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THE WEST
Mervin Hyman
September 18, 1961
Marshall Shirk, UCLA's aggressive tackle, likes few things better than a rough ball game. He and hundreds of other players, most of them Californians, are reason enough why West Coast football should be better than it has been in years
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September 18, 1961

The West

Marshall Shirk, UCLA's aggressive tackle, likes few things better than a rough ball game. He and hundreds of other players, most of them Californians, are reason enough why West Coast football should be better than it has been in years

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Coach Bob Devaney loves small, agile linemen and big, bruising backs. Last year he had both and the Cowboys rode an unyielding defense (best in the nation) and a pummeling attack to a deadlock with Utah State for the Skyline championship. Devaney still has the mobile forwards, but those big backs are gone and he will redesign his offense to revolve around Quarterback Chuck Lamson, the All-America candidate and transfer student from Iowa State, who can pass and run (he did both for 786 yards in 1960) and also defends handsomely. He will be helped by Halfback Dick Behning and Fullback Bob Bisacre, who hit hard, and a sure-blocking line led by Ends John Engel and Lonnie Dunn, Tackle Howard Colling and, if he has recovered from an ailing knee, Center Dick Williams.

CONCLUSION: The Cowboys lost 19 lettermen, but there are still enough hands left to make a run at the conference crown.

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