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Herman Hickman
September 19, 1955
In the first of five regional reports, SI's expert scouts the Coast and Mountain conferences and rates UCLA the best
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September 19, 1955

Football In The Far West

In the first of five regional reports, SI's expert scouts the Coast and Mountain conferences and rates UCLA the best

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Washington State. This is the team generally rated highest in the North. Twenty-one lettermen, including 10 starters, are the basis for the enthusiasm. The veteran line is lead by 220-pound Tom Gunnari, an offensive guard and defensive tackle. The backfield, though spearheaded by 210-pound Fullback Bob Miller, is not of championship caliber.

Oregon State. Tommy Prothro strikes out for himself at Oregon State this year. He is installing the Tennessee- UCLA version of the balanced-line single wing, but with a squad which won only its opening game in 1954 it will be a mistake to expect very much.

Oregon. Coach Len Casanova suffered the heaviest losses of any squad on the Coast. I may have his team rated too low but with George Shaw, one of the really great T quarterbacks, gone and only three lettermen returning, the squad is certainly thin.

Idaho. The Vandals' unexpected 10-0 victory over Washington State last year, first since 1925, and the current squad's high morale belie the fair-to-middling material.


College of the Pacific. With only five lettermen lost, COP should field another excellent team. They will tell you there is not a better lineman in the country than Tackle John Nisby.

San Jose State. State beat Stanford last year and should be much stronger. The sensational fullback, Joe Ulm, out with injuries last year, is back. As a sophomore in 1953 he scored 11 touchdowns in the first four games before being declared ineligible.

Whitworth College. The school was undefeated in 1954 and has 20 lettermen returning and should lead the strong Evergreen Conference again.


Utah. The Redskins suffered their worst season since 1950 last year. I'm picking them to regain the perch usurped by Denver's speedy backs in 1954. Cactus Jack Curtice has a carload of brilliant sophomores up from a fine freshmen eleven.

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