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There are those who will tell you that Pete Dawkins of Army was not the best all-round college football player of 1958—and perhaps they are right. But for sheer excitement, for the remarkable ability to score with explosive suddenness from any point on the field, none could match this big, blond, 20-year-old halfback from Royal Oak, Mich. Weighing 195 pounds and blessed with a sprinter's speed, he was a great pass receiver and a determined, slashing runner. He won football games. But Pete Dawkins was even more than this; he was also a leader. Captain of the best Army team in years, brigade commander of all cadets at West Point, president of his class, honor student, talented musician, he possessed all the qualities that go to make a star athlete—and a sportsman. He earned the right to be called college football's player of the year.