CONCLUSION: By midseason North Carolina will be down at its tar heels. It will be another, happier, story in 1963.
N. Carolina State
The big man, Roman Gabriel, is gone and so is State's offense. Gabriel's departure may not be such a bad thing. He overshadowed the team. Now there are no stars, at least not of the magnitude of Gabriel, but there is a great sense of responsibility and participation. The blocking, which had been fitful, appeared vigorous this spring. It should be even better in the fall when Bert Wilder is sprung from the Army in time to join 240-pound Sophomore Steve Parker at tackle. A pair of small, untried quarterbacks—Bill Kriger and Jim Rossi—and an uncertainty at end will shift the emphasis from a passing to a running game. Coach Earle Edwards has refashioned the wing T and slotback offense to accommodate the option and roll-out style of his quick quarterbacks and to provide more opportunity for his slashing runners, Fullback Roger Moore and Halfback Tony Koszarsky. The defense is sturdy and the kicking game powerful.
CONCLUSION: This should be a more satisfying season. State can improve on last year's 4-6 record but won't win a title.
Richmond has given up trying to take Army. With West Point (and Alabama) off the schedule and with 20 returning lettermen, the Spiders expect a prosperous season. "How well we do," says Coach Ed Merrick, "will depend a great deal on whether Quarterback Mel Rideout has four good games or nine." Rideout, a brilliant but erratic passer, has completed 153 of 360 for 1,712 yards and 11 touchdowns in two years. Quick, skittering John Hilton (17th nationally as a sophomore with 26 catches for 334 yards) and Bob Drobney provide Rideout with outstanding targets at end, and Larry Deco should furnish ample power at fullback. Halfback, now that Earl Stoudt has graduated, is undeniably thin, but the situation may be improved by Stoudt's brother, Ken. He led the freshmen with 36 points and is a breakaway threat in his own right. Big and fast, Tackle John Sheranek heads a large interior line that suffers only from slowness.
CONCLUSION: Richmond will not spread its web so wide as it did in 1961, but it may catch more victories, six possibly.
" South Carolina has three teams: the Stonewalls, the Bushwhackers and the Warhorses. These are all supposed to be different varieties of Gamecocks. But any way you slice them, they're still chicken." That's the view of rival Coach Frank Howard of Clemson. Howard's next view may be at gunpoint, when he faces Marvin Bass's flock Nov. 24. If South Carolina's potent-looking sophomores and transfers develop to match its big-caliber weapons, Jim Moss and Billy Gambrell, the Gamecock rebuttal will be convincing. All-conference last year, Moss is 6 feet 3 inches and 215 pounds of illustrious tackle. Also all-conference, Halfback Gambrell (327 yards rushing, 243 receiving in 1961) is fast and flighty. Fullback Dick Day, last year's leading ground-gainer, and End John Caskey (15 catches, 267 yards) are already a big help. Quarterbacks Deacon Dan Reeves and Black Jack McCather are bright prospects.
CONCLUSION: Chicken or not, the Gamecocks should rank higher in the Atlantic Coast pecking order this season.