COLORS: Blue and gold
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T
1957 RECORD: Won 1, lost 9
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 16 of 33
WATCH FOR: Bob Chiappone on the line, Joe Kapp at quarterback
THE DOPE: The Golden Bears, while not very highly rated because of their dismal 1-9 record of last season, could surprise in a very even Pacific Coast race. Coach Pete Elliott has had a year to install the split-T and will have 16 letter-men back to operate it along with some mighty fine sophomores. Gone are the pachydermic linemen inherited from former Coach Lynn Waldorf, and, says Elliott, "We'll have more all-round speed that will give us an opportunity for a more open game." Center Bob Chiappone is 6-feet-3 and 230 pounds but hits quickly. Outstanding defensive lineman may be Guard Jim Green. Terry Jones has shifted from center to guard, Pete Domoto from fullback to guard and Pat Newell and Frank Sally from guard to tackle. More speed and depth improve the running attack. Quarterback Joe Kapp runs and passes well and is a defensive standout. Hank Olguin is a breakaway threat and Sophomores Bill Patton and Wayne Crow are tough to stop. Fullback Jack Hart was leading ground-gainer as a halfback last year.
COLLEGE OF PACIFIC
COLORS: Orange and black
BASIC OFFENSE: Spread T
1957 RECORD: Won 5, lost 3, tied 2
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 14 of 29
WATCH FOR: Tricky running of Halfback Dick Bass
THE DOPE: The Tigers' success this year depends on their finding an adequate quarterback replacement for Tom Flores. One of the seven candidates is Herm Urenda, an excellent runner and good passer who starred as a freshman. Gary Hubb, a junior, and Earl Moreno, a junior college transfer student, are other possibilities. Assuming one of these fills the bill, and Coach Jack Myers is not jinxed by injuries as he was last year, COP could enjoy a highly successful season. Myers' explosive backfield includes Halfback Dick Bass, a 190-pound junior who averaged 116 yards in four games before suffering a knee injury in '56. He sat out last season with a broken leg but is ready to start. Fullback Ken Uselton, who was sidelined in '57 with an ankle injury, and Bob Hicks round out the backfield. Guard Carl Kammerer and End Bob Denton head a line at least two deep in veterans at all spots but right guard and center. At right guard, however, is Willie Hector, a speedy sophomore who tackles and blocks with such skill that he promises to be an alltime COP star.
COLORS: Silver and gold
BASIC OFFENSE: Multiple
1957 RECORD: Won 6, lost 3, tied 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 20 of 30
WATCH FOR: Punting, pass receiving, running of Track Star Boyd Dowler
THE DOPE: The Buffaloes are Oklahoma's major threat in the Big Eight Conference. Coach Dallas Ward has all but four of the starters who held the Sooners to a one-point victory last season, plus his pick from one of the best freshman crops ever. Ward's big loss is All-America Halfback Bob Stransky, the nation's second-ranking rusher. Triple-threater Howard Cook may shine at left half now that he's out of Stransky's shadow. The return of Quarterback Boyd Dowler, Halfback Eddie Dove and Fullback George Adams gives Colorado a strong running game. Passing has been just average but may be improved now that Dowler, who, incidentally, is also the conference's leading pass receiver, has been tutored in the art of throwing by the old master, Sammy Baugh, himself. Guards John Wooten and Bill Mondt and Tackle Bob Salerno, out a year with injuries, form the nucleus of a line that will depend heavily on such sophomore standouts as End Bill Elkins. The Buffs' offense is set; but the defense, especially against passing, needs tightening, and that will tell the story.
Fort Collins, Colo.
COLORS: Green and gold
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T
1957 RECORD: Won 3, lost 7
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 19 of 28
WATCH FOR: Speedy, aggressive Halfback Mark White