tonight i met an alum from bump elliot's days. he had good stories that i thought i would share.
he was a freshman in 1959 when freshmen weren't allowed to play on the "varsity" team. it was the first year they were using plastic helmets. bump elliot got enough for his varsity team, and a few of the freshmen, but not all of them. as the plastic helmets started to trickle in, more and more of them would get them, in the order that bump thought each freshman thought showed promise to one day play for the real team. this guy was non-scholarship, and so he got the very last leather helmet every worn by a michigan football player. regrettebly, when another plastic helmet came, he gave the very last leather helmet back.
he also told me about a few drills they used to run. bump would put a freshman in a large box and put four ohio state replica jerseys in it. a varsity player would try to get one out of the box while the freshmen were made to guard them.
lastly he said that bump was a stickler for tackling technique and that even though bump was never his coach, he was told that if he didn't learn to tackle properly, he'd never play for bump. so the freshmen tackled each other so much they'd all get hurt. but he said that even today, he knows tackling technique so well that when he watches football, he can tell right as the defender goes in for the kill whether the tackle will be broken.