This is one year we hope to lie in the weeds and pick a few off," said Coach
. The Cougars could do just that. They are a tough, seasoned team with good over-all speed and several genuinely fast ball carriers in the backfield. Busiest of them will be Keith Lincoln, a three-way, all-purpose player. Last season he rushed for 717 yards, threw three touchdown passes and had a punting average of 43.4 yards for 41 tries. Complementing Lincoln's breakaway speed is Fullback George Reed's power. A slambang runner, he is an expert at picking up the grudgingly given first-down yards. Quarterback Mel Melin has the arm to throw long to Halfback Lee Schroeder or short to Ends Mike Martin and Peter Schenck. The interior line, however, with the exception of 240-pound Guard Ron Green, is of questionable strength. Dick Copple, switched from tackle to center, is unproved and Tackles Garner Ekstran and Jim Greig are only 5 feet 11 and may be too small to rush passers.
1959 RECORD: WON 9, LOST 1
Some fine teams have come out of Laramie the last two years, but this one may be the best. Almost everyone from last year's Skyline championship team is back. The one big exception is Quarterback Jim Walden. Chuck Lamson, a weak-armed transfer, will start, but Sophomores Mike Wright or Carl Meyers are apt to take over before many passless quarters. Passing is not particularly important in Coach Bob Devaney's plans, however, because the Cowboys have a barrel of running backs to man the multiple offense. All have such imposing credentials it is hard to say which is best—but it could be Halfback Jerry Hill, 200 pounds, who gained 579 yards last year. Fullback Mark Smolinski and Right Half Dick Behning are rough runners who get the tough four yards up the middle. But it is up front where backs are made, and in the line the Cowboys are the scrappiest. Best and biggest of the linemen is Tackle Dick Schnell 210 pounds. Almost as good is Center Fred Memmelaar, 5 feet 8, 185 pounds.
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