CONCLUSION: The .500 habit is hard to shake, but Abilene may find stunting and/or a wide-open game good for some improvement.
Those are stars you see twinkling in the Wildcats' eyes. More calculating than foolhardy, however, Arizona has left the fastness of the Border Conference for possible national prominence as it prepares to join company with the orphans of the Pacific Coast and the refugees of the Skyline league to form the Great Western Conference. Coach Jim La Rue will meet the upgraded schedule with a bundle of high-styled offensive players. Quarterback Ed Wilson handles the split-T variations with aplomb and throws long or short with enviable accuracy (a .534 completion percentage in 1960 for 1,020 yards and nine TDs). Halfback Bob Thompson gained 732 yards for an eight-yard average, and Halfback Joe Hernandez, with 76 points, ranked 10th nationally. Five sophomores from Pennsylvania should strengthen a queasy defense.
CONCLUSION: A careful melding of senior scoring with sophomore defense could move Arizona into the suburbs of a national rating.
Like soldiers in the Foreign Legion, the Sun Devils come from all over—but not from Arizona. Of the 33 players on the first three teams, only four are home-grown. Recruiting is expensive, but Coach Frank Rush keeps the stands filled by playing exciting football. This year he has again carefully blended his expatriates into a solid team, which, surprisingly, has a line that in places runs faster than its backfield. The fastest man up front is Tackle Jesse Bradford, who has run the 100 in 9.5, the best is Guard Dick Locke from Muskegon, Mich. The backs make up for a slight heavy-footed-ness with other well-developed talents: Nolan Jones is among the nation's leading place kickers; Joe Zuger keeps the opposition pinned down with high-spiraling punts; and John Jacobs is an excellent sophomore passer.
CONCLUSION: If the Sun Devils don't improve on 1960's record, it will be because they meet those toughies, Oregon State and Utah.
Frank Broyles's field-position buddies may scorn him as a revisionist this year. Until now, Arkansas has been distinctly defense-minded and a trifle on the mossy side when it comes to moving the ball. However, the loss of most of the defensive line has forced Broyles to switch his emphasis to offense, and happily he has the men to make his new plans succeed. The same brilliant quarterbacks return: George McKinney, who last season passed for 728 yards and nine touchdowns, and Billy Moore, who gained 215 yards rushing to go with 205 yards passing. Prospective All-America Halfback Lance Alworth, who led the nation in punt returns with 307 yards gained and led his team in running, should be recovered from a season of endless ills. Paul Dudley, the big, rough-running halfback, will add power.
CONCLUSION: A more exciting team with a quite adequate line, Arkansas has a very good chance for its third straight title.