University Of Utah

1966 Redskins
(Authentic Reproduction)




On January 4th Mike Giddings was named as Utah’s new head coach. He was a Cal Berkley letter winner and a former U.S. Marine and in his one year of high school coaching in 1959, took Monrovia High School to the California State Championship game. He then led the moribund two-wins-in-two-seasons Glendale (Junior) College squad to a 7 – 2 mark which brought a four-year stint as John McKay’s defensive coordinator at USC. He came to Utah and immediately installed USC’s I-Formation offense in place of Nagel’s Wing T and brought a number of California junior college All Americans with him. His new staff also included former Utah guard and linebacker George Seifert. Giddings also redesigned the helmet, presenting the squad in silver shells with two interlocking red “U’s” on each side of the shell. Those expecting “USC East” were rather excited by the squad’s 5 – 1 start with an emphasis on Ben Woodson’s rushing from tailback. Illinois transfer Bob Trumpy added few receptions but blocked well and was drafted in ’68 by the Bengals, working hard to stick with the squad which led to a ten year playing career and lengthy and distinguished broadcasting career afterwards. Manny Fernandez stood out at tackle and Norm Chow at guard. John Stipech, an All WAC offensive pick in ’65, again made the All Conference squad, this time as a defensive tackle. He played for the Virginia Sailors in the Atlantic Coast Football League. Unfortunately the team limped to a 0 – 4 finish to complete a 5 – 5 season.

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