(GREEN BAY) - Liz Blackbourn has himself the makings
of a pretty good football team on the banks of the Fox
River, and appears to be just the coach to make it one
- and appears to be the just the coach to make it one.
Blackbourn brought his Packers into City Stadium
Saturday night for his and their 1954 debut before the
local fans and emerged from a thrilling exhibition game
with a 14-13 loss to the always impressive Browns. The
15,747 fans in attendance disappointed that the
Packers failed to tie the score and even win the game in
the waning minutes - but they were surprised the
Packers did so remarkably well against the veteran
lineup fielded by the Browns under the expert guidance
of Coach Paul Brown and QB Otto Graham. "It's just as
well they didn't win," commented one veteran observer. 
"If they had the sky would have been the limit and the
first defeat a severe setback. This way it looks like a
good season and losing by only one point to the
Browns is about as stimulating a thing that could have
happened." As a  matter of fact, the Packers just as
easily could have won as lost. The fact rookie
quarterback Bobby Garrett failed in his second
conversion is unimportant. It was after the youngster's
left-footed kick missed the uprights that the Packers
looked their best - or their most sensational, at any
rate. The Browns had failed to gain after Hosea Sims'
booming kickoff into the end zone. Horace Gillom, boss 
punter of the NFL for years, got off one of his poorer
efforts which rookie Veryl Swtizer grabbed with a fair
catch on the Packers 32. Al Carmichael ripped off 19
yards and then rookie Joe Johnson went another 12.
Going through the middle on the next play Johnson
ripped for 20 to the Browns' 17. Quarterback Tobin Rote
called a pass here - it landed in the arms of Cleveland's
Tom Catlin. The game was over moments later. The
Packers got off to a slow start. Cleveland did not and scored the first two times it got the ball in the first quarter. The first score came after eight plays covered 80 yards. The second drive was for 44 yards. Both were sparked by the passing of Graham, but the scoring was by the ground route. Sherman Howard got the first on a nine-yard drive and Curly Morrison got the second on a drive through tackle. Lou Groza, of course, kicked the extra points. The Browns kept control in the third period. The Packers charged out to behave like a new team and start their scoring in the third period. The first time they got the ball they scored on a Rote to Bill Howton pass that covered 17 yards. Rote hit Howton from 31 yards out for the final Green Bay count. The Browns picked up 325 yards to 315 for the Packers. Graham outpassed Rote, 160 to 125 yards. The game's top ground gainer was Switzer, the 190 pound halfback from Kansas State who could give the Packers the ground punch they need. He picked up 65 yards in five tries.
CLEVELAND - 14  0  0  0 - 14
GREEN BAY -  0  0 13  0 - 13
CLE – Sherman Howard, 9-yard run (Lou Groza kick) CLEVELAND 7-0
CLE – Fred Morrison, 7-yard run (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 14-0
GB – Howton, 17-yard pass from Rote (Garrett kick) CLEVELAND 14-7
GB – Howton, 31-yard pass from Rote (Kick failed) CLEVELAND 14-13
Green Bay Packers end Billy Howton (86) scores a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during a preseason game at old City Stadium on Aug. 21, 1954. Browns safety Ken Konz is at right. (SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette archives)
Two Green Bay Packers defenders get ready to lower the boom on a Cleveland Browns runner during a preseason game at old City Stadium on Aug. 21, 1954. (SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette archives)
Green Bay Packers halfback Al Carmichael is stopped by Cleveland Browns defensive back Warren Lahr (24) during a preseason game at old City Stadium on Aug. 21, 1954. (SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette archives)
Cleveland Browns 14, Green Bay Packers (0-2) 13
Saturday August 21st 1954 (at Green Bay)
AUGUST 23 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers, back at their training quarters here after losing to the Cleveland Btowns Saturday night at Green Bay , 14-13, Sunday cut three rookies from the squad. They are Roger Carlson, fullback from Gustavus Adolphus (MN); Bill Buford, tackle from Morgan State, and Dale Haupt, Wyoming guard and native of Manitowoc. The cut left the Packer squad at 51.
AUGUST 23 (Detroit) - Joe Kuharich, a man who has worked with the Washington Redskins football team for only 33 days, Monday took over here as head coach under a "get tough" policy which led to coach Curly Lambeau's dismissal Sunday. The Redskins lost to San Francisco in Sacramento Saturday, 30-7, and arrived here Sunday to meet the Detroit Lions Friday night. General Manager Dick McCann said the move was made after Lambeau and fiery George Preston Marshall, Redskin owner, had a heated argument in the lobby of a Sacramento hotel after Saturday night's game. Kuharich, 37, is the sixth Redskin coach in eight years. Sources close to the team said that Marshall was displeased with the "easy going" approach Lambeau had taken with the club. "Players liked Lambeau because he let them get into shape the way they saw fit," said one source. "Now you can bet they will really have to hustle." Kuharich joined the club about the month ago as assistant line coach. He was head coach of the Chicago Cardinals in 1952 after piloting the University of San Francisco to an undefeated season in 1951. He played guard for the Cardinals in 1940, '41 and '45. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote that the hotel incident leading to the dismissal began while Lambeau was sitting in a bar talking with friends when two Redskin players, Hugh (Bones) Taylor and Johnny Paul, walked in. The Chronicle said Lambeau told them to leave because NFL rules prohibit players in a bar after a game and threatened them with a fine. Marshall, who was in bed, got a call and witnesses speculated that he was unhappy because the players were not immediately fined. Lambeau took over in August of 1952 when Dick Todd resigned on the night of the Redskins' opening game of the season with the Los Angeles Rams. Lambeau won five games in 1952, and lost seven. Last year he won six, lost five and had one tie. Lambeau coached the Green Bay Packers for 31 seasons before leaving in 1950 to pilot the Cardinals.
AUGUST 23 (Stevens Point) - With five less players in camp, the Green Bay Packers went to work Monday on their passing work in preparation for Saturday night's non-league game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Coach Liz Blackbourn reduced the Packer roster to 49 with the release of rookies Roger Carlson, Gustavus Adolphus fullback; Bill Buford, Morgan State tackle; Dale Haupt, Wyoming guard whose home is in Manitowoc; Bob Burkhart, Washington State quarterback-fullback; and Ken (Cotton) Hall, North Texas State end. The early passing workout resulted from the club's aerial showing in the 14-13 loss to Cleveland Browns in Green Bay Saturday night. Veteran quarterback Tobin Rote completed only five out of 22 passes, although two of them went to end Billy Howton for touchdowns. Throwing in the drill were Rote and rookies Elry Falkenstein and Bobby Garrett. Rookie Hosea Sims, who surprised with three booming kickoffs against the Browns, practiced field goal kicking and connected on six from far out. Clarence Johnson, the former Northwestern defensive end, was switched to fullback to assist rookie Clyde Sanders. The club's two veteran fullbacks, Howie Ferguson and Fred Cone, are injured.
AUGUST 23 (Los Angeles) - Curly Lambeau said Monday he expected to be paid the "full salary for my 1954 contract" with the Redskins even though he has been ousted as head coach. The only comment Lambeau would make was: "I expect to be paid full salary for my 1954 contract and I wish Marshall, the Redskins and their new head coach, Joe Kuharich, only the best of luck." He did not mention the amount of the contract.
AUGUST 24 (Milwaukee Journal) - The strong second half by the Packers in their 14-13 defeat by the Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Saturday night might be traced to two things: 1. Lisle Blackbourn' first pro team, liberally sprinkled with rookies, began to jell. 2. The Browns, after a ridiculous easy first quarter in which they took a 14-0 lead, tried to coast and could not get back up when the Packers began to roll. The question is, which point was more important? Toward the end, the Browns were certainly on the run. They hardly looked the same as in the first quarter. But neither did the Packers, only with them it was slow start, fast finish. One thing is for sure. The Browns without Otto Graham at quarterback hardly resemble the Browns with him. George Ratterman came in at the start of the second half to direct operations and from that point the Packers provided almost the whole show. It may be recalled that in the exhibition between the two teams last fall at Cleveland, the Browns started with Ratterman, fell behind, brought in Graham in the second half and won, 13-7. Encouraging, though, was the way the Packers continued to manhandle the Cleveland offense even after Graham returned. Graham came back after Tobin Rote's pass had been intercepted on the Cleveland three in the third quarter with the Packers going for a possible tie. Otto pulled the Browns out of that hole by directing them clear to the Packer 20, but even Graham could not do anything. Stretch Elliott broke through to smear Tom Carodne for a 12-yard loss, then smashed through the usually impregnable cordon of blockers to nail Graham 11 yards farther back. That forced a field goal attempt which Lou Groza barely missed from the 50. Midway in the fourth period, Don Colo picked up Rote's fumble and got to the Packer 18. The Packers' defense again stopped Graham and Groza missed a field goal from the 23. On the next play, Veryl Switzer, an explosive 190-pound bundle, whipped through the left side for 44 yards. Clyde Sanders, another rookie, went for 13 more and two plays later Rote connected with Howton for the touchdown to make it 14-13. Here the injured Fred Cone would have been extremely useful. His inexperienced place kicking replacement, quarterback Bobby Garrett, missed the point. The Packers stormed right back, however, this time with Joe Johnson, another rookie, carrying to first downs on Cleveland's 37 and 17 on successive plays. Two minutes remained, but Rote chose to try to cross up the Browns' defense. They appeared ready for the "surprise", but Tom Catlin intercepted Rote's pass and that was that. Rote's passing left much to be desired. He completed only 5 out of 22 passes, although two were to Howton for touchdowns. The two interceptions ruined excellent opportunities. Only one other of his completions was downfield to Bobby Mann. The two others were screens. Switzer, Sanders and Johnson gave much promise as ball carriers. They burst through the line in a manner quite differently from what has been seen of Packer backs in recent years. To do this, however, they needed blocking which they received from the Packer forwards in the second half. Garrett certainly should prove helpful in the quarterback spot, once he has learned the plays. The Stanford graduate, obtained from the Browns in the Parilli deal, only reported after the All-Star game. Max McGee of Tulane wound up with a better punting average than Horace Gillom, the Browns' super booter (45.5 yards to 45 even). Late in the first half, he kicked one 43 yards out of bounds on the Cleveland three. Booting like that will help plenty. Switzer provided two extra thrills on punt returns. Once he caught the ball running full speed and carried back 10 yards. The other time, Al Carmichael let a punt go through his hands but Switzer was right there to pick it up and return 15 yards.
AUGUST 24 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It takes something to win new friends and influence people the right way while losing a football game. That's exactly what the Packers did in their home opener Saturday night - exhibition game No. 2 against Cleveland's big, rough and highly skilled Browns. It wasn't only the score, 14-13, which means the final deficit was the absolute minimum of one point. More important were the pattern of the spirited game and what the more than 15,000 fans saw in the way of individual accomplishments under the dim lights of Green Bay's chummy little City Stadium. The Browns had all their points before the end of the first quarter and seemed well on their way toward running up just about as many points as they wanted. Then came the pleasant about face. Liz Blackbourn's boys pulled themselves together to hold their own through the scoreless second period and continued to pick up steam in the second half, which saw them in command of the situation. They scored a touchdown in each of the last two periods, and came within an eyelash of connection again during each 15 minute stretch. A pass interception inside the enemy 10-yard line slammed the door in the third, and another aerial shot went astray from the 17 in the closing minutes. Although the Tobin Rote-Billy Howton passing combination clicked for the scores, the big noise - the real point of encouragement - was the running game. The bellringer was Veryl Switzer, the hard running halfback from Kansas State who joined the Packers only last Monday. There's a man who apparently has what it take to become a star among pro league stars - the type of runner they've been praying for at the Bay for years. All real football people apparently knew what they were doing when they hung the can't-miss label on Switzer last year as he got his first real collegiate experience as an offensive back because of the rule change that brought back the single platoon. He was a defensive specialist his first two years at K-State. Needless to say, he will be lugging the ball from now on. His defensive days are at an end. Joe Johnson, left halfback from Boston College, is another live newcomer. Ditto Clyde Sanders, who shifted from halfback to fullback and did a surprisingly good job as relief man for Howie Ferguson. Rote, of course, is a good runner. Add Al Carmichael, Breezy Reid and Fred Cone, veteran fullback who is recuperating from a back injury, and the Packers should do some real business on the ground. That, in turn, means they won't be a pass-and-pray type of club that puts comparatively little pressure on the defense. Better blocking all around, especially in the line; improved pass protection and stepped-up defensive play also marked the tussle with the Browns. So the first week of practice with a full squad brought results - pleasing results. Switzer did more than make the talent scouts look good in their late 1953 rating. He also gave the Packer fans assurance they weren't short-changed in the deal of a year ago that sent Arnie Galiffa to the Giants in exchange for this year's No. 1 draft choice. Switzer was that No. 1. Veryl naturally stood out over the other pro freshmen who got into the act officially only last Monday at the Stevens Point training camp. Bobby Garrett, bonus choice quarterback obtained in a swap with Cleveland, got into Saturday's game only as a point after touchdown kicker. Blackbourn, of course, is looking to him as a passer primarily, although the coach naturally won't mind if the ex-Stanford star blossoms out in the toe department. Others like Art Hunter, Notre Dame's All-American tackle, and George Timberlake, big guard from Southern California, showed enough to indicate they will be of real help. Lack of weight handicaps Hosea Sims, former Marquette star, as a defensive end. Quickness and aggressiveness should help make up for the poundage deficiency. Kickoff ability, a newly discovered talent, is an added assist. If he should channel that same skill into the field goal and conversion departments, he can sew up a place on the squad without question.
AUGUST 24 (Olean, NY) - If the Pittsburgh Steelers thought last Sunday's tussle with the Baltimore Colts wasn't exactly a tea and crumpet affair, then they better dig in and get ready for another shock wave. Chuck Cherundolo, the team's super sleuth, arrived in training camp today with the word that the Green Bay Packers, who will provide the opposition at Forbes Field Saturday night, should have beaten the Cleveland Browns. As it was, the Browns scored a 14-13 victory when freshman quarterback Bobby Garrett missed both an extra point and a field goal. "The Browns got away to a 14-0 lead in the first half," Cherundolo reported, "and the Packers came charging back to score twice in the second half. With less than three minutes to go, the Packers took the ball on their own 20 and marched, all on the ground, to the Browns' 18. Then, for some reason, Tobin Rote, the quarterback, decided to switch strategy and threw a pass. The Browns intercepted and then held onto the ball until the clock ran out. I think if the Packers could have gotten possession again, it would have been an upset for the Eastern Division champions." Like the Colts, according to Cherundolo, the Packers have a tough defensive club. Players like Clayton Tonnemaker, John Martinkovic and Art Hunter, the great Notre Dame tackle, make it difficult for any extensive offensive operations. "And I think their offensive unit is a lot better than most experts think it is," Cherundolo points out. "They have dangerous pass receivers in Bill Howton, who looks like he is making a big comeback, and Bob Mann, the veteran who has given us a fit in a number of games." The scout said Garrett, this year's bonus baby who was traded by the Browns to the Packers, probably will see plenty of action against the Steelers. "He has just gotten to camp," Cherundolo said. "He played in the All-Star game. But there was a fellow who played in the All-Star game and who played against the Browns and who will cause every team in this league plenty of king-size headaches," the scout continued. "That's Veryl Switzer, the fast little back from Kansas. He was great in the East-West game, great in the All-Star game. He'll make a great pro." Here's the injured list, compiled by trainer Mayo Donnelli - Joe Zombeck, Pug Pearman and George Hughes, all have injured knees, Popcorn Brandt has a badly bruised side; Jack Wagner and John Lattner, muscle pulls; Eddie Kissel, a pulled groin muscle; Ray Mathews, a cracked rib; Joe Fulwyler, a sprained ankle; Ernie Cheatham an injured foot; and Tom Calvin a fractured wrist.
AUGUST 24 (Stevens Point) - More tough luck descended on the Green Bay Packers in camp here Tuesday when George Timberlake, rookie Southern California guard, who joined the club only a week ago after his hitch with the College All-Stars, broke his arm in blocking practice. He will be out of action from six weeks to two months. Timberlake's was the second serious injury to befall the squad. Deral Teteak broke a bone in his leg two weeks ago. Both men are linebackers. Both were counted upon for heavy duty. Offensive and defensive passing were emphasizes in Tuesday's drills. Coach Lisle Blackbourn said he would take 44 men to Pittsburgh for the exhibition game with the Steelers there Saturday night. The team will take a bus to Oshkosh Friday morning and board its plane there. With 49 men in camp, Blackbourn did not indicate what three boys, besides Teteak and Timberlake, would be left behind.
AUGUST 24 (San Francisco) - The San Francisco 49ers Tuesday acquired a reserve quarterback, Arnold Galiffa, from the New York Giants for Bob Van Doren, defensive end, and an undisclosed draft choice at the next league meeting. Galiffa, 27, joined the Giants last year after a hitch in the Army. He played only two games for the Giants, then suffered a back injury which sidelined him for the rest of the season. Galiffa was originally drafted by the Packers, who turned him over to the Giants, for Val Joe Walker and the Giants' No. 1 draft choice last winter.
AUGUST 25 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers traded rookie end Dave Davis of Georgia Tech to the Philadelphia Eagles for an undisclosed 1955 draft choice. Davis was the Packer's ninth draft selection last January. He had recently recovered from a sprained ankle and took part in scrimmage this afternoon. The Eagles are in need of offensive ends while the Packers list four wings as pass catchers, veterans Bob Mann, Bill Howton and Stretch Elliott and rookie Max McGee. 26 players took part in the rough action - mostly rookies and late arrivals, while the remainder of the squad drilled in another section of the field. The Packers will leave by plane from Oshkosh at 9:30 Friday morning for Pittsburgh where they'll battle the Steelers at Forbes Field Saturday night. The Packers will be seeking their first victory, having lost, 27-10, to the Chicago Cardinals, and, 14-13 to the Cleveland Browns.
AUGUST 26 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers tentatively plan to use more rookies in their starting lineup for the NFL exhibition game with the Steelers at Pittsburgh Saturday night. Coach Lisle Blackbourn announced at training camp here Thursday that he plans to use rookie Art Hunter of Notre Dame as an offensive tackle and Joe Johnson of Boston College at offensive left halfback. The other rookie in the offensive lineup is Al Barry, Southern California, who has played at guard in both previous exhibitions. Blackbourn also said he will start rookie Gene White of Georgia as a defensive halfback. Two other rookies, both ends, will see action in the kicking department. Hosea Sims, former Marquette ace, will handle the kickoffs. Max McGee of Tulane will do the punting. Only players staying behind will be rookie George Timberlake and veteran Deral Teteak, who are out with fractures, and rookie halfback Dick Curran of Arizona State, who sprained his knee in practice Thursday.
AUGUST 26 (Olean, NY) - Coach Joe Bach's decision to two-platoon Jack Butler plus his experiment with punter Pat Brady as a defensive halfback may be a practical solution to the Steelers' manpower problems this year. The Steeler coach, desperate for offensive ends and defensive backs, discussed the plan yesterday as the perspiring Brady, 6-2, 200-pound specialist, struggled through his first full-scale workout since reporting to the Steelers two years ago. Earlier Bach has intimated that halfbacks Paul Cameron and Johnny Lattner also would be expected to carry a double load in the coming campaign. "I'm not at all satisfied with the defensive backfield," Bach said. "The way things are shaping up, we may have to move Art DeCarlo to linebacker and that would make it necessary to move Butler permanently into the defensive platoon. It would solve a lot of problems if Brady could fill in at one of the halfback spots. It's getting tougher and tougher to carry a specialist on the club, but if Brady comes through we'd have room for an extra lineman." Actually there's nothing surprising in the use of two-platoon players in the National League. Other coaches have been doing it all along, particularly Buddy Parker of the Champion Detroit Lions and Jim Trimble of the Philadelphia Eagles. End Jim Doran, tackle Lour Creekmur and guards Harley Sewell and Jim Martin regularly play both ways for Detroit. And at Philadelphia Trimble goes equally far by inter-changing both offensive ends and halfbacks with his defensive unit. The Los Angeles Rams use Tank Younger as a fullback and linebacker, a practice Paul Brown at Cleveland has adopted with regard to aging Marion Motley. Bach has come in for constant criticism for his failure to exploit the full potentialities of his players. He has had a tendency in the past to select his team and go along with it throughout the season, making changes only when injuries sidelined his regular starters. Several players have been carried on the squad to do nothing but run down the field on punts and kickoffs. Others have been assigned and limited to duty with the kickoff return platoon. Many of the players are eager to go both ways. Meanwhile, Bach gets another chance to put his plan into effect Saturday night when the Steelers face the Green Bay Packers at Forbes Field. As of now, the Steeler coach fully intends to give the players a chance in their new roles. But if past performance is any indication, he quite likely will change his mind between now and game time. Only five games remain on the exhibition card though. Unless the players get a chance soon, the season will be on and it will be too late to experiment. With 43 on the squad, the Steelers must still cut 10 players. Latest to go were end Roger Bradford of Waynesburg, guard Frank Palmisano of Notre Dame and St. Bonaventure and linebackers Charles Lattimer of Maryland.
Blackbourn, will arrive here early this afternoon and stage their final practice session in the Carnegie Tech Bowl for tomorrow night's exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both teams have already lost in two preseason contests but the oddsmakers have established Rooney U. as an early 3 1/2 point favorite. Green Bay was whipped by the Chicago Cardinals, 27-10, then was nosed out by the Cleveland Browns, 14-13. The Steelers have been on the short end with the Chicago Bears, 21-14, and the Baltimore Colts, 27-21. Packer travel plans today call for departure from their Stevens Point, Wis., training camp early this morning by bus for Oshkosh where they will board a chartered plane which arrive here at 2:30 p.m. They will be quartered in Hotel Schenley Park. Three rookie backs, Veryl Switzer from Kansas State, Joe Johnson from Boston College and Clyde Sanders from Bethune-Cookman, ran wild last Saturday night as the Packers outgained the Browns overland, 190 yards to 147. This trio will provide a stern test for the Steelers' defense. The big attraction, of course, will be Bobby Garrett, the bonus pick of the NFL last winter. The Stanford University quarterback star was grabbed by the Cleveland Browns but traded recently to Green Bay for Vito (Babe) Parilli, at present in the Armed Forces. Tommy Allman, fullback of West Virginia University's Sugar Bowl team last season, has quit the Packers. He joined them after the College All-Star game in Chicago but has given up quest of a regular pro job. Garrett isn't expected to start but Coach Blackbourn said he will see plenty of action under the center. More discouraging news came from the Steeler camp at Olean, N.Y. yesterday. Leo Elter, fullback from Duquesne and Villanova, who resumed practice after a long layoff due to a bruised heel, was again sidelined with a recurrence of the same hurt. He's lost for the Packer tussle. Coach Joe Bach will bring the Steelers here from Olean tomorrow. They will stay at Hotel Schenley Park.
AUGUST 27 (Pittsburgh Press) - Four of the first 12 men drafted in the NFL last January will be in the Green Bay Packers' lineup tomorrow when they meet the Steelers at Forbes Field. In addition to Bonus Choice Bobby Garrett, the Packers have Art Hunter of Notre Dame, their own first draft choice; Veryl Swtizer of Kansas State, the New York Giants' No. 1 choice, and John Bauer of Illinois, the Cleveland Browns' selection in the first round. It's the biggest landslide of talent into Green Bay since Curly Lambeau was winning NFL championships there in the early thirties. Despite the migration of stars to the northwoods, however, the oddsmakers rate the Steelers three-and-a-half point favorites, a spread that may have even the most cautious Packer fan reaching for his wallet. Switzer is the players who may pull the Pack out of its recent doldrums. The chunky, hard-running halfback has starred in the three post-graduate games he's been in - the East-West Shrine game in San Francisco, the College All-Star game in Chicago, and last week's Packer battle with the Cleveland Browns. Against the Browns, Switzer, with his blazing start, tremendous speed and reckless running spearheaded a second half drive that moved the Packers from a 14-0 deficit to a 14-13 loss. Yet Green Bay might have won had it not been for a Cleveland interception with a minute-and-a-half to go and the Packers on the 17 yard line. Garrett, who missed most of Green Bay's training season, will get his first test tomorrow. So far, Tobin Rote has been doing the quarterbacking, but the Stanford all-American is rated a sure comer by Coach Lisle Blackbourn. Blackbourn, who succeeded Gene Ronzani, has been experimenting with his new team. His latest move was to switch 230-pound Clarence Johnson, a tackle from Northwestern, to fullback. It's designed to give added protection to the passer. Moving is nothing new to Johnson. He was a defensive end with Northwestern in 1952, a tackle with Toronto of the Canadian League last  year, and now a fullback. Another promising rookie, although not a draft choice, is Nick Aducci, stumpy, 205-pound halfback from Nebraska. Balckbourn moved to Aducci into a linebacking berth where he turned in an excellent job against Cleveland. The rookie came at the right time. Deral Teteak, a good one, and George Timberlake, both linebackers, are out with a broken foot and arm respectively. Meanwhile, the Steelers' Joe Bach continues to overwork Franny Rogel rather than experiment with a lineman in the fullback role. Rogel faces another "emergency" tomorrow for Leo Elter, slated to work with him, has reinjured his heel. Another veteran who must go all the way, risking injury, is Bill McPeak, an end who doesn't have a substitute. McPeak isn't the type to squawk, but he hardly relishes the 60-minute treatment, particularly since he knows he'll have to do it the entire 19-game schedule. Both teams are looking for their first victory. The Steelers lost to the Bears and Colts, the Packers to the Cards and Browns.
AUGUST 28 (Pittsburgh) - The Green Bay Packers will seek their first victory under their new coach Lisle Blackbourn tonight when they meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in their third exhibition football game of the season. The game, in Forbes Field, will be a preview of the Packers' NFL season opener September 26 when the Steelers visit Green Bay. Game time is 6:30 p.m. (CST). The Packers lost their first exhibition game to the Chicago Cardinals, 27-10, at Minneapolis August 14 and were edged, 14-13, by the Cleveland Browns at Green Bay last Saturday. Blackbourn and a 44-man squad arrived here by plane on Friday. The only men left behind at the Packers' training camp at Stevens Point State College are three injured players. Linebacker Deral Teteak has a broken ankle, linebacker George Timberlake has a fractured arm and halfback Dick Curran has a severe knee sprain. Two other injuries have forced a change in the offensive lineup. Halfback Floyd (Breezy) Reid will start at fullback because Fred Cone and Howie Ferguson are on the injury list. Cone, who hurt his back in the Cardinals' game, probably will enter the game only for placekicking. Ferguson, suffering from bruised ribs, is not expected to play at all. Rookie Joe Johnson of Boston College is slated to start in Reid's regular spot. Joe Bach, coach of the Steelers, has announced that all but four of his injured players will be available to play. The four are Tom Calvin, Jack Zachary, Ray Matthews and Joe Zombek. Bach has decided to give Johnny Lattner, a Notre Dame All-American, a chance to play defensive right halfback against the Packers.
AUGUST 28 (Pittsburgh Press) - Green Bay Packer Coach Lisle Blackbourn
prefers the Split-T, but like every other coach in the NFL, he'll depend on the
Straight-T against the big, burly pros. The graying Blackbourn, the Paul Brown
of Wisconsin's high school ranks, send his first pro club against the Steelers
tonight at Forbes Field. The kickoff is at 8:30. Alternately discussing football
and glancing out of the corner of his eyes at the sweating gridders working out
at Tech Bowl yesterday, the new Packer coach said he'd like to use the Split-T
but admitted that he'd probably run out of quarterbacks before he could make it
work. "The defenses," remarked Blackbourn sadly, "would knock the quarterbacks out of commission, particularly on the option plays." Otherwise, the smiling, hard-working organizer behind the Packers is thrilled with his work with the pros. A little easier than coaching collegians perhaps, but much more intriguing and much more demanding as far as defenses are concerned. The new Packer coach, an unknown in this part of the country, made quite a name for himself in Wisconsin as his Milwaukee high school team won 11 championships in 22 years. He moved on to the University of Wisconsin in 1948, but lost out at the end of the season when Harry Stuhldreher's regime fell. Following Stuhldreher's resignation, Blackbourn took over at Marquette where he was in the process of building the Hilltopppers into one of the midwest's most powerful independents. Blackbourn has faced obstacles with the Packers. But he is beating them down one by one. To begin with, he signed 85 players this year - 25 over the league limit - but just as he got to worrying about the rules infraction, training camp started and only 43 players showed up. That put Blackbourn in the clear, yet in hot water, too. It required him to further canvass his candidates and talk them into coming to Green Bay. In that respect, he proved as adept a recruiter as he is a coach. Shrewd trading landed the bonus choice and three first draft choices in Green Bay and three free agents have further enhanced the looks of the Green and Gold squad. The free agents, all of whom have been impressive so far, are Nick Aducci of Nebraska, Don Miller of Southern Methodist and 212-pound Clyde Sanders of Bethune-Cookman. But Blackbourn realizes he has a long way to go, particularly in tonight's game with the Steelers. Two days ago, he was looking at the game movies of last year's game between the two teams. "I had to turn them off in a hurry," he said. But at the same time, he promised a debacle like that won't occur again. "Not against this ball club," he said. "We're coming along and we'll cause somebody some trouble this year."
AUGUST 28 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - The Pittsburgh Steelers will stage a preview of their NFL opener tonight at Forbes Field when they oppose the Green Bay Packers with the kickoff at 8:30. A crowd of 16,000 is expected. Odds favoring the Gold and Black have dropped slightly to three points. Both teams have lost a pair of exhibitions thus far. This is the last of three games here from which the local daily newspapers will receive part of the proceeds for their charities. Coach Joe Bach's proteges are scheduled to open the NFL season against the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday, September 26. Poor starts have handicapped Rooney U. for years; they haven't won an opener since 1949. That's why tonight's result means so much to the victory-hungry players and the long-suffering fans. There's another angle which adds a bit more interest than the ordinary preseason affair. Gene Ronzani, backfield coach of the Steelers, was fired late last campaign by Green Bay and he is eager to knock off the Wisconsin eleven. The Steelers will field their strongest possible lineup of veterans at the start in hopes of grabbing a lead and then inserting recruits. They have numerous injured players in both offensive and defensive platoons but are counting on a lot of help from halfbacks Johnny Lattner and Paul Cameron, who have made only token appearances thus far after reporting late from the College All-Star game. The Packers flew here yesterday, hurried to Forbes Field to don grid togs, then went to the Carnegie Tech Bowl for a final drill. Lisle Blackbourn, new Packer coach, had to shift Floyd (Breezy) Reid, 5-foot-11, 190-pound halfback, to the fullback slot due to injuries suffered by Howard Ferguson and Fred Cone. The latter will be available for placekicking duties only. Otherwise the Packers are ready and eager for action. Bob Garrett, the NFL bonus pick last winter, will spell off the veteran Tobin Rote at quarterback. Veryl Switzer, sensational rookie from Kansas State, promises to pep up the running attack. And Bob Mann and Bill Howton, veteran pass-snatching ends, will make trouble for the home aerial defense, which has proved leaky in the two previous tests. This is the last chance to see the Steelers here until Saturday night, October 2, when the Washington Redskins are at Forbes Field for the local NFL opener.
​AUGUST 27 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - The Green Bay Packers, headed by their new coach, Lisle