I continue to educate myself about the history of USC football and I’m intrigued more than usual because I never heard of one of the Trojans pictured above. Can you name them without researching? This is the 1970 Playboy All-American defensive team and when I first glanced at the photo, I thought it contained two USC players. But there’s a third I nearly skipped because I did not recognize the name.
I reveal all three and the entire Playboy offensive and defensive teams after the jump:
That’s the great Wild Bunch defensive linemen, Tody Smith (93) and Charlie Weaver (84). But who is No. 53 between them? It’s USC linebacker Greg Slough and I admit I never heard of him until now. John McKay said before the 1970 season that Slough was probably the best linebacker in the nation.
Interestingly, he did not make the all-Pacific-8 Conference team or any other All-American teams during his career.
Slough played two seasons with the Oakland Raiders and was traded to the L.A. Rams but does not appear to have played in a regular-season game.
OK, now let’s identify the entire Playboy 1970 team since you can’t run these pictures without saying who everyone is in the photos. First, the offense.
Top to bottom, left to right: Bobby Wuensch (50), tackle (Texas); Dan Dierdorf (72), tackle (Michigan); Carlos Alvarez (45), receiver (Florida); Don Popplewell (59), center (Colorado); Joe Moore (45), running back (Missouri); Elmo Wright (23), receiver (Houston); Chip Kell (50), guard (Tennessee); Bill Burnett (33), running back (Arkansas); Chuck Dicus (20), receiver (Arkansas); Larry DiNardo (56), guard (Notre Dame); Bob Jacobs (90), kicker (Wyoming); Archie Manning (18), quarterback (Mississippi).
Now the defense:
Top to bottom, left to right: Tody Smith (93), tackle (USC); Marty Huff (70), linebacker (Michigan); Rock Perdoni (76), tackle (Georgia Tech); Bill Atessis (77), end (Texas); Larry Willingham (28), defensive back (Auburn); Jerry Murtaugh (42), linebacker (Nebraska); Greg Slough (53), linebacker (USC); Mike Anderson (45), linebacker (LSU); Clarence Ellis (23), defensive back (Notre Dame); Charlie Weaver (84), end (USC); Mike Kolich (15), defensive back (Kansas State); Vince Gibson, Coach of the Year (Kansas State).