Fullback Jim Nance of Syracuse University
Big, fast backs have become the fashion at Syracuse, and the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Jim Nance may yet turn out to be another Ernie Davis or Jim Brown. Nance's credentials are impressive. He was a two-time All-America at Indiana (Pa.) Joint High School, and last year as a Syracuse freshman he exploded for touchdown runs of 75 yards against Buffalo and 50 yards against Army. Built with the thick neck of a wrestler (in the off season that is just what he is, and he twice has won the Pennsylvania state high school heavyweight title), Nance is a bursting runner who depends more upon power than niftiness to break through. However, once past the line of scrimmage, he can match his speed with the best of defensive halfbacks. What delights Coach Ben Schwartzwalder even more, he also is a fierce blocker and linebacker.