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Michigan Squad Tapers Off for

Illinois Game


#taking the tunds
Daily Sports Editor :

Elliot's Team Amazes Fans byR olling
Up Average of 403 Yards Per Game

OMORROW'S Michigan-Illinois football game here will be the 30th
contest between these two schools, and it will feature two of the top
offensive teams of the 1944 grid campaign in the highlighted attraction
of the week.
These two squads first met in Detroit in 1898 and the Wolverines
compiled a record of five consecutive wins before they left the Conference.
Relations were again resumed between the two schools in 1919 and the
Illini came through with their initial triumph, 29-7.
The all-time record up to date gives Michigan 20 victories and
Illinois nine, With nine of the games being decided bythree points or
less. Most famous games remembered in this rivalry are the ones
which saw Red Grange run rampant against the Wolverinest in 1924,
and the 1939 contest, in which an underdog Illinois team upset Michi-
gan, 16-7, the week the snorts critics were comparing Tom Harmon to
the immortal Red Grange.
And once again the feats of Red Grange have come to the forefront,
as Claude (Buddy) Young, Illini speedster, is striving desperately to outdo
the'former football idol in total touchdown output for one season, and he
only needs three more touchdowns to do that very thing.
ALTHOUGH YOUNG, with 66 points on 11 touchdowns, is the nation's
second high scorer, his chances for establishing a record in the Big
Ten are rather slight. The present Conference mark is the 78 points
set by Tony Butkovich, Purdue fullback last season. At present, Young
has scored a mere 24 points in Conference games: Two against Purdue
and one against Iowa and Indiana. In order to break Butkovich's record,
Young will have to get seven touchdowns, and this won't prove to be an
easy task against Michigan and Ohio State. However, if Young should
lave good days against the Maize and Blue and the Buckeyes, he might
find a soft touch in Northwestern.
It is also doubtful if any squads in the country have as many point
scorers as Illinois. At present, 17 Illini have had a hand in the pro-
duction of 236 points. Eleven backs and three ends have shared in
the '36 touchdowns scored while the other three added points by convert-
ing points after touchdowns.
Illinois can also boast a pair of halfbacks, Young and Paul Pat-
terson, who have an average of 9.1 yards per try. Young and Pat-
terson have gone 1,271 yards on 140 attempts and these Illini
freshmen have lost only 22 yards during the span of seven games.
Both teams .should be in top physical strength for this battle as the
Wolverines .had a surprisingly easy time with Penn last week while Illi-
nois was idle.
Coach Ray Eliot's charges have been dubbed "the fightin' Illini"
and they have more than lived up to this name so far this season, beating
Indiana, Illinois Normal, Pittsburg, Iowa, but losing to Purdue and Notre
Dame and tying Great Lakes.
'WHEN TIHESE TWO squads line up for the starting gun, it will be Illinois
with a balanced "T" formation and their scatbacks, against Michi-
gan's diversified attack and organization, and before this game is over
the fans will get an eyeful of great competition along with a lot of
football thrills.

STAR GUARD-Ralph Serpico has
been the bulwark of the Illini line
this year and he usually alternates
from guard to tackle depending
upon the teams which they are

Milan Lazetich, star Wolverine
tackle, who has been outstanding
in every game this year on offense
as well as defense, has been Michi-
gan's best lineman and is the most
likely player to make the All-Am-
erican squad.

Young, Illini Back Will Paul Pa
Be Biggest Problem Blue's i
TI~ ~. and Jer
1VJIMiig~Ian Gidders~1 counted
Associate Sports Editor wall wil
ssIllinois perform
In their attempt to whip Illmois due and
tomorrow, Michigan's football team Art Ren
will adhere to a policy that has paid at tackl
dividends in the past two games, Bauman
namely the ancient adage that "a and Que
either H
good offense is the best defense." tol.
The Wolverines punted only three Michiga
times in their games against Purdue Michig
and Penn, and Cecil Isbell, Boiler- around
maker coach, said after the game, tion of
"Michigan controlled the ball so gene De
much that my boys didn't have a
chance to get going." Then, the fol- U
lowing weekend against Penn, Michi-
gan punted only once, and it brought
forth a great ovation from the Penn
crowd which was beginning to doubt
whether the Wolverines knew what a
football was originally intended for.
Illini Hold Edge
On a basis of seven game statistics,
the Illini hold an advantage over the
Wolverines in rushing and passing..
Ray Elliot's beardless civilians have
amassed 2,825yards by rushing and
passing or an average of 403 yards
per game. Of this total, 2,309 yards
have been gained on the ground,
featuring the quick opening plays
from the "T" formation with scat-
backs "Buddy" Young, Eddie Bray
and Paul Patterson doing the major -
share of the ball toting.
The most formidable task now fac-
ing the Wolverines will be to halt>
Young, Illinois' spectacular speedster,
who has averaged 12.5 yards in 51
tries. Eddie Bray, another of the
diminutive Illini backs, trails Young
with a 10.3 yard average per game.

atterson, the Orange and
brilliant passer and runner,
ry Cies, Illini fullback, have
7.1 and 4.7 yards respectively.
ng in the Michigan forward
1 be the same lineup which
ed so effectively against Pur-
d Penn. Bruce Hilkene and
iner will hold up the flanks;
es, Milan Lazetich and Clem
a; the guards, George Burg
entin Sickels; and at center
iarold Watts or Johnny Lin-
n's Scoring Punch
gan's scoring punch revolves
the new backfield combina-
Joe Ponsetto at quarter, Eu-
erricotte and Ralph Chubb at

the halves, and Don Lund at full.
Backing up this array of hard run-
ning backs is an imposing list of
capable substitutes, Jack Weisen
burger, Bill Culligan and Warren
Bentz. The latter really found him-
self in the Quaker game as he lugged
the ball 68 yards in 11 tries as con-
pared to his previous six game rec-
ord of 10 -yards in three attempts.
Weisenburger picked up 40 yards
in six attempts to almost equal his
six game record of 41 yards in nine
previous tries.
Lund and Chubb, neither of whom
was a starter until the Penn game,
will have an additional opportunity
to prove their capabilities in the Il-
lini clash tomorrow.

University of Michigan Oratorical Ass'n

Western Michigan To Be First
Trial for Wolverine Cagers

Cutting the list of candidates for
starting posts against the Western
Michigan Broncos, Dec, 2, to seven
men, Assistant Coach Bill Barclay
has by no means exhausted his reser-
voir of promising cage talent.
Of the seven named, three men
were forward prospects, three were
possible guards, and only one is con-
sidered for the center berth at the
present time. The forwards will be
chosen from Ted Berce, high-scoring
freshman ace, Keith Harder, ex-
University of Virginia star, and Bill
Gregor. Don Lindquist, John Mul-
laney, and Walt Kell comprise the
possible guards, and big Bob Geahan
is the lone center prospect.
However, the other performers on
the 20-man squad are capable ball-.
handlers. Among these is Robb
Ruttledge, who saw action as a re-
serve forward on last season's quin-
tet. Ruttledge is the only returning
player who has reported to practice
thus far. Another man who has been
practicing with the team since the
summer workouts is Bob Champion,
engineering student from Chicago,
who is trying out for the center
position. '
The team has, with the beginning

of the fall term, recently acquired
the services of some seven new play-
ers. Among these is Jack Marquard,
6'5, center who has had previous
experience with last season's Uni-
versity of Chicago quintet. Marquard,
a civilian, is the only man besides
Harder who has played college ball.
Another recent addition to the
team is Dean Osterhout, a civilian
who holds the distinction of having
played forward on the Saginaw Ar-
thur Hill squad which won the state
championship last year.
Still another prospect who is ex-
pected to don a basketball uniform
is Roger Ely. Ely originally went out
for the football eleven, but suffered a
broken arm early in the season and
was unable to continue his grid
activities. Ely has had a singular
basketball background. The 17-year-
old civilian's father, Gilbert Ely, was
on the Michigan cage quintet in 1922,
and in 1923 was captain of the Wol-
verine varsity.
The teammates of the senior Ely
included former head Football Coach
Harry Kipke and Franklin Cappon,
who eventually succeeded "Skipper"
Mather as basketball coach. Mather
was the cage mentor of the Ely-
Kipke-Cappon trio.


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Notre Dame Holds Little Hope
Of Defeating Great Army Team
SOUTH BEND, IND., NOV. 9-(IP)-In tip-top shape, but with little
hope of upsetting mighty Army, Notre Dame's 35-member football squad
today began a two-day exodus to New York for Saturday's battle with
the Cadets at Yankee Stadium.
Genial Ed McKeever, who left this afternoon with 24 youthful civilian
players, appeared resigned to an Irish trimming by Army for the first
time in 13 seasons.
"We," he asserted grimly, "are going to New York with a punt, a pass
and a prayer-and the only thing we're really sure Hof is the prayer."
The main Irish contingent which will spend Friday at Bear Mountain,
a resort near West Point, will be followed tomorrow by 11 Navy trainees
who must travel under a 48-hour restriction.




November 16
United States High Cormmissioner
to the Philippines and former
Assistant Secretary of State
"Our Relations with The
November 22
Head of the Norwegian Parliament
and President of- the League
of Nations Assembly.
"How To Win the Peace"'
November 30
Beloved Star of Stage and Screen
"From Hollywood to Broadway"
December 12
First Lady of Exploration
"The Solomons
with Motion Pictures
January 11
Distinguished feminine leader and
Wife of the' Chinese Ambassador
to Washington
"China After the War"
January 23
Brilliant Editor of Fortune Magazine
and gifted platform speaker.
"New Horizons for Democracy"
February 6
An Actress in the Grand Tradition
"Character Sketches"
March 15
Master Showman and Authority on the
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