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THE THIRD SPOT IN
The writer of these romantic
football stories is a brilliant west
ern coach who starred at Wiscon
sin in 1894, and has had splendid
success in coaching Colorado,
Wisconsin and Ohio State univer
sity teams. He is full of football
history, and here gives The Day
Book another of the high spots in
the game. Sporting Editor.
By John R. Richards.
A new way of scoring was in
vented with, the firsj: use of the
place-kick from scrimmage. This
kick is made 'by placing a player
from eight to twelve yards behind
center, to whom the ball is passed
by the' center. Another player
stands a few feet back of this first
man, and as the- ball is placed on
the ground and held in position,
the second player kicks it.
All this is done while the line
and "disengaged backs are block
ing opponents to prevent spoiling
the kick. The place is a little
slower than the drop kick.
The place-kick was used long
before the application of the
kick in a scrimmage was thought
out. Place-kicks for goal after a
touchdown had been in use for
years. Place-kicks following a
fair-catch, whereby the catching
side has earned the right to a free
kick, were long in use.
The idea of using the place
kick under the trying circum
stances of a scrimmage developed
into tangible results in, 1894. The
first time in was used was in a;
game between Notre Dame and
The Notre Dam& coach, EarlJ
FOOTBALL HISTORY .
Herring, developed and practiced!
the play before going into the J
game, but he doubted its legality, j
Herring consulted the refereel
before the game, explained the;
playnd asked his opinion. "John t
C. Karel of Wisconsin, known to
football fame as "Iky" Karel, was i
the referee, and he decided the
play to be legal. Karel is now
Judge Karel of Milwaukee.
During this game Notre Dame
fought the ball into Chicago's
territory and on -the first attempt
negotiated a goal from placement
from the 35-yard line, scoring,
Following the introduction of
the play by Notre Dame in 1897 itr
became a regular part of the ag-
gressive play of the football teams
of the country. The east adopt-j.
ed it and J. R. DeWitt of Prince-:
ton, became the first great place
kicker of that section. In 1901,
19Q2 and 1903, DeWitt's place-,
kicking caused trouble for all the
teams on the, Princeton schedules.
Pete Houser, Carlisle, is prob-
ably the greatest place-kicker
ever developed. He mastered the
art, and with the co-operation of
his teammates, became a constant -
scoring asset for the Indians. JT!
P. J. O'Dea, Wisconsin, was a3 "fa
great place and drop-kicker andf .
is credited with the longest drop-rl
kick and place-kick from scrim-tf
mage ever made in America
O'Dea dropped a goal againstd
Northwestern from the 63-yart
line. He made a place-kick from,
the 58-yard line against Illinois. Tt
Parke H. Davis, Princeton,. '93,