47 PAUL GOBER. A tough senior halfback who won starting job from last year's regular right half. On defense, he is probably Navy's best pass defender and is a sure tackier. When he has the ball he can slip away from a careless tackle, must be hit hard. Late-season knee injury may keep him out of game.
27 NED OLDHAM. He is Navy's best all-round back. Quick and a hard runner, he is especially effective on quick pitch from quarterback on wide end run. He defends against both passing and running adeptly and will make the "big play" for Navy. His ability to recover makes him a good pass defender.
24 CHET BURCHETT. At 162 pounds, he is rather small, but he is fast and tough and an all-the-way threat. Blocks well on pass plays and is a good receiver too. Tackles hard on defense, but can be passed on.
18 TOM FORRESTAL. Good field general, good passer if given time to throw. Runs option play, but is not fast. Weak on pass defense.
38 VINCE MONTO. A big, roughhewn type of runner who would rather run over a defender than go around him. He gets valuable short yardage for Navy and is fast for his size. He is not as good on defense, however. Dick Dagampat (44), a hard-running sophomore who excels on defense, will split fullback duties with Monto.
NAVY'S DEEP PASS
Navy likes to throw buttonhook passes and to throw, also, to a halfback who drives through the line first after faking a handoff from Quarterback Forrestal (18). The pass here illustrated by the football manikins is a natural development from this series and went for 73 yards and a touchdown against Cornell. Right End Smith (81) and Right Half Burchett (24) sift into the short and long area to the right to pull the defense that way. Left End Jokanovich (86) buttonhooks in front of the deep defensive back to bring him in. Left Half Oldham (27) is flanked, goes deep and fast, forcing the close defensive back to try to stay with him. Forrestal throws to Oldham as he is cutting across downfield.