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    Thursday, September 20, 1962
Page 4
The Daily Nebraskan
From The Stick
Sports Editor
With the start of football around the country it comes
time for all good predictors to stick their necks out and
then hide at dinnertime on Saturday.
Since the Huskers are starting out the campaign
against South Dakota, I feel rather lucky, but the con
fsrencs is going to turn into a tight race this fall, mak
ing things touch and go.
Missouri will take the conference without much com
petition. The ligers have power and will play all the
tough competition at home such as Kansas and Iowa
State. On the road Missouri faces Nebraska, which could
easily be an upset if the breaks fall the Huskers way,
and Oklahoma. None of the other conference teams
should give the Tigers too much trouble.
As far as the Huskers are concerned, Nebraska will
finish fourth at the lowest. The Huskers have two tough
road games, Oklahoma and Kansas, the Jayhawk Home
coming, but all of the other tough conference competition
is at Memorial Stadium. A possible upset of Missouri is
in sight with Nebraska tangling with the Tigers on our
NU Stronger
This year Nebraska looks the strongest it has in
many years with a strong defense and a stronger line.
Depth will be a big factor to the Cornhuskers this
year. But Nebraska has more depth than it has had
with especially strong positions at both halfback spots,
the tackles and the ends. The ends do lack some of the
speed for pass catching, but the depth is still there.
The strength of the middle line has improved tre
mendously, considering that this was to be the weak
spot in the Cornhusker attack this season.
Michka at Center
Ron Michka, the center, has as much desire as any
one on the field and is backed up ably by Jim Baffico,
a transfer student who has been a pleasant surprise
At guard the improvement of Bob Brown, a 259
pounder; and the fine play of Dwain Carlson and Gary
Toogood look as if they will be assets.
The loss of Bill (Thunder) Thornton should not hurt
the Cornhuskers provided he is ready to go full steam
for the Iowa State game. The way things stack up now
NU will split the first two games, with or without Thunder.
Neck Out ,
I will really stick my neck out and put Kansas in
the second spot. This will depend on the play of Gale
Sayers, the soph halfback flash from Omaha. The loss
of John Hadl and Curtis McClinton will hurt the Jay
hawks, but Jack Mitchell has filled these two positions
with able men.
Iowa State will take third or fourth, depending on the
Nebraska game. The Cyclones have changed offenses
which takes a little pressure off ace Dave Hoppmann, but
it may also take a little shine off of the IS record.
Oklahoma should come in fifth. The Sooners are on their
way back to national recognition, but this will not be
the year. If Bud Wilkinson's crew can get by without
too many injuries, OU will hold a few surprises for the
Big Eight Conference.
Colorado Sixth
The last three teams show little strength. Color
ado has lost nearly all of last year's championship team,
including the coach. Bud Davis, the new coach, will have
a team that will finish sixth.
Oklahoma State is still stronger than Kansas State
and will, consequently, finish seventh with K-State in the
Sum Up
1. Missouri
2. Kansas
3. Iowa State
5. Cidahoma
6. Colorado
7. Oklahoma State
Stick's picks for thi: weekend: Nebraska should def
initely swamp South Dakota without too much sweat.
The Coyotes lack manpower and weight and the Husk
ers seem to have more of both . . . NEBRASKA 40,
South Dakota 0.
In the Big Eight
Oregon State takes on Iowa (State in Portland, Ore.
The boys from out West, especially Terry Baker, will
prove to be too much for the Cyclones. I'll pick OREGON
Kansas State meets Indiana. A case of a no power
house in the Big Eight against a no powerhouse in the
Big Ten. I'll go along with the Big Ten in this case.
Oklahoma State visits Arkansas for a night game.
Although wiped out by graduation Arkansas is still strong.
I'll pick ARKANSAS.
Another night game puts Colorado at Utah. The Buf
faloes still have enough power to whip Utah. I'll pick
COLORADO. , t , , L
Kansas hosts T.C.U., which upset the Jayhawks last
year. Kansas is too strong this year. IH pick KANSAS.
Oklahoma opens its schedule with potent Syracuse.
Even though the Sooners are hosts, I'll pick SYRACUSE.
Big Ten
over Purdue. All the other Big Ten teams open their
schedules next weekend.
AIR FORCE over Colorado State, ALABAMA over
Georgia, ARMY over Wake Forest, AUBURN over Ten
nessee, BAYLOR over Houston, MISSISSIPPI STATE
over Florida, GEORGIA TECH over Clemson.
KENTUCKY over Florida State, L.S.U. over Texas
Memphis State, PENN STATE over Navy. TEXAS over
Oregon. SOUTHERN CAL. over Duke, TULANE over
I may be way off the mark, but I don't know.
Freshman Grid Coaches
Have Optimistic Views
A tinge of optimism has al
redy been noted in the fresh
man grid ranks after the in
itial Tuesday drills.
Coach Cletus Fischer looks
to strength in the line and
has hopes in the handful of
ends who have already re
ported for duty.
Fischer and John Melton
will handle the new recruits
this fall. Both have impres
sive backgrounds.
Fischer, one of four broth
ers who have played for the
Scarlet and Cream, picked
up four letters in football
from 1945 through '49.
Melton Vvas a star fullback
for the University of Wyom
ing's undefeated Gator Bowl
club. He was the Cowboy
starter in 1949 and '50.
Aty Niemana'
620 Nc. 48th
He ran up a record which
still Btands while coaching at
Thcrmorlis, Wyo. In bis six
seasons as head man there,
he ended with 37 victorien
and 16 losses.
Melton joined up with Bob
Djvaney in 1957.
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THEISEN ready for
South Dakota
D. Theisen
To Play
Dave Theisen, who was
moved to the firstunit due to
his fine play during the clos
ing days of fall camp, will
be able to play in Saturday's
encounter with South Dakota.
Theisen, injured in last Sat
urday's scrimmage, has been
a question mark concerning
the chances of his playing
and Coach Bob Devaney had
decided to wait until after
yesterday's practice to make
a final decision.
"Dave will run with his
unit," said Devaney, "but we
will watch him very closely
to see if the injury bothers
him Saturday."
Yesterday the first two
units worked together on
dummy drills for a large por
tion of the practice.
The first two units do not
usually work together, but
Devaney decided to work
them together to "get rid of
some of the flatness that was
evident during the Tuesday
drilis," said Devaney.
Bill (Thunder) Thornton, in
jured fullabck, has been un
dergoing therapy on his
shoulder and working out to
keep his legs in shape. His
readiness for the Iowa State
game is still a question mark.
Jim Baffico has been given
the extra point kicking as
signment. Theisen has also
been practicing the chore, but
since his leg has been in bad
shape, he will probably not
get the call.
Tom Ernst, known for his
baseball endeavors, has also
been working on place kicks
and may be used Saturday.
Concerning red - shirting,
Devaney indicated that he
would probably not red-shirt
anybody due to the lack of
depth on the squad this year.
Challenge Set
A few staff members of
the Daily Nebraskan have
challenged the optimistic
sports editor in predictions.
In tomorrow's Rag these
few nervy staff members
will try to best the predic
tions made in today's
"From the Stick."
Anyone else who wishes
to challenge the predictions
on Big Eight and Big Ten
games made in "From the
Stick." are welcome to do
Send predictions via the j
campus man to:
Rick Akin
Student Union
Daily Nebraskan Office
Saturday's Foe
South Dakota, Burns Have Only 12 Lettermen
Sports Staff Writer
The South Dakota Coyotes
will definitely be the under
dogs in Saturday's tassel with
the Huskers.
New coach Bob Burns, shy
of experienced personnel, will
be out to improve last year's
Coyote record of 1-8. Coach
Burns has only 12 lettermen
returning, of which seven
started in their inaugral with
Colorado State.
Three of the South Dakota
gridders were in new roles
for Coach Burns: Ron Kibble,
190-pound center converted
from guard; 190-pound Jim
Kramer, another guard trans
fer, now at tackle; and Ken
Janvrin, 210-pound fullback
who lettered two years as a
standout end.
Nebraskans might expect a
spirited passing attack with
the presence of Dick Walsh,
175-pound junior letterman at
quarterback. Last year Walsh
led the North Central Con
ference in passing until side
lined by injury.
Walsh at QB
Behind Walsh at signal
calling stand two junior let
termen; Bruce Smedakken
and Dennis Hanson. Smedak
ken rates as a good guarter
back but specializes in de
fense, while Hanson is a lead
ing punter and defensive man.
South Dakota's main prob
lem lies in the forward wall.
The Dakotans have only one
other letterman in addition to
Kibble and Kramer. Harvey
Naasz, 193-pound right guard,
has two years of top-notch
duty under his belt.
151-pound Halfback
In the backfield Coach
Burns will use Mamon Keys,
a junior letterman, at right
half. Sophomore transfer from
NU, CalStukel, is battling for
the left half spot. Dick Scott,
151-pound junior letterman is
also eyeing the position.
In the two teams' 15 meet
ings since 1899 the Huskers
hold a 12-M edge. The 1899
contest was the only Coyote
win the the boys from the
North edged Nebraska 6-5.
Since 1945, Nebraska has
won the four games played
by a margin of 166-12. 1956
was the last time the two
teams met. Pete Elliott made
his Husker debut successful
as NU routed the Coyotes
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