(65), rg: A little weak on defense, where he plays right linebacker, he is generally good on offense. Doesn't like being pushed around.
BILL HOLLORAN (72), It: At 228 pounds, he isn't very fast, but is tremendously strong. It usually takes an almost perfect block to get him out of the way.
DON GLANTZ (79), rt: Probably the best defensive lineman. Also strong, he is almost as big (219 pounds) as Holloran, and quite a bit faster on offense.
ANDY LOEHR (89), le: Fast and able. He caught six passes for 89 yards and one TD. No other player caught more passes, none scored more than once via the air.
(83), re: Not as able as Loehr, he nonetheless pulled down five passes for 88 yards and one TD. Nebraska's 42 passes went to 14 different players.
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Like all but a few of the 1954 Bowl teams, Duke had an in-and-out year. However, the Blue Devils finished strong and will be favored at Miami. Nearly 80% of Duke's offense is a running game from the split T. Quarterback Barger directs the club efficiently, and although he is not a great passer, he has often thrown a key pass. A big team physically, Duke is not fancy. They do not set many flankers but can whip an opponent in the line with steady pressure. A few opponents have hurt them by containing their blocks and drifting them off the line of scrimmage. Halfbacks will sometimes pass on a pitchout. Some weakness has been found in the defensive line-up, usually the 6-2-2-1 or the 6-2-3 with center and fullback backing up. They won't penetrate much on defense, but at the same time they'll make you go the hard way. Coach Bill Murray isn't afraid of Nebraska but says, apprehensively, "Bowl-game underdogs have won more often than they have lost."