75 JOHN WITTE, LT—All-America, strong on offense, has bad moments on defense but is improving. Can be trapped.
77 DAVE JESMER, RT—Big, strong, overshadowed Witte in first Iowa game. Has fine pursuit on defense.
83 NORM THIEL, LE—Good speed, good receiver, top blocker on reverses. Weakest of defensive ends, does not tackle well.
88 BOB DEGRANT, RE—Good blocker, standout on defense, likes rough going. OSC likes to throw him spot passes.
Coach Forest Evashevski's Hawkeyes are a triumph of versatility over mediocrity. There is nothing outstanding about this team, no one strong point or weakness an opponent can concentrate against—and no one star. The Hawkeyes do nothing brilliantly, yet neither do they do anything poorly. Because of this balance it is impossible to stack a defense against them. They can run inside and outside, throw long and short. The offense moves out of a flanked T but uses single wing power blocking on most running plays. The team's greatest asset is undoubtedly its defense, which was responsible for at least four of its close victories. Evashevski must be credited with performing a coaching miracle with this squad if only on the grounds he has kept his boys "up" week after week. Summing up Iowa: a steady ball club that will make few mistakes.
11 KEN PLOEN, QB—A good runner and passer. Fakes well, likes calling reverses.
35 FRED HARRIS, FB—A late bloomer who has developed into a fine breakaway runner. Good outside linebacker on defense.
20 DON DOBRINO, LH—Used a lot on off-tackle power plays for short yardage.
40 BILL HAPPEL, RH—Speedy, definite break-away threat. Used frequently on reverse. Speed covers defensive weaknesses.