CHARLES DUCK (64), rg: Least spectacular of Ole Miss line but no weak spot. Steady, competent, hard to draw or trap.
DICK WEISS (78), It: Big (222), strong and mobile; a good blocker. Crashes hard on defense; good pursuit. Sub Billy Yelverton (77) has blazing speed for a big man, pursues well.
DICK GOEHE (71), rt: Hits quick and hard on defense, pursues strongly, likes to put pressure on passer, kicker.
BOBBY FISHER (85), le: Very fast, good blocker, fair pass receiver. Strong on defense, particularly good at breaking up option play to his side.
BOB DREWRY (81), re: Has fair speed, catches the ball well, good blocker. Like Fisher, tough on wide plays at his end, will force quarterback to sidelines.
The 1955 Horned Frogs are probably the best TCU team since Davey O'Brien and the national champions of 1938. Second in the nation in rushing offense with an average of 285.7 yards a game, they have a constant all-the-way threat in Swink, other fine running backs, a good young quarterback in Curtis, two fine ends and a highly mobile line which is anchored by Pitts and averages well over 200 pounds from tackle to tackle. The high-powered Horned Frog offense is basically split-T and its best plays develop from the belly series. As Rice found out, it doesn't pay to concentrate entirely on Swink but, as other teams discovered, you can't afford not to. This junior 185-pounder, called the most exciting back in the Southwest Conference since the days of Doak Walker, led the nation in scoring with 126 points, gained 1,283 yards carrying the ball. Curtis, not a picture passer but a highly accurate one, works with outstanding receivers and has a lot of deception handling the ball. With Mississippi's speed and long-range striking power on the other side, this promises to be quite an offensive show.
The most impressive attribute of Mississippi is its speed—the backs are tremendously fast, the ends can move and the line, even the two big tackles, has amazing mobility. Despite this, the Rebels seem to have a slogan: when in doubt, pass. This is probably due to Eagle Day's ability as a thrower—he's one of the best and has very good receivers. Ole Miss prefers to send its ends deep as decoys and pass short to the backs who can really scoot. As a running team they use their speed in the most effective way—wide. Day seldom fakes behind the line but sprints out past the end and sometimes cuts downfield before using his give-or-keep split-T option. They seldom grind for yardage, preferring to trap off tackle if power is needed. The Rebels are always primed for the big gainer, the knockout play, and they aren't good at controlling the ball on long, slow marches. They use an elastic, containment-type defense which gives up short yardage but stops the long gainer and may be the best possible solution to a major problem: how to hobble TCU's Jim Swink Jan. 2. Backed up to the goal, they can become very tough.
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