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December 24, 1956
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December 24, 1956

Gator Bowl

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Coach Bobby Dodd's Yellow Jackets were second only to Tennessee in the Southeast Conference as the result of dropping a 6-0 squeaker to the Vols. Like former Dodd teams, they are without any glaring weaknesses. Offensively they run the belly series with great effect off-tackle, but watch Tech's "swift sweeps" on pitchouts to a bunch of speedy halfbacks. This team has bruising power up the middle as well as the speed to go wide. The downfield blocking is the best of any team in the South. The line is light, fast and quick-reacting. The backs are small but shifty. Tech has the wherewithal to pass but does not use it much since it is primarily a ground-attack team, well drilled in fundamentals. Defensively Tech went through 1956 allowing only 33 points in 10 games, the lowest of any major football team in the U.S.

11 WADE MITCHELL, QB—Wonderful ball handler, good faker. Defensive standout.

40 KEN OWEN, FB—Work horse of Tech backfield, always good for the short gain.

21 PAUL ROTENBERRY, LH—Great running back when right but has tendency to be erratic. Sure tackier, good sideback.

28 JIMMY THOMPSON, RH——Small (148) but shifty, best inside for long gainers.

50 DON STEPHENSON, C—Key to Tech's defense. Often shoots gap, but drops back well against hook passes.

16 TOPPY VANN, QB—Best offensive quarterback. Watch for passes. Not good on defense but improving rapidly.

65 JIMMY JOHNSON, LG—Excels on defense, great speed, pursuit. Trappable.

64 ALLEN ECKER, RG—Plays the big game when needed. Can be trapped but is hard to keep out of play. A fine blocker.

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