Coach Abe Martin's thrice-beaten team is representing the Southwest Conference by default since unbeaten Texas A&M was declared ineligible for a Bowl appearance by the NCAA because of recruiting violations. Lack of strong blocking at the ends and one halfback post hobbled star Halfback Jim Swink early in the season, so Quarterback Chuck Curtis turned to his fullback—squat Buddy Dike—when he needed yards badly. A big, powerful TCU line can open up the inside. Swink, while contained on the wide plays, has also been useful for short yardage. He led the Southwest Conference for the second year in a row in rushing and established a new three-year record.
Only fair line speed made the Horned Frogs vulnerable to wide running plays. Martin must rely heavily on his starters.
46 CHUCK CURTIS, QB—Fine passer, ball handler. Too slow for running threat and weak defensively, especially on passes.
38 BUDDY DIKE, FB—Quick, fast, tough. Spelled by Hallbeck (33).
23 JIM SWINK, LH—Good runner, fine receiver, has improved blocking, defense. May be step slower than last year.
22 JIM SHOFNER, RH—Clever runner, best pass defender on squad. Blocks very well.
55 JIM OZEE, C—Blocks well on double team. Although linebacker, can be trapped.
71 JOHN GROOM, T—Big, strong, slow. Hard to move but lacks aggressiveness.
53 JOE WILLIAMS, LG—Excellent blocker, strong on pull-outs and trap blocks.