Apr 022017

On game day, Raider head coach Eddie Erdelatz was still shuffling players right up until the 8pm kickoff. The biggest news was that Babe Parilli would start over Paul Larson at quarterback. Parilli and Larson were competing to be Tom Flores‘ understudy, as Erdelatz had indicated he would only carry two quarterbacks on the roster in the regular season, but Parilli wasn’t ready to accept second place yet. “I’m going to try and play some football for Oakland. I wouldn’t be here if I had lost my enthusiasm for the game,” he said.

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Dec 072016

After having watched films of the Titans game, Raider head coach Eddie Erdelatz said he was making some changes to the offense. The team would now use a split end and a tight end instead of the two tight end formation they had previously been using. Along with that change, Erdelatz announced a shuffling of the depth chart at the ball-handling positions. To wit:

Split end: Charlie Hardy, Alan Goldstein, John Brown
Tight end: Gene Prebola, Charles Moore
Flanker: Dan Edgington, Irv Nikolai, Brad Myers
Halfback: Tony Teresa, Jack Larscheid, Ron Drzewiecki
Fullback: Billy Lott, Buddy Allen, Dean Philpott

Despite the changes, the Raider coach had nothing but good things to say about his team’s performance, praising the interior of the offensive line — Jim Otto, Wayne Hawkins, and Ron Sabal — in particular.

“We played well as a team against the Titans,” he said, “It appears as though the way we practice is paying off. The kids could have gone another half had they needed to. This gang has great spirit. I’ve seen such hustle work wonders before and it looks like it’s happening again.”

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Oakland Tribune
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Aug 252016

Faced with an overwhelming number of hopefuls, the Raider coaching staff ran the players through a number of tests and drills, such as a timed 50-yard dash, and used the grades to make a first round of cuts. Sixteen players got the axe (counting three who left camp voluntarily), including the supremely confident Sandy Lederman, and George Washington’s Ed Hino, who was thought to be a leading contender for the quarterback position early on. The complete list is below.

Among the players who rated highest in the speed category were backs Buddy Allen, Alex Bravo, John Brown, LC Joyner, and Wayne Schneider, and end Dan Edgington.

At the quarterback spot, Tom Flores and Paul Larson appeared to be leading the field. Head coach Eddie Erdelatz said Tony Teresa, a fine two-way quarterback with San Jose State, would be playing halfback. Also garnering early praise from the coaches were halfback Billy Lott, defensive back Eddie Macon, linemen Chris Plain, Don Manoukian, and Don Churchwell, and ends Gene Prebola and Charlie Hardy.

The first crack at a possible starting lineup on offense was:

E Charlie Hardy
E Dan Edgington
T Chris Plain
T Don Churchwell
G Charles Kaaihue
G Don Manoukian
C Jim Otto
QB Tom Flores
HB Buddy Allen
HB Billy Lott
FB Dean Philpott

Over in the trainer’s corner, Wayne Crow, the first training camp casuality, appeared to have recovered from his ankle injury and was expected to return to camp almost immediately. However, five other players were sent to sick bay with ailments of their own, including end Walt Denny (hamstring pull), halfback Jack Larscheid (hamstring pull), tackle Fred Fehn (unidentified muscle pull), defensive end Charley Powell (strained Achilles tendon), and tackle Jim Woodard (strained right knee). Fehn was expected to be out the longest, at two weeks. The other four were expected to miss no more than a few days.

Roster Cuts:

T Charles Bates
LB Tom Davis (voluntary)
HB Al Feola
HB Max Fields
HB James Hall
QB Ed Hino
HB Vin Hogan (voluntary)
T Curt Iaukea (voluntary)
HB Stan Jones
E Joe Kominski
QB Sandy Lederman
E Mose Mastelotto
QB Ron Newhouse
HB Andrew Pierce
E Gordon Tovani
E Willis Towne

Oakland Tribune

Feb 182016

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.
  • Claude (or Cloyd – 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.

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