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Lund, Chubb
Replace Wiese,
Crisler's New Line-Up
Faces Penn Saturday
Associate Sports Editor
Michigan's grid reputation in the
East will be put to an acid test this
Saturday when they face a youthful
but potent University of Pennsyl-
vania team in one of the nation's top
intersectional clashes at Philadel-
phia's Franklin Field.
Michigan adherents will especially
glue their eyes on Don Lund and
Ralph Chubb who have been selected
to fill the vacancies caused by the
departure of Captain Bob Wiese and
Bob Nussbaumer. This duo was the
Wolverines one-two scoring punch
and Messirs. Lund and Chubb will
have some mighty big shoes to fill.
New Captains Chosen
Again, in connection with the loss
of Capt. Wiese, it was necessary to
choose a new captain for the remain-
der of the season. Veterans Don
Lund and burly Joe Ponsetto were
selected for this honor by the retiring
captain, Wiese.
However, Coach Crisler indicated
that insofar as the official records
are concerned, Wiese's namewill go
down in the books as Michigan's grid
captain for the 1944 season.
Three Gridders Lost to Squad
In addition to Wiese and Nuss-
baumtr, Dick Rifenburg, st cl a r
freshman end, will not play against
Penn this Saturday. Rifenburg, be-
sides his talents as a pass catcher,
was a bulwark on defense last week
against Purdue. His blocking was
tremendously improved and on de-
fense the husky wingman was begin-
ning to capitalize on his natural
speed. Needless to say, Rifenburg's
loss will be keenly felt.
Yesterday's practice session was
devoted mainly to smoothing out the
new backfield combination of Pon-
setto at quarterback, Ralph Chubb
and Gene Derricotte at the halves,
and Don Lund at fullback. Derri-
cotte, the flashy Negro freshman, is
expected to be the main cog in
Michigan's new offensive plans.
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1taking thte 2Sunh
Daily Sports Editor

AS THE WOLVERINE football team filed out of the dressing room before
their all-important tilt with Purdue last week, few people knew that
the team had resolved firmly in their hearts to win this game for their
departing Bob's-Wiese and Nussbaumer, and the determination which
was written on their faces, could easily have foreshadowed the outcome of
this Big Ten affair. However, if there were any doubts as to the eventual
outcome, these doubts were dispelled early in the game, for the poise and
finesse of the Michigan outfit made them the masters all of the way as
they carried the fight to the team which shared the Conference title with
them last year.
The Maize and Blue eleven entered this game as decided underdogs
and it seems that Head Coach H. O. "Fritz" Crisler relishes this position,
as he has brought his squad to victory each time that they have been
placed in that category so far this season.
Wiese and Nussbaumer tallied five of the six touchdowns scored by
Michigan as they played an inspired brand of ball. Nussbaumer took
the ball into pay dirt twice and his 165 yards gained for the day gave
his a net total of 452 yards out of 78 attempts in the six games which
he played. This also gave him a chance to take the Big Ten lead
in yardage gained, while Wiese scored three touchdowns to lead the
Conference parade with 42 points and wind tip with a season's total
of 467 yards out of 103 tries.
End Coach Bennie Oosterbaan and Line Coach Biggie Munn deserve
a big hand for the job they did with the line, as Bruce Hilkene and Dick
Rifenburg, who was playing his last game before induction into the army,
turned in sparkling performances at the flanks, while Milan Lazetich, the
bronco buster from Montana way, was a tower of strength at his tackle post.
IN THE BACKFIELD, it was Joe Ponsetto and Gene Derricotte teaming
up with the two departing Bob's and their work left little to be desired.
Ponsetto lived up to all advance notices of his field generalship, as his
signal calling and defensive work merits the plaudits of everyone.
I can't help but believe that this victory proved to be especially
heartening to Coach Crisler, since the Boilermakers, who shared part of
the Conference title with Michigan last year, started rumors to the effect
that the only reason the Wolverines were able to salvage any part of the
crown was that they side-tracked a tilt with Purdue. The truth of the
matter was that when Michigan State dropped football last year, that
left both of these squads with onen dates, and though Coach Crisler tried
vainly to schedule a game between the two Navy-laden schools, Purdue
would not play.
Thus, this game with Purdue was not only a tribute to the depart-
ing players, but it was also a tribute to a great coach and the way
that Michigan tore apart such a highly rated aggregation of players
from LaFayette, deserves no little mention and rates Coach Crisler
the status of" Coach of the Week in this column.
Michigan has come a long way since their defeat by Indiana and this
stunning, 40-14 rout of the Boilermakers has established the Wolverines
as one of the top teams in the country. However, just as the Michigan
squad has reached their peak performance of the year, the team has
been hit hard by the transfer of its two ace backfield men, and this will
prove a difficult task for the Michigan coaching staff to surmount. For
this reason, the critics are rather skeptical about the chances of the Maize
and Blue eleven.
ALTHOUGH the Wolverines will have to work a little harder to maintain
their winning ways, don't count them out of the Conference and
national races yet, for if the will to win would not be enough, there is an
added incentive-that is the fact that Michigan entered this season with
a record of holding 99 Conference athletic championships, and with one
more crown tucked safely under their belts, they would become the first
Big Ten school to hit the century mark.
Spartans Lose Frank Brgger
For Important Missouri Tilt

Frank Brogger, star end, remained
on the doubtful list today as Michi-
gan State college concluded prepara-
tions for the football game with the
University of Missouri at Columbia,
Mo., Saturday.s Brogger was included
in the 31-man squad coach Charley



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Bachman named for the trip but final
decision as to the condition of his
injured hip will not be made until
the morning workout tomorrow be-
fore departure.
Bachman said that if Brogge.
could not play he would be supplanted
by Art Arntz, Benton Harbor fresh-
man, who played most of the game
at the position against Wayne Uni-
versity last Friday.
The traveling squad named today
Ends-Don Grondzik, Dick Mine-
weaser, Bill Marsh, Frank Brogger,
Art Arntz, Jim Grant.
Tackles - Pete Dendrino, Dan
Goldsmith, Ken Collister, Mike Pra-
shaw, Dick Massuch, Ellis Phillips.
Guards-Bob Godfrey, Glen Hat-
field, Charles Peterson, Don Arnson,
Bob Lamssies, Don Anderson.
Centers-Brady Sullivan, William
Quarterbacks-Bill Siler, Bob Sch=
roeder, Rex Moore.
Halfbacks-Bob Bruegger, Herb
Speerstra, Fred Aronson, Harold
Johnson, Tom Mitzelfeld.
Fullbacks-Jack Breslin, Bill Ma-
skill, Bill Pirronello.

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