CECIL MORRIS (74), rg: Cocaptain of team. Good offensive blocker and very tough defensively; pursues well.
CALVIN WOODWORTH (60), It: A good football player. Rough on defense, hard to move, likes to mix it up.
ED GRAY (73), rt: Starter as a sophomore, now better as a junior. Moves very well, has tremendous charge, very tough on defense.
JOE MOBRA (16), le: Big and strong, rugged defensive end. Not fast, not a good pass receiver but very good blocker. Kicks off over goal line.
(83), re: Has speed, good receiver. Missed part of season with injury but is ready to go. Will share position with Bob Timberlake (81) and Hugh Ballard (82).
Maryland, the nation's No. 3 football team, is a natural in more ways than one to oppose top-ranked Oklahoma in what should be this year's No. 1 bowl game: if there's a defense in the land capable of stopping the Sooners, Maryland has it. The Terp line was the nation's best at stopping its opponents' running attack and there aren't three better linemen on any one team in the country than Pellegrini, Sandusky and Davis. All three play on the strong side on defense so Oklahoma, looking for a soft spot, may have to go the other way—and there is nothing really soft over there, either. Maryland, like its Jan. 2 opponents, is a split-T ball club with heavy emphasis on the running game. Tamburello runs well, is a smart, thinking quarterback and an exceptional ball handler on the option plays; Vereb set a conference scoring record and is an all-the-way threat from any spot on the field. But the Terrapins can pass, too, with Beightol throwing to both ends and any one of the three halfbacks who see heavy action. The Maryland schedule wasn't the nation's toughest but the Terps beat a great ball club in UCLA.
The 1955 Sooners are a typical Bud Wilkinson split-T ball club: well-conditioned, with great power and speed in the backfield and a very tough, mobile line which is lean and fast rather than beefy. The statistics tell the story and they're all impressive: No. 1 team in the nation, scoring leader (365 points), top rushing offense (3,289 yards), high among the defensive leaders. This is primarily a running team but Harris can pass and so can McDonald. The Sooners don't throw much because they just don't have to. Bread-and-butter play is the standard split-T formation option made famous by Oklahoma, with Harris keeping or handling off to one of his very fast backs. They like to use power but Harris is slick and mixes in a lot of deception. All the Sooner backs are good runners but McDonald is particularly outstanding, always a threat to go all the way. Wilkinson calls him the best he's ever coached. The defense hits hard, reacts quickly and pursues well. The Oklahoma second team has played almost as much as the starters this season against a schedule which hasn't been the toughest in the nation.
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