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VDAT, MAY '16, 1941

Western Conference Grid Rivals Wind Up Spring Tr


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Gophers Look Strong;
All Eyes On Paul Brown And Ohio State
As New Buckeye Regime Holds Drills

Golfers Ranked High ... Hen


Smith Paces


Cindermen Seek Big Ten Title

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Western Conference pigskin follow-
ers may rest assured that in spite of
the draft, they will witness an abun-
dance of the same kind of smashing
football this coming season as has so
long characterized the Big Ten.
All of the Conference schools have
finished their annual spring training
programs, and from advance indi-
cations, everything points to * ban-
ner year for the Big Ten grid sport.
Most of the teams, on paper at least,
appear to be improved over tle last
campaign. Some of them, as expected,
will be weaker because of the loss
through graduation of outstanding
grid stars and an inadequate reserve
Gophers Look Strong
Up at Minneapolis, Bernie Bier-
man has assembled another strong
outfit. Deep in reserves, it looks like
another banner year for the Golden
With Captain Bruce Smith, Bill
Garnaas, Bill Daley and Mike Welch
forming the first team backfield, the
Minnesota quartet need not take a
back seat to any set in the land.
Two veterans are back to handle the
flank duties, Herb Hein ,nd Bill
Baumgartner, while All American Ur-
ban Odson, Dick Wildung and a giant
yearling, Rudy Sikich, will take care
of the tackle posts.
Gordon Paschka will be back at
one of the guards, afd'either Butch
Levy or Wally Nolstrum will be at
the other. Chuck Solheim will probab-
ly see duty at the pivot post when
the Gophers open the season.
Frickey Is Promising
Backing these men are a highly
touted bunch of reserves, led by Her-
man Frickey, star freshman halfback.
Last year's freshman tean was the
strongest Bierman has had in years.
Minnesota, 1940 champ, looks once
again like the team to beat for the
Coach Mal Edward has a speedy
squad at Purdue. The Boilermakers
will be much stronger than they were
last year, although the loss of Dave
Rankin, All American end, will be
difficult to compensate.
There is plenty of backfield ex-
perience in the-Riveter camp, and the
line, led by guards Jim Miller and
Tom Melon, will be strong. Several
promising men are coming up from
the frosh squad. including Harry
French, standout tackle.
Hoosiers May Surprise
Bo McMillin, sage Indiana men-
tor, hasn't let much information
drift out from his Hoosier hideout.
From all indications, Indiana may
well be the Big Tenrdark horse. The
line prospects from the freshman
team are good, and McMillin has
a veteran backfied composed of Bill
Hillenbrand, Bob White, De Swi-
hart, and Eddie Herbert with which
to work.
Over at Ohio State a new regime
has started one of the most intensive
spring programs in Buckeye history.
Paul Brown, the new coach, has been
driving his squad hard in an effort to
mold together a strong outfit.
At present the Buckeyes are of
doubtful quality. All eyes will be foc-
used Columbus way to see if Brown,
taken from the high school ranks,
can produce a winner. One thing is
certain, he has plenty of material.
Captain Jack Stephenson looks

good at tackle and should be one of
the season's outstanding performers,
while Jim Daniel will ably handle the
other tackle post. But Ohio State is
strongest in the backfield.
Brown has uncovered a sensational

The little Minnesota halfback
kicked the extra point that beat
Michigan out of the Big Ten cham-
pionship up at Minneapolis last
fall. He'll be back next season 1,
to do the Gophers' place-kicking
when they need one point badly.
halfback, George Lynn, from the
ranks of the reserves, and this boy
should go places. Dick Fisher, Les
Horvath, and Joe Novak will complete
the set of backs and provide it with
plenty of power and speed.
Counting heavily on sophomores,
Northwestern will be another dark
horse in the coming race, but Coach
Lynn Waldorf will field a fast, top-
notch backfield.
Floyd Chambers, Leon Cook, Gene
Mundy, Dud Keene, Don Buffmire,
Bill Ohland, Don Clawson, Ike Kep-
ford and the highly touted Bill de
Correvont form a substantial list for
Waldorf to draw from in forming
his traditional speedy Wildcat back-
field quartet. The line is the big
question mark at Northwestern, and
if it comes through the Wildcats will
be right in there.
Frosh Are Good
Another team which will depend
on sophomores will be Illinois, tutor-
by Wily Bob ,Zuppke. Last year's
yearling squad was the strongest since
1935, and Zup should come up with
a much better team than his last
Zuppke has initiated the famous
"T" formation in his spring drills,
and from all indications Illinois will
use it a great deal this campaign.
Dick Good, one of the nation's best
passers, will be at the all-important
quarterback position, and Illinois will
base its attack around him and his
trusty right arm.
The rest of the backfield will be
composed of Don Griffin and Maurie
Gould, two sensational triple threat
freshmen, and the veteran Bert Pig-
get. All in all, the Illini will rely
on sophomores for the two halfback
posts, the end slots, and at least one
tackle position. The line is expected
to be stronger on defense than it was
last year, but that remains to be seen.
Iowa, led by Dr. Eddie Anderson,
will trust its fortunes with its forward
wall. The backfield is overloaded with

No exception to the words of the
famous Maize and Blue song, "Cham-
pions of the West," Michigan's pow-
erful golf team has again come
through this year with a season's
record that has ranked it among the
leaders of the Western Conference.
As one of the major contenders
for this year's Big Ten title, the Wol-
verines, paced by Captain Fred Dan-
nenfelser and Sophomore Ben Smith,
have taken seven out of their first
nine matches this year, losing only
to the University of Georgia, the
Southern Intercollegiate champs, and
Notre Dame, both non-conference op-
Three Letter'vinners
Winning four straight Big Ten
matches against Indiana, Ohio State,
and Purdue, Coach Ray Courtright's
boys were nucleated by three letter-
winners from last year's all-veteran
team. Captain Dannenfelser, Dave
Osler, and Johnny Leidy with varsity
emblems have contributed substan-
tially to the team's success.
'Old Faithful' Dannenfelser has put
his talent with the driver t6 good
use, scoring valuable points in every
match so far this season. In the scor-
ing column also have been Dave Os-
fine runners, passers and kickers, but
the line is doubtful quality. It looks
strong on paper, but it is composed of
many inexperienced men.
Anderson can call upon either Bul-
let Bill Green or Burdel Gilleard to
handle the fullback duties, while at
the halves he can select from three
triple threat freshmen, Jim Youel,
Bob Bender, and Tom Farmer. The
quarterbacking will be done by Jim
Walker, who is expected to be one of
the nation's best performers.
Two watchcharm guards, the vet-
erans Ross Anderson and Francis
Curran, are the only definite positions
on the line. The remainder of the for-
ward wall will probaby be taken care
of by newcomers who have shown
much promise during the spring
training grind.
Wisconsin Improved
Last, but not least of the Western
Conference teams, is Wisconsin,
coached by Harry Stuhldreher. The
Badgers will be one of the most im-
proved teams in the Big Ten.
The Wisconsin outfit was manned
mainly by sophomores last year. With
the added experiencethat these men
have gained, Wisconsin is rated very
highly in pre-season calculations.
Led into battle by Tom Farris, a
great quarterback, the Dairy State
aggregation will be fighting for the
top spot. Farris will have as back-
field partners Don Miller, Bob Will-
ding and Bob Ray, thus forming a
quartet of speedy backs.
And so we come to the end of the
Big Ten Round-Up. You can make
your selections from here.

ler and husky Johnny Leidy. South-
paw Osler's miraculous putter has
done much damage to Wolverine op-
pon'ents as has Leidy's power in the
wood department.
Smith Excels
Bright spot in the team's activities
has been Ben Smith, slender ace
from Florida, the land of sunshine,
where the golf season is all the year
around. Helping to win for Michigai
last year the Junior Western Trophy,
the soft-spoken sophomore came from
out of nowhere this season in every
department from the woods on down
to the putter, consistently carding
sub-par scores.
Johnny Barr and Cliff James, the
diminutive one, have both broken into
the scoring column after playing re-
serve ball for Michigan last year.
Both boys have shown themselves
capable of wielding the mashie for the
Wolverines, winning their varsity em-
blem in Big Ten match play this sea-
Hockey player Bob Fife, Dave Ladd,

and Ken Calder finished up the var-
sity's active roster. Fife, Highland
Park sophomore, and member of the
Junior Western Conference Cham-
pionship team, has done his share of
scoring with his accuracy and power
in the woods as well as in the irons.
Ladd and Calder, both seniors, have
scored points for the Wolverines in
competition. Previous to the Purdue
meet, the two were held in reserve,
but they proved themselves worthy
of varsity competition in the Boiler-
maker match.
Chandler Simonds, Earl Drake,
Breard Fishburn, Buel Morley, Wayne
Wolfe, and Bob Vibbert are listed
on the reserve roster. Courtright
wants and expects to use many of
these men in the season's remaining
The Big Ten tournament =will be
held on June 18 and 19 in Chicago,
and it is there that Michigan will
carry its title hopes.

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should gain several points in this
event over Ed Mikulas of Indiana.
With javelin-throwers Perry Kim-
erer and Johnny Wise also showing
plenty of power in the Buckeye meet,
along with shot-putter Bob Hook and
Tommy Lawton at the discus, the
Wolverines may also gain some val-
uable points in the field events. Char-
lie Decker is also a very good pros-
pective point-getter in the pole-vault.
And so the capacity crowd of fans
on hand will probably see the meet
evolve into\a very close race for the
title between Michigan and Indiana
at the start of the final event of the
meet, the mile relay. The Wolverines,

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with one of the best baton-passing
teams in its history in the persons of
Jack Leutritz, Bob Ufer, Bobby Bar-
nard and Al Thomas or Warren
Breidenbach, is favored to capture
the relay.
And with so many potential point-
getters on the rest of the card, it is
not impossible that Coach Doherty
and his charges will bring back one
more trophy to add to the imposing
array of cups now standing behind
the windows of the trophy-case at
Yost Field House.
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