Few will forget the memorable game last fall between Brigham Young and Utah. The Utes took it 33-32, but it earned the admiration and respect of millions of TV viewers for football in the Rocky Mountain section. Eighteen lettermen return, led by Marion Probert, end, who made many Skyline all-conference selections. Halfback Dick Felt was the conference's best punt returner, averaging 20 yards a return. Don James, a second-string fullback last year, averaged 10 yards per try. Leading sophomore is Jay Weenig, guard, who was the most promising freshman lineman in Utah last year.
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Idaho State leads this "small college" group together with Montana State, and both compare favorably with many Skyline Conference schools. Outstanding among the Bengals are Halfback Bus Connors and Tackle Howard Green, who head an upsurging team.
Twenty lettermen return to Montana State, which suffered only three losses by graduation. Vic Berra at end and Ray Schoessler, guard, are the best men on the squad and were both chosen all-conference last year.
The surprise package of 1953, Western State still looked good last Saturday, beating Adams State 40-14. The squad lost only three letter-men this year. Bill Rhodes and Jim Roser, halfbacks both, are the best of a promising team.
College of the Pacific.
Once again, C.O.P. has a strong team. The little school that produced Eddie LeBaron has a candidate for similar honors in Bill Jacobs, at quarterback. There may be real excitement here?last Saturday C.O.P. held Stanford to a one-point victory, 12-13.
San Jose State.
Like C.O.P., San Jose is really on a par with the second division of the Pacific Coast Conference. Joe Ulm would be a credit to any backfield. Before he was declared ineligible last year Joe scored eleven touchdowns in four games, and he and a strong supporting squad should give San Jose the edge among the western independents this season, which they opened strongly by beating Utah State last Saturday night 20-0.
For Herman Hickman's hunches on next week's games, turn to page 71.