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4eat Drops Wolverines To Seventh In National Rank


Longhorns Tie
With Gophers
For Top Spot
Rams Take Third Place;
Northwestern Advances
To Ninth In AP Ratings
NEW YORK, Oct. 28.-()-Any-
one who wants to stir up an argu-
ment as to whether they play better
football in the Big Ten or the South-
west Conference can find plenty of
material for both sides in this week's
rankingsof the nation's leading teams
as they're lined up by 127 experts
participating in the third Associated
Press poll of the season.
Only these two leagues are repre-
sented by more than one team in the
first ten. And only the Southeastern
Conference appears prominently in
the next group of ten teams.
At the top of the heap, Minnesota
and Texas share first place, each with
1,161 points, scored on a 10-9-8 etc.
basis. The tphers, leaders from
the start, polle 60 first-place votes
to Texas' 53, but didn't get quite as
strong support from those selectors
who didn't rank them first. Michigan,.
beaten 17-0 by the Gophers Saturday,
slipped from third place to seventh
with 396 points and Northwestern,
which takes on Minnesota next Sat-
urday, is ranked ninth with 231.
The Southwest's second represen-
tative, also undefeated, is Texas A.
and M., which polled,663 points with-
out getting a first-place vote to earn
fifth place. That was the same
ranking the Aggis were given at this
stage of the 1940 season. Southern
Methodist came in 20th in the voting
with 16 points. Carrying the banner
for the Southeast are Vanderbilt,
tenth with 190 points; Alabama, 15th,
and Mississippi and Mississippi State,
tied for 17th.
The standing of the teams (first-
place votes in parentheses, points
awarded on basis of 10-9-8-7-6 etc..):
First Ten
Tie for 1. Minnesota (60) Texas
(53)'........................ 1,161
3. Fordham (7) ................ 784
4. Duke (5) .................... 702
5. Texas A. and M...............663
6. Notre Dame...... ..........636
7. Michigan ................ ..396
8. Penn. (1) ...................315
9. Northwestern .................231
10. Vanderlilt ......'.. .... .......190
Second Ten
11. Navy, 163; 12. Stanford, 156;
13. Temple, 107; 14. Army, 55; 15.
Alabama, 42; 16. Duquesne, 24; tie
for 17, Mississippi and Mississippi
State, 23 each; 19. Missouri, 22; 20.
Southern Methodist, 16. .
Also ran: Ohio State, 15; Tulane,
10; Texas Tech. 7; Santa Clara, 4;
Santa Clara and Oregon State,, 3
Prescott, Fletcher Hall
Battle To Scoreless Tie
The unbeaten touch football teams
of Prescott Houseand Fletcher Hall
looked as though they could play all
day without either gaining an appre-
ciable advantage, as they battled to a
0-0 tie yesterday in an Intramural
dormitory league game at South
Ferry Field.
In the only other football game
of the day, a fighting Greene House
team, outplayed all the way by Hins-
dale' House, scored a touchdown late
in the last quarter to gain an 8-6

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Illinois Troublemaker


In jury Ends
Grid Career
Of Joe Rogers

On The Michigan Band.. .
WE ARE BURNED UP about some-
thing. It has to do with the con-
duct of the famed University of
Michigan marching band immedi-
ately after all football games played
in the Michigan Stadium. (Varsity
Night was last night so this won't
*hurt the attendance. We don't think
either of our readers was going any-
Watch the gaily clad members of
the nation's finest collegiate musical
organization at the Ohio State game
right after the gun sounds to denote
that hostilities have ceased.
Take last Saturday's contest with
Bernie Bierman's great gang of
sanguinary Swedes from Minne-
apolis. The same thing happens at
all the other games but we'll use
Saturday's game as a concrete
Here's the setting (lest you forget):
The Wolverines have battled the
Golden Gophers almost on even terms

Liz Astroth, ace Illini halfback,
will probably figure heavily in his
team's offense against Michigan
,Saturday. Astroth is reputed to
be one of the most accurate passers
in the Big Ten.g

Freshman Squad Looks Potent
Yearling Backs Show Promise


, I

Unwatched by any curious reporter,
without benefit of fans or Monday
quarterbacks, a grid squad whose fu-'
ture seems great is practicing. This,
is the latest group of freshman foot-
Under the coaching of Wally Web-
er, what looked like a mediocre squad
has been blossoming out into a team
which may better the record of last
year's great band of yearlings.
Lund, Reader Look Good
Two of the standout backfield men
are Don Lund of Detroit, and Russ
Reader of Dearborn. Lund, a plung-
ing fullback with plenty of speed and
power, has been tearing the line to
pieces on spinner 'plays through the
middle, as well as putting on quite a
show as a punter. Reader, the per-
feet mate for a power back like Lund,
gets away in scrimmage for long
gains around the ends and on off-
tackle plays. Russ is also one of the
best place kickers on the squad.
Not to be ranked below these two
are a pair of Bobs, Bob Chappius and
Bobs Wiese. Wiese at fullback and
Chappius at halfback form the same
type of combination as Lund and
Reader, with Chappius throwing some
of the best passes that Ferry Field
has seen in some time while Wiese has
been getting off good punts consis-
tently. *
Quarterback Battle
So far two quarterbacks have been
giving good accounts of themselves;
Gene Eckrich, who has been putting
his blocking ability to good use, and
Dave Gover, who is giving Gene a
lot of real competition.
Backfield coach Ray Courtright
has two other promising backs in
Frank Wardley and Herb Wikel.
Wardley, a good ball player, has been
working hard all season. An Ann
Arbor boy, Wikel, had the handicap
of not playing football in high school,
but he has developed into a good
passer, and needs only a\5little more
The University Golf Cour'se will
clog for the season Sunday, Nov.
1. everyone who has clubs in stor-
age must remove them before that
-- H. T. Rogers, Manager

running practice to be a first class
In the line two tackles stand out.
Bill Baldwin is a six foot two inch
block of granite on defense, and a
fine offensive blocker as well. His
mate is Ivan Bare, who has been
proving that he is ready for any kind
of opposition.
Ends Uncertain
The end situation is uncertain, as
coach Ray Fisher has one 'good end
and only possibilities for the other'
flank. However, Howard Kruse seems
to be the answer to half of the end
problem, playing a bang-up game
both on offense and defense. A lot
more will be seen of this yearling.
Most promising of the other frosh
flankmen is Milt Pergament, but .he
is hard pressed by many others.
At guard Tom Owens and Seymour
Cousin are doing a good job. Fol-
lowing in the footsteps of Merv Preg-
ulman and Julius Franks, both have
a great deal to live up to. Cousin,
who has never played guard before,
is doing his best to get used to the
position, and may turn out to be a
very good player in hTs new slot.
Drop-Kicking Backe
Very seldom these days does one
see a player who even attempts to
drop-kick the ball, but Bob Hicks, a
quarterback, has in pre-practice
horseplay shown a remarkable ability
at this department of the game. Hicks,
also proves his fighting spirit in de-
fensive play, when he makes many
tackles in scrimmage.
Worst injury of the season so far
is Bill Johnson's dislocated elbow.
Johnson, a fullback, expects to be
back in uniform in about three weeks.
Other minor injuries have been sus-
tained, but in general the squad has
been lucky this year.
Phi Psi, Phi Sigs, Acacia
Win Speedball Contests
Three games were played in speed-
ball yesterday. Phi Kappa Psi de-
feated Alpha Tau Omega 8-5 as Bob
Bellairs and John Fauver played out-
standing ball for the winners. Phi
Sigma Delta, victim of a heart-
breaking defeat last week, came back
to defeat Triangle, 9-4, with Sid
Kreinberg leading the way for the
Phi Sigs. ,
In the last game of the day, Acacia,
paced by Stu Churchill and Ralph
Seyfried, scored a 7-1 victory over
Phi Epsilon Pi.

for 60 gruelling minutes. Several of
them have been in there for the en-
tire game. They are dog-tired but
they're determined to battle right
up to the finish.
A desperation pass, heaved byI
Tommy Kuzma, has just been inter-E
cepted and the Gophers are stalling,
waiting for the end, secure in the
knowledge that they can't lose. But
the Wolverines haven't given up.
Hoping for a miracle of some kind,
they line up in defensive formation.
But there are only ten seconds to
Before Minnesotan puts the ball
in play, the timer's gun barks. For
the eighth straight year, Michigan
has lost to the Gophers. For a few
seconds, three or four of the line-
men stand motionless in their
tracks, heads down.
THEY ARE SOON shocked into
rude awakening, however, as 120
bounding buffoons sweep past them,
all bt knocking the exhausted grid-
ders down and trampling them into
the lush, green turf of the historic
Michigan Stadium.
They're speedy, too, these musi-
cians. And they fear neither man
nor beast. They would just as soon
shove some powerful footballer like
Al Wistert or Urban Odson aside as
look at him, if it meant they could
get outside the stadium five minutes
Once in a while, some overly bold
spectator will try to get out through
the player's runway. But unless
every bandsman has left, this is
akin to madness. He would be safer
conducting a campaign for Eddie
Cantor for mayor of Berlin.
Maybe the spectator doesn't rate.
He paid his $2.75 (or $10, or $20) to
see a ball game and he has seen it.
All right, let him wait. But the play-
ers, we think, after a week of tiring
practice sessions and 60 minutes of
football in the toughest collegiate
league in the country, deserve some-
thing better than to get pushed
around by sonie little guy whose
greatest claim to fame is that he
dotted the I in MINN during the
half-time procedures.
After all, what does it matter if
the band marches up State Street at
4:15 or 4:25 p.m.? Everybody'll see
them, anyway.
We got a terrific thrill out of
watching Michigan's fighting 120
marching and countermarching on
the gridiron after the Wolverines
had upset Northwestern at Evan-
ston two weeks ago. We're going
to get just as big a bang out of it
when they do it at Columbia three
weeks hence. But, when the game
is played right here in little old
Ann Arbor, what do you say, fel-
lows? How about giving the play-
ers a break?
FOUL TIPS: For those of you who
like your football on a Saturday
but can't make the trip to Cham
paign . . . there's a pretty good bat-
tle scheduled for East Lansing this
week . . . the Spartans tangle with
Missouri's Big Six championship-
bound eleven . . . the Tigers, like Ill-
inois, employ the T formation and it
ought to be a pretty good battle.
It looks like Minnesota has a rival
for the mythical national champion-
ship . ..Associated Press poll ranks
the Gophers and Texas even-steven
we' ve always thought the best
football was played in the Midwest
but you can't laugh off a team which
wallops Rtice by a score of 40-0..
those Longhorns must be good.
There will be a very important
meeting of all 'M' Club members
at 8 p.m. today in the Union.
- Gus Sharemet, President

all amazed if Fritz Crisler pulls a few
The fortunes of fate smacked the hat tricks of his own when the Wol-
Wolverine football machine two verines meet Zuppke's eleven.at
mighty blows squarely between the Ci metu e
eyes last Saturday. First: the loss Champaign Saturday.
of the game to Minnesota, and sec- It appeared from yesterday's prac-
ond: the injury of Jpe Rogers, veter- tice that Crisler will be combining
an right end. may new plays with the old Michi-
Early in the first quarter of the imn
Brown Jug tilt, Rogers was dropped gan power in order to give the Var-
to the ground by a hard block. Joe sity its third conference win of the
had not seen enough of the .Gophers, season.
so he continued to play. Fritz Cris- Pass Defense Weak
ler, as many others, noticed that that Not forgetting their weak pass de-
block had hurt him. He was soon re- fense in the Minnesota game, the
placed by Rudy Smeja and was taken Wolverines worked for almost an
to the University Hospital. It was hourinethis department. Michigan's
discovered that he had fractured a contact with the aerial game will not
vertebra and yesterday he was placed be limited to defense, however. Tom
in a cast in which he must remain Kuzma is expected to be in there
Sfrom four to six weeks. causing Illinois as much trouble as
This definitely ended the college he did with the Wildcats two weeks
grid career of a fine player and a ago
swell fellow. This season was Joe's Michigan has plenty to fear from
third year as regular with the Michi- Illinois as far as passing is concerned,
gan Varsity squad. Best on defense, mainly because of the presence of one
the Wolverines' right-flankman was Liz Astroth, in the Illini backfield.
always a threat as a pass snagger. Despite tlye lopsided victory of Notre
Last year he finished the season as Dame over his team, Astroth was able
third best receiver on the squad, to complete 11 out of 19 passes. Don
ranking behind Ed Frutig and Forest Griffin. his teammate, has shown
Evashevski. Joe will tell you that himself to be a capable hurler and
the best pass he ever caught for also can be counted on to keep the
Michigan came in the' recent North- Michigan defense busy.
western game when he pulled down
Tom Kuzma's bullet-like aerial and Franks Out Of Scrimmage
raced to the goal line for a net gain Backbone of the Wolverine pass
of 47 yards. defense all season has been a fast
Rogers was aggressive and hit hard. charging line. Coach Fritz Crisler
As each game passed this season, thyghwthyour'hinemen crashing
definite signs of improvement couldtrough to halt the passer you have
be spotted in Rogers' play. one of the best defenses I know."
Because Crisler's squad is weak in Julius Franks, Wolverine guard,
replacements at the end positions, refrained from scrimmaging yester-
Rogers' loss is keenly felt. The Wol- day to protect his sprained ankle.
verine mentor has not indicated yet Dr. A. W. Coxon, team physician, ex-
whom he would start at this spot pects him to be ready for the game
against Illinois, but the absence of this Saturday, however.
Big Joe will weaken Michigan's at- Only 19 Wolverines saw service
tack. Lady Luck sure gave us hell! against Minnesota, but Crisler ex-

In a brief news dispatch filed from
Columbus Monday it was announced
that Charles Anderson, Buckeye end,
had been dismissed from the squad
for breaking training rules.
To the average reader all this
means is that a football player
smoked a cigarette or carhe in late
one night, causing his coach to
bounce him off the team. But a
closer study of this news story reveals
one of the most courageous stories
that the 1941 grid season will pro-
Played Under Brown
Anderson played under Buckeye
Coach Paul Brown during his high
school days in Massilon, Ohio. It was
there that they became good friends
and when the time came for Ander-
son to select a college to attend,
Brown recommended Ohio State.
The lanky end followed his coach's
suggestion and went to Columbus
where in two years he became one of
the leading pass receivers in the Big
Anderson Key Man
Brown resigned his high school job
last year to accept the position as
head coach at Ohio State. Every one
thought this would be a great re-
union for both coach and player.
Brown told his squad he wanted a
.winning ball club and because of An-
derson's ability it was clear that
much of the responsibility would be
on the shoulders of the veteran end.
Things went along swell for the
first few games this year with the
Buckeyes rolling up heavy scores;
Anderson was a star and Brown had
a winning team.
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