Woodson Eyes Top BC Spot for
UA Grid Club
New Arizona Football
Wildcats Will Aim for First Place in Circuit,
Despite Extra-Strong Competition
By ABE CHANIN
Star Sports Writer
Arizona football will aim for the top of the Border conference
under its newly-appointed head coach, the veteran Warren Woodson of
In a telephone interview with the Arizona Daily Star yesterday
Woodson said that although he knows the 1952 Border conference will
have many very strong teams, "we'll aim for the top."
The 48-year-old coach had several strong recommendations for his
appointment at Arizona:
1)—He won the 1946 BC championship and tied for two others.
2)—His Hardin-Simmons teams defeated Arizona in five of seven
meetings and, rather incidentally, his Cowboys won eight straight
3)—His plans for Arizona football are co-ordinated with the
administration's desires which were announced as no further
emphasis on the sport but no de-emphasis.
4)—Although he was given free reign to pick a staff of
assistants, he took suggestions that he have an Arizona
Woodson's choice of an Arizona product was Hank Stanton as end
coach. Big Hank is called Arizona's all-time greatest offensive
end. In 1941, Stanton, who came to Arizona from Clifton, set a
national record of 50 catches in one season for 820 yards gained
and an average of 82 yards per game. He was first team Little
All-American and played in the East-West game in 1941.
Stanton graduated that year and in between military service,
played pro ball with the New York Giants. After the war, Hank went
to Tempe to finish out work towards (sic) his master's degree and
then went on the Tempe staff as end coach.
Odie Crowell, retained as line coach by Woodson, came to Arizona
last year after turning out a brilliant line at West Texas State.
He was a professional star on the line for the San Francisco
Woodson was still undecided as to his backfield coaching
The dark-haired new head coach was very pleased with his
"Arizona is tops to me," Woodson said over the phone from
Abilene, Tex. "If I looked all over the country at coaching jobs, I
would pick Arizona. I like the climate out there. They have dry
weather at Tucson they tell me. You know that is good for passing
and we're going to pass a lot at Arizona. Fans like a wide open
game with lots of passing.
"Allan Stanton looked very good to me as a passer. Yes, we'll do
an awful lot of passing."
Woodson said his aim is to do the best with what is available at
"First I want to fit the football program in with Arizona's
wants. And I want to stay within bounds of reason with the
administration's plans. The Border conference will be very tough in
1952 but we will aim at the top.
"Tempe is already ahead of us. Texas Tech is ahead of everyone.
That's natural enough. They are working hard at Lubbuck. They are
good now and they will be better in the future."
Woodson has already set spring practice for Feb. 11. His plans
for the spring drills are:
"We'll work on the fundamentals first. By fundamentals I mean
everything. How to pass; how to catch passes; how to block and
tackle. I understand that is the usual practice there."
After spring practiuce the first thing Woodson said he will do
is to go after Arizona high school material. "We are going to try
to convince them that the University of Arizona is the place where
Woodson said he hasn't had a chance to do any recruiting in
Texas and hasn't any junior college transfers coming to enroll here
for the second semester.
"I just didn't have time to do anything. I didn't have the
authority to speak for Arizona until this morning (Thursday). What
boys I have talked to, I guess are going to Hardin-Simmons."
Woodson said he will install the winged-T formation and, of
course, promises plenty of passing. As far as the potential of
present Arizona material, Woodson remarked: "It wouldn't be fair to
the boys to say anything now. But I'll be able to tell you right
after we finish with spring training."