LETTERMEN RETURNING: 22; STARS: Jack Ellena, T; Jim Salsbury, G; Bob Davenport, F.
LETTERMEN LOST: 15
LEADING SOPHOMORE CANDIDATES: Doug Bradley, H; Bob Bergdahl, Q; Pat Pinkston, E; Jack McKay, C.
1953 RECORD: Won 8, Lost 1. Pacific Coast Conference Champions. Lost to Michigan State in Rose Bowl, 20-28.
Sept. 18? San Diego Navy at home (Night).
Sept. 25?Kansas at Lawrence.
Oct. 1?Maryland at home (Night).
Oct. 9?Washington at Seattle.
Oct. 16?Stanford at home.
Oct. 23? Oregon State at Corvallis.
Oct. 30?California at Berkeley.
Nov. 6? Oregon at home.
Nov. 20?U.S.C. at home.
COACH RED SANDERS SAYS:
We might have as good a team as last year, although I believe every team in the Pacific Coast Conference will probably be better. We expect our line to be as strong as the one that represented U.C.L.A. last fall, in spite of the fact that we lost four starters. And don't forget we also lost the Rose Bowl backfield.
HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS:
The U.C.L.A. teams under the stewardship of Red Sanders have been generally acclaimed by coaches and critics alike for their almost flawless execution of fundamentals. Their single wing balanced line attack and short punt formations, with a few added frills here and there, are unique in today's football. Much detailed attention is paid to all phases of the kicking game and defensive maneuvers. Last season's line was one of the finest in the country. All-American candidates Jack Ellena and Jim Salsbury make the 1954 edition look just as good. Primo Villanueva is expected to fill the big shoes of departed All-American Paul Cameron at the vital tailback position. Not as powerful as Cameron, he is potentially a better passer and a runner with finesse. Bob Davenport may be one of the best running fullbacks in the country. Tip-off to U.C.L.A.'s real strength is the intersectional game with Maryland in Los Angeles on October 1.