The Raiders did some work beneath the stars tonight. In anticipation of their Saturday night game against the Titans, the team held a workout under the lights of the Santa Cruz high school field. Fans were allowed to attend with the purchase of a ticket. Funds raised went toward a new swimming pool for the high school.
Tonight’s practice marked the first time the team’s roster consisted entirely of healthy players. Trainer George Anderson was pleased with the situation, particularly the return of defensive end Charley Powell and linebacker Tom Louderback, and said, “I’d wager that this is the best conditioned team in pro football right now.”
The evening workout also emphasized head coach Eddie Erdelatz’ focus on playing to win in the preseason. “Be it for money, marbles, or chalk, I play to win,” he declared. When asked about giving the rookies some in-game work, he said he was confident he could adequately assess his players’ skills just by observing them in practice.
He then expounded at length about his starting quarterback, Tom Flores, who continued to demonstrate that his once-injured shoulder had completely healed. “If this kid can get through without any injuries,” Erdelatz said, “he’s going to have a great season. He throws the ball extremely well, has great football sense and a marvelous attitude. He’s a real good one.”
The Raider coach said the team would carry just two quarterbacks during the season, which meant that Bob Webb, who had just returned to practice after a knee injury, and Paul Larson were fighting for the single available backup slot.
During the practice, it was evident that the players were enthusiastic and had fully bought in to Erdelatz’ high energy, hard working style. Louderback, in particular, approved. “It’s great being in a camp like this,” said the NFL veteran,” This team has more spirit than any college club I’ve seen. I’ll tell you this. We may lose some games, but you’ll never see this team quit.”
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