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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Gophers Clash

Today In Season's Greatest

Wolverines Launch Eighth Attempt
To Break Minnesota Gridiron Jinx

home town idea of the Gary Ghosts,
and when this failed to impress read-
ers Kuzma was hailed as a second
Kipke, kicker deluxe of a past era.
What nobody seems to realize is
that Thomas Kuzma is an individual,
a personality different from Harmon
or Kipke. True, Kuzma is an excel-
lent punter like Kipke and a power
smasher like Harmon, but he is a
quantity all his own. Neither Kipke
nor Harmon had to step into a triple-
threat assignment their sophomore
year the way "Kuz" has. He is cool
and confident, yes, but despite this he
is still green and rough on the edges,
and he knows it."
Obstacle To Overcome
Aside from the terrific beating that
[Tom's 205 pound frame must take on
the field, he has to overcome a new
obstacle, that of being the sweet-
heart of the sports writers from Har-
lem to Hawaii. His natural quietness
with people he doesn't know leads
them to think him conceited but such
is not the case. He is cool and confi-
dent, but not conceited. On the con-
trary, he bends over backward to try
and be just one of the boys, one of
eleven out there scrapping for a team
victory. A good example of this
team play is the way he passed to
both touchdowns in the Northwest-
ern game. Previously only a medio-
cre passer, Kuzma suddenly found
himself when the chips were down
and connected with perfect passes to
Whitey Fraumann and Joe Rogers.
Once again he had surprised even
his closest friends.
Many say that fate is with Kuzma.
In the Michigan State game he drew
a laugh by downing his own punt.
In the Iowa game he made Coach
Eddie Anderson cry when he put
kick after kick out of bounds inside
the five yard line, and in the Pitts-
burgh game it was his long broken
field run which touched off a 34
point second half rally. Fate, maybe
so, but remember this is the same
Kuzma who has thrived for nineteen
years on uphill fights. He's not a
Tom Harmon and he's not a Harry
Kipke but he is a Tom Kuzma that
shows more pfomise every time he
dons his cleats. ,

Conference, National Title
May Depend On Game;
Gophers Are Favored
(Continued from Page 1)
game favorite by the State Street bet-
ting fraternity.
As has been the case in every Wol-
verine game thus far, the hopes of
Michigan's supporters will be borne
on the broad shoulders of the Maize
and Blue linemen, who face a terrific
pounding before the vaunted Minne-
sota ground attack. It is the line
that will have to stall the Gopher
offensive, aiad it's the line that must
open up holes for Michigan's own
offense to pour through if the Wol-
verines are to turn back the invading
Norsemen.
Gopher Linemen Great
But Bernie Bierman's forward wall
is said to be the greatest ever molded
up at Minnesota. Which is a tanta-
mount to saying the
best in collegiate
football history. The
gophers forwards
will hold a telling
13-pound per man
weight advantage
over the Maize and
Blue linemen. They
are dynamite at ev-
ery position. There
are no weak links in
° this football chain
Westfall of human power-
Michigan will have to manufacture
them.
In the backfield, too, the Gophers
are accorded an edge in strength by
the nation's experts ,although it is
only a slight margin. Chief Minne-
sota offensive threats are the triple-
threat All-American prospect Capt.
Bruce Smith, who scored the 80-yard
touchdown which enabled the Ma-
roon and Gold to beat Michigan last
year, 7-6, and ground-churning Bill
Daley, a blasting fullback who when
sprung into the secondary can match
the open-field skill of any halfback.
At right half Bierman has a con-
verted power fullback, Bob Sweiger,
who blocks with deadly effectiveness
and executes reverses to perfection.
Rounding out the first backfield is
sophomore Bill Garnaas, rough and
ready 175-pound signal-caller and
field general, who beat out senior
veteran Warren Plunkett for the post.
Rich In Reserves
Rich in reserves Minnesota can re-
place any of these key men with
capable substitutes whenever they
tire, and it is upon this fact that the
Gophers may decide to try to capi-
talize. Wear down the undermanned
Michigan squad by streaming into the
game an almost constant flow of re-
serves. At the tailback slot Biermans
cah throw in a 147-pound bundle of

TNT named Bud Higgins who runs
around, over and through the oppo-
sition as proven by his Illinois and
Pittsburgh performances. Another
highly-touted sophomore, fleet Her-
man Frickey, is Sweiger's number one
sub at wingback, while Mike Welch
and Plunkett stand directly behind
Daley and Garnaas.
Most of Michigan's offenseive
punch is wrapped around its power
combination, Capt. Bob Westfall at
fullback and the 204-pound sopho-
more Tommy Kuzma at tailback. This
rugged pair has generated most of
the steam for thetWolverines' touch-
down drives to date.
Kuzma Brilliant Punter
In addition Kuzma has blossomed
out into one of the most brilliant
punters in Maize and Blue history,
which is studded with magnificent
kicking aces. His booming, accurate
punts have been instrumental in the
winning of at least two of the four
games, while he has been consistent
throughout. His passing arm, which
has been erratic and faulty, suddenly
gained a new accuracy last week in
the Wildcat struggle, and Kid Kuzma
tossed two touchdown aerials.
Westfall's deceptive spinning, plays
an integral part in the Michigan of-
fense, and in his iard-driving legs
which carried him to glory against
Minnesota in the mud last year, are
wrapped up Wolverines victory hopes.
At quarterback is George Ceithaml,
whose value to the Maize and Blue
combination is priceless. Key man on
both offense and defense, big Cy may
have to turn in another 60-minute
performance this afternoon, for his
first substitute. Elmer Madar, has
been pronounced out of the battle
by team physicians.
Lockard At Wingback
Wingback will be manned by stocky
Tippy Lockard, veteran blocking star,
and sophomore Paul White, who will
probably see considerable action
when Crisler decides to open up the
surprise package of offensive fire-
works he has prepared special for
the Gophers.
Michigan reserve backfield strength
igstrong except at quarter, where in-
experienced Chuck Haslam, at 190-
pound sophomore, holds out behind
Ceithaml. It was felt last,night that
a surprise move by Crisler might bol-
ster this position, however, if the
situation became critical. At fullback
Westfall can be spelled off by soph
Don Boor, who has come through his
game experience thus far creditably,
while behind Kuzma at tailback, little
Davey Nelson stands ready to match
anything Gopher Higgins can dis-
play. Another soph, Don Robinson, is
a fine passer and will be watched
closely as a possible surprise per-
former.
Michigan Line Has Speed
Michigan's forward wall, which has
given up only one touchdown in the
last 238 minutes of 'play, is depending
on two things to gain them superior-
ity over the Gopher line: hit them
faster and hit them harder. A highly-
mobile unit, the Wolverine ground-
hogs are conceding the Gophers ex-
actly nothing. Tackle to tackle they
stand as a formidable, tower of
strength. And the flanks, which
caused Wolverine coaches many an
WRESTLING MANAGERS
All eligible sophomores and sec-
ond semester freshmen interested
in trying out for. wrestling man-
ager call Bob Weisman at 2-4409.
Bob Weisman, Manager
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