A Special Era


I’ve been spotlighting some great players from the past recently like receiver Hal Bedsole (above) because it often seems like these players are forgotten despite their contributions. But here’s another reason: When many of these guys played, the rules required you to play both offense and defense. And there was one substitution per quarter. Rosters could be 40-50 players.

Compare that to last season when everyone was amazed USC managed with 70 scholarship players and only 2-3 substitutions on defense. It was a different era but one that deserves to be appreciated.

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  • UCLA Bleauz

    Toward the end of last season, we only fielded 45 healthy players……..

  • Mike 70

    Hal Bledsole a great one.

  • Juan Carlos

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    Have a great day Chucker Bucker, my friend.

    • i do take great offense. no friend would ask a friend to change their name. i am furious at you.

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      • Juan Carlos

        Is that how you treat all your friends? C’mon buddy. Stay positive Chucker Bucker! My goal is only to help reduce the amount of ridicule you endure on a daily basis on this board. My intentions are good my friend.

        • UCLA Bleauz

          JC…. do you like limericks?…..

          • Juan Carlos

            I do in fact. I wish I could read one of yours! šŸ™‚

          • UCLA Bleauz

            There was a blog poster named Chucker,
            Whose last name was known as Bucker.
            He thought he was funny
            But ran out money
            And now he makes our sphincters pucker!

          • Juan Carlos

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            What do you think Chucker Bucker? Do you like it too, my friend?

        • TrojanFan3.0

          The ridicule strokes his ego….nice try!

  • john wolcott

    In high school Bedsole was a quarterback who would literally run over the smaller defensive backs. It was not even fair.

    • marvgoux1

      Notice how much darker the Cardinal jersey was in those days.

  • john wolcott

    Ugly Bucket– We just love how you show off your SUCLA “class”

  • Yale O. Leftwich

    Having experienced one platoon and two platoon football I can tell you it changes who one recruits,they have to be able to play the whole game and substituting was extremely limited;avg line weights were very low 200’s,few were mid 200’s;backs mostly under 200,incl linebackers…it was still great football.

  • JS

    The problem is not that we had a reduced roster, the problem is we had a reduced roster while our opponents had full rosters. I would put our 50 against their 50 any day of the week.