Forest Evashevski has retired, and there are those who fear the golden age of Iowa football has gone with him. The burial notices seem premature. New Coach Jerry Burns, Evashevski's former assistant and an ardent recruiter with a sound football mind, inherited a ready-made squad with only three vacancies to fill on the starting 11. At least one will go to a sophomore tackle, either 235-pound Gus Kasapis or 255-pound John Sunseri. Junior Earl McQuiston or senior Bill DiCindio moves in at guard, and senior Bernie Wyatt takes over at halfback. The backfield, led by Quarterback Wilburn Hollis who, in addition to passing, ran for 477 yards last year and scored 68 points, remains almost intact, with Halfback Larry Ferguson (665 yards rushing in 1960) and Fullback Joe Williams (393 yards) doing the heavy work.
CONCLUSION: The succession is safe. With the implacability of emperors, the Hawkeyes move toward another Big Ten title.
The good little men of Iowa State have held their own in the Big Eight the last few years. Even so, Coach Clay Stapleton would like a margin of heft to work on, and Cyclone Boosters are cooperating by donating beefs and sows to the training table. This should please the bigger boys Stapleton is maneuvering into the lineup. Where last year the heaviest men weighed just over 200 pounds, this season Stapleton will have Tackles Don Anderson (224) and Dick Walton (215) and Guard Dan Celoni (210). They should balance neatly with the leftover ectomorphs, particularly Center John Spelman (177), Wingback J. W. Burden (163) and Tailback Dave Hoppmann who make the Cyclones' single wing go with quick, darting rushes. But Stapleton is still searching for a hard-hitting fullback or two.
CONCLUSION: Minus a power runner and any kind of passing, State will drop to the lower half of the Big Eight standings.
After learning that Kansas was rated No. 2 in the nation, Coach Jack Mitchell said, "That's nice—not very realistic but nice. It does give the boys something to shoot for, like a kid daydreaming of owning a candy store, but it can be disappointing when that kid wakes up." Mitchell might have been more confident had not high-stepping Halfback Bert Coan broken his leg in spring practice. Without Coan the Jayhawkers lack true breakaway speed. They must look to the power rushes of 215-pound sophomore Fullback Ken Coleman and, perhaps too frequently, the all-round versatility of Quarterback John Hadl, who completed half his passes in 1960, ran 375 yards and had a 40.5-yard punting average. The good line, quick, scrappy and low-slung, is led by Guards Benny Boydston and Elvin Basham and Tackle Larry Lousch.
CONCLUSION: The Jayhawkers are still the favorites to win the Big Eight title, but an injury to another back could leave them limping.