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Elias' Folly is what new Coach Bill Elias calls his offensive gimmick. He will use three slotbacks—two inside the tackles, one outside—and will station the quarterback three to five yards behind center. There will be a lot of short (though behind-the-line) forward passes to all three slotmen, and Quarterbacks Chuck Packan and Frank Pazzaglia could well complete enough forwards to rank among the nation's leaders. Elias, however, has said he will run most of his plays from a wing T. Running power will be supplied by Fullback John Wilt, who knows how to grind out the yardage, and Halfbacks John Caracciolo (a 5.4-yard average last year) and Tom Haly (3.8). Most impressive of the linemen are Bob Barbiere, an excellent center and linebacker, and Alex Sokaris, an end who can pull in passes. Tackles Pete Waselewski and Nick Barnicki will be hard to move, but the presence of sophomores at guard is the major flaw in a line that, even without problems, needs some bolstering
They laugh when Francis Tarkenton comes out to play quarterback, but it is a laughter of appreciation that heralds his magical ability to befuddle the enemy. He is one of the most artful ball handlers and passers in the nation, and last year he set an SEC mark by completing 60.8% of his passes. Back to help him as the Bulldogs defend their championship will be the four top ground-gainers—Halfbacks Fred Brown and Bobby Walden and Fullbacks Bill Godfrey and Wayne Taylor. Brown (4.5 yards a carry) is a spectacular breakaway threat, Walden (3.7) a skillful runner and punter (40.3). Both are excellent receivers too. Godfrey (4.0) and Taylor (5.0) can bash through the middle of any line. And for a good spare there will be Sophomore Billy Jackson. Coach Wally Butts's main task will be to reconstruct a new line. With Tackle Pete Case and Guard Pat Dye around on the left side, he has the nucleus of a good one. Dye could be the best guard in college football this fall.
Coach Bobby Dodd appears to have decided that defenses, like the Maginot line, can best be conquered by flying over and going around them. With Sophomore Stan Gann providing the overhead firepower, it is easy to see why Dodd thinks the way he does. Gann can throw long or short, hard or soft, and in the spring wind-up game hit on 11 of 13 passes for 205 yards. He will probably supplant 1959 Quarterback Marv Tibbetts on offense. Primary pass receivers will be Taz Anderson (last year's fullback) and Gerald Burch—the slickest offensive end combination in the South. To go around the enemy there will be Billy Williamson, Chick Graning and Sophomore Tom Winingder, all nimble-footed halfbacks. When the Yellow Jackets do go up the middle, Lee Reid, a hard-driving fullback, usually will carry. Willie McGaughey or Sophomore Bobby Caldwell will try to fill in for Maxie Baughan at center. There will be no worry at tackle, with Billy Shaw and Ed Nutting, 235-pounders, in charge.
Ten years ago the Wildcats won the SEC title. They have not won it since and they won't win it this year. This, however, will be no fault of Calvin Bird, a scintillating halfback. In 1959 he was third in the U.S. in kickoff returns, 11th nationally in punt returns, third among SEC pass receivers and second on the club in rushing with 328 yards. Charlie Sturgeon, his running mate, led the Wildcats with 417 yards. Jimmy Poynter and Gary Cochran were impressive in their short stints last season and should share the fullback burden. However, Coach Blanton Collier's multiple T is in need of a guiding hand. Best bet is Jerry Eisaman, a good mechanical passer who should get help from Tom Rodgers and Pat Counts. They will do most of their pitching to Dickie Mueller and Sophomore Tom Hutchinson, superb ends. There is a weakness at tackle, where both starters have graduated, but Guard Lloyd Hodge and Center Irv Goode are among the best linebackers in the South. Not many runners will get through them.
Winston—Roy that is—plays good like a lineman should, and his rib-rattling ruggedness has made him a superlative offensive guard and defensive tackle. He is a key man in a line that must undergo a lot of remodeling by Coach Paul Dietzel , now that 21 of 36 letter winners have graduated. Bo Strange, a quick-thinking, hard-hitting tackle, should do equally well filling the gap created at center by the loss of three top men. Mickey Mangham is the most masterful end the Tigers have had in years, and may get more opportunity to show his pass-catching ability now that plans call for wider exploitation of the quarterback and halfback options. Darryl Jenkins, a defensive ace for two years, has exhibited offensive promise and will take over at quarterback. It will be hard to replace Halfbacks Billy Cannon and Johnny Robinson, though Wendell Harris (who got 4.3 yards a carry last year) is back and at fullback are Earl Gros (who averaged 5.3 yards a carry) and Donnie Daye (3.5).