March 3, 1960

Early on the first morning of the league meeting in Oakland, commissioner Joe Foss and Oakland general manager Chet Soda made an announcement that 14 players had been assigned to the team:

George Blanch, a 6’0″, 195-pound halfback from Texas. A solid performer for the Longhorns in 1957 and 1958, he made UPI 2nd team All-Southwest Conference his junior year, but in his senior season, 1959, his performance faded on offense and he spent most of his time on the defensive side of the ball.

Cloyd (or Claude – see note) Boyette, a 6’4″, 245-pound offensive lineman from Texas Southern.

Willie Boykin, a 6’4″, 245-pound tackle from Michigan State.

Carmen Cavalli, a 6’4″, 245-pound defensive end from Richmond.

Fran Curci, a 5’9″, 160-pound quarterback from Miami (FL) and a first-team Associated Press All-America selection in 1959. Set Hurricanes records for attempts, completions, and yards that season, and led the team with three interceptions as a defensive back.

Purcell Daniels, a 6’2″, 205-pound end-halfback from Pepperdine.

Dan Edgington, a 6’2″, 180-pound end from Florida. A 16th-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers, he played in the North-South Shrine Game following his senior season with the Gators.

Abner Haynes, a 6’0″, 190-pound halfback from North Texas State. A Time Magazine All-American who was drafted in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers, his status was in some doubt as the Minneapolis franchise had traded his signing rights to Dallas in exchange for a player to be named later. No player had been named by the time Minneapolis had relinquished its franchise. He also earned first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in both 1958 and 1959. A pioneer in the racial integration of collegiate athletics in Texas, Haynes led the Eagles in both rushing and receiving all three of his seasons in Denton.

Sam McCord, a 5’10”, 185-pound quarterback from East Texas State. Known as “Stumblin’ Sam”, he was named to the first-team Associated Press Little All-America team in 1958 and 1959 and led his team to victory in the Tangerine Bowl in both years.

Don Norton, a 6’1″, 190-pound, end from Iowa, he was named first-team All-Big Ten his senior season and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round. However, he had already been signed by the Chargers and his status would have to be adjudicated by Foss.

Jim Otto, a 6’2″, 225-pound center from Miami (FL).

Bob Parker, a 5’11”, 215-pound offensive lineman from East Texas State who was named first-team All-Lone Star Conference in his senior season.

Gene Prebola, a 6’3″, 215-pound end from Boston University.

Jim Woodard, a 6’5″, 230-pound offensive lineman from Lamar Tech.

All but Prebola had been part of the Minneapolis/St Paul draft list. Prebola had been received before the franchise’s demise in a trade with Houston for Al Witcher.

Journal of Sport History, Volume 14, Number 3 (Winter, 1987)
Lamar University football information guide
Michigan State University football media guide
Oakland Tribune
Richmond University football media guide
Texas A&M University-Commerce (East Texas State) media guide
University of Florida football media guide
University of Iowa football media guide
University of Miami football media guide
University of North Texas football media guide

Note: sources differ as to Boyette’s first name. Contemporary sources divide almost evenly between Cloyd and Claude, though most later publications use Cloyd.

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