has played senior college football for only three years, but already the Rebels are better than several "major" schools. Coach Chena Gilstrap's boys will be tougher yet this season, and so will their schedule. Fullback Charlie Key (57 points in both 1960 and 1961) and Halfback Doug Hart highlight the Arlington offense, but Quarterback Doug Wilson should develop to match them. Guards Gene Burks and Scotty Adams are fast and formidable.
could make as large a splash in football as it did in track. Indeed, the backfield is a pretty fair track team in its own right. Halfback Homer Jones, who runs the 100 in 9.4, last year caught 422 yards worth of passes and rushed at an 8.9 average. He is back, along with Robert Batts (9.8 for the 100, 266 yards rushing in 1961), Fullback Bennie Whitfield (9.9, 203 yards) and Quarterback Charles Green (727 yards passing). If they don't awe JACKSON, SOUTHERN and
, all excellent teams, the line, which averages 221 pounds, will.
, despite the efforts of Halfback Eliseo Villarreal and Quarterback Ted Minyard, has lost too much material,
TEXAS A&I could take the Lone Star title instead, SOUTHWEST TEXAS, HOWARD PAYNE and TEXAS LUTHERAN also will be good.
thrashed 10 teams, including several major colleges, on its way to an undefeated season last year. Its mercies no more tender this fall, Fresno has its punishing backfield back nearly intact. Quarterback, where versatile Beau Carter has forced out all-Coast choice Jon Anabo, is particularly wicked. If Herman Hamp, a 9.8 sprinter, comes through at halfback and some green talent matures in-the line, the opposition will be frantic.
Coach Phil Sarboe is capable of being nervous with 31 lettermen on hand. His unlikely jitters stem from the lightness of the Lumberjacks and—he says—their lack of depth. The poor man is stuck with people like two-time All-America End Drew Roberts, Quarterbacks Roger Toftt and Monty Feekes (who together passed for 635 yards at a 50% rate in 1961), and Halfback Frank Buda (552 yards). A line averaging 210 is some consolation.
Linfield (10-1 last fall) can have another spectacular season if good replacements emerge in the defensive unit, particularly at linebacker. Two defensive backs must be replaced, but Dave Rohrer, excellent at safety, will anchor the secondary. On offense, fast, receptive Val Barnes, Pat Thurston and speedy Fullback Dennis Vitale provide the core of a fine backfield.
Undefeated in the regular season,
draws from an unbeaten freshman team, too. The Poets must find a quarterback good enough to get the ball to All-America End Stan Sanders (697 yards, 66 points receiving last year) consistently. Sophomore Doug Bennett will be the choice if Roger Kelly or Rich Harrison doesn't suffice. Behind a line featuring big, mobile tackles, Halfback Dick Skinner supplies most of what other offense is needed.
Loss of Dennis Spurlock, the nation's total-offense leader (1,760 yards last year), left WHITWORTH Coach Sam Adams so bereaved that he hasn't named a quarterback yet. Fortunately, the line is magnificently endowed with Ends John Murio (811 yards receiving) and Wendell Witt (477) and a very solid middle.