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A Speedy End ...

I Pregulman And Franks HailedI
ower n i'Of Fro h Scudi

...Tall, Rugged Center

(We are toning the Double over today to a guy who ought to know what football
is all about We're sick of writing about these gridders. For a change, Forest Eva-
she ski will de the typewriter pounding today. That, however, does not mean that
we will block for him against Minnesota. We hope he understands this.)
was a bit reluctant when Don first asked me to write a guest column. How-
ever, after realizing that the guy is too lazy to do it himself, after look-
ing over the stuff he writes, and after watching his progress with city editor
Chandler. I believe I can write anything and it will be a masterpiece if the
only comparison is the combined efforts of Wirtchafter and Chandler. +
So hold on while I scratch out some fog-bound literature.
You know, this is an opportunity to release a few stored up emotions
for which these hams that write sports are responsible. Of course, I
realize the elastic imaginations with which most sports writers are
cursed. And also I am aware that these imaginations are prostituted in
reporting football games. So in my unimaginable mind, minus the Jack
Armstrong element, I see a football game through different, and I hope
saner, eyes. Let's take a look at the Pennsylvania game through my
When the game was less than six minutes old, Wistert covered a punt
and knocked Dutcher loose from the ball. Quiet Rube Kelto, a ball hawk, if
there ever was one, pounced on the pigskin to give us a first down'on the
Penn seven. Two plays later, our line beat the Quakers to
.rthe punch, and with the aid of the backfield scored a
touchdown. Our second score resulted from some more
superb front line work, which was climaxed by Ed Frutig's
swell catch of the touchdown pass.
This is slightly different from the reports you have
r"been reading of the way Michigan trounced Penn. But
take it from me, our dream backfield would have been
a horrible nightmare if it had not been for the guys
up in front. Now don't take me wrong. By this, I
don't mean that our backs didn't contribute to the
Evashevski victory. Why, there is no one around like Tom Har-
mon. There never had and there never will be. He's the greatest back
who ever put on a football uniform.
What's more, Bob Westfall makes my all-star team with little competi-
tion. Dave Nelson, Paul Kromer, George Ceithaml and Tippy Lockhard all
have my money placed on them.
But the backs have been mentioned much too often ... and it's time that
someone paid tribute to the boys who run the show without getting the spot-
light . . . the men who put their noses to the ground when the opening
whistle is blown and don't take them up until the gane is won.
Rogers, Frutig, Fraumann and Czak at the ends, Wistert, Kelto,
Flora and Butler pounding in from the tackle positions, Fritz, Sukup,
Melzow and Kolesar holding the guard posts and Ingalls and Kennedy
snapping the ball from center. These are the boys that deserve a lot
more credit than they've been given.
Everyone is in excellent physical condition, and don't think that that
hasn't meant a lot in enabling us to win our first five games. They've had to
go through a lot of drudgery to keep in that kind of shape. While the backs
practice passing, the linemen are plowing against dummies until their shoul-
ders cry for help. Why do you think they keep doing it? Certainly, they7
don't love/the night after night practices.
But these boys know they have a duty. If the Michigan offense is to
work on 64turdays, the front line chargers know what must be done. So
they throw those noses into the dirt night after night, so when the game s

Speedy, hardworking Ed Czak is
the left end replacement for Ed
Frutig on the Wolverine varsity.
Since Minnesota uses plays that
sweep the ends considerably, the
Michigan flankers are sure to see
plenty of action. Czak is a senior
from Elyria, 0.
Gridders Hold
Light Practice

In years-to come Michigan will be
represented on the gridiron by the
boys who are now being grounded in
the fundamentals of the Wolverine
grid system under the watchful eye
of Wally Weber, head frosh foot-
ball coach.
These lads are all freshmen and
since they are the ones who in the
future will form the backbone of'the
Michigan varsity, it might be a good
idea to see what they have to offer
in the form of potential grid strength.
(Number 3)
Since offensive formations differ
among many teams, the Michigan
system shall be used as a criterion.
The left halfback or tailback
(Harmon) is generally the "triple-
threat" back. He may skirt the
ends, kick, and fake a run or a
pass while the fullback handles
the ball.
The fullback (Westfall) is the
"pile-driver." He may make direct
line plunges, work the spinner (take
the ball from the center and turn
his back away from the line) and
give the ball to an end or halfback
coming around, or complete the spin-
ner into the line with the ball. When
the tailback takes the ball, the full-
back is part of the interference, hit-
ting a line-backer, end, or halfback.
He sometimes receives passes.
The quarterback (Evashevski) is
the "brains" of the team and he
contents himself mostly with
blocking assignments. He may lead
the fullback through the line-
taking out an end or halfback;
and, he very often is a pass-re-
The wingback (Nelson) or the
right halfback, is also a blocking
back but may handle the ball on re-
verses from the tailback or the full-
back. The wingback is a potential
receiver of passes.
All entries for fraternity hand-
ball, swimming and water polo are
due at the Sports Building before
5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

Which brings us to the subject of the
"Power Twins."
Center, Guard Outstanding
Center Merv Pregulman and guard
Julius Franks comprise that destruc-
tive combination. These two lads are
like sticks of dynamite which explode
at the slightest contact.
Packed solidly on his huge frame,
Merv Pregulman stands out among
the other frosh football aspirants.
His 6 foot, 4 inch body, well-pro-
portioned by 215 pounds of solid bone
and muscle, adapts itself to bruis-
ing blocks and vicious tackles with
ease. He looks the part of a football
player and acts it even better.
Big But Fast
When Pregulman bends over the
ball at his pivot post one is immed-
iately impressed by his perfect bal-
Once the ball is snapped Prgul-
man goes into action. That big body
moves with speed and finesse as he
throws it into a charging lead block
or as he goes downfield to clear the
path for the ball carrier.
Merv is the boy from East Lan-
sing who was selected as All-State
center last year. Opposing coaches
credited him with 60 per cent of his
team's tackles during the season. In
the words of Wally Weber, "That boy
has good secondary reaction."
Julius Franks is a product of Ham-
tramack High School in Detroit. A
fast charging, aggressive guard, he
form the other half of the "Power
Franks Really Blocks
Like Pregulman, Franks is a fur-
ious blocker. His charges are charac-
terized by lots of drive, and when he
hits a man the resounding smack ec-
hoes over the field. Especially profic-
ient in downfield blocking, Julius is
like a scythe as he mows down would-
be tacklers.
On defense Franks drives low across
the line of scrimmage where he
makes most of his tackles. He stands
about 5 feet, 10 inches and weighs
185 pounds. Big, and strong, he is
a fitting partner'for Pregulman.
Future Wolverine oppents are sure
to rue the day when Merv and Julius
don their uniforms and step on the
turf for the Maize and Blue. They're
real football players.
Hewlett Drills Gymnasts
Classes in gymnastics, under the
direction of Jack Hewlett, who gained
a national reputation while perform-
ing on the varsity squad at Temple
University, are being held in the aux-
iliary gym at the Sports Building.
Classes meet from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
every Tuesday and Thursday.

The boy that has been replacing
first string center Bob Ingalls
throughout the season is a junior.
Ted Kennedy, number 33 on your
program. Ted played the last seven
minutes of the Penn game and
showed plenty of defensive ability.
Seventy Matmen Drill;
Navy Is On Schedule
Approximately seventy fellows have
reported for wrestling practice and
instruction for the varsity wrestling
team. Assistant coach Port Robert-
son is in charge of all practices un-
til the middle of November when
varsity coach Cliff Keene will take
A tentative schedule of meets this
year includes such teams as Pennsyl-
vania, Navy, Ohio, Purdue, Illinois,
Michigan State, and Ohio State Un-

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NEW YORK. Oct. 30-A)--Speak-
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Nelson Inactive;
Plays Tried Out


These are lazy days for the Wolver-
ine football squad.
With the Minnesota game still a
good fortnight away, Coach Fritz
Crisler figures he has plenty of time
to bring his gridders back to peak
form. So the Varsity gridmen won't
be going through any strenuous ses-
sions this, week.
An hour of dummy blocking for the
whole squad occupied the first half
of yesterday afternoon's drill after
which the Wolverines brushed up on
some plays for the Gopher game.
All of last Saturday's casualties but
Milo Sukup were in uniform and took
part in the workout. The veteran
guard, who has been suffering from
headaches since the Illinois game,
plans to rest a few more days before
getting back into action.
Davie Nelson, still favoring a
sprained ankle, passed up any heavy
contact work and spent the day jog-
ging around the field to bring the
injured member back to playing




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comes there will be holes for the
backs to gallop through.
Drop down to practice any after-
noon and see what goes on "up front."
And the next time you watch a ball
game, forget the ball for a change
and watch the unglorified heroes in
the line show their wares.
Yes. I was disappointed when I
read the accounts of Saturday's game.
I had hoped they would say:
Michigan line-14, Penn-0.
I-M Sports ...
Kappa Sigma Wins
SpeedballGame, 9-8
The outstanding speedball game in
the interfraternity league yesterday
at South Ferry Field was the Kappa
Sigma-Delta Tau Delta contest, the
former team managing to eke out a
9-8 victory. Joe Morrison led the
victors with four points and Walter
Wrigley led the losers with three
One of the tightest games of the
whole tournament was played be-
tween Alpha Tau Omega and Zeta
Beta Tau, Alpha Tau Omega win-
ning by a 4-2 score. George Jones
and Bob Matt scored for the victors.
Two other games completed the
day's - speedball menu. Sigma Phi
Epsilon won a 6-4 battle from Theta
Chi. John Gracey of Theta Chi was
the high scorer for both teams. The-
ta Xi bowled over Theta Delta Chi,
11-3, with Rowland McLaughlin and
Jim Martin scoring five and three
points respectively for the winners.



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Medwick Signs
Contract For $20,000




BROOKLYN, Oct. 30-(A')-The
Brooklyn Dodgers announced tonight
that outfielder Joe Medwick, a chron-
ic holdout when he was with the
St. Louis Cardinals, had already
agreed to terms for 1941.
He settled with presidenlt Larry
McPhail on a figure estimated at
$20,000 the day after the season
closed, it was revealed.
This was a sum Medwick reached
only once at St. Louis -

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