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The Southwest
Mervin Hyman
September 19, 1960
The wires are humming with big news from the Southwest. The word is that Texas football is going to be as wild on the ground as in the air this fall
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September 19, 1960

The Southwest

The wires are humming with big news from the Southwest. The word is that Texas football is going to be as wild on the ground as in the air this fall

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Add the name King to the roster of brother combinations that has ravaged the Southwest. Unlike the Daltons and the Jameses, though, Rufus and Boyd King are not intent upon gunplay. The Kings are simply and effectively dedicated to the proposition that no one is going to get by or around them. Boyd plays center, Rufus teams at guard with Bob Lively, and the three give the Owls a bedrock-solid middle. They will be supported by Bob Johnston, who has the knack of ruining enemy sorties and is one of the SWC's most feared tackles. Roland Jackson blasts ahead with authority and will be at fullback in an offense that will, however, struggle to mount an attack. A lot depends on Quarterback Alvin Hartman, a 6-foot-4 205-pounder with a good arm but a lumbering gait. In the back-field will be Bob Wayt and Max Webb, and they have demonstrated they may add some zip to Coach Jess Neely's suddenly sagging offense. Halfback Ken Boone is a newcomer who just might be able to enliven things.

1959 RECORD: WON 5, LOST 4, TIED 1

With Quarterback Don Meredith around, things were up in the air for three years. Now that he is gone and the No. 2 field leader is scholastically ineligible, Mustang Coach Bill Meek has really got a lofty problem. The two men who can bring him back to earth are Sophomore Quarterbacks Arlan Flake and Roger Braugh. Flake may be the regular. He does nothing spectacularly. He merely does everything well. Meek plans on more running, and Glynn Gregory (5.4-yard average last year) can strike any time from anywhere. He is also an excellent man on defense and tied for ninth in the nation as a pass catcher in 1959 with 30 grabs. Frank Jackson (6.9) will be Gregory's capable halfback partner. Supporting them are Billy Polk (3.6), Norm Marshall and rookie Doyce Walker. Fullback will go to Mike Hackney (3.6) on offense and Sophomore Ray Schoenke (an inside linebacker) on defense. Tackle Jerry Mays and Center Max Christian diagnose plays quickly and have few SWC equals.

1959 RECORD: WON 9, LOST 1

If he ever has any doubts about the Long-horns' offense Coach Darrell Royal need only take two cc of backfield tonic. Those cc—Quarterback Mike Cotten and Halfback Jack Collins—should cheer him up considerably. Cotten is the shrewdest field general in the SWC. Collins (5.1 rushing average), whose off-field quiet contrasts with his on-field explosiveness, is a truly fast back and a punter (he averages 41.3 yards) with few peers. Jim Saxton, whose wiggly running style resembles that of a drunk duck, promises to straighten out now that he has shifted from quarterback to halfback. These three form the most potent offensive in the Southwest. Monte Lee, an end last season, will be no easier to move out of position now that he has shifted over to guard. This younger, faster line also boasts Larry Cooper, a standout end. Royal has lamented: "We'll be more dependent on sophs than at any time since 1957." He has admitted though: "These are the best sophs since 1957."

1959 RECORD: WON 3, LOST 7

Wanted: One good quarterback. This is about the way Coach Jim Myers is looking at the 1960 season. To be sure, he could use more players at other spots, but it is replacing Charley Milstead that is his real problem. Powell Berry, Milstead's understudy, is unlikely to be much more than adequate. He got some spring coaching from Billy Wade of the Los Angeles Rams. Other spokes in the offensive wheel will be Halfbacks Jon Few, Jack Estes and Randy Sims, all of whom have the equipment to be fine players. Estes and Sims are accomplished in the art of plucking passes out of the air. LeeRoy Caffey and Sam Byer are big, pounding fullbacks, ready for their first crack at college football. A light, shaky line is held together by Center Roy Northrup, whose resounding tackles and blocks supply the grist for his statement: "I never make friends in a game." Then, too, there are Tackle Wayne Freiling and Russ Hill, star pass-catching end. George Hogan (6 feet 3, 220 pounds) is a precocious sophomore tackle.

1959 RECORD: WON 8, LOST 2

Bob Lilly and Bobby Plummer are mountain-sized tackles who do man-sized work. Peerless Lilly (6 feet 5, 250 pounds) gulps tranquilizers before the game, wears shin guards during the game and, as one opponent said, "takes blocks like a pincushion." Plummer (6 feet 3, 235 pounds) is equally effective whether ramming in or pursuing fleeing runners. And no one will argue with Arvie Martin, 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker. Coach Abe Martin admits guard is a tender spot. He also admits Ends Milt Ham and Buddy lies run clever patterns and have sure hands. The offensive line is savage, but the defense, surprisingly, is porous, especially in the secondary. Not all the big men are stationed out in front. Guy Gibbs (6 feet 7, 225 pounds) is a sophomore quarterback of considerable promise, though Martin insists Don George will start. Key men in the ground game will be Halfback Larry Dawson, who is fast and has sticky fingers, and Fullback Max Pierce, a fine replacement for the speedy Jack Spikes.

1959 RECORD: WON 4, LOST 6

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