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THE ELEVEN BEST ELEVENS
Herman Hickman
September 12, 1955
September's practice fields tell the story of a football team. SI's expert, fresh from a nationwide survey, here delivers his up-to-the-minute report
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September 12, 1955

The Eleven Best Elevens

September's practice fields tell the story of a football team. SI's expert, fresh from a nationwide survey, here delivers his up-to-the-minute report

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ARMY
WEST POINT, N.Y.

BASIC OFFENSE: T, balanced line

LETTERMEN RETURNING: 15; STARS: Pat Uebel, F; Ralph Chesnauskas, T; Bob Kyasky, H; Don Holleder, Q; Art Johnson, E.

LETTERMEN LOST: 9

LEADING SOPHOMORE CANDIDATES: Bill Saunders, E; Stan Slater, G.

1954 RECORD: Won 7, lost 2.

1955 SCHEDULE:

Sept. 24—Furman at home
Oct. 1—Penn State at home
Oct. 8—Michigan at Ann Arbor
Oct. 15—Syracuse at home
Oct. 22—Columbia at home
Oct. 29—Colgate at home
Nov. 5—Yale at New Haven
Nov. 12—Pennsylvania at Philadelphia
Nov. 26—Navy at Philadelphia

COACH RED BLAIK SAYS:
Personnel deficiences both in the line and backfield have forced many positional changes. To many of our followers it suggests a marked weakness. However, the Army squad has indicated, "You make the changes—we'll do the playing." What more could a coach wish?

HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS:
Army teams, even before the great era of Colonel Blaik began 14 years ago, were trademarked by defensive stubbornness, and it's my guess this year's edition will have this phase of the game well in hand. Last year's weaknesses were primarily in the linebacker and tackle positions. Many experiments to improve these were conducted during spring practice and are being conducted now. Ralph Chesnauskas and Flay Goodwin, starting guards in '54, have been moved to tackle. Two yearlings, Guard Stan Slater and End Bill Saunders, will also bolster the line. But guards switching to tackle is nothing compared to taking Don Holleder, an All-America end, and making a quarterback out of him in order to fill the shoes of the departed Pete Vann. Bob Kyasky (9.9 for the hundred in track) can run like the wind at left half. Captain Pat Uebel at fullback has speed, strength, high knee action and a determined desire to run over somebody. Mike Zeigler played practically as much at right half last year as Bell. If Kyasky, injured again last week, can remain whole for the better part of the season the team that led the nation last year in total offense as well as rushing may be scarcely less potent than a year ago.

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