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Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons were finally headed off by West Virginia this past Saturday after trouncing Virginia Tech and South Carolina. Bob Bartholomew is generally considered one of the nation's outstanding tackles. Others who bear watching are Quarterback Nick Consoles, End Jack Ladner and a 256-pound sophomore guard named George Johnson.
North Carolina. Coach George Barclay's Tarheels probably should be rated higher after their great effort against Oklahoma and a tight squeeze (25-18) over N.C. State last Saturday. However, Carolina is burdened with its usual awesome schedule, which still includes Maryland, Notre Dame and Duke. Center George Stavnitski and End Will Frye are the standouts.
South Carolina. Despite losses to Wake Forest and Navy, South Carolina will present an explosive offense ere the season ends. Last year Quarterback Mackie Prickett led the ACC in passing and total offense and Halfback Mike Caskey was a ranking runner.
Virginia. The Cavaliers are coming back, although the schedule is too rugged to expect them to improve over last year's 3-6 record. Players to note are Guard John Polzer and heralded sophomore Jim Bakhtiar at fullback.
N. C. State. Coach Earle Edwards must have more material if his intricate multiple offense is to work. At present Halfback George Marinkov is one of his few outstanding men.
The Southern Conference as a whole does not measure up to the SEC and ACC, although West Virginia , Virginia Tech, and possibly William and Mary must be rated up with the best. West Virginia particularly now offers evidence that it belongs among the gods: first Richmond 33-12 and then strong Wake Forest by an astounding 46-0. The famous Freddy Wyant at quarterback is protected by a stalwart front wall led by tackles Bruce Bosley (235) and Sam Huff (225). Virginia Tech's hopes are high despite an opening loss to Wake Forest 13-0. Tech came back unfazed to trounce Pennsylvania 33-0 and to beat William and Mary as well. Halfback Dickie Beard, top ground-gainer in the conference last year, and Center Jack Prater lead the team.
William and Mary has lost to Navy and Virginia Tech but must be ranked third. Bob Lusk at tackle and Jack Yohe at halfback are players to watch. George Washington opened with a convincing 25-6 win over VMI and surprised with its 13-0 win at Virginia Saturday. Best men are Center Dick Gaspari and Tackle Dave Liddick. Richmond , after losing to West Virginia, came back Saturday to beat VMI 21-0, with Frank Pajackowski running wild at fullback. Davidson, ruined Coach Johnny Sauer's debut at The Citadel , 6-2, but The Citadel is coming. It looks like a rough year for Furman and VMI.