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ORLANDO FERRANTE (61), rg: A great blocker on offense and a hard charger on defense, he is USC's best lineman and one of the top guards in the conference.
MARIO DA RE (74), lt: Plays inside tackle on offense and right tackle on defense. Most aggressive lineman, will charge hard, try to run over the offense.
ED FOUCH (77), rt: Alternates tackle assignments with Da Re and kicks extra points left-footed. Needs to be trapped as he generally penetrates.
LEON CLARKE (81), le: Best end on offense and defense, has great speed. Likes to take pass down and out deep. Will reach over blockers on defense.
CHUCK GREENWOOD (89), re: Not a favorite pass receiver, he is good offensive blocker. Defensively rugged to his inside, a little cumbersome on wide plays.
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The Buckeyes developed into one of the best?if not the best?team in the country because every member of the squad played the finest football of his life throughout the rugged schedule. This is a well-balanced offensive team with a big and fast line and four potential ball carriers in Leggett, Watkins, Bobo and Cassady. The first three are power runners, while Cassady is superb on the breakaway. OSU's passing game is built around its running game, with Cassady and Brubaker as favorite receivers for Leggett, who is something of a gambler in that he'll try to hit his ends deep after moving successfully on the ground. Defensively OSU personnel has good pursuit and will react quickly to the situation. The linebackers do a good job, but pass defense can be vulnerable. The Buckeyes capitalize on opponents' mistakes and usually finish strong. They scored 82 of their 229 points in the final quarter. Nine rivals totaled only 14 points during that period.