1956 USC Trojans football team

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1956 USC Trojans football
Interlocking USC Logo.svg
Conference Pacific Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #15
AP #18
1956 record 8–2 (5–2 PCC)
Head coach Jess Hill (6th year)
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
« 1955 1957 »
1956 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Oregon State $ 6 1 1     7 3 1
#18 USC 5 2 0     8 2 0
UCLA 5 2 0     7 3 0
Washington 4 4 0     5 5 0
Oregon 3 3 2     4 4 2
Stanford 3 4 0     4 6 0
Washington State 2 5 1     3 6 1
California 2 5 0     3 7 0
Idaho 0 4 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1956 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1956 college football season. In their sixth and final year under head coach Jess Hill, the Trojans compiled an 8–2 record (5–2 against conference opponents), finished in a tie for second place in the Pacific Coast Conference, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 218 to 126.[1] The team was ranked #15 in the final United Press Coaches Poll and #18 in the final AP Poll. Total attendance for all 10 games was 469,762.[2]

Frank Hall led the team in passing with 10 of 23 passes completed for 196 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. C. R. Roberts led the team in rushing with 120 carries for 775 yards and five touchdowns. Tony Ortega was the leading receiver with seven catches for 223 yards and one touchdown. Ernie Zampese rushed for 500 yards and passed for 166 yards.[3]

Two Trojans received first-team honors from the Associated Press or the United Press (UP) on the 1956 All-Pacific Coast Conference football team: backs C. R. Roberts (AP-1; UP-1 [fullback]) and Jon Arnett, USC (UP-1 [halfback]).[4][5]

Players[edit]

The following players were members of the 1956 USC football team.[6]

  • Fabian Abram, tackle, 6'3", 215 pounds, Redondo Beach, California
  • George Belotti, tackle, 6'3", 253 pounds, Oxnard, California
  • Ron Fletcher, tackle, 6'3", 215 pounds, Los Angeles
  • Walt Gurasich, guard, 6'1", 219 pounds, Sherman Oaks, California
  • Frank Hall, quarterback, 6'0", 175 pounds, San Francisco, California
  • Mike Henry, tackle, 6'2", 212 pounds, Los Angeles
  • Don Hickman, halfback, 5'10", 170 pounds, Monterey Park, California
  • Hillard Hill, end, 6'1", 188 pounds, Pasadena, California
  • Ells Kissinger, quarterback, 5'10, 183 pounds, York, Pennsylvania
  • Ben Lardizabal, guard, 5'11", 210 pounds, Los Angeles
  • Chuck Leimbach, end, 6'4", 193 pounds, Los Angeles
  • C. R. Roberts, fullback, 6'1", 206 pounds, Oceanside, California
  • Bob Rosendahl, end, 6'1", 178 pounds, Lynwood, California
  • Karl Rubke, center, 6'4", 225 pounds, Lynwood, California
  • Laird Willott, guard, 6'0", 205 pounds, Glendale, California
  • Ernie Zampese, halfback, 5'9", 166 pounds, Santa Barbara, California

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 22 at Texas* #15 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, Texas W 44–20   47,000
September 28 Oregon State #6 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California W 21–13   53,714
October 6 at Wisconsin* #10 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin W 13–6   52,944
October 20 Washington #9 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, California W 35–7   44,749
October 27 at Stanford #6 Stanford StadiumStanford, California L 19–27   70,000
November 3 at Washington State #20 Rogers FieldPullman, Washington W 28–12   13,000
November 10 Californiadagger #16 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, California W 20–7   41,628
November 17 vs. Oregon #14 Multnomah StadiumPortland, Oregon L 0–7   14,480
November 24 at UCLA Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, California (Battle for the Victory Bell) W 10–7   63,709
December 1 Notre Dame* #17 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, California (Notre Dame – USC rivalry) W 28–20   64,538
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Head coach: Jess Hill
  • Assistant coaches: Nick Pappas (back coach), Mel Hein (line coach), George Ceithaml (back coach), Bill Fisk (end coach), Joe Margucci (JV coach), Don Clark (line coach), Bob Titchenal (freshman)[7]
  • Senior football manager: Mike O'Dell[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1955-1959)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ 1957 "El Rodeo" (USC yearbook), page 252.
  3. ^ "1956 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ "All-Pacific Coast Team Choices Reflect a Season of Upsets". Independent Journal, San Rafael, California. December 4, 1956. p. 12. 
  5. ^ "United Press Announces All-PCC Team". Independent Journal, San Rafael, California. December 4, 1956. p. 12. 
  6. ^ 1957 "El Rodeo", pages 253-265.
  7. ^ 1957 "El Rodeo" (USC yearbook), pages 251 and 266.
  8. ^ 1957 "El Rodeo", page 251.