Strong defensively but with weak line reserves, the Cadets will be depending on backfield power to win the big one
Don Holleder (16), quarterback, 187 pounds. All-America end last year, moved to quarterback in spring and has had some trouble. But this boy is dangerous. Can throw the long pass, has excellent running ability, will gamble. Start worrying when he goes back to pass: he may decide to run and go all the way. Tremendous defensive player from safety position.
Bob Kyasky (42), left half, 180. Last year as soph was hailed as second Glenn Davis but has been hurt most of this season. Has blinding speed and great broken-field ability.
Dick Murtland (48), left half, 182. Typical Army back with speed, good leg drive. Runs dive play and off tackle very well. Not so dangerous as Lash around end.
Pat Uebel (34), fullback, 197. Team captain and work horse, has played three backfield positions this year. Fast and tough, makes off-tackle series go with running, faking. Good blocker. Smart pass defender, covers flanker or to wide side.
Vince Barta (37), fullback, 190. Sophomore. Long strider, covers ground fast. Very effective on dive play.
Pete Lash (24), right half, 170. Best of three good Army right halfbacks. Scat back, good speed, team's best wide runner. Has shown weakness on pass defense.
Mike Zeigler (22), right half, 173. Best pass defender, runs well both inside and outside, very good on belly series.
Bob Munger (25), right half, 175. Sophomore, likes to play football. Is a future great—and good enough right now. Packs lots of power off tackle and enough speed to get around end.
Art Johnson (83), left end, 189. Good hands and good speed, Army's best pass receiver; Holleder likes to throw long to him. Gets down very fast on punts and kickoffs, makes lots of tackles. On defense has been particularly strong to outside, rushes passer hard.
Loren Reid (74), left tackle, 198. Another sophomore, took over tackle when Chesnauskas went to end. Good prospect, pursues well but can be run against.
Stan Slater (62), left guard, 190. Undoubtedly one of country's best sophomore linemen, should develop into alltime Army great. Pulls on offense, is good blocker. Backs up line, diagnoses plays well, gets big share of tackles.
Ed Szvetecz (54), center, 188. May be All-America in '56. A very good center: maneuverable, quick and tough. Blocks well. Makes a lot of tackles, has wide range against passes. Middle linebacker but plays outside in Oklahoma defense.
Flay Goodwin (70), right guard, 196. Has experience and agility but can be handled; run at him. Plays over center on defense, pulls out to lead interference a lot on offense.
Dick Stephenson (65), right tackle, 185. Unsung hero of Army line. Very solid ballplayer, strong on defense. Pulls occasionally on offense. Handles kickoffs.
Ralph Chesnauskas (63), right end, 195. Played guard as sophomore, tackle last year, now doing a good job at end. A real football player, all-out all the time. Hard to get around, blocks hard, has speed to get down under passes, fair receiver. Handles Army conversions, occasionally kicks off.
The veteran Middies have beautiful offensive balance and good reserves—plus a pair of famed young men named Welsh and Beagle
George Welsh (11), quarterback, 168 pounds. All-America candidate, one of nation's leaders in total offense. Played big role in victory over Army last year. Very dangerous on roll-out pass, runs well if receivers covered. Gambler, uses imagination, runs option play to perfection. Not too strong on pass defense but comes up fast to make tackle.
Ed Oldham (27), left half, 177. Fine sophomore back, equally good on offense or defense. Has speed, effective in open field, hard to bring down. Tackles well, covers on passes.
Dick Guest (30), fullback, 180. Was good last year and has improved. Hits hard, has strong leg drive, likes to run between tackles. Backs up line, plays corner man.
Vince Monto (38), fullback, 203. Not as polished a runner as Guest but bigger and stronger. Doesn't pick holes too well, likes to try to run over tacklers.
Chet Burchett (24), right half, 162. Not big, but fast and tough, can go all the way. Blocks very well on pass plays, also good receiver. Tackles hard. Can pass on him.
Ron Beagle (80), left end, 190. All-America last year, looks like cinch to repeat. Even better on offense with more maneuverability; great receiver, strong blocker. On defense particularly tough to inside, covers outside well.
John Hopkins (77), left tackle, 209. Team captain and one of best linemen in country. Has speed, size, agility. Gains against his position negligible all season. Very good blocker. Can be blocked on quick plays; hard to move out on delays. Jaw injured in practice last week but expected to be ready to play.
Vernon Dander (63), left guard, 190. Was regular last year until hurt, has shared position with Mohn this season. Plays over center on defense, can be handled.
Bill Mohn (66), left guard, 197. Shares position with Dander, has played more since Penn game. Equal ability on defense but has shown some offensive weakness.
Wilson Whitmire (58), center, 198. One of country's best centers, should have a great duel with Szvetecz. Crisp tackler, excellent linebacker, diagnoses plays well. Blocks hard. Outstanding leader on field.
Tony Stremic (61), right guard, 202. Sophomore but a regular all season. Tough, hits hard, quick and agile. Linebacker on defense, likes contact, likes to tackle.
Pat McCool (74), right tackle, 204. Shares job with Royer. Big, fast but can be trapped. Lots of yardage made through his position this season. Run at him.
Jim Royer (71), right tackle, 206. Regular last year as soph, bothered by injuries this season. Good tackle, very strong, particularly tough on plays directly at him. Blocks hard.
Jim Owen (83), right end, 202. Good performer on offense: catches ball and blocks well. On defense tough to the outside but has shown some weakness to inside. Most publicity has centered on Beagle but this end is almost as good.
Earle Smith (81), right end, 188. Shares position with Owen; appears to be all right now but has been bothered by injury. Good receiver, gets down fast. Protects outside, rushes passer hard.