Coach Woody Hayes' Buckeyes don't have many tricks up their sleeves, but they don't need them. This is a forthright team, grinding and conservative, one that retains maddening ball control. Its powerful running game is its offense: of 3,126 total yards amassed in nine games, 2,681 of them were on the ground. Only two major teams in the nation ( Oklahoma and Colorado) rushed more frequently. State has only an average passing game, but due to its lopsided rushing offense, its infrequent passing has been effective and must be marked down as a strong surprise weapon when used; only one OSU pass was intercepted during the season. Defensively, the Buckeyes are rock-hard and sure of themselves. This all justifies the team's 1-2 ranking in the UP and AP postseason polls.
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64 RIGHT GUARD
6 ft. 1 in., 204 lbs.
Real All-America on offense. Charges exceedingly well, pulls well to lead ball carrier, traps smartly. Plays a soft middle guard on defense, i.e., he will shift with the play to avoid being bottled up. One weakness: he can be caught off balance on plays that involve faking motions.
6 ft. 2 in., 212 lbs.
Fine straight-ahead runner, hits very hard but in open field is a step slow. Second stringer until eighth game when he replaced the injured Galen Cisco, has done surprisingly well for a sophomore. On occasion will shift to offensive center. Excellent center linebacker on defense.
18 LEFT HALFBACK
5 ft. 11 in., 191 lbs.
He may be used sparingly, due to a recurrent groin injury. When right, he is the team's only truly fast back, the only climax runner. A work horse, he is the leading rusher, scorer. Very accurate throwing a pass after taking a quarterback pitch-out. On defense, a notch above average.
6 ft. 1 in., 193 lbs.
Unknown quantity in September, he has developed into a sound, if not spectacular, player. Strong runner on an option keep. Decent on short and medium length passes, although he won't throw often. Can be disturbed by a hard rush. Good punter. Good on defense, especially tackling.
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