1962 Baylor Football Helmet
THE CATFISH COW-CHIPS WENT TO BAYLOR IN 1962!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
Back in 1962, there were no Recruiting Services and there were not many NCAA Rules on Recruiting. A College or University could sign as many players as they wanted and other Schools could do nothing about it. In fact, a College could actually sign every Quarterback in the State, just so they could not Sign with a School in their Conference and then have to play against them.
In 1962, in the State of Texas, The University of Texas was the largest and most powerful Football School; and on National Signing Day, the Longhorns had the Ability to go out and Sign as many Football Players as they wanted to and they did just that. Then, you also had smaller Church Schools and Private Schools, all playing against Texas, in the same Southwest Conference, like Baylor, SMU, TCU, and Rice.
Back in 1960, I was playing for a New Football Coach, in Brownwood, Texas, by the Name of Coach Gordon Wood and this New Coach Gordon Wood had brought some really “Fancy Sayings” and an Inspirational Poem with him and he handed them out to all of his Football Players at the first Meeting that we had with us in the Spring of 1960. As a 3A School, Brownwood could not hold Spring Practice.
Now also remember! Brownwood had played really good Football for many years, but from 1920-1959, the Brownwood Lions had NEVER won a District Championship, so I was very attentive to anything that might be able to help us win.
After reading this Poem every single day for two years and being an Invaluable Part in Winning The 1960 3A State Football Championship and The 1962 3A State Track Championship, I fully believed that this Poem helped To play a great part in mine and all of the Two State Championship Team Members Mental Frame of Mind. “We all did not Think that We could be beaten by anyone.” No Words can Express The Gordon Wood Winning Football Philosophy better than this Following Poem.
THE MAN WHO THINKS HE CAN!
If you think you are beaten; you are; If you think you dare not, you Don’t!
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t; it’s almost a cinch that you won’t!
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost; For out in this world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will; It’s all in the State of Mind!
If you think you’re outclassed, you are; You have got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before you can win the prize!
Life’s Battles don’t always go To the Strongest or Fastest Man;
But sooner or later the Man who wins Is the Man who Thinks He Can!
In January of 1962, just after my Senior Football Season, I started to fulfill my Life-Long Dream of becoming a Baylor Bear Football Player and I gave Coach Herb Zimmerman a Verbal Commitment to go to Baylor. My Goal was not only to go to Baylor, but to Win a Southwest Conference Championship and I wanted other players to want to go to Baylor for the same reason, so I asked Coach Zimmerman if there were any other players that I could help Recruit for the Bears and he gave me a list of names of about 20 players. I then wrote all of them a letter to try to get them to join me in Waco. I guess that’s when I Officially got into the Recruiting Business. Coach Zimmerman became a Friend and he passed in October of 2013.
Two West Texas Baylor Football Players that I immediately became friends with were Mike Jurecek of Eldorado, Texas (In Photo) and Tommy Schaffner of Odessa, Texas. Jurecek was a great Shot-Putter and Schaffner was a great Discus Thrower. Jurecek also came through Brownwood on his way to Waco and stopped by and picked me up so we could make our Official Visit To Baylor together. After that trip, to Waco, we decided to become Roommates together as Freshmen and we did. I met both Baylor Football Players later in a Track Meet in San Angelo. I also made many other Quartermiler and Sprinter Friends. I had already planned to run Track at Baylor for Coach Jack Patterson.
Both Jurecek and Schaffner became really good friends of mine once we got to Baylor, but it still was very interesting for my other Baylor Cub Teammates at our first Football Practice with our new Football Coach Milburn “Catfish” Smith. All of my Baylor Freshman Teammates were trying to figure out who was this guy that was sending them all of the Recruiting Letters.
Let’s see now. At that first Baylor Freshman Football Practice, Coach “Catfish” looked around and counted 26 Scholarship Players and also around Six or Eight Walkon Players and since the Texas Shorthorns had Signed 104 Top Texas Blue-Chip Football Players, including Four All-State Quarterbacks; Four All-State Running Backs; Four Future NFL Offensive Linemen; and Future Two-Time All-American Linebacker Tommy Nobis. Coach Catfish said: “It looks like all of the Blue-Chip Players went to Austin this year and we’ve got to play The Texas Shorthorns in our first game in Austin. I guess I’ll just have to take all my “Cow-Chip” to Austin and beat them.”
And this is where our Poem first came up. At the end of our first Baylor Cub Practice, all of the Baylor Freshmen “Cow-Chip” Gave Me High-Fives and said “Beat the Shorthorns” and we really believed that we would Beat Them.
Let me Pause to let you know that not all of the 1962 Catfish “Cow-Chips” are still with us on this Planet. Coach “Catfish” Smith left the in November 1994 at the age of 82 and Six “Cow-Chip” have also left to be on a Higher Place in Heaven and are now playing again for Coach Smith, Coach Zimmerman, and Coach Wood.
Also, I might add that Coach Morris Southall was Coach Wood’s Head Assistant Coach on all Nine of his Texas State Football Championships; and he also sent two of his Quarterback sons, Terry and Si, to Baylor. Coach Southall also went to Heaven in January of 2013 and recently got “Catfish” and Gordon together to Coach all of the “B” Boys from Brownwood and Baylor.
Terry Southall #16 was in the 1963 Cow-Chips for “Catfish” and he played with all of the 1962 “Catfish” Cow-Chips. QB Roger Mike Marshall #12 became my Roommate in 1963 and he was my Roommate for three years in 1963-1966. The Quarterback Coach in the Middle is Offensive Coordinator Chuck Purvis.
Roger Mike Marshall and Terry Southall, along with Kenny Stockdale were the three Quarterbacks for Baylor after All-American and Baylor Hall of Famer Quarterback Don Trull graduated.
One of the 1962 Catfish Cow-Chips was a real War Hero.
Mike Dewlen, of Amarillo, Texas is the only Baylor University Letterman to be Killed in Action in the Vietnam War and he is the first Baylor Player to have his name on the Baylor “B” Association’s newly created Wall of Honor. Dewlen was Enshrined recently during a November 16, 2013 Ceremony in the “B” Room at Floyd Casey Stadium for Conspicuous Gallantry in action.
Dewlen was a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps, and he died in combat in 1968 as a result of his aggressive leadership and courage in the face of hostile action and he was Awarded Posthumously The Silver Star. The Baylor Wall of Honor was created in 2000 by the “B” Association Directors to honor certain Baylor Letterman who have achieved prominence, because of meritorious accomplishments in public or private life following their Baylor Athletic Careers.
Two other “Cow-Chips” had also already passed and they were TE Willie Walker from Carrollton, Texas, who passed in September of 2007 and OT Ralph Dunlap from Seattle, Washington. Then, Two of my good friends and both former Roommates, OT Michael Jurecek and TE Jerry Bolen of McKinney, died a few years ago.
My other really good Friend, Tommy Schaffner, fought Bone-Cancer for a long time and it has been a very painful and a suffering experience for him; and it recently took his life after he had put-up a tremendous fight. Tommy is now in a better place and his tremendous pain has gone away and he has also now joined Coach “Catfish” Smith, Coach Gordon Wood, Coach Morris Southall, Mike Dewlen, Mike Jurecek, Willie Walker, Ralph Dunlap, and Jerry Bolen.
But, back to 1962. Some interesting things started to happen on our Baylor “Cow-Chip” Football Team. I was an All-State Running Back from Brownwood, but I only weighed 175-pounds and so the Coaches moved me to Flankerback to take advantage of my Hands and Speed.
Our initial Starting Lineup looked like this: RE Willie Walker; R-OT Mike Jurecek; R-OG Tommy Schaffner; OC Ralph Dunlap; L-OG Mike Dewlen; L-OT Vance Smith of Grand Prairie; DE Butch Carroll of McAllen; and TE Ben Love of Richardson. Our Starting Backfield was QB Roger Mike Marshall of Irving; RB Bucky Bovenzi of Shreveport, Louisiana; FB Mike Wayne Marshall of Mount Pleasant; WR Joe Jones of Marlin; and FLK Max Emfinger.
We worked out for a couple of weeks, but then Bovenzi got his knee hurt and Eddie Whiddon moved from Second Team Running Back to the Bovenzi First Team. After this move, Coach Smith moved me back to Running Back and put me on the Second Team with QB Donnie Laurence.
So now the Second Team looked something like this: FLK Knox Pittard of Mozelle; RE Norman Rodgers of Andrews; R-OT Ellington Darden of Conroe; R-OG Dwain Finley of Anson; OC Pete Menefee of Waco; L-OG Mike Thomas of DeLeon; OG Joe George of Mineola; L-OT Tommy Boyd of Abilene; WR Tommy Smith of Corpus Christi; DE Jackie Hackler of Pittsburg; and TE Bolen of McKinney. The Backfield included QB Laurence; RB Emfinger; and RB Bobby Hunt of Hallsville.
Also remember! In 1962, there was no Two-Platooning. You played both ways and so this was only the Starting Lineups on Offense. When your Offense lost the Football, you then played Defense. I think we could Substitute one player on each play. Laurence was a Super Defensive Player and he would go in for QB Mike Marshall.
So we thought everything was set until one day Coach “Catfish” came to practice and said that the two “Cow-Chip” Teams were pretty Evenly Matched and that we were going to have a Big Football Scrimmage on Saturday and the Winning Team in the Scrimmage would be the Starting Lineup in the Game against the Texas Shorthorns on the Following Thursday at Austin Memorial Stadium. To be Real Honest! The Second Team Won the Scrimmage, and Started against the Shorthorns, but except for Donnie Laurence and me, I don’t remember who else was on the Second Team for the Game in Austin, but both First Team and Second Teams played about half of the game in that Huge Victory over the Shorthorns.
On the next Thursday, as we were warming up, I do remember watching at least Ten or maybe Eleven Shorthorn Teams coming onto the Football Field in Memorial Stadium and I also remember one of the “Cow-Chips” say: “They sure have a lot of players, but, you know, they can only play Eleven Players at a Time!” I also remember that Laurence and I were both Defensive Stars in this “Big-Game” whereas QB Roger Mike Marshall, FB Mike Marshall, WB Joe Jones, RB Eddie Whiddon, and Kicker Tommy Schaffner were the Offensive Stars.
The scrappy Baylor Cub “Cow-Chips” overcame a mammoth Texas Shorthorn Line destined to play in the NFL and ended a seven-year drouth with a 13-12 Come-From-Behind Victory at storied Memorial Stadium. The Cubs voided the Pass like a plague for the first three quarters, but then in the clutch Fourth Quarter, Roger Mike Marshall started passing and led the Cubs on two Touchdown drives.
The first Baylor Cub Touchdown was set up by a huge fumble recovery by Laurence at mid-field in the Second Quarter. DE Butch Carroll also made a huge defensive play in the Second Quarter as he intercepted a lateral to stop another Shorthorn drive.
The Cubs then rode the tough-running of Fullback Mike Marshall, Emfinger, and Whiddon until Marshall scored from the three-yard line, giving the Cubs a 6-0 lead at Halftime. Fullback Marshall ended with 47-yards rushing on 18 carries; while Emfinger finished with 42-yards on 12 carries. Future All-American Texas Running Back Phil Harris was the leading rusher in the game with 61-yards on 7 carries.
The Shorthorns were winning 12-6 when the Winning Touchdown was set-up by the Second Interception of the game by Emfinger, who intercepted a Phil Harris RB pass at the 35-yard line, and then ran it back to midfield. The First Interception by Emfinger, in the Second Quarter, was a Thing of Beauty as Shorthorn QB Mike Boxwell was attempting to throw the Football out of bounds, and Emfinger reached, with one-hand, and made a One-Handed Interception. After the Second Emfinger Interception, QB Roger Mike Marshall completed 6 of 12 passes for 95-Yards, including the 30-Yard Game-Tying Touchdown Pass to WB Joe Jones.
After the Game Tying Touchdown, OG Tommy Schaffner kicked the Winning Extra Point with 11:18 left in the game, giving the Baylor Cub “Cow-Chips” their first Victory over the Powerful Texas Shorthorns since 1955. The Baylor Cubs NEVER won this Game again with the Texas Shorthorns before the SWC Freshmen Teams in the SWC stopped playing each other. No Big-12 Freshman Teams ever played.
This Shorthorn Team was Billed by the Media as being the Greatest Shorthorn Team ever assembled and it included at least 12 Future NFL Star Players, including QB Mike Boxwell of Dumas; LB Tommy Nobis and RB Phil Harris of San Antonio Jefferson; RB Leslie Derrick of Houston Milby; DB Jake David of Nederland; OC Jack Howe of Houston Spring Branch; OG Tom Currie of Houston Lamar; OG Buddy Alldredge of Sweetwater; OT Jerry Oliver of Freeport; and OT Diron Talbert of Texas City. David and Alldredge later became good Friends of mine.
After beating the Shorthorns, Coach Smith finally Selected a Starting Lineup against the Texas A&M Fish which included the Following Players: QB Roger Mike Marshall or Donnie Laurence; RB Max Emfinger; FB Mike Wayne Marshall; WB Joe Jones; TE Willie Walker; WR Jerry Bolen; OT Mike Jurecek and Vance Smith; OG Mike Dewlen and Tommy Schaffner; and OC Ralph Dunlap or Pete Menefee.
The Aggie Game was played in Waco at Baylor Stadium on Thursday October 19, 1962. It was also another win for the Cow-Chips as they beat the Texas A&M Fish 10-7 to start off with an amazing 2-0 record for Coach Catfish. Our Hearts and Prayers go out to Six of our Cow-Chip Teammates who Started the Game against the Texas A&M Freshmen. Those Super Six Cow-Chips who have joined Coach Catfish Smith in Heaven include: Willie Walker, Jerry Bolen, Mike Jurecek, Mike Dewlen, Tommy Schaffner, and Ralph Dunlap.
The 1962 All-Southwest Conference Freshman Team
In voting, the Six Head Coaches who played against each other were requested to not vote for any of their players and Arkansas and Texas Tech were not included. The Voting Freshman Coaches included: Coach George Carlisle of Rice; Coach Dick Johnson of Texas A&M; Coach Fred Taylor of TCU; Coach “Sleepy” Morgan of SMU; Coach Bob Schultz of Texas, and of course Coach “Catfish” Smith of Baylor.
Here’s the TOP 22 ALL-SWC FRESHMAN TEAM: QB Mac White of SMU and Kent Nix of TCU; RB Gene Walker of Rice and Phil Harris of Texas; FB Mike Marshall of Baylor and James Hodges of SMU; TE/DE David Schwarz of Rice and Willie Walker of Baylor; DE/TE Joe Ball of TCU and Harold Fletcher of Texas A&M; OT Jerry Oliver of Texas and Tommy Overstreet of Texas A&M; OG Tommy Schaffner of Baylor and Mac Lamb of TCU; OC Craig Christopher of Rice and Pete Menefee of Baylor; DT/OT Mike Jurecek of Baylor and Harold Majors of SMU; LB Tommy Nobis of Texas and Leroy Ryza of Rice; and DB Max Emfinger of Baylor and Richard Stark of SMU.
Gene Walker of Rice was Voted as the Most Outstanding Offensive Back, getting four votes to two for Mac White. Walker pounded SMU for 110-yards and Texas for 137-yards before being injured. Jerry Oliver of Texas received three votes at Offensive Tackle and was the Most Outstanding Lineman; while Tom Currie of Texas; Harold Majors of SMU; and David Schwartz of Rice each got one vote. At Offensive Guard, Tommy Schaffner of Baylor and Mac Lamb of TCU had one-vote margins.
For the first time in the Seven-Year History of the Freshman All-SWC, the Starting Backfield was pretty clear with QB Mac White of SMU; RB Gene Walker of Rice; RB Phil Harris of Texas; and FB Mike Marshall of Baylor. At Defensive Back, Max Emfinger led in the voting with three votes as he had 31 tackles and four Interceptions in Five games, including two Interceptions and eight tackles against Texas.