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THE DOPE: The Wildcats must appear like tabby cats to new Coach Jim LaRue. The team is slow afoot and has imperceptible depth. LaRue will have to depend upon incoming freshmen and junior college graduates, as the holdover lettermen just don't have the ability. Coach LaRue figures to build the team around three players: Tackle Tony Matz, a powerfully aggressive offensive blocker; rangy Center Ted Urness, who specializes in blocking kicks and had four blocked extra points to his credit last year; and Sophomore Larry Williams, a smooth-striding end, who played varsity as a freshman. The offense could perk up if Sophomore Quarterback Ed Wilson continues his strong passing in varsity play, but even then the Wildcat backfield doesn't have the speed for long gains or for catching up with far-flung passes. The Wildcats face a strong schedule and will have to play this season with a patch-as-patch-can lineup.
SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
SEPT. 19 Brigham Young, N (no game)
THE DOPE: The Sun Devils are in a building period, having lost 17 of 30 lettermen, but don't expect a decline in their won-lost record of 7-3 last year Coach Frank Kush has welded the remaining 13 lettermen together with 34 sophomores to form a formidable squad. Speed up and down the line and as far back as fullback will make the Arizona Staters difficult to defend against. The flanks are strong with Bill Spanko at one end and Karl Kiefer at the other. But it's at tackle that the Sun Devils really shine. Here they have Charlie Krofchik, strong and capable, and Sophomore Jesse Bradford, who runs the hundred in 9.5. At halfback they have Nolan Jones, a 5-foot-9 195-pounder, who was a starter as a freshman, and Joe Drake, a strong two-way player. Fullback Ed Ellis, a 9.7 man, zooms around and through the line with equal ease. The backfield is well set except at quarterback, the key to the Sun Devils' multiple offense.
SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
SEPT. 19 West Texas State, N (16-13)
THE DOPE: The Razorbacks came on strong the second half of last season, and they have the offensive material to carry on the surge. Coach Frank Broyles, in his second year at Fayetteville, has a depth problem, especially at guard, but he has a high-class backfield and a strong first-unit line. Quarterback Jim Monroe is an all-round ballplayer whose strongest asset is his versatility. The halfback corps suffered a severe blow when Jim Mooty, all-conference in 1958, sustained a head injury. Lettermen Billy Kyser and Fred Akers will be hard put to stave off six challengers. Lance Alworth will be the hardest to keep out of the starting lineup, as this sophomore runs the 100 in 9.6, is a booming punter and an excellent passer. In the line, Tackle Marlin Epp and Center Wayne Harris anchor a hard-charging, sharp-tackling crew, while Sophomore Earl McPike, 225-pound, strong-charging tackle, helps to firm up the alternate unit.