WAYLAND ROBERTS (68), lg: A good blocker who pulls and leads many plays. Improved the caliber of his defensive play as the season progressed.
EDDIE BRADFORD (75), It: Quick, agile and aggressive. A fine blocker who has helped the draw trap play work so well. Switches to left guard on defense.
JIM ROTH (67), rt: Bigger than Bradford, and plays a lot like him. Is defensive right guard and is particularly good at rushing the passer.
WALTER MATTHEWS (89), le: Best pass receiver on both long and short throws. Seems entirely recovered from some early season injuries.
JERRY McFADDEN (81), re: Improving, but as yet only a fair receiver who is not too fast. Natural blocking ability is at the moment his chief asset.
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The Yellow Jackets have long been noted for their cleverness, fast backs and alert linemen. This team may not be one of Coach Dodd's greatest but, like his others, it can be very dangerous at the end of the season, and particularly in Bowl play, where Tech over the years has won eight of 10 games. The offense is usually from a straight T and relies heavity on sweeps and the surprise of a "belly" series. Opponents can often expect a pass when the end and halfback are split out, or flanked, as wide as 10 yards. Mitchell's characteristic quarterbacking is to hammer at a defensive weakness, then switch to a clever check or counterplay. Any of the backs can go all the way. Mitchell and his sub, Bill Brigman (18), will mix in enough passing to keep the opposition guessing. Defensively Tech will vary from a four-man to eight-man line, with quick shifting before the ball is snapped. The pass defense is not as tight as in many former seasons but is adequate.