HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS:
The team that has won three major bowl games in succession will be just as strong in 1954, despite the statement that lack of experience will hurt them. Coach Dodd has been known in the past as the creator of the "razzle dazzle" type of play in the Southeastern Conference, but in recent years near flawless defensive play has been the mark of Tech teams. There is little reason to believe that Tech will be deficient in either of these abilities. Larry Morris and Franklin Delano Brooks are defensive standouts. Bill Teas, who may be the fastest back in the South, has been Tech's best ground gainer the past two years.
BASIC OFFENSE: Regular T with flankers
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 14; STARS: J.C. Caroline (Consensus All-American 1953), H; Mickey Bates, F; Jan Smid, G; Don Tate, G.
LETTERMEN LOST: 14
LEADING SOPHOMORE CANDIDATES: Larry Pasko, C; Hiles Stout, Q; Abe Woodson, H.; Percy Oliver, T.
1953 RECORD: Won 7, Lost 1, Tied 1 (Co-Champions Big Ten).