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Coach Tommy Prothro hit the Pacific Coast jack pot in his second year at Oregon State, as his Beavers, with a 6-1-1 Conference record, finally ended the 14-year California monopoly in the Rose Bowl. The Beavers, employing the balanced-line single wings, are basically an infantry outfit, calling for air support only when the ground attack falters. Wingback reverses and tailback power plays to the strong side are the prime offensive weapons. Although they attempted only 75 passes in 10 games, the Beavers completed 40 of them for 670 yards and four touchdowns. Yet the main threat lies in the running game sparked by Earnel Durden at wingback and either Joe Francis or Paul Lowe at tailback. Early in the season Oregon State showed its inexperience in pass defense, but this was pretty well solved during the 10-game season.
22 GERRY LAIRD, QB—Fine blocker, calls offensive signals, backs line on defense.
33 TOM BERRY, FB—Power runner, arm tackles will not stop him, runs well in secondary, reacts well to pass on defense.
42 JOE FRANCIS, LH—Strong runner, good passer, does punting. May quick kick.
14 EARNEL DURDEN, RH—Devastating break-away runner, good receiver with potential for greatness. Watch on reverses.
55 DOUG CORRICK, C—Excellent on offense but too light (163) for real linebacking power. Makes up for size with hustle.
52 BUZZ RANDALL, C—Will play mainly on defense. Has trouble centering ball especially in deep punt formation.
62 JOHN SNIFFEN, LG—OSC's best guard. Strong, reacts well on defense.
60 JIM BRACKINS, RG—Agile. Offensively dependable. Inexperienced, can be trapped.