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Ortmann Pass Average




Right Half Spot Remains
Offensive Question Mark

$ *F h

Decade Changes Fortunes of Two'M's

Passing occupied a good share
of time at yesterday's Wolverine
grid practice and from the looks
of statistics Michigan's good right
arm. Chuck Ortmann, is one of
the leaders in the aerial business.
Ortmann led in two departments
in Western Conference grid facts
released yesterday despite the fact
that he has played in only half a
Conference game.
* * *
threat from Milwaukee led the
passers with a .714 average, ten
completions in 14 attempts, for
158 airborne yards.
Ortmann also led in average
total offense, the Wolverine back
making 8.4 yards per chance. To-
tal offense is the total gained by
a back both in passing and rush-
The Wolverine tailback has
made 27 yards in eight rushing at-
tempts. However this figure rep-
resents yardage lost while attempt-
ing to pass, so his rushing total is
even better than the statistics
HOWEVER, Bennie Oosterbaan,
Michigan coach, is not set at every
position as he is at tailback, where
*the redoubtable Ortmann holds
. Physical hurts have reduced
the right half spot to a minimum
of experience with the loss of
Leo Koceski and Frank Howell.
Howell, who broke his arm in
practices Tuesday, was one of the


Put Your

Best Face forward!

fastest developing Sophomores on
the squad and was used extensively
both on offense and defense.
REPLACEMENTS at the right
half back slot include Don Oldham
who performed in that spot during
scrimmages yesterday, Tom Wit-
herspoon and W e s Bradford
up from the Junior Varsity.
Oldham showed promise of fu-
ture development as he perform-
ed extensively in yesterday's
Another doubtful player was
added to the list for Saturday
when it was revealed that Tom
Kelsey, regular guard, flew home
yesterday to Lakewood, Ohio, af-
ter hearing of a serious illness in
his family. Oosterbaan hoped he
might return for Minnesota but
said there was some doubt he could
make it in time.
time being will be handled by Jim
Wolter and Bob Pimm.
It appears probable now that
Oosterbaan will keep Don Peter-
son at tailback as Chuck Ort-
mann's replacement.
Peterson has performed in this
slot this season during Ortmann's
absence because of injuries, and
Oosterbaan wants him ready'to
again in case of recurrence of
ailments to the Michigan star.
PETERSON has performed some
in the right half or wingback spot
but although injuries have reduced
the number of available men in
this position it appears likely that
Michigan will stick with its three
Workouts were on the light side
today with only medium contact
work permitted. These light work-
outs will continue in preparation
for the team's flight to the Twin
Cities, Friday.
(Continued from Page 2)
changes and the method of fi-
nancing them. The Committee on
Student Affairs has appointed a
subcommittee on housing to study
and make recommendations con-
cerning petitions from student
groups which relate to any of
these projects. No commitments
should be made until final ap-
proval of the Committee on Stu-
dent Affairs has been received.
New York State Civil Service
Commission announces the fol-
lowing examinations, open to resi-
dents of New York State ONLY:
Professional and Technical Assist-
ants in Engineering, Biology,
Chemistry, Mathematics, Econo-
mics, Statistics, Library Science,
Law, and Psychology; also Ac-
counting Assistant. Last date for
filing applications is Oct. 30; ex-
aminations will be given on Dec.
2. These examinations are intend-
ed primarily for college seniors
who will be graduated by June 30,
1951. They are also open to col-
lege graduates. Detailed announce-
ments are available at the Bureau.
These examinations are not to
be confused with the annual ex-
amination for public administra-
tion internships and Junior Man-
agement positions, which will be
given later in December, and for
which announcements have not
yet been received.
Hours 9-12 and 2-4, except Sat-

Public Lecture: Dr. Harry W.
Laidler of New York, director of
(Continued on Page 4)
9 Hairstylists - No Waiting
The Dascola Barbers
Liberty near State

Ten year's is a long time.
In one decade, momentous
things can happen. In ten years
the mighty can fall.
* * *
A DECADE ago this week, Mich-
igan was again preparing for a
jaunt to Gopher land. They were
about to play one of football's bat-
tles of the century.
Michigan was undefeated and
about to meet the pride of col-
lege football, Bernie Bierman's
mighty Minnesotans, in what ex-
perts billed as "the grid clash
of the Titans."
As the old timer would put it,
"they had men in those days."
For Michigan, the modern super-
man of Wolverine football was at
lefthalf, the great Tom Harmon.
He had famous company how-
AT FULLBACK, Bullet Bill
Westfall, another Michigan All-
American great cavorted.
In the Quarterback slot was

... Big Ten pacemaker

Frosh Gridders Scrimmage;
Ends Shine in Early Practice

Michigan's freshman football
squad got a real taste of Wol-
verine-brand football Monday as
they went through a long scrim-
mage with 'M' varsity reserves.
Coach Wally Weber's charges,
led by quarterback Norm Canty,
showed ocassional spurts of power
against their more experienced op-
ponents, but made no long sus-
tained drives or long gains.
* *
BEFORE scrimmaging with the
varsity, the frosh, backfield went
through lengthy ball-handling and
passing drills. And, when varsity
practice was over, Weber sent his
freshman through more offensive
and defensive drills.
For the varsity, who punched
three touchdowns across the
frosh goal line, Dave Hill, Wes
Bradford, and Dave Tinkham
were impressive.
With each successive practice,
the freshman gridders are showing
more and more improvement. The
line is hitting harder and the
tackling is sharper.
AS FOR THE backfield, the long
hours of drilling seem to be paying
off. Ball-handling is smoother,
and the running is much more ef-
fective than in early practices.
Passing is still a question mark.
Yesterday afternoon, the
freshman offensive and defen-
sive units engaged in lengthy
scrimmage, after running
through the routine practice
Stan Burns called the signals
for the "white" team, and handledj

the ball well. The "red" defensive
team was sparked by Dick Yir-
kosky, a hard tackler and efficient
line-backer with a knack for in-
tercepting passes.
END COACH Bob Hollway
named Bob Topp of Kalamazoo,
Tad Sanford of Midland, and
Gene Knutson of Beloit, Wisc.,
as three ends who have shown
very well thus far in practice and
should prove to be a real asset on
next year's Wolverine squad.
Hollway also cited Barry Mc-
Dermott, Dick Kline, and Merton
Curtus as good prospects for fu-
ture varsity end positions.
Tennis Pros
To Play Here
Jack Kramer, Pancho Segura,
Gertrude (Gorgeous Gussie) Mor-
an and Pauline Betz Addie will
perform in Yost Field House on
Nov. 16, varsity tennis coach Bill
Murphy announced yesterday.
These star professionals of
tennisdom will appear in Ann
Arbor under the auspices of the
'M' club; they are now touring
the country as members of the
Bobby Riggs professional tennis
The four tennis players, all for-
mer amateur stars, should give
Ann Arborites a real glimpse of
good tennis. Segura, the colorful
Latin American has a particularly
interesting game in which he uti-
lizes both hands.

one of the greatest blocking
backs of 'em all, Forrest Evas-
hevski, and at Tackle, Alvin Wi-
sert, middleman in the great
brother combination and now
captain of pro football's cham-
pion Philadelphia Eagles.
But the Gophers were not lack-
ing glamour either. Their back-
field had two great All-Americans,
Bruce Smith and George Franck.
* * *
THEIR LINE was the toast of
the nation and their coach, Ber-
nie Bierman, was hailed after the
game as one of the great geniuses
of the gridiron, a man who had
chagned football from a mere gam
changed football from a mere
game to a brutal physical science.
Minnesota won that year, 7-6,
and went on to a national cham-
pionship as Smith, the Gopher
Golden Boy, capped an amazing
performance by scampering 80
yards for the Minnesota score,
through a field covered with
heavy rainfall and thick mud.
However, old '98' was marvelous
that day. Harmon passed to Evas-
hevski for the Michigan score and
his punting average a phenomenal
43.1 yards per try in the poor con-
ALL SCORING occurred in the
first half as the rains fell. In the
second half neither team was able
to tally as the field became a help-
less pile of browned, wet earth.
Thus it was that the speedy
legs of Smith and the trusty toe
of Joe Mernik gave Minnesota
one of its greatest grid triumphs.
That was ten years ago.
* * *
again meets Minnesota for the lit-
tle Brown Jug but a lot of water
has gone over the dam. No longer
is the Gopher a national terror,
no longer is Bierman considered a
Today the men of Minnesota
are hard pressed to score and
have lost four straight games.
The wolves yell for Bierman's
scalp and call for an end to 'pre-
historic' football in Minneapolis.
Thus have the years brought
change. The Wolverine and Gop-
her no longer sport All-Americans
by the car-load. For Michigan only
Chuck Ortmann can compare to
the great Harmon. Evashevski,

Westf all and Wistert have no eq-
The Gopher has lost its claws.
The power-packed single wing has
lost its punch. Smith, Franck and
Bill Daley are long gone and Ski-
Uh-Mah has no replacements.
Yes, ten years is a long time,
both in history and football.
SayVs Fritz'
Although the two platoon sys-
tem has tended to reduce grid-
iron injuries, Athletic Director H.
0. (Fritz) Crisler believes players
aren't as conditioned today as they
were several years ago.
Speaking before a football
writers' luncheon recently, Cris-
ler stated that, "coaches today
have only about two hours for
squad practice daily and in that
time have to work on three or four
defenses plus various forms of the
platoon system.
"That leaves very little time to
devote to conditioning work."
* * *
WITH THE platoon system in-
dicating less injuries, the very na-
ture of the style necessarily means
less time for conditioning.
"When we used to play only
one defensive setup a few years
ago, we had a lot more time for
hardening and conditioning the
boys," Crisler explained.
There are some coaches who
feel that since the platoon system
and multi-substitution style of
play permits players to remain
fresher, the former style of con-
ditioning is not necessary now.
ON THIS THEORY Crisler dis-
agrees and in his opinion feels
that football injuries have in-
creased this fall. He has no sup-
porting figures, however.
Supporting Crisler's statement,
Coach Henry Johnson of Detroit
Tech said that even though the
rules committee barred elbow
blocking last summer, officials are
not enforcing the rule as it should

I-M Results
Sigma Phi Epsilon 6, Theta
Chi 2
Phi Sigma Kappa 6, Theta
xi 0
Phi Kappa Tau 12, Delta Kap-
pa Epsilon 0
Zeta Psi 20, Tau Kappa Ep-
silon 0
Lambda Chi Alpha 7, Kappa
Nu 0
Delta Chi 18, Theta Delta Chi
Chi Phi 32, Beta Theta Pi 0
Trigon 12, Acacia 6
Sigma Pi defeated Alpha Phi
Alpha (forfeit)
Pro Hockey
In the National Hockey League
last night the Toronto Maple
Leafs moved into first place by
defeating the Detroit Red Wings,
1-0. In the only other game
scheduled the Boston Bruins and
New York Rangers fought to a
1-1 tie.


Lineman of the Week
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK-North Carolina State whipped Maryland, 16-13,
in a major upset last Saturday. On the basis of his fine perform-
ance in that game, Elmer Costa, N.C. State tackle, was selected
yesterday as the Associated Press collegiate football Lineman of
the Week.
A 225-pounder from Patterson, N.J., Costa pounced on a fumble
early in the game to set up N.C. State's first touchdown, then led
three goal line stands that thwarted Maryland's bid for victory.
HIS INSPIRATIONAL PLAY drew raves from sports writers
at the game as well as from Jim Tatum, Maryland coach.
Said Big Jim: "Costa should be I.ineman of the Week for his
play against us."
Costa's own coach, Beattie Feathers, declared his big tackle
"played one of the best games I've seen on any field. He was
really smashing through there and breaking up Maryland
Donn Moomaw, 18-year-old sophomore center, sparked UCLA's
21-7 triumph over Stanford and .was the subject of much com-
ment. The 220-pound youth from Santa Ana, Calif., was a major
factor in stopping the running attack of the previously unbeaten
Stanford eleven.



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