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The speed and size of McMurry's backfield excites the envy of the school's larger Texas neighbors. All three running backs, Fullback Fred Austin and Halfbacks Jim Densman and Don Davis, are 200-pounders who move their sizable bulk with a small man's nimbleness. Quarterback Lee King can pass with commendable accuracy. This all adds up to a smooth-working straight T offense, which is only slightly impeded by the absence of good-receiving ends. However, Ends Fred Thompson and Bill Bailey make amends for their limited pass-catching abilities by blocking and tackling extremely well. The line, though outmatched in ability by the big backs, is still substantial and capable. Tackles Ernie Park (225 pounds) and Doug James (215 pounds) have a rough and disconcerting habit of harassing passers. Their tactics, combined with better than average coverage in the secondary, give McMurry a practically perfect pass defense.
CONCLUSION: If injuries don't spoil their fun, Coach Grant Teaff and his Indians may be headed for their finest season in years.
It is a bright, shiny new tomorrow for the Lobos of Albuquerque. Coach Bill Weeks has a few wrinkles to iron out at guard and fullback, but sophomore Guard Glen Trouble-field and Fullback Phil Pouncil (the very names sound aggressive) or transfer Back Joe Harris should make his job less pressing. In the line experienced big men, like Center Chuck Clausen (232 pounds) and Tackle John Stewart (232), counterbalance the quickness of Tackle John Kosor (205) and Guard Bob Bouyer (204), who pulls out to block for Halfback Bob Santiago. A scat-back, Santiago led the team in rushing last year (535 yards) and receiving. Quarterback Jim Cromartie runs the wing T roll-outs and bootleg well, but he may have to step aside for Minnesota transfer Steve Malnar, a long-passing 205-pounder. Left Halfback Jim Ottmann is another whose job is jeopardized by a horde of impressive transfers and new prospects from the freshman team.
If it is hard to say too much about the Aggies' offense, which was the second best in the country last year (averaging 401 yards and 34.1 points a game), it is impossible to say anything for the defense, which was generous to a fault. Coach Warren Woodson decided to change his ways and install two platoons this season. The change may also have been dictated by his losses—23 lettermen, including nine starters. All Woodson has left is Tailback Jim Pilot and End Dick Ramirez. But Pilot alone is enough for an offense. He led the nation in rushing and scoring in 1961 with 1,278 yards and 138 points. Woodson hopes to flesh out the rest of his starting unit with last year's reserves and such junior college transfers as the 250-pount Tackles Owen Thomas and Mal Weaver, Fullback John Allen and Quarterback Jim Head. Woodson has 235-pound Guards Fred Burton and Bob Boyd along with a real pass catcher, Halfback Dave Thompson.
CONCLUSION: Again the Aggies are blessed with an offensive abundance, but they badly need recruits to man the defense.
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