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Michigan State, bothered by minor injuries to Halfbacks Herb Adderley and Gary Ballman, found a sophomore quarterback in Pete Smith, who may bring a smile to Coach Duffy Daugherty's Irish eyes. Illinois, exploiting power, ran hard in scrimmage, watched Fullback Bill Brown score three times.
Northwestern's Ara Parseghian had his squad going for long gainers, was satisfied that Quarterback Dick Thornton was back in shape, could provide the team's fourth running back. At Wisconsin, Coach Milt Bruhn, who had just about decided John Fabry would be his quarterback, may change his mind after Ron Miller, another yearling, completed 20 of 33 passes for 382 yards and five touchdowns to lead the third stringers past the first and second teams 39-7.
In the Big Eight, Nebraska's Bill Jennings showed uncoachly optimism ("The best material we've had in three years"), leading to speculation that either the Cornhuskers will win the conference title or Jennings plans to quit at the end of the season.
Oregon State is expected to survive the loss of Tackle John Cadwell, who left school to return to his California home, but Washington State has had to settle for less than the best at fullback since George Reed broke his ankle.
In the Skyline, Wyoming Coach Bob Devaney is singing the blues over a long injury list, but his key players are hale. Not so fortunate is Utah, which—in one crushing drill—temporarily lost Halfbacks Dennis Zito and Jerry Overton.