Opening day for freshman football practice at Princeton found 107 would-be All-Americas on hand. Veteran Coach Matt Davidson (Ithaca College, '26) had two jobs to perform: to separate the football players from the dilettantes; to prepare his A squad for the traditional frosh games, his B squad for a schedule of games with neighboring prep schools.
To accomplish these ends, Matt Davidson and his assistants put the aspirants through a grueling gauntlet of exercises designed to discourage the halfhearted, build up the bodies of the stouthearted. At the end of a week the squad was down to 80. All departures were voluntary. "We don't cut anybody, they eliminate themselves," says Coach Davidson. Like the other Ivy League schools, Princeton offers no athletic scholarships. Princeton's football honor will be defended by boys who play strictly for the fun and glory.
ALAN DEMAREE MODELS STURDY BLOCK
Neck exercises look silly but will give protection against future injury.
October 18, 1954
AN UPHILL CHARGE IN FULL FOOTBALL REGALIA CLIMAXES FIVE HOURS OF CALISTHENICS, DRILL IN FOOTBALL FUNDAMENTALS, WIND SPRINTS, ROUND-THE-FIELD DASH
Coach Davidson demonstrates proper leg action for running. He has coached Princeton frosh for nine years.
Begrimed but happy after practice session, Walter Strine (left) and Phil Wallace walk back to locker room.