3 May 1958
Gophers lack Veteran Talent » but Show Spirit MINNEAPOLIS Iff) — In the old lor so gone from last year, days they used to build character "Until now we have concenlrat- when there wasn't much promise ed on offense, because if you of building winning streaks. Like the one-point conversion, the old character-building dodge has vanished. Football teams consigned consigned to the conference shadows now are hell-bent on developing team spirit. The spirit on the Minnesota practice field is boundless. "We will have more hustle than any team in the conference," said one coach, "even if we don't have as many halfbacks, or guards, or tackles." The Gophers this week are moving moving into the final phase of their spring training. They have found a couple of newcomers who should be able to deliver respectably respectably well in the Big Ten next year. They also have a few vets in hand who can match Big Ten standards. But no one around the Gopher camp is venturing any more optimism than that. "We are making what we would consider normal spring progress," said Coach Murray Warmath. "We have a long way to grow. Fundamentally this is a green team. It has to be with 25 men Catcher Frank Brown, Dick Cordell, Sam House, Roy Gilmore, Burt Tracy, Dick Morgan, and Dick Notermann. Arriving later are catcher George Gleason and shortstop Carl Bellotti, Bellotti, who played last year at Albert Albert Lea, Scheid said the Packers would practice Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Saturdays and Sundays until the start of the campaign. Meanwhile, Albert Lea signed Paul Ehrhard, wrestling coach at Albert Lea High School, to a contract. contract. Ehrhard is a veteran of six don't develop a basic attack and get it down pretty well you don't lave much going for you. "We'll shift our attention to defense this week." Plan Modifications Anything new in the Gopher attack? attack? "Later we figure to throw in some modifications," Warmath said. "But right now there isn't any real difference so that you could notice it. Our idea is to gel 10 or so basic patterns worked into good shape. We can build variations variations once we get those." Among the new men, guards Tom Brown, Dean Odegaard, Gene Wittenberg and Jack Hublou are fairly certain of playing varsity football next fall. So is halfback Bill Kauth, center Greg Larson and perhaps Dick Mrochinski at tackle. Tom Robbins, Jim Rogers and Roger Hagberg are the Gophers Gophers 1-2-3 fullbacks and all are newcomers. Behind Jim Reese at quarterback quarterback the field is solid with rookies. rookies. The best are Joe Salem, Vern Pollack, Larry Johnson and John Fabry. Brown, Kauth, Larson and Rogers Rogers have made the biggest advances advances this spring. Gophers Lack Speed The big problems remain lack of speed and power at the halfbacks, halfbacks, lack of proven class at quarterback, lack of experience at fullback and a shortage of depth at guard. "One strong running back along the lines of Bob McNamara would solve a lot of things for us," Warmath Warmath said. "I don't see that we'll find one." The Gophers' latest No. 1 lineup had Perry Gehring and Ken Schultz, ends; Mike Wright and Jerry Walling, tackles; Ev Gerths and Brown, guards; Jerry Shetler, center; and Salem, Rogers and halfbacks Bill Chorske and Bob Soltis in the backfield.