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Fans may not like it, but rugged defenses rule down in Dixie
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September 21, 1959

The South

Fans may not like it, but rugged defenses rule down in Dixie

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THE DOPE: The Keydets' ranks were washed away by the graduation tide, leaving only one starter—Fullback Sam Horner. However, Coach John McKenna could not have picked a better man to be left behind. Horner was one of the most impressive backs in the country last year. He is a 6-footer, weighs 195, runs the 100 in 9.7, gained six yards a carry last fall and was fifth nationally in punting with a 42.6-yard average. Filling out the rest of the lineup is guesswork. Tom Kurkoski, a strong defender, and Dick Evans, a dandy receiver, are leading candidates for the jobs at the terminals. Lee Badgett should move up from the second string to take over at center. Among the sophomores it appears as though Halfbacks Stinson Jones and John Traynham have the best chances. The Keydets will be shorthanded from tackle to tackle and will rely heavily on newcomers. There are some good receivers and there will be more passing.

SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
1958 Record: Won 6, lost 2, tied 2

SEPT. 19 at Marshall, N (no game)
SEPT. 26 at Venn State (no game)
OCT. 3 Richm'd at P'tsm'th, Va., N (12-6)
OCT. 10 Virginia at Lynchb'g, Va. (33-0)
OCT. 17 Wm. & Mary at Norfolk, Va. (6-6)
OCT. 24 Davidson (42-7)
OCT. 30 at Geo. Wash'ton, N (no game)
NOV. 7 at Lehigh (7-7)
NOV. 14 Citadel (6-14)
NOV. 26 Va. Tech at Roanoke, Va. (16-21)

Blacksburg, Va.
Colors: Orange and maroon

THE DOPE: The Gobblers, sticking more to the ground, should be a sound club, and if Quarterback Charlie Speck can improve his passing the offense will be fairly potent. As it is, the young sophomore replacement for the graduated Billy Holsclaw is a good runner with bright promise. Frank Eastman is another good prospect for the job. More powerful runners, paced by Halfbacks Al Pugh and Pat Henry, have led Coach Frank Moseley to emphasize the belly series in his split-T. Pugh, though, will have to shake a habit of being trapped by his own tricky maneuvers. Fullback Sam Shaffer is a valuable blocker, and some of the offense work should be handed Sophomore Warren Maccaroni. Carroll Dale is an exceptionally fine end on a husky line that also includes Tackles Don Oakes (240 pounds) and Bernie Vishneski (235 pounds). Moseley will be blessed with more depth than at any time since coming to Tech in 1951.

SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
1958 Record: Won 5, lost 4, tied 1

SEPT. 19 N.C. State at Norf'k, Va. (14-14)
SEPT. 26 at Wake Forest (6-13)
OCT. 3 Wm. & Mary at Roanoke (27-15)
OCT. 10 Florida State (0-28)
OCT. 17 Virginia at Richmond (22-13)
OCT. 24 at Villanova (no game)
OCT. 31 Richmond (27-23)
NOV. 7 at West Texas State (28-12)
NOV. 14 at West Virginia (20-21)
NOV. 26 VMI at Roanoke (21-16)

Winston-Salem, N.C.
Colors: Black and gold

THE DOPE: The Demon Deacons figure on driving some painful pitchforks into the opposition. This year, Coach Paul Amen's fourth at the helm, could be his first over the .500 mark if his boys can shake off their fourth-period letdowns. Norm Snead did a sensational job as a sophomore quarterback, gaining 1,003 yards through the air. He has put on some needed weight, now must shake his habit of having almost two passes per game intercepted. This fall the ground attack—centered around Halfbacks Bobby Robinson, Kenny Ferrell and Jerry Bali and Fullback Neil MacLean—will open up, and the offense should be more dangerous. MacLean plowed ahead for 624 yards on the ground in 1958. The line will be bigger, stronger, deeper, yet somewhat inexperienced. Rangy Pete Manning, who caught 25 passes in 1958, ranks as one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's finest ends on both offense and defense.

SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
1958 Record: Won 3, lost 7, tied 0

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