At College Station the public word is that Coach Jim Myers is well liked, but the private word is that he would be well liked better if he would win some conference games. With at least five teams in strong contention for the title, this is hardly the year to begin winning in the Southwest. Yet Myers still has hope. He has the biggest, strongest set of backs in the conference, with 215-pound Fullback Sam Byer almost certain to get four yards a try (in 105 carries last year he never lost a yard). Myers' line, led by Tackle Wayland Simmons, will be experienced. Unhappily, the big backs are not quite as fast as they should be in the wing T, and Myers may have to pass over his first choice for quarterback, Ron Brice, because of his inconsequential arm, and turn instead to the untested Jim Linnstaedter.
CONCLUSION: Two conference wins are a modest goal, but the lead-legged Aggies will be lard pressed to keep their coach in office.
Coach Abe Martin has his opposing coaches psyched even before he meets them. His Horned Frogs are highly regarded, but picked to finish fifth. This is the way Abe, who wants no pressure on his predominantly junior squad, likes it. There are obvious weaknesses: Center Bob Biehunko has a lame knee and no experience, End Bud Iles catches passes (24 for 237 yards in 1960) but not ball carriers, while End Lynn Morrison reverses the procedure. But there is plenty of strength to offset the deficiencies, especially in the interior line, where two possible All-Americas, Tackle Bob Plummer and Guard Ray Pinion, will play. And there is junior Sonny Gibbs, college football's largest quarterback (6 feet 7, 230 pounds) and his team's highest scorer last year, who is expected to be more consistent after a year's experience.
CONCLUSION: TCU doesn't quite measure up to the other four contenders, but it is beautifully positioned for an effective spoiler role.
The new boy in the neighborhood—Tech starts its second season in the Southwest Conference—hasn't really caught on yet. Meanwhile, with parental solicitude, Coach J. T. King is doing what he can to help. Either Dennis Grims, a former end, or Charlie Harrison, a transformed fullback, will be at center, a sophomore, Dave Parks, goes to end and two obscure upperclassmen, Kelly Mitchell and Jim Little, to guard. The primarily small, inexperienced line will keep the backs scurrying frantically to make amends for its little failures on defense, but offensively it should sharpen the workings of the multiple T. In the backfield, to complement the inside bursts of Fullback Coolidge Hunt (he led the conference with 527 yards last year) and Halfback Bake Turner's end scoots, King has John Lovelace, a good 6-foot-4 quarterback.
CONCLUSION: In a make-do situation, Tech could score a bushel of touchdowns, but it will return generously everything it takes.