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Yearling Gridders Rated
Best in Several Seasons
Top Talent in Backfield, Plus Stellar Line
Crew Promises Brighter Gridiron Future

Concentrate Illini Lead in Final Lap of Run for Roses

If this year's freshman grid crop,
which is rated as the best Michi-
gan has had in several seasons,
lives up to expectations, the for-
tunes of Wolverine varsities of the
next few years should be consid-
erably brighter.
A few of the freshmen have seen
action in varsity contests this sea-
son, and these and several others
will be in a position to put in a
t strong bid for regular varsity
berths next year.
IT IS TRUE, as Junior Varsity
Coach Don Robinson points out,
that it takes more than one good
freshman squad to guarantee fu-
ture success on the varsity grid-
iron, but nevertheless the general
caliber and potentiality of the cur-
rent crop of first-year men is en-
One of the brightest stars on
the horizon is Duncan McDon-
aid, the pitching quarterback
from Flint Northern. His pass-
* ing wizardry has been widely
publicized,but in addition Mc-
Donald is a good place-kicker
and is rated a top-flight field
The best-passing halfback among
the freshmen is Don Eaddy, a tail-
back from Grand Rapids. The six
foot, 170 pound Eaddy, besides be-
ing a good passer, is a fine punt-
er and a capable ball carrier. He
also is an outstanding baseball
and basketball player.
* * *
ANOTHER LEFT half is Don
Evans, who has missed the last
month of the season with a kidney
injury suffered in the Michigan
State Jayvee game. ' Before being
put out of action this speedy ball-
carrier from Chagrin Falls, Ohio,
gave evidence that he could de-
velop into a first-rate tailback.
One of the finest competitors
among the first-year men is
Fred Baer, a hard driving full-
back from Chicago Fenwick.
Possessing a great desire to win,
the very fast, 180 pound Baer
plays defensive halfback as well
as offensive fullback.
Two noteworthy wingbacks are
4~ Ed Hickey,' who played his high
school ball in Anaconda, Mont.,
and Don Becker, from Saginaw
Arthur Hill. Hickey, only 5'9" and
165 pounds, is an excellent pass
receiver; while Becker is a fine
runner and defensive half.
* * *
JIM BAES, A linebacker from
Farmington, and Bill Barlow, a
ED WHIPPLE: Night Editor
tailback from Bellefontaine, Ohio,
are a couple of other promising
The varsity lines of coming
years shouldn't suffer from a
lack of talent either.
At end John Veselenak and 6'4"
Leo Schlict show signs of becom-
ing a pair of capable flankers.
Veselenak is a fine blocker and de-
fensive end. Schlict, from Madi-
son, Wis., is a first-rate pass re-
ceiver who should develop into an
excellent blocker.
BOB MILLIGAN, 6'2", 195 pound
tackle, is one of the top prospects
at his position. Milligan was All-
State at Dearborn last year.
Carl Dubac, from Saginaw
Arthur Hill, Cass Chomicz from
Detroit Catholic Central, and

Flint Northern's Jim Wagner
head the list of potential varsity
Glen Bowers, who hails from
Mesa, Ariz., and Dean Ludwig,
from Marion, Ohio, keep the cali-
bre of material up to the high
level of the other positions. Bow-
ers, a 6'2", 235 pounder, plays
guard on defense. Ludwig is 6'2",
190 pounds, and only seventeen
years old.
Other top freshmen include
John Treadway, guard; Carl Low-
rey, guard; Art Walker, tackle;
Fred Caffrey, tackle; and Joe
Shomsky, tackle. Shomsky,gMc-
Donald, Veselenak, and Wagner
were all teammates at Flint North-
ern last year.
5-Wednesday, Michigan State, there
7-Friday, Montreal, here
S-Saturday, Montreal, here
14-Friday, Toronto, here
15-Saturday, Toronto, here
20-Thursday, Denver, here
21-Friday, Denver, here
4-Friday, North Dakota, there
5-Saturday, North Dakota, there
11-Friday, Minnesota, here
12-Saturday, Minnesota, here
16-Wednesday, Michigan State, here
18-Friday, Minnesota, there
19-Saturday, Minnesota, there
8-Friday, Michigan Tech, there
9-Saturday, Michigan Tech, there
15-Friday, Colorado College, here
16-Saturday, Colorado College, here
22-Friday, McGill University, here
23-Saturday, McGill University, here
29-Friday, Michigan State, there
1-Saturday, Michigan State, here
7-Friday, Michigan Tech, here
8-Saturday, Michigan Tech, here
* * *

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hard running Buckeye

Osterman's Defensive Play
Wins Player of Week Honor

Michigan's 6-0 loss to North-
westers last weekend, had the ef-
fect of pointing out one man who
has been vastly overlooked in al-
most every reference to the Wol-
verine football picture.
Russ Osterman, defensive end
and Player of the Week, did not
play a spectacular game last Sat-
urday. He only performed the way
he has in every game this year,
much better than average.
THE 5' 11" SENIOR from Bara-
ga, Michigan has impressed al-
most everyone this year with his
efficient and hard driving play on
the defensive line.
On a team which has been
very spotty this year, especially
defensively, Osterman has shown
what consistency really is.
Not a big man, he has had to
make full use of all his resources
to become the hardened player he
is today. At 170 pounds he is one
of the lightest linemen on the
team. But opposing backs will

attest to the fact that he is also
one of the toughest.
T * -
THE BEST evidence of this is
the statement said to have been
made before the start of the sea-
son by an upperclassman on the
football team to a new freshman.
"Wait until Osterman hits
you," warned the upperclassman.
"When you wake up you'll know
what college tackling really is."
Chuck Hren, the Northwestern
fullback, and the man chosen by
the sportswriters as the Wildcats'
Player of the Week, shone through-
out the game on the offense.
* * *
its touchdown drive it was Hren
who carried the burden of the
attack, and finally scored the only
TD made by either team. With
fourth down and less than a yard
to go, the Wildcat quarterback,
Bob Burson, called for a standard
plunge by the fullback.
Hren took the ball on a handoff
and ran at right guard looking for
just the yard or so desired. How-
ever, he managed to break through
into the Wolverine secondary and
he crossed the Michigan goal line
just as the safety man was bring-
ing him to the turf.
Boston 3, New York 3
Toronto 5, Chicago 1

On Passing
Ohio State can expect to see a
revitalized Michigan aerial attack
when it takes the field Saturday
Passes were the order of the
day at Ferry Field yesterday as the
Wolverines concentrated on sharp-
ening up the overhead game which
has failed them so miserably in
their last three losing efforts.
SPIRIT SEEMED to be decidedly
up yesterday, with the varsity
determined to make the Ohio
State finale a Maize and Blue
In addition to the mental at-
titude, the Wolverines will be in
better physical shape for the
Buckeye encounter than they
have been since the beginning of
the season. No Michigan men
are expected to have to sit out
Saturday's contest because of
The passing drill in yesterday's
practice centered largely in the
throwing of tailbacks Bill Putich
and Don Oldham. Both were hit-
ting ends Lowell Perry, Fred Pick-
ard, Leo Schlicht, and Tad Stan-
ford, in addition to halfbacks Wes
Bradford, Frank Howell, and Tom
Witherspoon, with marked con-
COACH Bennie Oosterbaan gave
his quarterbacks some aerial prac-
tice, too, with Ted Topor, Don
Zanfagna, and Duncan McDonald
on the throwing end. As usual,
Michigan's top freshman pros-
pect, McDonald, showed deadly
accuracy on his short tosses.
Don Peterson was not left out
of the aerial works, either, as
the Michigan fullback tossed a
few passes downfield. Peterson's
passing was a potent factor in
each of the Wolverines' three
On the defensive side the Wol-
verines worked on preparations for
halting the Buckeye running at-
tack, headed by All-American Vic
Janowicz, quarterback Tony Cur-
cillo, and fullback Jack Wagner.
The varsity diagnosed the rushing
plays of the reserves with consid-
erable success in yesterday's drill.
The Wolverines will also have to
be up on their pass defense Satur-
day, though, if they hope to stop
Curcillo's strong passing arm.

The Big Ten football season
moves into its final round this
week, with Illinois leading in the
last lap in the Run for the Roses,
Pasadena style.
The Illini, tied last week by a
stubborn Ohio State eleven, can
take the title and the Rose Bowl
bid outright by either defeating or
tying Northwestern at Evanston
THE SITUATION this year is
almost identical with that of last
season, when the Wildcats recov-
ered from a midseason slump to
maul the supposedly-invincible Ill-
inois squad.
Illini coach Ray Eliot has his
charges steamed up for this one,
and has not even sent a scout to
watch Stanford, the Pacific

Coast's probably entry for the
Rose Bowl.
Eliot's squad will be in good
shape for the game after their
bruising scoreless struggle with
* * *
WILDCAT hopes have had a'
shot in the arm, since the upset
over Michigan last week. North-
western is also in pretty good
shape for the contest.
Clarence Johnson, a 205 pound
sophomore, will be moved up to
offensive right halfback, replac-
ing Wally Jones, who was in-
jured against Michigan.
The traditional Old Oaken Buck-
et contest between Indiana and
Purdue at Bloomington this Sat-
urday will have an additional fla-
vor due to the Boilermakers'

chance to go to the Rose Bowl
should . Northwestern stop the
* * *
PURDUE is the proud possessor
of a three-game winning streak in
league play, and they have been
steadily improving.
Indiana, unpredictable all
year, hit a high spot in its 30-26
loss to Michigan State and the
momentum may carry it past
the Boilermakers.
Wisconsin, next behind Illinois
and Purdue in the Big Ten title
and Rose Bowl picture, faces Min-
nesota at Minneapolis and should
prove too strong for the Fesler
squad. Eight previous opponents
have found the Badger defensive
line about as penetrable as the
Iron Curtain.

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Montreal, Toronto Head
Michigan Hockey Card
Heyliger Announces 24 Tilt Schedule;
Champion Wolverines Play 16 at Home


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Michigan's hockey coach Vic
Heyliger has arranged a top-flight
24 game schedule, including 16
home contests, for his Wolverine
puckmen to battle through in de-
fense of their 1951 NCAA cham-
It is on the basis of season's
play that two teams from the
West are selected to meet two
Eastern counterparts in the NCAA
playoffs at Colorado Springs each
MICHIGAN HAS been one of
the Western representatives each
year since the playoffs were insti-
tuted in 1948, when the Wolver-
ines skated off with the title.
Last year the Maize and Blue
played a schedule similar to this
season's, winning 20, losing but
four, and tying one. Then they
defeated Boston University and
Brown for the national title.
This year's slate gets hockey in
Ann Arbor off to a flying start.
After opening against compara-
tively weak Michigan State at East
Lansing, the Wolverines tackle
what should be three of the tough-
est opponents on the schedule--
Montreal, Toronto, and Denver, all
in Ann Arbor. Each accounted
for one of Michigan's setbacks last
THE CONTESTS with Canadian
teams don't count in NCAA play-
off consideration, but the Wolver-

ines will be after Montreal and
Toronto, two of the top Canadian
outfits, for the sake of prestige.
Denver is coached by Neil Cel-
ley, who set Michigan's all-time
record for scoring in a regular
season last year. Celley tallied
74 points during the campaign,
plus five more in the two play-
off contests.
Also on the slate are traditional
rivals Minnesota, North Dakota,
and Michigan Tech. Tech is
coached by Al Renfrew, another
former Michigan star who suc-
ceeded Amo Bessone this fall.



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er Western representative in the
NCAA tourney last year, plays in
Ann Arbor in February for the
first time in two years. Last win-
ter Michigan journeyed to Colo-
rado to take on the Tigers and
Denver. The Wolverines managed
to win two of four, with the
Rocky Mountain teams each de-
feating Michigan once.
Newcomer to the schedule is
McGill University, which replaces
Western Ontario as the third
Canadian foe. Jack Gelineau,
goalie for the Boston Bruins in the
NHL a couple of years back,
played in the nets for McGill, be-
fore turning pro.

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