THE MICHIGAN DAILY"
WEDNE'SDAY, OCTOAER 31,1956
PAGE SIX THE MICHIGAN DAILY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1956
Wolverines Emphasize Defense in
Grid Pr ctice
SHOWDOWN IN THE BIG SEVEN:
Rebuilt Aggies Lead SW Conference
Ends Training Big League
a& Stars Gain
By BRUCE BENNETT
It's been only three years since
Bear Bryant packed his bags and
left the campus of the University
of Kentucky to tackle the desper-
ate job of building up the long bat-
tered football forces at Texas
Today Texas A&M is perched
atop the heap in the Southwest
Conference race and is a good bet
to go all the way, simply because
they have already beaten two of
their top three rivals for the title.
The Aggies have come a long
way in three years, to say the least.
Picked to finish last in 1955, they
almost won it all, being nosed out
by TCU on the last day of the
season. This year they seem to be
picking up right where they left
The formula for the A&M wins
this year has been a rugged back-
field plus a quick, deep line. Quart-
erback Roddy Osborne can and has
called on either of John Crow,
Lloyd Taylor or Jack Pardee for
vital yardage and all three have
answered the call.
Must Beat SMU
A&M's two Conference wins are
over TCU and Baylor, so this
leaves only SMU as a serious con-
tender to their bid. Coach Woody
Woodard's SMU squad owns only
one league victory, a 14-13 con-
quest of an upstart Rice team and
face a steady diet of Conference
play from here on in.
The Mustangs startled the foot-
ball world on the first Saturday
of the season when they whipped
Notre Dame, 19-13, but later events
have proved that this wasn't the
momentous event that it was first
believed to be.
TCU has bees a disappointment
so far. After dropping a 7-6 con-
test to Texas A&M, they played
out of the Conference last Satur-
day and lost -14-0 to Miami
(Fla.). Their last two foes have
been able to contain Jim Swink &
Co. and this has proved to be an
"Achilles Heel" to the Frogs.
Baylor, Rice Trail
Baylor has been hurt by injuries,
chiefly to its backs and have just
about eliminated themselves froml
the title picture. Rice, cellar dwel-
lers in 1955 and picked to repeat
this year, has relied heavily on
sophomores and the arm of vet-
eran quarterback King Hill.
The Owls convincing triumph
over Texas last Saturday leads one
to believe that they may play the
important role of spoiler in No-
vember. The league's two other
entries, Texas and Arkansas, have
run into trouble this year, chiefly
due to a lack of depth.
Oddly enough, though they are
the top team in the nation, Okla-
homa is no better than second in
the Big Seven. Colorado, unbeaten
in four league starts, tops the
Sooners' record of two wins and
Colorado Heads League
Colorado's rise to a serious con-'
tender for an Orange Bowl date
on New Years' Day stems from the
bull-like rushes of 220-pound full-
back, John Bayuk, aptly nick.
named "The Beast."
Coach Dallas Ward's multiple'
offense has whirled to wins over
Kansas State (34-0), Kansas (26-
25); Iowa State (52-0) and Ne-
braska (16-0). Their fifth may be
a little tougher, though, for they
play Oklahoma this Saturday.
Missouri is also a threat, at-
tempting to give Coach Don Faurot
a "going-away" present of the
Conference title.. Both the once
beaten Tigers and twice beaten
Nebraska will be at the crossroads
when they tangle at Lincoln, Neb.,
The other teams, Kansas State,
Kansas and Iowa State, are the
reasons Oklahoma is accused of
playing an easy schedule. Between
them they have won only two and
lost nine in the Conference thus
ED GAGNIER, Michigan gym-
nast and member of the Canad-
ian Olympic team, is winding
up two months of intensive train-
ing in Ann Arbor, preparatory
to joining Canada's squad at
Vancouver, November 10. Gag-
nier, who hails from Windsor,
Ontario, will rejoin the Maize
and Blue squad upon his return
Michigan Football Statistics
NET YARDS RUSHING
Number of Attempts
Yards per Attempt
NET YARDS PASSING
Forward Passes Attempte
Forward Passes Complete
Passes Had Intercepted
% of Passes Completed
Yards Per Pass Attempt
NET YARDS-RUSHING J
'M' OPP. Pace, hb
90 62 Shannon, hb
61 48 Maddock, qb
27 13 Dickey, fb
2 1 Prahst, e
1006 902 Kramer, e
263 240 Van Pelt, qb
4.05 3.76 Byers, fb
593 375 Shatusky, Jhb
593 Sisinyak, fb
d 68 50 Lousma, hb
d 39 22 Batsakes, hb
55 237 4.3
15 54 3.6
9 31 3.3
5 6 1.2
1 31 31.0
3 11 3.7
12 -13 -1.1
10 28 2.8
6 13 2.2
4 9 2.3
2 6 3.0
1 0 0.0
1 3 3.0
NEW YORK 01) - Cincinnati's
Ted Kluszewski, Nellie Fox of the
Chicago White Sox and Boston's
Ted Williams are the only hold-
overs on the 1956 major league all-
star team picked for the Assoc-,
iated Press by the Baseball'Writers
Assn. of America.
The world champion New York
Yankees and the White Sox were
the only clubs to have two repre-
sentatives on the squad.
The Yanks landed outfielder
Mickey Mantle and catcher Yogi
Berra. Chicago, in addition to
Fox, also boasted the top lefthand-
ed pitcher in Billy Pierce. Of the
players selected, six were American
The infield, in addition to Klus-
zewski at first and Fox at sec-
ond, included Ken Boyer of the St.
Louis Cardinals at third base and
Detroit's Harvey Kuenn at short-
stop. Milwaukee's Hank Aaron
completed the outfield with Wil-
liams and Mantle.l
The closest race in the balloting
was at first base where Kluszew-J
ski edged Stan Musial of the St.
Louis Cards, 94-60, with Joe Ad-:
cock of Milwaukee third with 34.1
Two pitchers were named.
Brooklyn's Don Newcombe was the
The vote of the writers included:
First base--Kluszewski, Redlegs,
94; Musial, Cards, 60; Adcock,
Braves, 34; Hodges, Dodgers, 9.
Second base-Fox, White Sox,
109; Schoendienst, Giants, 56; Gil-
liam, Dodgers, 28; Temple, Red-
Third base-Boyer, Cards, 118;
Mathews, Braves, 70; Boone, Tig-
Shortstop-Kuenn, Tigers, 146;
McMillan, Redlegs, 30; Banks,
Outfield-Mantle, Yankees, 202;
Aaron, Braves, 146; Williams, Red
Sox, 83; Kaline, Tigers 79; Snider,
Dodgers, 27; Musial, Cards, 25.
Catcher-Berra, Kankees, 196;
Bailey, Redlegs, 9.
Righthanded pitcher - N e w-
combe, Dodgers, 185; Maglie, Dod-
gers, 7; Brewer, Red Sox, 3.
Lefthanded pitcher - P i e r c e,
White Sox, 127; Ford, Yankees,
48; Spahn, Braves, 12; Score, In-
Team Injuries May Force
Use of Kramer at Halfback
A Wolverine squad not at its
physical best concentrated heavily Kramer would only be used there
on defense at yesterday afternoon's as an emergency measure, and
grid drills, that he was sticking with Ed Shan-
The teams worst casualty, Terry non and Mike Shatuskey as re-
Barr, made an appearance on the placements for Barr.
practice field in working clothes, Shannon's face'was badly cut in
but limped badly and did not prac- the Minnesota game, however, and
tice at all. a bad blow could reopen the
Halfback Jim Pace with a bum stitches. This would leave Ooster-
leg, his alternate Bob Ptacek, and baan short of manpower at the
lineman Dick Hill also were not at wingback slot. Kramer would then
full strength, but were not impared be a man to fall back on.
enough to sit out practice. After the short offensive drill,
Kramer in Reserve the Michigan squad departed to
ar 1y in yesterday's session the baseball stadium for a chalk
Eah rBnyinesteras seson talk. On returning, everything was
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan ran defense.
Set by Rose
MELBOURNE (AP)-Murray Rose,
an 18-year-old vegetarian, last
night clipped 6.4 seconds off the
world 1,500-meter freestyle swim-
ming record and thereby won a
round in his battle of swim times
with George Breen of Buffalo,
Rose's time, set in the third and
final night of the Australian Olym-
pic trials was 17:59.5. It was
Breen's 18:05.9 record that he
To distance swimmers, breaking
18 minutes for 1,500 meters is
something like what breaking four
minutes for the mile was to run-
ners a few years ago.
Rose and Breen have been bat-
tling over distance records with
11,000 miles separating them.
through several offensive plays
using Ron Kramer at halfback.
Oosterbaan stated however that
Practice ended with a half hour
scrimmage, reserves on offense,
varsity on defense. The Red Shirts
pushed the first team the length
of the field for one score, although
during the drive, Jim Maddock in-
tercepted an erring reserve aerial.
After this however the varsity held
like a stone wall.
The reserves were using plays
expected of Iowa - the Wolver-
ines' opponent this Saturday. The
plays were plotted from scouting
reports on the undefeated Hawk-
An interesting note was that
Michigan has been working out
in their white practice jerseys in-
stead of the usual faded blue ones.
Consensus is, however, that it is
not for a change of luck, but rather
because they have an away game
this Saturday and will be wearing
white on the field.
.. . injured, bit playing
ted 8.72 7.5
Number of Plays 331
Yards Per Play 5.01
Average Distance per Punt 35.2
Ball Lost by Fumbles
Van Pelt, qb
Van Pelt, qb
Van Pelt, qb
Van Pelt, qb
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p/'qfie. AJIM BYERS
.. . from Hoosier grid clan
By BOB BOLTON
It could be that Jim Byers,
Michigan's hard-hitting fullback,
is attending the wrong school, but
he doesn't seem to think that this
is the case.
Byers' dad, Herman, played foot-
ball for Indiana University as did
his two older brothers. However,
when his turn came to select a
school he settled on Michigan with
no objections from his family.
If there is any reason to pick for
Byers' choice of schools it's prob-
ably the coaching here at Michi-
gan, which in his opinion is the
Eyes Coaching Job!
The 19-yr.-old fullback's interest
in the type of coaching he receives
stems from the fact that after
graduation he hopes to enter the
If Byers becomes a coach he will
be carrying on family tradition.
Herman Byers coaches football at
Reitz High in Evansville, Ind.
Both Byers and his two brothers
played football under their father
at Reitz. He admits his dad had a
rough time being forced to coach
a team with his sons on it.
But by the time Jim, who was
~the youngest, arrived at highl
school age his dad knew how to
handle the situation and Byers
says he received no special treat-
While at Reitz, Byers made quite
a name for himself in athletics. He
won a total of 12 varsity letters-
three each in football, basketball,
track and tennis.
During his senior year he cap-
tained the football and basketball
teams. Playing both quarterback
and fullback in his last year Byers
made all-city, state and conference
honors. On the hard court Byers
played guard and made the all-
Recalls Biggest Thrill
Playing four sports makes it a
bit hard to choose the biggest thrill
you've had but thinking back Byers
picks out a basketball game during
his sophomore year.
With time running out in an im-
portant playoff contest he was
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fouled and with the pressure on he
stepped up to the foul line to sink
the tying and winning points.
Jim's normally smiling features
become grim when he recalls last
year-the year he was the Wolver-
ines brightest sophomore prospect
but because of grades he was ineli-
gible to play.
"My attitude was wrong," he ad-
mits as he thinks back, "I didn't
really want to stay in school, I
Maybe it was while he sat in the
stands last year, watching Michi-
gan play, knowing he could be
down there, that he began to care.
That he did care and that his,,
attitude did change is evidenced
by his grades for his sophomore
year. From below a two point in
his freshman year he jumped to a
2.9 in his second year.
If any further proof of his
change of attitude is needed it can
be found in the answer to a ques-
tion that was put to him.
When asked if he would rather
play quarterback, a position he
played in high school, instead of
fullback, he answered with an
intensity that is not characteristic
of his easy going manner, "I'll play
anywhere-as long as I play."
EAST LANSING (JP)-Co a ch
Duffy Daugherty was counting off
the number of - injuries his foot-
ball Spartans have suffered since
the start of the season.
He mentioned halfback Clarence
Peaks, tackle Pat Burke and end
Bob Jewett, all lost for the sea-
"We also haven't had Dave Kais-
er at end since our second game,"
he said. "And Arch Matsos (a
good guard) is ailing too and we
don't know if he'll be ready against
Daugherty stopped there, not
mentioning injuries to men not
figured as key players and some
that have slowed down others
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