Tennessee Tech lost Quarterback Jim Ragland but thinks of Paul Whaley as an adequate replacement. He will be if he is like cousin Jim Whaley, who rushed 205 yards and returned kickoffs an average of 25.8 yards. Fullback Ron Reeves (555 yards), End Bob Haile, Guard Bob Borkowski and Center Bryan Draper are back to help.
Independent HOWARD COLLEGE finds pleasure in the antics of Fullback Larry Lackey (373 yards last year). Halfbacks Ed Donahoo (225) and Richard Curce (189) and Quarterback Larry Wyatt (359 rushing, 264 passing). Defense, however, is Howard's real kick. Linebacker Wally Burnham and a strong line produced three shutouts.
North Carolina College, led by two-time Little All-America Bill Hayes, should win the Central Intercollegiate championship, but do not count out MORGAN STATE. "We do expect to show up for all our games and give the best account of ourselves possible," says Coach Earl Banks.
Over in the tradition-dripping College Athletic Conference, defending SEWANEE has 22 lettermen, most notably Guard Jimmy Stewart. WASHINGTON & LEE, resigned to horrible losses, finds some solace in Linebackers Joe Miller and Jeff Novinger and in grabby Halfback Bill David. Elsewhere, HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, TENNESSEE STATE and CHATTANOOGA are schools to watch.
Los Angeles State, 20,000 strong and situated between two freeways and a parking lot, makes a strong claim on the national small-college title. One large reason is Dunn Marteen. Positively not the subject of a Scots ballad, Marteen is instead a quarterback capable of gaining on the ground (490 yards last year), passing (for 580 more) and scoring (70 points). Another argument is Fullback Art Robinson, who drove exactly 500 yards. A line averaging 231 pounds and distinguished by Tackle Richard Dick, Guard Walter Johnson and Tight End Howard Kindig cannot hurt either. If Los Angeles State was "born in carbon monoxide and raised on smog," as one professor says, its team seems to thrive on it. Visiting teams will find beating the Diablos for the California Collegiate Conference even harder than finding a parking place.
San Diego State will try. State, with ambitions to move up to the big time alongside USC and UCLA, is sparked by 215-pound Quarterback Rod Dowhower, who gobbled up 1,234 yards by completing 58 of 120 passes for an average 19.6 yards in 1963. Back again is the Elephant Backfield, averaging 218 pounds, with Tailback John Butler and Fullback Dale Hawley. It looks like an impressive season.
It might not be entire coincidence that FRESNO'S coach turned in his whistle when All-America Quarterback Beau Carter left. Carter set 14 school records by completing 115 of 226 passes for 1,595 yards and 10 touchdowns. Success now depends on Ron Melton (412 yards as a reserve). End Roger Smith (334 yards). Halfback Jim Long (247) and Halfback Bobby Lee. LONG BEACH will also be among California Collegiate contenders.
Strongest teams in Big Sky country will be MONTANA STATE and IDAHO STATE. Although Montana State has lost all but one of its starting linemen, there is a fine assortment of replacements. SAN FRANCISCO STATE has Fullback Jerry Brown (304 yards) and End Gary Chiotti, reinforced by defensive Halfback Tim Tierney and Angelo Crudo, a middle guard who is built like a steel safe. The team's stiffest opposition in the Far Western Conference may be NEVADA.
This fall should be anything but prosaic at WHITTIER. Head Poet John Godfrey has Left Halfback Ron Hales (720 yards), Larry Jaro, a shotputter, sprinter and 217-pounder, and Quarterback Ric Alvarado. 'Tis men like these will keep aloft the Poets' flight of fancy, a wing T using halfbacks behind each tackle and no fullback. Should Whittier pull an Icarus, however, a REDLANDS crew headed by hot-passing Derek Shelton, End Paul Riggins and several valuable linemen will clean up.