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Statistics Predict Tight Z1 'Buck


Wolverine Defensive Era
Sparked by Kempthorn


MeEwen Out
Of Collegiate
Co a t
Harrier Meet
Michigan's short cross country
season is over, and sophomore sen-
sation, Don McEwen, has been
withdrawn from two remaining
meets, Coach Don Canham an-
nounced last night.
McEwen had been entered in
the Central Collegiate Conference
meet tomorrow at Ypsilanti, and
the National Collegiate Athletic
Association championships next
weekend at East Lansing.-
* * *
CANHAM SAID that the pres-
sure of two more weeks of the
grueling four-mile competition
would upset McEwen's training
All freshmen interested in
track and field are asked to at-
tend a meeting at 5 p.m. today
in Yost Field House. Movies of
last year's Olympic Games will
be shown.
-Elmer Swanson
program for the coming indoor
track and field campaign. The
present schedule calls for a short
lay-off at the end of the outdoor
cross country running.
A postponement of the lay-
off would shorten by two weeks
McEwen's preparation for the
first indoor meet.'
In next week's National Collegi-
ate meet McEwen would have met
the Wisconsin star, Don Gehr-
r mann, whom he upset last week in
the Big Ten meet in Chicago; Bob
Black, defending champ from
Rhode Island State; Bill Mack and
Jack Dianetti, two high-ranking
harriers from Michigan State; and
several other top national run-
IN BEATING Gehrmann lastj
week, McEwen set a new record
for the Washington Park course
in 19:44.5. Gehrmann was the old'
record holder, and had won the
last three years. Until last Sat-
urday he was rated as the top
4 prospect to dethrone Black as na-
tional king.
McEwen beat Gehrmann to
the finish by more than 200
yards, and thereby pushed the
Badger runner into second spot
on the challengers' list for
Black's crown.

Dopesters Favor Michigan
Over OSU by Seven Points

MAN TO STOP-Vic Janowicz, Ohio State halfback, drives for
a slight gain in last week's game with Illinois in Columbus.
Hampered by early season injuries, Janowicz is ready for action
and promises to be a hard man for the Michigan defensive line to
stop in tomorrow's encounter with the dangerous Buckeyes. He is
being stopped by Halfback Paul Douglas (37) and Center Lou
Levanti of the Illini.
Hart Receives Maxwell Cup
As Top Collegiate Grid Star

Although dopesters figure Mich-
igan a seven-point favorite in
Saturday's crucial Ohio State bat-
tle, on paper the contest has one
of the closest pre-game outlooks
in the Wolverines past three sea-
The game features traditional
rivalry between two perennial
powers, in itself disallowing past
records. But, this year, both clubs
have added incentives, if any are
* * *
WES FESLER'S Buckeyes have
the dual prospect of a Big Ten
championship and a January Rose
Bowl berth as a beat-Michigan
prize. The Bucks could go to the
Coast even if they lose to the
Wolverines, but Minnesota
trimmed Ohio State, 27-0, earlier
in the year and have looked im-
pressive since losing to Purdue.
In addition, the Scarlet and Gray
are looking for their first Con-
ference title since 1944.
As if the Big Ten champion-
ship isn't enough, the Maize and
Blue need that title glory as
consolation for their now de-
funct 25-game winning streak,
snapped by Army this year, and
the following loss to Northwest-
ern. Michigan would like to
ascend the throne and once
m6re be looked upon as "king."
Besides incentive, the elevens
are also virtually even in most of
the customary "rating" divisions
of the gridiron sport.
ASSOCIATED Press sports-
writers ranked Michigan fifth and
Ohio State seventh in the latest
nation-wide poll, just 282 points
dividing the clubs. On compara-
tive scores, usually a poor cri-
terion, Michigan holds a decided
edge in the versus-Minnesota out-
look; Ohio State has the ad-
vantage in the against-Indiana

rating and the teams are tied in
the versus-Illinois comparison.
Now to statistics. The Ohioans
have the best offensive record
in the Big Ten with a 351 yard-
per-game average, but meet
the loop's toughest defense in
Michigan's 220 yard-per-game
yield. The Wolverines place
fourth in ground-eating, with
the Buckeyes second in the
stopping department. Ohio has
a tricky aerial attack, but faces
the Big Ten's third pass defense
Identical 4-1 win-loss marks
deadlock the elevens for the Con-
ference lead, and although the
Bucks have lost one less game than
Michigan, the Feslermen eked out
a one-point victory in the sea-
son's opener, while one of the
Maize and Blue defeats was an
* * *
AS TO personnel, the same
story, Vic Janowicz, the Buck's
fabulous sophomore will probably
be the best first year man on the
field. But Michigan's Don Peter-
son, Bill Putich and Tom John-
son can hold their own.
The Maize and Blue have a
top passer in Chuck Ortmann,
Ohio in Pandel Savic. Ohio
State has a pile-driving full-
back in Fred Morrison, Michi-
gan in Don Dufek. The Bucks
have a fleet halfback in Jerry
Krall, the Wolverines in Leo
Koceski, returning to the line-
up after being injured in mi,d-
Add up rating, comparative
scores, records and personnel-
sum-toss-up. With these grid
rating scales cancelling each other
off, the result is sure to hinge on
those football intangibles like
breaks, inspiration and quick-

Hart, a giant among giants on
Notre Dame's great football team,
yesterday was chosen college Play-
er of the Year by the Maxwell
Memorial Football Club.
In unanimously voting its an-
rual award to the 265-pound na-
tive of Turtle Creek, Pa., the Max-
well Club Board of Governors hon-
ored an end for the first time
since the organization's inception
in 1937.
THE SELECTION of six foot,
four Hart also marked the second
consecutive year that a lineman
was honored by the club formed
in memory of Robert (Tiny) Max-
well, Philadelphia sportswriter kill-
ed in an automobile accident in
the early 1920's.
When Charley Bednarik was
picked in 1948 it ended a string
of 11 straight backfield selec-
tions, The former Penn center
and current Philadelphia Eagles
star will be on hand January 10

at the group's annual dinner
when Hart is expected to be pre-
sent to receive the award.
Club President Bert Bell said
there was no hesitation and very
little debate in the selection of
"He was a greater player
among great players on a Notre
Dame team that some day may
be classed as one of the top
teams of all time," Bell said.

. . . line backer supreme
Michigan Mat
Slate for '50
Tentatively Set
Michigan's varsity wrestlers will
open their 1950 season against the
University of Pittsburgh on Jan-
uary 7, according to the tentative
schedule announced by Coach
Cliff Keen yesterday.
Othermatches of the season will
pit the Wolverines against Navy,
Northwestern, Purdue, Iowa, Illi-
nois and Ohio State. It is possible
that a varsity meet will be held be-
fore the Christmas holidays,
The squad, -which has at
present only one remaining let-
terman, will be reinforced by
the return of John Powers, 165
pound Conference champ, as
well as Karl Kreager and Al
Wahl, both heavyweights, as
soon as football ends.:
An intra-squad tournament fea-
tured yesterday's practice with the
Blue beating the Maize, 26-15, in
the ten match meet. These early
season tourneys are used for de-
termining the quality of the
squad's material and for giving
the men some early season com-
Freshmen interested in
basketball are invited to re-
port at the I-M Building on
Monday, November 21, at
3:30 p.m. Please bring equip-
Dave Strack f

The football forecasters were
never more correct than before
Michigan's 1947 football season
when they predicted a great fu-
ture for a 19-year-old sophomore
named Dick Kempthorn.
In his very first game in a Maize
and Blue uniform, the 195 pound
fullback from Canton, Ohio, jus-
tified his pre-season build-up.
* * *
THE GAME was the '47 season
opener with Michigan State and
Dick's outstanding defensive play
set the Kempthorn standard that
was to bedome the by-word with
Michigan defensive strength in the
years to come.
From the start Kempthorn
was a natural for the defensive
hotspot - backing up the line.
An uncanny ability in diagnos-
ing plays and then stopping
them has proved a constant
thorn in the sides of opposing
"It ain't safe out there with that
guy Kempthorn running around
loose," growled a discouraged back
of one of Michigan's early '47 op-
ponents after being stopped by a
typical hard, clean, Kempthorn
* * *
IT WAS THE never-ending
repetition of this type of play that
warranted the bestowal by a De-
troit sportswriter of the nickname
"Killer" upon the Wolverine tow-
er of strength after his showings
in the first ganes of the '47 sea-
The nickname caught on and
since that time the "Killer" has
never failed to add to the repu-
tation upon which it was orig-
inally based.
Buc eyes Get
Brisk Workout
COLUMBUS, O. -(A)- Ohio
State's Michigan-bound gridmen
got a taste yesterday afternoon of
possible weather conditions in
Ann Arbor tomorrow. They went
through a brisk practice session in
30-degree temperatures and gusty
snow flurries.
The Buckeye offensive and de-
fensive platoons worked for near-
ly an hour on their specialties be-
fore coaches called them to the
dressing room.
The Buckeyes have scheduled a
final practice session today in To-
ledo, where they will encamp over-
night (Commodore Perry Hotel).
They will arrive in Ann Arbor
shortly before game time (1 p.m.
CST) tomorrow on their special
__________-- i

In the Rose Bowl game with
Southern California, what the Tro-
jans saw of Dick Kempthorn was
enough to last them a lifetime.
DICK WAS backing up the line
with his usual devastating efficien-
cy and in addition providing a
wicked reception for the USC de-
fenders who made the mistake of
getting in his way on Jim Brieske's
seven conversions. Two to four
men were taken out on each block
by the Canton fullback as Brieske's
kicks sailed through the uprights
But it would be rank injustice
to pick out any one game as
Kempthorn's top performance at
Michigan. Every game in which
Dick plays brings in new praises
from coaches and fans alike for
his superlative defensive play.
So outstanding, in fact, has been
the "Killer's" play on defense that
his performance on offense is of-
ten overlooked. But in his first
game for Michigan Dick scored
All freshmen numeral win-
ners canobtain a copy of the
1949 squad picture by calling
for it in the office of Miss
Bacon at the Athletic Ad-
ministration Building.
his first intercollegiate touchdown
and since that time has added
three more. And in the 61 times
he has carried the ball from scrim-
mage for the Wolverines the "de-
fensive" ?fullback has averaged
four yards per carry.
THOUGH THE Philadelphia
Eagles and the Cleveland Browns
have hispro football draft rights,
the professional game is definitely
out for Dick as he intends to enter
the School of Business Adminis-.
tration next semester in prepara-
tion for going into business with
his father upon graduation.
Tomorrow will mark Dick's last
game for the Maize and Blue so
whoever takes his place next year
will have a tremendous job cut
out for him carrying on in.the
Kempthorn tradition.

Atchison Cited as Ideal 'Two Platooner'

.w.w. ..

Baseball Drafts Rookie Talent;
DetroitFails To. Make a Choice

CINCINATTI-(W)-Twenty bush
leaguers, including four bonus
players, headed for the Majors
yesterday as 14 clubs picked up
talent in baseball's annual draft
at a cost of $182,500.
Detroit of the American League
and Boston of the National passed.
up their chances, while Brooklyn
made its first draft choice since
1944 in beckoning Malcolm Mal-
lette, a 26-year-old left-handed
hurler, from Sacramento.
FIFTEEN of the 20 were select-
ed from the triple-A clubs, the
Pacific Coast loop surrendering
seven, the International five and
the American .Association three.
Two leaped from the double-A
Texas loop, and one from the
Southern Association of the same
The Philadelphia Americans
and the St. Louis Cardinals dip-
ped deepest into the grab bag.
The Athletics paid $4,000 for
Ed. Hrabczak, a 19-7 record pit-
cher with Stamford of the class
B Colonial League, where he
fanned 234 and allowed 188 hits
in 225 innings. The Cardinals
put $6,000 on the line to get
outfielder Harold Stamey from
Utica, N.Y., the bonus player
having batted .311 for Americus,
Ga., in the Class D Georgia-
Florida loop last season.
The $182,500 price tag exactly
matched that of the 19b8 draft
when 19 players were picked, but

was far under the $275,000 of
19b7, when 29 moved up.
Commissioner A. B. (Happy)
Chandler, who supervised the
annual draft, said the clubs
would be permitted to make fur-
ther selections up to midnight
Friday biy telegraphing his of-
fice here.
On addition to Stamey, bonus
players who headed toward, a big
league chance were Hugh Rad-
cliffe, Toronto pitcher drafted by
the Yankees; Henry Wyse, an 18-
8 pitcher with Shreveport, who
goes to the Athletics, and Rudy
Minarcin of Toronto, a 19-year-
old hurler who won 6 and lost 12
for Utica.

Jim Atchison is a Wolverine
"two-platooner" who might be
classed as ideal or even near per-
fect for Michigan's famed double
squad setup.
Jim is a husky 200-pound offen-
sive tackle who shuffles off and
on the field all afternoon, has a
big share in paving a way for
Michigan's halfbacks, and yet, like
most of the offensive forward wall,
receives little recognition for his
vital work.
THE FACT, however, that he is
truly one of the unsung heroes
to the grandstander does not fool
his coaches and teammates who
fully appreciate his speed and
timely downfield blocking.
Probably more important is
the mental attitude that Jim,
has for his important and un-
spectacular role.
Some athletes might be bothered
by the fact that their teammates
receive all th glory while they do
most of the "dirty work," but not
so the modest Atchison. He is
entirely satisfied with his assign-
ment of blocking, and if his block-
ing will help the Wolverines win,
that is all he cares about.

JIM IS A firm believer in the
two team system. Its big advant-
ages are that it gives more fellows
a chance to play and enables one
to be still fresh when the fourth
quarter rolls around, he feels.
Atchison came to Michigan
an unheralded freshman in 1946.
His previous experience showed
only two ordinary years of high
school ball in Cleveland.
This is whre Jack Blott, Michi-
gan's maker of lines, came into
the picture and helped transform
a rather awkward, gangling pros-

pect into one of the Wolverines'
finest tackles.
* * *
BLOTT HAS nothing but praise
for Jim's aggressiveness and block-
ing ability and feels that he is
typical of the kind that makes a
two squad system function prop-
Atchison is an engineering stu-
dent, plays football only for the
fun of it, and is indeed one of the
major reasons that the adjective
"mighty" can still be hung on the
Michigan gridiron outfit.


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