It is a team quilted from players described by a local newspaper as "misfits." There is End Howard Twilley, a quick, tough junior from Galena Park, Texas who, partly because of his size (he is only 5 feet 11, 180), was ignored by Southwest Conference recruiters but will set a national pass-catching record this season as a byproduct of Rhome's success. There is Tailback Bob Daugherty, a junior from Mountain View, Calif. who broke Joe Bellino's freshman scoring and rushing records at Navy, then left because he did not enjoy wearing a uniform and running to class. There is Defensive Tackle Willie Townes, who is 6 feet 5 and 263 and comes from Hattiesburg, Miss, and did not like Indiana University. Tulsa, in fact, has players from 13 different states plus Canada and renegades from Indiana, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and, of course, SMU. As one might suspect, Dobbs treats them like pros. There are frequent water breaks, and they work in sweat clothes all but two days a week. But then on Saturday, with both the coach and the new rules encouraging him, only one of them always plays like a pro. That is Jerry Rhome. He was born to do so.
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