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Jayvees Meet Wildcats
In Gridtron Test Friday
A concerted effort to get back into the victory column will be
made by the Wolverine jayvees Friday afternoon when they face a
powerful Northwestern B squad on the Wildcats home gridiron.
After a .none-too-productixe showing against Michigan State
last weekend, the jayvees have been hard at work ironing out wrinkles
and trying to develop a stronger offensive. Coach George Ceithaml
has been on the lookout for a pair of good ends, one position that
was found lacking in the Spartan contest.
The Wolverines will have a decided advantage over the Wildcats
in that they've had two games under their belts, but reports from

Evanston show that Coach Don
Heap's crew will be even stronger
than his last season's team, which
went undefeated in conference
Led by Johnny Yungwirth, a
Varsity letter-winner in 1945
and a standout with the Wild-
* 'cats last year, the jayvees have
a veteran backfield and a big,
hard-charging line. Yungwirth
operates from the quarterback
slot and directs the team on of-
Rounding out the Wildcat back-
field are Ed Parsegian, another
letter-winner, and fleet Jack Mc-
Cartney at the halfs. Either Miles
Anderson or Don Laser, both driv-
ing fullbacks, will get the nod
from Coach Heap in Friday's con-
Up front in the line, North-
western has two capable ends
in Al Thomas and Litt Clark.
Dick Korzilious and Paul Barkel,
a pair of rugged 200-pounders,
are at the tackles, while letter-
man Frank DePauw and Her-
man Stegen operate from the
guard positions.
* The center of the line is an-
chored by Dave Kanyer, a junior
and a mainstay of last year's jay-
vees. In addition to his starting
squad, Coach Heap is loaded with
reserves and although the varsity
may bring some of the stronger
men up for the big game Satur-
day, Coach Heap will still have
enough to field a bowerful team
against the Wolverines.
Hard Practice
In Conference
For Grid Tilts
By The Associated Press
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Oct. 14-
Murney Lazier and Vern Seliger
are being groomed for Illinois de-
fense plans against Minnesota
Defense still presents one of
Coach Ray Eliot's biggest prob-
lems because Al Mastrangeli
and Bud Schmidt, center and
fultbaA'k line-backers, may be
unable to see action due to in-
juies and illness. Their ab-
sence throws a heavy load on
center Lou Levanti and fullback
Russ Steger, the Illini's chief
ball carrier.
Mastrangeli has a 104 degree
temperature and Schmidt is suf-
fering a shoulder separation.
* * *
IOWA CITY, Ia., Oct. 14 -
With just two full days of practice
left before they entrain for Co-
lumbus, the Iowa Hawkeyes today
ran through ball passing drills
and a partial scrimmage of ground
plays in preparation for Satur-
day's game with Ohio State.
Duke Curran, fleet right half,
who has been out of three games
with a knee injury, today begin
to spell Bob Smith in the back-
Coach Eddie Anderson said the
Hawks would study Ohio State's
offense tomorrow and drills will
end early Thursday afternoon
shortly before the 36-man squad
departs for Ohio.
MADISON, Wis., Oct. 14-With
his two top-notch left halfbacks,
Wally Dreyer and Earl Girard,
sidelined with injuries, Coach
Harry Stuhldreher cancelled a full
scrimmage scheduled for the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin varsity today
and ran his charges through a
M dummy session.

Cage Lengths
In BigNine
"For the first time in confer-
ence history the size of basketball
couts will be standardized, in the
Big Nine thus requiring schools to
revamp their cage courts," said
Coach Ossie Cowles yesterday.
The Michigan courts are now
four feet oversize and are in the
process of being cut down by hav-
ing court lines repainted to the
proper size. Therefore floors
which were formerly 98 feet in
length will now be 94 feet.
Lucky Spectators
-Besides a change in the court
sire, spectators will get a break
and be able to easily see from in
back of the backboards as new
glass backstops are being erected
in place of the former wooden
sight-stoppers. The entire process,
of remodeling and repainting
which began last week, will be ter-
minated in the next two weeks if
no shortages of material develop.
This change in size was brought
about by the action of conference
coaches last spring when it was
discovered that the Big-Nine
courts were longer than any oth:
floors in the country. The entire
matter stems from the fact that
basketball courts were formerly
standardized to a maximum
length of 94 feet with two feet
between the backboard and the
end line.
Referees in Trouble
Officials found that it was too
difficult to judge players stepping
out-of-bounds after a shot at the
bucket. Many other schools de-
cided about six years ago to in-
crease the distance from the
mackboard to the outside line to
four feet. Most colleges just moved
their backboards up into the court
two feet leaving the courts the
same length.
However the Big-Nine decided
to lengthen the courts two feet on
each end and thus get the added
space without moving the back-
boards. This made Big-Nine
courts 98 feet long rather than the
accepted 94 feet. So, for the com-
ing season the mentors have de-
cided to return to the original
court length of 94 feet and still
have the four feet leeway between
the backboard and boundary line.
There's no doubt in anyone's
ind that this move will help even
things up for all the Big Nine
conference teas. No quintet will
feel needlessly unfamiliar with a
visitors floor and be handicapped
during a game.
Any and all freshmen who
are interested in track should
appear at Ferry Field any af-
ternoon this week and see Don
Canham, freshman track coach,
to sign up and try out for the
track team.
806 South State Street

Varsity Squad
Drill Stresses
In his support of his statement
that the "honeymoon" is over for
Michigan, Coach "Fritz" Crisler
sent his Wolverine squad through
its second day of practice in prep-
aration for Michigan's 1947 Big
Nine opener against a scrappy
Northwestern eleven in Dyche Sta-
Faced with the problem of
keeping the Michigan team on
edge after its virtual rout of
three non-conference opponents,
Crisler sent his charges through
drills that were designed to per-
fect line and backfield assign-
ments and develop a defense
against a Northwestern back--
field that proved to be the un-
doing of a highly rated UCLA
Some of the plays that the
Wildcats are expected to use in
Saturday's game against the Wol-
verines were run off by the "B
team. Coach Crisler and his- as-
sistants supervised the defensive
efforts of the squad and corrected
errors made by the Wolverines in
individual assignments, both in
stopping the Northwestern plays
and those made in the previous
games against Stanford and Pitts-
The afternoon practice ses-
sion terminated in a review of
fundamentals and signal drills
which saw the large squad brok-
en up into four separate units.
Coach Crisler will send the Wol-
verines through one more scrim-
mage session tomorrow before ta-
pering off Thursday with a light
contact workout.
MSC Squad
Drilling Hard
For Iowa State
By The Associated Press
EAST LANSING, Oct. 14-Odd-
ly enough, some of the most rabid
rooters for the University of Mich-
igan powerhouse now can be found
on the Michigan State College
Two satisfying victories after
that 55-0 Michigan defeat have
helped salve the wounds of the
followers of Biggie and his Munn-
The MSC supporters now see
every new Michigan landslide as
justification for the feeling that
the Spartans were victims of a
natural catastrophe such as an
earthquake or a deluge. The
mounting scores from Ann Ar-
bor are welcomed at East Lan-
sing and the harder Michigan
pours it on in successive games
the happier the Spartan rooters
will feel.
Biggie Munn, meanwhile, is
working hard to see that his squad
doesn't become cocky after a
taste of triumph. Munn isn't un-
der-rating Iowa State despite the
fact the Cyclones have lost their
last two games.
Munn whipped his squad
through a long drill Tuesday
afternoon trying to correct some
of the flaws shown up by movies
of the Washington State game.
Defense against the "T" attack,
and pass defense was stressed.-
His scouts reports that Iowa,
State is a scrapping, fighting out-
fit. The Iowans have been a
"tough luck team" so far and lost
their last game on a fumble and1
a blocked punt although they out-
played Nebraska.

Joe Vancisin, former pupil of
Coach Ozzie Cowles during the
latter's tenure at Dartmouth, has
been given the role of assisting his
old teacher with the Wolverine
varsity in addition to holding the
reins of the reactivated freshman
basketball squad.
Taking charge of the freshman

tor of the freshman basketball
team who followed his former
Dartmouth coach, Ozzie Cowles,
to Michigan and a position on
the Wolverine athletic staff.
Next 'M' Foes
Have Troubles
By The Associated Press
EVANSTON, Ill., Oct. 14-The
first and second Northwestern
teams spent today's entire practice
session working on defense against
Michigan plays run off by the
Coach Bob Voigts said he plans
to alternate Jules Siegle, who
caught the winning touchdown
pass against U.C.L.A., Speedster
Jim Holland of Rock Island, Ill.,
and Frank Aschenbrenner at the
left halfback position. Aschen-
brenner has been the regular left
half, but Siegle and Holland are
now considered the top choices.
* * *
nesota has a good football team
but Head Coach Bernie Bierman
said today he doubts if there is
time enough to whip the boys
into shape for their next Big Nine
contests, against Illinois and
Michigan, on the next two suc-
cessive Saturdays.
Crisler Hopes So
"I'm just afraid we won't be able
to make it," Bierman said. "Be-
cause both of our immediate foes
carry players that average much
older and have the weight of ex-
perience behind them."
Working on the theory that
possession of the ball was the
best defense against the heavy
aerial attack looked for at Cham-
paign, Ill., Saturday,

Joe Vancisin Becomes
Freshman Cage Coach

team in his junior year at Dart-
mouth and coaching a highly
touted Army five in the East has
given Vancisin adequate experi-
ence for his new job. His knowl-
edge of the game itself can be
vouched for by Coach Cowles, who
thinks that his former All-Eastern
guard is one of the smartest play-
ers in the business.
In his senior year at the Ivy
League institution, Vac~sin
played an instrumental part as
the Indians defeated Ohio State
in the semi-finals of the 1944
NCAA games. The quintet was
edged, however, by a powerful
Utah aggregation, 44-42, in the
championship round. Responsible
for bringing the Big Nine title to
the Buckeyes that year in the
NCAA tilt were steller performers
like Walt Dugget, Don Grate, and
Arnold Risen.
While in service, Vancisin led
his Fort Devens teammates to
28 wins and only eight losses. One
game was scheduled against Dart-
mouth in which he encountered
Cowles as the opposing coach and
varsity cager Boyd McCaslin as
one of the Big Green mainstays.
Cowles came out on top. Later
that season Vancisin and McCas-
lin found themselves again on op-
posite battle grounds in a New
England Service Team's tourna-
ment, but Fort Devens won.
McCaslin admits that he'd much
rather have Vancisin on his side,
even if it's only in the capacity
of coach. The rest of the players
who have been practicing infor-
mally down at the I-M building
agree that his helpful hints are in-
As for Joe Vancisin. he has tak-
en a warm liking to Michigan and
hopes to stay around for quite
some time to come.
Fonde Small
In Size Only
Pint-sized Henry Fonde is giv-
ing a day-to-day demonstration
that disproves that fairly general
conception that football is a big
man's game.
The 168-pound game University
of Michigan right halfback holds
his own against uniformly bigger
men whether the sharp-shooting
Wolverines are engaged in prac-
tice sessions or clashing with even
bigger opponents.
Fonde, a five foot, eight inch
bundle of compact dynamite from
Knoxville, Tenn., hits hard and is
hard to stop once he gets in mo-
He explains his success against
his outsized opposition with this
simple statement.
"I guess when you're small you
learn to take care of yourself."
Bearing this out is Fonde's rec-
ord for Michigan first three
The rugged little speedster has
picked up 54 yards on 10 rushing
attempts for a 5.4 average. And
that gain was made with a total
playing time of only 35 minutes.

Hockey Squad
Limbers Up
In EarlyDrills
The downstairs gym of the IM
building is far from the land of
eternal snow but the other day a
tribe who thrive on the frozen
stuff puffed in, hung up their
snowshoes and proceeded to a
game of hockey.
It was hockey but not quite with
all the trimmings. The boys were
slithering around on the "dry ice"
picking up pointers and just about
as many slivers. The rosy cheeked
lads were bare-footed.
Coach Vic Heyliger has evolved.
this pre-season set-up to whit-
tle down the blunt summer edge
a bit, and to give the goalie a
well needed work-out as the old
shooting eyes are limbered up.
Jack McDonald piled on hs
leather togs as guardian of the
net and proceeded to dispose of
the offerings as Dick Starrak,
Walt Gacek, Owen McArdle
whipped the puck goalward.
Despite the fact that hockey
players don't have to pick them up
and lay them down, they still need
a good set of underpinnings to
take them around. So off to one
side, away from the enthusiastic
goal shooters, a fixed bicycle is the
source of amusement.
There wasn't much body
checking and high sticking was
also kaput, but with the puck
speeding about and with bare
feet the obvious happened. In
a fast break in which Ross,
Smith shot to Gord McMillan
who passed it to Mario Mar-
quesio-all done to befuddle the
goalie - Captain Connie Hill's
big toe suddenly got in the way.
The puck caromed off for a per-
fect tally, a roar went up from
all concerned, and a red light lit
-Hill's expanding metatarsal.
All in all, the idea is a good one
and Coach Heyliger's system ought
to have the team in pretty good
shape by the time they lace on the
Rifleien Meet
The University of Michigan
rifle team will hold an open
meeting at 7:15 tonight at the
ROTC rifle range for all ex-
perienced small bore riflemen.
The scheduling of matches
similar to those held last year
will be discussed. The contests,
as they have been handled in
the past, were all carried on by
mail. Each team fired on its
home range with the scoresbe-
ing compared by mail. There
is, however, nothing official in-
volved in the matches.
At the end of the meeting
there will be an opportunity for
practice firing.
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By The Associated Press
NEW YORK, Oct. 14-Michi-
gan's mighty Wolverines, in vault-
ing to the forefront of the na-
tion's gridiron powers on the
strength of three runaway vic-
tories, have averaged gains of 248
yards per game with their terrific
aerial attack, figures released by
the National Collegiate Athletic
Bureau disclosed today.
Employing a number of passers
-featuring Bob Chappuis-Coach
Fritz Crisler's midwest mammoth
has completed 29 out of 51 tosses
attempted for a total of 744 yards,
with eight throws going for touch-
downs, against Michigan State,
Stanford and Pittsburgh.
Lead on Yardage
Although the Wolverines' rush-
ing attack, on the record, appears
to be much less potent than that
of numerous other teams, their
aerial wizardry has placed them
atop the heap in total average of
gains per game-479.3 yards-and
would seem to validate this week's
poll of the nation's sports writers
which elected Michigan the No. 1
Among the major outfits, only
Notre Dame with its gifted Johnny
Lujack seriously challenges Michi-
gan's claim to passing laurels. In
two starts the Irish, have com-
pleted 27 out of 46 tosses for a
percentage of .587-slightly high-
er than Michigan's .569-but the
South Benders have averaged only
201 yards per contest and have
thrown but four for touchdowns.
No Time for Rushing
So preoccupied have the two
big teams (Notre Dame was voted
No. 2) been with their overhead
games that they have given their
ball-carriers little chance to shine.
Neither rates among the country's
first 15 teams in rushing offense,
and Notre Dame is topped by at
leastt15' others (it says here) on
"total offense"-that is, average
of gains per game by all means.
Boston College, whose speedy

Wolverine Gridders Top Nation In Offense

backs ran wild in rolling up two
lopsided wins over Clemson and
Kansas State, leads the nation in
rushing offense with an average
of 353 yards per game, followed
by West Virginia with 350.7 and
Pennsylvania with 329.
Eagles Rate Second
The Eagles from Boston, as a
result of their classy running
game, rate next to Michigan in
total yards gained per game,
463.5, with Penn State third at
Neither Illinois nor Army, which
battled to a scoreless tie in last
week's headline contest, rates a
call among the leaders on any
grounds whatever.
West Virginia leads the tabula-
tion in number of touchdown
passes thrown, with nine, followed
by Michigan's eight. Texas and
Iowa each had seven among the
major teams, North Carolina and
Oregon have suffered the most in-
terceptions, seven apiece.
The 10 Leaders in Each Depart-
Total Offense-(Gains rushing
and passing)-Michigan, 479.3
yards average per game; Boston
College, 463.5; Penn State, 459.7;
West Virginia, 455; Pennsylvania,
447.5; Brigham Young, 398.3; De-
troit, 397.2; Arizona, 391; Vir-
ginia, 387; California, 379.8.
Rushing Offense-Boston Col-
lege, 353 yards average per
game; West Virginia, 350.7; Penn-
sylvania, 329; Detroit, 283.8; New
Mexico, 282.7; Virginia, 280; Cali-
fornia, 274; Brown, 274; UCLA,
273.3; Utah, 265.
Passing Offense-Michigan, 248
yards average per game; Notre
Dame, 201; Brigham Young,
193.8; Arizona, 172.3; West Vir-
ginia, 165; Wake Forest, 164.3;
North Carolina, 159.3; Iowa,
158.3; Georgia Tech, 157; Utah
State, 152.

Passing Attack Enables
Michigan o Take Lead




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