I was there in 1965. Coach Hutspeth did recruit some marines from California. I heard him say that we may not win a lot of games, but you are
going to hear some leather popping, and that we did. That was the first year
that BYU won the district championship. Some of the "marines" joined the
church and two or three of them became bishops.
How are the other two JC linemen?
Not only these JC transfers, but I'm amazed at how many of our players
transferred from other colleges - Hill, Unga, Badger, Fabuluge, Frey, Reilly,
Stewart, Wadsworth and there may be a couple more that I'm missing.BYU must be near the top of the list of colleges benefiting from
This story reminds me of 1965. The Cougars needed help and the US Marines were
dropping their football team (at least that's how I remember the story) and
3, including Phil Odle who held the pass receiving record for many years,
enrolled at BYU. All three made a major impact for the Cougars from the first
game. It was a great story at the time. That was the year that the Cougars had
to call in the Marines for help.
Glad that these guys have been able to make significant contributions.