Sunday, July 6, 2014

1964 Profiles: Jim Dunaway and Harrison Rosdahl

Defensive Tackle
No. 78
"Another gigantic defensive tackle, Jim Dunaway hopes to improve in his second season with the Bills. Tough, aggressive, he was the team's No. 1 draft choice in 1962 when they outbid the NFL Vikings. According to coach Saban, his only fault was 'a tendency to be overly aggressive and thus vulnerable to the trap.'
Out of Ole Miss, where he was All-America, he looms as a solid star for years to come. He and Sestak form one of the strongest pairs of defensive tackles in the game."

-Dave Anderson, Pro Football Handbook 1964

"The best of the '61 collegiate linemen was Jimmy Dunaway, who won a starting berth at defensive tackle last year with more than just a reputation. He tried so hard that his aggressiveness proved to be his only defect when he discovered how easily he was being led into traps. Nobody doubts his desire and his additional experience must make him a better performer. A runner, often being assaulted by Dunaway, said, 'I hope he's told that he's made the team. He plays as if he expects to be released if his tackles don't make noise.'
Dunaway was born in Columbia, Mississippi."

-Don Schiffer, Pro Football 1964

Defensive End
Free Agent
Penn State
"Harrison Rosdahl, from Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, was an outstanding tackle on an outstanding Penn State line and he's expected to fit into the defensive plans of the Buffalo Bills. He's 6-3 and 230 and so he'll probably swing to an end position.
Moving about on the line isn't new to him. Rosdahl was both a tackle and a guard in college. He was considered an excellent blocker, college style, but has the beef and determination to make it in the pros. He came up with several 'big plays' while at Penn State, perhaps the most famous being the 1962 game in which he blocked a Syracuse field goal in the dying moments to preserve a Nittany Lion 20-19 victory. Very fast and agile, Rosdahl was the New Jersey state schoolboy champion in discus and shot-put."

-Don Schiffer, Pro Football 1964

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