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THE DOPE: The Rebels were shot up pretty badly along the line but have enough ammunition to advance through an easy schedule. Quarterback Bobby Franklin, who last year hit on 46% of his passes for 710 yards and 10 touchdowns, also moves the ball well on the ground. Fullback Charlie Flowers has gained 997 yards in two seasons, averaging six yards a carry. Three expressmen—George Blair, Cowboy Woodruff and Bobby Crespino—will handle the halfback chores in fine style. Guard Marvin Terrell throws his 220 pounds around with awesome power and speed and has caught the eye of the pros with his turnabout play, strong on offense and even stronger on defense. Coach Johnny Vaught 's semi-platoon system could use considerably more depth, but the first-string Rebs will be hard to handle. Remember Oct. 31. On that day the Rebels will clash with LSU in a game that could settle the Southeastern Conference argument.
SCHEDULE (1958 scores)
SEPT. 19 at Houston, N (56-7)
THE DOPE: The Maroons are blue about the lack of color in their backfield. Graduation wiped out the complete first-string offensive group, and there is not much left for Coach Wade Walker to work with. Still, he is not moaning and plans to have either Tootie Hill or Bill Tohill at quarterback in an offense that has been altered from a split-T to a double wing affair. Willie Daniel had a 6.7-yard running average in 1958, suffered a broken leg against LSU and may not be able to hold off Bobby Bethune's bid. Pat Shute will also have trouble holding his halfback job. Completing the list of incumbents who will have to fight off challengers is Sophomore G.T. Thames, who won the fullback job in the spring. Service returnee Walt Flowers is after the assignment. Certain of regular berths, though, are a pair of jumbo-sized junior tackles—Floyd Powers and Walt Suggs—entrenched on a line that averages almost 220 pounds.
SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
SEPT. 26 at Florida
THE DOPE: The Tar Heels suffered the biggest loss imaginable when Jim Tatum died last July. This was to have been his big season, and new Coach Jim Hickey must try to complete Tatum's reconstruction program. A fine offense will be run by Jack Cummings, who was 10th in the land in total offense, tied for first nationally with 11 touchdown passes. Wade Smith and Sonny Folckomer, tricky halfbacks, and Don Klochak, a crunching fullback, fill out what should be a devastating offense. Up front, on an almost dent-proof line that will average 215 pounds, the mainstays will be hefty Tackles Don Stallings (240 pounds) and Moose Butler (235 pounds), Guard Fred Mueller and one of the best pairs of ends in the country—Al Goldstein and John Schroeder. If the latter two have recovered from knee operations, the Tar Heels could stun Clemson in the opener, take the ACC title and rank among the best anywhere.
SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)