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T u er,15,194THE MICHIGAN DAILY

F.AGE THREE

Statistics

Reveal Success Of PEM

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Touch Football
Starts Monday
I-M Department To Have
Full Year Plus PEM
Planning on a full year's calendar
despite the new PEM program, the
Intramural Department will official-
ly open its season's 5 activities next
Monday with three touch football
games in the Residence Hall league.
In the games, which begin at 4:15,
Fletcher Hall, last year's all-around
dormitory champs, will tangle with
Tyler House; Greene House will meet
up with Prescott House, and Hinsdale
will try to stop the ROTC boys from
the Barracks. Other games will be
scheduled for later dates.
The fraternity speedball and inde-
pendent touch football seasons will
also open within two weeks. Team en-
tries in these leagues are now being
taken at the office in the Intramural
Building.
The only event cancelled this year
by the Intramural Department was
the fall all-campus tennis tourna-
ment. Because the Intramural Build-
ing gym is in constant use by PEM
activities, not enough courts are avail-
able for tennis. All the other events
usually sponsored will be run off as
usual, barring unforeseen complica-
tions.

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EENCHCOMBER
By BUD HENDEL T
Daily Sports Editor
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ONLY METHUSALEH could re-
member when the Western Con-
ference football teams were more
evenly bunched or better balanced
than they are today. That the Con-
ference is once again the leading sec-
tor of the nation insofar as gridiron
talent is concerned goes without say-
ing, as witness the latest national
rankings, wherein three Conference
crews were placed in the first ten
with Ohio State being ranked number
one team from coast to coast.
Never before has the Big Ten talent
been so plentiful and so widespread.
Usually Minnesota dominates the en-
tire scene, with Michigan pressing
hard followed by Ohio State and
Northwestern. And usually, except
for Michigan and Minnesota, there
were no Conference teams who rank
among the select group of the na-
tion's ten best.
Yet this year a marked change is
noticeable. Ohio State, Wisconsin,
Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, North-
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western and Iowa have all shown
that they are dangerous, that they
are capable of hard, heads-up foot-
ball. The title fight isn't just be-
tween Michigan and the Gophers
from Minneapolis. Not one team
can be discounted, and any Con-
ference aggregation that comes
through the season without a de-
feat in Conference competition can
rightfully set up a loud claim to
the national collegiate title. North-
western, Minnesota and Indiana
have all suffered losses at the
hands of Conference rivals, but not
without a tough battle in games so
close that a break in their favors
couldn't have changed the out-
comes.
LL OF WHICH brings us to Satur-
day's clash between Michigan
and Northwestern. Michigan lost to
the Iowa Seahawks last week by the
score of 26-14: Northwestern fell be-
fore the same Seahawks by the count
of 20-12. Comparative scores mean
little, if anything, yet the Wildcats
couldn't have been a slow-moving
outfit to hold the Cadets to an eight
point victory. Coach Lynn Waldorf's
charges have lost to both the Sea-
hawks and Purdue, but they also beat
Texas, the pre-season choice for the
outstanding team of the year.
In Otto Graham, the swift, swivel-
hipped halfback from Waukegan, the
Wildcats have a daring runner, a
supreme passer and a better than
good punter. He's a coach's dream all
rolled up in one man, and he'll give
Michigan a busy afternoon.
But Graham won't be the only
outstanding halfback on the field
Saturday afternoon. The Maize
and Blue has its ace ready for ac-
tion, and it's fast action that he
can give. Tom Kuzma is ready to
go, and the tricky Wolverine attack
which was built around him will go
with him.
He hasn't played a minute this sea-
son, due to a knee injury incurred
two days before the openinggame
with Great Lakes, and he'll be out to
make up for lost time. As a sopho-
more he was nothing less than sen-
sational, and before he was injured
this fall he looked better than ever.
Tom Kuzma will start Saturday, and
Michigan will be at full strength for
the first time this season.
NORTHWESTERN will be mad,
plain downright mad, when they
come to Ann Arbor. The boys from
Evanston are still smarting from that
Purdue defeat, and they'll be deter-
mined to take it out at Michigan's
expense. And they've waited a year
to pay back last year's Michigan vic-
tory.
The Wolverines, on the other
hand, will he slightly tired from the
Seahawk affair. Minnesota lost to
the Seahawks, and then was so sap-
ped of its strength last week that
they fell before the plucky band
from Illinois. The Wolverines are
favored for this one, however, and
rightly so. They still have the one
essential thing that a great foot-
ball team needs, and that's fight.
And until. it's proved differently,
Michigan must be rated as a great
college team. In any case, that bag
of wind, more commonly known as
the pigskin, is in for a considerable
amount of agitation during this
Saturday's homecoming party.
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Students Make
Improvements
In Every Test
Four Thousand Men Are
Enrolled In Fall Course
Of PhysicalConditioning
By HARVEY FRANK
A summer of groaning and sweat-
ing through the University of Michi-
gan's physical hardening program
produced an average over-all gain of
20 per cent in the ability and endur-
ance of 1141 male students, according
to an analytical report by Dr. Byron
C. Hughes of the School of Education.
According to the report, released
yesterday, the average age of the 1141
students was 21.6 years. The youngest
was 17, the oldest 34, with 91 per cent
between 19 and 25.
Tests given both at the beginning
and the end of the course included
trials in the 60-yard dash, the 440-
yard run, the broad jump, vertical
jump, the gripping power of both
hands, pull-ups, and push-ups.
Gains In All Events
There was an average improvement
of 26 per cent in the 440-yard dash,
34 per cent in the push-ups and pull-
ups, two per cent in the 60-yard dash,
19 per cent in the vertical jump, and
one per cent for the standing broad
jump. In the right hand grip the av-
erage improvement was 21 per cent;
and for the left grip, 20 per cent.
Individual figures provide examples
of the improvement made. At the be-
ginning of the program the greatest
number of pull-ups for one person
was 24. This had been jumped to 48
for the best record 16 weeks later.
On push-ups the number was raised
from 48 to 84.
In track events the slowest time for
the 440 at the first of the summer
was two minutes and 10 seconds; at
the end it was cut to one minute and
37 seconds.
At the beginning of the semester
20 per cent of the students couldn't
pass the swimming test requiring
Educated Toe.. ..
Want a good $64 question for
your parlor games:
How about, "Who's Michigan's
leading scorer this season?"
Nope, it's not Don Robinson, Bob
Wiese or Paul White.
Smiling Jim Brieske of Harbor
Beach, Mich., holds thedistinc-
tion. He's the Wolverine place-
kick specialist and in three games
has booted a field goal and four
extra points for a seven-point
total.
Michigan's six touchdowns this
season have been compiled by six
different individuals. Bob Wiese,
Elmer Madar, Paul White, Don
Robinson, Frank Wardley and
Warren Yaap.
them to remain afloat five minutes
an swim 100 yards while doing so. At
the end of the semester there wasn't
a non-swimmer in the entire group.
The tests revealed that every stu-
dent had benefited by the course, in-
stead of a mere few, in most athletics.
Also, in comparing ROTC students
who were on a three hour a week
basis, and the students who worked
out four and one-half hours a week,
it was discovered that the ROTC stu-
dents improved only 69 per cent as
much as the others.
Students Favor Program
Among other things, the survey
shows that a favorable attitude to-
ward the course by the students is a
prime requisite. During the summer
semester there were never less than
70 per cent of the students in favor of
the program. Another point clearly
illustrated is that the average Uni-

versity male, left to his own devices,
cannot keep himself in good physical
condition.
This fall more than 4000 Michigan
men are enrolled in "Muscles 31"
which has been made compulsory for
undergraduate and graduate stu-
dents.
Governali Tops
Nation's Backs
CHICAGO, Oct. 14.- (A)- Colum-
bia's Paul Governali is long on pass-
ing and short on rushing-but he
doesn't have to worry about his
ground game. The crinkly-haired Li-
ons star has been throwing a football
virtually as far as anyone else propels
it by running and passing combined.
The American Football Statistical
Bureau reported today that Governali
had gained 74 yards by rushing and
603 by passing in three games for a
total advance of 677 yards-by far
the best offensive showing in the na-
tion.
In fact only two players have sur-
passed Governali's passing yardage
thvoah their 11i5hine and eial e21 f-

If all eyes are glued on two players
when Michigan meets Northwestern
next week-end it's a ten-to-one bet
that they will be on two of the best
sophomore backs in the nation last
year-the Wolverines' Tom Kuzma
and Northwestern's Otto Graham.
For Kuzma, injured the last day of
practice before the Great Lakes game
this fall, it will be his first action of
the season and he will certainly have
plenty of opportunity to continue his
personal feud, started in last year's
game, with Graham.
In that game, one of the hardest
fought of the year, Michigan barely
edged out the Wildcats, 14-7, with
Kuzma and Graham featuring in all
three touchdowns.
Otto Sparks' NU Attack
It was Graham who almost single-
handedly in the second period passed
and ran the Wildcats from the Wol-
verine 37 yard line into scoring posi-
tion on the two and then plunged
over on fourth down for the lone
Wildcat score. That Graham's efforts
weren't confined to this one spree is
attested to by his better than six yard
per try rushing average for the whole
afternoon.
Kuzma, however, went Graham one
better by firing a touchdown pass to
Whitey Fraumann in the first period
and then, after Graham had tied the
score with his touchdown plunge, by
heaving a twenty-three yard pass,
good for an overall gain of 47 yards
and a touchdown, to end Joe Rogers.
To top these off Tom got slightly the
better of the statistics in his duel
with Graham.
Michigan Favored
This year, however, the story may
be different. The Wildcats are rated
as the underdogs and as an added in-
centive they have that Michigan jinx
which has stopped them for the last
three years to shoot at. With Graham
now a full-time player and with two
fine ends in Bob Motl and Bud. Hasse
for him to fire his passes at, he might
very well be able to score the winning
points which have eluded the Wild-
cats for so long.
Kuzma will spot his rival the ex-
perience of three games when he fin-
ally trots out on the field Saturday

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and whether he will be at his best in events nereafter. Stuaents may
and heter e wll b athisbes in obtain their cards by calling for
his first start remains to be seen. This them at the Dean of Students Of-
will depend upon a nber of factors fice, Room 4, University Hall, be-
not the least of which is the question ginning today.
of whether his knee is as yet as good Students who are entitled to the
as new. $2.75 refund for the Great Lakes
Testing Kuzma and his teammates Naval Training Station game on
yesterday was a stiff defensive drill Sept. 26 may call for the refund
against Northwestern plays. Other beginning next Monday at the
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NU Drills On Defense
EVANSTON, Ill., Oct. 14.- ()-
Northwestern continued to work on
its defense today, particularly against
Michigan forward passes. Two passes
in last year's Michigan game accoun-
ted for the Wildcat defeat. Blocking
also came in for considerable atten-
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