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SUGAR BOWL

Dec. 27, 1954
Dec. 27, 1954

Table of Contents
Dec. 27, 1954

Pat On The Back
Bowl Preview
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Soundtrack
Golf
Tip From The Top
Sporting Look
Health
  • Of the thousands who start down a snow-covered slope, some will land in a doctor's office. But most often, it's the careless skier who becomes the injured skier.

Snow Patrol
Fisherman's Calendar
Acknowledgments
Sport In Art
Scouting Reports
Under 21
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

SUGAR BOWL

AT NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA...

NAVY

This is an article from the Dec. 27, 1954 issue Original Layout

Eddie Erdelatz earned his place among today's most gifted coaches by beating Earl Blaik's Army team in four of the five years he has been at the Navy's helm. His five-year record now reads: 22-19-4.

GEORGE WELSH, BOB CRAIG, RON BEAGLE (see opposite page).

JOE GATTUSO (36), fb: As Dick Guest's (30) sub in Army game he was outstanding on both offense and defense, winning starting role. Excellent runner, a fiery player.

JOHN WEAVER (16), lhb: Not especially fast, but still a deceptive, dangerous runner. Great pass-defense man.

WILSON WHITMIRE (58), c: Turned in his best showing against Army. Usually an average blocker, but can be blocked.

PHIL MONAHAN (33), rhb: Captain, has missed much play because of injuries, but is ready again. Able defender, he is fast on offense with lots of drive.

LEN BENZI (64), lg: Able and quick, he likes to shoot to either side of center, especially on passing situations. Good blocker, hits high.

ALEX ARONIS (61), rg: Like Benzi, he is very fast and a good blocker. Does a good job backing up left side. On offense he is aggressive, hard to get around.

JOHN HOPKINS (77), lt: Better than average blocker. On defense he plays off line and charges across hard, usually hitting high. Reacts well.

JIM ROYER (71), rt: Strong blocker but has lapses and can be blocked offensively. Has acquired better reaction since Notre Dame gained through him.

BILL SMITH (81), re: Like Royer, has profited from opponents' traffic to the right side, and is now a good defensive end. Can also be pretty rough offensively.

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1954 SEASON
W-9, L-1, T-0

35

N. Texas State

12

28

Kentucky

9

52

Villanova

0

22

Vanderbilt

7

34

Tulane

7

0

Arkansas

6

21

LSU

6

51

Memphis State

0

26

Houston

0

14

Miss. State

0

283

Opponents

47

TEAM STRENGTH

NAVY

Until the Army game Navy's attack had usually been sufficient—but not particularly explosive. The victory over Army was full of daring, dangerous and well-conceived tactics, which make the Middies difficult to defeat. Quarterback Welsh uses his flankers to good effect, tending to keep the opposition defense off balance. The team is still primarily an outside running club, but Welsh's passing, particularly his short throws, is most effective. Defensively, Navy favors the 5-4-2 and the 5-2-2-2. The pass defense is mostly man-to-man and well executed. And, like all Erdelatz-coached squads, this team tackles hard and its downfield blocking is superb. To take home a Sugar Bowl victory Navy will principally have to stop Mississippi's passing game. The Rebels' only defeat came when Arkansas stopped them in the air. Despite a good defensive record, especially against passing (only 87.8 yards average per game), Navy can lose by missing assignments just once.

MISSISSIPPI

The Rebels, although a capable running club from the split T which Coach John Vaught introduced in 1948, were this season primarily a passing team. They ranked fourth in the country in the air—and fifth in total offense, just behind Navy. At the same time Ole Miss led the nation's major teams in total defense—a department in which the Middies finished ninth. The Mississippi air attack is directed by Quarterback Eagle Day, who completed 40 out of 85 passes for a total of 879 yards and four TDs. Day has shown a preference for carrying the ball only when absolutely necessary, and the brunt of the Ole Miss running game is carried by Muirhead, McCool and Patton. Some opponents reported that Day's completions suffer significantly when he is rushed hard. On the whole, the club has size, speed and good reserves. Admittedly, the Rebels have not struggled through as representative a schedule as did Navy, but nonetheless they allowed 10 rivals a total of only seven touchdowns. This certainly deserves to be called a good team—possibly a great one.

TWO PHOTOSILLUSTRATIONPHOTO11
WELSH
PHOTO16
WEAVER
PHOTO58
WHITMIRE
PHOTO64
BENZI
PHOTO77
HOPKINS
PHOTO80
BEAGLE
PHOTO36
GATTUSO
PHOTO44
CRAIG
PHOTO33
MONAHAN
PHOTO61
ARONIS
PHOTO71
ROYER
PHOTO81
SMITH
PHOTO19
DAY
PHOTO24
PATTON
PHOTO53
McKINNEY
PHOTO65
JAMES
PHOTO78
WEISS
PHOTO83
HARRIS
PHOTO42
McCOOL
PHOTO33
MUIRHEAD
PHOTO40
COTHREN
PHOTO61
SHEPHERD
PHOTO74
BOGGAN
PHOTO81
DREWRY
ILLUSTRATION11ILLUSTRATION44ILLUSTRATION80ILLUSTRATION19ILLUSTRATION33ILLUSTRATION74DIAGRAMNAVY'S WELSH (11) operates option to the right or left. In play to right he fakes to Craig (44), then moves towards defensive left end. End must go for Welsh or Weaver (16) running wide. Whichever way he goes he's wrong, as Welsh decides to pitch out or keep himself and go inside the end.
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16
44
DIAGRAMOLE MISS pass pattern against box defense. Ends Harris (83) and Drewry (81) go straight, then flair out, forcing defensive backs to go with them. Halfback Patton (24) goes down deep into middle where he is clear. Quarterback Day (19) gets good protection, giving receivers time to get downfield.
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81
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NUMBERS TO WATCH

NAVY

GEORGE WELSH, QB
Great day against Army has probably given him more confidence. Directs the team with poise, imagination. Odd fake on the option confuses the defense.

BOB CRAIG, RHB
Extremely fast and will go all the way if not "gang-tackled." Moves and reacts well to all situations. Still has slight tendency to fumble. Good receiver.

RON BEAGLE, LE
On almost everyone's All-America, he is an outstanding lineman and pure murder on rushing the passer—as Army found out. Agile and fast, he can catch, too.

MISSISSIPPI

EAGLE DAY, QB
One of the leading offensive players of the season, he will throw nearly half the time he's in. Dislikes carrying unless he has to. Erratic when rushed hard.

ALLEN MUIRHEAD, RHB
Dangerous all the time, fast, shifty and they call on him inside the 10. Best play is the hand-off but he also covers kicks well and is a good pass receiver.

REX REED BOGGAN, RT
One of the top men in the Southeastern Conference, former All-Service. Better on defense than offense and especially tough on play run directly at him.