CONCLUSION: The weakness in this Wildcat team is its ground attack, which is just a step too slow to outdistance more than half its foes.
Last year's youngsters, who lost three in a row on field goals, then tied Ole Miss with two of their own, have grown up. At least seven juniors will start, most notably the ubiquitous Jerry Stovall, who led the team in rushing and receiving while averaging 42.1 yards on 64 punts. Coach Paul Dietzel's imaginative defenses help compensate for a line which, strong offensively, is shy of reserve strength. Guard Roy Winston, a mobile 225-pound senior who shifts to tackle on defense, leads an improved running game that is four-deep at fullback and has Stovall (4.5-yard average last year) and Wendell Harris (4.2) at halfbacks. Lynn Amedee's quarterbacking is improved and he now has the experience to run a decidedly better offense. The Tigers could use more ends and a center, where defensive losses were heaviest.
CONCLUSION: As fanatical as ever, LSU is fully capable of redeeming last year's narrow defeats with a better ground game.
The Cardinals, who have been making steady progress in their long-range move toward a major-college schedule, have 10 lettermen in the starting lineup and should have another big winner. Two good reasons are the giant tackles, 255-pound John Finn (6 feet 6) and 315-pound Ken Kortas (6 feet 4). Charles Stitch brings in 235 pounds at guard, while husky Ends Tom Montgomery and Jack Reid are an outstanding defensive pair who also provide strong blocking. The backfield has two runners, Halfback Lee Calland and Fullback Ernie Green, who should be able to take smart advantage of all that power up front. Quarterback John Giles is competent enough passing, and has Montgomery as a proved receiver. Coach Frank Camp has two experienced players at every position except right halfback.
CONCLUSION: There's just too much size for most of the opposition, but a few teams may make the Cardinals see red.
State pride in what should be the best Terrapin team since 1955 hasn't been dampened a whit by the fact that not a single starter comes from Maryland. Coach Tom Nugent is pleased with the unusual size and depth of his refugee squad, particularly the interior line, the pass catching of End Gary Collins and the quarterbacking of sophomore Dick Shiner, whose accurate arm gives him the edge over senior Dick Novak. Nugent, however, has some nagging doubts about the backfield, where Dennis Condie is the only proved ball carrier, but with Ends Dick Barlund and Hank Poniatowski to help Collins receive, he will have plenty of good passing. Guards Tom Sankovich and Bill Kirchiro are the pith of a rough line that includes a fine center, senior Bob Hacker and four tackles, headed by 240-pound Roger Shoals.
CONCLUSION: The Terrapins will fly—yes, fly—over the opposition and meet returning sorties with a hard-shelled defense.