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December 24, 1956

Orange Bowl

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70 DICK MARAZZA, LT—Great blocker, only average on defense.

75 BILL HUDSON, RT—Slashing defensive tackle, aggressive. Fair blocker.

86 DALTON RIVERS, LE—Strong, not fast, good defense. Good blocker, fair receiver.

84 WILLIE SMITH, RE—Best pass receiver on team. Active, but not strong.


Coach Dallas Ward's Buffaloes are representing the Big Seven by default, since a Conference rule prevents a team—that is, perennial champion Oklahoma—from going to the Orange Bowl in successive years. The second-place Buffs employ the unbalanced single wing with both style and power, but the team also uses some split T and emphasizes speed off both formations. This is basically a running team but, under stress, has used the pass very well. Left Half Bob Stransky does most of the passing. So when the team wants to pass, it goes into single wing with Stransky at the tailback post. John Bayuk is the best fullback in the Conference, possibly in the country, and is very strong on that part of the fullback spin series where he keeps and powers off guard. The defense, which changes seldom, may be too inflexible, too hard to adjust.

44 BOYD DOWLER, QB—A super sophomore. Fine ball handler, strong blocker, fair passer. A dependable safety on defense.

30 JOHN BAYUK, FB—Key to Colorado attack. A blasting fullback, tremendous inside threat. Blocks well, a good linebacker.

20 BOB STRANSKY, LH—Exceptional runner, good passer. Smart, quick defender.

11 EDDIE DOVE, RH—Very fast, good receiver, effective on weak side reverse. Good pass-defender.

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