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Of fensive Play
Features Hard!


Practice Drill j'
Allowing no time to pass by during
a two-week lay-off, Coach Fritz Cris- I
ler sent his gridders through a tough'
scrimmage yesterday afternoon.I
Varsity and reserve players alike
worked in the semi-game scrimmage.'
Giving the red-shirted men the ball
at the start, Crisler kept the first-
stringers on their toes and made sure
that their defensive play would not
get stale. Don Robinson, playing
tailback on the red shirt squad, turned
in a creditable performance at pass-
ing and kicking. One of his heaves
carried over 40 yards and resulted in
a touchdown.1
Not 'to be denied, the first string
team also turned i* some fine offen-
sive play. Elmer Madar, playing for
the first time since the Pitt game,
tallied after a fake to Nelson after
he had recevied the ball from West-
fall. Captain Westfall also scored on
a beautiful long rdn through the reds.
The only sore spot in the scrim-
mage was Tippy Lockhard's injury on
his, first ball-carrying assignment of
the day. His knee gave him much
bother after the play, but Dr. Ham-
mond says that he will have to wait
a day or so before the extent of the
injury can be determined.
Julius Franks showed a great deal
of improvement as he saw consider-
able service during the afternoon.
Tommy Kuzma was in uniform but
did not play in an attempt to give
his ankle a little rest. Harlin Frau-
mann is still on the injured list but
constant heat treatments have caused
the badly swollen ankle to respond a
All eligible sophomores and sec-
ond semester freshmen interested
in becoming wrestling managers,
get in touch with Bob Weisman at
2-4409. Numerals and letter sweat-
ers will be awarded to the mana-
gers who show interest in their
- Bob Weisman, Mgr.

0 Sophomore Back ShIn1
* Future Looks Bright
Daily Sports Editor
, * , ,

Julius Franks Proves Capable
Re'plflcement in Wolvd-eine Line

such a bountiful crop of sopho-
more grid talent flashed into the
Western Conference the ,same year.
For instance, shove Minnesota's
Bill Garnaas, Northwestern's Otto1
Gral am and Michigan's Tom Kuzma1
into the same backfield with the1
league scoring leader, Pat Harder ofa
Wisconsin, and you would have a
combination overflowing with speed,
power, and finesse.
Field general on Minnesota's
gridiron machine, Garnaas beat out
a senior veteran, Warren Plunkett,
for his job. His blocking has been
fine. He punts when needed. But
more important even than either
of these talents has been his sharp
defensive play. Garnaas did more
than any other single Gopher to
turn back Michigan's high-powered
offense in their vital fight for the
Conference lead two weeks back.
_UZMA, of course, has shared the
Wolverine offensive burden with
Capt. Bob Westfall, and has turned
in a remarkable job. His punting,
passing and running averages are
fairly familiar to all followers of the
Michigan team. But one of Kuzma's
most under-publicized and yet most
valuable skills has been his jarring
defensive play.{
When the other team attacks, Kuz-
ma doesn't' kid. He puts forth 100
percent. He hits hard and he hits
for keeps. Several times Tom has
mocked down touchdown passes right
in the end zone. Many other times
the 200-pound Gary soph has unerr-
ingly cut down a ball carrier deep in
the secondary when a slip meant a
score. Simply stated, Kuzma is a
great defensive player.
From performances to date Otto
Graham, Northwestern's standout
back in the nation's finest array of
ball-carriers, is an example of
triple-threat perfection. He has
definitely outshone Bill deCorre-
vont in what was to have been the
former prep sensation's last and
greatest year. It's deCorrevnt's
last, all right, but he's been pushed
out of the spotlight.
AT FULLBACK comes Pat Harder,
latest in the famous line of Wis-
consin fullbacks. With two years of
competition yet ahead of him Harder
is blazing a furious pace in Confer-
ence warfare. He staged a one-man
offense in the Cardinals' losing fight
against the Wildcats, led them to vic-
tory against Iowa, and is the man
Ohio State fears most this Saturday.
Harder also pushed a senior veteran,
big Bob Ray, right back onto the
bench with his superlative play.
This, of course, is just a theoretical
All-Big Ten sophomore backfield.
Screen Test Given
To Leo Durocher
HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 5. -()- Leo
Durocher of Broooklyn fame joined
the growing ranks of baseball heroes
who may-or may not-play a part
in the forthcoming motion picture
based on the life of Lou Gehrig.
Durocher was given a screen test
today for a possible bit in the pic-
ture, but he balked at wearing a
New York Yankee uniform which
the studio had fitted for him.
The usually talkative manager of
the "Bums" had no wisecracks for
the assembled cameramen, but the
general impression was that he'd seen
more than enough of the Yankee uni-
form in the recent World Series.
Gehrig, of course, was the star first
baseman for the mighty Yankees.

There are those fans who would ar-
gue, and perhaps rightfully so, that
Indiana's brilliant sophomore triple-
threater, Billy Hillenbrand, deserves
a berth in the honor quartet. This
Evansville Express, in his 'first year,
has lived up to all the advance bally-
hoo tossed around the nation con-
cerning his ability. Saturday he will
match his talents with those of Gra-
ham in the Hoosier-Wildcat clash.
And many will stick up for the
185-pound Don Griffin from Illi-
nois. They will tell you that be-
hind a good line, this Griffin, a
hard-driving, elusive runner, would'
be one of the country's standout
T HEREare plenty more, too. Mich-
igan's Paul White is coming
along rapidly and turned in a mar-
velous exhibition' against Illinois.
The same day, Bud Higgins, 146-
pound Minnesota mite, dashed for
the winner touchdown against North-
western. And there are still more.
But the point is sufficiently clear.
The Western Conference is in for
some truly great football the next
two years.

Juiis Fns ,. l* * ht!'cl
more guard, ha' pr'ovcu himself to
be a great football player.
He played heads-up ball through-
out the season until an injury forced
him out of the Minnesota contest
and his aggressive style of play caught
the eye of every Michigan fan. From
his very first game against Michigan
State until the Minnesota fray.
Franks was a standout performer and. I
moreover, he played exciting football
in every contest.
The big lineman himself thinks
that his biggest thrill came in the
game against the Spartans. It was
his first game of collegiate football
and represented the achievement of
a goal toward which he had long
been striving.,
But his football story doesn't be-
gin at Michigan. He started the
grid sport at Hamtramck High School
in, the Detroit metropolitan area un-
der Coach John Cobb. Hamtramck
at this time was the most formidable
team in the city, aside from the
Catholic League. In the first year,
Julius played guard on the team that
won the city title. The following
year, after repeating their title ride
of the previous year, the Ham-
tramck Cosmos played Catholic Cen-
tral in Briggs Stadium in the first
annual Goodfellows Charity game.
The Cosmos, however, despite Franks'
efforts, lost to the parochial school.
In his last year at the Detroitj
suburban school, Julius Franks wonj

All-City honors at the left guard
"I also fooled around a little in
track, but I guess I didn't work very
hard," Julie explains. In his own
words, Julius tells how he made out
in track. He did a "little' in the
dashes and in the shot put. But Julie
really liked the cinder sport and
plans to try for Ken Doherty's Wol-
verine track squad. And this time,
he says, he will work a little harder.
The distances, shotput, javelin and
the running broad jump will be his
Sports are not the only interest of
this sophomore athlete. He is plan-
nling to major in either chemistry
or biology in preparation' fbr en-
trance into the Dental College.
With his injury coming along in
good shape, Franks will be ready to
play against 'Columbia a week from
Saturday. This will be Franks' first
trip East and he plans to show the
Easterners a good brand of football.

Harmon, Kuzma Share Spotlight
As Statistics Show Comparison


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Since the start of the season the
State Street quarterbacks have been
in one continuous argument over the
respective merits of Tom Harmon
and Tom Kuzma from a cofnparisop
of the sophomore performances of
the two star Gary gridders.
One druggist ,maintains, "There
never was a runner like Harmon,"
while his neighbor, the tailor, insists
that "Kuzma is as great a kicker as
Bewildered by this maze of argu-
ments and counter-arguments your
reporter fortunately remembered the
words of Al Smith, decided to "look
at the records," and came up with
hese interesting figures.
1.) Kuzma, in six games to date,
has carried' the ball 103 times, while
Harmon toted the oval only 77 tines
in his whole sophomore season.
2.) Despite this, however, "The
Ace" gained 398 yards from scrim-
mage for an average of 5.17 yards per
,arry, while Kuzma's total stands at
337 yards-an average of 3.25 yards
per carry for the incompleted sea-
3.) The Wolverines' two-time All-
American attempted 45 passes and
completed 21 for a percentage of .46'7
in his first year as a Varsity gridder;
his successor has tossed 47 aerials
and connected 18 times for a mark
of .383. .
4.) Harmon had only one pass in-
tercepted during his sophomore year;
the present Wolverine star has had
eight interceptions to date.
5.) Using the Hoosier Hammer's
senior' season as a basis for compari-
son in the punting department (since
that marked his first campaign as a
kicker) the figures reveal that Har-
mon punted 50 times for an average
of 37.3 yards per kick, while Kuz-
ma's 38 boots for the current seasor
average 36.5 yards.
6.) In the scoring department, how-
ever, the 1941 Tom has crossed the
goal line six times; his iljustrious
predecessor tallied only three touch-
downs in his sophomore season.
And if the above facts aren't enougl
toconfuse you, here are a few more
Harmon's passes gained 310 yards foi
the Wolverines and Kuzma's tosse.

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have netted the Varsity 188 yards.
The latter's kicks have traveled 1,374
yards while the erstwhile Gary
Ghost's total for that department is
Kuzma's running attack against
Michigan State totaled 67 yards com-
pared to 100 yards amassed by Har-
mon. In the all important Minnesota
games the Hoosier Hammer picked
up only 59 yards whereas his successor
totaled 77.
Perhaps, dear grid fan, this doesn't
settle the question-Who's better,
Harmon or Kuzma?-but -at least
these digits may throw a little more
fuel on the fire.
Numerals and letter sweaters
are awarded to basketball mara-
gers. All eligible sophomores and
second semester freshmen inter-
ested in trying out for basketball
managers, report any Monday,
Wednesday or Thursday at 7:15
p.m. at the Sports Building.
- Bob Wallace, Senior Mgr.

MINNEAPOLIS.-()-Most cheer-
ing news of the day for Minnesota's
football team was the return to hard
practice of Helge Pukema, veteran
guard who was injured two weeks ago.
Capt. Bruce Smith, stillion crutches,
watched from the sidelines, and Her-
man Frickey joined him, along with
Paul Mitchefl, sophomore tackle.
IOWA CITY, Ia.--(P)--Gene Cur-
ran, whose guard play has been one
of the highlights of the Iowa foot-
ball season, went to bed with the flu
today and may miss the Illinois game.
Bob Penaluna, 210-pound junior, took
over Curran's post.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. --RP)-' Illinois
freshmen demonstrated Iowa forma-
tions to the Varsity today and made
a few long gains in a scrimmage ses-
sion. Art Dufelmeier, impersonating
Hawkeye star Bill Green, had little
success on pass plays, however. ,Dave
Dillon, senior from Champaign, was
promoted to the first team : at left
EVANSTON, Ill.,-(AP)--Ed Hirsch
alternated with Don Clawson at
Northwestern's fullback post today as
the Wildcats scrimmaged the fresh-
men, who used Indiana plays.
MADISON, Wis.-(P)-Wisconsin's
Varsity stopped Ohio State running
plays cold today in a long defensive
scrimmage against the freshmen, the
last heavy workout before the Big
Ten game between the two teams
Saturday at Columbus.






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