Coach Eddie Erdelatz, with a solid 14-0 victory over Army, brought Crabtown a Lambert Trophy and its best won-lost record since the great team of 1945. The line is smart and deep, superb in ranging loose to keep a play turned inside. It also is not easily trapped. Its general quickness and predilection to stunt shifting may be geared in the Cotton Bowl to shoot the gaps and threaten Rice's passing offense, but in doing so it could suffer on screen and draw plays. The backfield, with Ned Oldham the healthiest he has been all season, makes up one of the most diverse attacks in the nation. It admittedly is small, but with Oldham and Harry Hurst swinging wide for pitchouts and Forrestal's really topnotch passing, it can blow open a game in a second.
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5 ft. 11 in., 178 lbs.
He is an alert signal caller who will repeatedly use a play if he sees a defensive flaw. He is a great passer (completed 80 of 159 passes for 1,117 yards) but only a fair runner. Due to his lack of speed, he is deep-conscious on defense but, with his alertness, he can get the jump and move up well.
86 LEFT END
5 ft. 11 in., 207 lbs.
A brilliant diagnostician, quick reactor and hard tackier. He is tough to sweep out of a play. Wonderful on a loose defensive game, he is extremely hard to circle. As a blocker, he is strong straight ahead, bowling you over. Navy's favorite pass target, notably good on the short and medium length pass.
58 RIGHT TACKLE
6 ft. 2 in., 235 lbs.
Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Made major All-America teams, either at center or tackle. Excellent on penetration or, faking this, plays heady control game on line. Roams occasionally. Tackles hard and, when he can't do that, he clears the interference. Although he can be trapped, he usually is well covered by fellow linemen.
27 LEFT HALFBACK
5ft. 10 in., 182 lbs.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Apparently fully recovered from knee trouble that hampered him during the season, he is the best all-round back on team. Quick starter, fast turning a corner, and hits hard for his size. On defense, he may rush in from secondary too quickly, leaving his zone open for a long pass.
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