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December 02, 1957
The 1957 Middies are as dangerous as any in Coach Eddie Erdelatz' eight years at Annapolis. An upset by North Carolina and tie by Duke showed that their explosive running-passing can be stopped, but Navy has relaxed since and a bowl hangs on victory
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December 02, 1957

Navy

The 1957 Middies are as dangerous as any in Coach Eddie Erdelatz' eight years at Annapolis. An upset by North Carolina and tie by Duke showed that their explosive running-passing can be stopped, but Navy has relaxed since and a bowl hangs on victory

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THE BACKFIELD

Speed and experience are its prime assets. It may break loose on any play—either around the ends on quick pitchouts or on passes, but it is too small for real power.

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Tom Forrestal (5 ft. 11 in., 178 lbs.) from Cleveland. His brilliant throwing puts him ninth best passer in the country. A fine ball handler and wily play-caller who comes up with unexpected.

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Ned Oldham (5 ft. 10 in., 182 lbs.) from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Team captain and best all-round back on squad. On defense is quick to come up short from secondary, so sometimes vulnerable on long passes. Plenty fast around end, sound pass receiver.

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Harry Hurst (6 ft., 181 lbs.) from Paulsboro, N.J. Fastest man in backfield, is especially effective on quick pitch from quarterback on wide end run. On defense is alert and aggressive.

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Ray Wellborn (6 ft. 1 in., 183 lbs.) from Houston. Came off bench to replace injured Dick Dagampat, now has job permanently. He is light for fullback but his speed makes up for lack of heft. A very hard runner and a fine receiver.

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Al Swanson (6 ft., 190 lbs.) from West Orange, N.J. Converted from halfback to fullback for this game to alternate with Wellborn. Good punter, plodding runner.

THE LINE

Navy's line is one of the quickest and smartest in football, thus making up for what it lacks in size. It moves well laterally, is hard to trap and may be deciding factor against Army's ground power. Question: Is it big and strong enough? Reserves are well above average, so the fresh troops may wear Army down.

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Pete Jokanovich (5 ft. 11 in., 207 lbs.) from Los Angeles. Excellent end both ways, offsetting lack of height with great hustle. Is Navy's favorite pass receiver. On defense he reacts very well to wide stuff, will be tough to circle. He is one of the hardest tacklers on the team.

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