LETTERMEN LOST: 9
LEADING SOPHOMORE CANDIDATES: Jack Davis, G; Mike Sandusky, T; Frank Tamburello, Q; Howard Dare, H; Gene Alderton, C; Ed Heuring, G.
1953 RECORD: Won 10. Lost 0. Lost to Oklahoma in Orange Bowl, 0-7.
Sept. 18?Kentucky at Lexington, Ky.
Oct. 1?U.C.L.A. at Los Angeles (Night).
Oct. 9?Wake Forest at Winston-Salem.
Oct. 16? North Carolina at home.
Oct. 22? Miami at Miami, Fla. (Night).
Oct. 30?South Carolina at Columbia, S.C.
Nov. 6? North Carolina State at home.
Nov. 13?Clemson at home.
Nov. 20? George Washington at home.
Nov. 25?Missouri at home.
COACH JIM TATUM SAYS:
The Maryland team will be missing superhuman defensive tackle play which we have had the past six years. Our team will not be as strong defensively because of this and inexperienced defensive secondary play. Therefore we will not have as good a record as last year. Offensively we'll be faster, more passing ability, therefore, should be able to move the ball. Summed up: A better than average college team with the breaks.
HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS:
Maryland has the best chance of any of the 11 teams that I have selected to go undefeated. They were unbeaten in regular season play last year, although they were decisively defeated by the University of Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, and I can see only one team on their schedule giving them a stern test. That team is U.C.L.A., which they meet in a Friday night game in the Los Angeles Coliseum on Oct. 1. It's a shame that they do not meet the other powerhouse in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Duke University. Under the tutelage of Jim Tatum, Maryland will always be a well-coached, well-balanced and superbly equipped squad. Co-captains Dick Bielski at fullback and center John Irvine are two of the finest football players in the country.
SOUTH BEND, IND.