Paul Durham at Linfield lost one game last year—to Pittsburg 12-7 in the Camellia Bowl game in Sacramento. In his last six seasons, Durham's teams have won 43 games, lost nine and tied four. Linfield has one of the finest built-in recruiting systems in the country. A liberal arts college, it has a school of education with a fine course in physical education. Last year there were 174 graduates coaching, mostly in small schools in Oregon and Washington. In recent years many of the graduates have sent some of their best players to Linfield.
While Pittsburg and Linfield were best among the small colleges last year, they will have plenty of competition in 1962. Following are regional reports on the most likely candidates.
this year may be the best small-college team in the South, if not the nation. Showing films to a clinic recently, Coach Jake Gaither observed, "This back runs 9.5. This one runs 9.4." The other coaches drooled. "And this one runs 9.2." Besides world record holder Bob Hayes, halfback, this year's explosive runners are Halfback Bob Pare-more, triple-threat Quarterback Jim Tullis and Fullback Hewitt Dixon. "If a back can't get from his spot into the hole in :00.8," says Gaither, "we make him a lineman." A&M's competition,
ALABAMA A&M, TENNESSEE STATE
and SOUTHERN, is also among the best.
The Gulf States Conference is—team for team—one of the best small-college leagues in the country, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
and MCNEESE won last year but probably will topple.
Ranked fourth nationally in 1961, Southeastern lost a lot of Little All-Americas and must depend mostly on greenhorns.
has a bewildering pass attack led by Quarterback Mickey Slaughter (82 of 127, for 856 yards, 6 TDs last year) and End Jerry Griffin (45 catches), but the running game and defense must improve.
should take the title, paced by Quarterback Don Beasley and Halfback Jerry Burton. The line is weaker at
but a competent backfield featuring Quarterback Jim Ragland, Halfback Jackie Corbin and Fullback Don Welch should fend off MIDDLE TENNESSEE
in the Ohio Valley Conference.
"Sorry, son, the first two units are full up," Coach Lee McLaughlin tells sophomores at
WASHINGTON & LEE. Making the "Go T" go is the best General back-field since Gator Bowl days. Quarterback Chuck Lane does everything, and Stuart Yoffe is the finest W&L player in years.
, under new Coach Hanley Painter, should be stronger than ever. The single-winging, trap-blocking Stars of Caroline have Fullback Richard Kemp (he made over 1,000 yards last fall) and Tailbacks Tom Brown and Odell White as a talented nucleus.
MAC Southern Division champion
LEBANON VALLEY, CHATTANOOGA, TAMPA
and NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE are all strong.