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Auburn, Clemson and Miami will be whistling in Dixie
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September 22, 1958

The South

Auburn, Clemson and Miami will be whistling in Dixie

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COLORS: Gold and black
1957 RECORD: Won none, lost 10
WATCH FOR: Line-buster Neil MacLean

THE DOPE: The Demon Deacons were winless in 10 games last season, so Coach Paul Amen seems fairly safe in predicting "a substantial improvement." Although Wake Forest will not set the conference afire, it should make itself felt with 22 lettermen returning and one of the best sophomore crops in years. The backfield will be stronger and the passing game more dangerous with the return to duty of Quarterback Charlie Carpenter. A back operation sidelined him after he finished the '56 season as the ACC's No. 2 passer. Jim Dalrymple switches back to his old halfback slot. The Deacons are solid at fullback with hard-running Neil MacLean, their top ground-gainer and scorer last fall. The backfield should also get help from Sophomore Norman Snead, who threw nine touchdown passes last year. The Deacons will have competent receivers in Aubrey Currie, John Niznik and young Bobby Allen. The Deacons are full of enthusiasm despite a back-breaking schedule which includes North Carolina, Clemson, Duke and Auburn all in succession.

Morgantown, W. Va.

COLORS: Gold and blue
1957 RECORD: Won 7, lost 2, tied 1
WATCH FOR: The elusive running of Halfback Ray Peterson

THE DOPE: The Mountaineers, riding a 24-game winning streak in the Southern Conference, have every intention of unseating VMI and reclaiming the Southern Conference championship, which they lost last year for the first time since 1952. Coach Art Lewis has 15 of 28 lettermen back, and at least one is at every position but right guard. Two of Lewis' star guards, Chuck Howley and Joe Nicely, along with Fullback Larry Krutko, were drafted by the pros in the first three rounds. Ed Sommer and J. D. Miller will move up to the first-string guard spots, and Noel Whipkey or Glen Shamblin will succeed Krutko. Terry Fairbanks and 6-foot-4 Bruce McClung are the veteran ends. A new lineman to watch is 260-pound Sophomore Tackle Blaine Staats. Halfback Ray Peterson, a 9.7 sprinter, has averaged nearly seven yards per carry, while Dave Rider and Quarterback Dick Longfellow round out the starting backfield. One of the few teams to commit itself in advance on the new conversion rule, the Mountaineers intend to settle for the one point whenever possible.

Williamsburg, Va.

COLORS: Green, gold and silver
1957 RECORD: Won 4, lost 6
WATCH FOR: The alert line play of Elliot Schaubach

THE DOPE: The Indians played their first season under the coaching of Milt Drewer last fall, bringing home four times as many scalps as in 1955 and '56 combined. One of these was a whopper of an upset over previously unbeaten and nationally ranked North Carolina State. Now the Tribe moves into the second year of its rebuilding program with a better-than-even chance of improving on last year's record and giving serious chase to the Southern Conference title. The running attack should be greatly improved with Len Rubal, the team's leading ground-gainer and one of the conference's best fullbacks, and hard-running Halfbacks Mike Chunta and Dave Edmunds. The Indians will also throw more this year with two capable passing quarterbacks, 210-pound Tom Secules and Bob Stoy. Tackles Elliot Schaubach and Mike Lashley, Guard Al Crow and Center Gray Lynn bolster a line that averages 216 pounds. Crow, a 250-pound junior, already is drafted by the New York Giants. They'll be whooping it up at Williamsburg this season.

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