The West

The offensive mechanisms have been adjusted by the coaches, the players are better than ever before and the resurgent West is ready for its finest season
September 18, 1960

From Seattle to southern California and from Salt Lake City to Missoula, western teams are readying themselves for what, it now appears, may be their finest hour. Last season, the Athletic Association of Western Universities came of age in the Rose Bowl when the University of Washington stormed over Wisconsin, the Big Ten Champion, 44-8. Washington may have a better team than last year's, but it also may not return to the Bowl. Both Southern California and UCLA may be strong enough this year to beat the Huskies. And not far behind these three are the other schools from the old Pacific Coast Conference—Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State. It has been rumored that the last three will not be alone for long. Utah, Brigham Young and New Mexico are said to be planning to slip off from the Skyline Conference to form a new league, which will include not only them, but Arizona and Arizona State of the Border Conference. Wyoming, the champion, apparently will go it alone as a strong western independent.

Whatever happens, it will not take a seismograph reading to understand the size and scope of the tremors. There are many more players in the West than ever before. The schools with their handsome campuses attract boys from far away. The only real question in the region now is this: What kind of strong football are the teams going to play? Unlike teams in any other section of the country, the western clubs will play as many kinds of football as there are head coaches. The five coaches of the AAWU, for instance—Stanford's Jack Curtice, California's Marv Levy, UCLA's Bill Barnes, Washington's Jim Owens and USC's John McKay-favor five different patterns of offense. UCLA has the Tennessee single wing off a balanced line, which is well suited to quick opening plays. Washington uses the multiple offense off the T formation, favoring splits. USC's offense is a combination of the wing T and the pro T, and under new Coach John McKay, the Trojans should throw more than they have in the past and run wider. Stanford has the pro T with flanker backs and ends, which is a delight to a pass-minded quarterback. Curtice is experimenting with the multiple offense too, and may incorporate it, or a variation of it, in his Stanford attack.

"I've had multiple formation, in a manner of speaking, for many years," Curtice said not long ago. "The idea in the multiple offense is to get the other guy to go to sleep. Make him think this one isn't headed for him. Now, you take those Washington Huskies—they had 14, maybe-more formations last season, but they used only six plays. They had one tight end and one split end, but when they came out of whatever formation they were in, they went for the quick toss, the cross buck and the trap. Hey, listen, if we only had some fast backs at Stanford we'd really show them an offense."

At California, Coach Marv Levy who is new to the league but is fast learning its frankness, also bemoans the lack of fast backs. But he adds tackles, guards and centers to the list of the missing. His strategy will be to go for the quick touchdown. Says Levy, "We stress the long gainer rather than ball control. We've got to because we can't even run 15 consecutive plays in signal drill without making a mistake that would probably stop us."

One coach who does have fast backs is Jim Owens, and his professional brothers are awaiting his latest Washington product with an anxious mixture of interest and dread. They expect that Owens will multiply his already multiple offense, and Owens has hinted that he won't disappoint his colleagues. This may, of course, only be Owens' way of "psyching" the opposition. Just as Lou Burdette keeps the myth of his spitball alive—or is it a myth?—Owens may be nursing a multiple-offense legend. He will say only that he expects more offense this year because of the wild card rule, which allows for freer substitution. "We'll push more offensive stuff into quarterbacks," he said recently. "The defenses have reached a point where you've got to fool 'em to move the ball. There has to be an element of surprise when you come out of the huddle—otherwise that week you spend polishing your play is wasted. Although one day I could go too far and smorgasbord myself right out of a job."

Not only do the coaches of the 2-year-old AAWU have dramatically different offensive thoughts; they also must succeed in spite of as many different problems. California, with its high entrance requirements and consequent limitations, has a far different concept of athletics in higher education than do athletic-dominated schools like USC. Yet, athletic prestige is important to Cal, and it expects Coach Levy to be successful in spite of an academic attitude that often robs him of the successful players. USC and UCLA call the 101,526-seat Memorial Coliseum home, as do two other teams—the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. In this, the largest stadium in the country, the two college coaches—Bill Barnes and John McKay—must suffer having their teams' ingenuity and development compared not only with each other but also with the more resourceful professionals. The weather too intrudes on the coaching quiet. In September and October the floor of the Coliseum is a 100° football inferno, and the players are further plagued by the smog that fouls their lungs and blinds their eyes. In Seattle the frequent rains require that football players, like race horses, be good mudders. Only in Berkeley and Palo Alto is the weather near perfect, and Jack Curtice and Marv Levy would gladly trade their good weather for more good players.

Critics of western football insist that it is this very preoccupation with offense that hurts the teams. They point to Stanford, which last year had Quarterback Dick Norman, who led the nation in total offense, Fullback Skip Face, who was the second highest scorer in the country, and End Chris Burford, who was the leading pass receiver. Stanford still lost more than two games for every one it won, and it lost all four conference games.

Stanford, however, is not typical of the new style of Pacific Coast play. Washington allowed fewer than seven points a game last year. Wyoming and USC were fifth and seventh in the national total defense ratings. And Oregon, ever since Coach Len Casanova came to Eugene nine years ago, has been diligently defensive. To Casanova, defending is like playing a game of chess. "The defense is always trying to catch up to the offense," he says. "Take pass defense—you may really have your men three-deep, but you do your best to make it look like they're only two-deep, or if it's two-deep you make it look as if it were three."

"Agility and pursuit are the big changes in the game," says Jack Roche, assistant to Casanova. "They have taken the long-scoring run out of football. Not too many years ago this was a game of might. Now if a ball carrier gets away, everyone is after him and someone is bound to catch him. That's what we stress—pursuit—and we have done right well with it. In the past three years only two touchdown runs of 30 or more yards have been scored against us."

Meanwhile, back in the mountain country the young, ambitious coaches of the Skyline Conference have been in a recruiting frenzy. Says Wyoming Coach Bob Devaney, "That's the biggest part of coaching, and the coach that doesn't take recruiting seriously winds up behind the eight ball."

Devaney, obviously, does take it seriously. Wyoming has been the conference champion the past two years. To stay at the top, Devaney is going to rely heavily on offense. He says: "We're going to loosen up this year. The play will be wide open—comparable to the pros. That's what the fans want."

"In this neck of the woods," says Tally Stevens of Brigham Young, "all the teams will be moving toward the pro style. There'll be more passing and more offensive patterns. This means more thrills for the fans."

Ray Jenkins, whose Montana team will be left behind when the new conference is formed, agrees with both. "It's going to be a great show," he says—and he could just as well be speaking for all the West.

AIR FORCE
1959 RECORD: WON 5, LOST 4, TIED 1

How high can the Falcons fly? The 1958 team went undefeated and tied Texas Christian in the Cotton Bowl. Last year they won the first three games convincingly, lost to Oregon, chewed up UCLA, held Army to a tie and then fell flat, dropping three of the last four games. The hard schedule had Coach Ben Martin going to the cupboard for reserves one time too often. This season the problems are the same. But the first team is a beauty, with eight starters returning. Led by All-America Quarterback Richie Mayo, the offense gains most of its scoring fire from passing. The supporting cast includes Right Half Mike Quinlan, who caught 29 passes for 373 yards and scored 42 points last season; Left Halfbacks Phil Lane, who had 20 catches for 214 yards, and his understudy. Bob Baucom, who had 11; and Ends Bob Brickey and Sam Hardage, who caught 43 passes on flare and over-the-middle patterns. Defensively resilient, the determined line pounced on 22 fumbles in 1959 but, in the end, its quickness wasn't enough.

CONCLUSION: A lean, light squad that can fly, but it has lost its punter. This and defensive frailness make Air Force vulnerable.

Sept. 24

Colorado State

(no game)

Oct. 1

Stanford

(no game)

Oct. 8

Missouri

(0-13)

Oct. 15

Navv at Baltimore

(no game)

Oct. 22

at Wyoming

(20-7)

Oct. 29

George Washington

(no game)

Nov. 5

Denver

(no game)

Nov. 12

at UCLA

(20-7)

Nov. 26

at Colorado

(7-15)

Dec. 2

at Miami

(no game)

BRIGHAM YOUNG
1959 RECORD: WON 3, LOST 7

The Cougars started downhill in 1959. They have yet to complete the plunge. There are only two regulars left from last year's squad: Center Dick Magoffin, a strong, capable performer, and Quarterback Bud Belnap, a listless passer. Restoring the shattered offense and defense will be an impossible job for Coach Tally Stevens. The line gave up an average of almost 17 points a game last year. Nobody coming up will help soften that figure, nor will what line there is get much help from Guards Steve Sullivan, a little-used reserve in 1959, and Mike Conrad. The deep defense, too, is apt to have difficulty following tricky pass patterns. Luckily, Fullback Ron Jacobsen, who switched to halfback to join Jack Gifford, adds some promise to the running. The multiple-T plays called by Belnap are often brilliant, his running is almost as good, but his passing is woefully weak. Alternate Quarter Gary Dunn averaged 44.8 yards a punt last year. He will have ample opportunities to improve on the figure.

CONCLUSION: The schedule might be easier, but this won't do the Cougars much good. If they are to improve, they will have to sharpen their claws.

Sept. 16

California St. Poly, N

no game)

Sept. 23

at San Jose State, N

(no game)

Oct. 1

at Colorado State, N

(14-13)

Oct. 7

at Utah, N

(8-20)

Oct. 15

Arizona State

(8-27)

Oct. 22

at Montana State

(0-12)

Oct. 29

at Utah State

(18-0)

Nov. 5

New Mexico

(6-21)

Nov. 14

at Denver

(7-14)

Nov. 19

Wyoming

(6-21)

Nov. 25

at Hawaii, N

(no game)

CALIFORNIA
1959 RECORD: WON 2, LOST 8

New Coach Marv Levy may like the job, but he can't enjoy his team's prospects. The problems are elemental enough: patch up pass defense (the Bears allowed a completion average of 56.8% and 11 touchdowns in 1959); unlimber Cal's passing game (the Bears completed only 32.5% of their passes for 564 yards'). The solutions aren't so easy. Levy still needs interior linemen who are able to muster a charge on passers. Two who may help some are Sophomore Tackle John Bebelaar and Guard Jeff Snow. The Bears are strongest at end, where Gael Barsotti and Dave George have proved themselves able at snaring footballs and ball carriers. There is hope for the passing. Randy Gold, a tall, strong-armed sophomore who hides his plays well and runs with a long, loping stride, will quarterback the wing-T offense. The running game is nicely poised between the breakaway speed of Halfback Steve Bates and the brute rushes of Fullback Walt Arnold (225 pounds) and Halfback Jerry Scattini (200 pounds).

CONCLUSION: Coach Levy brought good football to New Mexico. He will do the same thing in California, but not this year.

Sept. 17

Tulane

(no game)

Sept. 24

at Notre Dame

(6-28)

Oct. 1

Army

(no game)

Oct. 8

Washington State

(20-6)

Oct. 15

at USC

(7-14)

Oct. 22

Oregon

(18-20)

Oct. 29

at Oregon State

(20-24)

Nov. 5

UCLA

(12-19)

Nov. 12

at Washington

(0-20)

Nov. 19

Stanford

(20-17)

COLLEGE OF PACIFIC
1959 RECORD: WON 5, LOST 4

Sometimes they have it, and sometimes they haven't. Obviously it would be an overstatement to say COP is dead, but it lost eight starters, including three early pro draft choices—Halfback Dick Bass, Tackle Bob Denton, End Ola Murchison. Coach Jack Myers scurried about and rounded up 15 junior college transfers to add to 13 returning lettermen and 11 sophomores. As yet the transfers have not established themselves, and neither have last year's reserve center and a tackle. Fortunately, the guards are crisp and crushing. Left Guard Carl Kammerer, 245 pounds, returns after sitting out last season with a hip injury. Right Guard Willie Hector runs the 100 in 9.8 to lead the effective spread-T plays. None of the backs, a stouthearted if thick-waisted crew, measure up to Dick Bass. Halfbacks Ray Heinrich, 5 feet 9, 200 pounds, and Bob Cabanyog, 200 pounds, and Fullback Dick Scott, 195 pounds, run three yards at a clip but have trouble following fast-faking receivers.

CONCLUSION: Makeshift repairing can't overcome the team's glaring defensive weaknesses. COP is likely to have a losing season.

Sept. 17

at Washington

(no game)

Sept. 24

Marquette, N

(22-13)

Oct. 1

Hawaii, N

(8-0)

Oct. 8

at Villanova

(no game)

Oct. 22

at Washington State

(12-20)

Oct. 29

Idaho, N

(28-13)

Nov. 5

San Jose State, N

(20-7)

Nov. 12

Utah State, N

(no game)

Nov. 19

Iowa State, N

(no game)

Nov. 26

at Fresno State, N

(18-13)

COLORADO
1959 RECORD: WON 5. LOST 5

This is a season of great expectations for the Buffaloes. Back are 27 lettermen, and partisans studying last year's lineup will spy only one change in the first two units. Still, there are some obvious weaknesses. Last season the tackles were so-so and moved through a limited range, while the lack of speed among the halfbacks left Colorado vulnerable to quick openers and deep passes. The team hasn't improved in this respect, but Guards Ken Vardell and Joe Romig and Center Walt Klinker have. Together, they blanket the line gaps and range wide for passes. End Bill Elkins, as lean as a winter longhorn, can cut down the interference and keep the play moving inside. This is an offense-minded team, however, and Coach Sonny Grandelius has packed Quarterback Gale Weidner full of variable-T formations. Weidner last year completed 100 out of 207 passes for 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns. Seven men caught 11 or more of them, and all seven are back for another try this year.

CONCLUSION: Normal improvement from the junior squad and the addition of seven transfers should move the Buffaloes into contention.

Sept. 24

at Baylor, N

(7-15)

Oct. 1

Kansas State

(20-17)

Oct. 8

Arizona

(18-0)

Oct. 15

at Iowa State

(0-27)

Oct. 22

Nebraska

(12-14)

Oct. 29

Oklahoma

(12-42)

Nov. 5

at Missouri

(21-20)

Nov. 12

at Kansas

(27-14)

Nov. 19

at Oklahoma State

(no game)

Nov. 26

Air Force

(15-7)

COLORADO STATE
1959 RECORD: WON 6, LOST 4

Colorado State has fallen on hard times. Coach Don Mullison must put together a team made up of juniors and seniors of limited ability who saw little action last fall. Those who win letters conceivably will do so by default. The line is made of large, but with two exceptions, unskilled players. The exceptions—230-pound Tackle Joe Keegan and 205-pound Guard Dick Harris. But their thumping tackles will persuade the enemy to pick easier—and plainly available paths—through State's defense. The backfield, happily, has scoring promise in returning first-stringer Bill Wade, who will handle the wing-T offensive. Wade hands off to highstyle Halfbacks Myron Pearson and Brady Keys. Pearson gains the yards, but Keys goes for the touchdowns. Keys missed the first eight games in 1959 when he broke his foot, but he came back to run 85 and 77 yards for touchdowns and throw a 52-yard scoring pass. In the hopes of springing his touchdown talent Mullison moved 250-pound Tackle Leo Reed to fullback.

CONCLUSION: The bad on this team heavily outweighs the good. If Brady Keys breaks away, he will only help cut an existing deficit.

Sept. 17

at Arizona State, N

(9-24)

Sept. 24

at Air Force

(no game)

Oct. 1

Brigham Young, N

(13-14)

Oct. 8

Drake, N

(no game)

Oct. 15

Wyoming

(0-29)

Oct. 22

at Utah State

(10-7)

Oct. 29

Montana

(26-16)

Nov. 5

Utah

(21-17)

Nov. 12

at New Mexico

(14-9)

Nov. 24

at Denver

(15-0)

DENVER
1959 RECORD: WON 2, LOST 8

The Pioneers are up a box canyon, and they are not apt to escape this year. Outrushed and outpassed in 1959, they had but one statistical advantage, and that in penalties assessed. They would like to have a lot fewer of them. Coach John Roning, in something of a desperation move, has forsaken the junior colleges as a source of replenishment for his bruised forces and is looking to unseasoned sophomores. Four of them—End John Crowley, Fullback Ray Perron, Center Dan Howard and Quarterback Ramiro Escandon—slip past upperclassmen and step into the starting lineup. Escandon has the greatest responsibility. His quick arm heaves are depended upon to raise the number of passes completed beyond last season's dismal 33.3%. Ray Perron is expected to add an up-the-middle threat to complement the elusive scoots of Halfbacks Arthur Neece (381 yards rushing) and Jim McDonnell. Even with strong sophomore support, however, the defensive line is built around the spirited play of Guard Gerry Smith.

CONCLUSION: Denver has reason to be encouraged. The team is stronger and should come closer this year to finding a way out of the wilderness.

Sept. 17

at Wichita, N

(no game)

Sept. 23

Washington State, N

(no game)

Oct. 1

at Utah State

(14-21)

Oct. 8

at Wyoming

(0-45)

Oct. 15

Montana

(27-12)

Oct. 22

at Utah

(12-26)

Oct. 28

New Mexico, N

(0-42)

Nov. 5

Air Force

(no game)

Nov. 12

Brigham Young

(14-7)

Nov. 24

Colorado State

(0-15)

IDAHO
1959 RECORD: WON 1, LOST 9

After last year's all but disastrous campaign, Coach Neil Stahley is starting over and pretending it never happened. He is reshaping the Vandals and pepping up their tired ranks with a healthy infusion of sophomores. The sophomores had better learn how to defend. Last year's team gave up an average of 29.3 points a game. To reinforce the line, Ron Ismael, 6-foot-5, 220-pound tackle slides over to end alongside Tackle Darrell Vail, 220 pounds, while transfer student John Desmond, 244 pounds, becomes the starting left guard. Junior Varsity Center John Hanson takes a giant step into the starting lineup. Two sophomores, Bob Tennyson, 220 pounds, and End Ed La Roche, who is reportedly very fast, lend more character to a front line that had little last season. The backfield is a potpourri: Dawn Fannin, a twisting sophomore halfback; Gene Marrow, a promoted junior varsity halfback; Judd Worley, the only returning starter; and Sil Vial, a free-throwing substitute quarterback in 1959.

CONCLUSION: Too many strange parts must be coordinated to effect a winning combination, and there are two brutal games to begin with.

Sept. 17

at Oregon

(7-45)

Sept. 24

at Washington

(0-23)

Oct. 1

at Montana

(9-6)

Oct. 8

Utah State at Boise

(0-14)

Oct. 15

Oregon State

(18-66)

Oct. 21

at Hawaii, N

(no game)

Oct. 29

at COP, N

(13-28)

Nov. 5

at Arizona, N

(14-16)

Nov. 12

Washington State

(5-27)

Nov. 18

at San Jose State, N

(no game)

MONTANA
1959 RECORD: WON 1, LOST 8

If the Grizzlies win two games this year, they will have improved 100%. The chances are they will win more. Coach Ray Jenkins feels he has reasons to be encouraged. He loses but two regulars, End John Lands and Right Halfback Hank Greminger, and has strengthened his lineup by moving Jim Harris to end and sophomore Steve Wood to halfback. The line, built about the sharp, bruising play of 230-pound Tackle John Gregor, will be buttressed by 220-pound transfer Tackle Ed Herber and Sophomore Guard Jim Bartell. Ends Jim Harris and Howard Schwend, both 6-foot-3 200-pounders, make tall, quick-moving targets for the high, hard tosses of Quarterbacks Bob O'Billovich and John Schulz, who passed for nearly 1,200 yards last year, Schulz completing more and O'Billovich having fewer interceptions. Backfield speed appears greatly improved with Sophomores Terry Dillon, Steve Wood and Pat Dodson complementing the power sprints of Junior Halfback Jim Grasky.

CONCLUSION: The famine in the mountains is over. Not even counting on luck, the Grizzlies could finish over .500.

Sept. 10

North Dakota, N

(19-27)

Sept. 17

Wyoming at Billings

(0-58)

Sept. 24

Utah State

(0-28)

Oct. 1

Idaho

(6-9)

Oct. 15

at Denver

(12-27)

Oct. 22

Brlgham Young

(12-0)

Oct. 29

at Colorado State

(16-26)

Nov. 5

Montana State

(6-40)

Nov. 12

at Utah

(no game)

Nov. 19

at New Mexico

(14-55)

OREGON
1959 RECORD: WON 8, LOST 2

The Ducks had their chance last year and came within 11 points of a perfect season and a trip to the Rose Bowl, losing to Washington by one point and to Oregon State by eight. But now 13 lettermen are gone, eight of them starters. Coach Len Casanova most likely will modify his offensive to adjust to a bulkier line (the average is 10 pounds more), which is better equipped to hold the blocks. Complicating matters is the fact that only one lineman, Guard Dave Urell, started last year. Two sophomores have won starting assignments: Steve Barnett, 225 pounds, teams up with Senior Riley Mattson, 232 pounds, while Linebacker Bill Swain pushes aside Joe Clesceri at center. The offense is good. Quarterback Dave Grosz, a fine hand at hitting downfield receivers (he passed for 865 yards and eight touchdowns in 1959), has Paul Bauge, 6 feet 2, and Kent Peterson to aim at over the middle, and Halfbacks Cleveland Jones (17 catches last year) and Dave Grayson (9.7 speed for the 100) outside and deep.

CONCLUSION: A look at the schedule reveals good reason for the resourceful Casanova to be hopeful. The easy games come first.

Sept. 17

Idaho

(45-7)

Sept. 24

at Michigan

(no game)

Oct. 1

at Utah, N

(21-6)

Oct. 8

San Jose State

(35-12)

Oct. 15

Washington State

(14-0)

Oct. 22

at California

(20-18)

Oct. 29

at Washington

(12-13)

Nov. 5

Stantord at Portland

(28-27)

Nov. 12

W. Va. at Portland

(no game)

Nov. 19

at Oregon State

(7-15)

OREGON STATE
1959 RECORD: WON 3. LOST 7

In the past two years Coach Tom Prothro has learned a lesson—the single wing can't move on legs alone. With good passing, the Beavers led the old Pacific Coast Conference in 1956, were cochampions in 1957. The next two years, 20% less effective in the air, they fell from the top. Now State has an arm again, and things are looking up. It belongs to long, lean Sophomore Tailback Terry Baker, and he can throw to fine ball-scooping Ends Aaron Thomas and George Thompson and Wingback Art Gilmore. Prothro, meanwhile, has given his single wing a belly series, along with fullback spinners and wingback reverses. Junior college transfer Hank Rivera, a wild horse runner, handles the new fullback chores. Defensively, the squad appears stronger, with 240-pound Tackle Neil Plumley moving up to first string and Junior Guards Denny Pieters and John Cadwell more certain after baptism in last year's games. The defense had better be better—the schedule has few breathers.

CONCLUSION: The seniors will battle the talented newcomers for starting berths. Oddly, if the former win, this could be only a so-so year.

Sept. 16

at USC, N

(6-27)

Sept. 24

at Iowa

(no game)

Oct. 1

Houston at Portland, N

(no game)

Oct. 8

at Indiana

(no game)

Oct. 15

at Idaho

(66-18)

Oct. 22

Wash, at Portland

(6-13)

Oct. 29

California

(24-20)

Nov. 5

at Washington State

(0-14)

Nov. 12

at Stanford

(22-39)

Nov. 19

Oregon

(15-7)

SAN JOSE STATE
1959 RECORD: WON 4, LOST 6

San Jose calls itself the Spartans, and this year, as last, the description is apt. The interior line play and the linebacking are no firmer than last year's, which gave up 1,944 yards rushing, and there are few likely prospects in the offing who can change matters. Instead, Coach Bob Titchenal must make do with lightweight guard reserves Herb Yamasaki and Dick Erler. At tackle, the regulars and their fill-ins have graduated, leaving an unlettered 250-pound senior, Herschel Sanders, and a 225-pound transfer, Jack Woodward to fill the gaps. They have the size but not the touch. The ends, fortunately, are good. Claire Appledoorn and Jim Cadile catch passes with skill (they caught 23 last year) and turn in wide plays with crisp tackles. This had been a passing team the last two years, but Emmett Lee, the quarterback, is gone. The likeliest replacement is Chon Gallegos, who, in limited action, had 13 completions out of 27 passes, but also nine interceptions, making him almost as valuable to the enemy.

CONCLUSION: Half a dozen junior college transfer and a return to health of injured players could improve the outlook for the Spartans.

Sept. 23

Brigham Young. N

(no game)

Oct. 8

at Oregon

(12-35)

Oct. 12

at Stanford

(38-54)

Oct. 22

at Arizona State, N

(24-15)

Oct. 29

Washington State, N

(6-30)

Nov. 5

at COP, N

(7-20)

Nov. 11

Fresno State, N

(40-14)

Nov. 18

Idaho, N

(no game)

Dec. 2

at Hawaii, N

(42-14)

STANFORD
1959 RECORD: WON 3, LOST 7

The skies rain footballs when Stanford takes to the field, and most of them (57.3% last year) come to rest in friendly hands. The Indians in 1959 had no difficulty scoring, averaging 23.2 points a game, but neither did their opponents, who averaged 26.1 points, enough to win. The middle of the line, led by Guards Ron Fernandes and Errol Scott and Center Doug Pursell, has set into a grimmer, more determined mold. But from here Coach Jack Curtice's performers fall off to unseasoned sophomores and game-legged seniors. Stanford's offense, even with Dick Norman's accurate passes, probably will slacken off. Norman, who completed 152 of 263 forwards last year with only 12 interceptions, hasn't the exceptional ends and flanker to throw to in 1960. The backfield, too, is not fast, although Fullback Skip Face, with 100 points, the second highest scorer in the nation in 1959, is back along with Halfbacks Rick McMillen and Mac Wylie, who rushed 4.4 yards a carry despite his lack of speed.

CONCLUSION: Three men do not make a line, nor do touchdowns alone make a victory. Any games the Indians win will be glorious upsets.

Sept. 17

Wash. St. at Spokane

(19-36)

Sept. 24

Wisconsin

(14-16)

Oct. 1

at Air Force

(no game)

Oct. 8

Washington

(0-10)

Oct. 15

San Jose State

(54-38)

Oct. 22

at UCLA, N

(13-55)

Oct. 29

USC

(28-30)

Nov. 5

Oregon at Portland

(27-28)

Nov. 12

Oregon State

(39-22)

Nov. 19

at California

(17-20)

UCLA
1959 RECORD: WON 5, LOST 4, TIED 1

Nobody in the AAWU is going to tangle with the Bruins this year without getting mauled. There are 25 lettermen back—and Coach Bill Barnes finds himself stacked three deep at every position, for there are excellent sophomores too. All-conference Center Harry Baldwin is the whip in the rangy, fast line, and the best of a tough linebacking corps. Shifting Guard Marshall Shirk to tackle smooths out the only wrinkle in the line and adds a high-speed blocker. There is, however, some indecision at tailback. Should UCLA start Bill Kilmer, a strong-arm passer—41 completions for 702 yards last year—but a stodgy runner, or Bob Smith, a remarkable sprinter with a sick arm? The uncertainty ends here. Ivory Jones, 208-pound path-clearing blocker, is at quarterback, and Gene Gaines is at wingback. Skip Smith, a ripping runner with a 6.7-yard rushing average, switches to fullback, and Marv Luster, the leading pass receiver in 1959 with 22 catches for 366 yards, returns optimistically at end.

CONCLUSION: Despite all this power, UCLA won't finish above third in its conference. That is how strong the AAWU has become.

Sept. 17

Pittsburgh, N

(21-25)

Sept. 24

at Purdue

(0-0)

Oct. 15

at Washington

(7-23)

Oct. 22

Stanford, N

(55-13)

Oct. 29

North Carolina State N

(21-12)

Nov. 5

at California

(19-12)

Nov. 12

Air Force

(7-20)

Nov. 19

USC

(10-3,

Nov. 26

at Utah

(21-6)

Dec. 3

Duke

(no game)

USC
1959 RECORD: WON 8, LOST 2

The only team to beat Washington last year, USC is back with another burly horde. The lineup is not quite as pat as last year's, but the cause is an abundance of material, not a scarcity. Once again the Brothers McKeever will range far and wide, Marlin at end—although there is some talk of moving him to fullback—and Mike at guard. Line-wrecking Tackle Dan Ficca, recovered from an ankle injury that kept him out of the starting lineup, adds real strength. Headed by Luther Hayes and George Van Vliet, the end squad, even without Marlin, is so deep it might be the best in the country. Center Dave Morgan, an unerring linebacker, completes the impressive line. New Coach John McKay replaces the split-T with the multiple T to take advantage of the speed of five good halfbacks. Returning lettermen Jerry Traynham—he gained 583 yards last year—and Lynn Gaskill are likely starters, but they might be nosed out by Sophomores Ken Del Conte, Nick McLean, or Jim Bates, a 197-pound, 9.4 sprinter.

CONCLUSION: Passing will be a problem, but if Quarterback Ben Charles is only fair the Trojans will have an offense equal to Washington's.

Sept. 16

Oregon State, N

(27-6)

Sept. 24

TCU, N

(no game)

Oct. 1

at Ohio State

(17-0)

Oct. 7

Georgia, N

(no game)

Oct. 15

California

(14-7)

Oct. 29

at Stanford

(30-28)

Nov. 5

Washington

(22-15)

Nov. 12

at Baylor

(17-8)

Nov. 19

UCLA

(3-10)

Nov. 26

Notre Dame

(6-16)

UTAH
1959 RECORD: WON 5, LOST 5

Some years it is their offense that distinguishes the Utes, other years it is their defense, but rarely do they combine the two. This is a defensive year. Sixth in the nation last year in total offense, Utah has lost almost all its starting backs and ends and stands now like a motorless car. Coach Ray Nagel's line is hardest where it should be—in the middle. Center Ed Pine is a quick-stepping, poleaxing linebacker, and Guard Tony Polychronis at 255 pounds is unmatched for size or aggressiveness. Last year's smart-moving Center Harold Warfle shifts over to left guard to complete the hard core. The ends and tackles are strong, with brusque 227-pound Tackle Ken Peterson the standout. Lettermen Terry Nofsinger and All-America junior college transfer Dick Hafen—the quarterbacks—may be the brightest stars in a lackluster back-field. Neither Halfbacks Gordy Lee and Jerry Overton nor Fullback Bill Howard are big enough or fast enough to muster a consistent running game.

CONCLUSION: The critical spot is quarterback. Some good passing could persuade the Utes there was something besides defense in their future.

Sept. 17

Hawaii, N

(no game)

Sept. 24

at Arizona, N

(54-6)

Oct. 1

Oregon, N

(6-21)

Oct. 7

Brigham Young, N

(20-8)

Oct. 22

Denver

(26-12)

Oct. 29

at Wyoming

(7-21)

Nov. 5

at Colorado State

(17-21)

Nov. 12

Montana

(no game)

Nov. 19

Utah State

(35-21)

Nov. 26

UCLA

(6-21)

UTAH STATE
1959 RECORD: WON 5, LOST 6

It is not just another year for the Aggies. The schedule favors them, with the strong teams—Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico—coming near the end when, presumably, the Aggies will be strongest. Then, too, there are 20 lettermen back along with a raft of transfers and a hardy bunch of sophomores. Four 240-pound tackles are milling about, but Merlin Olsen, wanted by the pros, and Clark Miller, a junior college All-America in 1959, will start. The ends too could hardly be called featherweights. Bill Dahme is 205 pounds, and Sophomore Lionel Aldridge, 210 pounds. The middle of the line dwindles to college-boy size, although Roger Fisher, 220 pounds, will replace offensive Center Larry Anderson at linebacker. Coach John Ralston's backfield is not big, but everybody in it is hard to catch. Halfback Tom Larscheid scored 60 points last season, half of the touchdowns coming on rushes, half on passes. The passing, with Quarterback Mel Montalbo throwing from the variable T, should be reasonably good.

CONCLUSION: Nobody ran over the Aggies last year. The close games should be even closer and the Aggies will win their share of them.

Sept. 17

at Texas Western, N

(no game)

Sept. 24

at Montana State

(22-13)

Oct. 1

Denver

(21-14)

Oct. 8

Idaho at Boise, N

(14-0)

Oct. 15

at New Mexico, N

(6-28)

Oct. 22

Colorado State

(7-10)

Oct. 29

Brigham Young

(0-18)

Nov. 5

Wyoming

(2-27)

Nov. 12

at COP, N

(no game)

Nov. 19

at Utah

(21-35)

WASHINGTON
1959 RECORD: WON 9, LOST 1

The path of a Rose Bowl winner is not always strewn with roses, the Huskies will discover this year. Every team on the schedule will be pointing for them, but this is one team that doesn't upset easily. Coach Jim Owens likes those tall, rangy players with whistle-quick reactions, and he has at least a first-team supply of them, led by Tackles Barry Bullard, 225 pounds, and Kurt Gegner, 205 pounds. The rest of the linemen, Center Roy McKasson, Guards Chuck Allen and Bill Kinnune, and long-loping Ends Lee Folkins, and John Meyers, are almost as good. The backfield plays like a gang of wild opportunists. Brilliant Quarterback Bob Schloredt is adept at finding the errant defender out of position and quick to take advantage of him. Halfback George Fleming is a pirate. He steals passes from defenders, cuts in when he is expected to go out and whips away from tackles when he should be caught. But Fleming is in danger of having his place stolen by Sophomore Charlie Mitchell.

CONCLUSION: If any team in the country is going to challenge Syracuse and Mississippi for the mythical national title, it is Washington.

Sept. 17

COP

(no game)

Sept. 24

Idaho

(23-0)

Oct. 1

Navy

(no game)

Oct. 8

at Stanford

(10-0)

Oct. 15

UCLA

(23-7)

Oct. 22

Ore. St. at Portland

(13-6)

Oct. 29

Oregon

(13-12)

Nov. 5

at USC

(15-22)

Nov. 12

California

(20-0)

Nov. 19

Wash. St. at Spokane

(20-0)

WASHINGTON STATE
1959 RECORD: WON 6, LOST 4

This is one year we hope to lie in the weeds and pick a few off," said Coach Jim Sutherland. The Cougars could do just that. They are a tough, seasoned team with good over-all speed and several genuinely fast ball carriers in the backfield. Busiest of them will be Keith Lincoln, a three-way, all-purpose player. Last season he rushed for 717 yards, threw three touchdown passes and had a punting average of 43.4 yards for 41 tries. Complementing Lincoln's breakaway speed is Fullback George Reed's power. A slambang runner, he is an expert at picking up the grudgingly given first-down yards. Quarterback Mel Melin has the arm to throw long to Halfback Lee Schroeder or short to Ends Mike Martin and Peter Schenck. The interior line, however, with the exception of 240-pound Guard Ron Green, is of questionable strength. Dick Copple, switched from tackle to center, is unproved and Tackles Garner Ekstran and Jim Greig are only 5 feet 11 and may be too small to rush passers.

CONCLUSION: Some tenderness at linebacker will hamper this team, but it is strong over-all and may turn out to be a spoiler.

Sept. 17

Stanford at Spokane, N

(36-19)

Sept. 23

at Denver, N

(no game)

Oct. 1

at Arizona State, N

(no game)

Oct. 8

at California

(6-20)

Oct. 15

at Oregon

(6-14)

Oct. 22

COP

(20-12)

Oct. 29

at San Jose State, N

(30-6)

Nov. 5

Oregon State

(14-0)

Nov. 12

at Idaho

(27-5)

Nov. 19

Washington at Spokane

(0-20)

WYOMING
1959 RECORD: WON 9, LOST 1

Some fine teams have come out of Laramie the last two years, but this one may be the best. Almost everyone from last year's Skyline championship team is back. The one big exception is Quarterback Jim Walden. Chuck Lamson, a weak-armed transfer, will start, but Sophomores Mike Wright or Carl Meyers are apt to take over before many passless quarters. Passing is not particularly important in Coach Bob Devaney's plans, however, because the Cowboys have a barrel of running backs to man the multiple offense. All have such imposing credentials it is hard to say which is best—but it could be Halfback Jerry Hill, 200 pounds, who gained 579 yards last year. Fullback Mark Smolinski and Right Half Dick Behning are rough runners who get the tough four yards up the middle. But it is up front where backs are made, and in the line the Cowboys are the scrappiest. Best and biggest of the linemen is Tackle Dick Schnell 210 pounds. Almost as good is Center Fred Memmelaar, 5 feet 8, 185 pounds.

CONCLUSION: Small, mean linemen are Devaney's trademark. The question: Can they hold their own against bigger men and go undefeated?

Sept. 17

Mont, at Billings

(58-0)

Sept. 24

New Mexico

(25-20)

Oct. 1

at Arizona, N

(no game)

Oct. 8

Denver

(45-0)

Oct. 15

at Colorado State

(29-C)

Oct. 22

Air Force

(7-20)

Oct. 29

Utah

(21-5)

Nov. 5

at Utah State

(27-2)

Nov. 12

at Texas Tech

no game)

Nov. 19

at Brigham Young

(21-6)

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ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN UNIVERSITIES

1959 STANDINGS

W

L

T

PTS

OPP

Washington

3

1

0

68

29

USC

3

1

0

69

60

UCLA

3

1

0

91

51

California

1

3

0

39

70

Stanford

0

4

0

58

115

Best bets for 1960: Once again Washington is the best in the West.

SKYLINE CONFERENCE

1959 STANDINGS

W

L

T

PTS

OPP

Wyoming

7

0

0

226

35

Colorado State

5

2

0

99

92

New Mexico

4

2

0

175

65

Utah

3

2

0

105

83

Utah State

2

5

0

85

132

Brigham Young

2

5

0

59

101

Denver

2

5

0

67

168

Montana

1

5

0

54

194

Best bets for 1960: Wyoming should win again, but not so easily as last year.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)