Sept. 24—William & Mary at home
Oct. 1—South Carolina at Columbia
Oct. 8—Pittsburgh at home
Oct. 15—Penn State at University Park
Oct. 22—Pennsylvania at Philadelphia
Oct. 29—Notre Dame at South Bend
Nov. 5—Duke at home
Nov. 12—Columbia at New York
Nov. 26—Army at Philadelphia
COACH EDDIE ERDELATZ SAYS:
We lost 21 of the 38-man Sugar Bowl squad. The starting line returns intact except for guards Len Benzi and Alex Aronis. However, Quarterback George Welsh is the only holdover from the starting backfield. Our big problems are halfback and guard. We lost our top four men in each position. The enthusiasm and desire is still very much in evidence. I think we'll have a good season.
HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS:
Eddie Erdelatz climaxed his "five-year plan" at Annapolis last year with a brilliant win over Army for a 4-1 series record against Colonel Blaik's Cadets, plus an unexpectedly easy win over Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl. This year's Navy team could be a disappointment. After watching them against the two aforementioned teams last season, however, I'm going to have to stick with them until I find out differently. If the same motivation still impels them and nothing happens to George Welsh, they can give anybody trouble—and will. Welsh captured my fancy more than any other player last season. Outwardly calm, cool and quick, with a flaming competitive spirit, he did everything well and at the right split second. Ron Beagle, All-America end, spearheads a mobile, aggressive and experienced line. Though not too large, this forward wall can best be described as "they hit and flit," and those are my quotations. Navy can repeat, but the road will be rougher.
SOUTH BEND, IND.
BASIC OFFENSE: Split T.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 17; STARS: Ray Lemek, G; Don Schaefer, F; Wayne Edmonds, T; Paul Hornung, Q.
LETTERMEN LOST: 18.
LEADING SOPHOMORE CANDIDATES: Dick Wilkins, H; Aubrey Lewis, H; Dick Prendergast, E.
1954 RECORD: Won 9, lost 1.