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To Shelve Ed Frutig For Remainder Of

IN THIS CORNER

OnecMan Gang
May Not Start
In Penn Game

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By MEL FINEBER(

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The Same Eleven Men,:But ...
This is the second in a series of columns we never thought we'd have to
write. The first was written last Tuesday after the Illinois game and this,
the second but possibly not the last, after the Minnesota game.
A football sure takes funny bounces. Three weeks ago, after Michigan
walloped Yale 27-7, who was there who thought that on consecutive Satur-e
days the Wolverines would lose to a pair of teams who had won only ones
game between them? Touted as the top team in the Conference and ones
of the best in the country, the Wolverines, like the Arabs, folded their tents
in the night and decamped from the oasis of football supremacy. But why?
First of all, discard any of these rumors about dissension amongI
the players. There may be no love lost between some of them but ita
doesn't evidence itself in their play. Paul Kromer may not be the t
runner he was before he injured his leg, but he still throws the blocks c
for which he always received little credit. Tom Harmon may be worried
about whether or not he'll make all-American but he's still a teasn
player. '
On Saturday Harmon was no all-American. Granted. He misseds
tackles (two of which led directly to Minnesota touchdowns) and he missedr
blocks which made Kromer look pretty bad. But the fact that he missed
tackles was purely accidental. And the fact that on several of his missedf
blocks Kromer was hit was purely coincidental. It wasn't the Harmon we've
known him to be on the field but it wasn't a Harmon who shirked and
faked.N
For the second consecutive game the line was outcharged. But it1
wasn't because the linemen were mad at the backs. The reason they c
were outeharged was that they were outcharged. It's very simple. And I
the Gopher backs didn't need much of a hole. They cut through and s
were away. And they were hard to stop once in the secondary.
Forest Evashevski's absence undoubtedly had its effect. Not that Bob1
Ingalls, a quarterback of five days, didn't do an excellent job. But this foot-c
ball game was decided on team morale. i And even before the game, the club
was sinking. There were 11 quarterbacks;on the field Saturday. Every one
tried to tell Ingalls what to call.t
But Ingalls didn't call the plays on his own hook. Fritz Crisler
certainly wouldn't let a green signal-caller enter the game without tell-
ing him wlat to do. The big redhead who, in our mind, was the mostt
heroic figure on the field, must have had his orders from Crisler.I
Apparently he was told to use the speed of the Touchdown Twins around 1
the flanks. And thinking back we recall that the Wolverines didn't open 1
up with passes until Ingalls came back into the game at the end of the
third period. Evidently he had orders from Crisler to open up 'with .
passes. But he should have had those orders earlier.
Minnesota is probably the weakest team in the Conference on pass
defense. Opponents had completed 25 out of 50 passes against it. And the1
Gophers were using a 6-3-2 defense, which at times was the equivalent of.
a nine-man line, never noted for its anti-aircraft qualities. The evidence is1
self-apparent. 'Michigan rode 73 yards to a touchdown on passes and went
50 more on a second, though unsuccessful, march.'
The coaches were also to blame for the attitude with which the
team went into the game. Harkening back a week, before the Illinois
game, the squad was lackadaisical and logey. Weaned on an easy sched-
ule, it thought this was another in the diet. The coaches didn't do much
to change its attitude. And after the game Crisler, quite graciously,
admitted that he was to blame for this.
For the 1sychology of the coaches had been upset by this unexpected
Illini spurt. They had thought they could bring the squad along slowly
through the simpler games and then build them up to a peak for Minnesota
and Ohio State. But Illinois ruined the plans. And the squad hit the down-
grade. As we said a week ago, their confidence was given a terrific jolt.
They had lost the invincible feeling that they themselves, not the news-
papers, had built up.
Last week we thought the team would come out of it in time for the
Gopher invasion. It didn't. We thought the coaches could pull them up.
The coaches didn't. The result was that Michigan took a beating from
a team which, on that day, was as good as any in the country.

Evie's Ankle Still Bothers
Him; Smith And Kromer
Will Work Out Today
With two of their strongest oppon-
ents of the year remaining on their
schedule, the Michigan football team
suffered a severe blow - when team
physician Dr. George Hammond an-
nounced that end Ed Frutig would be
lost for the remainder of the season
as the result of a foot injury sus-
tained in the final quarter of Satur-
day's game with Minnesota.
According to Dr. Hammond, Frutig
has dislocated several tendons in the
heel of his right foot. This is the
second time this season that Frutig
has been injured, having suffered a
leg injury in the Iowa game which
kept him from his regular end duties
for more than a week.
Evie Still Limps
Whether or not Forest Evashevski 1
will be able to return to the Michigan
lineup still remains the number one)
question around the Wolverine camp.
Evie exercised his ankle which he
sprained in the Illinois game, yes-
terday afternoon at practice. It was
evident that the ankle still troubled
him a great deal, and only time will
decide if he is to play against Penn-
sylvania.
Meanwhile, Coach Crisler indicated
that sophomore Bob Ingalls will con-
tinue at the quarterback post that he
filled so capably in the Minnesota
game. Crisler said that he was more
than pleased with the work done by
the former center. Ingalls took over
Evashevski's job after only three days
preparation, and his offepsive and,
defensive play justified the trust put
in him by Crisler.
Kromer, Smith Return
Paul Kromer and Bill Smith also
suffered injuries .in the Gopher tilt,
but both will be able, to report for
practice this afternoon. They will
both probably be able to start against
Penn. Harry Kohl, dimnutive re-
serve quarterback is slowly rounding
into shape after being confined to
bed for 10 days by a groin infection.
The Wolverine Coach, figuring that
Penn will be doubly dangerous after
being dumped by Penn State last Sat-
ur~Iay, will lay the most stress on
blocking during the next three days
in an attempt to strengthen the
team's attack.
BIG TEN STANDINGS I

Robert Owei
Tops Fletel
Hall Club,
Winners To Play H
A.C. For Champi(
In Touch Footbal
A surprisingly strong Rob
team struck once in the :
yesterday and then bottled
powerful Fletcher Hall attar
remainder of the game to t
win and advance into the
the independent touch footb
first-place playoffs.
A 15-yard pass from Haro
was taken by John Young
cher Hall's 20, and Young s
across the goal line for the
score. The tally was the fi
against Fletcher this seas
Jones blocked the try for
point.

This was one of the many instances in'which the hard-charging Minnesota backs, aided by a forward
wall which outplayed the Wolverine line throughout Saturday's game, sped through gaping holes for size-
able gains. Harold Van Every went seven yards through center on this play. Also in the picture are Peder-
son (73), Vant Hull (65), Bjorklund (78), and Mariucei (56) of Minnesota; and Frutig (49), Savilla (29),
and Rogers (78) of Michigan.
olerines Can Even Quaker Series
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By MASE GOULD
Coach Fritz Crisler's Michigan elev-
en will have an added incentive when
it encounters Pennsylvania Saturday
at. Franklin Field in Philadelphia in
that the Quakers are the only team to
hold an all-time advantage' over the
Wolverines, having won eight and lost
seven, with two games resulting in
ties, since' the rivalry was begun back
in 1899.
Thus the opportunity presents it-
self for Michigan to erase that lead
and thereby boast an outstanding rec-
ord-namely, that no team which the
U. of M. has ever played more than
five, times holds an all-time, advan-
tage over, the Wolverines.
The Michigan-Penn rivalry has
been characterized for the most part
by close, hard-fought games, with the
winners' margin rarely being more
than two touchdovvns. The greatest
score rolled up by Michigan was 34
points in 1914, while Penn routed the
Wolverines, 29-0, in 1908, for its most
decisive victory. Penn has scored 180
points to Michigan's 157 in the 17
games played.
The Quakers jumped into series lead
by winning four straight at the outset,
one of the triumphs, that in 1907,
spoiling an undefeated seasbn for
Fielding H. Yost as well as an un-
scored-upon record.
Michigan's first victory' came in

1909, when the Wolverines subdued'
the Pennsylvanians, 12-6. A score-
less tie followed in 1910 and in 1911.
Yost's aggregation. again won, thisl
time by .11-9.
Quakers Come Back
The Quakers found their winning
ways the following year, however, and
walked off 'the field with a thrilling
27-21 triumph.
In 1913, Yost's 13th Michigan team
downed the Quakers, 13-0, and the
next year the Wolverines gave Penn
its most humiliating defeat in the
history of the rivalry between the
two schools by drubbing the easter-
ners, 34-3.
After a scoreless tie in 1915, Penn
came back the following year with
a field-goal triumph, 10-7, and in
1917, the Quakers swamped the Wol-
verines, 17-0.
An 18-year lapse followed, but the
series was renewed in 1935. Michi-
gan has won three of the four en-
counters since that time.,
Renner In Starring Role
The 1935 struggle found such names
as Capt. Bill Renner, Cedric Sweet
and John Viergever in starring roles
for Michigan as the Wolverines
downed the Quakers, 16-6, in a sea-
son marked by four victories and as
many defeats. Franny Murray's run-
ning, pasqing and punting was Penn-

sylvania's sole consolation that day.s
The 1936 season, a dismal one for
local rocters in which Michigan won)
but one game out of eight, saw Penn
drub Coach Harry Kipke's flounder-p
ing forces, 27-7; with Murray again
pacing his teammates with an un-
canny display of coffin-corner kicksd
and some fine running and passing.t
Wet Victory
"Rendezvous in Mud" could wellc
have been the title of the 16th meet-
ing of the two clubs the following
year, but the drenching rain didn't
dampen the spirit of Stark Ritchie,
hwho put on a one-man show in the,
Wolverines' 7-0 win over the Quakers.
Ritchie passed to Norm Purucker for
the only score of the game, and gained
a total of 111 yards by rushing during
the course of the afternoon.
Last year's game was a breeze for
Coach Fritz Crisler's first Michigan
machine, the Wolverines rolling up
a three-touchdown lead and then
rthrowing in the shocktroops, who
allowed the Quakers to shove over two
scores in the waning minutes of the
game. The score, 19-13, failed to
show what the statistics did; namely,
a big margin for Michigan. Paul
Kromer took this game into his own
hands by returning a punt 50 yards
for a touchdown and tallying again
on a pass from Fred Trosko into the
end zone. Milo Sukup 'fell on Don
Siegel's blocked punt over the goal
for the third Michigan score, after
which the fleet Johnny Dutcher raced
62 yards on a reverse to put Penn in-
to the scoring column. A pass, Miller
to Straub, gave the Quakers their
other score.

Polonsky, Sparks Offe
Arnold Polonsky was the
he Owen offense, with Ca:
Kelly's blocking a major fac
vick Mikulich was the sta:
he line that held the strc
cher forwards in check. VG
and Gordon Andrew did mo
passing for the losers, wit
Esler turning in his usual gc
at tackle.
Robert Owen is scheduled
the Hill Billy entry, runner,
year, for the title on Thurs
16, at 4:15 p.m.
Hard Fought Game
Phi Kappa Psi won th
final match in the interf
speedball first-place playo
Psi Upsilon, in a close tilt,
Bennett and Chuck Jam(
stood out for the Phi Kay
with Paul Keller and Chu
pacing the losers.
Acacia out-scored Kappa
8, to gain the right to ,
defending titleholders, Sigm
the other finals spot Wedn
Brown and John Paup lead
cia attack yesterday, while
ors for Kappa. Nu go to Burt
'M' CLUB MEETIN
There will be a meeting
"M" Club in the Union tc
night at 7:30.
-Dye Hogan

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The team is right back in -the same sort of psychological position
that it was in last Tuesday-only this time it's worse. Last week, the
team had merely been beaten. The seed had only been sown. The
Minnesota game put it in full bloom.
Right now the team is flat on its back. It, and the coaches, face the
task of coming up for the Penn game. If the team can whip Penn decisively
it might have a chance against Ohio State. But right now the Wolverines
need a shock. And they need encouragement. If they get both, (maybe
either will suffice), they might come back.
It was a good team once. The same 11 men still go out to the practice
field.
Zimmerman Proves One Of Few
Bright Lights In Varsity Defeat.

By ART HILL
"Zimmerman replaces Westfall at
the fullback post," boomed the voice
of the gentleman behind the public
address microphone late in the third
quarter of last Saturday's Michigan-
Minnesota holocaust. As these words
were uttered, a tall broad-shouldered
blond boy was reporting to Referee
rank Lane on the playing field.
'"So what," said several spectators,
"if Harmon can't score against these
guys, what 'is a second-string full-
back going to be able to do?"
But the big boy didn't wait long
to show the pessimistic spectators
that he was something more than
the average "second-string fullback."
While he was in the game, he smashed
his way through the powerful Gopher
line for several substantial gains
and caught a long pass from Tom
Harmon, only to have this latter
effort nullified by an offside pen-
alt'y.
The spectator's reference to Bob
Zimmerman as a second-string full-
back is one of the ironies to which a
football player on a good college team
often has to accustom himself. Were
it not for the presence on the squad
h.

of Bob Westfall, one of the finest
sophomore backs in the country,
Zimmerman would have little opposi-
tion for the fullback job, but Westfall
is very much in evidence, so Zimmer-
man is just "second string."
Bob came to Michigan from Roose-
velt High in Chicago where he player
three years in the backfield unde
Everett E. Alton. In his senior year,
his team was nosed out for the dis-
trict championship by Senn High
School, which was the only team to
defeat them. Senn 'later met Austin
High (with Bill DeCorrevont) for thi
city championship.
Of DeCorrevont, Bob says, "I don't
think that he is the least bit over-
rated as a ball-carrier. He is one
of the best in the country. But as
a blocker and tackler, he's just sec-
ond rate."
To those who have been watching
the sophomore fullback from Chicago
his performance in the Minnesota
brawl was no surprise. In previous
games, notably the opener with
Michigan State, and in daily prac-
tice sessions throughout the season,
Zimmerman has shown conclusively
that he knows plenty about the game

Frosh Attack Weak
Against Reserves
Wally Weber's small but tough
freshman football squad changed
scenery yesterday to meet in their
usual Monday afternoon scrimmagel
with Fritz Crisler's varsity. Cliff
Wise, halfback, and George Ceith-
aml, quarterback, lent the only ray
of hope to an otherwise gloomy af-
ternoon for the frosh.
Though the varsity reserves pushed
over four touchdowns, the defen-
sive work of Ceithaml, line-backer,
and Wise, playing defensive halfback,
was outstanding. The freshmen, led
by these two backs, made two goal-
line stands that were highly reminis-
cent of last year's Northwestern
battle.
The frosh offense, primed for this
scrimmage, was quite ineffective yes-
terday as the reserves turned on the
heat. However, the line plunging of
Weber's two top fuilbackspEarl il-
ler and Bill Windle, cheered the
freshmen coaches.
tFROSH BASKETBALL
All eligible freshmen desiring to
try out for the freshman basket-
ball squad please report to Water-
man Gym tonight at 7 o'clock.
Bring your own equipment.
-Ray Fisher, Coach

Player
Van Every ........
Franck .. ...£.. .
Smith ............
Sweiger ...........
Christiansen.....
Marnik ...........
Harmon........
Westfall........
Kromer.........

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Minnesota
Attempts Gain Loss
...16 86 8
.. 7 78 3
9 77 7
...12 42 0
8 18 0'
,,710 5
Michigan
9 53 3
9 31 2
11 12 11

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