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THE MICHIGAN DAILY TIMSDAY, JAUARY

Frosh Gridders Indicate Bright Future

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Squad Shows Promise
In Jayvee Scrimmages
Outfit Two to Four Deep at All Positions;
Prospects May Offset Losses at Tackles

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By SI SONKIN
If the form displayed by
frosh gridders this fall is in
tive of the kind of football M
gan fans will see in the nex
years, the loss of Chappuis,
ges, et al, though serious, ma
be fatal.
Of the 100 plus freshmen
turned up during the initial
of practice, 53 were awardec
merals seven weeks later.
In their many intra-s
- tilts and scrimmages against
junior varsity, the frosh se
notice that they will be guni
for various positions on the
sity team in the next few
sons.
One of the best battles
shape up next fall for the v
tackle posts, where three o
six present operatives are pl
their last game for the Maiz
Blue on January 1.
Coach Wally Weber will
able to present half a d
promising candidates for
post. Leonard Swanson and '
liam Ohenroth have made
best showings so far, but tl
two are going to have pl
of competition from Dick B
Marty Flynn, Charles Olsen
Bob Matusoff.
Jay Carp, another tackle 1
ful, was injured early this se
but he will give the others p
of trouble if he can regain
skill he had begun to show.
The guards are not as nu
ous, but Charles Cereske,
Powers and James Wolter r
up in quality what they la
quantity. They were very suc
ful at opening up holes for
runners during scrimmages,
we'reall too often in the w
the carrier when they were p
defense.
The situation at cente
bright. With Carl Kreager, I
ry Smale, Dick Farrer, and
Lauer all blocking, well, tack
hard and plugging up the hi
on defense, there is a possib
that one or two will be shi
to a weak position on the 1
Smale and Kraeger, the la
an all-city center at Wel
Coley High, has a slighte
on the other two.
The end posts will be fo
over by Oswald Clark, Jr., Jo
Hess, George Sutherland, I
Popp, Bob Freeman, and Irv
er. All are good receivers
Clark and Hess showing u
pecially well on defense. Lake
also been tried at guard and
back, and played well att
positions.
The backfield positions
look as though they will be
ably filled. At quarterback
most promising candidates
Otho Robinson and W
Young. Both are hard,;
blockers, an essential quality
a Crisler signal caller, and
move fast enough to block
the half backs.
The edge here seemns to lay
Robinson, a rugged lad whos
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(Continued from Page 5) W ilkins N
contest, the wind, rainan soggyII
turf were too much for the Keen- O f Recog
men and the Buckeyes were able
to push over two first half scores By JAN BRODI
and take a 13-2 halftime lead. Most first- string guar
There was no further scoring and pce owihwl
the final count remained Ohio pounds and just bowl
State 13, Michigan 2. opposing linemen, yet St
The following week-end the kins, who weighs only
lightweights traveled to Madison been in the starting lin
to meet a strong Wisconsin aggre- he first donned a Mich
gation under the lights on Friday form in the 1945 season.
night.
Showing a complete reversal What Stu lacks in
of form from the previous week, makes up for in con
the Wolverines almost ran Wis- spirit and experience. I
consin into Lake Mendota with Ii. 0. Crisler's two-tean
a hard charging line and decep- he plays offensive righ
tive attack that culminated in When the defense tal
a 20-0 upset victory for Mich- Number 68 can be se r
igan, over the strategy up fr
Michigan took advantage of the line coach, Jack RI
excellent weather to whale into Essentially a teami
the Buckeyes and defeat them feels that his best gan
Iy an overwhelming margin of team's best game. This y
39-0. This. was sweet revenge the magnificent perfor:
for the setback earlier in the the snow and mud aga
season. consin.
The victory brought the season Stu is pretty thrilled at
to a successful climax with the trig in the Rose Bowl."
Wolverines sharing the Western lot of fun," he says, "an
Conference championship with privilege to play in the
the University of Wisconsin. Both Although he hasn't m
teams finished with three victo- licity for his contributi'
ries and one defeat. teams success, Stu is us
Looking forward next season it situation. "Most people
is expected that several. more know who's carrying
teams will field teams in confer- They don't care muchR
ence competition but some may line," he reasons.
wait a year because of lack of however, Stu did rec
practice space. ognition for his per
Little doubt remains that 150 against Indiana. He wa
pound football has had an im- out as one of the Big N
presser inaugural in the Big that week.
nine and will gain increasing im- In living up to its adv
portance as the seasons progress. licity this year, the team

T
ds are ex-
over 200
over the
tuart Wil-
186, has
eup since
igan uni-
size he
mpetitive
In Coach
m system
it guard.
kes over,
n talking
ront with
ott.
man, Stu
me is the
Year it was
,mance in
inst Wis-
bout play-
"It'll be a
nd a great
at game."
auch pub-
on to the
ed to this
want to
the ball.
about the
eive rec-
formance
s singled
vine stars
ance pub-
a has been

under quite a strain. One let-down

might have ruined the
"Everyone was pointing
We had to win the next
else," Stu said.

season.
for us.
one or

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Soft-spoken and unassuming
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But right now, like the rest of the
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not mention until the champion-
ship was won.

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LOQUACIUOS ... is the word
for Wally Weber. The Wol-
verine freshman coach has re-
puted-ly been heard a distance
of five miles during practice.
-ounds are compactly distributed
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The halfbacks are not too big,
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