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Virginia. I can't see much improvement for Virginia this year. They did beat Lehigh 27-21, but the going will be rough the rest of the way. The return of Herman Gatling at fullback after a year's absence may bolster the backfield. Rives Bailey at quarterback should be adequate, and a group of sophomores led by Linemen Henry Jordan, a 225-pound tackle, and Jim St. Clair, a 202-pound guard, should give more strength up front.
West Virginia will again be the best team in the Southern Conference, although not quite as strong as the team that lost to Georgia Tech in the Sugar Bowl last New Year's Day. Outstanding men returning are Gene Lamone, guard; Bruce Bosley, tackle; Freddy Wyant, quarterback, and Joe Marconi, fullback.
William and Mary should finish second, even though Navy sank them 27-0 in a non-conference game last week. Quarterback Charlie Sumner is the best in the conference.
Virginia Tech, led by an excellent tackle, George Preas, showed real power in swamping Wake Forest.
Richmond has been building for several years and last year came up with a 5-3-1 record. Biggest standout is Eric Christensen at end.
George Washington will sorely miss Steve Korcheck, and a quarterback is needed. They can hardly be expected to be as strong as last year.
Furman had their best season in 17 years in 1953 but were drubbed in their second 1954 game by Miami of Florida last Saturday. John Popson and Ted Yakimowicz, halfbacks, are outstanding.
Virginia Military Institute cannot overcome the loss of Johnny Mapp.
Davidson's sophomores may come through to make the Wildcats a definite threat.