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r, SEPT. 27, 1933


Grid Practice
Stresses Pass
Style Of Play
Chuck Bernard Is Still Out
Of Lineup But Is Im-
proving Rapidly
Short Passes Used
Close d Scrimmage This
Afternoon; Public Game
Scheduled Saturday
If yesterday's Varsity grid session
may be used as an indication, the
1933 Wolverine offense will, as in the
past, center around the "punt, pass
and prayer" system. The Varsity
commenced drill with punting, spent
an hour's intensive passing practice,
and prayed all afternoon that it
wouldn't rain.
Coach Kipke has a scrimmage on
the program for this afternoon
which may reveal his present slant
on the quarterback question. Bill
Renner, if anyone, was favored in
yesterday's session, and it seems to
be a certainty that he will see ac-
tion in the curtain raiser against
Michigan State October 7.
Backfields Drill
The Fay-Renner-Everhardus-Re-
geezi, and the Heston-Renner-Ever-
hardus-R e g e c z i combinations re-
ceived the most attention. The first
group was drilled for three-quarters
of an hour on pass defense, and the
second group was favored in signal
practice later.-
With Chuck Bernard still on -the
injured lsit, Fuog and Ford received
the call at the center post. Bernard
is showing an improvement and
should be on hand in a day or so.
Passing practice received the most
attention yesterday. E v e r h a r d u s
showed up well on the defensive,
breaking up many plays, and Renner,
Westover, Tessmer and Oliver were
the most successful passers.
Many Changes Made
Kipke shifted the men around free-
ly, drilling them on both the of-
fense and defense. Nearly as many
passes were intrecepted as were com-
The short pass across the center
of the line was the most consistently
effective, and the forward pass-lat-
eral was also used with success.
Chapman, Johnson and Petoskey
snared some nice ones.
This afternoon's intra-squad
scrimmage will be closed to the pub-
lic, but Saturday's tussle will be held
in the stadium, open to all.
Freshman Grid
Squad Drilling
On State Plays
With over a hundred out for Coach
Fisher's frosh grid squad and twen-
ty-eight already enrolled for Wallie
Weber's Physical Ed. squad, both
coaches are optimistic about the ma-
terial which has appeared.
While Coach Fisher's yearlings
were working out on South Ferry
Field in their first extensive drill of
the season Coach ┬░Ray Courtwright
had a bunch of twenty-five frosh
picked from both squads drilling on
the Notre Dame style of play as used
by Coach Charlie Bachman at Mich-
igan State. This squad will work
on State plays for the next two
weeks and will scrimmage the Var-
sity on Saturday, as well as run the

plays against the first stringers be-
fore the opening game.
Coach Courtwright's outfit lined
up with several prep stars in the
backfield and on the line. Among
thsee were Lett and Wright on the
right side of the line and Staboricz,
a star from Carl Schurz High in Chi-
cago at the other end. Turik, Jen-
nings and Lutomski, All Michigan
prep stars on the Physical Ed. squad,
were in the backfield.
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Punt, Pass, Pray.. ..
Oh, Lady Luck!
football tactics, games, athletes
and system have reached our notice
through the medium of word of
mouth and in the press for three
years" now. It has always seemed
to us that the Wolverines never got
much of a break in the way of pub-
licity. In fact, at times, we actu-
ally believed that most mid-western
sportswriters, given nothing better to
do, would automatically sit down at
a typewriter and indulge in the old
game of "Minimizing Michigan."
Now appears a justification of the
football system used by the Maize
and Blue . . . . a system which has
been characterized as "dull," "color-
less," and a few other choice adjec-
tives, to which we'd like to add "suc-
cessful," and as an editor's note:
"Dull and colorless to the type of
spectator who turns out mostly to
look at the crowd and what is being
worn by the collegers."
This justification was written by
Harry Kipke. It appears in this
week's Saturday Evening Post, and is
probably the best article on football
we have ever read. Its title is, "A
Punt, A Pass, And A Prayer" . .
enough said. Read it for yourself.
Maybe this season Kipke plans to
add "Perambulate!" as an effective
running attack looms in the offing.
* * *
LET us now invoke the great god
Chance, fetish of the football
field, deity of the diamond, tyrant, of
the tennis court and powerful poten-
tate of the playing field. For Chance
can make a champion look like an
awful dub, and vice versa.
It is impossible in any game to rule
out the element of Luck. In an equal
combat, he rules. Few have seen the
god, save his devotees, who are the
statisticians, and they only get in-
frequent glimpses of his' face.
One of the most outstanding ex-
amples of Chance which he have ever
seen manifested on the gridiron was
in the opening game of last season
here, when very likely the entirety
of Michigan's National Champion-
ship hung on a single play; when two
linemen gave the Wolverines a start
to an undefeated season merely by
being offside. Of, if you want to
analyze further, two sets of over-
strung nerves were responsible.
Here is the set-up. Michigan had
at the time, if not a green team, cer-
tainly an untried one. Nobody, in-
cluding most of the sportswriters of
the country and quite a few coaches,
knew much about the possibilities of
the Wolverines and certainly no one
would have predicted an undefeated
season for the outfit which faced
Michigan State, Northwestern, and
Ohio State on the first three Sat-
The opener approached and Michi-
gan men looked worried. The Spar-
tans had two fast backs of national
fame, Monnett and Eliowitz. Were
the East Lansing boys to gloat at
last over the inexperienced Wolver-
ine? The past two contests had

Lansing Youth
To Lead 1933
Wildcat Outfit
EVANSTON, Ill., Sept. 26.-(A)-
John Heuss, 21-year-old tackle from
Lansing, Mich., was elected captain
of the Northwestern football team
here last night.
The new Wildcat leader never
played football in high school. As
a sophomore he was a member of
the "B" team. Last year he started
out as a reserve player, but won a
brought scoreless ties, and State
looked stronger than ever, while
Michigan looked weaker.
The big day came and fifty thous-
and violently partisan rooters turned
out to see the contest. Would Mon-
nett and Eliowitz realize their dear-
est ambition, that of beating Michi-
gan? The kickoff sailed down the
field into the maze of white splotches
. ..the jersies of Michigan State.
There was a deafening roar as the
interference formed around . . . Mon-
nett, the fastest, shiftiest back State
had developed in year!
He crossed three white lines be-
fore he was downed on his own
twenty. Michigan partisans heaved
a sigh of relief. But it was momen-
tary. Eliowitz, a fast and heavy full-
back, cracked the Maize and Blue
line for a gain of four yards.
The Spartans lined up fast . . . a
snappy outfit. There was a shift to
the left, the ball appeared, the quar-
terback took it, spun, and then a
white jersey, driving hard, went
through toward the blue secondary
like a shot. In a second the halfback
was left behind. There remained
only the safety man, and he, too, was
outdistanced. Seventy-six yards ot
outdistanced. Seventy-six yards to
a touchdpwn in the first minute of
play. Eliowitz hadi scored through
left tackle!
But the play was called back. Both
sides offside and the score was dis-
allowed. Michigan's adherents be-
gan the task of getting their hearts
back into the normal place. Michi-
gan State lost their drive and snap.
They were discouraged... they could
not win after a break like that, and
they never even threatened again.
There was Michigan'stbreak, and
they crushed the Spartans 26-0 as
the first step in a march which was
to bring them to national supremacy.
The great god Chance had shown
his face ...

regular job when a veteran was in-
Coach Dick Hanley at first an-
nounced he would name a captain
before each game, but changed his
mind and the squad voted after
practice yesterday.

Chicago's football team is expected
to furnish more surprises this year
than any other Big Ten outfit. En-
trenched with a line that averages
more than 200 pounds, the Maroons
may well develop into one of the
ranking teams in the Middle West.





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