SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY ( Baton Rouge): Coach Arnett Mumford begins his 37th season with fresh memories of sweet triumphs in 1960 over Grambling, Tennessee A&I and Florida A&M. Sweeter still is the likelihood that the Jaguars can repeat this year. Almost three complete units of equal strength leave little to be desired—unless it is a kicker—but how often do you have to punt when the holes are cleared by such as Center Junius Simon, Guard Clyde Williams or 245-pound Tackle David Evans?
TENNESSEE TECH (Cookeville, Tenn.): The Golden Eagles have won or shared six Ohio Valley Conference titles since 1952, but it hasn't been easy. Last year, for example, half of all OVC games were decided by a touchdown or less, and this year every team except Tech, which lost seven starters, is due to be stronger. Coach Wilburn Tucker has an ace up his sleeve, however, in sophomore Quarterback Jim Ragland, who, with End Rudy Schmittou, Tackle Dave Baxter and Center-Guard Lowell Smith, could steer the team through another precariously successful season.
TEXAS A&I ( Kingsville, Texas): Archrival East Texas won the ball game last year (14-6) but it lost the Lone Star crown to A&I, which closed fast with seven straight wins and a 42-14 thrashing of Arkansas Tech in the Great Southwest Bowl. Coach Gil Steinke again has a rich lode of yard-hungry backs like Barry Copenhaver (an 8-yard rushing average last year), Tommy Janik (7.5) and sophomore Sid Blanks (9.5), who led the conference in both rushing and scoring as a freshman. But the Javelinas are hurting for some husky helpers to back up a fine first-string line that takes its cues from Center Doug Harvey.
TEXAS SOUTHERN ( Houston): It is time for a comeback by the Tigers, who do not take kindly to years like 1960, when they won four and lost six. Only three of 26 lettermen graduated, and what is left is a team that can take quite unkindly to its rivals. Halfback Robert Batts runs a 9.7 hundred, and Homer Jones, who doubles at end, was a member of TSU's famed sprint relay team last spring. Center Carl Woodard (230 pounds) and Tackle Lacy Garcia (225) pace a line that has four regulars weighing from 230 to 250, and Quarterback Charles Green finally has more than one receiver.
WAGNER ( Staten Island, N.Y.): Unfortunately, Wagner and Albright, who tied for the northern college division championship of the Middle Atlantic Conference, and are on identical 13-game win streaks, will go through another year without meeting. Of the two, Wagner may have more difficulty staying unbeaten. It has lost Little All-America End Al Ferrie and 10 other lettermen. But Coach J. Walter Sullivan still has a superb passer in Don Cavalli, who threw 18 scoring passes in 1960, and first-class receivers in End Bruce Wilson and Halfbacks Neil Johnston and Frank Melos.
WEST CHESTER STATE (West Chester, Pa.): West Chester is plainly offensive, especially in the backfield, dominated by Joe Iacone. Quarterback Vince Bonkowski can either pass (accurately) or hand off (with supreme confidence) to Iacone or Coach Jim Bonder's best all-round halfback, Jim Pribula. End Bill Gray and Tackle Ernie Oldenburgh add luster to the attack.
WHITWORTH ( Spokane): After winning nine straight, the Pirates stumbled 13-7 in a playoff game against Humboldt State and missed the Holiday Bowl. This year they have added Humboldt State to the regular schedule. With both teams stronger than ever, their game should be a whopper. In addition to passer Dennis Spurlock, Coach Sam Adams has Spurlock's four favorite targets, Halfbacks Norm Harding and Les Rurey and Ends John Murio and Wendell Witt.
WILLIAM JEWELL ( Liberty, Mo.): Coach Norris Patterson has been winning eight of 10 games a season for the last decade, and despite a dip in passing and linebacking talent will likely find a way to do so again. Fullback Sam Childress, Tailback Charlie Linn and a flock of hard-running reserves, along with 230-pound Tackle Ron Haggard, will see to that. But there are troubles ahead in the rugged opener against Northeast Missouri and the closer against St. Benedict's.