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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1947

THE MICHIGAN IAILY

Wolverines Top Conference in Offense

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150OPound Team Opens
Against Illinois Saturday

With Michigan's varsity grid-
ders on the road, the number one
attraction in Ann Arbor this week
will be the debut of Coach Cliff
Keen's 150 pound team against
the Illinois lightweights at Ferry
Field Saturday morning.
The contest will be a history-
making affair marking the first
time that the University of Mich-
igan has ever fielded a 150 pound
team and realizing a long-stand-
ing ambition of the Wolverine
athletic staff.
Well Coordinated Machine
The lightweights will be cul-
minating long weeks of tedious
drill and conditioning which be-
gan early in the semester with
a group of disorganized inexperi-
enced men and has slowly become
a smooth-working, well coordinat-
ed grid machine.
Credit for the building of the
DIRECTORY
OUT
MONDAY
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team must go to Coach Cliff Keen
and his assistant and line coach
George Allen who had only 14
men on the squad with any prev-
ious football experience and only
four men who had ever earned
varsity letters.
Started from Scratch
They began from scratch with
the remainder of the men, first
drilling them on mere fundamen-
tals and then trying to work them
into the team. The success of
their efforts will be apparent Sat-
urday when several of the men on
the team take the field for their
first game oif organized football.
This will be the second contest
on the Illini football calendar.
They will be on the rebound from
a stinging 26-6 defeat at the hands
of a scrappy Wisconsin eleven two
weeks ago.
The defeat was partially attrib-
uted to the fact that the Illini had
only two weeks of practice prior
to the game and were somewhat
disorganized and inexperienced.
This handicap should be remedied
by Saturday, however, and plenty
or rugged competition can be ex-
pected from the lightweights from
Champaign.
It is certain that both teams will
exhibit a fast, deceptive offensive
that will make for an exhibition
of first-class football.

Bi g Nine
Briefs
By The Associated Press
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Oct. 28 -
Russ Steger, Illinois hard-driving
fullback, injured his right side
during today's scrimmage in the
mud as the Illini went through a
long drill against Michigan plays.
Steger's injury was not consid-
ered serious and he undoubtedly
will be in shape by Saturday.
Herb Siegert, first string guard
who has a bruised right arm, is
more of a question mark. He kept
Steger company in teh infirmary,
giving his arm the whirlpool
treatment.
EVANSTON, Ill., Oct. 28 -
Northwestern's tackle corps was
further weakened today when
regular Joe Sewell and reserve
Paul Barkal were added to the
crippled list.
One cheering note as the Wild-
cats prepared for Saturday's Big
Nine tangle with Wisconsin here
was the report that center Alex
Sarkisian's broken arm which is in
a cast was further mending. Sar-
kisian played on defense only
against Indiana last Saturday.
* * *
IOWA CITY, Ia., Oct. 28 -
Iowa's football squad resumed
outdoor drills today-rain can-
celled workouts yesterday -and
the Hawkeyes used the period for
a rugged scrimmage.
Head Coach Eddie Anderson
lined up two teams and let them
battle it out, under game condi-
tions, for 20 minutes. However,
most of the varsity backfield
viewed the scrimmage from the
sidelines.

'M' Holds Scoring Edge;
First in Passing, Rushing
Illini Defense Best Among Big Nine Teams;
Rain Forces Wolverine Gridders Indoors
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With the Michigan-Illinois foot-
ball clash coming up this Satur-
day, a look at comparative statis-
tics released by the Western Con-
ference shows the Wolverines to
have the defensive edge, in passing,
rushing and scoring, while the Il-
lini overshadows Michigan defen-
sively.
Both schools lead the Big
Nine in their respective depart-
ments and each ranks second in
the other department. The
Wolverines have the highest
scoring average, 31 points per
game, four points higher than
the Illini. In the rushing de-
partment, Michigan leads with a
372.5 yard average, more than
70 yards more than second
place Minnesota. Their passing
average also leads the Confer-
ence.
But since statistics don't win fu-
ture games, Michigan's football
squad went through another day's
workouts yesterday in prepara-
tion for Saturday's tilt.
Old Man Weather kept the
Wolverines inside, as it rained
most of the afternoon. Coach
Herbert 0. "Fritz" Crisler took
his charges into Yost Field
House where they were further
hampered by the basketball
court in the middle of the floor.
The squad was separated into
backfield and line units and each
were put through lengthy funda-
mental drills. Following t h e

drills, the whole squad was assem-
bled for extensive offensive and
defensive exercises. Clad in sweat
shirts and heavy coats the varsity
ran through various plays against
the white-shirted jayvee squad.
Today will see a continuation
of the heavy drills and, weather
permitting, the squad will prob-
ably scrimmage outside. The
workouts will taper off slightly
on Thursday when the final
Ann Arbor drills are held.
The squad will leave early Fri-
day morning for Champaign,
prcbably arriving there sometime
in the afternoon in time for Fri-
day drills.
I-M NEWS
Alpha Tau Omega's intramural
six man football team defeated a
hard fighting Phi Kappa Psi
squad yesterday under a drench-
ing rain, with Bruce Blanchard
scoring both touchdowns for the
winning ATO's.
ATO will meet the winner of
the Phi Gamma Delta-Chi Psi
game in the final round.
Other Football Scores:
Lambda Chi Alpha 1
Delta Kappa Epsilon 0
Sigma Alpha Mu 6
Zeta Beta Tau 0
Michigan House 8
Allen-Rumsey 6
Williams House 13
Wenley House 6
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UP THE LADDER:
Gridders Use Jayvee Squad
As Stepping Stone to Varsity

By PRES HOLMES
It is a popular contention among
bystanders and armchair quarter-
backs that football players are
monstrous and ignorant beings
who are wearing shoes for the
first time when they don a pair of
cleats.
Just for the sake of cleaning
things up a little, look at the Wol-
verines for a minute. Except for a
few phenomenal players it is the
usual policy for an ambitious grid-
der to spend a season or two on
theJayvee squad before he plays
a game in the stadium.
There r is little possibility for
any person of less than average
intelligence to last very long on
George Ceithaml's B team. Elig-
ibility rules, of course, eliminate
a few, but they could hardly
hope to measure the intelligence
necessary.
The job of the Jayvee squad
is, in effect, to act as a dummy
for the varsity. They are called
upon to scrimmage frequently
with Coach Crisler's contingent,
but not because he feels they
need a little contact work.
On the shoulders of the Jay-
vee team falls the assignment
of learning the plays of the
team the varsity meets the fol-
lowing Saturday. Therefore, the

B team has to know over fifty
new plays each week, which in
the present nine-game schedule
of the varsity means learning
over 450 plays a season.
This figure, of course, does not
include their own stock of plays
and also those of the varsity. Since
all areaspiring for thevarsity
they have to keep a knowledge of
those plays as well as the set they
use on the field.
Hoppe Extends
BilliardsLead
DETROIT, Oct. 28-UP)-Chal-
lenger Jimmy Caras of Upper
Darby, Pa., whittled champion
Willie Mosconi's lead in their
championship pocket billiards
match today.
Caras won the afternoon block,
209 to 125, to cut his Kansas City
rival's lead to 875,615 for the first
seven of 32 blocks. It was Caras'
second victory against five for
Mosconi.
Willie Hoppe of New York, de-
fending his three cushion title,
won the afternoon block 50-44
from challenger Arthur Rubin of
Brooklyn. Hoppe's victory gave
him a 350-284 advantage for seven
of the 28 scheduled blocks.

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