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(Editor's Note--This is the first of
a series of features on Michigan's
new football players. The series will
start with sophomores and those
players who have come into promi-
nence this season.)
He came through the hall which1
connects the new addition of the
Michigan Union to the lobby, a
young man wearing the trade-
mark of a Wolverine athlete-a T-
shirt marked "Property of the
University of Michigan-44."
The Union was bustling that
evening-just as it always is after
dinner. Muffled sounds came from
the main dining room; a group
of "trademarked" men walked:
through the lobby; and two coeds
threw a short quizzical glance at
the tall, good-looking athlete,
nodded to each other, and pro-
ceeded to lean on the elevator
You probably wouldn't have
noticed him in a crowd, but int
these surroundings, John Herrn-
stein stood out from the rest just a
little bit.
He shuffled across the floor ands
sat down. The interview began andf
a slightly tense John fell to talk-1
ing of this and that, and finally
of what happened one Octobert
afternoon in the Michigan Sta-
dium when the Maize and Blue
eleven bowed to their hated rivals
from East Lansing. But, that i
comes later in the story.-
Looks For Sports Career
The 18-yr.-old sophomore is
looking for a career in sports-hec
wants to be a coach. He has a reala
love for sports. "I guess I don'tl
know what I'd do without them,"
he said.C
But, let's look at Herrnstein, thec
youngster, for a moment.
When John was 3, his father
had him throwing a beanbag. Het
played his first "real footballs
game" back in junior high school
in Chillicothe, O., his presentc
Try our

I try to profit from my mistakes,
so I won't forget those fumbles."
Memories Of MSU
It was a matter-of-fact state-
ment, but one could feel just a
faint suggestion of a deeply hid-
den hurt.
He continued, "I didn't feel sorry
for myself that day. All I could
think of was that the work of 10
other men was wasted."
"Well, everybody makes mis-
takes," he added, "and I'm cer-
tainly no exception."
His friends praise his modesty
and sincerity; coaches laud his
poise and athletic prowess; team-
mates say that "he has a fire in
his system that he passes on to
A great competitor, a fine ath-
lete, "a great guy"-that's the
John Herrnstein you've just read

Terry Barr, his knee heavily
taped, was back in action yester-
day and flashed the form that has
made him one of the top backs in
the country this year, as the Wol-
verines went through a typical
Wednesday practice.
The senior right halfback, who
had been bothered earlier in the
week by a severe charley horse
suffered in the N o r t h w e s t e r n
game, appeared on the scene after
practice was well under way and
later was excused early by Coach
Bennie Oosterbaan.
Looks Ready For Saturday
During his brief stay, however,
he dispelled any thoughts of the
handful of observers that he would
be unable to play this Saturday.
Barr cavorted at his usual safety
position on defense and wingback
post on offense with such vigor
that he drew praise from Ooster-

As a precautionary move, how-
ever, Oosterbaan also tested Bob
Ptacek and John Greenwood at the
safety position, in case Barr should
need relief.
Offense Checks Rough Spots
But Barr was not the only bright
spot in the day's activities. The
Michigan offense, powerful all
season, was in high gear again
yesterday as Wolverines smoothed
out the few rough spots in their
predominantly single wing attack.
The Varsity ranthrough a vari-
ety of passing and running plays
with only dummy contact.
The defensive phase of the work-
out featured pass defense. Last
weekend Minnesota rode to victory
over Illinois on the arm of quarter
back Bobby Cox.
He has been promoted to they
first string this week, so the Wol-
verines are looking for a heavy diet
of passes and pass-or-run plays.

*. . beanbags to football

home, when he was only 11-yrs.-
Who started him? He did. Any
and all sports interested him. The
field has been narrowed down,
however, to football and baseball
now, but only because of lack of
time for the others.
Rich Michigan Tradition
Most of us are aware that Herrn-
stein has a "rich heritage of Mich-
igan tradition behind him." The
mere mention of this heritage
brings on that "Oh-not-again"
look. Unfortunately, some people
compare him with his famous rel-
ative-for what it's worth, which
isn't much.
The pleasant smile which had
characterized him up to this point
disappeared and a serious looking
John Herrnstein said, "You can't
judge a ball player of one era by
those of another." In seconds, that
smile was back.
The MSU incident came about
casually enough. He remembered
very well the fumbles he made that
afternoon-"I won't forget them.
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Fonde Key To Pioneer Grid Success

Does one loss make a bad sea-
It can in Ann Arbor High School
football. When the Pioneer teams
in the past eight seasons have com-
piled a record of 57 wins, two ties
and only two defeats, a season
marked with one of those losses
could be looked on with disfavor.
40-Game Streak Broken
Three Fridays ago when the
1956 Ann Arbor High football
team had its 40-game unbeaten
streak broken, many people felt
that the Pioneers' Michigan Class-
A football dynasty was at an end.
This was understandable since the
loss was of a 33-0 fashion at the
hands of Flint Northern.
Since that time, however, the
members of the team have shown
that the story is different. In their
last three games they have shown
that Ann Arbor is still a football
power, as they rolled over three
tough Six-A League opponents,
and clinched a share of their
eighth straight league title.
Besides that, although their 40-

game unbeaten streak was broken,
the Pioneers have still remained
unbeaten in 35 straight league
contests, and undefeated in 32
consecutive home games.
Both of these streaks include one
tie game with Battle Creek in
1954, a game that was played in
mud and rain, substances that
neither team could battle with
Responsible for the Pioneers'
success is Henry Fonde, who ranks
as one of the greatest all-time
Michigan high school coaches.
Member of Undefeated 'U' Squad
Fonde's big time football began
with the University, where he was
a member of the undefeated 1947
team that beat Southern Calif-
ornia 49-0 in the Rose Bowl on
January 1, 1948. Playing in a back-
field paced by two All-American
halfbacks, Fonde had to be satis-
fied with a second-string position
behind the great Chalmers "Bump"
"Bump" had the habit of turn-
ing Bob Chappius' passes into
touchdowns, a fact that made him
the Big Ten's leading scorer that
year, and trying to take over his
first-string position would have
been rough for anyone.
From the Michigan gridiron
Fonde went to University High
School to coach for a few sea-
sons. In the fall of 1949 he began
his extremely successful career at
Ann Arbor High. His first duties
included football coach and math-
ematics teacher. Since that time
he has helped coach track, and

now fills the position of assistant
principal, a job that would make
coaching a sideline for anyone else.
Fonde has coached many fine
players and perhaps the best, at
least the most successful in col-
lege, was big Don Dohoney, an
All-American end and team cap-
tain at Michigan State a few years
back. Another standout on Fonde's
earlier teams was Mike Rodriguez,
former captain of Michigan's
wrestling team.
Perhaps one might be surprised
that an eight year record of 57-2-2
hasn't produced more than one
ballplayer that could make All-
American ratings in college. This
actually uncovers one of the secrets
of Fonde's coaching. Many of the
fine high school starts that he has
developed have been the "little
men" of football.
This is shown in the fact that
many of his teams have been out-
weighed by as much as 40 pounds
per man in the line, and often as
much in the backfield.
Spirit, Hustle Key to Success
Fonde has stressed the fact that
it is the spirit that counts; and the
accessories to spirit are hustle and
quick wits. If the other team is
bigger, the Pioneers are faster, and
if speed won't do it, they out-
smart their opponents.
Fonde's backfield use both "T"
and single-wing series, and both
the running and, passing attacks
have variations that are seldom
seen on college fields, and almost
unheard of in high school foot-

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Hornung May Need Substitute

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (i)-Sopho-
more Bob Williams continued to
operate yesterday as No. one quar-
terback in Notre Dame's prepara-
tion for unbeaten Oklahoma's in-
vasion Saturday.

Star Irish quarterback Pauti
Hornung, for the third straight
day, refrained from taking snap-
backs from center because of his
dislocated left thumb.






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