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Herman Hickman
October 04, 1954
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October 04, 1954

The Solid South

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Arkansas. Coach Bowden Wyatt lost his two conference choices of last season, Tailback Lamar McHan and End Floyd Sagely. Outstanding men returning are Guard Bud Brooks and Tackles Jim Roth and Eddie Bradford. Summation: Green but eager, and they'll be well coached.

Texas A. & M. An old cliche best describes A. & M.: "This is a rebuilding year." About the only well-fortified position at this early date is fullback, with both Don Kachtik and Bob Easley on hand. Leading sophomore candidates are Halfbacks Don Watson and Bob Keith.


Maryland. The Terps had a week off after defeating an offensive-minded Kentucky, 20-0. Their opener might have been disappointing to some, but not to me. Offensively, they sputtered at times, but defensively they played heads-up ball. Charley Boxold, the split T quarterback, and Ronnie Waller, a speedy halfback, ran well. Frank Tamburello, a sophomore signal caller, was superb on pass defense. Maryland's All-American candidates, John Irvine at center and Dick Bielski at fullback, showed up well, despite the fact that Dick was handicapped by an ankle injury. The game with U.C.L.A. Friday night at the Los Angeles Coliseum will go a long way toward establishing their real stature. If the Terps win it, they'll go undefeated.

Duke. The Blue Devils showed their expected strength by crushing Pennsylvania in their opener 52 to 0. They are odds-on favorites to win the co-championship of the A.C.C. along with Maryland, whom they don't meet. The one-two punch of Jerry Barger and Worth Lutz both playing in the same backfield should make for an interesting offense. Barger and Lutz have been alternating at quarterback for three years; Lutz is now expected to play at fullback. Nineteen lettermen give soundness, and sophomores like Quarterback Sonny Jurgensen and Halfbacks Buddy Bass and Bunny Blaney add lustre.

South Carolina. The Gamecocks, victorious over Army 34 to 20 last Saturday, must be classed as the third-best team in the A.C.C. South Carolina should have a strong running attack and an adequate defense. Passing may be below par because of the loss of Johnny Gramling. Center Leon Cunningham and Guard Frank Mincevich, both all-conference, are bidding for national recognition.

North Carolina. George Barclay, starting his second year as the Tarheels' head coach, says: "Our team should definitely be improved. Several sophomores should help. Jack Maultsby at tackle should strengthen the line greatly. Much depends on what kind of quarterbacking we will get. Albert Long and Marshall Newman are leading candidates for the job." Evaluation: North Carolina should have more speed, better passing and a stronger line. The Tarheels opened conference play by defeating North Carolina State 20 to 6.

Clemson. Twenty-two lettermen bolster a Clemson squad that may be much underrated despite their 7-14 loss to Georgia. They have depth and experience, the only things lacking last year. Don King at quarterback sparks the team. Leading sophomores are Jim Coleman, halfback, and Dick DeSimone at guard.

Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons were expected to make a comeback after many costly injuries last season, but Virginia Tech beat them 32-0. Nevertheless Wake Forest has an excellent line led by Tackle Bob Bartholomew and Guard Gerald Huth, who will be working in front of a fair backfield.

North Carolina State. Earle Edwards, fresh off Biggie Munn's coaching staff at Michigan State, has quite a lot of work to do before State becomes a contender, but all signs show that he's getting the job done. The team will be better than last year's, which lost 9 of 10, but the Wolfpack needs help at center, end and in the backfield.

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