The Citadel Coach John McMillan just doesn't have the material for a winning season, but Jim Tyson is an excellent pass-receiving end.
THE BORDER CONFERENCE
Texas Tech has grown into one of the real powerhouses in college football. Coach DeWitt Weaver's 1954 version may be even tougher, though perhaps not as explosive as last year's highest scoring team in the nation (428 points). I wouldn't want a better tackle than 227-pound Jerry Walker. Quarterbacks Jack Kirkpatrick and Jerry Johnson direct one of the most lethal attacks in the country.
Arizona is the best bet to finish second. Paul Hatcher, after three years of Navy honors, is an outstanding lineman in his first year on the squad.
Texas Western beat Mississippi Southern 37-14 last season in the Sun Bowl but may not be as strong this year. Their best backs are Bobby Coleman and Jesse Whittenton.
Hardin-Simmons will be hurt by the loss of six regulars. Arizona State at Tempe could be a "dark horse." Jay Smith and Jim Bilton are fine running backs. West Texas State and New Mexico A. & M. hope for improvement but will not be contenders.
Mississippi Southern. Red Drew, the Alabama coach, said the 1953 upset win by Mississippi Southern would never happen again, but it did?the Southerners took them, 7-2, in their '54 opener. Winning 20 out of their last 22 starts, they have the best record of any independent in the deep South. Stars are legion. Leo Herrmann at guard, Don Owens at tackle, Halfbacks Jackie Howard and Brick Mason, Quarterback Jim Davenport, and Hub Waters at end are some of the best.
Miami of Florida. Andy Gustafson, my old coaching compatriot at West Point, told me: "We expect our team to be better than last year's in every department. We'll have our best attack since 1950." Evaluation: Virtually all of last year's team is back. It is a tough sophomore and junior team, and started to go places last week with a 51-13 win over Furman. Frank McDonald at end, Gordon Malloy at halfback and John Krotec, guard, are outstanding.
Florida State. Although the Seminoles lost their first two games, 0-14 and 0-13, both were closer than the scores indicated. Twenty-two lettermen are making F.S.C.'s bid for "big-time" football a strong one. Tackles Al Mako-wiecki and Bob Barber are rugged, and so are Ends Jimmy Lee Taylor and Tom Feamster.