In middle August, 1963, a group of high school boys in Fayetteville, Arkansas joinedsimilar groups of kids throughout the United States in a grueling ritual: two-a-dayfootball practices. It was not easy to go out in the hot summer heat wearing footballpads, but we gamely suited up and sweated ourselves into shape.The coach of the team, the Fayetteville Bulldogs, was Jay Donathan, a lean man withclosely cropped hair. He had played football for the Arkansas Razorbacks and landed a job coaching the high school team in the city in which the University of Arkansas islocated. I don't know if he intended to make coaching a career, but 1963 would be hislast year coaching the Fayetteville team. At the end of the season, he announced that hewas leaving coaching to study to be a dentist.As a first-year player, a sophomore, I was more scared of Coach Donathan, who had areputation as a task master, than the twice-a-day practices. Both were pretty harsh.Through those summer practices, I learned of the joys of downing tall, cool glasses of A&W root beer after the morning practice, and I also learned to fear the ferocious painof leg cramps in the evening following the afternoon practice.When we assembled for our first team meeting, we were given a playbook with the mainplays that we would be running. Our first job was to learn the system and terminology of the playbook so that when a play was called, we would know who to block and where torun.Looking at the playbook we were given, it is easy to recall the numbering system. Eachplay was three digits. The first digit was the formation. The second digit was the backwho would be carrying the ball: 2= left halfback, 3= full back, 4= right halfback. Thethird number was the slot to which to runner was supposed to go, ranging from 1(outside the right end) to 9 (outside the left end). If I were the right tackle, I knew thatthe runner would be going through any hole that I could create with my blocking if thethird number of the play was a 3 or 4.We spent lots of time in our practices running the plays repeatedly. We quickly masteredthe playbook and could focus on carrying out our assignments instead of trying to figureout what they were.After the season started, we were given scouting reports on the offensive plays anddefensive configurations of the team we were scheduled to play the coming Friday. Theplaybook came with a clasp that we could use to add sheets each week. The followingpages consist of the playbook and the scouting reports that I was given during theseason.