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THE MIDWEST
September 22, 1958
Ohio State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are teams to beat
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September 22, 1958

The Midwest

Ohio State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are teams to beat

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COLORS: Red and white
BASIC OFFENSE: T and split-T
1957 RECORD: Won 6, lost 3
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 16 of 32
WATCH FOR: The bruising line play of Guard John Drew

THE DOPE: The Redskins have enough speed, power and depth to repeat as MidAmerican Conference champions. Their experienced line averages 208 pounds and is held together by defensive stars John Drew at guard and Herb Fairfield at tackle. Gary Cobb and Eddie Hill have shifted from tackles to center and guard, respectively. Coach Johnny Pont's key to a successful season is his quarterback situation. If Nick Mourouzis' broken leg is not sufficiently healed, Pont may call on a sophomore, Tom Jennell, to direct Miami's strong running game. Fullback Jerry Gnabah and Halfbacks George Scott and Harold Williams all can run, with Scott providing the speed and the others the power. Miami is weak on passing and will stick close to the ground. Joe Griffith is Miami's best passer. Also, expect this team to go for the two-point conversion on all occasions. Each of Pont's first two units are well stocked with experienced veterans, giving Miami good depth for the first time in several years. If Mourouzis can play, the Redskins will definitely be hard to beat.

MICHIGAN
Ann Arbor, Mich.

COLORS: Maize and blue
BASIC OFFENSE: Multiple
1957 RECORD: Won 5, lost 3, tied 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 24 of 40
WATCH FOR: The blocking, power-running of John Herrnstein

THE DOPE: To lose men like Jim Pace, Jim Van Pelt and Mike Shatusky from the backfield in one sweep would be catastrophic for most teams. Not so the Wolverines. Their chief problem is replacing a line from tackle to tackle. Coach Bennie Oosterbaan has salvaged some strength at ends, with the return of lettermen Gary Prahst, Walt Johnson, Gordon Morrow and Chuck Teuscher. But he'll be green at most other positions. Newcomers include Sophomore Don Deskins, a 235-pound guard with four years playing experience in the Marines. The Wolverines may not be so dangerous from left half with Pace gone nor so potent in passing or quarterbacking without Van Pelt, but they should prove a good rugged team that might very well jell into a power by season's end. Stanton Noskin will replace Van Pelt. He's a good general, excellent passer, only fair runner. Pace's understudy, Bob Ptacek, will move up and also spell Noskin on occasion. Shifty Brad Myers will be at right half. Captain John Herrnstein should be one of the season's great fullbacks.

MICHIGAN STATE
East Lansing, Mich.

COLORS: Green and white
BASIC OFFENSE: Multiple
1957 RECORD: Won 8, lost 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 24 of 44
WATCH FOR: Sammy Williams' All-America performance at end

THE DOPE: An upset loss to Purdue spoiled an otherwise perfect season for the Spartans, and the Big Ten's top offensive and defensive team had to settle for second place. Coach Duffy Daugherty won't have to take anything less this year with the right breaks and the development of depth. State's passing attack loses some of its luster with the departure of Quarterback Jim Ninowski and Receiver Dave Kaiser. But filling the vacuum is another dangerous tandem—little Mike Panitch, who completed close to 60% of his passes as Ninowski's understudy, and Sammy Williams, drafted by the pros even before he played a college game. The Spartans will also flash a strong running attack despite the graduation of All-America Halfback Walt Kowalczyk, their top rusher and scorer, and the loss through injury of brainy Blanche Martin. Powerful Bob Bercich returns to the fullback slot that was being dusted off for Martin, and Dean Look and Art Johnson provide the speed at halfback. Replacing All-America Dan Currie at center is Don Wright, converted guard.

MINNESOTA
Minneapolis

COLORS: Maroon and gold
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T
1957 RECORD: Won 4, lost 5
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 16 of 39
WATCH FOR: A young green squad that may blossom into a power—another year

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