The offensive line is good. It includes two fine guards, Rich Stotter and Bill Pickens, and Ken Hebert, a hot-tempered battler who was the nation's leading scorer (113 points) from his split-end position last season.
On the defense, there are some difficulties because Ends Royce Berry and George Caraway, both of whom were injured last year, have not recovered. Their places probably will be filled by sophomores. A hard rush from the front four would have made the deep backs hard to beat. Safeties Gus Hoi Ionian and Tom Pacioreck each picked off six passes last fall, Halfback Johnny Peacock is smart and steady, and Mike Simpson runs the hundred in 9.6.
More than one team, however, insists that the Astroturf is the best defense the Cougars have. Houston furnishes its opponents with special, rubber-cleated shoes for home games, but Ole Miss yelped that the shoes did not fit and Memphis State claimed the Cougars used a different kind of shoe from the ones they loan their guests. As a result several teams—Georgia, for one—have purchased slabs of Astroturf to practice on, but Athletic Director Harry Fouke says they are wasting their time. "If they want to worry about Astroturf instead of us," he says, "let them go right ahead."
Houston would make anyone worry. Just ask Duffy.
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