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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1947

THE MICHIGAN IAILY

PAGE TH1REE

Wolverines En Route to Illinois for Big Nine Showdo

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Michigan Hits Peak

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With Fighting Illini
Offensive Drill Marks Last Practice;
Kern ptiorn Returns To Aid Defense

I-M NEWSj
Kappa Sigma, defending inter-
fraternity speedball champion,
added another win to its impres-
sive record 'yesterday by tripping
Theta Chi, 10-5. Sigma Chi last
year's runners-up kept pace with
the leaders by downing Delta Tau
Delta 7-5.
Four Forfeits
The touch footballscard was
marred by four forfeits out of a
scheduled five contests. In the
only game played, Phi Delta Phi
defeated Alpha Kappa Alpha 13-0.
Delta Sigma Phi, Delta Sigma
Delta. Nu Sigma Nu, and the
Goosers all won their contests via
the charity route.

Daily-Lmnanian
THERE, THERE OLD MAN... Bob Chappuis, Wolverine ball carrier, consoles an unidentified team-
mate who just couldn't move four Golden Goph ers out of the way in this play which netted only
a few yards last Saturday afternoon.

HE HAS A KICK COMING:
Jim B ri es Le Scorers

Coach "Fritz" Crisler recently
answered a request for a state-
ment regarding the chances of
Illinois defeating Michigan in
their clash Saturday at Cham-
paign by stating that a team that
has been upset one weekend is al-
ways on the rebound the next
Saturday and is twice as hard to
defeat.I
This statement seemed to be the
attitude of the whole Wolverine
squad as they went through their
final workout in Ann Arbor in
preparation for Saturday's game
with the Rose Bowl Champions of
Illinois. Every member of the
team was turning in his best effort
to master a defense for the Illi-
nois offensive plays as they were
run off by the Freshman team.
Coach Crisler and his players also
practiced extensively some of the
Michigan plays that are expected
to be the undoing of the defending
Western Conference Champions.
Michigan will rely on the same
offensive and defensive line-ups
that emerged thoroughly test-
ed after the Minnesota game. One
important addition to the Wolver-
ine defense was seen when it was
announced that Dick Kempthorn
would be ready for action against
the Illini after a two week sojourn
on the sidelines following a bruised
knee received in the Pittsburgh
game. With Kempthorn's return
Crisler will have two outstanding
defensive backs to stop the yard-
age gaining efforts of Perry Moss
and company.
Coach Ray Elliot's team is still
nursing injuries received in the
Illini's successive encounters with
Army, Minnesota and Purdue. The
Rose Bowl Champions are expect-

ed to be at full strength, however,
for their conference title tilt with
the Wolverines and are out to re-
peat the upset which prevented
Michigan from emerging as last
year's Conference champions. The
Illinois team is ranked as one of
the best defensive teams in the
nation and is the Big Nine leader
in this department. In addition,
the Illini are second only to Michi-
gan in Western Conference of-
fensive strength.
Coach Ray Elliot will have one
of the conferences passing aces to
throw against the Wolverines in
the person of Perry Moss who is
claimed to be the equal of Bob
Chappuis by many sportwriters.
Coach Elliot will also have one of
the best conference ground at-
tacks to bring against Michigan
Saturday. Dike Eddleman, Ruck
Steger and Capt. Art Dufelmeier
are the chief cogs in the Illini of-
fensive machine and are counted
on to top the power of Michigan's
Chappuis, Weisenburger, Derri-
cotte and Fonde.
The thirty-fourth meeting be-
tween the two Big Nine teams is
an all-important one for both.
Illinois, defeated by Purdue, needs
to win this game to stay in the
running for conference honors and
the Wolverines have a double pur-
pose in defeating the Champaign
title holders. By winning Michi-
gan will have passed what is rated
its chief obstacle to an undefeated
season and a conference cham-
pionship. An Illinois defeat will
also serve to erase the memory of
last year's game which gave the
Illini the Big Nine title.

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Quality Suis
by
SMITHSON

By IRWIN ZUCKER
He hasn't carried the pigskin
past that last white stripe at all,
yet he leads the 1947 Big Nine
scoring parade!
The name? You're right-it's
Jim Brieske, Michigan's automatic
place-kicker, who has split the up-
rights in 31 out of 34 attempts
this year.
With four games remaining
on the Wolverine schedule,
Brieske has an excellent oppor-
tunity to eclipse the national
collegiate record of 47 conver-
sions in a year-a mark that
was set by Army's Dick Walter-
house.
What's the secret of Brieske's
phenomenal success?
"You've got to believe you're
going to kick that point and let
nothing disturb your poise once
you're set," explains the smiling
200-pound center from Harbor
Beach, Mich. "I 'wish' it over every
time."
The Maize and Blue extra-
point specialist also has tre-
mendous confidence in the other
fellow. "When I'm in there, a
guy can't ask for better block-
ing from our line and backs .. .

I know I don't have to worry
about being rushed too much."
He is lavish in his praise of Gene
Derricotte, the speedy half-back,
who has been holding the ball
every time Brieske's powerful right
foot forms that familiar arc.
"Gene's a pretty smooth ball-
handler-he has speed, coolness,
and sureness when he grabs those
passes from good ol' J. T. White."
Brieske's "educated" toe
spends about a half-hour each
afternoon on "homework" at
Ferry Field. Strangely enough,
Jim doesn't boot those place-
ments in practice from the cus-
tomary 9-yard stripe; instead,
he smacks 'em from the 35 and
30-yard line-in field goal style.
The Wolverine star likes to re-
call that it was in 1942 that he
first received the confidence need-
ed in his collegiate place-kicking.
It happened in the Great Lakes
game. Michigan took a 6-0 lead,
but Merv Pregulman, All-Amer-
ican tackle, missed the conversion.
In the final period, on a fourth
down, Fritz Crisler sent in Brieske
to try his luck. The Harbor Beach
athlete booted a field goal from
the 14 to clinch the game, 9-0.

That year he connected in
of 31 attempted conversions.

26 out

In 1943, while a V-12 trainee
here, Jim suffered a knee injury
that kept him out of duty all
season. The next two years
found him stationed in various
parts of the country and the
world.
But in 1946, Jim returned to the
Wolverine campus. His old job as
the Wolverine place-kicker was,
waiting for him.
A graduate student in the Bus-
iness Administration School,
Brieske is a bit undecided about
playing professional football. The
Baltimore Colts offered him a
tempting proposition last year, but
the golden-toed athlete decided to
play for Crisler instead.

Daily-Lmanian
BYE, BYE BLUES ... Billy Bye,
Minnesota's stellar halfback, is
off on a short jaunt earthward
this time as an unidentified
Wolverine slows him down and
Gene Derricotte moves up for
the tackle.
Meyer Heads
'M' RifleClub
At the University of Michigan
Rifle Club meeting Wednesday
night, the following officers were
eleeted for this year: George Mey-
er, pres.; Warren Eder, vice-pres.;
Dick Bohl, Sec.; and Norm Ron-
ning, treasurer.

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YAWNIN' IN T HE MAWNIN'

Attempting to make their his-
toric debut an auspicious one, the
Wolverine 150 pound gridders for-C
got that Thursday is usually the
time to "slack-off" by holding an
extra hard scrimmage yesterday in
preparation for the Illinois tilt
tomorrow.
This may well be the opening
pages of the "Little Big Nine"
conference of the Michigan man-
ual.
Under the guiding hand of
quarterback and team captain
Charlie Ketterer, the 150
pounders drilled on live bait in-
stead of sawdust dummies to be
sure that they are ready for
whatever the unpredictable Illi-
nois opposition can offer.
Ketterer, who runs like a scat
halfback with a terrific imagina-
tion beyond the line of scrimmage
and who knows how to toss the
pigskin, is the keyman in Coach
Keen's brand of offense.
He also possesses the quality
of "split vision," the ability to

spot any uncovered receiver at
any part of the field in one
glance, which, combined with
deadly accuracy, gives his pass-
ing prowess a double barrel ef-
fectiveness.
In front of Ketterer will be a
line bent upon destruction in their
own lightweight sort of way. Ac-
cording to line coach George Allen,
the tackling and blocking looked
especially rugged and clean-cut
in yesterday's workout.
Tentative lineups:
Michigan Illinois
Pat Costa .... LE .... B. North
Bob Hicks .... LT .... D. Loewe
D. O'Connell LG.. W. Gleason
G. Bradley ... C.... C. Taylor
John Allred ..RG.. G. Flower
B. Breakey . . . RT.. F. Whiting
Brad McKee . RE.. . . J. Marcus
C. Ketterer ..QB.. Dean Ryan
Doug Wicks ..LH.. Joe Wasko
Whitehouse . . R H .. K. Marlin
Ed Rossati .. .FB.. B. Esmond

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