sig Don Miller caught a
Dodger pass in his own end zone
and returned it 20 yards.
In the overtime, each team al-
ternated downs, with both squads
having four plays to advance the
ball from midfield. -Nu Sigma Nu
won the toss of the coin and
chose to be second to run plays.
On the opening down Mogt flip-
ped a 36-yard pass to Ed Hood,
leaving the Nu Sigs deep in their
own territory. A completed aerial
from Ratterman to Grant nutted
only eight yards, leaving the Nu
Sigs on their 12, and set up the
winning touchdown.;

The quarterback sneak, as every football fan knows, is a play
that's often called by a coach when his team needs very short yardage
to pick up a first down. It merely consists of the quarterback receiv-
- ing the ball from the center,tand then "sneaking" through the line
to conquer the precious territory. However, this column has nothing to
h do with that kind of quarterback sneak.
The kind of quarterback sneak I have in mind is Bump
Elliott. Michigan's head football coach possesses the little idio-
syncrasy of sneaking a new signal caller into the game every so
often, just when we expect it. Over the last football season, and
so far in this one, Michigan's quarterbacks have been in and
out more often than an ambassador to South Viet Nam, as the
following brief, yet intricate, historical sketch will show:
Actually, the story starts way back in the 1960 season. That
year, Elliott had no adequate veteran quarterbacks, but two promis-
ing sophomores named Dave Glinka and Bob Chandler. Glinka was
given the nod to start in the opening game, and led the team to
a solid 21-0 victory over Oregon. He also started in the next game
at Michigan State, but when the going got tough, Chandler was
sent into action.
For his efforts, Chandler received his now-legendary left knee
injury and was through for the season-but, since this was only the
second game, he was entitled to an extra year of eligibility. Meanwhile,
the MSU game was lost, 24-17, but Glinka did go on to lead the
Wolverines to a respectable (by modern standards) 5-4 season.
Evy's Entry . .
The 1961 campaign witnessed the arrival of a new quarterback
in the person of Frosty Evashevski. He, however, sustained an early
injury and was dismissed for the year, and Chandler's mishap
bothered him to the extent that his running game was virtually nil.
But Glinka had the starting job cinched anyway, and played prac-
tically the whole season on offense. Chandler was used only to
throw the last-ditch home run ball, which Glinka didn't have in
him. All in all, there wasn't an overwhelming problem, as Michigan
had a 6-3 record.
By the time 1962 rolled around, a few gentlemen named
Bennie McRae, Bill Tunnicliff, George Mans, etc., had departed,
and the plot began to sicken.- linka was still the number one
quarterback, and was even slated to play defense. Both Chandler
and Evashevskirwere in much improved physical condition, and
there was a sophomiore named Bob Timberlake who was supposed
to be a fine prospect, as well as Tom Prichard, a junior who
played more defense than otherwise.
The season started with a surprising loss to Nebraska, an expected
win over Army, and an expected loss to Michigan State. In all
t three of these games, Glinka was the opening quarterback, but all
four of the others saw action on offense, especially in the first and
third. The MSU contest was such a debacle that Elliott decided to
change his starter, giving the nod to Timberlake, who, he apparently
thought, had played better than the others.
- Whether or not that was a serious mistake, Michigan lost to
Purdue more convincingly than it had lost to anyone In ages. In
the course of the 37-0 rout, Elliott inserted Glinka, Evashevski and
Prichard to relieve Timberlake, but to no avail. And in Glinka's first
nonstarting game in a Michigan uniform, he sustained a leg injury
so serious that he would never play for the Wolverines again.
For some reason I could never understand, Glinka was often
maligned by Wolverine fans in his tenure as quarterback. But, if for
no other reason, the fact that Elliott stuck with him as long as he did
is quite a tribute to Glinkas prowess, in light of the many future
Timberlake's Troubles..
This narrowed the field to just four, but it didn't stop the
juggling. Timberlake also started the following week against Min-
nesota, with Evashevski and Chandler relieving, but since it turned
out to be the third consecutive shutout, 17-0, Elliott decided it was
time for another change, perhaps the most bizarre of all.
dbserving that Timberlake, when he couldn't get his passes
away, often ran for respectable yardage, Elliott shifted the 6'4"
soph to halfback, and started Chandler at quarter. This arrangement,
with Evashevski performing only occasionally, was used in the final
four battles of the campaign, and although Michigan won only one
of them, the caliber of their play had improved markedly. Chandler
still couldn't run effectively, but he could give the ball to Timberlake,
who posed a two-way threat.
So-much for last year. This fall, in pre-season prectiee, both
Chandler and Timberlake sustained injuries which were just
serious enough to keep both of them from starting the first game.
(Elliott had already vowed that Timberlake wolud be strictly a
quarterback this year.) As a result, Evashevski got the nod, and
with the help of a generally improved Wolverine eleven, sparked
a victory over a good Southern Methodist aggregation. In so
doing, Evashevski accomplished a feat performed by no Michigan
quarterback since the last game of the 1961 season-he played
an entire game on offense.
As usual, Elliott followed his policy- (and who can blame him?)
of sticking with a winner, and gave Evashevski the go ahead in the
Navy encounter. So you know what happened-the team was in-
effectual under Evashevski's direction (although this inneffectiveness
can hardly be blamed on him), and Elliott set in Chandler, who

helped produce a couple of second half touchdowns to make the
score respectable.
Chandler's Vengeance,...
On with the dance; naturally enough, Chandler started against
Michigan State, his old nemesis. He did a very creditable job,
enabling the Wolverines to garner a 7-7 tie, and led a last-ditch
surge which looked for a while that it would produce a win over
the Spartans. Evashevski played only briefly in this one.
Chandler started again in last Saturday's Purdue game, and,
for the same mystical reason that's been plaguing Michigan the last
two years, couldn't do a thing. Evashevski tried too, but with no luck,
so Timberlake, who had by now healed sufficiently to do more
than just place kick, tried his luck in the second half. And to and
behold, Timberlake did the same thing as Chandler had in the Navy
game-he led Michigan to two consolation touchdowns.
This means, of course, that Timberlake will in all probability
start against Minnesota tomorrow, which will surprise no one.
Judging from the unpredictability of the Michigan team under
different quarterbacks on different weekends, it's hard to see what
else he can do. Timberlake, Chandler and Evashevski are all
roughly equal in ability, so why should Elliott go with any one
of them consistently, when all he has to do is go to his bench in
case trouble arises, which it inevitably does?
My complaint, then, is not in that Elliott shuffles his quarter-







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