COLORS: Purple and white
BASIC OFFENSE: T, with variations
1957 RECORD: Won 3, lost 7
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 22 of 28
WATCH FOR: The pass barrage of Bill Baker
THE DOPE: The Purple Hurricane will give it another try with a new coach, but there's little hope for an overnight transformation into a winner. Bob King, end coach at Illinois the past 11 seasons, inherits from Homer Hobbs a weaker team than last year's seven-time losers. "Since freshmen were eligible last season," says King, "there's no new help available from a freshman team, and all appearances indicate that among the seniors we lost were some of last year's top ballplayers." Biggest holes were left by Fullback Jim Gran4 halfbacks Bill Weir and Jerry Pen-lane an End Dick Pfeifer. King still has Jriui.back Hicky Horton, the 'Canes leading rusher; End Tom Avery, No. 1 receiver and scorer, and junior Quarterback Bill Baker. Baker completed 58.7% of his passes for 846 yards and six touchdowns, ranked with 88 completions as the fifth best passing total in the country. King's first team also includes End Ray Siminski, Center Jim Boroff, Halfback Dick Shaw and Fullback Marv Behlke, a 210-pound transfer from the University of Florida.
COLORS: Buff and blue
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T
1957 RECORD: Won 2, lost 7
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 8 of 20
WATCH FOR: A wide-open passing game featuring Quarterback Ed Hino
THE DOPE: The Colonials must face such teams as William & Mary, West Virginia and Navy with only eight lettermen from a team that last year won only two games. With runners like Halfback Mike Sommer and Fullback Dick Claypool departed, Coach Eugene (Bo) Sherman hopes to pick up a few more touchdowns with a wide-open throwing game. Big gun will be Ed Hino, a daring quarterback whose short passes are better than his long ones. Sherman thinks Sophomore Quarterback Charlie Packen also has exceptional passing possibilities. Don Herman will do most of the receiving. Guard Bob Frulla, the Colonials' top lineman, and Ed Rutsch, Sherman's nomination for best tackle in the conference, are the big men up front, while Center Ron DeMelph is a good linebacker. Duane Whetstone shapes up as best of a thin reserve of fullbacks. Speedy Tom Haley replaces Sommer, and Ted Colna will man the other halfback slot. The Colonials lack depth at tackle. George Washington won't be sleeping, and its tremendous hustle may catch several teams napping.
COLORS: Red and black
BASIC OFFENSE: T, split-T
1957 RECORD: Won 3, lost 7
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 26 of 36
WATCH FOR: Hard-charging Fullback Theron Sapp
THE DOPE: The Bulldogs may not climb out of the SEC's second division this year but they will be much improved over 1957. Coach Wally Butts, starting his 20th year at Athens, has 26 lettermen and the cream of an undefeated freshman team. That means plenty of speed and power, with experience at all positions. Butts's passing game is adequate and his running attack is extremely dangerous with such ball carriers as Fullback Theron Sapp, Quarterback Charley Britt and Halfbacks George Guisler and Gene Littleton. Sapp was the Southeastern Conference's third-best ground-gainer and was singled out as all-conference fullback in a preseason poll of coaches. Guard Cicero Lucas, Center Dave Lloyd and Tackle Nat Dye head a strong defensive first unit. Dye is one of the finest defensive tackles in the league and will be joined on the line by younger brother Pat, a sophomore guard. Other touted newcomers include Quarterback Francis Tar-kenton and Halfback Fred Brown. The Bulldogs have another imposing schedule but may attend a few more victory parties.
COLORS: White and gold
BASIC OFFENSE: Spread T
1957 RECORD: Won 4, lost 4, tied 2
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 28 of 39
WATCH FOR: Terrific blocking, pass defending of Maxie Baughan