COACH JIM TATUM SAYS:
Barring any injuries to key personnel, Maryland's 1955 team should be better than in 1954. We have a good line, one that could be the fastest in my tenure at Maryland. Center Bob Pellegrini is a great football player, maybe the best lineman in the country. Quarterback Frank Tamburello gives us outstanding confidence at the signal-calling position. He is a tremendous one-platoon football player.
HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS:
No team in the country last year displayed a more awesome offense than did the Terps toward the end of the season. I saw their spring practice finale against the alumni team composed for the most part of active professional players. Though they lost, the performance of the Maryland squad was most impressive. The big difference over last year lies in the line, especially the tackle position. I have talked with many opposing coaches, and they all agree that Bob Pellegrini is without peer as a linebacker, and his offensive blocking at the center position is plenty potent. I agree with Jim Tatum's hopeful estimate of Quarterback Frank Tamburello. As a sophomore last fall he was an excellent signal caller and ball handler, and on the defense he was a joy to behold. Red Sanders says, without hesitation, that Maryland was by far the best team his Bruins faced last fall. The battle of the titans takes place at College Park this year and I'm going to be there to see it on September 24.
ANN ARBOR, MICH.
BASIC FORMATION: Single wing, some T.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 24; STARS: Ron Kramer, E; Lou Baldacci, Q, F; Tony Branoff, H.
LETTERMEN LOST: 9.
LEADING SOPHOMORE CANDIDATES: Jim Pace, H; Bill MacPhee, C.
1954 RECORD: Won 6, lost 3.
Sept. 24—Missouri at home
Oct. 1—Michigan State at home
Oct. 8—Army at home
Oct. 15—Northwestern at home
Oct. 22—Minnesota at Minneapolis
Oct. 29—Iowa at home
Nov. 5—Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Nov. 12—Indiana at home
Nov. 19—Ohio State at home