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Lochner, Louis P. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 12, Number 2 (Nov. 1910)

Richardson, W. D.
The football outlook,   pp. [71]-74


Page 73


THE FOOTBALL Ou TLOOK
sen speed. Even at that, the Bad-
gers might have staved off defeat
had they been fortunate enough to
have one good ground-gaining half-
back and a good punter. The
greatest amount of ground lost was
due to the marked contrast between
Gill's and Pierce's punting. If,
however, we should have beaten In-
diana, it would have meant that the
poorer team at this stage of the sea-
son had won.
  Let us glance at the conditions
that faced the team's prospects at
the outset. There had     been  a
change in the athletic department,
a sweeping change. This caused a
more or less uncertain feeling.
Only one veteran, Buser, was eli-
gible at the beginning of the year.
It was known that the others, or
most of them, would be eligible, but
the fact that they had not been cer-
tified, was a hindersome one. It
then looked as though Coach Barry
would be obliged to whip an eleven
a great number of men on the squad
who were capable of filling the
place. In fact there was not one
other good fullback in the squad.
Benson and Samp, who have been
played at the position, while hard
workers, are not A No. 1 fullbacks.
They lack speed and are unfamiliar
with the position.
  The quarterback position is an-
other cog that clogged. It was un-
certain who':Moll's successor Would
be for a time but Gillette won out.
He, however, had never played
football to any great extent before
and what was the result? The
coaches had to center their work on
him for a long time. He lacked
the craftiness that is so requisite
for a good quarter and his inabil-
ity to direct the play, as an experi-
enced quarter could have done, un-
steadied the whole team. It must
be said, however, that he has picked
up a knowledge of the game in a re-
markably short time and before the
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ally "green" men. It was thought
that the sweeping changes in the.
rules would make it even easier to
teach the game to new men than to
the old timers but such did not
prove the case.
  Finally a tentative lineup was
announced just before the Law-
rence game. It looked promising.
Then at the last minute, Bright,
the most promising man for full-
back, was declared ineligible. That
upset the entire plans of the
coaches. It necessitated the drill-
ing of a new man and there was not
ivuam  UIu&Sub will rauiii nign -up
among the western quarters. He
is fast and a good passer and as
soon as he gets settled in the posi-
tion should prove a wonderfully
good man.
  We    are  weak   in  halfbacks.
Neither Bunker, Newman, Gilbert
nor Birch are halfbacks of the
Crawley type, although of the four
the latter is by far the best. He is
handicapped, however, by not hav-
ing a running mate who is capable
of getting the opposing end out of
the play, and hence to gain for him
is a hard task. Gilbert is a fighter
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