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THE DOPE: The Lobos have the commendably modest ambition of rising a notch or two in the conference this year. They are the pluck-and-luck boys of the league, patiently grubbing their way toward the No. 1 spot. With a goodly number of lettermen back and Coach Dick Clausen's system firmly installed, they may just realize their hopes. Nothing flashy, mind you, but they will play good, solid, middle-class football. Clausen, for a change, has a fairly deep squad, with the second unit only a shade less efficient than the first. The team, as a whole, is heavier and this should pay off in improved defense. The center of the line is particularly eye-catching, with Guards Glen Hakes and Jerry Nesbitt, Center Andy Morales and Tackle Wayne Gares the big men. Quick little Lynn White gives the backfield speed, while Fullback Phil Spear gives it power. The major problem is at quarterback. Senior Joe Gale will start, but he was not a regular last year. His replacement will be a callow sophomore, Chuck Roberts, who has potential but is unproved. All in all, if the quarterbacks pick up a smattering of sophistication, the Lobo offense should be a little more potent than it was last year.
1957 SCHEDULE (1956 Score):
New Mexico A&M, N (14-6)
COLORS: Crimson and white
THE DOPE: The Utes are everybody's favorites to return to the Skyline Conference championship after a year's absence. This is by no means an unwarranted assumption, even though the conference as a whole has improved and the Utes have a tough non-league schedule. It is the backfield which Coach Jack Curtice contemplates with the most pleasure. It has depth, speed and versatility. At least two deep at every backfield position, the Redskins' top man looks to be Fullback Merrill Douglas, last year's leading ground-gainer. There are so many good men and true at the other backfield positions that it is impossible to determine who will be the standouts. Curtice puckishly claims the line is thin. He has, however, two well-seasoned ends and three others who won letters. Last year's regular tackles are back, along with two other lettermen and two good sophomores. Co-captain Bob Lee is back at guard with three other lettermen, and there are two lettermen centers to fill the gap left by Roger Butler, who has had to retire prematurely because of a shoulder injury. In short, the Utes are fast, rugged, tricky and deep, deep, deep. With such plenitude Curtice will be the Casey Stengel of the Rocky Mountains.
1957 SCHEDULE (1956 score):
Montana, N (26-6)
COLORS: Blue and white