Coach Bear Bryant has built a tough, tenacious defense. The Aggies dropped off at the tail end of the season because 15 players had to carry the load and the lack of reserves finally told on A&M. The Cadets gang tackle, pursue well and hit hard—they yielded only 47 points all season. The offense, slowed early in the season by injuries to Heisman Award Winner John Crow and Loyd Taylor, another fine halfback, meshed late; the passing game fell short of expectations, so that opponents could use eight-and nine-man lines to halter the Aggie running. The combination of ineffective passing, hobbled running and stacked defenses limited the Aggies to three and four yards at a time. The offense, with cripples back, should click now, and the defense was always good.
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44 LEFT HALFBACK
6 ft. 2 in., 210 lbs.
The Heisman Award winner is big and strong and possessed of better than average speed, with powerful leg drive. He likes to run the inside belly series to the right. He meets running plays at the line of scrimmage well on defense and is also strong on pass defense. He is a good blocker.
5 ft. 11 in., 175 lbs.
Osborne has the invaluable knack of turning a bad play into a good one by quick reaction. He is fond of keeping the ball on option and will run through any hole. He has scored often after faking to Crow and keeping the ball. He is very quick but not an outstanding passer.
78 LEFT TACKLE
6 ft. 4 in., 220 lbs.
Krueger is a quick, agile, hard-to-block lineman. He has great lateral movement. His very powerful arms make him extraordinarily hard to block since the blocker cannot get to his body. He plays left end on goal line defenses and has the faculty of making the clutch play.
80 RIGHT END
6 ft. 3 in., 210 lbs.
Tracey, at 24, is the oldest player on the team but hasn't played up to his sophomore promise. He is used frequently as a safety-valve pass receiver when others are covered. On defense, he plays in front of offensive left tackle, often shoots gap. He has good pursuit.
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