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The rest of the Mid-American Conference has run away and left poor Marshall. The Big Green has sought consolation in picking on smaller schools like Morehead and Eastern Kentucky—still with little success. Last year Morehead held Marshall scoreless. This season the school is taking no chances, scheduling Findlay and Butler. Having lost an all-conference halfback and center plus his entire backfield, Coach Charlie Snyder will be lucky to beat them. Featured at fullback are Gary Zickefoose, who gained nine yards last year, and Larry Dezio, a 178-pound sophomore. Quarterback is dubious at best and the end situation is singular—literally. After Ron Mazeska (two catches, 12 yards) comes the void. Hope springs mostly from a letterman inner line aided by sophomores Bill Bobbitt, Fred Anderson, Rich Winters and George Balak, and from deceptive halfbacks Zeke Myers and Jasper Wright, the only returnee who scored a point in 1961.
CONCLUSION: Marshall is out of its depth. Big Green vs. Bowling Green is a mismatch to rival Keokuk vs. the N. Y. Yankees.
The tree-shaded Georgian campus of Miami fairly exudes such pleasant things as memorable parties, pretty girls, renowned coaches and good football teams. Current renowned coach-in-residence, John Pont, exudes coaching principles as solid and tough-minded as McGuffey's Reader (appropriately, another Miami product). This suits Miami players just fine. Typical Redskin terrorists, Tackles Tom Nomina (6 feet 4, 265 pounds) and Paul Watters (6 feet 3, 260) grind out enemy linemen like cigarettes. Catching 20 passes for 359 yards, End Bob Jencks received and kicked for 50 points in 1961. Halfback Scott Tyler, who runs a 9.5 hundred, dashed 349 yards at 5.3 per try. Adding 249 yards, Allan Fisher and Larry Miller (3 TDs) averaged 4.0 and 3.6. Not as good as reputed, Quarterback Vic Ippolito will get help from passer Jack Gayheart (34 of 77 completed for 551 yards, 5 TDs) and sophomore Ernie Kellermann.
CONCLUSION: Even Miami could use more players, but Pont has never had a losing season. Many think he never will.
The Michigan tradition may be erudite, but the opposition, which has won only 159 football games against 474 losses, has good reason to view this posture with suspicion. The Spartans have an excellent sophomore quarterback with a familiar Michigan name, Forest Evashevski, but chances are he won't edge Bob Chandler or fellow sophomore Bob Timberlake out of the second quarterback spot. No. 1 quarterback is the private preserve of Dave Glinka, who to date has completed exactly 100 passes for 1,343 yards and 10 touchdowns. Dave Raimey (14 TDs, 788 yards at a 5-yard average in two years) has a similar lock on halfback, where Coach Bump Elliott has plenty of good players. Only at fullback, where sophomore Mel Anthony and ex-Halfback Bruce McLenna contend alone, could Elliott use more help. His line, particularly at the tackles, is typically Big Ten. And he has Michigan's finest freshman team in years to draw on.
CONCLUSION: Michigan's schedule is rougher than last year's, but a fine first team will prolong the winning tradition.
There is at least one striking similarity between Big Ten coaches and men about to carry fat bankrolls down dark Singapore alleys: neither brag about their assets. Even Michigan State's Duffy Daugherty, relatively an optimist, mumbles something about having a losing season every fourth year. This season he has to invent worries. He can hardly complain away a backfield that includes Fullback George Saimes, Tailback Sherm Lewis and Wingback Dewey Lincoln, who rushed 1,224 yards as State's top three gainers last year. Having four good quarterbacks won't elicit sympathy either, although Pete Smith and Dick Proebstle, who missed almost 57% of their receivers en route to 750 yards gained in 1961, might induce a tear or two. Poor Duffy seems to think he hasn't got much behind All-America Tackle-Center Dave Behrman, Ends Ernie Clark and Matt Snorton and Tackles Jim Bobbitt and Ed Budde. He has.