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by Ivan Maisel

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#56
SINGLE WING

West Point, N.Y. | Nov. 9, 1912

Carlisle visited Army in 1912 with Olympic hero Jim Thorpe and coach Pop Warner's new formation: lining up a back who flanked the defensive end. The 27-6 rout proved the Cadets never solved the "single wing." The New York Times reported that "Thorpe tore off runs of ten yards or more so often that they became common." Thorpe took one teeth-rattling hit, thanks to an aggressive Cadet linebacker named Dwight Eisenhower.