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Ortmann Selected Midwest's Player-of-tih

e- Week

Newsmen Cite Minnesota Performance


** * *

Chuck Ortmann, the lad who
pulled Michigan's Wolverines up
from their boot straps Saturday
in a virtual one-man offensive per-
formance, received official credit
for his sensational show yesterday
when a national wire service
named the blond Milwaukeean
Midwest Player-of-the-Week.
Injured on the third play of the
Army defeat and not in top form
against Northwestern, the dazzling
Maize and Blue junior halfback
exploded with a vengeance against
the power-laden Minnesota Goph-
ers, exhibiting dead-eye passing
and quick-breaking ground jaunts.
FEW PLAYERS have ever,given
such a convincing one-man show
ras Ortmann did against the giant
Hailed as a sensational passer
after his sophomore season, the
rangy six-footer showed his
running talents Saturday, ac-
counting for 115 of the 126 yards
gained through Minnesota's
"greatest" line.
Sports writers and scouts alike
agree that Ortmann played the
best game of his relatively young
college career. The Wolverine tail-
back, now being hailed as a po-
tential All-American, was complete
master of the futile Gophers, who
had halted every back they faced
this year.
that has hampered the Maize and
Blue offense this season, "Sling-
shot Charlie" kept the Northmen
forwards on their toes the entire

ONE-TWO PUNCH - Chuck Ortmann's sterling performance
- against Minnesota last Saturday resulted in his selection as the
Midwest Player-of-the-Week and started All-American specula-
tion for the blonde halfback From Milwaukee. Ortmann's offensive
work in the Minnesota game was a constant thorn in the side of
the Gopher's highly touted defense as he personally accounted
for 207 of the Wolverines 228 yards gained on total offense.
* * * * .

And then he added: "No one
will ever know whether the score
may have been different against
Army if Ortmann had not been
hurt on the first Michigan scrim-
mage of the game,"
MODEST AND almost bashful,
the Wolverine star credits his
mates for his brilliant show. "The
boys blocked for me and it was
easy to make good gains," he said.
As a sophomore flash last
year, Ortmann finished as the
Conference's top passer. But he
had to wait for the Gophers to
unlimber his .500 air average in
the 1949 campaign.
It was on the ground that
Charlie really uncovered hidden
talents, however. Rather than try-
ing to run down the Gopher
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-Bill Moore.
giants, Ortmann let them make
the first bids and then danced by
for yardage. He showed speed,
power and finesse not seen in the
Michigan stadium since "Bump"
Elliott or even Tom Harmon.
ORTMANN'S teammate, 190-
pound Lloyd Heneveld, the Holland
guard, also performed superbly
against Minnesota to get the nod
as one of the Football News line
standouts- of -the-week.
Opposite such Gopher hulks as
Clayt Tonnemaker, Lloyd con-
standtly submarined to mire the
Minnesota line plays.

The huge Gophers were never
sure whether the Michigan star
would run or pass once he got
his hands on the ball. On sev-
eral plays he faded back to pass
and then when the Minnesota
defense turned to'cover his re-
ceivers, Chuck took off on foot
for repeated long runs through a
Gopher forward wall that had
not allowed any of its previous
opponents to gain as much as a
hundred yards on the ground.
For the first time this season,
Ortmann was not to be denied
through the air either. The Wol-
verine sensation connected on nine

of 17 passes for 92 yards in perk-
ing up a thus far ineffective pass-
ing attack.
THE VERSATILE back also got
off a 45-yard punt to place him in
the triple-threat category for the
day. His only lapse, a third-quar-
ter fumble which gave the Gophers
their lone tally, only tempered the
Wolverine advantage.
Michigan coach Bennie Oos-
terbaan had this to say about
him. "Chuck played the great-
est game of his career in leading
our offensive attack against

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Lentz, Holloway Replace Past Greats
Bolster Defense Against Minnesota

For Illinois
Michigan's rejuvenated Wolver-
ines have a major problem on their
hands this week as they prepare
for the weekend clash with Illinois
and that is to figure a way to stop
the passes of one Bernie Krueger.
Veterans of last year's game in
which the Wolverines edged the
Illini 28-20 will remember how the
talented Krueger nearly dashed
the title hopes of the Michiganders
with his accurate throwing.
S* *
IN ALL, HE completed 12 of 21
attempted passes for a grand total
of 216 yards. He was instrumen-
tal in setting up every Illinois
score and kept his team in the
game until late in the, final quar-
This year Bernie is up to his
old tricks. Not counting last
week's encounter with Purdue,
he has completed 29 of 58 heaves
for a nifty .500 average and 341
In the Purdue battle the Illini
running attack was so effective
that they only threw five passes,
completing three of those.
field general and proved to be a
more than ample replacement for
Perry Moss, the Illini passing whiz
of two years ago.
As last year, Michigan will
have to recover from a crucial
Minnesota battle in order to be
at their best for Illinois.
But this year at least there are
virtually no injuries with the ex-
ception of Leo Koceski, who prob-
ably will not play again until the
Ohio State game.
In yesterday's practice session
the Wolverines got a look at Bill
Orwig's scouting reports and some
of the Illini formations. The Wol-
verines will probably have a lot of
trap plays thrown at them Satur-
day since Purdue was routed in
that manner last week.
Some time was also spent polish-
ing up on offensive assignments
with the second and third string-
ers bearing the brunt of a short
FiVe prtads
Nurse Injuries
of a rash of injuries, the Mich-
igan State football team was
coasting this week prior to the
meeting with Temple.
Among those who suffered in
the bruising play against Penn
State were tackle Pete Fusi, hos-
An important square dance
meeting will be held at the
Women's Athletic Building to-
night from 7:30 to 9.
Tom Van Voorhies.
pitalized with a leg injury, guard
Ed Bagdon, suffering from chest
bruises, fullback Frank Waters,
nursing a wrenched shoulder, and
tackle Don Coleman and end
Hank Minarik, both nursing bad
mouth cuts.
The rest of the team has a col-
lection of bumps and bruises, sore
muscles, cuts and minor sprains
from the Penn State play.
Jack Heppinstall. veteran train-
er, said he hadn't seen the Spar-
tain squad so severely shaken in a
long time.

Ghindia Solves Quarterback Problem

"Give your taste a trea

' t

A couple of Wolverines-who have
been playing second fiddle to All-
Americans for a long timfe sud-
denly made themselves known last
Saturday afternoon with tremen-
dous defensive performances
against Minnesota's highly-touted
Perhaps it was unfortunate for
seniors Charlie Lentz and Bob

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Holloway to be around at a time
when Michigan was blessed with
such outstanding halfbacks and
ends as the Wolverines have been
for the past three years.
NOBODY COULD hardly ex-
pect either of them to have much
success in taking over spots filled
by such Wolverine greats as Bob
Chappuis, Chalmers "Bump" El-
liott, Charlie Ortmann, Dick Rif-
enburg and Bob Mann, just to
mention a few.
But this year, through grad-
uation losses and an early in-
jury to Ortmann, Coach Bennie
Oosterbaan has been harder
pressed for good defensive men
in his two-platoon setup and
this is where "Chuck" and Bob
stepped in.
Lentz took over the role of safety
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man when Ortmann was injured
in the Army game. He sparked a
defensive comeback in the second
half of that game, and rose to
great heights in the Minnesota
clash by snagging three Gopher
aerials, one of which set up the
first Wolverine score.
IN ADDITION this little 165
pounder was mainly responsible
for racing back nine Minnesota
punts for a total of 79 yards. In
contrast, the Gophers were held
to a measly 19 yards on the re-
turn of eight Michigan boots.
Holloway, a husky 200 pound-
er, came in for special com-
mendation by Oosterbaan since
Bob was making his first start
in his three year grid carier
with the Wolverines.
What he did against the mam-
moth Gopher line along with the
rest of the Michigan defensive
wall is now a well known tale.
The fact is that he turned back
every Gopher attempt to sweep his
end until a mild injury forced him
to leave the contest in the fourth

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