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Franks, Agase Duel To


Illinois Game


Both Guards Have Played Important
Roles In The Success Of Their Teams

11 obbyinjured. Halfbak, Ma Play

i -_________

What looks like a hot battle be-
tween Illinois and Michigan tomorrow
may well turn into a personal scrap
between a pair of rampaging guards,
Alex Agase of the Illini and Julius
Franks of the Wolverines.
If past- performances count for
anything, fans hereabouts should get
a look at a lot of classy line play. A
couple of weeks back the galloping
Illini guard almost single-handedly
wrecked Dr. George Hauser's Con-
ference debut as head coach of Min-
nesota. Just. a week later against
Northwestern Franks sent Otto Gra-
ham back home wondering just how
one man could be in so many places
at the same time.
Fans To See Guards
Tomorrow Michigan fans will get a
first hand look at the two All-Ameri-
can candidates on the same battle-
Little is known here about the Il-
linois junior outside of his great per-
formances against Minnesota and
Iowa. Like Franks he fails to tip the
scales at 200, weighing in at 187. If
this is any handicap, Alex makes up
for it with his speedy, heads-up play.
Against Minnesota he stole the pig-
skin from Bill Daley in the second
quarter and dashed 35 yards to the
Illini'sinitialdmarker. Then with the
score knotted at 13-all in the final
period, the Illinois lineman floated
through the Minnesota forward wall
to cover afree ball in the Gopher
end zone and give his teammates
their winning margin.
Agase Blocked Kick
But that wasn't enough and the
following week at Iowa, Alex supple,
mnitedhis usual gressive play with.
Anblocked kick in4 the opening stanza
that led to one of the two scores the
Illini needed to keep their record
spotless. The lads from Illinois won
that one by the skin of their teeth and
Agase's wide-awake play, 12-'7.
During the long winter lay-off Alex
keeps in condition by holding down
the heavyweight' spot' on the Illinois
wrestling team, and last spring he.
garnered a third in the Western Con-
ference grappling championships.
To elaborate on Franks' prowess
wotild only be repeating what all loyal.
Michigan fans already know. They've,
been boosting the popular guard for.

All-American ever since he led the
Maize and Blue linemen when .they
ripped the huge Great Lakes forward
wall to shreds in the Wolverine cur-

this game to stay in the Conference
race and their practice sessions down
at Ferry Field prove that they are
doing their utmost to take this one.j
Yesterday, Fritz Crisler had Tom
Kuzma throwing pass after pass and
the Gary Ghost showed a return of
his old form as he did everything but
thread a needle with his tosses.
Bob Wiese still has a little soreness
in his injured ankle so there is a pos-
sibility that he might not start to-
morrow, but he should be ready for
part time service. Don Robinson's
shoulder is bothering him still so
that it is fairly certain that he won't
start the game. Whether or not he
plays at all depends on how much
more it improves before game time.
Listed below are the minutes played
by the members of the team.

Badgers Have Chance Iowa Players Ailing
MADISON, Wis., Oct. 29. - We) - IOWA CITY, Ia., Oct. 29.-(P)-Dr.
Coach Harry Stuhldreher, after hear- Eddie Anderson, Iowa football coach,
ing forecasts on the Ohio State-Wis- said today he "doubted very much"
consin game Saturday from every- that Bill Burkett and Dick Hoerner,
one from professors to the guy who his two ailing varsity players, would
sweeps the boathouse, decided today see action against. Purdue Saturday.
to do a little talking himself. Hoerner, big sophomore fullback,
"We have a good chance to beat was out for his first practice of the
Ohio State," the Badger grid boss week but participated in the drill
remarked. "Ohio State has the more only to the extent of warming up on
impressive record-and using the re- the sidelines. Burkett, who missed his
spective Purdue games as a compari- first game trip in three seasons last
son-they have been adjudged the Saturday because of his damaged
favorites, and they are, but we have knee, also took a light workout.
a good chance." The varsity today polished its of-
Stuhldreher, a native of Massillon, fense in a live dummy scrimmage
O., who matches his coaching talent while the reserves were given a de
against a former hometownsman, fensive session against Purdue plays.
Buckeye Coach Paul Brown, looks for
a tight game, with breaks liable to
tip the scales either way.
We have them -
Brooklyn Dodgers Fine Overcoats,
Sign Branch Rickey Coverts, Fleeces,
BROOKLYN, Oct. 29--(P)-Branch Tweeds, in all the
Rickey today became president of the
Brooklyn Dodgers, glad to join a club
"where you don't have to consider n
the need of money" in selling a ball AT A PRICE YOU CAN
The 62-year-old veteran of four AFFORD TO PAY!
decades in the national pastime-
generally regarded as the father of
farm system baseball-signed a five-
year contract asepresident and gen- U O H N
eral manager of the Dodgers. He suc-
ceeds Larry MacPhail, his one-time 122 E Libert
protege, who resigned several weeks
ago to become a lieutenant colonel Next To P. Bell On The Corner
in the Army.

Time Played In Minutes
George Ceithaml, QB . ...5
Julius Franks, G.......5
Bill Pritula, G ..........5
Al Wistert, T ............5
Merv Pregulman, C ......5
Phil Sharpe, E ..........5
Elmer Madar, E ........5
Bob Kblesar, G.........5
Paul White, HB........5
Bob Wiese, FB..........4
Don~ Robinson, HB .... .5
Bob Chappuis, HB ....5
Don Lund, FB ..4
Tom Kuzma, HB.......2
Frank Wardley, HB ...... 5


.. Possible All-American guard who
makes a habit of scoring touchdowns.
tain-raiser. Franks has been to the
"Seven Oak Posts" what Tommy Har-
mon was to the fine Michigan back-
field of .1040.
:Unlke', Agase, Julius has confined
his athletic .abilities to football, for
which we can almost hear the sighs
of relief from-other Big Ten coaches.
MiCehigan, Illinois Prepare,
The Illini haven't won a Western
Conference grid crown since 1928, and
so far-this year they have shown indi-
cation that the Orange and Blue has
been too long without a title. Illinois
has downed Minnesota and- Iowa so
far and tomorrow they will be out to
protect their perfect -Big Ten record.
On the other hand, Michigan needs

Don Robinson, junior from Detroit, played one of the best games
of his career against the Golden Gophers last Saturday. He took a re-
verse from Tom Kuzma, who had gathered in a Minnesota punt, and
went for 52 yards down the sidelines before he was tackled on the 11
yard stripe.



W E NOW RING down the curtain
on the M.M.M. (Michigan-Min-
nesota Mess).
We ring it down with the single
utterance, "What a man, the Major."
The Major, John L. Griffith-Com-
missioner of Big Ten Athletics, issued
a statement the other day about the
Quote the Major: ... I have no
way of knowing whether Minne-
sota still would have had time to
kick its field goal." The Major, evi-
dently, is not a mathematics gen-
ius. He admitted that his referee,
James Masker, made a mistake, but
he didn't allow any smirches to be
cast upon his league, the Western
Conference. He just overlooked a
few mathematical facts, the Major
the Major's elucidating state-
ment-that fateful dropkick field goal
by Gopher Bill Garnaas with one sec-
ond remaining of the first half. It
gave Minnesota the ball game, that
field goal, but the Major couldn't see
how a few figures added together
Now the way most people look at it,
if Masker had given the Gophers their
due penalty, with the clock running
as it should, Minnesota never would
have had time to kick that fateful
field goal. There were nine secon'ds to
go when the substitution was made.
There was one second left when Gar-
naas wobbled his precious three points
over the cross bar. It takes approxi-
mately ten seconds to pace off the
penalty and go through all the ac-
companying motions. The half, on a
simple mathematical basis, would
have been over.
But the Major, staunch and true,
has no way of knowing.
imitable Buck Dawson and one

of the swellest guys ever to grace
this campus, comes this next item.
Buck enlisted and will be inducted
into Uncle Sam's fighting Army
Nov. 12 and this happened as he
was on his way to Chicago from
Ann Arbor early this week. But let
Buck tell it:
"On the train I ran into the Chicago
Cardinals' trainer bringing Chet Bul-
ger, 246 pound Auburn tackle, back
from a Detroit hospital where he had
been laid up since the Cardinal-Lions
game with a broken back.
"It seems this Lion lineman kept
taking a sock at Bulger's chin. Now
that in itself wouldn't have bothered
Wee Bulge, but the fellow's aim was a
bit poor and Wee Bulge got sick and
tired of taking the old one-two on the
Adam's Apple.
"Finally, in desperation, Wee
Bulge let fly with an off-balance
haymaker from wayback. He missed
the Lion, fell on his own posterior
and broke his back. The result was
the hospital for Wee Bulge instead
of the morgue for the Lion as
"Demonstrating the results with a
slap to his plaster girdle, the six feet,
five inch pygmy then started telling
us about his experiences at the Ma-
rine Officers' Training School at
Quantico, where he was finally dis-
missed because he couldn't even ap-
proach the maximum weight mini-

* . By Bud Hendel
"It seems a Lieutenant was demon-
strating jiu-jitsu to the boys and he
picked old Chet as his flunky. Well,
Chet promptly gets thrown. "Next,"
says the big Lieutenant, and out steps
a little 150 pound fellow who prompt-
ly picks up the Louie and throws him
down like a sack full of door knobs.


- "Everybody is practically dying
with laughter but the Louie and
this dead-pan kid is offering the
officer a hand. I asked Wee Bulge
if he remembered the kid's name
and he said it was a kid named Bill-
Combs who claimed he had done a
little wrestling in college.
"As if it could be anybody else.
What a character that Combs is. One
fabulous deed after another."
COMBS, YOU KNOW, was Michi-
gan's wrestling captain in 1940.
Latest reports had Combs fighting in
the Solomons ,where it is said he
staved off eight Japs with a tommy-
gun and killed the last one with a
grappling hold after his gun jammed.
* * *
Jinx Johnson, captain of the
Wolverine tennis team, is a track
man these days . . . he did so well
in the Interfraternity Meet last
spring that he came out for the
cinder sport this fall...and speak-
ing of track, did you know Coach
Ken Doherty trails his milers
around the circle on his bicycle?




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