While waiting for a leader to emerge, the Panthers are also going to be keeping an eye out for that quarterback. Bill Daniels, who led them to two winning seasons and a Fiesta Bowl appearance, has graduated, and the candidate of the moment is junior Robert Haygood, who has yet to throw a pass in a game. If you think that's bad, no other prospect has even taken a snap from center.
The two veterans left on the offensive line, which was none too strong last year, are 250-pound Tackle Joe Stone and sophomore Guard Tom Brzoza. Brzoza, starting as a freshman, held his own in the last two games against All-Americas Mike Fanning of Notre Dame and Mike Hartenstein of Penn State, but with three places to be filled, it is going to be an inexperienced line fronting for a green quarterback.
However, in running and receiving, the Panthers will be strong and deep. Tony Dorsett is a junior this fall, and he will be aiming for his third 1,000-yard season. In only the third game of his sophomore year he became Pitt's alltime leading rusher and by the end of the season he had a career total of 2,690 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Dorsett missed one game in 1974, a 35-24 win over Temple. His understudy was a freshman from Miami, Elliott Walker, who grabbed his opportunity and ran 169 yards and scored four touchdowns. Don't be surprised to see both operating in the same backfield this autumn.
In senior Split End Karl Farmer, Pitt has a sprinter (46.4 for the 440) who got free for four touchdowns in 1974. Tight End Jim Corbett, with 16 catches for 202 yards and one touchdown, was greatly improved. But the catch of the year is Split End Gordon Jones, a hot property out of East Allegheny High in New Versailles, Pa., who is expected to begin contributing immediately.
Majors has to fill the gaping hole left by All-America Middle Guard Gary Burley, but everything considered, the biggest stumbling block to the Panthers' improving on their 7-4 record is their schedule. Pitt opens against Georgia and Oklahoma and closes against Notre Dame and Penn State.
However, when Penn State beat Pitt in the final game last year and Joe Paterno was asked how long it would take the Panthers to reach Penn State's level, he replied, "They're there." And so they may be.
Razorback fans have had little to yell "pig sooey" about recently. The Hogs have not won a Southwest Conference title in six years and haven't been to a bowl game since 1971. Throughout the 1960s Coach Frank Broyles could take a Top 20 ranking for granted, but he has been 6-5, 5-5-1 and 6-4-1 the last three seasons.
Hopes rose briefly in 1973 and '74 when Broyles twice landed the brightest high school prospects in the state, but they sank when both players, Halfback Jerry Eckwood and Linebacker Dennis Winston, suffered disk injuries. Now things are looking up again. For one, Eckwood, who a little more than a year ago was bedridden with a partially paralyzed leg, underwent enzyme injections and seems to have recovered. Early in spring practice he blasted up the middle on a 70-yard scoring run. Broyles was jubilant. "He didn't miss a single down in the 20 days," he said. "I couldn't believe any of it. He can do it all—run, throw, kick and block, block, block."