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THE ELEVEN BEST ELEVENS
Herman Hickman
September 12, 1955
September's practice fields tell the story of a football team. SI's expert, fresh from a nationwide survey, here delivers his up-to-the-minute report
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September 12, 1955

The Eleven Best Elevens

September's practice fields tell the story of a football team. SI's expert, fresh from a nationwide survey, here delivers his up-to-the-minute report

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1955 SCHEDULE:

Sept. 24—Alabama at home (night)
Oct. 1—LSU at home (night)
Oct. 8—Clemson at home (night)
Oct. 15—SMU at Dallas (night)
Oct. 22—Texas at Austin Oct.
Oct. 29—Kentucky at Lexington
Nov. 5—Arkansas at home
Nov. 12—Texas A&M at home
Nov. 19—TCU at Fort Worth
Nov. 26—Baylor at home

COACH JESS NEELY SAYS:
We have 16 lettermen returning this year. We have a pretty good first team line. No doubt they will do a good job. The big problem is replacements. Most of them are sophomores, and while some look very good they have yet to be proven. Our passing will depend on how the offense comes along. However, I definitely think we'll throw much more this year than we did last season.

HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS:
How much Dickie Moegle will be missed is the big question mark at Rice as Coach Jess Neely starts his 16th year with the Owls. Other losses were All-SWC Guard Kenny Paul and Don Costa, his running mate, along with Lamoine Holland at end and Morris Stone at halfback. There is depth and talent at quarterback. Pinky Nisbet led the league last year with a .597 average for completions, although he didn't throw but 62 times. Two rising sophomores are after his job, and don't be surprised if they get it; King Hill and Frank Ryan were sensations in freshman football. Virgil Mutschink, another sophomore, is a likely replacement for Moegle at left half. Not quite as fast in the open field, he has the unteachable knack of picking his holes and going all the way. Jerry Hall and Jack Throckmorton are a pair of powerful fullbacks with plenty of speed. The capable line is led by Tackle Eddie Rayburn. If some of the sophomores come through in expected style Jess Neely's 25th anniversary as a big-time coach will be a happy one.

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