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December 24, 1956
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December 24, 1956

Cotton Bowl

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74 VERNON UECKER, RG—Durable, steady. Plugs middle well on defense, hard to fool.

75 NORMAN HAMILTON, LT—Aggressive, quick, exceptional blocker. Easier to block in than out, thus hard to trap.

78 DON COOPER, RT—Does everything well.

85 JOHN NIKKEL, LE—Excellent blocker, fair speed, fair receiver. Intelligent.

89 O'DAY WILLIAMS, RE—Tall, rangy, good hands, a fine receiver. Corner linebacker on defense, better against passes than runs. Not a great deal of speed.


Coach Ben Schwartzwalder's Orangemen, whose only loss was to Pittsburgh, overwhelmed the rest of their opposition with pure power—the power of big, fast men and an offense which moves on the single-wing theory of applying the strongest possible blocking force at the point of attack. The Orange operate from a T with an unbalanced line to the right and depend primarily on a brutal running attack built around the magnificent Jimmy Brown. This All-America halfback, who weighs 215 pounds and runs like a sprinter, moves through the line with such force that frequently his teammates can afford to stint their blocks on opposing linebackers once the hole is opened. The Syracuse defense is aggressive and commits itself so quickly that an attack based on deception can frequently fool it with plays based on feints.

23 CHUCK ZIMMERMAN, QB—An adequate but not a great quarterback. Only fair passer but good ball handler.

35 ALAN CANN, FB—Big and tough, an honest single-wing type fullback. Good knee action, good blocker.

44 JIM BROWN, LH—Great power, deceptive speed, can go inside or out. Blocks and plays defense very well, tackles viciously. Better against runs than passes.

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