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HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS: In this loose-knit conference stretching from Morgantown, W. Va. to Charleston, S.C., a champion should emerge at last because the two top teams, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, play each other for the first time since 1953. In the second section of the Southern Conference—classified only as contenders—can be found George Washington, VMI, Furman and Richmond.
There are two new head coaches: Milton Drewer, aide at Richmond last year, has moved to William and Mary; Eddie Teague, assistant to Jim Tatum at North Carolina and Maryland, has taken over at The Citadel.
Speed to burn, two experienced quarterbacks in Jim Lugar and Billie Cranwell, and End Carroll Dale keynote the Virginia Tech squad. West Virginia will have experienced depth and power. The Mountaineers' improvement will be due to better blocking in the line, improved quarterbacking and valuable additions to the halfback positions.
At VMI the squad strength is vastly improved with lettermen returning at every position and excellent speed at the halfback positions. If Tech and West Virginia slip, the Keydets could be definite threats.
COLORS: Blue and white
THE DOPE: The Bulldogs, scarcely more than whelps last season, are one year closer to a big year. Of the pack of returning lettermen, four are seniors and only two of these start. After spring practice, Coach Eddie Teague was pleased with the aggressive line play. In sophomore End Paul Maguire he has one of the promising young men of the conference. The slender Maguire developed into a superb defensive scrapper last season. He's fast and an able pass receiver. The opposite end is filled by Junior Bob Saunders, a better pass catcher. The tackles, someday, will be dandy. Two sophomores are here, Harry Rakowski and the amazingly quick Pete Davidson, a 248-pounder. The backfield is more of a problem. First, to make his split-T go, Teague seeks an all-round quarterback. The choice lies between Sophomore Jack Griffin, who passes well but lacks as a ball handler, and the reasonably steady Bobby Schwarze. Secondly, Teague must make do with a thin crew of halfbacks, only two of whom are near to top college caliber. The fullback, Ed Dzanis, is a well-rounded ballplayer who hits hard for a 185-pounder, is quick and a good linebacker. Chalk it up as a building year for Citadel.
1957 SCHEDULE (1956 score):
SEPT. 21 Newberry, N (20-20)