Other Big Ten
linemen the pros are interested in include Carl Eller, Minnesota, 6-foot-5�,
245-pound tackle. (The pros say: best pass rusher in the conference. Can weigh
270. Great strength in his arms for dealing off blockers. Good as any of the
Big Ten's best last year.) Matt Snorton, Michigan State, 6 feet 4, 245 pounds,
end. (The pros say: good as he wants to be. Great potential as tight end.)
Roger Pillath, Wisconsin, 6-foot-3�, 240-pound tackle. (The pros say: quick,
tough to move and strong. Will get bigger. Handles the double team block better
than any.) Ken Bowman, Wisconsin, 6 feet 2�, 230, center. (The pros say: best
offensive center in Big Ten. Perfected techniques. Picks up the blitz with rare
polish. Still gaining weight.) Jack Cvercko, Northwestern, 6-foot, 235-pound
guard. (The pros say: something of a risk because of chronic knee trouble, but
otherwise one of top linemen in nation. Great determination and technique.
Powerful one-on-one blocker, good trapper, exceptional speed, perfect
All five graduate
this year. Among the juniors, in addition to Butkus and Sutton, are Minnesota
Linebacker Frank Marchlewski, 6 feet 2, 230 pounds; Purdue Tackle James Garcia,
6 feet 4, 235 pounds; Wisconsin Tackle Roger Jacobazzi, 6 feet 3, 235 pounds;
Northwestern Center Joe Cerne, 6 feet 2, 224, and Joe Szczecko, 6 feet, 235.
There is a host of equally talented sophomores.
The man in the
Big Ten who is perhaps most preoccupied with linemen is Northwestern's Ara
Parseghian, who has more trouble getting them than anyone else. Lack of depth
goes with Parseghian and Northwestern, the only privately endowed school in the
conference, like wind goes with Chicago's streets. Worse still, every time it
appears that Parseghian has done something to solve his problem, Northwestern's
line cracks in the middle, and late season opponents run through it as merrily
as ducklings in an animated cartoon.
thought all might be different this year. Although he does not get the marginal
recruits who go to the state-supported schools, he came up with some fine line
prospects to go with the passing of slender Tom Myers. Even injuries, primarily
to Guards Cvercko and Larry Zeno, which cut down the strength of his interior,
had not dimmed his hopes as he approached last week's game against Michigan
State with four victories and only a 10-9 loss behind him.
A late fader
when a gorgeous, cloudless day greeted 51,013 for North-western's homecoming at
Evanston, the results for Parseghian were sadly the same as in the past.
Northwestern got off to a 7-0 lead, but in the second half the Wildcat line was
torn open for one bolting 87-yard run by Michigan State's Sherman Lewis. At the
end the Spartans' Duffy Daugherty celebrated the announcement of a new
five-year coaching contract with a 15-7 victory.
Facing a variety
of storming defenses, including a safety blitz that Northwestern could not pick
up quickly enough, Tom Myers had one of his worst days. He completed only nine
of 26 passes and had two intercepted. He was thrown for 61 yards in losses by
the swarming Spartan rushers. Some of Myers' passes were dropped, but Myers'
slowness in avoiding the rush had him throwing badly off balance.
On the other
hand, State's small Lewis (5 feet 9, 152 pounds) made Northwestern defenders
tackle too diffidently with his on-balance running. Aside from the record
87-yard touchdown run, Lewis got off an 84-yard punt return, intercepted a pass
and caught a 29-yard touchdown pass lying flat on his back. Lewis' all-round
performance was one of 1963's very best, and although Northwestern's defense
broke down badly only once, the lapse and Lewis were enough to give Michigan
State the game.
"I know you
hear it said that a passing team doesn't play the real tough defense," said
Parseghian. "But we played well. Lewis was the difference. He's been the
difference against a lot of people. We don't think of ourselves as a passing
team. We like balance. But you do what you can do best. What are we going to do
with Myers? Make him a split T runner?"
not the only Big Ten team that passes. The conference average is about 20
throws per game. But there is a paradox. They arc making fewer points. As
Illinois, Ohio State and Michigan State moved into a tie with 2-0-1 records,
each was averaging a fraction more than two touchdowns a game.