Quarterback Dale Ford of Washington State
Coach Jim Sutherland's wide-open flanker T demands a quarterback who can run with the ball or throw it, and Dale Ford, a rangy, 6-foot-3 200-pounder who peers at the world through contact lenses, fits the system like a pair of stretch ski pants. A homebred product of Olympia (Wash.) High School, where he was all-state in football and basketball, he has good instincts as a play-caller and an uncanny knack for inspiring leadership. This was apparent last fall when his spectacular passing and running carried an otherwise lackluster WSU freshman team to an unbeaten season. He completed more than half his passes, and against Oregon State threw for three touchdowns. Ford's soft, feathery tosses off the roll-out and his long strides will gain plenty of ground for the Cougars this year, who need all the help they can get.