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December 24, 1956
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December 24, 1956

Sugar Bowl

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Coach Bowden Wyatt finished his rebuilding job at Tennessee by the start of his second year, and now his unbeaten Volunteers are off to the Sugar Bowl. This team, which seldom makes a mistake, emphasizes the kicking game as a prime offensive weapon and can bottle up an opponent with a punt better than any squad in the country. A mistake against Tennessee's ball-hawking defenders is suicide. The Vols have recovered 21 enemy fumbles this year, turned 12 of them into touchdowns. They have picked off 16 enemy passes, run three back for scores and used seven others to set up scoring drives. In virtually every game Tennessee has been held even or out-gained by the enemy, yet they still win. Offensively Tennessee operates from the single wing and uses a balanced line. It is a team with a great long-gaining potential.

20 STOCKTON ADKINS, QB—Great blocking back, carries only on rare buck-lateral.

31 TOMMY BRONSON, FB—Excellent sweep blocker, tremendous power through middle.

45 JOHN MAJORS, LH—Good at everything, no apparent weaknesses. Runs, passes, kicks—real triple threat All-America.

15 BILL ANDERSON, RH—Seldom carries except on wingback reverses, has averaged 11 yards a carry. Excellent receiver.

50 BUBBA HOWE, C—Excellent linebacker, often jars ball loose and recovers. A good blocker, best when chips down.

40 AL CARTER, LH—-Powerful runner, has speed and deception. Very weak defensively, is often caught out of position.

63 BRUCE BURNHAM, LG—Curiously underrated all season, he blocks hard, leads weak side off-tackle plays.

66 BILL JOHNSON, RG—Very fast, trails plays well, often dumps runner from behind on sweeps. Yields on straight power play.

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