but if he feels he can play, he'll play." Kiesling stressed both pass offense and defense in today's workout. He also mixed in a number of running plays, and fullback Fran Rogel looked good getting through the line. Kiesling also had praise for rookie tackle Willie McClung from Florida A&M. He played on both offense and defense, and showed plenty of style both ways, Kiesling said. He stopped the rushes of the backs on defense, and opened holes for them on offense.
STEELERS HOLD HOPES FOR SIX ROOKIES
AUGUST 25 (Olean, NY) - Steeler Coach Walt Kiesling today singled out six rookies whom he figured had "a good chance to help us." The six were center Fred Broussard, tackle Frank Varrichione, end Jack McClairen, linebacker John Reger, quarterback Vic Eaton and safetyman Richie McCabe. Winding up his last drill before leaving for Green Bay tomorrow, the Steeler coach also tossed in a plug for quarterback Ted Marchibroda, a veteran of the 1952 team recently discharged from the Army. "Eaton looked very good in his first game against Los Angeles and he has better size for a quarterback than Marchibroda," said Kiesling. "Vic is six feet tall, Teddy only 5-10 - but maybe Marchi's type is what this club needs." Keisling admitted that his present squad was "a little short of the talent we had at a comparable time last year." "The loss of fellows like Bill Walsh, Johnny Lattner, Paul Cameron and a couple of others is bound to be felt," he pointed out. "That Walsh would be hard to replace on any club while Lattner and Cameron figured to be improved players with a year's experience under their belts." Meanwhile, Green Bay Coach Lisle Blackbourn, whose Packers meet the Steelers Saturday night, was also crying the blues. "We didn't play a good game on defense," he said of his team's 13-7 defeat last Saturday by the Cleveland Browns. The Packers yielded one touchdown and two field goals to Cleveland. However, with third and a yard on the Browns' three in the last minute of the game, the offense couldn't make the sticks. Blackbourn said he will make three changes in his lineup for the Steelers. Veryl Switzer will move from offense to defense and will be replaced at right halfback by rookie Allen Muirhead of Mississippi. Linebacker George Timberlake will see some action as an offensive center.
STEELERS TAKE PLANE TODAY TO PACKER TILT
AUGUST 25 (Olean, NY) - The Pittsburgh Steelers will work out here this morning and then go to Buffalo by bus for a plane ride to Green Bay, Wis., and their exhibition game there with the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night. After arriving in Milwaukee at 3 o'clock, Central Standard Time, tomorrow, the squad will take another bus to Green Bay. The game will start at 10 o'clock Saturday night, Pittsburgh time. Although the team has an 0-2 record in its two exhibitions to date, Coach Walter Kiesling plans to try out several of his rookies again in the Packer game. The Packers are expected to be tough since they held the champion Cleveland Browns to a 13-7 score in a recent exhibition - and the Wisconsin team really should have won. The Steelers will have to leave three players behind with injuries. They are Ed Modzelewski, with a sore back; Lemuel Harkey, with a kidney injury, and Dan McBride, with a bone injury received in an earlier exhibition.
NEW GRID STADIUM PLANNED BY PACKERS
AUGUST 25 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Wednesday announced plans for a new 32,000 seat stadium to meet protests from other NFL teams. "The Packers definitely will stay in Green Bay," Fred Leight, chairman of the Packers stadium committee, said. In recent months other clubs have been putting pressure on the Packers to move to Milwaukee or some other city because of the small stadium in Green Bay and low gate receipts. Green Bay's City Stadium usually is filled to capacity for Packer home games, but it will hold only about 24,000 fans, including several hundred who sit on the grass behind the end zone. The present stadium is made of wood and has been called a fire hazard. The Packers charge the highest prices for tickets in the league in order to make up for the lack of seats, but other club owners have insisted they are not taking enough money out of Green Bay to pay their expenses. This led the Packers to begin playing half of their home games in Milwaukee in 1953, giving each city three homes games and one pre-season exhibition. Preliminary plans for a new single deck steel and concrete stadium have been approved by the Green Bay Board of Education. Some high school athletic events will also be held in the proposed new stadium. "The next step is to get definite cost estimates," said Leight. He said the new structure would be "the best in professional football" because nearly 23,000 seats would located along the sidelines. The field also would have a modern lighting system, replacing the poor one now in use.
PREDICTS CLOSE RACE IN NFL
AUGUST 25 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The closest race in the NFL was the prediction by a spokesman for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will clash with the Packers in an exhibition football game at Green Bay Saturday night. And those words come from a Pittsburgh representative who saw the Steelers take it on the chin, good, from the San Francisco 49ers, 60-14, in their second exhibition start after getting beat by the Los Angeles Rams, 35-24. Ed Kiely, Steeler flag waver, was emphatic with his points Wednesday, insisting that "there's nobody really outstanding" and "the team which is lucky enough to escape serious injury should be in the best position to take the title." "Oh, the Eagles and 49ers look good right now," added Kiely, "but just wait. I wouldn't be surprised if an 8-4 record could win it." If the Eagles and 49ers look like the best bets now, what could cause them trouble? "The 49ers probably have the best backfield in the business," granted Kiely, "but what if Y.A. Tittle got hurt? That would mean a practically unknown, Maury Duncan, would take over the quarterbacking duties. We know about Duncan. He couldn't make the grade with us and was grabbed by the 49ers. The Eagles, like the Rams, need fullback help. The Lions and Browns were hit the hardest by losses and the Giants have a brittle backfield. But get this one," said Kiely. "The Bears were dickering for a trade with us a week ago, calling themselves the 'greatest football machine since the war'. Remember what happened last Saturday - the supposedly lowly Cardinals drubbed Halas' boys, 21-6." Getting back to his Steelers, a club which was beaten by the Packers, 36-14, in an exhibition last season but came back to win a league affair at Green Bay, 21-20, Kiely insisted the team could go a long way barring injuries. For the record, Pittsburgh was one of the hottest clubs in the league last season, winning four of five starts. Trouble started in the Eagle game, and, as a result, both teams clubbed themselves out of the running. "Jim Finks is our ace in the hole," Kiley said. "He's a quarterback like Green Bay's Rote. Both have shown signs of greatness, yet both need offensive help to click. It was different with Cleveland. And it's going to be a lot different with George Ratterman filling in for Otto Graham. Graham was a player who could do everything perfect, he made Marion Motley - he was that kind." The Steelers' pressing problems are defensive tackles, ends and linebackers. Rookie quarterback Vic Eaton and end Jack McClairen are the real finds of summer camp. Pat O'Donahue, acquired from the 49ers, has earned a starting defensive end spot. Incidentally O'Donaghue will be testing his pro football know-how against another former Badger product. Jim Temp, a defensive end starting for the Packers, was a freshman at Wisconsin while O'Donaghue was a senior during the famed 1951 season. The Steelers will train at St. Norbert College in De Pere for a week following the Packer exhibition. Then it's an Orange Bowl game in Miami against the Lions. Coach Liz Blackbourn will bring his Packers in from their Stevens Point training site Saturday and return Sunday afternoon. A crowd of 15,000 is expected for the Saturday night contest. Blackbourn drilled the Packers through a 2-hour contact session Wednesday in preparation for the Steelers. At the end of the drill, rookie center George Machoukas asked and received permission to return to his home. The Packers now have 45 men at camp.
KIES DECIDES TO TRY ROOKIES, FORGET SCORE
AUGUST 26 (Green Bay) - Steeler Coach Walt Kiesling said today he will lavishly use his rookies in tomorrow's game against the Green Bay Packers here. The Steeler coach, defying the outbursts of enraged fans, started the practice in the opening exhibition game against the Los Angeles Rams, but it backfired the following week in a 60-14 rout by the San Francisco Forty-Niners. The lopsided walloping failed to deter Kiesling. "Of course, we'll use the rookies again," he said upon his arrival at nearby De Pere, Wis., where the Steelers will headquarter for the next week. "We'll continue to use them until we find out what they can do. We know what our veterans can do. Even if it means another walloping, we must develop these boys and turn them into pros before the season starts. Once the league gets underway, it's too late to experiment." As in the past games, however, Kiesling will use his regular in an all-out first half. Due for plenty of action tomorrow are rookies Jack McClairen, a loose-jointed end from Bethune-Cookman; Frank Varrichione, the No. 1 draft choice from Notre Dame; and little Sid Watson, a tiny fullback who has been converted to left half. "McClairen looks like he's going to be a terrific end," said Kiesling, "but he's not going yo learn anything watching others do it. We haven't even seen Varrichione in action yet and Watson has looked great in scrimmages. Now I want to see him in a game." Rookies or not, Kiesling sees little chance for a Steeler upset against the Packers. "From all I've heard, Blackbourn has a terrific defensive ball club," he said. "That's probably what will lick us. We've been patching so many holes on defense the last two weeks that we haven't worked too hard with our offense. I'm afraid the Packers will be too much of a test at this stage of the game." As part of his defensive patchwork, Kiesling has supplanted veteran Lou Tepe as a linebacker with rookie John Reger, a 220-pound yearling who started his brief football career at Pitt. "Reger's a cast in point," Kiesling argued. "There's a kid who hasn't even played a season of college ball, yet he looks like our top rookie linebacker. Tepe wouldn't make as many mistakes, but if this kid is going to make mistakes, now is the time for it. They'll be too costly a month from now." The Steelers will return to St. Norbert's College immediately after tomorrow's game. Sunday will be an off-day, but two-a-day drills will resume Monday. The squad will depart Thursday for Miami.
STEELERS, PACKERS MAY PLAY IN RAIN
AUGUST 26 (Green Bay) - Weeping skies are forecast
today for the Pittsburgh Steeler-Green Bay Packer
preseason game before an estimated 15,000 rain-coated
fans in City Stadium tomorrow night. Although the
Steelers still were seeking their first win on the
preseason tour, Head Coach Walt Kiesling indicated he
planned to continue his "look at the rookie" policy. The
Packers, who have a one-and-one record thus far, will
counter with a starting lineup of ten veterans and Hank
Bullough, a husky guard from Michigan State. This
fellow, a member of the All-Star squad, reported late but
still ousted Jack Spinks, a former Steeler, from the
offensive eleven. Spinks, a fullback with Pittsburgh, has
been converted to a guard by Coach Lisle Blackbourn.
The game could mark the Steelers' final appearance in
the present stadium site. Local city authorities, proud of
their pro football heritage, voted this week to generally remark the entire area. Primarily the stands will be dismantled and the seating capacity increased to approximately 33,000. The present capacity is 23,000. By this move, the Packers, member of the NFL since its inception in 1921, hope to scotch perennial rumors that the franchise must vacate this comparatively small community of 60,000 citizens. The Packers hold a 31 to 28 win over the New York Giants but dropped a close, 13-7, game to the Cleveland Browns. The Rooneymen, on the other hand, lost to Los Angeles, 35-24, and were walloped by San Francisco, 60-14. Kiesling said the only change in the starting lineup would be Frank Varrichione, the No. 1 draft choice from Notre Dame, who just joined the club, and will play right tackle. The rest of the team will be the same as the club which opened against the Rams and 49ers. However, the coaches plan to get a good look at quarterback Ted Marchibroda and Ed
PACKER SEATS STILL FAR OFF
AUGUST 26 (Green Bay) - Plans to enlarge City Stadium, home of the Green Bay Packers, have been approved by one municipal committee but have a long way to go before new seats are added. The Board of Education, at a meeting this week, approved preliminary plans providing 9,000 new seats to the stadium which now holds 24,000. Mayor Otto Rachals said a cost estimate was expected to be ready in time for the next meeting of the Common Council Finance Committee September 1. He said it would then be up to the committee to recommend the size of a bond issue to pay for the project and a date for a voters' referendum.
PACKERS ARE FAVORED OVER STEELERS TONIGHT
AUGUST 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers are one touchdown favorites to whip the Pittsburgh Steelers in their NFL exhibition game here Saturday night. Coach Lisle Blackbourn's team has split two previous exhibitions while the Steelers have lost twice. A crowd of at least 15,000 is expected to be on hand when the game gets underway at 8 p.m. Blackbourn plans to use his rookies as much as possible against the Steelers. Charlie Brackins of Prairie View A&M (Texas) will handle the quarterbacking chores, and veteran Tobin Rote will sit on the sidelines unless needed. The Packers arrived here Saturday afternoon - 45 strong - from their training camp at Stevens Point. All were ready to play except tackle Bill Lucky, still recovering from an appendectomy. Blackbourn sent squad through a light tapering off drill Friday. Emphasis was on offensive and defensive assignments.