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Any mention of "hullabaloo" coming from Tech this year will be a misprint. "Holubaloo" is the correct word, and it was coined especially for E. J. Holub, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound center and linebacker who, for excellent reasons, is called "The Beast" and "The Best." Ends Don Waygood and Mike Seay are competent pass snatchers, but the most spectacular receivers in Coach DeWitt Weaver's multiple-T offense are the split backs Dan Gurley and Bake Turner. Gurley caught 13 passes for 204 yards last year and had a 5.4 rushing mark in 1959. Turner (3.4), whose hips really do look as though they are on swivels, grabbed 22 passes and skipped for 444 yards. Halfback Dick Poison will stabilize the attack. Glen Amerson is pegged for quarterback duty, but John Lovelace might take over. Lovelace is a member of Tech's best-ever sophomores, who also include Fullback Coolidge Hunt and Guard Charles Edgemon. Behind Hunt are returnees Carl Gatlin and George Fraser. This position is loaded.
Passing will be the main ingredient in the Miners' rich offensive recipe. Rangy John Furman, a 6-foot-3, left-handed-passing quarterback, was named by Border Conference coaches as the league's most valuable player. Still just a junior, he has an excellent receiver in Halfback Larry Meeks, who would add a lot of spice to the assault if he could overcome a tendency to fumble. A 160-pound fullback is almost unheard of, but Western has one in Charlie Bradshaw. And for three years he has been the Miners' leading rusher. At the other end of the scale are Tackles Alden George (270) and Luis Hernandez (260), a rookie. They will split the work on the right side, with Jimmy Harvey, slim at 210, on the left. A real lightweight for a lineman, John Young (185), is a wide-ranging middle guard. Coach Ben Collins is grooming Sophomore Bob Kolliner, a 200-pounder, for the center opening. His main project, though, is to improve the running attack so that the offense will have balance.
TRINITY ( TEXAS)
Coaches like to talk about their teams and W. A. McElreath is no exception. He does, in fact, consider it a distinct pleasure to discuss his tackle-to-tackle setup, where his boys average 233 pounds and are as good as they are big. The situation could render any but a Texas coach speechless. Tackles are Jack Cowley (6 feet 5, 260 pounds) and Jim Huff (6 feet 3, 245); the guards. Harold Day (6 feet 2, 215) and Gene Gollareny (6 feet 2, 250); and the center, Don Tate (6 feet. 195). Cowley especially will halt the progress of a lot of enemy runners. McElreath also doesn't mind talking about quarterbacks. Charlie Patterson in 1959 ran for 361 yards and passed for another 477. Harris Connell is a threat to Patterson. And when he mentions John Fulton, a fullback who gained 437 yards rushing, McElreath is laudatory. But inevitably the conversation gets around to line replacements, offensive ends and halfbacks, and then McElreath is willing to admit that perhaps silence is golden.
WEST TEXAS STATE
To stave off extinction, the Buffaloes hired Joe Kerbel as their new coach. His task will be difficult, for there have been two successive 1-9 seasons. Just a little better than half (16 of 29) of the letter winners will be returning. Kerbel, as a result, will use three sophomores—Quarterback Jim Dawson, Halfback Jerry Logan and Center Tom Lovelace—on his first unit. Dawson, a daring and colorful competitor, is the best of a trio (it includes John David Bryant and Bill Mayfield) that will direct the Buffs' new split-T. Logan cuts corners nicely and is a trusted pass catcher. Lending support to the running game will be Halfback Ray McCown, a converted end, and Fullback Jones Hedrick, a barreling runner and good punter. The line, unfortunately, is jerry-built and as deficient in size as it is in experience. Doing their best to cement the defensive wall will be Tackle Gary Ward, who works hard and hits hard, and Guard Bill Bradley, a former marine who dumps ball carriers quickly.
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