The Raiders conducted their first organized training drills today and according to Scotty Stirling of the Tribune Eddie Erdelatz was happy with how things went, especially at quarterback. “The quarterbacks in this camp are much better than what we started with last year,” he said. He added that rookies Mike Jones and Nick Papac “were impressive in our passing drill and, of course, Tommy Flores is an exceptional thrower. Tom obviously has been practicing prior to coming here, so we’ll be much further along with our quarterbacking than in 1960.”
Several players commented on how quickly things were moving this year, including linebacker Bob Dougherty who said, “We’ve got more hustle and spirit than we had last year. With a year’s experience behind us and with a couple of good rookies to fill in, we can have a real good team.”
Stirling noted that a few of the rookies stood out from the crowd, including running back Oneal Cuttery, defensive back Herm Urenda, and ends Jerry Burch and Clair Appledoorn.
Nyle McFarlane, who played on offense at halfback and flanker last year, was being given a shot in the defensive backfield. As McFarlane explained, “Before joining the Raiders I started on defense in six games for the Dallas Cowboys, so I’m familiar with the position.”
Crowded at the top
In today’s Examiner, Bob Brachman reported that the team’s plan to add as many as 35 limited partners to the ownership group was well on its way to fruition. According to general manager Bud Hastings, “the stuff (shares in the team) went like hotcakes. Most buyers were successful East Bay businessmen, which was heartening, because we took the quick sale to be indicative of the confidence they have in the team’s future. The most significant aspect is that the Raiders organization is now on its way to becoming a community enterprise. It has generated a broader interest base. Of course, none of the 35 will have any say about running the team.”
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With the ownership drama behind them the Raiders announced the signing of three new players today.
First was their 13th-round draft pick, 6’1”, 195-pound end Jerry Burch from Georgia Tech. A sixth-round pick of the expansion Minnesota Vikings in the NFL, player personnel director Wes Fry said, “He has fine speed and is an exceptional competitor.” Burch captained the Yellow Jacket squad in 1960 was a skilled punter, nailing a 77-yard boot in 1958.
Next was their pick in the 15th round, 6’4”, 200-pound end Bob Coolbaugh from the University of Richmond. Fry called him “one of the top pass-catching ends in the East,” and said, “He has excellent speed and maneuverability and is difficult to cover.” He had been the 12th-round choice of the Redskins. Coolbaugh was an all-conference performer in his senior year with the Spiders.
Last was 5’6”, 189-pound free agent halfback Oneal Cuttery. A San Jose State Spartan in his college days, he was team MVP in 1959, his last season there and had attended Castlemont High School in Oakland.
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Raider general manager Chet Soda reaffirmed his protest with the league regarding the Chargers’ use of Al Bansavage in yesterday’s game. Asserting that Bansavage was an ineligible player, Soda wanted Joe Foss to declare the game a forfeit, which would put the Raiders back in the playoff hunt. The AFL commissioner said he probably wouldn’t be able to give it any attention until after the draft.
Soda added that “Foss told me Saturday that he called Gillman and informed him about his decision in the Bansavage case. Then yesterday after the game I talked with Gillman and he said he’d talked with Foss. Gillman said he tried to reach me about the matter before the game, but that’s all he said.”
Speaking of the draft, the league conducted the final 24 rounds by phone. The Raiders’ picks follow:
- 7th Ray Purdin HB Northwestern
- 8th Tom Watkins HB Iowa State (from Denver)
- 8th Richard Price G Mississippi
- 9th Lowndes Shingler QB Clemson
- 10th Ken Peterson T Utah
- 11th Doug Mayberry FB Utah State
- 12th Robert Schmitz G Montana State
- 13th Gerald Burch E Georgia Tech
- 14th Clark Miller T Utah State
- 15th Bob Coolbaugh E Richmond
- 16th Chuck Lamson HB Wyoming
- 17th Joe Novsek T Tulsa
- 18th Joe Krabowski HB Illinois
- 19th Charles Fuller HB San Francisco State
- 20th Preston Powell FB Grambling
- 21st Mike Jones QB San Jose State
- 22nd Blayne Jones G Idaho State
- 23rd Roger Fisher C Utah State
- 24th Jack Novak G Miami (FL)
- 25th Paul Yanke E Northwestern
- 26th Dean Hinshaw T Stanford
- 27th Clair Appledoorn E San Jose State
- 28th Dave Grosz QB Oregon
- 29th Ed Morris T Indiana
- 30th William Face FB Stanford
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