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RAY JAMES (65), lg: Only average offensively and defensively, and not too tough to handle. Plays left inside linebacker on defense.
ARCHIE SHEPHERD (61), rg: Usually blocks low on offense. Will play on the center's nose defensively and rushes hard when pass shows. Plays hard, rough.
DICK WEISS (78), lt: Big and strong, but on his season play not yet a finished performer. Sometimes slow in rushing passer and in pursuit.
GEORGE HARRIS (83), le: A fine end who receives well and rushes the passer hard. Will split duty with Bob Adams (82), who is just about as good.
BOB DREWRY (81), re: Probably the best pass receiver. Good at blocking but awkward defensively. His sub, Dave Dickerson (88), is also a good receiver.
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Until the Army game Navy's attack had usually been sufficient?but not particularly explosive. The victory over Army was full of daring, dangerous and well-conceived tactics, which make the Middies difficult to defeat. Quarterback Welsh uses his flankers to good effect, tending to keep the opposition defense off balance. The team is still primarily an outside running club, but Welsh's passing, particularly his short throws, is most effective. Defensively, Navy favors the 5-4-2 and the 5-2-2-2. The pass defense is mostly man-to-man and well executed. And, like all Erdelatz-coached squads, this team tackles hard and its downfield blocking is superb. To take home a Sugar Bowl victory Navy will principally have to stop Mississippi's passing game. The Rebels' only defeat came when Arkansas stopped them in the air. Despite a good defensive record, especially against passing (only 87.8 yards average per game), Navy can lose by missing assignments just once.