SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7,9, 1955
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1955 THE MICHIGAN I)A1TY PAGE THR!E
VanPelt Draws Starting
Spartans Hope For Win
To Remain in Contention
..may bother Bennie
Up in College
By The Associated Press
There's less scoring, less ground
gaining, less forward passing-and
more defense-in college football
With the season more than half
over, NCAA Service Bureau statis-
tics show a rather startling drop
in offense figures as compared to
last year. It's so big that the
early season bad weather which
afflicted many teams no longer
can be blamed.
The national scoring average is
down to an even 32 points agame
for both teams. That's nearly
three points. below last season's
34.7 point average and the lowest
mid-season rate since 1943.
Forward Passes Decrease
And where college teams have
averaged from 30 to nearly 40
forward passes a game through
the last 14 seasons, they're down
to an average of 27.3 passes a game
for both teams, the lowest figure
since 1941. The high average was
37.7 passes in 1951 but it had
dropped to 29.7 last season.
Although passing is less fre-
quent, it's more accurate, accord-
ing to the statistics. The national
rate for pass completions is .438,
far above the over-all average for
recent years and just short of the
record high of .446 in 1951.
By LYNNE TOWLE
"All I can do is run" claims Ed
The Michigan right halfback
certainly has proved that he can
run. In two seasons, Hickey has
averaged over 4.5 yards a carry.
This year he has gained a net
of 61 yards on 12 carries for a 5.1
Mostly on Offense
The 5'8", 173-pounder does most
of his playing on offense. He per-
sonally favors the one-platoon
system, because he feels it makes
for a better football player.
Many people at Michigan feel
that Hickey is one of the most
underrated players on the team.
He is too good a player to be
seeing such limited action, but he
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.n and his squad whipped Indi-
A steady stream of injuries, how-
ever, has dealt the hopes of Iowa'
a staggering blow. Said Evashev-
ski earlier this week: "Our squad
is trying to get well; we can't work
hard enough to create what we
really want." The casualties were
aggravated in the loss to the
Uclans last weekend. Center Don
Suchy received a wound in his
hand, End Jim Freeman sustained
a painful back bruise, and Center
Bill Van Buren re-injured an
Captain Cal Jones, Iowa's All-
American guard, may see some ac-
tion today. If he is able to per-
form anywhere near his usual form
Evashevski may yet get his first
victory over Michigan.
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan has
similar problems with his star
lineman, End Ron Kramer. The
East Detroit star has missed the
last two games but there is great
hope that he will see some action
today. He was running with the
first string unit in yesterday's fi-
Kramer is the otily question
mark in the Wolverine lineup.
Fullbacks Lou Baldacci, Dave Hill,
and Earl Johnson will all be ready
for the game. Ed Shannon, who
received a cracked bone in his
hand in the Army game, is in
good shape. Jim Maddock, held
back against Minnesota because
of a bruised hip, though he did
see some action, should be close
VanPelt to Start
Jim VanPelt, who directed the
team brilliantly in the Brown Jug
victory, is expected to draw the
starting quarterback assignment.
The poised sophomore led both
touchdown marches against Min-
nesota, threw one scoring pass,
and booted the deciding extra
point. With VanPelt will be Ter-
ry Barr and Tony Branoff at the
halfback spots and Baldacci at
Tom Maentz, whose great play
since his return to action has eased
the pressure due to Kramer's loss,
will be at right end. Rotunno
will probably get the starting nod
at the other wing. The excellent
tackle combination of Jim Orwig
and Al Sigman, guards Dick Hill
and Captain Ed Meads, and Bates
at center complete the line.
The Iowa aggregation will pre-
sent a polished offense to the
large audience. In Quarterback
Jerry Reichow the Hawkeyes have
one of the most outstanding play-
ers in the country. ,The leading
ground gainer on the team-261
yards in 54 tries for a 4.8 aver-
age per try-and the top passer
with 23 completions, he is sure
to be the major thorn in Michi-
gan's side. A senior, he ranks third
in the nation in total offense.
Two flashy halfbacks, Earl Smith
and Eddie Vincent, will also pre-
sent problems for the Maize and
Blue. Vincent is second on the
Hawkeye squad in the rushing de-
Huge Iowa Line
A huge Iowa line will also plague
Michigan. Headed by Right End
Freeman at 235 pounds, the visi-
tors average 216 from wing to
Michigan is the favorite in the
Homecoming game but that fact
has done no more than increase:
the desire of Evashevski and his
A battle for third place between
Michigan State and Wisconsin
highlights the Big Ten football
weekend, although Iowa appears
at Michigan in a national TV
Michigan and Ohio State. which
entertains Northwestern, each is
Big Ten Standings
W L T Pet.
MICHIGAN ....3 0 0 1.000
Ohio State ....2 0 0 1.000
Michigan State 2 1 0 .667
Wisconsin .....2 1 0 .667
Iowa ..........1 1 1 .500
Purdue ......1 1 1 .500
Illinois ........ 2 0 .333
Indiana ........1 2 0 .333
M1innesota ......1 3 0 .250
Northwestern* ..0 3 0 .000
unbeaten in conference play, while
Michigan State and Wisconsin own
2-1 League records.
This means that the loser will
most likely be eliminated from the
title race. Over at Michigan State
Coach Duffy Daugherty is cheer-
fully optimistic about it all.
The game is Wisconsin's home-
coming and someone dug up the
fact that Wisconsin had lost only
RON KRAMER, UNANIMOUS
PRE-SE'ASON CHOICE AS AN ALL-AMERICAN
END, MAY BE READY TO GO THIS AFTERNOON FOR
MICHIGAN. HE HAS BEEN ON THE SIDELINES SINCE
THE ARMY GAME, WHEN HE SUFFERED A RIB INJURY.
By The Associated Press
one homecoming in the past 16
"We'd never beaten Illinois be-
fore," commented Daugherty.
(Michigan State played Illinois for
the first time last week and won,
It's not that Daugherty is cocky.
It's just his nature to be cheerful.
He was last year while trying to
explain a 3-6 won-and-lost season.
It was pointed out that Wiscon-
sin Coach Ivy Williamson had
never lost three in a row.
"I have," said Daugherty. "Last
year-Notre Dame, Purdue and.
Minnesota-want to know the
The coach reflects the attitude
of the team, an outfit that seems
sure of victory.
Clarence Peaks, the running,
kicking, passing star, is still nurs-
ing a sore ankle. He's alternated
practice workouts with sessions in
a whirlpool bath. Jerry Musetti
will probab.ly start in place of
"Peaks will definitely see action,"
he said. "He's not in-top form and
the amount will be determined by
his physical condition."
Also, quarterback EarlaMorrall
has attracted national attention
for his passing 'against Illinois.
Fullback Jerry Planutis, the week
earlier, was a one-man gang
against Notrc Dame.
Padue Faces Illini
In the only other Big Ten game,
Purdue (1-1-1) is at Illinois (1-2).
This game is something of a toss-
up. Purdue, with its fine passer
and signal caller, Lennie Dawson,
is a dangerous threat through the
air. Illinois, with its flashy corps
of backs, who gain much yardage
game after game but seem unable
to cross the goal line, will also be
Two non-Conference contests
send Southern California to Min-
nesota and Ohio University to In-
Ohio State, though beaten by
Stanford and Duke, figures to grab
its third straight Big Ten victory
from winless Northwestern with
Howard Cassidy and Jerry Hark-
rader should be able to show some
brilliant running against the weak
Northwestern line in preview of
the coming showdown with Michi-
Notire Dame Favored Over Navy
... bad for Badgers
In Vi talI
SOUTH BEND, Ind. ()- Unde-
feated Navy, the nation's No. 4
college football team, exchanges
broadsides with its most formid-
able foe of the season, favored
Notre Dame in a tense intersec-
tional contest today.
The forecast calls for scattered
showers and cooler weather, but
this Knute K. Rockne memorial
game is expected to jam 55,000
fans into Notre Dame Stadium.
Irish Six-Point Favorites
Notre Dame's once-beaten Irish
l Intersectional Battle
has had to sit on the bench behind
such stalwarts as Tony Branoff,
Danny Cline, Jim Pace and Terry
During the past two season, Hic-
key has seen a total of 306 minutes.
He played in every contest during
the 1953 football season.
Hickey was on the varsity in
1951, when freshmen were per-
mitted to play. He wasn't able to
compete in 1952, however, because
of a bad knee.
Other than the bad knee, Hickey
has been subjected to only one
other serious injury. It occurred
in the, Iowa game last season
when he was laid up for two
weeks with a cracked rib. He miss-
ed the Northwestern and Minne-
sota games but was back in action
In high school he played half-
back on the football team, forward
on the basketball team and was a
catcher on the baseball squad. He
gained All-State honors in each of
these three sports for each of his
three years in high school. In ad-
dition, he also ran the 100-yard
dash and the 220-yard rash on the
Intends To Fly
Hickey plans to graduate at the
end of this semester. He then
will enter an Air Force training
school with tentative plans of
making flying his career. Hickey
feels that he might like to serve
as a jet pilot.
Hickey, who comes from Ana-
conda, Mont., is majoring in his-
Following the football season, he
can frequently be seen at the
Intramural building playing hand-
ball or paddleball. He also com-
petes in I-M basketball for Sigma
In commenting on last week's
game, Hickey said, "Minnesota was
extremely high emotionally. They
hit quickly and we were unpre-
pared for their early attack. We
began to pick up spirit at the end
of the second quarter and started
rate a six-point favorite as they
steam against a team that is the
pride of the East. Yet, the Irish
are notched in the No. 9 spot in
the national Associated Press poll.
With Notre Dame's chances for
a perfect season already marred
by Michigan State, 21-7, the pres-
sure today will be entirely on the
Middies, who own the nation's best
defensive record and a superlative
quarterback, George Welsh.
Even with the traditional finale
with Army still ahead, this is a
pivotal game in Navy's strike for
its first undefeated season since
1926 and perhaps the first unbeat-
en-untied year in Navy history.
Navy has had few shining hours
in this 29-game series. The Mid-
dies have defeated the Irish only
four times, last triumph with' ai
wartime, bolster lineup, 32-13, in
1944. The one tie played was a 6-6.
outcome in 1945.
Notre Dame's top-heavy bag of
23 victories include 9 in a row
since the 1945 deadlock, with
MELBOURNE (A) - Australia's
20-year-old tennis stars, Lew Hoad
and Ken Rosewall, will be back
to defend the Davis Cup next
They are remaining in the ama-
teur ranks. .
Hoad announced his decision
yesterday to U.S. promoter Jack
Kramer, who has been seeking to
lure the blond bomber into the
pro ranks to tour with Tony Tra-
bert, the American ace who al-
ready has turned pro.
Kramer had offered Hoad 25,-
000 Australian pounds ($56,000) to
join his troupe.
Navy's best showing coming lastI
year in a 6-0 defeat in the mudt
Rockne will be honored at at
half-time ceremonial at this par-r
as Jesse Harper, Frank Leahy,
ticular game because Navy dedi-
cated Notre Dame Stadium in 1930,!
the year the famed Irish mentor
died in a plane crash. The Irish
this year mark the 25th team
since Rockne's death.
Such former Irish head coaches
Elmer Layden, Hunk Anderson and'
Ed McKeever, will participate in
the ceremony, as will the "Rock's"
widow, Mrs. Bonnie Rockne.
The game, starting at 12:30 p.m.
CST, will be broadcast CBS, but
not televised to the public.
YPSILANTI - Ann Arbor
High's gridders won their 38th
consecutive game here last
night by downing Ypsilanti,
In I-M Games
By BILL GRANSE
A sharp aerial attack paved tne
way for a 13-8 Raccoon victory ov-
er Air Force ROTC in an inde-
pendent first-place playoff touch
football game at South Ferry Field
The game proved to be a pass-
ing duel as both teams exhibited a
good air attack and sharp pass de-
fense. The Raccoon tallies came
when a Bob Thomas-to-John Pot-
ter combination clicked for a
touchdown, and later in the con-
test when John Harrison passed to
Bob Hitchmaugh for a score.
Jim Case passed to John Chans-
ler for the AFROTC touchdown.
The Air Force added a safety in
the closing seconds of play to com-
plete the scoring.
In the other first-place playoff
game, the Seldom Seen Kids
edged Evans Scholars in an of-
fensive battle, 19-12. A good run-
ning and passing attack enabled
the Kids to down a rugged Evans
Scholars eleven. The Seldom Seen
Kids and the Raccoons, by virtue
of their victories, advance to the
next round of the Independent
first place playoffs.
Touchdowns by Bob DeGrazia
and Ray Smuter led Newman Club
to a 15-0 second-place playoff vic-
tory over LSA. Other House bare-
ly downed Michigan Cooperative,
19-18 in another second place con-
Despite heads-up playing by
Dave Brown, who sparked the Con-
gregational Disciples attack, con-
gregational Disciples bowed to
Pillpushers, 13-7, in a third place
Bill Paller paced the Foresters
to a 19-6 win over Michigan Co-
operative in a fourth-place play-
By DAVE RORABACHER
Small-but he's dynamite. !
That's Ed Shannon, the stocky
Irishman from River Forest, Ill.
Standing only 5'8" and weighing
172 pounds, he rates as one of
the smallest men on the Wolverine
In a' game where players of im-
mense bulk predominate, Shannon
not only manages to hold his own,
but he does so at two positions-
right halfback and fullback.
mainder of the season as the first-
string right halfback.
'His steady performance in this
capacity proved a very pleasant
surprise to the Wolverine fans and.
coaching staff. Nonetheless, when
spring practice rolled around he
was alternated between his "pre-
ferred" halfback position and the
fullback slot in what the press re-
leases called an "insurance mea-
positions for the 1956 season.
And as one staunch Shannon
fan observed. "He has certainly
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"I prefer the halfback position,"
he says, cautiously hastening to
add that he also likes the fullback
slot, lest one should too hastily
jump to the conclusion that he
has been assigned to play there
against his will.
Seeming to enjoy his dual role
the 20-year-old Bus. Ad. junior
has at varying times garnered
starting assignments in each posi-,
Shannon was originally a half-
back, the position which he held
down at Fenwick High School and
for which he gained All-Chicago
When Tony Branoff injured his
knee in the Army contest last year,
Shannon was immediately named
his successor and finished the re-
Insurance Pays Off
The insurance paid off well this
fall. When the Maize and Blue's
two top fullbacks, Lou Baldacci
and Dave Hill, both fell victim to
ankle injuries, Shannon was as-
signed to the starting lineup for
the Army game at that position.
"We certainly intend to continue
using him at fullback," state head
coach Bennie Oosterbaan as he
recalled Shannon's admirable per-
However, all is not rosey. Dur-
ing the rugged Cadet-Wolverine
struggle the low slung charger suf-
fered a broken bone in his right
hand and he is still forced to
play with a cast.
As the men which rank above
him in both back positions are now
seniors, the dually-talented Shan-
non will likely receive a regular
starting assignment at one of the
-Ieadquarters for Michigan
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