Thus, in a sense, there will be a dual emphasis on passing in 1960—throwing the ball, that is, and getting through classes with a passing grade.
1959 RECORD: WON 7, LOST 1, TIED 2
Reports out of Tuscaloosa have it that the Crimson Tide has a line that is "shallow, inexperienced and weak in the middle." This sounds like psychological warfare, and there are no signs that
, a man who dotes on impregnable defenses, is worried. Odds are he will again have one of the solidest lines in the land. At end there will be six tested men, led by Tom Brooker, a distinguished all-purpose performer. Even the loss of the first three guards is no insurmountable problem. Gary Phillips (185 pounds) may be light, but he goes about his tasks with dispatch and efficiency. So does Sophomore Joe Sisia (241), and he may be the other starting guard. Bill Neighbors (233), who plays either tackle or guard, will be as hard to move as a fireplug. In the backfield will be Quarterback Pat Trammell, who rolled up 525 yards rushing in 1959 and was second in the SEC in total offense. Halfback Billy Richardson is expected to get lots of help from Ray Abruzzese, a rookie gem. Tommy White will be at fullback.
1959 RECORD: WON 7, LOST 3
If Coach Shug Jordan were to vote for the player he needs most, chances are he would cast a ballot for a fast-moving halfback. He has a good candidate in Jimmy Burson, a sophomore who can twist and turn his way around tacklers. Jordan feels the defense caught up with his offense last year, but this fall Quarterback Bobby Hunt, now a much sharper passer, should lead a more spirited assault. Hunt, the SEC's sophomore-of-the-year in 1959, had the league's best rushing average. Bryant Harvard and Joe Overton are first-class substitutes for Hunt. Ed Dyas supplies power at fullback and is a superb extra-point and field-goal kicker. Punting is another weapon, and Joe Dolan boots the ball into the clouds. Ken Rice and Billy Wilson, the incumbents at tackle, are 250-pounders and possibly the most devastating pair in the country. To overcome a weakness at guard, though, Rice may shift there, with Joe Baughan taking his assignment. Top pass catcher should be End Joe Leichtnam.
1959 RECORD: WON 8, LOST 2
The backfield of Nettles, Eastburn, Edwards and Dykes spells N-E-E-D. It is not that this is a bad unit, but rather that it is in need of better protection. Both the offensive and defensive lines will be faster, but there will be a shortage of depth and experience, particularly early in the season. Most likely to be missed of the graduates is End Paul Maguire, who in 1959 was sixth in the nation with 32 pass catches. Guard Harry Rakowski (230 pounds) and Center George Garrison (200) are certainties on the offensive line, and on defense form possibly the best linebacking combination in the Southern Conference. If the offensive line improves, Coach Eddie Teague won't have too many worries about his NEED-y backfield. The passing is there. Quarterback Jerry Nettles last year completed 48 of 97 tosses for 743 yards and nine touchdowns. Stationed at the halves will be Earley Eastburn, a sparkling all-round performer, and Tommy Edwards, who has improved greatly.
1959 RECORD: WON 8, LOST 2
Although his backfield was shredded by graduation, Coach
is optimistic, perhaps believing he has another year to go in his seven-year feast. Since 1954 the Tigers have had a 42-16-2 record. They have been in three Bowl games, and last December beat TCU in the Bluebonnet Bowl. Gone are Quarterback Harvey White (passing and total offense leader); Fullback Doug Cline (top runner); and Halfbacks Bill Mathis (second in rushing, first in pass receiving, scoring and kickoff returns) and George Usry (third in rushing, first in punt returns and interceptions). Luckily, Howard has Lowndes Shingler, who is almost as good as White, at quarterback. Hard-charging Ron Scrudato will be at fullback, and Bill McGuirt, Harry Pavilack, Coleman Glaze and Elmo Lam are a highly promising set of halfbacks. Best of the 18 letter-winning linemen who helped keep five foes scoreless in 1959 are Guard Dave Lynn and jumbo-sized Tackles Ronnie Osborne (275) and Jimmy King (250).
1959 RECORD: WON 1, LOST 8