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October 15, 1948 - Image 7

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Boosting Athletic Fame
Chief Job of Les Etter

Spreading the name and fame
of Wolverine athletics throughout
the country is the principle job
of Les Etter, Michigan's very able
athletic publicity director.
However, the sending out of
press releases and mats to the va-
rious newspapers in the United
States is far from the only task
that falls to this behind-the-
scenes man in the Michigan ath-
letic set up.
* * *
ONE OF THE more difficult
jobs that comes under Etter's di-
rection is running of the press
boxes. He must see to admit-
tance and seating, not only for
football, but for the other major
sports as well.
One cold day last spring
during the baseball season, he
earned the gratitude of those
members of the press that
were covering the game by
bringing hot coffee to them in
the press box. On other occa-
sions, when the weather was
milder, soft drinks were brought
Many times, when important
football games come up away from
home, it is Etter who precedes the
team to site of the contest and
Smith Seeks
Pro Contract
Smith, speedy Jackson Negro back,
who quit the Michigan State Col-
lege football team, is open for pro
offers if any of the play-for-pay
teams are interested.
Smith said he walked out of the
Spartan football camp because he
felt he wasn't being used enough
offensively. Jigh scorer with 30
points last year, Smith only
carried the ball four times in three
games so far this season. Among
his five touchdowns last year were
two that won the Temple game

works in close contact with the
local press, giving them any and
all information desired.
WHEN A RADIO interview with
any Michigan coach or player
comes up, the arrangements are
usually made through the public-
ity office. Often, he is called upon
to go before the "mike" himself.
Though admitting that "the
job is heaviest during the foot-
ball season, it certainly isn't
seasonal in nature."
The football programs for the
home games, as well as the grid-
iron guide that comes out at the
beginning of the year, are the
products of Etter's efforts.
ETTER HAS BEEN closely as-
sociated with athletics most of the
time since he was in college. Dur-
ing his undergraduate days at
Minnesota, he was a member of
the track and cross-country teams
as well as sports editor of both the
Minnesota Daily and their year-
book the Gopher.
During his summers at school,
he worked on the Duluth News
Tribune and the Minneapolis
Journal and upon his gradua-
tion in 1930, he was appointed
the first athletic publicity di-
rector at Minnesota.
Upon leaving this post in 1935,
he took up with the Associated
Press. Public relations and then
worked with an advertising agency
featured in Life from 1938 until
1944, when he assumed his pres-
ent post in the Michigan athletic

Autumn Golf
At Mid Point
Kessler Captures
Crawford Trophy
Fall golf competition reached
the half way point yesterday when
Coach Bert Katzenmeyer an-
nounced that Rog Kessler, veteran
Wolverine golfer, had won the first
annual invitational William B.
Crawford trophy with a medal
score of 295, the lowest posted
by 38 top-notch campus golfers.
The other half of fall golf ac-
tivity is now centered on the an-
nual Trueblood Cup Tournament
that has just entered its second
round of match play, eight men
still competing for honors in the
traditional all-campus tourna-
IN CAPTURING the Crawford
Trophy, Kessler shot excellent golf
to finish with a five stroke ad-
vantage over Ed Schalon, re-elect-
ed captain of next year's team.
Kessler posted rounds of 73,
76, 70, 76 while Schalon was
touring the watersoaked course
lin 76, 72, 75, 77.
The tournament, which comes
after a full summer of golf for
most of the competitors, gives the
golfers an excellent opportunity to
display their consistency over the
long 72 hole route.
ALTHOUGH a nucleus of five
lettermen will return to the links
next spring, there were strong in-
dications that this year's sopho-
more crop would put the pressure
on the veterans.
Babe Mattson, who took third
in the tournament with a 305,
Leo Houser, low medalist in the
Trueblood qualifying rounds
with 149, and Bob Olson all shot
fine golf to give the spring
Michigan's title hopes a consid-
erable boost.
Then, for those who may be
thinking a couple of years further
along, a promising crop of fresh-
man golfers burst forth in their
initial appearance in Michigan
This year's Junior Amateur
Champion, Dean Linn, two Ohio
boys, Dick Evans from Cleveland
and Chuck Spross from Toledo,
Jim Dickson from Ypsilanti and
Warren Gast of St. Joseph, Mich-
igan form the nucleus of the fresh-
man group.

firom toe
By MURRAY GRANT ... Daily Sports Editor
WE WERE pretty proud about picking the upset of the week in our
last group of selections, as we called the triumph Iowa scored
over a highly-favored Ohio State eleven, but looking at our overall
record we lost a lot of that pride.
We picked all the midwestern games, but when we moved out
of our own backyard the pickings were awfully lean. Our score was six
out of ten for a season's mark of 20 wins and 9 losses for a percentage
of .690.
Navy, our old nemesis, went down for the third straight week
and we were caught aboard their sinking ship as Duke swamped
the Middies, 28-7. And out on the West Coast Rice invaded the
Southern California bailiwick and went home with a 7-0 triumph,
much to our chagrin.
But we'll wipe the slate clean and try again now with the ten
top games around the nation.
MICHIGAN-NORTHWESTERN-This is definitely the game of the,
day with the two powers in the Big Nine locking horns. The
Wildcats have a great backfield and excellent line, but the Wolverines
can match anything. Each team wants to win this one for any number
of reasons. The Wildcats are strong, but Michigan is stronger. The
Wolverines will roll to their eighteenth straight victory.
MINNESOTA-ILLINOIS-Both clubs took it on the chin last
week as Army outlasted the Illini, 26-21 and Northwestern came from
behind to whip the Gophers, 19-16. Illinois has a couple of passers,
but Minnesota has everything else. The Gophers on the rebound.
OHIO STATE-INDIANA-Indiana had her applecart really upset
last week and so did Ohio State. They'll both be looking to get back
on victory road. Strangely enough Indiana is tied with Northwestern
for the Big Nine lead and this corner thinks they'll still have an
undefeated conference record after they clash with the Buckeyes.
Indiana, in another whing-ding battle.
PURDUE-IOWA-The Hawkeyes may have upset Ohio State
last week, but Purdue can't be as bad as the scores have indicated.
Stu Holcomb has probably fed his Boilermakers Wheaties this week
and the men of Iowa are going to take the wrath of a resurgent
Purdue eleven.
YALE-WISCONSIN-Wisconsin has developed into a Big Nine
have-not and after the beating California administered they need a
rest, not another tough game. But Yale's bulldogs are good and
should give the Badgers another whipping, though nothing like Cali-
fornia dished out.
PENN-COLUMBIA-Two of the powers in the East clash at Franklin
Field for the edge in the race toward the Ivy League crown.
Columbia edged Yale in their last outing, but Penn isn't Yale and the
Lions will have tougher fare this week. The Quakers should feast on
Lion meat this Saturday.
last week and aren't the team they were last season. Oregon is on
the lookout for a Rose Bowl bid and won't let Southern Cal stand in
their way. Oregon on the mighty right arm of Van Brocklin.
state rivals get together in what is usually a good scrap. But not
this year. The Tarheels are number one in the country and Justice
is still going great.
NAVY-MISSOURI-After last week we swore we would never
speak of Navy again. But here they are again, biting off more than
they can chew, or so say the experts. But we have a hunch-our
last hunch on Navy-. The Missourians are ripe for an upset and
the Middies have to win someday. So it's way out on our limb and
our pick is-Navy.

Wolverines Close to Peak

As Wildcat Contest Nears
Squad's Top Physical, Mental Condition
Forecasts Stellar Play for Tomorrow's Tilt

Intent on maintaining Michi-
gan's strong defense which has
held three teams to one disputed
touchdown in 12 quarters of play,
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan sent his
charges through a stiff practice
session emphasizing signal drills
and pass defense.
The fortunes of the Wolverines
jumped when it was announced
that end Ed McNeill's leg injury
was improving and that the offen-
sive star might see action against
Northwestern tomorrow.
** * *
Michigan's candidates for All-
American honors is still nursing
his knee and although he partici-
pated in the squad's workouts, is
not expected to take over his
backfield position until the Wol-
verines tackle the Gophers of
If spirit determines the out-
come of football contests, then
Michigan has taken a long stride
towards retaining its Western
Conference title.
Led by Dick "master of cere-
monies" Rifenburg, the squad
talked it up and executed its as-
signments yesterday afternoon as
if they had just annexed the right
to enter the Rose Bowl game.
* * *
easy to detect flaw in the Wol-
verine machine, Coach Oosterbaan
and his staff stressed protection
against the flat pass.
Wally Teninga, Chuck Ort-
mann and Leo Koceski devoted
their skill to the punting de-
partment and attempted, to per-
fect "coffin corner" kicking.
Teninga also sharea with Ort-

mann the passing honors of the
session as the two backfield stars
hit ends Ozzie Clark, and Dick Rif-
enburg with ground gaining
THE SQUAD separated into its
customary four units for the sig-
nal drills under the quarterback-
ing of Pete Elliott and Bob Bart-
Coach Oosterbaan deviated from
his usual schedule in the light
work session yesterday in place of
another day's scrimmage and is
expected to devote today's prac-
tice to additional defense workout
and blackboard drill.
Set- Squad Tilt
Michigan's 150 pound football
coach, Cliff Keen, and his assist-
ants, will get a closer line on their
grid prospects this afternoon when
they send the lightweights through
their second intra-squad game of
the year.
With the squad shaved down
following last week's scrimmage in
which 60 men participated, Keen
has been spending more time this
week grooming men for individual
positions. He has also been
strengtheningethe Maizeand Blue
lightweight eleven by shifting men
to different posts.
The booting of Frank White-
house, who shared punting in the
1947 season, was very impressive
in yesterday's drill, which was de-
voted to punting and a light

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Show Marked
Wally Weber's freshman foot-
ballers showed marked improve-
ment in handling the tricky Wol-
verine offense yesterday in a long
scrimmage at Ferry Field.
Spearheaded by a whole host
of young backfield prospects, the
blue - shirted offensive team
raced up and down the field.
Coach Weber kept shifting his
backfield men, and many of
them looked good wherever they
Don Peterson, who has operated
from the tail back position in
most of the freshman drills, was
shifted to the fullback slot this
week, where he has tried the fancy
ball handling and spinning that
his older brother Tom does for
the Varsity.

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new position, he looks like he
might develop into a triple
threat star with the fine
running, passing, and punting
he has displayed so far at left

Scorecast on
Michigan vs. Northwestern
Wisconsin vs. Yale
For complete information ... Bulletin Board at
Parrot Restaurant
Alexander's Drug store Calkins and Fletcher
Campus Drugs Wikel's Drug Store
"Watch this paper for announcement of this week's winners."


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Two other halfbacks, Don Zan-
fagna and Jim Eldridge displayed
some excellent running during the
workout. Zangagna also heaved
several long passes in plays that
covered almost the length of the
field. Another first year man who
continues to chuck that ball well
is Bill Putich of Cleveland.


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