2 A PRIMER OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Football is more like military science
than any other. It has been well called
"a game of war." The training of the
individual is not unlike that of the sol¬
dier. The player must understand the
fundamentals of catching, passing, drop¬
ping, etc., the same as the soldier does
his manual of arms. He must learn
position playing—end, tackle, half-back,
etc.—the same as the soldier that of pri¬
vate, sergeant, captain. The whole body
considered, the eleven must know it.?
plays, direct and strategic, just as the
company or battalion its marches and
counter-marches. Offensive and defen¬
sive tactics are equally necessary to both.
Superb generalship is just as requisite for
the former as the latter. The rigid disci¬
pline of the army is the discipline of the
Football has this in common with all
other sciences: that only so much can be
learned from the books and blackboard.