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The Shockers could be halfway to a bowl bid before midwestern tongues master their new coach's name: Marcelino (Chelo) Huerta. One Wichitan who shouldn't have trouble—with Huerta or the opposition—is Alex Zyskowski. Zyskowski (57 of 108 passes complete, 13th nationally in total offense last year) has good receivers in Ends Jim Maddox and Tim Bishop as well as lots of back-field help. Running out of the L formation (actually a multiple-T variation using balanced line and variable backfield sets) are Halfbacks Bill Stangarone, best in the Missouri Valley in 1961 (5.7-yard average and 42 points), hard-running Beazy Stephens (4.4 average)and the highly respected sophomore, Miller Farr, who rushed 252 yards in one junior college game last year. Less formidable than the backfield, the line still boasts Guard Charlie Wright, Linebacker Leroy Leep and 250-pound Tackle Dick Klein, who transferred from West Point.
CONCLUSION: Thirty of the Shocker lettermen who won eight games in 1961 are back. Wichita has a lot to look forward to.
The first modern Big Ten team to lose a Rose Bowl game, the Badgers have done it twice—the last time, on New Year's Day, 1960. They may not get another chance to lose—or just possibly to win—at Pasadena for years to come. During the last two years Big Ten foes tarred and feathered the ex-champions five times. What success Wisconsin did have was due largely to Ron Miller, the nation's second best passer (104 completions for 1,487 yards and 11 TDs in 1961). He won't be back. Pat Richter, the nation's second best receiver (47 catches, 817 yards. 8 TDs), will be, but even an authentic All America end can't throw his own passes. Harold Brandt, one of an adman's dozen illustrious sophomores imported from Illinois, must come on fast. Halfback Bill Smith (a 60-yard dash champion), Center Ken Bowman and End Ron Carl son a re proficient ballplayers, and beyond them, Coach Milt Bruhn has depth, but not stature.
CONCLUSION: New players may help to fashion a team that can regain Big Ten respect but not a Big Ten title.
Ed Biles, the new coach at Xavier, is an innovator. To promote understanding with the press, he entrusted his team during the spring intrasquad game to two sportwriters. The final score: Lightning 20, Thunder 7. Unlike Army's Paul Dietzel and his imitators, who divide their teams into offensive and defensive units, Biles has formed a speed offensive unit (Lightning) and a power offensive unit (Thunder). Each has its own set of plays and they share a third attack plan. With 23 lettermen returning, Biles has ample reserves, most notably in the line where the "X" men are two deep. Best are 234-pound Tackle Jim Thrush and Guard Jim Higgins. Biles could use more backfield strength, but he does have a good quarterback in Walt Bryniarski, who last year rushed and passed 219 yards although he played only eight minutes per game. Halfbacks Ed Smith, Don Stupica and Mike DeFazio have to carry the rest of the load.
CONCLUSION: More names like Thunder and Lightning aren't going to make this year's Musketeers the equals of the 1961 team.
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