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October 10, 1939 - Image 7

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The Michigan Daily, 1939-10-10

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The more you look back upon the
gridiron results throughout the na-
tion last week, the more you can
realize that there is nothing certain
in this world of ours except death
and New York Yankee triumphs.
Such supposed powerhouses as
Minnesota, Northwestern, Fordham4
and Holy Cross went down like the
Steamship Athenia, when it was ex-
pected Friday night that nothing
short of a cyclone could carry their
opponents .to victory.
Huskies Stop Gophers
The mighty Gophers, champions of
the Western Conference and fresh
from a 62-0 victory over Arizona, fell
before an aroused eleven from Ne-
braska Saturday, 6-0. Two cam-
paigns ago the Cornhuskers frigh-
tened a steamrolling Minnesota team
for three periods only to go down to
defeat in the final moments on Andy
Uram's famous lateral pass play.
Saturday's battle, was a different
story, however. The Cornhuskers
scored early, cooled off two Gopher'
drives and almost tallied again late
in the - final period..
Bill DeCorrevont and Co., believed
to be the ;outstanding grid aggrega-
tion in the nation this year, made its
debut in a rather disappointing fa-
shion as the Oklahoma Sooners, Big
Six titleholders, surprised them with
three .touchdowns, and a field goal
for a 23-0 licking.
The2Northwestern team never had
a chance. DeCorrevont played good
ball and showed that his advance,
notices were far from wrong, but his;
efforts were insufficient to lead they
baffled Waldorf squad to victory.
Louisiana Upsets Holy Cross
Over at Worcester, Mass., 24,000
grid fans sat stunned while Louisiana
State rolled up a 26-7 advantage over
the supposedly invincible Holy Cross
eleven. The 1939 edition of the, Cru-
saders was considered the best the
school has ever had, but it was com-
pletely outclassed by the underrated
Southern outfit.
The fourth of the big death blows
French Signs Contract
CHICAGO, Oct. 9. -(,P)-Larry
FIrench, the Chicago Cub's southpaw'
who had a brief but nosiy squabble
with Manager Gabby Hartnett this
season, signed his 1940 contract to-
day along with seven others.

1ames Prove Frosh Stress Hard-Going End
onents Powerful Defense Play :.
handed out last Saturday cane forth Kolesar, Kasamis Reval;
from New York where the Manhat- .bi .
tan population had considered their .Blocking,Tackling Form
Fordham Rams almost as sure a,bet
as their World. Champion. baseball Coach Wally Weber drove his fresh-...
club . . . but alas, came the upset. man football charges through an in.-
Alabama journeyed to the metro- tensive blocking and tackling drill, the
polis Saturday and outplayed the "actual game of football" as he put
Rams for a 7-6 win. Like their Loui- t a at thesconclusio od e ..
had a "few boys who showed collegi- ,;" i;
siana neighbors, the Southern squad ate blocking."
was the pre-game underdog, but Showing the best blocking form of"
played smart football and hit hard any man on the field was Bob Kole-;
all afternoon to squelch the Ford- sar, of Cleveland, O. Kolesar is a
ham hope for an undefeated season. guard and looks to be of varsity cali-
Aside from the Minnesota casualty, ber. Louis Kasamis, diminutive full-,
Michigan's future opponents fought back, also proved to Coach Weber
to success on five fronts last week. hat he knows his fundamentals when
Iowa came from behind to knock off he repeatedly drove the opposition
Indiana in their Conference opener, flat on the turf.
32-39. Yale turned back. Columbia One ,casualty occurred duiring the
at New Haven, 10-7. Pennsylvania workout yesterday as George Hilde-
made an inauspicious debut in their brandt, guard candidate from Kiski
one touchdown win over Lafayette. received a deep cut oyer his right eye
Chicago finally came out of a battle when he collided with a teammate.
on the right side of the ledger with Also, on the sidelines is Bob Uier, John Nicholson, senior, is holding
a 12-2 triumph over Wabash while flashy halfback, who had his shoulder down the tough blocking assign-
Ohio State showed power and ability muscles severely strained in scrim- ment at the flanks and causing the
in downing Missouri, 19-0. .. mage .aat .Friday. opposition plenty of headaches.
Nicholson i Team's Powerhouse End

Throughout the history of football,
instances of great line play have
been cited almost exclusively from
the defensive point of view. A great
goal-line stand or a five-yard loss
inflicted upon the opposition by an
inspired lineman who gets the jump
on the man across the way, are the
things which catch the eye of the
untrained observer.
But since the advent of the run-
ning guard as an offensive weapon,
instituted by the late Knute Rockne
at Notre Dame, at least two members
of the forward wall can claim a good
deal of credit for a successful at-
Sukup Leads Blockers
To short, compact, fast-moving
Milo Sukup went the assignment of
leading the downfield blocking in
last, Saturday's opening tussle wiW
Michigan State. And he handled it
The 5 ft., 8 in., 185-pound Muske-
gon junior claims five years' exper-
ience in this department of play,
both from the line and from the
backfield. He was a blocking back
in high school and when he failed
to measure up as a ball-carrier in
his first year here, he was trans-

Downfield Blocking Important
Assignment For Running Guard



Quiet and unassuming "work-
horses," commonly referred to as
team-players, are the pride and joy
of any coach, because they don't
have to worry about this type of play-
er letting down or permitting him-
self to get to the point where he
must wear over-size hats.,
And John Nicholson, Michigan's
regular end, will probably go through
his final year on the Wolverine grid
squad knocking down opponents and
clearing the path for the ball carrier
without stealing any of the head-
lines-but still giving everything he
has for the team and never complain-
ing about the lack of publicity.
Has Hardest End Job
"Nick," as he is called by team-
mates, will be seeking his third Var-
sity letter this fall, and for the sec-
ond year will be the mainstay on the
Wolverine flanks as far as the heavy
work is concerned.
Last year Nicholoson had the tough-

est assignment among the ends, since
he played right end on offense, where
he took care of th'e rihaj'or portion of
the blocking duties,. and on defense
he played on. the left side of the line
-the side where a majority of the
opponent's plays go.
It will . again. be his lot this fall
to c rry the buIk of the bfocking and
defensive work at. the .ends, where
once more the fans and headline
writers will. forget him, but the.
coaches (and Michigan's opponents)
won't .for they. have a great deal of
respect for this hard working end.,
Praised By Oosterbaan
Bennie Oosterbaan, Michigan's
only three-time All-American er4
and present assistant coach, has often
been quoted as saying that "Nick
is oneof the finest blockers at his
position in recent years."
Eid 'coach Campbell Dickson said
of Nicholson last spring, "Nick is
the hard working and reckless type
of player who doesn't even let up in
practice and so I didn't want him

out for spring practice in order that formed into a guard in order to cap-
he could be well rested for next fall." italize on his ability to knife down
"He was the heavy duty end last would-be tacklers.
year, and although not as flashy Ps . Four Running Guards .
the others he carried more of the inMichigan has four running guards
tnd the persons if Sukup, sophomores
burden than any of the other ends Bill Mlezow, 185, and. Bob Thomas,
and was the workhorse of the group." 170, and junior Art Paddy, 160. Mel-
Likes Plays, Concerts
Dickson's final tribute to Nichol- acter are his interests and ambition.
son was, "I haven't any doubt Nick He enjoys good dramatic plays and
will have as good, if not a better year concerts, and his major is in the
thi* coming season." field of public administration. He
A further proof of Nicholson's is especially interested in city gov-
seriousness and quietness of char- ernment.
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