It's what's up front that counts, and Coach Warren Giese knows it. He also knows that, although he has a distinguished line, he still needs some runners who can filter into enemy territory to gain yardage. Up front, the Gamecocks are solid at all positions save center and left tackle. Jerry Frye, a 165-pound guard as a freshman, is now a 215-pound end with a fine talent for playing defense. On the other corner of the line will be Jack Pitt, 220 pounds and possessed of a sound talent for grabbing passes. Then there are Sam Fewell, a tackle who weighs 250 pounds and has good mobility, and ex-Paratrooper Jake Bodkin, one of the niftiest linebackers and guards in the ACC. In the backfield there is ample depth and speed, but little experience. Directing the split-T will be Jim Costen, who is expected to step up the passing. The only fullback with varsity experience is Bob Farmer, and he played with the third unit a year ago. Reggie Logan, a 145-pound rabbit who won a letter at Georgia Tech in 1958, will be at left half.
1959 RECORD: WON 5, LOST 4, TIED 1
In 1959 the Volunteers scored two of the season's most talked-of upsets, dumping Auburn, and LSU, but still finished eighth in the SEC. Coach
Bowden Wyatt's hopes for a better season depend on more upsets, but the chances are two surprise wins are the most he can expect. Wyatt will entrust the task of gunning his single wing to Glenn Glass at tailback. He will be backed by Bill Majors and Gene Etter. Fullback Bunny Orr and Wingback Ken Waddell round out the ground game. The best player on the squad actually is Jim Cartwright, who, as the blocking back, is assigned to the almost-overlooked responsibility of clearing the runner's path. He does this with real finesse. Cotton Letner looks good at end, and so does Captain Mike LaSora—if his knee holds up. Guard too will depend upon a healthy knee, Jack Kile's, and on Paul Inglett. Calking the middle will be Mike Lucci, a rugged center who transferred from Pittsburgh. Wyatt is blessed with good reserves, and only at guard does he lack depth.
1959 RECORD: WON 3, LOST 6, TIED 1
Tulane will travel to California for its first game and that—the trip, not the game—looks like one of the few bright spots this season. The Green Wave has had a losing record each of the past three seasons and, with 14 lettermen missing and another uncompromising schedule coming up, it looks as though it will be four in a row. However, Coach Andy Pilney hopes for a better over-all offense, and knows he will have more depth. With fast-stepping Tom Mason and Terry Terrebonne leading the way, the ground game should be adequate. Bill Ary and Lenny Stein, both with game experience, are the top men at fullback. Phil Nugent will once again do most of the quarterbacking. He will have some support from Ted Miller, a rookie who is regarded highly. Bernie Darre (220), a senior tackle, and Gus Gonzales (210), a junior guard, will be the main cogs in the defense. Much—possibly too much—depends on newcomers such as Halfbacks Sam Camp and Adrian Colon and Fullback Gordon Rush.
1959 RECORD: WON 5, LOST 3, TIED 2
There will be a new leading man in Coach Art Guepe's variegated T. For the past seven years the Commodores' offensive has revolved around a halfback—and there have been some excellent ones-but the 1960 script calls for the quarterback to take over the lead role. The reason is Russ Morris, a doodlebug on the run but an exceptional ballplayer when passing or punting is called for. His understudy will be Sophomore Dave Longley. Taking over most of the halfback work for the graduated Tom Moore, who led the club in 1959 with 676 yards gained rushing, is Thorn Garden, who owns a 5.5 average. There are few experienced hands at halfback, but at fullback will be Bobby Nay, with a 3.7 average, a real scrapper, and 245-pound Jim Burton (3.5). Captain Fred Riggs will contribute his many talents to erasing another weakness—end. Cody Binkley, the defensive signal caller, is a capable linebacker and center. Another important man in this strong defense will be Guard John Cropp.
1959 RECORD: WON 0, LOST 10
After 18 consecutive losses Coach Dick Voris is still able to muster the courage to say, "We are looking forward to better times." With 26 lettermen returning and with a good flock of rookies, the team does look brighter, even if the schedule does not. North Carolina State and Navy have been added, overmatching the Cavaliers more seriously than ever. Among the sophomores on whom Virginia will rely heavily are Carl Cuozzo, a big quarterback and bull's-eye passer, and Carl Kuhn, Ted Rzempoluch and Bobby Freeman, a trio of vigorous halfbacks. Veteran Quarterbacks Arnold Dempsey and Stanford Fischer are in a tenuous spot and may lose out to Cuozzo. With Ron Gassert (235) and John Marlow (210) at tackle and Louis Martig (205) and Emory Thomas (200) at guard, plus Sophomore Bill Lang (220) at center, the Cavaliers' interior line will be the best in years. Gassert topples ball carriers with the innocent delight of a child knocking over wooden bottles at a carnival.
1959 RECORD: WON 8, LOST 1, TIED 1