But Quarterback Mike Fair is good (1,127 yards in total offense in 1965), and so is Benny Galloway, an All-ACC defender who has shifted over to tailback. Ben Garnto, who led the team in rushing with 437 yards, returns at wingback. J. R. Wilburn, finest receiver in the history of South Carolina, is gone, so Roy Don Reeves, formerly on defense, has moved into his spot. Gene Schwarting, a promising sophomore, could be a great defensive end. But aside from these four, too many of Dietzel's men are question marks. By late fall there may even be times when he will long for the certainties of West Point.
After two straight American Football League titles as coach of the pro Buffalo Bills, Lou Saban moved to MARYLAND. With 33 lettermen back, he had visions of similar success right off in college ball, but his great expectations suffered a rude jolt when the best player he had, Fullback Bo Hickey, turned out to be one of his poorer students. Hickey will not play, and the absence of his fine running is going to place too much of a burden on those left—such as runners Whitey Marciniak, Billy Van Heusen and Ernie Torain.
To quarterback his pro-type attack, Saban has cither Phil Petry or Alan Pastrana. He has fine receivers in Bobby Collins, Chip Myrtle and Dick Absher, and should the passing be good enough the football at Maryland will be exciting, if not very much improved over last year.
The rest of the ACC will look forward, as usual, to meeting VIRGINIA and Wake Forest. Bob Davis, after a year of carrying the ball at halfback, will be throwing it again as Virginia's quarterback, where he starred for Coach George Blackburn as a sophomore. In his place the Cavaliers are touting a speedy sophomore halfback, Frank Quayle, believed by some people around Charlottesville to be Virginia's best in years. But games are won and lost in the line and, aside from Offensive End Ed Carrington and Defensive Tackle Don Parker, Virginia does not have a line. When the jousting is over, the Cavaliers will be fortunate if they have improved on last year's 4-6 record.
Depth is still so much the problem at WAKE FOREST that Coach Bill Tate cannot fill out two platoons. He is prepared to go with the best 22 men he can find and have the better 11 in the game when he needs them the most—which will be often (the Deacons were 3-7 last year and little help has arrived). Tate may make a few changes in his offense to take advantage of his most promising sophomore, Jimmy (The Jet) Johnson, who led the frosh in rushing. Andy Heck is the other halfback and Jon Wilson will again run the club. Defensively, Tate is counting on his finest football player, 6-foot, 236-pound Lynn Nesbitt, who has switched from guard to tackle, and Bob Oplinger and Ken Henry. He needs more like them.
Kevin Moran, 6 feet, 230, leads an EAST CAROLINA defensive line that just could buy the Pirates a Southern Conference title in the first year they are eligible to win it. Coach Clarence Stasavich calls his defense "the very best I've ever put on a field," and he's had a few, having won 32 of 39 games since he came to Greenville. Fullback Dave Alexander, a Little All-America, led the conference in total offense last year. He is gone, but Tom Grant, a wingback, and Bill Bailey, a tailback, return. The Pirates will make people wonder why they ever let them into the conference in the first place.
For years they didn't, but now they do—fear WILLIAM AND MARY. The reason is Coach Marv Levy who, after the Indians were strafed 42-14 by Navy, spurned platoons in favor of his best 22 men and won five of his last six. It was the school's first winning season in 12 years. Twenty of those 22 best are back again, including End Chuck Albertson, Linebackers Bob Gadkowski and Adin Brown and two fine quarterbacks, Dan Darragh and Mike Madden. George Pearce, who caught 61 passes last year and finished with a helmetful of records, will be missed, and that's why Albertson will be playing his third position in three years. The Indians will be good, but the early going—East Carolina, West Virginia and George Washington—will pretty much decide how good.
Not that WEST VIRGINIA and George Washington are about to win the Southern Conference title. Both are minus too much, and the Mountaineers' new coach, Jim Carlen, has spent most of his time installing the I formation he brought with him from Georgia Tech. With 16 of the 22 starters missing and as yet no permanent quarterback, West Virginia followers would do well to concentrate on Garrett Ford, who ran for 894 yards last year. He will be trying to prove he is the best back in the South.
George Washington is almost as inexperienced as West Virginia, and because Garry Lyle, a victim of the classroom, will sit out the season, the Colonials have the same quarterback problem. Tom Metz is back, however, and he led the team in scoring in addition to running back kicks and playing safety. End Bruce Keith could make the indoctrination of whoever fills in at quarterback somewhat easier.
Eddie Teague has moved up to athletic director at THE CITADEL just in time. He has left new Coach Red Parker with a team lacking everything. In fact, Parker has to stick with Bill Ogburn, a defensive back turned quarterback. The Bulldogs, with Backs Gene Morehead and Dick Hanes, can be expected to run much more this year.