Gone from the scene at UCLA is one of the great forward walls of collegiate football in recent years. The line is in a process of revolution. Hardiman Cureton, recently elected the first Negro captain in UCLA history, has been switched from guard to a tackle post, to the chagrin of many spring practice prognosticators who had long ago picked him as an All-America guard. The big switch also brought 220-pound Don Shin-nick, a third-string fullback last year, to a guard spot. Rommie Loudd, a 205-pound senior, looks safe as a starter at one end, and Johnny Hermann, a fine pass receiver switched from wingback, will probably be the other end.
Two great fullbacks, All-America Bob Davenport and Doug Peters, anchor the backfield. Veteran Jim Decker is a fixture at wingback. The tailback position has depth galore. Doug Bradley, a stocky 5-foot 7-inch 170-pounder who was an early season starter last year, will probably get the nod. The much publicized transfer, Ronnie Knox, has had his troubles, but he is big and rugged, a fine passer and punter. He could catch fire and become the starter.
BASIC OFFENSE: Spread T, belly series.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 21; STARS: Jimmy Morris, C; Wade Mitchell, Q; Franklin Brooks, G; Jimmy Thompson, H.
LETTERMEN LOST: 23
LEADING SOPHOMORE CANDIDATES: Stan Flowers, H; W. A. Glazier, G.
1954 RECORD: Won 7, lost 3. Beat Arkansas in Cotton Bowl 14-6.
Sept. 17—Miami ( Fla.) at home
Sept. 24—Florida at Gainesville
Oct. 1—SMU at home
Oct. 8—LSU at Baton Rouge (night)
Oct. 15—Auburn at home
Oct. 22—Florida State at home
Oct. 29—Duke at home
Nov. 5—Tennessee at Knoxville
Nov. 12—Alabama at Birmingham
Nov. 26—Georgia at home