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December 02, 1957
This year Coach Earl Blaik has assembled his favorite kind of Army team—a big, strong bulldozer that has averaged 405 yards per game. It will go over, through or around you, and only Notre Dame has stopped it. It lacks guile but needs none
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December 02, 1957

Army

This year Coach Earl Blaik has assembled his favorite kind of Army team—a big, strong bulldozer that has averaged 405 yards per game. It will go over, through or around you, and only Notre Dame has stopped it. It lacks guile but needs none

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Bill Melnik (6 ft. 4 in., 230 lbs.) from Woodhaven, N.Y. Army's best tackle—big, strong but not too fast. Plays inside tackle on the unbalanced line. Can't be overpowered on defense but can be outmaneuvered. Has improved greatly since last year.

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Bill Rowe (6 ft. 2 in., 205 lbs.) from Carlisle, Pa. Not as fast as his alternate, Bob Novogratz, but he is quick and aggressive. Plays linebacker in the 5-2 defense. Pulls well to lead plays and blocks with gusto.

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Jim Kernan (6ft., 190 lbs.) from Youngstown, Ohio. Team captain, a good blocker and quick, tough linebacker. Has habit of lifting ball before centering for punts, and someday he may get it taken away from him. Biggest weakness is lack of size but his aggressiveness, quickness and supreme ability to sense the way a play is going compensate for this.

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Stan Slater (6 ft., 188 lbs.) from Orange, N.J. Now in final year he is Army's All-America candidate. But he injures easily. An extremely fast lineman, he is most effective leading blocking on running plays. On defense he is a cautious linebacker.

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Fred Wilmoth (6 ft. 3 in., 240 lbs.) from Harrisburg, Ill. He is the biggest man on the team. Defensively he is not as strong as the left tackle. He blocks well straight ahead and will stop anything straight at him. But he is weak on covering to either side. He was a letterman at the University of Illinois before getting his Cadet appointment. Biggest weakness is his lack of speed.

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Bill Graf (6 ft. 1 in., 190 lbs.) from Lancaster, Pa. Army's favorite pass target. A good blocker and a very good defensive end. He is extremely hard to run wide on, and he drops off into the flat well against passes. So far this season he has caught 15 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

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