Last year State led the nation in rushing, finished second in total offense and rushing defense and tied Wyoming for the Skyline title. There have been a few notable losses, like the Camilli brothers, Dolph and Bruce, who defected to the New York Yankees, but Coach Johnny Ralston's Aggies are still deep in power. They start with Halfback Tom Larscheid, a darter who scored 92 points in 1960 and was the No. 2 rusher in the country with 1,044 yards and an 8.4 average. They also have 260-pound All-America Tackle Merlin Olsen, as gentle as a grizzly; 250-pound Tackle Clark Miller, good enough to be drafted by the pro 49ers, and All-Skyline Guard Willie Redmond. And now the Aggies, with sharp-passing quarterbacks in Bill Munson and Mel Montalbo, are planning to step up their attack.
CONCLUSION: Next year Skyline foes can rejoice. State will no longer be a member. In the meantime—down to the storm cellars, men.
After two years of sunshine, the Huskies now confront the long arctic night. Twenty lettermen, including Quarterback Bob Schloredt and Halfback George Fleming, are gone from the surprising team that eked out the close ones last year and shocked Minnesota in the Rose Bowl. Coach Jim Owens has taken steps to replenish the supply of players, but the junior-college transfers he recruited will need time to fit into the Husky traces. Until they do, most of the offense will have to come from Quarterback Kermit Jorgensen, only a fair passer but adept at running the swing-T keeper play, and Halfback Charlie Mitchell, an exciting brokenfield sprinter. In the line the only secure spots are those occupied by 215-pound Guard Jim Skaggs, a zealous defender switched from end, and aggressive junior Center Roy Mansfield.
CONCLUSION: Owens will use his new redeye formation—a variation of the double wing—if nothing else works.
When in doubt the Cougars usually throw the ball. And why not? Quarterback Mel Melin, who fires long and short with equal accuracy, was the nation's No. 3 passer (and second in total offense) last year with 119 completions in 221 tries for 1,638 yards and 11 touchdowns. End Hugh Campbell, as elusive as a weasel, made a shambles of NCAA records by catching 66 passes for 881 yards and 10 touchdowns. Halfbacks Jim Boylan and Pete Schenck caught 39 passes between them. But no team can win on passing alone, and Coach Jim Sutherland simply has too few runners for his flanker T and too many tender spots in a line that gave up 161 points last season. There is plenty of size up front in Tackles John Wyffels (234 pounds) and Bob Colleran (225) and End Mike Martin (225), but not enough experience.
CONCLUSION: The exciting Cougars may claw out a few wins, but lack the balance to cope with a heavy schedule.