When John Riggins was still frolicking through his senior year at Centralia, Kan., rolling up 1,800 yards and 30 touchdowns, Don Fambrough, an assistant coach from Kansas, went down to take a look at him. Upon his return to Lawrence he told his associates, "You wouldn't believe what I saw. He did everything but sell popcorn." Riggins did do everything, including being an honor student, playing tuba in the school marching band and string bass in the orchestra. No fewer than 100 college coaches believed what Fambrough saw, and Riggins was flooded with offers. But he had made up his mind years before. "I grew up wanting to play at Kansas," he said. "My brother was there, too [he is the starting tailback], and I wanted a chance to be on the team with him." At the moment the younger Riggins does not have the first—string fullback's job all to himself, largely because he missed spring practice with a dislocated shoulder. "But John will prove he is quite a football player," says Fambrough. Riggins certainly was in high school. His coach, Lennie Mohlman, recalls that in one game Riggins had already scored three touchdowns and Centralia had the ball back on its own eight-yard line when Mohlman took Riggins out. "What'd you do that for, Coach?" said John. "I was just getting ready to make another touchdown."
These five sophomores all have superior preseason promise, but there are many who could prove to be as noteworthy by the end of the season. Among them: Army Halfback Billy Hunter, Harvard Halfback Richie Szaro, Florida Linebacker Mike Kelly, West Virginia Tailback Bob Gresham, Notre Dame Lineman Tony Capers, Ohio State Quarterback Rex Kern, Purdue Defensive Tackle Alex Davis, Indiana Halfback Larry Highbaugh, Texas A&M Defensive End Mike DeNiro, Texas Linebacker Scott Henderson, Air Force Tailback Curtis Martin, UCLA Halfback Mickey Cureton and Lloyd Weston, that other good linebacker from Pittsburgh.