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November 10, 1939 - Image 6

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Aroused Wolverine Football Squad Prepares For Min



Gopher Squad
Of 36 Leaves
For Ann Arbor
Wildcats In Good Form
For Purdue Game; llini
Prepare For Wisconsin
MINNEAPOLIS.-(A)- Thirty six
m~embers of the Minnesota football
squad left Thursday night for Ann
Arbor, Mich., to meet Michigan Sat-
urday. Two of the players were Qn
the injured list but one, Bob Smith,
was expected to be ready for action1
Saturday. Smith has had a bad knee1
and did not run plays with the squad{
in final workout here today. The J
other, Sy Johnson, regular tackle,
has a dislocated elbow and will not
see action for at least two weeks.
Maaroons To Pass
CHICAGO. -(R)- Coach Clark
Shaughnessy put his Chicago Ma-
roons through a lengthy passing drill
Thursday and hoped the aerial com-
bination of Lou Letts to Dick Louns-
bury would give Ohio State some
measure of trouble Saturday on Stagg
Waldorf Takes No Chances
EVANSTON.-(P)---With his squad
in near top condition for the Purdue
game here Saturday, Coach Lynn
Waldorf took no chances Thursday
and excused his Northwestern foot-l
ball team from all contact work. The1


Armstrong To Quit Soon
HOT SPRINGS, Ark., Nov. 9.-OIP)
--Ienry Armstrong, world's welter-
weight champion, announced today
he would retire from the ring next
His trainer announced that Ham-
mering Henry was scheduled for a
return match with Lou Ambers, who
won his lightweight crown, in New
York Dec. 1 but understood that the
match might be deferred.
There will be aFmeeting of all
freshman football players at Ferry
Field Administration Building at
8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13. Impor-
W4lly Weber, freshman coach.
Wildcats went through a short signal
drill and watched a freshman team
jaunt through Purdue plays.
Illini Drill On Defense
CHAMPAIGN - (R) - Defensive
drills against the freshman team
occupied University of Illinois players
Thursday as Coach Bob Zuppke
wound up heavy work in preparation
for Wisconsin's invasion Saturday.
Badgers Are Ready
MADISON. -(P)- The Wisconsin
football varsity Thursday went
through a dummy scrimmage and de-
fense against freshmen who were
using Illinois plays. Coach Harry
Stuhldreher expressed satisfaction
with the smooth play and quick re-
action to Illinois maneuvers, and said
he thought the squad was ready for
the game Saturday at Champaign.

Sophomore Halfback

Bruce Smith, sophomore right
halfback, who will start in the
Minnesota backfield Saturday.
Saturday's Big Ten Card
Ohio State at Chicago
Wisconsin at Illinois
Minnesota at Michigan
Purdue at Northwestern
Notre Dame at Iowa
Indiana at Fordham

Renda, Nelson
Will Not Play
In Gopher Tilt
Crisler Stresses Passing
In Final Contact Drill;
Evashevski Works Out
Fired by Coach Fritz Crisler's re-
minder at the conclusion of a long
practice session yesterday afternoon
that "this is our redemption game,
and remember, we vowed right after
the Minnesota game last year that we
would turn the tables," an aroused
squad of Michigan Wolverines
stormed off Ferry Field in a defiant
attitude which bodes ill for Bernie
Biermran's invading Gophers.
Crisler has finally succeeded in
turning what was at the first of the
week a listless crew into the high-
spirited squad which goes out there
with but one thought-to win the
ball game. Yesterday's entire prac-
tice, with stress again being laid on
attack from the air, was marked by,
a definite upturn in team morale.
May Take To Air
Further emphasis on passing in-
dicates that Crisler plans to be ever-
ready in case the Wolverine ground
attack fails to function properly
against the Minnesota forward wall
Saturday. Every pass play in Cris-
ler's book was brought out and prac-
ticed over and over for an hour and
a half. Although as usual not satis-
hed with the execution since he
wants to see every pass work to pre-
cision, Crisler did see an improve-
ment in the accuracy of the throwers.
The Gopher pass defense, unusually
weak thus far, seems in for a busy
Cripples Shaping Up
Quarterback Forest Evashevski,
still limping slightly on his sprained
ankle, reported for practice and called
signals for the first team in the pass-
ing drill. Crisler will leave the issue
up to the Wolverine field general,
who says the ankle is much improved
and should enable him to face the
Gophers Saturday. Joe Savilla's
charlie horse is rapidly fading and it
is expected that the big tackle will
be in shape for the opening kickoff.
Herc Renda's bothersome charlie
horse will likely keep him out of
action, as will Dave Nelson's bruised
hip, although the shifty little Detroit
back worked out yesterday.
A dummy scrimmage was staged to
acquaint the regulars with more
Minnesota plays, with particular em-
phasis being placed on reverses and

Football Bluebook , . .
Tomorrow Michigan faces a psychological crisis disguised by a collection
of golden jerseys and brown football pants. The jerseys and the pants will
be inhabited by a bunch of Gophers but anyway you look at it, it's still a
psychosis that is the immediate opponent.

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For the Wolverines were nurtured on a steady diet of four easy oppoi-
ents. And the constant feeding and digestion of simple foods had a cumu-
lative effect. In the beginning they had the word-the word that a simple
schedule and their own natural strength would carry them to the Big Ten
championship with little opposition. The first four games went down their
craw without sticking and they too began to get the idea that they were
pretty good-and they were. Time and again this Corner has stated that
the players were supremely confident in their own ability. But they weren't,
overconfident. They knew how good they were.'
But then the Zuppke fly came along and dove into Michigan's
championship ointment.. Illinois rose up to smite them and the squad
received a terrific jolt. Maybe we're not as good as we thought we were,
they began to reason, and team morale fell lower than a business man's
This week has been spent in regaining the lost confidence. Tomorrow's
game will provide the test. In practice the team has looked alternately alert
and lethargic but Fritz Crisler delays judgment, asserting that it's impossible
to' determine morale until the game. But there are a few things which we
can hazard.
If Forest Evashevski is physically able to play close to 60 minutes
then the first hurdle is obviated. The loss of Evashevski took plenty out
of the squad. It realizes how important is his signal-calling, his
blocking and his defensive work. The lack of an adequate replacement
adds that much more to his worth. But if Evie can play then that's
the first step on the road back.
Secondly if the Wolverines get the jump on Minnesota and either scores
early or keeps the Gophers in their holes then the confidence thermometer
will begin to rise. If they can again feel that they're a great team-a great
team that just had an off day-then they'll be set to move.
But if Evie should go out early (it seems almost certain that he'll
start) and the Gophers should score because the One-Man-Gang isn't
playing then the bottom may fall out. Or if Evie does play and still
Minnesota gets off in front, the Wolverines will really be put to the test.
If the Gophers score first and then Michigan comes back to whip them,
the label "greatness" can be stamped on the club.
Last week the Wolverines flunked their first blue book. If they pass
tomorrow's they'll be rating an A.
CORNERSTONES: This is Minnesota's worst season under the Bernie
Bierman toga . . . The Gophers have dropped games to Nebraska, Ohio State
and Northwestern, tied Purdue and whipped Arizona . . . No game has been
lost by more than one touchdown . . . More than 2,500 tickets have been sold
in Minneapolis for tomorrow's game . . . And another manifestation of sup-
prt despite the disastrous season is the fact that 185,000 spectators have
watched the Gophers in four home games . . . Harold Van Every, who also
"played" a prominent role in the last two Michigan-Minnesota games, has
run 571 yards from scrimmage . . . Pug Lund's all-time Minnesota yardage
mark is 667 yards . . . Van Every combines his triple threat ability with
signal calling . . . George Franck's punting average this year has been
43 yards..,

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Nov. 9.-(AP)--A
big, blond kid who ranks among the
world's best tennis amateurs is just
another muddy face when Navy's
varsity eleven starts trampling the B
Midshipman Joe Hunt, late of the
1939 Davis Cup team and a pet of
tennis galleries since he was 15, is
taking it the hard way, minus lime-
light, these days as a fourth-string
B squad halfback. Coaches say
briefly that Sophomore Hunt-180
pounds of trained reflexes-has pro-
mise and may develop.
Playing and Singing Old
Favorite Songs - Fri. Night
and his seven-piece band
Modern Dance Tunes
at the
Dancing Fri. Sat. 9-1

State Leaders
To See Game
Minnesota And Michigan
Governors Expected
LANSING, Nov. 9.- (P) -The
Minnesota-Michigan football game
at Ann Arbor Saturday will draw, the
oldest and the youngest governors
in the United States as partisan root-
They are Gov. Luren D. Dickinson
of Michigan, who is 80, and Gov. Har-
old Stassen, 32, of Minnesota, both
Republicans. The two executives will
sit on opposite sides of the football
stadium in the front rows of cheering
Although Dickinson cheered for
Michigan State's squad from East
Lansing when it played at Ann Ar-
bor a month ago, he said he would
yell for the University this time.
He never had seen a large college
football game before the Michigan-
Michigan State game.

Joe Hunt Learning
Football Hard






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power drives off tackle. Bob In-
aalls backed up the line in Evashev-
ski's spot until the big quarterback
reported, with Capt. Archie Kodros
on the other side.
Particularly encouraging was the
place kicking of Bill Melzow, sopho-
more reserve guard, who split the up-
rights consistently from 20 a'ad 30
yards out. Harmon was tried out
as a quick kicker but failed to im-
press. Kromer showed the best form
in this department.


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