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.. .by Ivan N. Kaye

Varsity Cagers


Topp's Play Boosts End


Freshman Squad


S THE scoreboard lights blinked out the final seconds at the'
Stadium last Saturday afternoon our minds wandered back across
the nine games to touch on the high points of this 74th season of
Michigan football.
It all started on a warm afternoon late in September wihen
an untested Michigan team overwhelmed the visiting Huskies of the
University of Washington by the absolutely unbelievable score of
50-0. There was the silent Washington locker room . .. a personable
coach John Cherberg telling us that his team was not that bad and
that he would prove that before the season was over . . . the tie
with Southern California was proof enough
TULANE did not roll over and play dead as the experts had
figured, but as we rationalized at the time, the varsity had been
up for the opener and was bound to suffer a drop in effectiveness.
There were the first indications in this game that Michigan's
inexperience at the vital linebacker positions would cause trouble
when the varsity came up against a hard-running team ... there
was Max McGee, who could really kick a football . . . and there
were looks of doubt on the faces of the Michigan coaches after
the game. It had taken a blocked kick to put the game out of
Tulane's reach, and that was not the most encouraging note in
view of the opposition's undistinguished record.
IOWA meant lomecoming three weeks early for Forest Evashevski,t
Bump Elliot, Bob Flora and the likable Archie Kodros, who had been
with us while scouting the Wolverines in the first two games . . .
Archie's warning of trouble for the overconfident Michigan squad
r fell upon deaf ears . .. until the first Iowa touchdown . . . the "Split
T" drove the Michigan linemen to distraction . . . it looked hopeless
at halftime . . . but the Wolverine is a fierce animal, and all the
nore so when cornered . . . Dunc McDonald's fourth down strike to
Gene Knutson evened it, and the sophomore quarterback from Akron,
Lou Bald.acci sent everyone home happy with a successful conversion.
' The Unsung Heroes ...
NORTHWESTERN . . . another game in Michigan stadium. the
fourth in succession . . . McDonald's finest hour . . . a burlyj
Wildcat lineman and a 15 yard penalty for unnecessary roughness
' almost put the Michigan quarterback out of the game, but not quite
... he got up . . . the crowd cheered. . . he threw a pass to hometown
pal John Veselenak for a touchdown . .. the crowd cheered again, a
lot louder . . . the Wildcats- almost tied the score late in the game
. . then came a short screen pass to the flashy Ted Kress . . . 66
yards to the clinching touchdown behind beautiful blocking by those
unsung heroes-the linemen, without whom not even the best backsj
would look any better than scrubs.I
MINNEAPOLIS . . . the Queen City of the Northwest . . . un-
excelled hospitality .. . cozy accommodations arranged by the Wol-
verine Club . .. the tradition of the 50th anniversary of the Little
Brown Jug, a trophy, it might be said, which arose spontaneously ...
some of the original team members who played in that memorable
spectacle were on hand ... Michigan's great little Fred Norcross, the
inspiration behind the 1903 Wolverines. The game ... a perfect foot-
ball day . . . Paul Giel, who had to be seen to be believed . . . the
inadequacy of mere words to describe his one man exibition . . . a
game marred by the tragedy of four heart fatalities in the grandstand
HOMECOMING brought only 58,000 to Michigan's giant bowl
... Pennsylvania's big, tough line ... that beautiful left-handed
pass from Tony Branoff to Bob Topp ... Topp's great catch with
three Quakers on his back ... no extra points in four tries .. .
Baldacci wearing a grotesque mask to protect the face cut sus-
tained in the Minnesota game.., the quiet Penn locker room.. .
George Munger, a coach with no worries and a suicide schedule
....this is his last season, win, lose or draw .. . were the Quak-
ers looking over Michigan toward Notre Dame? ... Munger said
no, but Penn's performance against the Irish said yes.

Michigan's varsity cagers fell IN THE SECOND hALF{ it be-
just shy of the hundred mark as came just a question of how high
they trounced the freshman team, the score would go and despite the
99-69. last night at Yost Field fact that they had 98 with two
Once they took over the lead late It was announced yesterday
in the first quarter. the winners that Glen Bearss '55 of Goodells,
were never headed and they stead- Michigan, will be senior man-
ily opened the gap. Six men hit in ager of the 1954 football team.
double figures for the Wolverines Bearss succeeds this year's
led by Jim Barron with 22. manager Dick Petrie. Cap
*e* * Grathwohl, J B. Davenport,

To AP Big Ten Honors
It is not without reason that the
AP Press Poll picked Michigan's Penn intercepters. and raced into
-- - ---- Bob Topp as the All-Big Ten right the end zone. His other TD catch
end was made in the Iowa game after
and a half minutes remaining, theTe.ds a beautiful 27-yard toss by Louis
Wolverines were unable to make Topp a 6 foot. 2 inch seio Baldacci.
the double zero appear on the from Kalamazoo. Michigan, rank-
coreboard ed 12th in the nation in pass re- Besides regular pass receiving
Harvey Williams, despite the ceiving. He caught 23 passes for duties. Topp proved himself to
fact that he fouled out of the 331 yards, averaging 14 yards be a big asset to the team as he
game. contributed 11 markers to gained on every completion. The blocked and tackled expertly,
the Michigan total and helped 21-year-old end also snared two carried the ball on end arounds
Paul Groffsky dominate the back- touchdown passes in his nine and occasionally made kickoffs.
boards. Groffsky with 10 and John game spree. Topp recovered the fumble that
Codwell with the same number of * * * set up Michigan's field goal in the
points were the other varsity ONE TOUCIHDOWN pass, a 66 Illinois game. He also intercepted
hoopsters to sore in double figures. yard aerial from Tony Branoff to passes at strategic points in sev-
Kramer and Jim Sharron with Topp electrified the Pennsylvania eral games, including one on the
16 and 14 tallies respectively led game crowd as Topp took the ball Michigan State 35-yard line late
the frosh five. from the hands of three would be in the game.


... captains gridders BARRON. scoring most of his
points on jump shots from around
the keyhole area, hit four field
goals to help Michigan grab a
22-20 lead at the end of the first
olverin1e With the entrance into the
Wrgame of Tom Jorgenson and Don
Eaddy, Bill Perigo's hoopsters
G rid Captain, proceeded to open up a 15 point
halftime lead.
The Varsity began clicking with
B$ranoff Chosen its fast break and despite the work
fa.A11hose1 of Ron Kramer, the freshmen were
M ostValuablunable to stay with the winners.
Eaddy racked up ten of his 16
points while Jorgenson connected
Ted Cachey, a 185-pound line- for one more than half his total
man from Chicago, will captain of eighteen before the intermis-
the 1954 Michigan football team. sion.
His election to the post yester -_________________
day came as a surprise to some but
on football field Cachey's able play 1953 Football
as a replacement for right guard Reserve Awards
Dick Beison during the 1953 sea-j
son earned him the solid respect The following 36 names were list-
of his teammates. ed as Michigan reserve award win-
* * ners yesterday:
o-U_.+ Am c Alnn r Rirh_

Ivan Bender, and Adam Mick-
owski were selected as junior

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IN CHOOSING Cachey the
squad stayed with a tradition of{
having a lineman as the captain
of the Wolverine team, and with l
IBeison's graduation in FebruaryI
Cachey should inherit the startingr
berth at right guard.
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan was
in agreement with his players
in calling Cachey a "fine choice"
for the captaincy.
At the same time the squad vot-
ed halfback Tony Branoff as the
Smost valuable Maize and Blue
player of the 1953 campaign.
BRANOFF, a. speedy, compact
Flint product, led the Wolverines
in total offense for the season with
614 yards. He picked up 501 yards
on the ground in 101 carrying at-
tempts during the nine games in
which he competed, and added 113
yeards through the air on the com-
pletion of three of five passes.
Scoring six touchdowns and
making good on three conver-
sion attempts Branoff's 39 points
topped all Michigan scorers.
Tailback Ted Kress finished
1 lnse behind BrRnnff in total

Roer T Aes, Algonac, cn.
Gordon L. Barnes, Jackson, Mich.;
James V. Bates, Farmington, Mich.;
James N. Bowman, Charlevoix,
Mich.; Wilbur P. Brown, LaSalle,
Mich.; Howard J. Buchanan, Dear-
born, Mich.; George R. Corey, Bad-
en, Pa.; Larry Cox, Dowagiac, Mich.;
Donald D. Drake, Ann Arbor, Mich.;
Peri Gagalis, Ann Arbor, Mich.;
Jerry 1. Gonser, Saline, Mich.;
Thomas Hendricks Jr., Detroit,
Earl Johnson Jr., Muskegon
Heights, Mich.; Carl R. Kamhout
Jr., Grand Haven, Mich.; Stanley
P. Knickerbocker, Chelsea, Mich.;
Andrew E. Koski, Detroit, Mich.;
Joseph W. Krahl, Wheaton, Ill.;
Charles H. Krahnkefi Charlevoix,
Mich.; John M. Kuchka, Berwick,
Pa.; G. William McKinley, Norwalk,
0.; Robert L. Marion, Muskegon
Heights, Mich.; Robert D. Milligan,
Dearborn, Mich.; George C. Muel-
lich, Bowling Green, O.;
Douglas R. Murray, Muskegon,
Mich.; Norman A. Niedermeier,
Newport, Mich.; Bruce O. Nord-
quist, Troy, O.; David F. Rentschler,
Detroit, Mich.; Charles A.sHitter,
Cassopolls, Mich.; Leo R. Schlicht,
Madison, Wis.; Joseph G. Shomsky,
Flint, Mich.; Robert E. Sriver, Mis-
hawaka Ind.; Raymond Vander-
Zeyde East Chicago Ind.; Richard J.
VorenKamp Grand Rapids, Mich.;
Jack C. Wheeler, Ann Arbor,
Mich.; David L. Williams, Dearborn,
Mich.; Peter Wolgast, Petoskey,

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THE BIG WEEKEND at Champaign, and another homecoming points with six TDs for 36 points.
.only this time it was Illinois' . . . fantastic displays . . . a beau-
tiful campus with space around the buildings . . . some more fine
Big Ten hospitality . . : the game and the flashing J. C. Caroline,
who also had to be seen to be believed ... a crunching Illinois groune
attack that chewed the Michigan line to pieces ... Baldacci's amaz-
ing 38-yard fieldgoal, a football oddity that we will remember for W at OuZZ
years. Illinois' microscopic pressbox . . . another long ride back to
Ann Arbor.


an , Cousin?

The Trophy Nobody Wanted...
EAST LANSING ... another beautiful campus ... television cam-
eras to bring the intra-state classic to 50 million fans across
America . . . LeRoy Bolden, a better all-round performer than Caro-
line . . . Michigan's best game of the season . . . Jim Balog playing
defensive tackle like an All-American .. . O'Shaughnessy's return to
the lineup ... a fine game by the Captain at center and linebacker
... Dick Beison grabbing a big fumble to set up the touchdown .
an almost touchdown, thwarted by the great State end, Don Do-
honey ... the pride we all had in the Michigan team even in defeat
. . . The Trophy nobody wanted.
OHIO STATE .. . spirit versus manpower and an overwhelming
triumph for spirit . . valedictory for Hurley, Kress, Balzhiser, Dug-
ger, Beison, Williams, Strozewski, Balog, Bennett, Topp, Knutson,
Stanford, Dutter, and Captain O'Shaughnessy .. . a crippled Mich-
igan team playing its greatest game of the season . . . the gleam in
Don Weir's eye as the merrily clicking turnstiles signaled the year's
greatest crowd ... Bennie being carried from the field on the should-
ers of the Michigan team . . . the only way to end a season.
Last Saturday the season passed into history. As always it was
productive of thrills, good plays and bad. The one platoon system did
not make the game any less enjoyable to the Michigan Stadium crowds,
than in the past. Next year they will celebrate a diamond jubilee
down at Ferry Field. Three-quarters of a century ago football was
brought to Michigan by Charles M. Gayley to be played and enjoyed
as a game. The very life of football will depend upon how well it
is preserved .. . as a game.
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