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Brighten Michigan 's Grid P rospects

There'll be plenty of reinforce-
ments on the football front this fall
for Coach "Fritz" Crisler's 1945
"Baby Wehrmacht," which featured
six 17 year olds in the starting line-
up that piled up seven victories as
against three losses to tap teams in
the nation, Army, Navy, and Indiana.
In fact, if Crisier chose, he could
field an all-ex-GI eleven come next
September. He could even play a
squad of dischargees made up en-
tirely of returnees from the 1942, '43,
and '44 aggregations.
Vet Backfield Passible
F'or a backfield Crisier could choose
from Ralph Chubb, right half, Gene
Derricote, and Bill Culligan; who
shared tailback duties in 1944, Paul
White, '42, and '43 right half, Bob
Chappuis, Bob Vernier, and Don
Boor, left half, quarterback and full
back on the '42 squad and Bob
Wiese, last of Michigan's great spin-
ning fullbacks, who carried the mail
in '42 and '43.

Up front, returninig servicemen in-
clude a trig of top flight ends, Bruce
Hilkene and Jack Petosky, 'of the '43
squad, and Elmer Madar. Madar and
tackle Bill Pritula who is also re-
turning are the last of the "Seven
Oak Posts" of 1942. For center line
duty other available ex-GI's include
Walt Freihofer, 142, Frank Kern,
Quentin Sickels, and George Krager,
who all played in '43 and George
Burg, '44-.
A miscellaneous but very handy
returning item, is the educated toe
of "Automatic Jim Brieske. Brieske
booted field goals and extra points
wit monotonous regularity back in
'41, and '42.
But tough as this demobilized
power-pack threatens to be, there's
a host of other rugged footballers
among the record shattering turnout,
which is expected to hit the 154 mark,
who will have plenty to say about
the top spots in Crisler's plans.
Last Year's Frosh Back
First, there's the remnants of

Michigan's freshman-studded '45 out-
fit, the same hopped-up youngsters
who played Blanchard, Davis and
Co., off its feet for a full thirty min-
utes to give the mighty West Point-
ers the biggest scare of the season.
Frosh Acquire Polish
Last year's ferocious frosh will
bring the added polish of ten tough
games plus a little more maturity into
the pre-season battle for starting
Tony Momsen will have another
crack at heavy duty from the pivot
spot. At the ends Lennie Ford, the
pass-grabbing 6 ft. 5 in. Negro,
and Ed McNeill are good bets to see
a lot of action. McNeill was shifted to
quarterback during Spring practice,
but with the return of Joe Ponsetto
and Howard Yerges he may be re-
turned to the end position.
Weisenberg, Renner Return
Jack Weisenberger, who can play
left half or fullback, and Captain
Art Renner, end, were two of the few
veterans on last year's eleven, and

both are back for another season's
To make Crisler's selecting joky even
more difficult a, crop of new candi-
dates blossomed out of Spring prac-
tice. A quintet of promising tackles
caught the eyes of the coaching staff
and will come in for a lot of scrutiny
before the season opener against In-
diana rolls around. They include, Bob
Ballou, who won the ,Chicago Alumni
trophy awarded to the player show-
ing the most° improvement in Spring
practice, Jack Carpenter, Dick Brown,
and Elmer Phillips.
Best of the new backfield prospects
on the basis of Spring showings are
Allen Traugott, and Mike Yedinak
a couple of hard hitting backs.
There's talent aplenty for Crisler
to chose from, but the football fields
of the Nation are all producing a
bumper crop of pigskinners, and only
the long Saturday afternoons next
Fall will tell just how high up in the
national scene Michigan's football
talent harvest will rate.

,..new line coach

. .. number 1 football aide

. .. looks over 1946 candidates

yarm Bacttle Tops Sever Home- ame ec
O zzie Cowles Appointed Crisler Lauds _ Indiana Cham
N ewv Basketball Coach- E.d of Early S Season on Sep
Grid Practice
Dartmouth Mentor 4 Wolverines To Play Only
R places Oosterbaan r., Big Nine Imposes Five CahW t instO
Osborne B. (Ozzie) Cowles, former -Week Workout Limit
Dartmouth basketball coach, 'became B LSGOG yDC RU ns
th leatest aner 1 tto theMichignh.Fo e ir s tmei hesum KBg o_. re r
when= he arrived to replace Bennme - sy, Wolverines will tangle with seven of tro
Oosterbaan as the Wolverine head- H. O. "Frit" Crisler and his paestems aetpce em n te no
cage mentor. N welcome the change with open arms. e elnicuigWs on' nic On I
Oosterbaan, newly named chief Atog ttn httesm ibe Cadets complete with Davis and ih
v>k rdh th otbl mer practice sessions during the war s aachr state
coco qayears were 'valuable mn conditioning cnsin
is now in the position of Number frsmnt aeth lc fmr The Autumn monarch's followers nhe
Ong aid to Head Coach H. O. Crisler eprecdpaesCilrblee in the Mid-West will have their grid- Te
and the, added responsibility makes that under normal conditions it is iron appetites stimulated' in the sea- season
it mpossile to. work with ,both foot-- o h nJuyndAgsfrth son opener, Sept. 28, which will pit e h
ball and basketball.grdrstgeenghbnftu f Michigan against Bo McMilln's de- fnl
At Dartmouth.. Years <umrfobalpatc fending Big Ten champs, the Hoos- wB
Cowles has been at Dartmouth for r :s.>lxe iers of Indiana. Michigan will be out be
. the past eight Years and during that B<:eth.a.BgTn ue lmt to avenge tw straight losses to Bo's an 18-
tiehas produced no less than sevens s efgred rthe t rBTen rulks limi-ore "Po, gr'lBoys
Ivy League championship teams; the tI Z.snsopnr hs l em Iowa Here Oct. 5 ls
terwsascdpac-OZZIE COWLES . . . utstanding started off on an equal footing. Butx" The following Saturday, Oct. 5,
Uinder his direction the Indians Ivy League mentor, was appointed with the uncertainty of player m&- Iowa will invade Ann Arbor with a
have won 74 of 92 games for a 8- this month to succeed Bennie 00st- terial and the introduction of a reg- :.- e.:th....m:.s t fetur ne
year percentage of .804. They drop- erbaan as head basketball coach for ular summer term, the Conference mre than one of last years regu-
ped only three contests on the e the Universit fMcia.rules were relaxed; and in 19 43 a ;ar; in te 3':rt"n:"ineup.
court during the whole period. four-week summer practice session For the football world at large Oct. H
His Dartmouth fives have been in- was allowed._ 12 will mark one of the season's out-
This to participate in three NCAA fo t 'a r an'this extra time alloted for football THE BATTLE'S VERDICT-Shown here is one of Michigan Stadium's standing games of the year-Army- D
basketball c h am pi on sh ip tourna-. practice was needed to condition the 'gant score-boards, which has for 19 years recorded the triumphant Michigan. A freshman-studded Wol-
ments, the only cage outfit in the * 17 and 18 year-old freshmen, upon elation-or defeated dejection--of Michigan's football warriors and verine squad gave arl Blaik's Jug-
nation to receive such honor. ! l ey Sh fe whom many schools depended to car- their followers. The big question of '46 is how many points will be flash- gernaut its closest scare last season
Cowles was born in Brown's Valley, ry on their gridiron campaigns. ed after ',cia'adhwfwatr'iio. and this' year's remiatch should be "Tt
Min, 6yer ao -fersarigIn rd S f~t fG Many ;ootball candidates were al- even closer. least t
h ih schooelrathletics there hering- so drawn fmrom the Navy and Mareine After Army a 'breather would be 8 athle
came a outstanding athletic in three- trainees stationed on campus. As FOR 67 YEA RS: in order, but Michigan's schedule s3 vic
sportsBatnCarlesoneCollnge.sHeacad students the gridders had to take makers didn't look at it that way46,
srsatCrenCoeg.Hca-backfield coach and Art Valpey ele- part in' th PEM program anyway, and Crisler'smnme ap a- ru
nedsaveraging 16points pr tg ame agetw aiHad och nd te irgtme couldestabe spent Outstanding Record Com piled dr's Nothwestern aggregBtion
th cryomur oito uing s ser geasn.hsgiio tf o Prtc e ale By M ichigan Football Team s toghand tis season should prove M
FstCchnJbThrstfth gnztinr-In 1944 and 1945 summer football Young and Illini Here -son
"His first coaching job was at Ro- mains as it was last Spring. Jack Wolve
football team won the state chaim- rest "Butch" Jordan as assistant, even earlier. Coaches could never be its first football game in history, least five games were played. And Michigan will get the opportunity to Of th
uinship, and his initial basketball and Ernie McCoy will 'act as chief sure of the player material from dawning a stubborn Racine College since that year Maize and Blue teams decide whether West Coast fans of on th
;quad reached the state semi-finals. scout and coach both backs and ends one day to the next and more time eee,7t have had eleven undefeated seasons, last year were right or wrong in tout-Idi
After a Year at "Iowa State College in practice. which dadto eformedthrounda With that initial victory as an in- seven of them unmarred by even a ing Budy Young a the bebaki and B
phe returned to Carleton to coach Oosterbaan was shifted to the small nucleus of returning letter- spiring precedent, Wolverine grid- 1'i n ro ihwa rmsst e n
baktalfor six years, his last three backfield from his original position men. iron teams have marched through 67 1932 Last Perfect Year in RAynEArbo'swinhshtIpriois to Or
squads being midwest conference as end coach. An All-America flanker With the end of the war-time years of football history, writing a The last such perfect unbeaten, beRyElo' ietIlni'em aver
champions. His: Carleton fives lost for Michigan for three years, 1925- emergency and the return to a regu- record book which is the envy of col- untied year was 1932, when the Wol- After five successive home games, setba nlforgms:267,h caetteWlviejrtw smsersholya,,tetelgstruhutheain.Ftr-eiesaedtteBgTnadN-Mcian oesnoMneals, rw
He coached River Falls, Wis., Col- coaching heirarchy in 1938. Western Conference, has begun to ing the 1946 season, Michigan has an tional Championships. The following on Nov. 2, to attempt to retan pos- thos
lege basketball for three years before Valpey was formerly assistant reinstate its athletic rules. Although all-time gridiron record of 375 wins, season Michigan was also undefeated, session of the 'Little Brown Jug,' in beat
going to Dartmouth in 1937. During scout, and was also a varsity football freshmen are still eligible to roam 108 losses, and 21 ties, a .776 average but Minnesota' fought them to a 0-0 the traditional battle with the Gold- the p
the war he served 221/ months in 'M' man in 1935-36-37. He played un- the gridiron this fall, the return of for a total of 504 contests. deadlock. en Gophers of Minnesota mar
the Navy as a lieutenant. He is mar- der Coach Oosterbaan. Butch Jor-. so many veterans to school will make In compiling their average the Wol- The record book also shows that "B" Team To Play The
ried, with one son, who served in the dan was a guard on the Michigan it difficult for 17 and 18 year-olds to verines have only finished on the de- the Maize and Blue hold an all-time The Ann Arbor front will not be ers w
Army, and one daughter. 1938-39 elevens break into the line-up. ficit side of the win-lose ledger five (Continued on Page 5 entirely devoid of action that week

ups ope
t. 28th
Two Road Games;1
iio State' Away
uch .as the newly' organized
ames taig pac rdyaf4
Nov. 9, the Wolverines wil meet
gan State in- the annual intr-
clash and 'on Nov. 15, Wis-
's Badgers' will come to tvm
season's home fiale.
Varsity Will end the nine game
at Columbus, Ohio, i the cn
ags may do much to deide the
Conference standings The last
4uckeye-Wolverino games have
hrillers with Ohio pulling out
14 win in 1944, and Michigan!
ing a 7-3 last quater triumph,
[ome Lovers
anrlg 45-46.
ieres no place like home. At
hats the opinion of Michigans
;es who ought to know. Out of
stories in 10- sports during 145-
2 were scored on the home
ids and only the Maize and
tennis team showed any par-
sobviousexample ofhMichi
iby the basketball record. The
urine Gagers chalked up a, sea-'
Lark of 12 wins and seven losses.
e dozen triumphs, nine came
e Field House court where only'.
na was able to top the Maize
lue warriors and then only af-
iovertime period.
take the hockey team with an
all record of 17 victories, seven
cks and one tie. Vic Heyiger's
fashioned an even dozen of
e wins on home ice and were
en only three times here. Yet
ucksters barely eked out a .500
k on their 10 road trips.
eWolverine wrestlers and golf-
ere unbeatable at home, yet
(Continued on Page 5)

western Conference Ready for Explosive 1946 GrIedirol



A seething volcano on the verge of eruption is the best des-
cription that can be applied to the Western Conference football
situation as the 1946 season draws near.
Reports trickling out of the various Big Nine publicity camps
every day reveal mere and more names of stars which have
dominated gridiron circles for the past five years and are now
being released en masse by the armed forces. Reading the ex-
pected rosters of-next fall's elevens is like looking at a list of All-

has been spirited away. The Raven was drafted last month by the
Army, while his fellow wingman has signed a professional con-
tract with baseball's Cincinnati Reds. Reserve end Tom Schwartz
is also in khaki.
Two men have returned to Bo McMillin's lair, however, who
may go a long way in filling up the big hole at the flanks. Ted
Hasapes, a regular end on the Hoosier's 1941-2 elevens, will be
back, along with "Pooney" Carter, who was a stand-out frosh
prospect in 1942.

Coach Ray Elliot' is planning a title-gunning squad at Cham-
paign. He'll have a near-perfect duo of half-backs in Young and
Patterson, who worked together in 1944. Both are as fast as a
lightning bolt, and with Patterson out in front blasting a clear
path-way, Young can out-maneuver practically any pair of ends
in the country.
In addition Elliot has Rykovich on hand again, who was the
spark plug .of Notre Dame's Irish during the war years as a Ma-
rine trainee. The only thing the Illini need in the backfield is
an outstanding amarter.

shanski, Bob Rennebohxn, and Farnham Johnson, ;a trio of out-
standing Biankers, guards -Johnny Gallagher and Bob Dean, and
backs Earl Maves arnd Wally Dreyer.
Also expected back are Jug Girard, Bradger 1944 great, Jimmy
Regan and Frank Granitz at the halfs, and quarter Ashley An-
Fourteen lettermen from championship squads of 1942 and
1944 are making Coach Paul Bixler beam with anticipation as
Ohio State awaits the coming season. There are a total of 36 re-
turning letter winners.

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