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Coach Jack Curtice, a fast man with a quip when he is losing, didn't have to be quite so funny last year. His Indians won four games. This year, with linemen as broad as an elephant's beam, they should put up stiffer resistance. From tackle to tackle, where Frank Atkinson (236) and Al Hildebrand (225) are backed up by even larger Chuck Buehler (254) and Dick Leeuwenburg (245), Stanford averages 226 pounds. Center C. B. Simons, moved over from tackle, is 230 and Guards Marv Harris and Frank Dubofsky are 220. They will get defensive help from Ends Steve Pursell and Frank Patitucci. However, Curtice is concerned about his spread wing T, which needs speed to be devastating. Quarterback Clark Weaver, a Colorado transfer who won the job from Steve Thurlow in the spring, throws the ball in the Curtice tradition and he isn't afraid to take off on the roll-out and option, but the other backs are more plodding than prancing.
CONCLUSION: The young Indians may not be too frisky, but that line will hide a lot of deficiencies—and win more games.
It was a long time coming, but Coach Billy Barnes finally shucked the old UCLA single wing. However, his new splitback T, a smorgasbord of many brands, is still built on solid single wing blocking. Barnes's most pressing problem is to find a quarterback to run it. Ezell Singleton is the best bet, along with Carl Jones, a slightly built red-shirt. The running game is on better footing. Mike Haffner, who rushed for 703 yards in 1961, and Kermit Alexander, a fast-breaking 9.8 sprinter, are the standouts. And there are still enough experienced players left to man a reasonably strong first line. The middle, with Center Andy Von Sonn flanked by converted blocking Back John Walker and Joe Bauwens, won't give easily, while two big sophomores, Randy Schwartz and Kent Francisco, lend support to Tackles Tony Fiorentino and Phil Oram. Then there is Mel Profit, the 6-foot-5 end, who will get a chance to grab some passes this fall.
CONCLUSION: With few reserves in the line and lacking a notable passer, the restyled Bruins will end up far from the Rose Bowl.
University of Pacific
Bothered by dwindling gate receipts and losing scores, the Tigers tried a year of deemphasized football. The experiment didn't take. Washington State and Oregon State are back on the schedule, and Coach John Rohde thinks he has enough large and able bodies around to compete with them. No wonder. His interior line will be one of the biggest, if not the best, in the West. From tackle to tackle, it averages a bulging 230 pounds, and Tackles Don Shackleford (240), a rousing hand-fighter, and Roy Williams (235), Guards John Gamble (240) and Bob Scardina (205) and Center Ray Raffo (230) won't be easily budged. With this kind of protection, junior Quarterback John Alsup, a clever wing T manipulator, should have no trouble getting off the passes so necessary to set up the belly series strikes of Halfbacks Greg Stikes, Aaron Youngblood and Bob Reed, who runs the 100 in 9.7, and 220-pound Fullback Lionel Sequeira.
CONCLUSION: Pacific's "year of reorientation" is over. The big, fast Tigers are ready to prowl for bigger game.