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1956 EXHIBITIONS: Won 4, lost 2.
COACHES: Head—Buddy Parker. Assistants—John Cochrane, Buster Ramsey, George Wilson, Aldo Forte.
OFFENSE: Bobby Layne, the key to the Lion offense, passed well in the exhibition season, indicating he is finally rid of the shoulder trouble which has bothered him for the last two years. An infusion of youth makes the backfield look stronger despite the loss of Doak Walker, who has retired. Another SMU back—195-pound Don McIlhenny—was impressive during preseason games; Hopalong Cassady, the Ohio State All-America, proved very handy as a flanker back—the pro's third end. Return of Gene Gedman from service will give the Lions quick-hitting fullback power through the middle and release Notre Dame's famous Leon Hart, who has been filling in at that spot, to his normal duties at both offensive and defensive end.
DEFENSE: Some part of the reason for the team's amazing drop from first to last in the Western Division in 1955 was due to a softness at the middle of the defensive line, this year stiffened by the addition of Ray Krouse, 265-pound New York tackle acquired by trade.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 30—at Green Bay (17-20)
1955 RECORD: Won 6, lost 6. Finished in third place.
1956 EXHIBITIONS: Won 4, lost 1.