THE DOPE: The Ducks have a fixation. They insist upon either shutting out their opponents or holding them to a single touchdown. Last year they allowed only 50 points in 10 games but were stifled themselves four times. That's the rub, their inability to score. The first unit runs true to the strong defensive tradition created by Coach Len Casanova. The line features the lambasting linebacking tactics of All-Coast Center Bob Peterson and the tough tackle play of 230-pound John Wilcox and Tom Keele. The team will be running out of eight variations of the T, and they'll add a new fillip each week. Quarterback Dave Gosz, a strong all-phase player, has improved on his drop-back passing. In Willie-went-that-away West, Oregon has an all-conference back. The Ducks should benefit from six home games, the presence of a fine pass-catching sophomore end, Kent Peterson, and transfer Halfback Cleveland Jones.
1958 Record: Won 4, lost 6, tied 0
SEPT. 19 at Stanford
OCT. 9 at San Jose State, N (no game)
OCT. 17 Air Force Acad. at Portland
Washington at Portland
OCT. 31 at Idaho
California at Portland
Nov. 14 at Washington State
Colors: Orange and black
THE DOPE: The Beavers boast a big, fierce line, but the backfield—as was the case last year—appears injury-prone. In Coach
Tommy Prothro's version of the single wing the major duties are handled by the tailback, but whether it will be Sophomore Don Kasso, a brilliant runner, or Dainard Paulson, a reliable but unspectacular senior, awaits developments. Grimm Mason, an elusive wing-back-tailback, and Fullback Jim Stinnette (215 pounds) are dangerous runners when healthy, but they are both brittle. The big line, spearheaded by Hawaiian Ed Kaohelaulii, a 220-pound tackle, provides them with a rugged defense and the strong offensive blocking needed to spring the backs. The Beavers have two defenders in Jerry Doman and Don Thiel. But there's neither a passer nor receivers on the squad. Even with their one-sided offense the Beavers should have a successful season if Mason and Stinnette stay well.
1958 Record: Won 6, lost 4, tied 0
SEPT. 19 So. Calif. at Portland, N (0-21)
SEPT. 26 at Texas Tech, N (no game)
OCT. 3 at Nebraska
OCT. 10 at Michigan
OCT. 24 at California
NOV. 7 at Washington
NOV. 21 at Oregon
SAN JOSE STATE
San Jose, Calif.
Colors: Gold and white
THE DOPE: The Spartans, despite strong support from Sprinter-Halfback Ray Norton and End Dan Colchico, a good pro prospect, must face a dangerous schedule with a not-too-strong squad. Two player conversions have corrected strident weaknesses: Leon Donohue, 6 feet 4 inches and 230 pounds, moves over to tackle from end, while Howard Poyer switches from reserve tackle to starting guard. Colchico and Tackle Chuck Ennis are the defensive stalwarts with their crunching tackles. Coach Bob Titchenal advocates the pro T with the left halfback, Chuck Yeyna, flanked right and the left end, Claire Appledoorn, split. The bulk of the ball carrying is done by newly crowned sprint king Halfback Ray Norton. Quarterback Emmet Lee throws a nifty short pass while Mike Jones tries for distance. Ineffectual fullbacking and lack of halfback depth may be compensated for by improved overall defense.
1958 Record: Won 4,lost 5, tied 0