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Must Beat Buckeyes

To Stay





Spartans Play
WestFi rginia
EAST LANSING, Nov. 16.- ()-
Michigan State College will have its
hands full Saturday againsttthe two-1
team combination of Western Vir-
ginia's tough Mountaineers.
Scout Karl Schlademan brought
back word to Coach Charley Bachman
that the Southern squad has two
teams which can change the pace on
its opposition at will.
One unit, Schlademan said, is run
by two tricky backs, Dick McElwee
and Allen Martin, and pounds out a
ground attack. A second team, gin-
gered up with a passing attack by
Dick Leonard,a190-hound freshman
fullback, can take over anytime.
West Virginia has victories over
Washington and Lee, South Carolina,
Waynesburg, Penn State and- Ken-
tucky, and has lost only to Boston
College and Fordham.

Ohio Offense,
Is Strongest
in Conference,
Wolverines at Full
Strength for Game;
Tommy James, Ohio
Star Back, Is Out
Faced with the prospect of at least
a tie for Big Ten grid honors by
beating both Ohio State and Iowa,
Michigan can be expected to explode
its full power against the Buckeyes
Saturday at Columbus.
In playing Ohio State Michigan
will face the strongest offensive team
in the Conference on the basis of
games played through Nov. 7. The
Bucks gained an average of 362.5
yards per game by rushing and pass-
ing in Big Ten competition as against
an average of 249.6 yards for the
Wolverines. Saturday the Bucks
rolled up 400 yards against Illinois
while Michigan was piling up 362
yards against Notre Dame.
Buckeyes Ranked Second
Ohio State is ranked second de-
fensively as compared to Michigan's
seventh-place ranking. Big Ten foes
have piled up an average of 238.2
yards against the Wolverines, and
only 192 yards per game rushing and
passing against Ohio. Saturday Illi-
nois rolled up 215 against the Bucks,
while the Irish gained 248 on the
ground and in the air against the
Pacing this high-powered offense
from Columbus are Gene Fekete,
sophomore fullback, and the brilliant
halfback, Paul Sarringhaus. Fekete
has averaged 110 yards in Conference
games, while Sarringhaus has gained
an average of 77.7 yards per gamer
To match these two great ground-
gain ers, Michigan has Tom Kuzma,
who is rated as one of the Wolver-
Ines' greatest all-around ball players
by Ohio scouts, plus the great back-
field combination of Paul White, Don.
Robinson, Bob Wiese, Bob Chappuis',
Don Boor and Don Lund.

In jury to Rogers Gave Sharpe
Chance To Grab Full-Time Job

Here is the mightystory of the ;
dauntless heroes, those dare.
devil f yers, who fight our
"~battle in hotly contested skies
5 '
Sover the Burmna Road.

Nearly two years as a second
stringer, a chance capitalized upon,
and a regular job as one end of the
famed 'Oak Post' line is the story of
Phil Sharpe.
For not until the Minnesota game
on a crisp, cold Saturday last year
did the dark-haired Wolverine flank-
man get his chance. Startvng that
day, Sharpe established himself as
the top man -at his post, and he has
held that position ever since. Exclud-
ing the.Harvard, game this year when
Coach Fritz Crisler substituted freely,
Sharpe has averaged over fifty min-
utes per game, including a sixty-min-
ute stint in the Notre Dame thriller.
Injury Gave. Him -Break
'Before the Gopher game it had ap-
peared that Phil would have to con-
tinue in the role of understudy for'
the rest of the season. However, in
the first period of that game he got
his big break when Joe Rogers, regu-
lar right. end, received an injury
which ended his playing career. That
was all Sharpe needed!
The following week-end against
Illinois Sharpe played all but five
minutes and distinguished himself
both on offense and on defense. In
the Columbia game he went even
further to become a starter for the
first time. Needless to say, Phil has
been present for the opening kickoff
in every game since.
Rise Is Suecess Story
Sharpe's rise to his present position
is a success story of the first rank. In
school he played his last football when
he was in the tenthigrade. At the time
he weighed only 130 pounds, a striking
comparison to his-present 190 pounds.
He spent his last two years before
coming to Michigan in an English
school where he played the closest
Eiglish equivalent to our football,
shil entered Michigan in the days
when HannonEvashevski, Frutig and
company were at their prime. His
assets were a love of the hard corn-'
petitive sport, a rugged physique,

and an ability to learn. On the lia-
bility side were his inexperience and
his introduction to college football
standards at this late stage.
Among coaches Sharpe is rated as
one, of the best defensive ends in the
Conference. Crisler switches him from
right end on defense uo iei eri on
With the Irish game behind and
two more tough games coming up

- - , - - - - -
... A member of the famed "Seven
Oak Posts" averaging better than
fifty minutes per game has yet to'
score his first touchdown.
Sharpe has two ambitions. The first
is to beat Ohio State and Iowa. The
second, which he came within one
yard of achieving against Notre Dame,
is to score his first touchdown. With
the Wolverines riding high and with
Sharpe living up to the standards
set by the 'Oak Post' line, there is a
good chance that both of his ambi-
tions will be realized.

Daily Sports Editor
SOME PEOPLE may disagree, as
some people have the nasty habit
of doing, but for our selection as the
most thrill-packed game ever played
by a Michigan team, we'll take the
Wolverine-Notre Dame fracas of last
Saturday afternoon.
We say this with a full awareness
that our lone reader will rise up in
his wheel-chair and cry out, "My
Gawd, is that crazy guy forgetting
the Michigan-Ohio State game of
NO, MY FRIEND, we are not forget-
ting. We are just remembering
the tussle we had the deepest pleasure
of witnessing in football crazy South
Bend this past Saturday. It had ev-
erything. It had hard football, power
football, trick football, and not one
moment of inaction. It lived up to
the old motto your grandfather
taught you about going through life,
"Never a dull moment, son, and you'll
die young but happy."
During that third quarter Satur-
day afternoon, you couldnt have
heard a cannon shot inside buff-
brick Notre Dame Stadium. And
when the fray was over, the entire
crowd sat in their respective seats,
limp and gasping. Not until a fight
broke out in one corner of the huge
bowl, did the. suspense-crammed
mob make a move for the exits.
Even the hardened veterans of the
press box, fellows who have been
covering football games for so long
that they can't eat pork at home
because it reminds them of a pig-
skin, were awed by the mighty dis-
play that each and every one felt
privileged to witness..
O SINGLE OUT any man in the
Michigan lineup for extra praise
wouldbe foolhardy. They were all
great. But if anybody can be praised
atb.ve all the rest, we'll nominate Al
Wistert, thank you. The "Ox," as
most people call him, was the ornriest
Irish-hater in the world during the
epic struggle. It was behind the
blocking of Wistert that the Michi-
gan backs marched during the lucra-
tive third period. He opened up holes
ini that Rambler forward wall huge
enough to trap Hitler's whole army.
If he isn't named an All-American
this season, you can be sure that
those mythical honor squads are no-
thing but what the name implies,
At the end of the game, the
Michigan team made one mass
move for the big tackle. They lifted
'him to their shoulders and gave
him the glory ride to the dressing
room. They wanted him to know
how much they appreciated his
great work, the greatest he's ever
turned in on a gridiron.
ND YOU, TOO, the Michigan fan,
must be praised along with the
team. Coach Fritz Crisler said he has
never received such a thrill as he
did Saturday night when you gave
the coaching staff and the players
the reception they so richly deserved
at Michigan Central Station. You
made them feel that there's a lot
more to playing football than just
hitting somebody before he hits them,
and they asked this department to
express their appreciation.

Innate love of football has earned
for Bob Kolesar, Michigan right
guard, the title of Michigan athlete
of athletes.
Bob first came into the limelight as
a sophomore when he replaced the
injured Milo Sukup on the first elev-
en. After the fourth game of the sea-
son, he started every Saturday prov-
ing himself one of the outstanding
men in the Michigan forward wall.
Last year Kolesar was one good
reason why Fritz Crisler's team lost
only one game. He didn't receive too
much glory, but many was the time
that Bob bottled up the opponents
on offense, and he was often found
at the bottom of the'pile on defense.
The season ended and the experts
remarked what a wonderful line the

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Wolverines would have this year.
Then, when Spring rolled around, iu-
mors began to be spread about the
campus saying that Kolesar planred
to enter medical school in the fall
and consequently would not be able
to play football.
This fall when practice began Bob
;Kolesar did not appear at 3:30 p1.m.
with the rest of the players, but he
did show up at 5:30 to train for an
hour and fifteen minutes every day.
The reason that Bob appears l#tte
to practice is that he followed the
rumors in part by entering 'medical
school. But he, didn't quit football !
YesBob Kolesar has what it takes
to make a real player. He has courage,
spirit galore, and a love of football
that is great enough to make :h.m
undergo great hardships in order to
play his favorite game.


Kolesar Is Proof Medical School,
Gridiron Sport Can Be Combined

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And of the women who wait,
knowing that thoe they love
( nay never return from the
war-torn skies.

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James Lost to State .
State's hopes suffered a setback
when Coach Paul Brown -announced,
that halfback Tommy James, his.
newly-discovered climax runner, suf-
fered a shoulder separation against.
Illinois and would not play Saturday.
James was injured after scoring,
touchdowns on flashy runs of 76
and 33 yards. George Slusser, an ace
passer but slower runner, will alter-
nate both with Sarringhaus at right:
half and Les Horvath at left half.
Coach Fritz Crisler saw his Wol-'
verines come through the scoring
spree at South Bend without an in-
jury. With his squad at full strength'
Crisler is now faced with his greatest
task-to bring the Woverines back,
to the emotional pitch of last Satur-
day. If he succeeds, Michigan may
take the Conference title, providing
Minnesota defeats once-beaten Wis-
Varsity Hears Lecture
Crisler had a long session yesterday
morning with Ernie MVcCoy, his scout5
at the OSU-Illinois game, and in the,'
afternoon he lectured to his gridders
on weaknesses in the Buckeye of-
fense and defense. The-squad donnedt
uniforms and went through a light
workout under perfect Indian sum-
mer weather conditions.

Ohio State Freshman Squad
Develops Star Place-Kicker



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Great place-kickers are about as
rare an article as can be found in
-gridiron, circles. True it is that there
have been a few immortals in the
masterful art such as Jack Man-,
des and Glenn Presnell, but such
men are difficult to find.
t-Ohio State this year, a school
-which .is not only cleaning up in var-
sity football but also in freshmaI
competition, a.seemingly great place-
kicler has appeared.
BAkeye Fresh Is Star
His. name is Lou Groza, a tackle,
and the Berea; Ohio, sensation has
mae the experts of the nation stop
and take notice. All summer long
Lou practiced his kicking in order
that he might make the Ohio fresh-
man-squad. Well, Lou not only made
the freshman team, but he has the.
coaching staff 'crying -and bemoaning
the fact that the boy is ineligible for
varsity competition due to the Con-
ference rules on freshmen..
Just to let you know how good
Groza is, two weeks ago in a game
with the frosh from Pittsburgh, he
very calmly dropped back and kicked
a 38-yard field- goal. That means
about a 48-yard kick because the
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distance is only counted from the
line of scrimmage.
Wants To Be Good
Groza's ambition is to become' a
really great kicker, and he's willing'
to make personal sacrifices to try'
and fulfill his desire. You see, Lou is
also considered an excellent basket-
ball player, but instead of going out
for basketball this winter, he will
practice place-kicking four days a
Michigan fans will have an oppor-
tunity to see Groza in action this
Friday if they happen to take the'
jaunt to Columbus, because on that
day the Wolverine frosh team will
square . off against the Buckeye
frosh. It will be interesting to. see=
whether or not Coach Webers boys.-
will be able to stop the sharpshooting

Ohio State .....
Wisconsin ......
Illinois .........
Iowa .........
Minnesota ......
Indiana ........
Purdue .........
Northwestern .. .

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