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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, s7 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Michigan State
Shows Strength
In Workouts
John Pingel Is Spartan's
Leading Scoring Threat,
Shows Speed, Finesse

Tennis Squad Starts Ne

ASIDE LINES
By IRVIN LISAGOR
(Continued rrom Page 9)

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With all of its traditional speed
and finesse in evidence, Michigan
State has lefinitely shown in its early
workouts this year that it'll take a
vastly improved Michigan eleven to
break their three year victory string.
Rated by Coach Charley Bachmans
as a team easily as strong as last
year's war machine, the Spartans
this year feature their typical fast-
moving offense manned by an ex-
perienced and well-moulded team. t
Veterans in practically all depart-
ments carry the burden this year1
with the reserves alone providing
Bachman with a problem in fash-i
ioning an adequate first squad.
Offensively the team shows a lot
more potentiality than on defense.
The first string backs work well to-
gether and are
-apable in all de-3
)artments.
Johnny Pingel,
enior left halfback,
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>v, eathe offensive
threat. Pingel kicks,
asses, and runs
vith the best of
hem and is prob-
A//ZNO7V ably the most fin-
ished of the four
All herald Pingel as in for his biggest.
year this fall, and Michigan would do
well to watch this shifty and versatile
Spartan.
The other halfback-the blocking
post-finds Jack Coolidge and Sam
Nuznov in a tight racefor the start-
ing berth. Nuznov, a husky Russian
youth from Dearborn, is a great com-
petitor and may surprise by beating
the more experienced Coolidge out of
a job.
Usif Haney, at fullback, fits well
into Bachman's, style of offense.
Haney is big and tough-a good line
plunger and backer-and will com-
bine with Pingel as the Spartan's big
offensive weapon. George Kovacich,
Haney's understudy at this post, is
suffering a practice injury but is cer-
tain to see a lot of action this year.
At quarterback little Charley Hal-
bert and Al Diebold are fighting it
out with the latter in front due to his
superior blocking ability, an integral
part of this position.
Herman Klewicki.
of the famous Spar-
an athletic family,
is a promising soph-
imore also working
in this slot.
"Spearhead"
Speelman - aptly
named due to his
inspirational p 1 a
this year - is the D/OD
stalwart of the Spartan line. Speel-
man is the backbone of the entire
forward wall, his irresistable drive
and determination providing the im-
petus for practically the whole team.
Howard Swartz has the edge at the
other tackle with Schroedei and
Schrader completing the S brigade
as candidates for this job.
Olie Nelson, who packs 202 pounds
on his six foot two inch frame, and
Frank Gaines, the fifth offensive
threat on the end around plays, are
the Spartan flankers. Both are vet-
erans and well fitted physically for
their jobs. Gaines is temporarily in-
capacitated with an eye injury, and
Ernie Bremer, a good pass receiver, is
now filling the vacated spot.
Bachman declines to agree with
those who question the quality of the
Spartan center wall. He has been
well satisfied with the play of Tom
Gortat, five foot nine inch senior,
and Frank Dudley, speedy junior.
Norbert Miknavitch, his blond Lith-
uanian center, completes the trio at
the center post, and the speed of
these three linemen may make up
for their lack of weight.
Offensively the Sprtans prefer
the body block to the shoulder va-
riety. They seek to spill their op-
ponents quickly and rudely, rather
than to merely ride them out of the

play. Although this type of block is
much more difficult to execute, the
Spartans have had a lot of success
with it in the past and are continuing
its use this year.

anyone ask than that. Of course, the thing they've lacked in my opinion
s a spark, a leader like Warmbein. Give them a man like that and they'll
be tough."
Bachman had an interesting observation to make about the date
of the game. "Michigan's a great football state, and the pity of it is
that its season begins and ends Oct. 2. Too bad this game has to be {
the first of the season. At the end, or even in the middle, of the
year, it would be a sellout. And then neither Michigan or State would
suffer the severe letdown that causes us trouble now."
Thinking we'd add an original bit to the conversation, we said, "Minne-
sota's the team to beat this year." And Bachman readily agreed. "They
draw material from the entire Northwest, you know. They have it, all right."
Notre Dame, in Bachman's opinion, isn't too hot and won't beat Minne-
sota so early in the year. "They come along slowly down there. Later on,
they might give Minnesota plenty of trouble.
We were still angling for a committment on the Michigan game. "It'll
be a good game," said Bachman cautiously. "It'll be closer than last year's
and the score is likely to be low." He looked at his watch and apologized
for having to leave. "Time for practice . .."
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Spartan Spirit Impressive.. .
FROM THE MOMENT we left Bachman's office until we walked off the
practice field, IT floated about and subtly infected us. In the locker
room and on the field it smacked you resoundingly where you live. To be
brief, the men at Michigan State have fun playing football ...
The contrast between a Michigan workout and a Spartan drill
is sharp as a porcupine's quill. The chatter and whoopdedoo of their
drill are deafening compared to the morgue-like silence on Ferry
Field. The easy informality there is something to behold, very unlike
the tension on Ferry Field, where a stranger might expect something
to explode any minute. Though gay and informal in their demeanor,
the State gridders are not the least lackadaisical, make no mistake
about that. When they pack their lithe bodies into one of those
flexible dummies, you can hear, with only slight exertion of the
imagination ,a bone crunch. When a back slithers off tackle, behind
a whooping teammate, his knees pump mayhem, and anyone in doubt
may have the inverted delight of trying to impede him.
The backs constantly exhort one another, with sincerity. They back-
slap meaningfully. It's camaraderie of a high order in the Spartan camp,
and one gathers partial evidence for the spirited play of a State team. Bach-
man frequently permits the boys "to take a blow," while he nonchalantly
lights a cigarette. Poor example? We think not . . . Speelman, all smiles,
dashes up a bit late. "Let's go, Spearhead," they shout, and they mean
spearhead . . . Pingel ,tall and good-looking, shoots a pass to Usif Haney
and fails to follow up for a possible lateral ... "Just doggin' it," he winks, and
both boys swing back into action ...
We were impressed at East Lansing. The Wolverines will be equall3
impressed Oct. 2.

Michigan's varsity and freshmanj
tennis prospects, at present some
sixty strong, start an entirely new'
program of practice and preliminary
training this year, according to;
Coach John Johnstone.
Saturday, in connection with the
Orientation Week program, men in-
terested in gaining campus recogni-
tion or places on the 1938 yearling
squad began' a tournament which
when concluded will give Coach John
Johnstone and Assistant Coach Leroy
Weir some idea of the material they
will be working with during the year.
The new program calls for indoor
practice throughout the winter for
both varsity and first year men. In
the past players worked during the
winter more or less at their own dis-
cretion.
"That type of training is over," ex-
plained Coach Johnstone. "Continu-
ous directed training throughout the
entire year is necessary to a winning
team."
He went on to explain that this
was doubly necessary in view of the
fact that players fresh from Mich-
igan prep schools are deplorably
lacking in ability-the result of in-
sufficient training and coaching in
those years, a time when proper
training in the fundamentals is most
important.
While this preliminary instruction
is steadily improving, Coach John-
stone pointed out that it has not yet
approached the point where it can be
compared to that of prep schools of
the Chicago Area, for many years
one of the outstanding midwestern
tennis fields.
Prospects for a good tennis year
cannot be said to be excellent, but
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neither can they be regarded at the $
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Returning to the varsity this sea-)
son are five of last years' men, two
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freshman squad last year. Also mak-
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Radio Reports Attract
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The fact that Michigan State has
long since ceased to provide a warm-
up game for the .Wolverines is very
much in evidence these days.
During last Saturday's scrimmage

time they returned to the scrimmage
field they announced the State-
Wayne score and went into great de-
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Each time the coaches returned
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