Yesterday's work on Soldiers Field, was again devoted to a general polishing off of formations and players calculated to produce an eleven which shall be at its greatest possible efficiency on Saturday. The coaches are doing their best to gather up the loose ends left by too easy a schedule.
The feature of the afternoon was a short scrimmage held against a rush line composed of former players who are now on the coaching staff. The team played without a backfield, but this made no particular difference, the idea being to give pointers to the University linemen, who were kept constantly on the offensive. Among the coaches who gave the University a thorough try-out of a number of its plays, were the Withington brothers, Blagden, Leary, and Corbett. The scoring was confined to a few field goals by Brickley from about the 30-yard line.
The remainder of the time was taken up by a dummy scrimmage with the seconds, in which the regulars were given minute drill on both the defense and offense. As in the previous day's practice, unusually good spirit and life were displayed, and everything ran smoothly.
Bradlee was still out of the line-up in order to give his lame foot a chance for thorough recovery. There is but little doubt, however, that he will be in fine shape on Saturday. Gilman was also absent yesterday, but merely to get him in tip-top physical condition, and not because of injury. McKinlock replaced Bradlee, and Cowen supplanted Gilman, the rest of the men appearing in regular order. Mahan did all of the punting during the regular practice, and will probably be used exclusively against Knowles of Yale.