Arkansas' opponents are quick to point out that Frank must be kidding: he has Jon Brittenum, who was held out a year ago after playing as a sophomore. Brittenum is agile and a fine thrower. If he lacks anything, it is inspiration. But with the job his, that may come.
Inspiration can also come from the abundance of speed in Arkansas' backfield. Tailback Jim Lindsey, hero of the Cotton Bowl victory over Nebraska, ran a 10.1 dash last spring, Wingback Bobby Burnett is an authentic 9.8 man, and Harry Jones has clocked a 9.7. Jones is the junior who will push Brittenum at quarterback, and his sprint-outs will be exactly that.
The Porkers will again platoon and mix the I formation with the wing T. Frank Broyles was one of the first coaches to discover—just a year ago—that platoons would work. "I'll bet we were first," says he. "We switched the third day of spring training."
The real worry is on defense where eight starters are gone, but both tackles—Loyd Phillips and Jim Williams—return, and most pro scouts consider them the finest pair anywhere. Which team is better, Texas or Arkansas, probably will be decided by a point and by who catches the passes.
There is no question which team will throw the passes among the other SWC schools. It is BAYLOR, led by Terry Southall, the latest in the long list of superb throwers manufactured by Coach John Bridgers. Last year Southall had the best sophomore passing season in Southwest history, completing 118 for 1,693 yards. It was the third best ever recorded by anybody in the league. Said Terry, "I never had so much fun."
Now he's a junior and should be even more poised, but Larry Elkins is gone, and Bridgers must worry if the receiving will be as good. Eventually, yes. Split End Harlan Lane, a senior, is back. And the spring produced sophomore Flanker George Cheshire as a Tommy McDonald type and possibly the new Elkins. Sophomores must also provide the running, but Halfback Billy Hayes (6 feet 2, 200 pounds) and Fullback Charles Wilson (6 feet 4, 203 pounds) are no ordinary sophomores. Baylor will be fun to watch, as always, and if the Bears can have fun on defense, they will be the team most likely to succeed should flood or famine overtake Texas and Arkansas.
The team next most likely is TEXAS TECH because Donny Anderson is still around, can still run, catch and kick, and is struggling hard to adopt a good attitude. Tech slyly made him captain, which should help his confessed laziness. Recently, Donny made a speech about it. "I'm going to try my darndest to put out in practice," he said. "I understand that if some other guys see me loafing, they'll loaf too. I don't know if I can do it. I've always dedicated myself to going all out in a game, because there's something about putting on a red jersey and those striped pants that charges me up. I just can't get the same feeling from that crummy white practice gear."
Anderson, who is 6 feet 3, 210 pounds, and fast, was charged up enough last year to gain 966 yards, make All-America and put Tech in the Sun Bowl with a 6-3-1 record. Most of his accomplices are back, including Quarterback Tom Wilson, and overall Tech is bigger, deeper, wiser.
TCU has now gone five straight years without either a Nobis, an Anderson, a championship or a bowl team, and that is a record. The Frogs figure to make it six this time with half a squad of sophomores and half a squad of fairly unglamorous juniors and seniors. It is the lowest ebb in the school's athletic history, but Coach Abe Martin clings to his optimism. "I don't know why I think we'll do all right," he says. "Just ignorant, I guess." What he truly believes is that these sophomores, the first good crop in a long time—Quarterback P. D. Shabay, Linebacker Rocky Goodman, Center E. A. Gresham, Running Back Steve Landon—will, as he says, "win the sucker next year." Meanwhile, Shabay, a tough, dedicated 6-foot-2 206-pounder, will get experience, along with the rest, at running and trying to find Split End Sonny Campbell ("Best I've ever had," says Abe) with some passes.