Due largely to its fine linemen, Navy rates among the nation's best in both rushing and total defense. The Middies have no one runner as good as Army's Kyasky, but their fast backs plug away effectively from the split-T, using the "belly series" well. Tom Forrestal, who played second fiddle to the brilliant George Welsh last year, has become the best of the three competent Navy quarterbacks, passes well and handles the mechanics of the split-T capably. Coach Eddie Erdelatz's forces, which are surprisingly deep in reserves for a rebuilding year, have only lost one game.
86 PETER JOKANOVICH. Started season as a substitute, but caught two touchdown passes against Pennsylvania and developed so rapidly from mid-season that he is a regular now. A hustling, aggressive player.
81 EARLE SMITH. Team captain and a good all-round end. On defense plays tight so that it is hard to run inside him. He is a good receiver, especially on buttonhook passes. Smith does all of Navy's punting. Since Ron Beagle's graduation, he is getting the credit due him.
76 ANTHONY ANTHONY. He is the weaker of the two starting tackles. Not too active, he failed to react quickly enough against Cornell's inside dive play. He is not active enough to cover entire territory well.
71 ROBERT REIFSNYDER. One of the best sophomore tackles in the country. Especially strong at covering to his inside on defense. A former high school fullback, has good speed, but can be hurt on plays which veer to his outside. He is hard to trap, has improved all season and is a future great.
61 TONY STREMIC. A hard, slashing type of guard who has played two varsity seasons and uses his experience well. Gives opposing center trouble when Navy is on defense, has great pursuit. A smart, alert player.
67 JIM HOWER. A sound, capable football player. He has good speed, gets downfield quickly, covers the flat zone well against passes. Backs up the left side of the line on defense. Not flashy and often overlooked by the fans, but he is a solid player.
58 WILSON WHITMIRE. A senior, he is one of the best centers in the East. Plays right linebacker in the Navy defense, is quick and agile and a good pass defender. A great leader and a devastating tackier who hits so hard he sometimes knocks himself out. He is a fine offensive blocker.