BASIC FORMATION: T and split T.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 17; STARS: Ralph Guglielmi, Q; Joe Heap, H; Frank Varrichione, T; Ray Lemek, G.
LETTERMEN LOST: 16
LEADING SOPHOMORE CANDIDATES: Paul Hornung, Q; Jim Morse, H; Byron Beams, T.
1953 RECORD: Won 9, Lost 0, Tied 1.
Sept 25?Texas at home.
Oct. 2?Purdue at home.
Oct. 9? Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh.
Oct. 16?Michigan State at home.
Oct. 30?Navy at Baltimore.
Nov. 6? Pennsylvania at Philadelphia.
Nov. 13? North Carolina at home.
Nov. 20?Iowa at Iowa City.
Nov. 27?U.S.C. at home.
Dec. 4?S.M.U. at Dallas.
COACH TERRY BRENNAN SAYS:
We've lost six regulars from the undefeated 1953 team. Our schedule can certainly be regarded as being as difficult as that which will be attempted by any team in the country. As I've said before, and will say again...we'll do our very best, as Notre Dame men always have in the past and always will in the future.
HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS:
Frankly, it's hard to see how any squad could lose such men as Halfback Johnny Lattner, Fullback Neil Worden, Tackle Art Hunter, Center Jim Schrader and Guard Menil Mavraides and still be a top-ranked team. Each was on some All-American or other. Lattner, Worden and Hunter were first-round Pro draft choices. Schrader was a second-round choice. Mavraides a third. But Notre Dame is not an ordinary football team, it's Notre Dame. Young Terry Brennan is definitely on the spot this fall, but in many ways it's a good spot to be on. This might well be the finest squad in Notre Dame's great football history. Last fall's freshman squad was loaded with talent. Ralph Guglielmi will take his place along with Angelo Bertelli and Johnny Lujack in a brilliant line of Notre Dame quarterbacks. The University of Texas provides a mighty challenge in the opener and Iowa has been planning on this one since the tie of last November. Brennan could lose these two, but don't bet on it. Notre Dame doesn't lose two often.