Endowed, as usual, with fast, hard-running backs, Army sticks to the ground for its bread-and-butter yardage. With the switch of Bob Kyasky from quarterback to fullback, the Cadets have added even greater speed to their running, while Dave Bourland gives them better passing from the quarterback post. Army's passes are usually short ones. Their favorite is a quick jump pass which develops from the threat of a run. Despite their running average of 285 yards per game, Army has had only a mediocre season, having lost games to Michigan, Syracuse and Pittsburgh.
83 ARTHUR JOHNSON. An excellent blocker, an adequate receiver on the short, quick, Army-type passes. On defense, he is strong against off-tackle plays, reacts well to the outside and does adequate job of dropping off into flat for passes.
65 RICHARD STEPHENSON. A former guard converted to end, he is a very strong blocker and does as well as Johnson on Army's passes. Plays aggressive defense, rushes passer well, drops off for pass defense. He covers his area well, both inside and out.
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74 LOREN REID. Army's best tackle, fast, strong and quick. Good blocker. His pursuit on outside plays is excellent and, although he rushes passer well, he is still hard to trap.
70 FLAY GOODWIN. A former guard converted to tackle, he has only fair speed, but is quick in short spurts. A very aggressive player who can be trapped. Quick charge allows him to put strong pressure on passer.
61 RICHARD FADEL. Army's best guard, pulls and blocks well on offense, is effective linebacker on defense. Good pursuit, good at checking end and covering hook zone against passes. He is also a fine downfield blocker.
62 STAN SLATER. Good speed, good blocker on offense. Has not lived up to expectations on defense playing difficult middle-guard post, but that may be because Army tackles are not able to do job they did last year.
51 JAMES KERNAN. Because of better skill at making ball exchange with quarterback, he is Army's best center. Fine offensive blocker, Fadel's equal as linebacker. He tackles well and does a good job as backer in the Eagle 5-4 defense.
54 ED SZVETECZ. He is almost Kernan's equal offensively and defensively, but Army has more confidence in Kernan's snapback. Army loses little strength when he is in game.
44 MIKE MORALES. Blocks well, runs aggressively and has good speed. Although only a sophomore he is more reliable than other halfbacks on defense but is still vulnerable to passing. Gained valuable experience on B squad last year, and he is more mature than most sophomores.
48 RICHARD MURTLAND. Army's best back, apart from Kyasky. Picks holes well and is big and fast enough to drive for extra yards. Defends well against both passing and running, a real work horse. He has been Army's most consistent back during the past three years.
11 DAVID BOURLAND. A good ball handler and a master faker, he took over from Kyasky at mid-season. He is Army's best passer, and his experience makes him a more able field general than Kyasky. Good defender against runs, not so good against passes. He is also a good runner.
42 BOB KYASKY. An exceptionally fast, agile runner who keeps his feet well. Must be covered on ride series; a good faker. When in doubt, tackle him. He is also a very fine pass receiver. Defensively, he is excellent on running plays, can be passed against, especially on running fakes, but recovers well with his great speed. He has saved several touchdowns on pursuit from behind.
ARMY'S JUMP PASS
This jump pass, demonstrated by the football manikins, takes advantage of the tendency of the defense to keep a very wary eye on Kyasky (42), Army's great runner. Bourland (11) moves to his right, fakes a handoff to Kyasky, who goes on in to block defensive left end and pull the defense in. The left half, Morales (44), swings wide on a fake to his right, then turns into a blocker. Right Halfback Murtland (48) runs down and out to pull the corner defensive back with him, and Right End Stephenson (65) cuts quickly across the line and to his left in front of the deep man. Bourland, after riding with Kyasky, drops back to find passing room behind his blockers, jumps, throws to Stephenson.