DON ABBEY, PENN STATE
Just before Penn State's spring game, Coach Joe Paterno said, "Don Abbey is so strong and tough and such a good field-goal kicker that we'll be a threat to score one way or the other anytime we get inside the 40-yard line." Paterno wasn't just humming the Penn State fight song, either. That afternoon Abbey, a 6'2", 225-pound sophomore fullback, ran for 102 yards, scored two touchdowns, kicked two extra points and made a 24-yard field goal that won the game with 30 seconds to go.
"Abbey is more advanced and has more potential than any sophomore we have had in a long time," says Paterno. The son of a dental surgeon, Abbey is a premed student. He almost went to Princeton, but decided upon Penn State because "I really wanted to find out how good I was at football." He will have a fine opportunity, for Penn State is out to regain its No. 1 ranking in the East, and Abbey plays a key part in its hopes.
JOE TASBY, IDAHO
At first glance it seems that Ray McDonald, Idaho's All-America fullback, has somehow moved out of the back-field and into the line. But not so. That big (6'3", 220 pounds) defensive end is Joe Tasby, an awesome defender who already ranks with the elite on the pros' preferred draft lists. Tasby is strong, agile and ominous. He can play either center or linebacker. As a linebacker on last year's Baby Vandal squad that won three of four games, he personally made 25% of the tackles. Tasby was such an outstanding prospect in Houston—he's another one from Bubba Smith land—that Coach Steve Musseau flew to Texas personally to convince him of the opportunity awaiting him in the Moscow Mountains. He plans to use Tasby both on offense and defense, which is one way to get six years of play out of a supersoph.
If Tasby and his four associates are the best, there are still other sophomores whose moves are about to become familiar ones. Among the most impressive of them are Fullback Ed Ziegler and Tackle Mike McCoy of Notre Dame, Quarterbacks Bob Anderson of Colorado, Rich Panczyszyn of Syracuse and Tom Blanchard of Oregon, Running Backs Tommy Wade of Alabama, Ted Koy of Texas and Russell Cody of Arkansas, Defensive Tackle Jim Hadley of Florida and Tight End Jim Mandich of Michigan.
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