Football, like any other game, thrives on the unpredictable, and nowhere is the unexpected more likely to happen than on a southwestern gridiron. This is due, at least in part, to the way they take their college football in Texas. And in football, if not in politics, as Texas goes so goes the Southwest—and the Border Conference with it.
A football weekend in Dallas or Fort Worth often resembles the Cotton Bowl, New Year's Eve and the World Series, all rolled into one. From every corner of the huge range and piney woods country, millionaires, ranchers, farmers, and a surprisingly large number of just plain people pour into the cities to root home the Longhorns of Texas, the Mustangs of SMU, the Horned Frogs of TCU, the Aggies of A&M or the Owls of Rice. Pregame breakfasts, brunches and cocktail parties are commonplace, and hotel lobbies take on a carnival appearance.
For Bill Reid, a Fort Worth insurance man who never misses a TCU workout, let alone a game, and yields to no man in his enthusiasm for "the team," the football weekend is an elaborate and unchanging ritual.
A look of ecstatic happiness spreads over Reid's face as he describes such an occasion. "I like to have overnight guests on Friday," he says. "We get up early Saturday, eat a big breakfast, read the papers leisurely and talk about the game. About 11 o'clock I try to pick up some eastern game on the radio. Two hours before our game we go to the stadium, and I like to go to the dressing room and talk with the players and coaches. The wives just have to sit and wait.
"I never leave a game early, regardless of the score, because they're still blocking and tackling out there. After the game I like to go to the dressing room again. There's a party at our house that night for the winners and losers among our friends, and we play the game over until about 3 in the morning. Sunday morning early, I get up and read every line about every game in as many papers as I can buy."
Perhaps Bill Reid's furious dedication to football, and especially to the Horned Frogs, explains in part why the Southwest is so often the land of the upset. With that kind of backing, any team can win. Last year was a typical one for the Southwest Conference: Texas, TCU and Arkansas took turns beating each other, and all three finished in a tie for the championship. Only six times in the past 26 years has the preseason favorite succeeded in winning the title. And the situation could become even more complicated this fall when Texas Tech, with its freshly minted All-America Center E. J. (for Emil Joseph) Holub, makes its debut in the conference.
Another reason for SWC upsets, and perhaps a more plausible one, is the reckless zest with which conference teams have gravitated to the wide-open game. This predilection for the flamboyant has often resulted in basketball-type scores and has given the nation such outstanding passers as Davey O'Brien, Sammy Baugh, Bobby Layne and, last year, SMU's Don Meredith, whose splendid pitching made the fourth-place Mustangs so exciting to watch. Even the conservatives among the very capable coaching fraternity were forced to accept the theory that it is easier to pick up huge chunks of yardage by throwing the ball than by grinding it out. More recently, the immense popularity of the wing-T formation, with its split ends, split backs, spreads, flankers, men-in-motion and options, has opened the game still wider. Even in the air-minded Southwest there is a distinct and welcome trend toward more offensive variety.
Texas Coach Darrell Royal, whose Longhorns gained the esteem and admiration of all true Texans when they up-ended hated Oklahoma 15-14 two years ago, has switched from the split-T to the multiple wing T, but he has tailored his game to his personnel. "When I've got fast halfbacks," asserts Royal, "everybody will get to see 'em run."
This year, as last year, Royal has two of the nation's fastest halfbacks in Jack Collins and Jim Saxton. He likens the latter to a blown-up rubber balloon—"you turn him loose and he goes in all directions." But there may come a time when he won't have the darting, 10-second speedsters or the hulking linemen to bowl over the opposition. When that happens, the resourceful Royal probably will turn his Longhorns into an aerial circus. As he wryly puts it, "We're constantly thinking about it—the alumni won't let us forget."
It isn't the style of play alone, however, which characterizes Southwest football. TCU's crafty Abe Martin, the candid, soft-spoken, grass-roots philosopher who makes complicated things sound foolishly simple, holds to the opinion that there is a more basic and practical reason for the lack of book form in his crazy, mixed-up conference.
"It's a close family," he says. "The best word for it is disrespectful. I use it in regard to the kids. Our high school football program is great. It is tremendously publicized, and the kids know each other from reading the papers, from campus visits during recruiting or from playing in the all-star games. They know a heralded athlete as just another guy like themselves and nobody to fear.
"And you have to consider, too, that seven of our eight members are in Texas, and pretty close. Here is TCU, for example, just 35 miles from SMU in Dallas, 90 miles from Baylor in Waco, 175 miles from Texas in Austin. All the roads are good, and they're just a few hours away. We talk football the year round down here, and there is some kind of special rivalry between virtually every school and every other school."
While others talk about offensive and defensive trends, Martin thinks the most important recent change in college football is the coaches' suddenly benevolent attitude toward sophomores.
"The sophomore is a respectable citizen now," says Abe. "It wasn't too many years ago that a coach felt he couldn't place much confidence in a sophomore and would put one on the starting team after everybody else had broken a leg. But the coaches don't feel that a sophomore in a key position kills them any more.
"In our area this has come about because good sophomores have proved themselves and because they aren't really as inexperienced as they used to be—probably the result of improved high school coaching. There's another factor, too. Very often, sophomores can give your team the fire, the enthusiasm it needs. The problem that's going to get greater as the years go by is keeping the senior boy inspired—particularly the senior who has enjoyed success. He gets to thinking about his pro career, the money, the future, and he may find himself playing the game for himself, for the pro scout, instead of for the team. A good sophomore can cure that kind of thing."
Martin, himself, may have one of the nation's best sophomores this season in Quarterback Sonny Gibbs, a 6-foot-7, 225-pounder who throws the ball with the ease, accuracy and distance of a major league outfielder and has true potentiality as a runner. But even Martin is quick to admit that his biggest asset undoubtedly will be 6-foot-5, 250-pound Bob Lilly, the huge senior tackle who hefts sports cars for exercise.
Whatever the reason or reasons, the rowdydow Southwest is almost certain to defy the preseason form chart. Experts in the area, caught often in the past with their bad predictions showing, have installed Texas as the favorite to win the conference title and a place in the Cotton Bowl come New Year's Day. But Bill Reid and tens of thousands of football-wise Texans know better. TCU, Arkansas and_ maybe even Baylor, enjoying a spirited renaissance under the former Baltimore Colt assistant, John Bridgers, could throw the speedy Longhorns. But, you know, it just might not be any of them.
1959 RECORD: WON 5, LOST 5
Good things happen to Abilene Christian in Olympic years. In 1956 Bobby Joe Morrow won both sprints at Melbourne. This year the Wildcats had nobody at Rome, but they will have their best football team in some time. Bob McLeod (6 feet 5, 225 pounds) is regarded by some as the best end in Texas. He just might be. McLeod, who caught 32 passes for 422 yards last fall, is also a reliable defensive workman. Don Davis, a smart caller and fair passer, will divide quarterback assignments with Manley Denton, a fine deep thrower, bootlegger and faker. Coach Nick Nicholson has installed the wing T to help speedy Johnny Veltman (a 4.5-yard average last year) and Henry Colwell (3.5) break loose from the halves. Fullback Dave Rucker (4.5 average and 339 yards) is the leading returnee in yards gained but will have a hard time beating out Dickie Masters, a bruising transfer. Center Thurman Neill can kick to fit the need—long, short, high, or coffin-corner—and also is a good defender.
1959 RECORD: WON 4, LOST 6
We are optimistic, but realistic" is the simple and sound way Coach Jim LaRue has put it. With a set of fast-moving backs, he can be optimistic. With a set of light linemen, he must be realistic. Quarterback Eddie Wilson is credited with bringing in three of the Wildcats' four wins last fall, twice with clutch kicks, once with a series of radarlike passes. There is a plethora of halfbacks. The two prime ground-gainers—Warren Livingston (380 yards at a 6.7 clip in 1959) and Walt Mince (275 and 6.1)—will return to a thundering ground attack. And there is an addition—jack rabbit Joe Hernandez, a junior college transfer whose flashy moves remind Arizonans of their finest runner ever, Art Luppino. Biggest man on a line that will average a mere 195 pounds will be Tackle Tony Matz (205), a fierce tackier and blocker who last season played more than 500 minutes. End Don Wild, Tackle Jim Osborne and Guards Ted Urness and John Smull are old hands.
1959 RECORD: WON 10, LOST 1
Jones is a plain name, but when it belongs to Nolan it can become memorable. Although he is only 5 feet 8 and 165 pounds, Nolan Jones is an express runner and he can work marvels when he gets the ball. In 1959 he tied for second in national scoring with 100 points. He carried the ball 143 times at an average of almost five yards a try, caught 10 passes for 156 yards and four touchdowns and booted 21 of 25 PATs and three field goals. His running mate will be John McFalls, who just happens to have a 5.5 rushing average. Joe Zuger, fourth nationally with a 44.8 punting mark, and Bob Cosner will split the quarterbacking. The most amazing thing about this backfield is that these four are juniors. Coach Frank Kush admits to a need for a fullback and a few ends, key men in his multiple wing T. Still, after winning 17 of 21 games in two years, he finds it hard to wipe the smile from his face. Jesse Bradford, a 190-pound tackle, is typical of the light, quick-hitting Arizona State line.
1959 RECORD: WON 8, LOST 2
Lance Alworth is back, and what better news can a team have? Alworth, who can take off faster than a moonshiner, will shift to left half now that Jim Mooty has graduated. This is his natural position, and he should be one of the nation's best climax runners. Appreciative Coach Frank Broyles is almost as high on two special fullbacks, Joe Paul Alberty and Curtis Cox, both of whom fit neatly into his quick, fast-breaking "belly-wing" attack. The Razorbacks' passer will be George McKinney, who will have to go it alone, however, now that the No. 2 quarterback has been expelled. Another loss leaves right half to Darrell and Jarrell, the Williams twins. Linebacker Wayne Harris, as vicious a tackier as the SWC has, calks the defense. Tackle Marlin Epp and Guard Dean Garrett tower in a line that is small and in need of replacements. Broyles's real difficulty is a good second unit, so vital to his highly organized, beautifully planned style of play. An added woe is the lack of a good kicker.
1959 RECORD: WON 4, LOST 6
The three Rs of the Backfield—Ronnie Stanley, Ronnie Goodwin and Ronnie Bull—will teach the opposition many a lesson this fall. Quarterback Stanley "reads" the defense well and excels on short passes. Goodwin at halfback has a twisting-turning style that will cause a lot of stories to be written. And Halfback Bull, a climax runner who should be one of the nation's most acclaimed players by year's end, will send Baylor's scoreboard arithmetic soaring. Bull does the 100 in 9.8 and this, plus power and a deceptive change of pace, makes him as dynamic a runner as his name would lead you to believe. Bobby Ply will also see a lot of action at quarter in Coach John Bridgers' Baltimore Colt T. The line averages only a little over 200 pounds and it is made up of veterans who will be opening holes a bit wider, bringing down opposing runners a bit sooner. Sonny Davis, who grabs passes with the ease of a pickpocket, has a claque of pro scouts following his every move.
1959 RECORD: WON 3, LOST 7
Gone with the wind of graduation are nine starters, including half of the first-string backfield. Coach Howard McChesney, who replaces Sammy Baugh, has switched Sammy Oates, the heralded deaf mute, from end to fullback. Oates last year was 19th in the country in pass receiving and has the equipment to make the changeover. The loss of Quarterback Jim Tom Butler is not a severe blow, for he alternated with Harold (Hayseed) Stephens, who ranked 20th (69 of 136 for 692 yards) in national passing statistics. Mike Payne is a sophomore with a valuable asset—the ability to go for a touchdown from a long way out. He did just that in the spring intrasquad game, galloping 91 yards with a kickoff return. The right half, or slotback, in this slot-T attack will be Bruce Arrant. Passing will be the big weapon, and the Cowboys are fortunate to have some grabby ends. Bill Voss does everything well and last year hauled in 30 tosses and placed 11th nationally. Gil Pelton is a big asset at guard.
1959 RECORD: WON 3, LOST 7
A tough kid (the AFL's Houston entry) has moved into town. The Cougars dropped out of the Missouri Valley Conference to try life as an independent, and they are set to battle cross-town rival Rice and the new American Football (pro) League for customers. Coach Hal Lahar will use a slot and spread T to utilize unusual quarterbacking and the jolting running of Fullbacks Charlie Rieves (4 yards a carry in 1959) and Jim Kuehne (4.5). Don Sessions (32 of 66 passes for 407 yards) was a midseason discovery last year, but he may be supplanted by Larry Lindsey, a converted end. Sophomores Gene Ritch and Mike Carew and lettermen Ken Bolin (4.1) and Don Mullins will man the halves. Carew is a dangerous all-round performer. Danny Birdwell centers a line weak only at guard but strong at tackle, with distinguished Juniors Joe Bob Isbell and Murdoch Hooper, and solid at end, where huge Errol Linden (6 feet 5,246 pounds) is planted. A tighter pass offense is another asset.
1959 RECORD: WON 8, LOST 2
Spring marked the beginning for new Coach Grant Teaff and the end for 15 letter winners. Teaff, who still has 12 holdovers, expects to have his boys do more running now that Quarterback Terry O'Brien and his slingshot arm are no longer around. Much of the ball carrying will be delegated to Joe Baxter, a 200-pound fullback. Last season, as a freshman, Baxter was second on the team in rushing with 386 yards. Filling O'Brien's spot in the T offense will be Jim Sadler, a converted halfback and good passer, who ran the second unit a year ago. There is excellent speed at the halves, with George Bridges and Donald Davis set to cut loose at any time. Bridges, a senior, has all-round ability. Davis, a sophomore, augments his fleetness with a deceptive running form. Clearing holes for these runners will be Guard John Thomas, a junior with a strong and persistent style that should make him a standout. Allyn Barnett is an alert center and linebacker, and Doyne McIver a bulky and bruising tackle.
1959 RECORD: WON 7, LOST 3
The Lobos won seven of their last eight and were just beginning to play a consistent victory melody when graduation stopped the music. Bob Crandall and Don Perkins (eighth and ninth in major college rushing last year) graduated, and the imaginative Marv Levy was lured to Berkeley, where he will coach California. Bill Weeks, his replacement, will again use the dazzling wing T. Billy Brown (fifth nationally with 740 yards rushing and first with a 7.8 yard average) leads the crescendolike ground wave that was third in the U.S. Bobby Santiago, despite his slight stature (5 feet 8, 155 pounds), gives every promise of surviving the campaign brilliantly. George Friberg, whose long passes are true to the mark but whose short ones need polish, will run the team. He will get help from Jay McNitt, and both can run. Another weapon is Eddie Beach, third nationally among place kickers with 34 points. Tackle Frank Gullick will rock ball carriers and rally a line that will rely on rookies for reserve strength.
NEW MEXICO STATE
1959 RECORD: WON 7, LOST 3
This is your team, Coach Warren Woodson: From a squad that was second in the nation in scoring and third in total offense you have Quarterback Charley Johnson, who last year ranked first in the U.S. in touchdown tosses, second in total offense and tied for fifth in completions. At the halves you have Pervis Atkins and Bob Gaiters. Atkins, whose jet-like bursts are becoming part of Border Conference legend, topped major college figures in three categories—punt returns (15.1 yards a try), scoring (107 points) and rushing (975 yards at a 7.5 average). Against North Texas State in the Sun Bowl, Gaiters ran everywhere, leading all runners with 123 yards and setting up a 28-8 win. At fullback is Bob Jackson, a 220-pound junior college sensation. Up front you have two men who will carve their initials into the list of the best in your league—End E. A. Sims and Guard J. W. Witt. And there is Lou Zivkovich, a 225-pound tackle, who won't be forgotten by those who play against him.
NORTH TEXAS STATE
1959 RECORD: WON 9, LOST 1
This Green and White squad may be black and blue at season's end, but it won't be made red-faced by any team. It is true Coach Odus Mitchell has lost all but one starter, Tackle Joe Oliver. It is also true he has never finished worse than second in 14 seasons in the MVC. He is an excellent coach, and he has some exciting material. No one would quibble about having Bob Duty (24 of 50 passes for 411 yards as a part-timer last year) at quarterback, or Art Perkins, who smashes his 210-pound frame through the enemy for almost five yards a carry. And who could be unhappy with the halfbacks—Terry Parks (6.6 yards a try in 1959 plus five interceptions) and Billy Christie (a phenomenal 10.4 yards)? They are light. They are whirlwinds, too. Although the losses were heavy the Eagles will have an all-letterman starting line. The crisp blows of Tackle Bill Kirbie and the improved pass catching of End Dick Hamilton rate them as standouts on a line that is in trouble only at guard.
1959 RECORD: WON 1, LOST 7, TIED 2
Add the name King to the roster of brother combinations that has ravaged the Southwest. Unlike the Daltons and the Jameses, though, Rufus and Boyd King are not intent upon gunplay. The Kings are simply and effectively dedicated to the proposition that no one is going to get by or around them. Boyd plays center, Rufus teams at guard with Bob Lively, and the three give the Owls a bedrock-solid middle. They will be supported by Bob Johnston, who has the knack of ruining enemy sorties and is one of the SWC's most feared tackles. Roland Jackson blasts ahead with authority and will be at fullback in an offense that will, however, struggle to mount an attack. A lot depends on Quarterback Alvin Hartman, a 6-foot-4 205-pounder with a good arm but a lumbering gait. In the back-field will be Bob Wayt and Max Webb, and they have demonstrated they may add some zip to Coach Jess Neely's suddenly sagging offense. Halfback Ken Boone is a newcomer who just might be able to enliven things.
1959 RECORD: WON 5, LOST 4, TIED 1
With Quarterback Don Meredith around, things were up in the air for three years. Now that he is gone and the No. 2 field leader is scholastically ineligible, Mustang Coach Bill Meek has really got a lofty problem. The two men who can bring him back to earth are Sophomore Quarterbacks Arlan Flake and Roger Braugh. Flake may be the regular. He does nothing spectacularly. He merely does everything well. Meek plans on more running, and Glynn Gregory (5.4-yard average last year) can strike any time from anywhere. He is also an excellent man on defense and tied for ninth in the nation as a pass catcher in 1959 with 30 grabs. Frank Jackson (6.9) will be Gregory's capable halfback partner. Supporting them are Billy Polk (3.6), Norm Marshall and rookie Doyce Walker. Fullback will go to Mike Hackney (3.6) on offense and Sophomore Ray Schoenke (an inside linebacker) on defense. Tackle Jerry Mays and Center Max Christian diagnose plays quickly and have few SWC equals.
1959 RECORD: WON 9, LOST 1
If he ever has any doubts about the Long-horns' offense Coach Darrell Royal need only take two cc of backfield tonic. Those cc—Quarterback Mike Cotten and Halfback Jack Collins—should cheer him up considerably. Cotten is the shrewdest field general in the SWC. Collins (5.1 rushing average), whose off-field quiet contrasts with his on-field explosiveness, is a truly fast back and a punter (he averages 41.3 yards) with few peers. Jim Saxton, whose wiggly running style resembles that of a drunk duck, promises to straighten out now that he has shifted from quarterback to halfback. These three form the most potent offensive in the Southwest. Monte Lee, an end last season, will be no easier to move out of position now that he has shifted over to guard. This younger, faster line also boasts Larry Cooper, a standout end. Royal has lamented: "We'll be more dependent on sophs than at any time since 1957." He has admitted though: "These are the best sophs since 1957."
1959 RECORD: WON 3, LOST 7
Wanted: One good quarterback. This is about the way Coach Jim Myers is looking at the 1960 season. To be sure, he could use more players at other spots, but it is replacing Charley Milstead that is his real problem. Powell Berry, Milstead's understudy, is unlikely to be much more than adequate. He got some spring coaching from Billy Wade of the Los Angeles Rams. Other spokes in the offensive wheel will be Halfbacks Jon Few, Jack Estes and Randy Sims, all of whom have the equipment to be fine players. Estes and Sims are accomplished in the art of plucking passes out of the air. LeeRoy Caffey and Sam Byer are big, pounding fullbacks, ready for their first crack at college football. A light, shaky line is held together by Center Roy Northrup, whose resounding tackles and blocks supply the grist for his statement: "I never make friends in a game." Then, too, there are Tackle Wayne Freiling and Russ Hill, star pass-catching end. George Hogan (6 feet 3, 220 pounds) is a precocious sophomore tackle.
1959 RECORD: WON 8, LOST 2
Bob Lilly and Bobby Plummer are mountain-sized tackles who do man-sized work. Peerless Lilly (6 feet 5, 250 pounds) gulps tranquilizers before the game, wears shin guards during the game and, as one opponent said, "takes blocks like a pincushion." Plummer (6 feet 3, 235 pounds) is equally effective whether ramming in or pursuing fleeing runners. And no one will argue with Arvie Martin, 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker. Coach Abe Martin admits guard is a tender spot. He also admits Ends Milt Ham and Buddy lies run clever patterns and have sure hands. The offensive line is savage, but the defense, surprisingly, is porous, especially in the secondary. Not all the big men are stationed out in front. Guy Gibbs (6 feet 7, 225 pounds) is a sophomore quarterback of considerable promise, though Martin insists Don George will start. Key men in the ground game will be Halfback Larry Dawson, who is fast and has sticky fingers, and Fullback Max Pierce, a fine replacement for the speedy Jack Spikes.
1959 RECORD: WON 4, LOST 6
Any mention of "hullabaloo" coming from Tech this year will be a misprint. "Holubaloo" is the correct word, and it was coined especially for E. J. Holub, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound center and linebacker who, for excellent reasons, is called "The Beast" and "The Best." Ends Don Waygood and Mike Seay are competent pass snatchers, but the most spectacular receivers in Coach DeWitt Weaver's multiple-T offense are the split backs Dan Gurley and Bake Turner. Gurley caught 13 passes for 204 yards last year and had a 5.4 rushing mark in 1959. Turner (3.4), whose hips really do look as though they are on swivels, grabbed 22 passes and skipped for 444 yards. Halfback Dick Poison will stabilize the attack. Glen Amerson is pegged for quarterback duty, but John Lovelace might take over. Lovelace is a member of Tech's best-ever sophomores, who also include Fullback Coolidge Hunt and Guard Charles Edgemon. Behind Hunt are returnees Carl Gatlin and George Fraser. This position is loaded.
1959 RECORD: WON 3, LOST 7
Passing will be the main ingredient in the Miners' rich offensive recipe. Rangy John Furman, a 6-foot-3, left-handed-passing quarterback, was named by Border Conference coaches as the league's most valuable player. Still just a junior, he has an excellent receiver in Halfback Larry Meeks, who would add a lot of spice to the assault if he could overcome a tendency to fumble. A 160-pound fullback is almost unheard of, but Western has one in Charlie Bradshaw. And for three years he has been the Miners' leading rusher. At the other end of the scale are Tackles Alden George (270) and Luis Hernandez (260), a rookie. They will split the work on the right side, with Jimmy Harvey, slim at 210, on the left. A real lightweight for a lineman, John Young (185), is a wide-ranging middle guard. Coach Ben Collins is grooming Sophomore Bob Kolliner, a 200-pounder, for the center opening. His main project, though, is to improve the running attack so that the offense will have balance.
1959 RECORD: WON 3, LOST 6
Coaches like to talk about their teams and W. A. McElreath is no exception. He does, in fact, consider it a distinct pleasure to discuss his tackle-to-tackle setup, where his boys average 233 pounds and are as good as they are big. The situation could render any but a Texas coach speechless. Tackles are Jack Cowley (6 feet 5, 260 pounds) and Jim Huff (6 feet 3, 245); the guards. Harold Day (6 feet 2, 215) and Gene Gollareny (6 feet 2, 250); and the center, Don Tate (6 feet. 195). Cowley especially will halt the progress of a lot of enemy runners. McElreath also doesn't mind talking about quarterbacks. Charlie Patterson in 1959 ran for 361 yards and passed for another 477. Harris Connell is a threat to Patterson. And when he mentions John Fulton, a fullback who gained 437 yards rushing, McElreath is laudatory. But inevitably the conversation gets around to line replacements, offensive ends and halfbacks, and then McElreath is willing to admit that perhaps silence is golden.
WEST TEXAS STATE
1959 RECORD: WON 1, LOST 9
To stave off extinction, the Buffaloes hired Joe Kerbel as their new coach. His task will be difficult, for there have been two successive 1-9 seasons. Just a little better than half (16 of 29) of the letter winners will be returning. Kerbel, as a result, will use three sophomores—Quarterback Jim Dawson, Halfback Jerry Logan and Center Tom Lovelace—on his first unit. Dawson, a daring and colorful competitor, is the best of a trio (it includes John David Bryant and Bill Mayfield) that will direct the Buffs' new split-T. Logan cuts corners nicely and is a trusted pass catcher. Lending support to the running game will be Halfback Ray McCown, a converted end, and Fullback Jones Hedrick, a barreling runner and good punter. The line, unfortunately, is jerry-built and as deficient in size as it is in experience. Doing their best to cement the defensive wall will be Tackle Gary Ward, who works hard and hits hard, and Guard Bill Bradley, a former marine who dumps ball carriers quickly.