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September 22, 1958
Fast-rising Houston and Arizona State are ready to share the football limelight with the SWC big guns
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September 22, 1958

The Southwest

Fast-rising Houston and Arizona State are ready to share the football limelight with the SWC big guns

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El Paso

COLORS: Orange and white
1957 RECORD: Won 6, lost 3
WATCH FOR: A small but speedy back-field led by Jim Bevers

THE DOPE: The Miners don't pack the punch of favored Arizona State but have perhaps a better chance than anyone else in the Border Conference of extending the champ. Coach Ben Collins has a good line with improved blocking, a good first-string backfield and a strong defense. Passing is improved with Quarterback Bob Laraba and Sophomore Howard Johnson doing the pitching. Laraba, an all-conference pick, is the team's best linebacker. The backs are small, however, and Collins will bank on speed rather than power to advance the ball. Look for plenty of flankers. Charles Bradshaw, his starting fullback, is only 160 pounds but a good runner and excellent defender. Top back is Jimmy Bevers, a tough man to stop. He was top scorer as a sophomore when the Miners won the championship in '56. Sophomore Jackie Meeks is another starting back. The mainstays of the line are Center Pool Webb and Tackles Dan Boyd and Bob Bobo. The latter weighs 237 pounds but is fast. Texas Western will be strong and, if the reserves come through, a real title contender.

Canyon, Texas

COLORS: Maroon and white
BASIC OFFENSE: T and split-T
1957 RECORD: Won 7, lost 3
WATCH FOR: A strong offensive line led by Jerry Epps

THE DOPE: The Buffaloes have their best offensive line in years but a back-field weakened by the loss of all-conference Fullback Charlie Sanders and Halfback Ron Mills. Former Line Coach Clark Jarnagin, succeeding Frank Kimbrough as head man, is switching Bob Ratliff from halfback to Sanders' old spot. Charles Denney replaces Ratliff at right half and Don Blair succeeds Mills. Sophomores Jones Hedrick and John Hall are key reserves. Bobby Davis and Jack York again will alternate at quarterback. Their passing can be rated fair, and the pass catching is definitely improved. Guards Jerry Epps and Leon Manley rank among the best in the Southwest, although Epps may be moved to tackle. Center Carroll Stafford, Tackle Ed Meyer and End Don Snodgrass are also key defenders. Replacing graduated Tackle Jim Kauffman is younger brother Ray. The runner-up Buffaloes didn't meet Arizona State last year. They do this time—on Oct. 4—and the Border Conference championship could be decided on that day.

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